MarioWiki:Maintenance

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Maintenance refers to the ongoing tasks involved in helping to keep the wiki clean, up to date and ensuring that our content is in-line with policy. Users are encouraged to continuously contribute to areas of maintenance which meet their interests and capabilities. However, some tasks are assigned to certain groups of users. For instance, the administrators help keep the wiki clean from vandalism by blocking troublesome editors, and the poll committee arranges the weekly poll which is featured on the wiki's Main Page. Certain basic maintenance tasks may also be assigned to a bot, which is able to edit a large number of pages in a short space of time.

Please remember that basic maintenance edits, such as fixing a link or correcting a spelling mistake, should be marked as a minor edit.

Main Page

Main article: MarioWiki:Maintenance/Main Page

The Main Page is an important way to welcome visitors to the wiki, and invite them to further explore our community by providing them with news, community notices, links to useful pages, and more. A large part of the Main Page's content must be updated according to a weekly schedule. This includes a rotating preview of the wiki's featured articles, updating a "Did You Know?" section with Mario facts, and a regular community poll which is organised by the poll committee. The most recent Mario-related news is also presented, as well as a link to the latest edition of our monthly community newspaper, The 'Shroom.

File maintenance

Images, as well as audio and video files, are essential to provide examples about what articles are detailing in words. All articles should use at least one image, with the exception of implied or unseen subjects. Various maintenance tasks may be required for the file itself (such as issues with quality and categorization), the use of the file on pages, or the request for the uploading of additional files where required. Files should also closely follow the image use policy, and remember that files may only be uploaded by autoconfirmed users.

Unlicensed images Images without an image copyright tag that excludes them from one of these subcategories. Such files can't be found in one specific maintenance category: they must be found manually.
Uncategorized files Files which don't have any categories at all, including a copyright status.
See Special:UncategorizedFiles
Files which are missing a category Almost all files may be attributed to a game or other form of media. The {{uncategorized}} template seen when uploading files should be replaced with an appropriate media category. Users who repeatedly fail to categorize their images may be given an {{imagecategory-reminder}}.
See Category:Files with missing categories
Images without aboutfile Images without the {{aboutfile}} template, or with a blank or improperly formatted template. Users who repeatedly upload images with an incorrectly coded template may be given an {{aboutfile-reminder}}.
See Category:Files with broken Aboutfile template
Unused files All files should be used on at least one page. Some unused files may be eligible for deletion if they are too similar to another file, or otherwise have no use on our articles.
See Special:UnusedFiles
Image requested Articles tagged with with {{image}} require at least one image to illustrate the subject.
See Category:Image requested
Articles that need more images Articles with {{more images}} already have at least one image, although more are required.
See Category:Articles that need more images
Broken file links Pages which are currently linking to a file that doesn't exist. If a file link on a page is unnecessary, then it should be removed.
See Category:Articles with broken file links and Special:WantedFiles
Images of poor quality Images which are of very low quality are tagged with {{image-quality}}, and should be re-uploaded or replaced.
See Category:Quality requested
SVG requested Images showing a basic logo or drawing may be requested as an SVG file. These images are tagged with {{Convert to SVG}}.
See Category:SVG requested
Abandoned personal images Personal images must be attributed to a user, and be linked to from at least one page. If a personal image has gone unused for some time, then it should be tagged as abandoned. Another user may claim the image before it's deleted by an administrator.
See Category:Personal images abandoned

Written content

The following maintenance issues concern the actual written content of an article. Content should be free from spelling/grammatical errors, be of a decent length and containing all available information, as well as following the wiki's writing guidelines.

Wanted pages Articles that have yet to be created will be shown as a red link. New articles must follow the Manual of Style, and can only be created by autoconfirmed users.
See Special:WantedPages
Stub articles Articles or sections that are very short, and lacking basic information will be tagged with {{stub}} or {{stub-section}}. Users who have created stub articles without marking them as such should receive a {{new stub-reason}} reminder, so that they can understand how their future articles may be improved.
See Category:Stubs
Rewrite requested Poorly-written articles which require revising should be tagged with {{rewrite}}. Issues may include being poorly worded, ridden with grammar mistakes, or otherwise going against our writing guidelines. An expansion may also be required. Finally, {{tense}} is used on articles which have been written in an incorrect verb tense.
See Category:Rewrite requested
Long trivia section Articles containing an overly long trivia: such sections should only contain miscellaneous and notable information which does not fit elsewhere within the article. Trivia should be incorporated into other article sections when applicable.
See Category:Articles with long trivia sections

General article maintenance

Maintenance that doesn't specifically concern the article's written content or files.

Articles under construction Articles that are tagged with the {{construction}} template are not fully finished, and may have an informal appearance. Before trying to complete the article, make sure that the user who marked it as under construction does not intend to finish it themselves.
See Category:Articles under construction
No category Articles without a category (please disregard the Main Page).
See Special:UncategorizedPages
Wanted categories Uncreated categories which are currently being used on articles.
See Special:WantedCategories
Citation needed Articles which contain information requiring a valid reference, or replacing links which have since gone defunct.
See Category:Citation needed and Category:Page number needed
Page reference errors This shows pages which contain a citation which has not been coded correctly.
See Category:Pages with reference errors
Duplicate template arguments Such pages currently have an incorrectly coded template, which is trying to use the same parameter with different values.
See Category:Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls
Titles from other languages Article titles with {{another language}} are officially named, although in a language other than English. As per our naming policy, these pages should be moved to an official English title if found.
See Category:Articles with titles from other languages
Pages without language links Where available, articles should provide a sidebar link to at least one of our alternate-language MarioWikis in German and Italian. Please see our project page for tips on how to add interwiki links.
See Special:WithoutInterwiki
Orphaned pages Articles that have no links from anywhere else: every article must be referenced and linked to from at least one other article. Note that a majority of these are actually disambiguation pages, and do not exactly need to be linked to.
See Special:LonelyPages
Dead-end pages Articles that have no links to anywhere else. Article subjects, such as games and characters, must be given at least one link on the article that they are mentioned.
See Special:DeadendPages

Other maintenance

This section covers miscellaneous maintenance tasks which do not fit into the above sections.

Uncategorized categories Category pages should be given a suitable parent category, which assists in navigating through different category levels. The only exceptions are Category:Main and the administrative category.
See Special:UncategorizedCategories
Uncategorized templates All templates should appear within Category:MarioWiki templates.
See Special:UncategorizedTemplates
Double redirects Redirects that lead to another redirect. They should be edited so they both redirect to the same target page.
See Special:DoubleRedirects
Broken redirects Redirects that lead to a nonexistent page. Articles should be created or redirect target changed to an existing page. If the broken redirect is not necessary, then it should be tagged with {{delete}}.
See Special:BrokenRedirects

The 'Shroom Spotlight

Main article: The 'Shroom:Spotlight

The Spotlight is a section found within The 'Shroom, the wiki's monthly community newspaper. The Spotlight project brings attention to a small group of articles selected from a range of maintenance categories, inviting users of all interests and abilities to contribute. Progress on the articles is reported on in the subsequent edition, and a new set of focuses are chosen. Discussion and updates on the Spotlight project normally takes place within the dedicated forum topic, where feedback from readers is always invited.

Pending discussions

Contributing to ongoing discussions concerning areas of the wiki is just as important as any other kind of maintenance work. General queries and unresolved discussions may be tagged with {{talk}} under the section's header, which places the page within Category:Unresolved talk pages. Users are encouraged to browse this category frequently, and provide their input where possible. It is also recommended to check the split and merge requested categories, where input can be provided on the re-organization of article information. Category:Rename requested will contain articles (and even files) that may require a discussion before being renamed.

If a discussion for change receives mixed opinions, or otherwise does not reach an overall concensus, then a talk page proposal may be created so an official decision may be reached through a voting system. Important discussions often take place in the "comments" section on proposals. Major changes, or changes concerning a large number of pages, should instead be taken to the main proposals page. Note that only autoconfirmed users may vote in proposals.

Important wiki discussions may take place on the forums, and an account is required in order to contribute. Many major wiki projects are also co-ordinated from the wiki collaborations forum board, which active editors are encouraged to check. Some ongoing requests and collaborations include the wiki's "Holy Grails" concerning elusive article subjects, and the level articles project which aims to give an article for each individual game level.

Administrative maintenance

Administrators and patrollers (referred to collectively as admins) are promoted users who are given additional tools, which assist in maintaining the upkeep of the wiki. All admins have the ability to counter vandalism on the wiki by blocking troublesome editors, reverting detrimental edits by using the "rollback" feature, and hiding inappropriate edits if required. Administrators are also able to delete entire pages and images when necessary.

Regular users are also able to assist the admins in various ways. Unnecessary pages and images may be tagged with {{delete}} so it appears in the deletion category, which administrators frequently check. If a discussion may be required before the page is deleted, {{delete-request}} should be used instead. All registered users are able to issue official reminders and warnings to other users, as per the warning policy. Users may also report vandals which require immediate attention by using the administrative noticeboard.