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The following conventions are a set of rules that apply when editing information on the Wiki. This page should be added to one’s list of followed pages as it can be updated from time to time (by clicking the star button at the top of this page).

It is also recommended to visit the Help section of MediaWiki for more helpful tips on editing.

Writing style

Proper grammar and spelling must be used along with an impersonal and formal style. For example, one must not write: You can get the following Dragon, but rather The following Dragon can be obtained, or The player can obtained the following Dragon.

The standard language used is American English and the calendar date format is Day-Month-Year (example: 8/01/2015 or 8 January 2015). The only exception to the date format is with titles of articles and images belonging to events. Event articles use the yy/mm/dd (example: 15/01/08) date format while event images use the yy.mm.dd (example: 15.01.08) format. The time is represented in the 24-hour-clock format and written as hh:mm (example: 18:30) while the time zone is UTC. In addition, the standard system of measurement is the metric one.

When writing thousands/millions, a comma and not a period must be used as a separator. Example: 1,250 Gold/Hour; 25,225 Health; and so on. The only exception to this is the positions on event leaderboards that use no separator. When writing increments of time, they are written as hours and minutes, not as decimals or fractions (example: 2 hours and 30 minutes). When writing decimals, a period and not a fraction must be used (example: a multiplier of 4.75 is used for Level 45 players).

When dealing with numbers in articles, they are written in digits when used alongside currency (and anything that acts like a cost), Food, levels, stats, modifiers, and timers or various durations. Otherwise, they are written in letters.

Capitalization and specific terminology

Capitalization

In general, words that are designed to refer to names, or to specify a particular object, are capitalized. For example, the word level, when used in general, is not capitalized, but it is when specifying a particular level, for example the player unlocks the Dragon Academy at Level 4. Another example is the word chest; The Epic Chest is the most expensive of all chests. Or the word seal; Chronos is unlocked when forging all the seals; the Seal of History is found in the Ancient Palace. Same goes for quest: Winning quests is necessary to progress on the Campaign Map; The first quest in the game is Quest 1.

Some words, both the word itself (in both singular and plural forms) and what they refer to, when referring to in-game features or mechanics, are always capitalized (except for prepositions contained within them): Dragon, Element. As such, when referring to in-game Dragons, the word is capitalized, but when referring to dragons outside the game the word is not capitalized. Element is used to refer to one of the twelve attributes of a Dragon (Fire, Wind, Earth, Water, Plant, Metal, Energy, Void, Light, Shadow, Legendary, Divine). Thus, when element is used under the meaning of feature or component, it is not capitalized.

For a clearer understanding, the following represents words (in both singular and plural forms) that, when referring to game mechanics and features, are always capitalized (except for prepositions contained within them): Campaign Map, Clan, Clockwork Dungeon, Campaign Map, Dragon Codex, Dragon Fury, Dragon League, Enchantment, Food, Heroic Mode, VIP, and the names of in-game currency, characters, ruins, stats, types/classifications, skills, obstacles, decorations, islands, buildings, and so on and so forth. Note that even when not written by its complete name, the feature is still to be capitalized: The [Clockwork] Dungeon is unlocked later in the game.

Terminology

  • Type or classification is used to refer to the rarity tier of a Dragon (Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary, and Divine). In some cases, Boss might be included for administrative purposes, but it is not a true rarity.
  • Archipelago is the collective term used for islands while Dragolandia refers to the place where the entirety of the game takes place, thus it includes both the Archipelago and the Campaign Map, as well as comprising other elements or locations within the game.
  • Whenever a specific Main or Side Quest is referred, it must be written as Quest Number (Full Name), for example: Quest 1 (Port Of Numa). Additionally it must be specified from which mode it is part of (Normal Mode or Heroic Mode).
  • A Dragon, with the exception of some categories, has two names, namely its species name and its given name. Its species name, or just its name, is used to refer to the one all Dragons of that kind possess (example: Mentor Dragon, with Mentor being the species name). Its given name is the one randomly-generated by the game and assigned automatically to the Dragon upon being hatched, which can also be changed (example: Olmi, Onte).

Formatting, linking and categorization

Text formatting

See this MediaWiki article for more information

To make a text bold, three apostrophes must be put on either side of it, while using the Source Editor, such as '''Dragon Mania Legends''', or in Visual Editor by selecting the word and clicking B on the editing bar above. This will result in Dragon Mania Legends.

To make a text italic, two apostrophes must be put on either side of it, while using the Source Editor, such as ''Dragon Mania Legends'', or in Visual Editor by selecting the word and clicking I on the editing bar above. This will result in Dragon Mania Legends.

To make a text both bold and italic, five apostrophes must be put on either side of it, while using the Source Editor, such as '''''Dragon Mania Legends''''', or in Visual Editor by selecting the word and clicking I and B on the editing bar above. This will result in Dragon Mania Legends.

Linking

See this MediaWiki article for more information

Whenever something having its own article on the wiki is referenced in another article, it must be linked at least once. This is done by putting two brackets on either side of a word in Source Editor or by selecting the word and clicking the Link button.png button in Visual Editor. For example, [[Campaign Map]] will result in Campaign Map.

If one wishes to change the text which is displayed for a link that is shown, a pipe (followed by the desired text to be shown) must be added before the closing brackets. For example, [[Campaign Map|Dragons on the Campaign Map]] becomes: Dragons on the Campaign Map.

External pages can be linked, as well. A single opening square bracket must be written, then the URL of the page (including the http:// part) followed by a space, the desired text, and a single closing square bracket. So, for example, [http://www.gameloft.com/en/ Gameloft] will look like this: Gameloft

Categorization

See this MediaWiki article for more information

All articles and files (pages and images) must be properly categorized. Depending on the type of article/file, the required categories can be found here.

Categorizing a page can be done by simply going to the bottom of an article, while using the Source Editor, and adding [[Category:(name of the category)]].

All image categories start with the "Images:" prefix (i.e. [[Category:Images:(name of the category)]]). The simplest way to categorize an image is by manually adding the categorization in the Summary box before uploading it when using the classic uploader or multiple uploader. If an image has already been uploaded, the same option is available as with pages.

Templates

See this MediaWiki article for a larger documentation about templates and how to be used properly

Templates have multiple purposes on the wiki. They are used to mark something specific on a page and they represent an efficient alternative to typing lengthy words, as well as replacing various things across multiple articles with only a few edits.

Below is a list of frequently used templates. All link templates, with the exception of those used for displaying images, as well as other templates, also have the option to change the default text that is displayed by adding a pipe before closing the template and the desired text between the pipe and the closing of the template. For example, {{ctg|Dragons|Dragons on the Campaign Map}} will result in Dragons on the Campaign Map.

Templates that are used for displaying images have the option to change the default size of the image by adding a pipe before closing the template and the desired size between the pipe and the closing of the template. For example, {{icon|The Great Dragon Race|25}} will result in The Great Dragon Race Icon.png with a size of 25 pixels, the default size being 20 pixels for that particular template. Note that in the case of these templates, both the article and the icon have to have the same name, with the icon receiving the word "Icon" at the end of it.

Link templates

Link template Usage Example
Code Outcome
{{ctg}} Links to categories by their name {{ctg|Dragons}} Dragons
{{c}} Links to classification categories by their name {{c|Rare}} Rare
{{e}} Links to Element categories by their name {{e|Fire}} Fire
{{em}} Links to Element categories by their full name {{em|Fire}} Fire Element
{{apd}} Links to the Arena Dragons category as "Arena-Prize Dragon" {{apd}} Arena-Prize Dragon
{{ced}} Links to the Clan Dragons category as "Clan-Exclusive Dragon" {{ced}} Clan-Exclusive Dragon
{{csd}} Links to the Card Dragons category as "Card-Segment Dragon" {{csd}} Card-Segment Dragon
{{ded}} Links to the Dungeon Dragons category as "Dungeon-Exclusive Dragon" {{ded}} Dungeon-Exclusive Dragon
{{ebd}} Links to the Enchantment Dragons category as "Enchantment-Breedable Dragon" {{ebd}} Enchantment-Breedable Dragon
{{eld}} Links to the Enchantment Dragons category as "Enchantment-League Dragon" {{eld}} Enchantment-League Dragon
{{eod}} Links to the Event Dragons category as "Event-Only Dragon" {{eod}} Event-Only Dragon
{{ltd}} Links to the Limited-Time Dragons category as "Limited-Time Dragon" {{ltd}} Limited-Time Dragon
{{red}} Links to the Reward Dragons category as "Reward-Exclusive Dragon" {{red}} Reward-Exclusive Dragon
{{ved}} Links to the VIP Dragons category as "VIP-Exclusive Dragon" {{ved}} VIP-Exclusive Dragon
{{dotm}} Links to the Dragon of the Month category {{dotm}} Dragon of the Month
{{dotw}} Links to the Dragon of the Week category {{dotw}} Dragon of the Week
{{wdp}} Links to the Weekly Dragon Pieces category {{wdp}} Weekly Dragon Pieces
{{ba}} Links to Attack base categories by their number {{ba|56}} 56
{{bh}} Links to Health base categories by their number {{bh|240}} 240
{{bg}} Links to Gold/Hour base categories by their number {{bg|370}} 370
{{character}} Links to a specific character on the article Characters {{character|Arya}} Arya
{{cr}} Links to a specific currency on the article In-Game Currency {{cr|Dice}} Dice
{{h}} Links to a specific Habitat on the article Habitats {{h|Legendary}} Legendary Habitat
{{island}} Links to a specific island on the article Islands {{island|Tranquil Garden}} Tranquil Garden
{{ruin}} Links to a specific Ruin on the article Ruins {{ruin|Ancient Palace}} Ancient Palace
{{icon}} Links to an article in the mainspace by its icon {{icon|Achievements}}
{{icon|Fire Dragon}}
{{icon|Experience}}
Achievements Icon.png
Fire Dragon Icon.png
Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by its icon {{icon|Boss Dragons|i=1}}
{{icon|VIP Dragons|i=1}}
Boss Dragons Icon.png
VIP Dragons Icon.png
Links to an article in the mainspace by both its article and icon with the name being shown first {{icon|Achievements|i=2}}
{{icon|Fire Dragon|i=2}}
{{icon|Experience|i=2}}
Achievements Achievements Icon.png
Fire Dragon Fire Dragon Icon.png
Experience Experience Icon.png
Links to an article in the Category namespace by both its article and icon with the name being shown first {{icon|Boss Dragons|i=3}}
{{icon|VIP Dragons|i=3}}
Boss Dragons Boss Dragons Icon.png
VIP Dragons VIP Dragons Icon.png
{{cicon}} Links to a rarity by its icon {{cicon|Rare}} Rare
{{dicon}} Links to a Dragon page by both its article and icon with the name being shown first
Adding "|i=2" before the closing braces will move the name on the second position
{{dicon|Fire}}
{{dicon|Fire|i=2}}
Fire Dragon Fire Dragon Icon.png
Fire Dragon Icon.png Fire Dragon
{{eicon}} Links to an Element by its icon {{eicon|Fire}} Fire
{{s}} Links to the body shape category the Dragon belongs to, while categorizing the page, as "bodyshape"-style
Only used under the Description sections of articles of Dragons
{{s|winged}} winged-style

Other

Template Usage Example
Code Outcome
{{mos}} Links to the Manual of Style {{mos}} Manual of Style
{{coc}} Links to the Code of Conduct {{coc}} Code of Conduct
{{ec}} Links to the Editing Central {{ec}} Editing Central
{{wqrg}} Links to the Wiki Quick Reference Guide {{wqrg}} Wiki Quick Reference Guide
{{wp}} Links to an article on Wikipedia {{wp|Dragon}} Dragon
{{u}} Links to a user’s page {{u|DML Wiki}} DML Wiki
{{ut}} Links to a user’s talk page {{ut|DML Wiki}} talk page
{{template}} Links to a template in the Template: namespace {{template|wp}} {{wp}}
{{dmlw}} Links to an article in the Dragon Mania Legends Wiki: namespace {{dmlw|Staff}} Staff
{{rt}} Used for inserting rollover text
Any symbol, word or even sentence(s) can be used to indicate that a word/sentence has rollover text information
{{rt|*|text here}}
{{rt|word|text here}}
*
word
{{deadlink}} Used to indicate any kind of link that is no longer available {{deadlink|[[MediaWiki:Smileys]]}} [dead link]
{{quote}} Used for adding anything between stylish quotes {{quote|Dragons}}
Dragons

If one wishes for an image or page to be deleted, then the {{delete|reason for deletion}} template must be added anywhere on a page and an admin will decide whether or not the page should be deleted, based on the given reason.

Articles

When creating a new article of Dragons or events, one must make use of the pre-defined models.

  • For Dragons: Dragon Article Model
    • For Dragons of the Week/Month and for the obtaining sections: Breeding Model
    • The Dragons used in combinations must always be linked, and no level must be added next to them. The types must also be linked by using the template linking as explained above.
  • For events: Event Article Model

When creating other articles, the rules listed so far must be followed. If the article is about a feature introduced within an update, this information must be specified in the introduction of the article (example: Introduced in Update X, Name feature is...).

Whenever an update brings any kind of changes to a feature, this must be reflected on the article itself and the old information must be added under a section titled Noteworthy Changes in a bulleted list.

Images

Images are used to depict different aspects and features of the game. Any extra detail that is present on the image and has nothing to do with what it should represent (such as backgrounds and neighboring buildings) must be cropped out. Images can be uploaded using this for single-file uploads and this for multiple-file uploads. Any text present on the images has to be in the standard language of the wiki (American English).

When adding a new image, the following process must be followed:

Dragons

Image of: Proper Naming Proper Sizing Proper Format Special Information
Dragons in their adult form Name Dragon 400-600 pixels width .png Remove background. Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Dragons in their infant form Name Dragon Baby 400-600 pixels width Remove background. Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Dragon eggs Name Dragon Egg 256x256 pixels
or smaller
Take screenshot of egg in 'Speed Up' view.
Crop to image of Egg and resize.
Remove background.
Image must be in 1:1 width/height ratio.
(Example)
Book of Dragons entry: base stats, Codex entry, cost (if any) Name Dragon Base Stats - Codex Entry An exact width of 700 pixels .jpg Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Dragon Advertisements Name Dragon Advertisement (Event) A maximum width of 2,000 pixels, but no lower than 900. Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Other images of Dragons in
different situations, locations or events
Name Dragon (Name Situation/Location/Event) A maximum width of 1,500 pixels. Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
Only use .png format for images with transparent backgrounds.
(Example)

More examples of how the images should look can be found here.

Events

The following conventions for are only taken into account when a generic image can not be used.

NOTE: If an event is exclusive to VIP users, add VIP before the date

Image Proper Naming Proper Sizing Proper Format Special Information
Banner Name Event (yy.mm.dd) An exact width of 700 pixels .jpg Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Milestones Name (yy.mm.dd) Milestone Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Leaderboards Name (yy.mm.dd) Leaderboard Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Tiers Name (yy.mm.dd) Tier <#> A maximum width of 1,300 pixels, but no lower than 700 Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)
Event Advertisements Name (yy.mm.dd) Advertisement A maximum width of 2,000 pixels, but no lower than 900 Resize width, height will auto-adjust.
(Example)

More examples of how the images should look can be found here.

Other

For other images, the naming and sizing conventions might vary. In order to find out the appropriate name for an image, one should check this category.