So you want to help expand and improve Modding.wiki? Great! As a community project, the success of this website relies on people like you adding new articles, improving existing ones and curating quality content. Before you get started, you should take a look through this page to understand the rules and organisation structure used here. This will ensure that we're all on the same page about what a good modding wiki looks like.
In order to contribute, you are required to log in to a Nexus Mods account. If you don't have one, it's free to create one and only takes a few minutes. The reason for this requirement is to leverage the spam protection of Nexus Mods and make it so you don't have to create yet another account just for this service. If you're having a problem with your account, you can contact email@example.com for assistance.
When you register an account with Nexus Mods, you agree to the website Terms & Policies outlined here. In addition to these basic guidelines, there are a few wiki-specific points to be aware of:
The structure of Modding.wiki should follow a reasonably consistent pattern in order to make it easy for users to find what they're looking for. This relies on a combination of the article link and the tags in use.
When adding content for a specific game, ensure that you include the game name in lowercase with no spaces (or the game domain as used at NexusMods.com) as part of the path. Then you need to decide if your content is written for mod users or mod developers and all that to the path appropriately. For example, if I am writing an article for Skyrim mod developers about creating a sword the link should be something like
skyrim/developer/creating-a-sword or if I'm writing an article of users explaining load ordering it would be
skyrim/users/loadorder. In the event that an article applies to more than one game or should put it under the game site you are most familiar with and use tags to identify others as explained below.
To mark an article as relevant to one or more games, you should use tags to signify this. As with the link structure above, the tag will be either the Nexus Mods domain name or the full game name in lowercase without spaces.
You can then use some of the key tags below to help further identify the content of your article:
||This is a game homepage.|
||This content is suitable for/relevant to users who are playing with mods.|
||This content is suitable for/relevant to users who create mods.|
||This content is a tutorial that users can follow.|
||This content can only be edited by moderators/admins.|
||This content relates to the Vortex mod manager.|
||This content features elements that are Not Safe For Work (NSFW).|
Adding images is a great way to help users understand the points you are trying to make. Wiki.js allows an easy way to add images while editing articles. When uploading new images, you should aim to keep the images in a subfolder related to the game you are writing about, where possible. Once again, use the Nexus Mods game domain or the game title in lowercase with no spaces.
Wiki.js (the software powering Modding.wiki) include several different options for the editors you can use when writing articles. We recommend using the Markdown editor in most instances if you are comfortable with the language, however, the Visual Editor has some great formatting options and is incredibly easy to use.
To make your article accessible to a wider range of users, we suggest that you expand any acronyms at least once in your writing. For example, if I want to refer to the “Content Patcher” as “CP” I would ensure the first mention of it is written as “Content Patcher (CP)”.
If you are using the Markdown editor you can also add additional information to acronyms or other jargon on hover by using the Abbreviation feature. Simply include your acronym as shown below and any instance of it will be automatically highlighted and show your detailed text on hover:
*[SMAPI]: Stardew Valley Modding API by Pathoschild
If you are a game developer or a modder who would like to see a new section created for your game, it's very easy to get set up. The wiki admins can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can join the Nexus Mods Discord to chat with our staff. We'll be able to quickly set up a section for you including some basic “How to create mods” and “How to install mods” example pages. From there you can edit to your heart's content.
There's no need to wait to share your articles, you can start writing under the page structure described in Link Structure before the game landing page has been created. You can also set up the game pages manually by copying an existing game page as a template.
We're always looking for volunteers to help curate the content shared on Modding. wiki. If you'd like to help out, send us an application and if successful we'll grant you moderator powers for the game sections you specialise in.
As a moderator you should have the following qualities:
In order to foster the spirit of free and open sharing of knowledge, all content submitted to Modding.wiki is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. This option has been chosen as it provides a balance between open sharing and protecting the work of our contributors from being stolen or paywalled by others. Please make sure you are fully aware of the license requirements if you wish to use our content outside of Modding.wiki.