Omniversalis:How to make articles

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Welcome to Omniversalis! Here, we aim to provide a basic introduction to creating and editing a wiki-style article on Omniversalis. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding your next steps on the wiki, please feel free to reach out to the administrators on our Discord server.

Before creating an article[edit]

Before creating your first article, we encourage all newcomers to join our Discord server, where you can interact with the community and receive any support you need from our moderator team. Though we invite all contributors to work on whatever open or closed projects they like, we still desire to see everyone interact with one another to strengthen our community. As a rule, vandalism is a non-starter for Omniversalis, and will result in an immediate ban for the wrong-doer.

Wiki etiquette[edit]

Please familiarize yourself with the community rules before editing anything on Omniversalis. That said, please follow these basic principles:

  • Do not plagiarize other people's work, including both written and art work.
  • Do not edit other people's articles on Omniversalis unless you are directly-involved, or unless you have received permission to do so from the involved parties.
  • Do not involve other people's nations, works, or concepts without consulting them first and getting their consent.
  • Do not upload obscene gore or pornography in like with Miraheze's terms and services.
  • Please make all edits while logged into your account to ensure our moderators know it is you and not a bot or random person on the internet. Any image uploads require an active regardless.

Content you need[edit]

Once an individual has gone through the membership process and become a full member (a "Blue Name" on the Discord server), they are free to write about absolutely anything they want. However, before that, there are some requirements and guidelines for what you should be including in your first article.

For nation articles, we take after the Wikipedia style that they do for their nation articles. This article on Germany, or any other nation article on Wikipedia, is an example you can try to emulate in structure. However, do not copy text or assets directly from Wikipedia articles, even as placeholders. If you need placeholder text, use a Lorem Ipsum Generator.

To create a nation article, it is recommended that you include:

  • A completed infobox, with at least a flag (map and coat of arms optional)
  • Three introduction paragraphs in the Wikipedia style
  • At least 1-2 paragraphs for the "Economy" section
  • At least 1-2 paragraphs for two other sections of your choosing (e.g. History, Politics, Food, etc.).
  • Add {{Countries}} to the bottom of the article

How to do things[edit]

Now onto the learning! The Omniversalis Wiki is ran on the same engine as Wikipedia, so if something technical isn't covered here you will probably be able to fine your answer by Googling how you do certain things on Wikipedia.

Creating a page[edit]

To create your page in the first place, there is an inputbox on our Home Page with a button that says "Create Page". Type in the page title you're after, click the button and you're off to the races.

Basic text styling[edit]

Here's how you do some things with text.

  • ''Double apostrophes'' around text will italicize text like this: Double apostrophes
  • '''Triple apostrophes''' around text will look bold text like this: Triple apostrophes
  • '''''Quintuple apostrophes''''' around text will both bold and italicize text like this: Quintuple apostrophes
  • [[Article Name]] will link to an article within the Omniversalis wiki.
  • {{w|Article Name}} will link to an article on Wikipedia.
  • [ Your Text Here] will link to an external URL.
  • [[Category:Category Name]] will categorize an article as the category you choose.
  • [[:Category:Category Name]] will link to a Category page. If you want to change the name that displays when you link, you can add a vertical bar and type the display name you want. Like this: [[:Category:Category Name|What I Really Want]]
  • <sup>Superscript</sup> will give you superscript text. A common use for this is to show square kilometers in areas, like this: 2,400 km2
  • <small>Small Text</small> will give you small text like this: Small Text
  • * when starting a new line will give you a bullet point. You can indent the next line in a bulleted list by starting that line with **
  • : when starting a new line will indent that paragraph of text. Repeating the : will indent it more.

Upload and using images[edit]

To upload images on the wiki, first you must be logged into your account. Make sure to create an account before you start wiki'ing!

Once logged in, you will see the "Upload file" hyperlink on the leftside toolbar. After clicking, you will be brought to a page to upload and give your file a summary. This can be a description of the image (but that's optional). However, it is highly, highly encouraged that you give you categorize your images so they're easier to find for people navigating your content. For example, an image showing a military vehicle from the nation of Azania should have [[Category:Azanian military vehicles]] in its summary, which effectively categorizes it. That way, it will show up in that category page along with any other files or articles you've also categorized as such. We want the wiki to be as navigable as possible, so please make sure you do this!

After uploading, you can find out how to place images on your wiki with this Wikipedia Help Article on Doing Just That.

It is possible for you to use images already hosted on Wikipedia as well. You just use the filename of a photo on Wikimedia in the format. It is highly recommended that if possible, you should use Wikimedia photos is you were about to reupload that same photo or a photo very similar. This is so you don't clutter the wiki unnecessarily and put an unnecessary load on Miraheze's servers.

Country infobox[edit]

Every country page needs an infobox, which is the box at the top right of every nation page on the wiki with key information. You basically copy the text from here, paste it at the top of your nation article and start filling in the values. Additional guidance and examples can be found on Wikipedia's template page.

Note, when placing an image in the infobox in a place specifically meant for it, like the image_flag input for example, you just need to put the file name. Don't put the [[Image:xxx]] or [[File:xxx]] stuff around the file name in this infobox.


"Session Hijacking" error on log-in[edit]

If you try to log-in and get hit with an error similar to the one shown on the right, there's a number of ways to respond. First, you can clear your cookies and it should rectify it. Second, a more immediate but short-term solution would be to open the wiki in Incognito Mode or a browser you don't normally use the wiki on and you should be able to log-in unabated.


If you got redlinks like This, that means the article you are trying to link to does not exist. If you want to write about whatever you're trying to link to, then create the page using the input box on the home page. Make sure you're not just misspelling the title of the article.