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Trivia Guide

I think we should try to cut down on the amount of postulated pop-culture references on the wiki by having a more thorough description of what constitutes suitable trivia as part of this style guide. I'd write it up myself but I'm not sure I'm in a position to make assertions of that magnitude, so I'm just proposing it. Gearzein (talk) 22:59, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

I was thinking about that too, I'm just not sure how to codify it, or it even can be. "Cutting down" is a subjective thing. We can certainly see which items tend to be stepping over the line but I'm not sure if there's any rule we could write that would define the boundary. I'm open to suggestions though. Equazcion (talk) 23:01, 30 Oct 2014 (UTC)
Okay. A couple of guidelines I think are worth expounding on:
  • Be sure to read the page before editing. Editors frequently add tips and trivia that are actually explained in the first paragraph of the page.
  • Trivia should be points that are not immediately obvious and are interesting beyond a purely gameplay-oriented point of view. Points like Gold being super malleable and not suitable for weapons and armor, or explaining who George is, are good examples. Many things posted as trivia and not immediately reverted could still be just as easily classified as tips or bugs. If trivia seems far too obvious (e.g "Boreal Wood is wood from a Boreal Forest") it's probably not worth mentioning.
  • Trivia should not be speculation or untested research on item functions. If something is legitimately found to have interesting properties that are both provable and able to be replicated then they're better off as tips. (Untested phenomena may be anomalies or even bugs, but look into them a bit first, lest they turn out to be unrelated phenomena. For example, bosses spawn of their own accord sometimes, and it's easy to miss the warnings. Just because you threw a potion before it came into the world doesn't mean throwing that potion causes it to appear.)
  • Before adding trivia stating an item to be a reference to another piece of media, google it a bit to be sure that a) Terraria didn't come first and b) that media isn't referencing an older literary idea. A good example is the Broken Hero Sword- while it's commonly said to be a reference to any number of video games, most of those games in turn draw from knightly imagery dating back to the first swords ever forged.
  • Most pop-culture references in Terraria are plainly laid out, as with the several vanity sets that directly mimic the appearance of trademarked characters, so be certain when making large leaps in logic to justify a mention. A good rule of thumb: If you consider using the phrase "might be a reference", it's probably not. Re-Logic probably has no idea who Minamitsu Murasa is, so it's unlikely that they're the inspiration for the Anchor dropped during the pirate invasion, which actually is part of a public cross-promotion with Pixel Piracy. Which leads to the final point-
  • If at all possible, source your references. Some things like the Dye Trader having lines that reference Anchorman seem really farfetched, but have been confirmed by the team at Re-Logic. The word of the devs trumps anything else, so if they've outright said that something in the game is meant to reference something else then that's that.
That's all I've got for now. Really, I think most infringing cases (like almost everything said to be a reference to League of Legends) are clear-cut enough to not require a hard adherence to a set of rules, but general guidelines for newer users could be good nonetheless. Gearzein (talk) 00:09, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I added some of this, albeit pruned down and edited to be a little more concise. Pages like these tend to be ignored unless they're very very easy to read so I distilled down to the essential points. Hopefully it will help. I may add a link to this guide in the wiki's sidebar soon. Equazcion (talk) 01:11, 31 Oct 2014 (UTC)

Standard sections

Where should "References" be placed? Before, or after "History"? Ferretwings (talk) 01:33, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

After "History", because that section might contain <ref> tags, too. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:54, 16 June 2020 (UTC)


Item names are to be always capitalized, and it seems monster names too. What about groups of items or mobs? Should I put critters or Critters? Similarly, statues or Statues? I have seen both capitalized and uncapitalized versions on the wiki. HnZ88 (talk) 06:09, 16 December 2017 (UTC)

The titles of the objects should all be capitalized no matter if it is in the middle of the sentence or not. Terrariahelper2726 (talk) 00:50, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
As described in a more recent addition to the style guide, groups of items (or enemies, objects, etc.) should be lower-cased. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:54, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Text Color

How do you change the color of text? For example if I wanted to turn the word "fire" to red instead of black how would I do that? Terrariahelper2726 (talk) 16:29, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

You can use HTML tags in Wikicode, so to re-color a word you could wrap it in <span> tags and set a style attribute changing the font color, using a RGB, HEX, (HSL, RGBA, HSLA) color code or a predefined HTML color name.
Example: The four elements include <span style="color:#FF0000">fire</span>, <span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 255)">water</span>, <span style="color:LightBlue">air</span>, and <span style="color:#914D19>earth</span>.
Result: The four elements include fire, water, air, and earth.
Reference: The "span" tag, the "style" attribute, colors. --Rye greenwood (talk) 17:31, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
That said... please don't do that in main text without a really good reason, random changes in text color can seriously hurt readability. Color-coding tables and the like is sometimes useful, but still warrants care and restraint. --MentalMouse42 (talk) 04:19, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Version pages

Is there a set layout for the headings and sections of version pages? They seem a bit random, with stuff like Crafting and Tweaks as h2 headings. Additions, Changes and Fixes with specific subheadings would work. Nixinova (talk) 01:17, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

They are indeed rather random, because they are usually just copied from the official changelogs that Re-Logic publishes. That being said, standardization efforts are always appreciated! --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:54, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Capitalization of headers

Headers seem quite inconsistent on this wiki; should they be in Title Case or Sentence case? Nixinova (talk) 06:05, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

Sentence case for sure. I have added that, thank you. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:54, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Tone, second-person, bugaboos

There are a few aspects of wiki style which mostly are being followed by editors here, especially the more experienced ones, but which are not actually mentioned in the style guide. It might be worthwhile to actually put them into the guide. I will summarize some here:

  • Neutral tone: Do not include personal opinions, statements like "this is the best weapon" should not appear unless they are obviously justifiable by game considerations (damage/speed values, etc). Likewise for comments about beauty/uglyness of sprites and such.
  • Do not use second-person writing (addressing the player as "you") in main pages. However, second-person is acceptable in Guides (tutorials) and perhaps in Tips sections, depending on the page's overall style.
  • While the second-person rule may require some use of passive voice (such as "should be avoided"), don't overuse it.
    • In that vein, avoid phrases like "it is recommended...". By who? Why? If a statement such as "a wise player will" or "players should..." is warranted, then use it, and even so it's better to specify the purpose of doing such-and-such.

--MentalMouse42 (talk) 11:17, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

Another Bugaboo: Excessive images/icons. Not every reference to something needs to be a full-featured {{item}} template rather than a text link. Icon clutter can easily get out of hand, and the larger images (especially for the NPCs) mess with line spacing. (It would be nice to have a separate "npclink" template that inserts their map-icon headshot instead of their full-figure image.) --MentalMouse42 (talk) 23:58, 13 June 2020 (UTC)

Here is a copy with my proposed revisions. --MentalMouse42 (talk) 21:13, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! I have incorporated your suggestions. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:00, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

Proposed revisions: image naming conventions

I've made an editcopy with a new section about image naming; would this be something worthwhile to add? (The formatting is still a WIP, feel free to improve however you wish). -- Breathlessblizzard (talk) 04:17, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

Yes, it's good to have that written down for sure, thanks! I have added it. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:00, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

'sic' italics

It's Latin so it should be italicised. Maybe ammend the template to be in italics for editor convenience? Yggdrasilmamel45 (talk) 15:42, 28 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank you for noting! Eraloiz has changed it. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 21:00, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

How do you make a formal page for features

I am trying to make the page for Loadouts for 1.4.4 and idk how to formally make it. Can someone teach me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 25SAL361 (talkcontribs) at 15:26, 3 October 2022 (UTC)

I'm afraid there are no guidelines for pages about game mechanics. Those are simply too different in nature that it is difficult to set common guidelines that would apply to all of them. For instance, the page about fishing has a ton of content because it's such a complex mechanic, whereas the page about value is much shorter because there's not much to tell about it. There are a lot of articles about the various game mechanics that you could explore if you need inspiration. --Rye Greenwood (talk) 05:25, 4 October 2022 (UTC)

How exactly do arrays work?

I'm trying to improve an array on a page & it's glitching too much. Terraman2 (talk) 12:41, 20 May 2024 (UTC)

See Extension:Arrays on MediaWiki. BadPiggy1024 (talk) 12:44, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
That doesn't explain what's happening at all & doesn't even seem to give me a solution that I don't understand but can use anyway. The problem is that if I remove 1 of the information sections at the top & try to remove the information that goes in that section, the information stays but in the wrong section & pushes everything to the right of it also into the wrong section, with the information at the end being next to the array instead of in it. Terraman2 (talk) 13:03, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
I think maybe I found what I need. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:DynamicPageList3 Terraman2 (talk) 13:18, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
Actually, no, it doesn't include information about the specific thing that might be causing the problem. Terraman2 (talk) 13:24, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
Which page are you trying to edit exactly and how do you want to improve it? I'll see if I could help. BadPiggy1024 (talk) 14:41, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
The furniture sets page. The main improvement that I think should be made but don't know how to do, is that the bench section should be removed from the array because the array should only include common furniture types & it's also inconsistent due to vases not being included. The benches should instead be mentioned as additional furniture in a reference. The 2nd improvement that I think should be made but don't know how to do, is that the platinum candle, candelabra & chandelier should be listed as the secondary candle, candelabra, & chandelier of the generic set, with the candle & candelabra references removed & the platinum chandelier removed from the chandelier reference. The last improvement that I think should be made but don't know how to do, is that the 3 references about some of the obsidian & dungeon furniture not generating naturally & only being craftable, should be compressed into 1. I'm in the middle of making a new furniture set example houses build with various improvements, & after the page is improved, I'll finish the build, & then take a snapshot of it, & then add the blank background to the glass set, & then upload the snapshot, along with cropped versions that show 1 furniture set each, for the pages of the individual furniture sets. Terraman2 (talk) 19:13, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
You might as well also remove the remnants of the tiki torch & lamp post being included. I don't know how to remove that without causing problems. Terraman2 (talk) 20:12, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
I changed my mind about the bar furniture & jack o' lantern furniture, they should stay categorized as separate sets. Terraman2 (talk) 20:21, 20 May 2024 (UTC)
I changed my mind about including beams, I think beams actually aren't furniture so they shouldn't be included. Terraman2 (talk) 20:45, 20 May 2024 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I've added these to the page. BadPiggy1024 (talk) 05:00, 21 May 2024 (UTC)

You shouldn't have included every metal chandelier & the metal doors. Those furniture items are minor alternative furniture & consequently belong in references, only secondary furniture should be listed in the main list. Minor alternative furniture also shouldn't influence the source. & if the sources include 2 bars from the same tier, they should only be compressed into an "any something bar" thing if the individual items don't require a specific bar. If the 2 bars from the same tier have their own distinct items & can't be used to craft each other's items, then they should be listed separately in the sources section. You mostly should have just made the changes that I said to make, but I agree with including the metal sink. Terraman2 (talk) 09:58, 21 May 2024 (UTC)