Dwarf Fortress Wiki:Real World Information

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This is a page to discuss whether there is a place or not for real-world information in articles on this wiki. It's been discussed in different locations such as a forum thread and a user talk page. The goal is to have the discussion shift here to be more organized.


I feel that personal information's place in this Wiki should be fairly limited, perhaps with just offsite links to wikipedia.org for the material in question. After all, this is a game wiki. Dentist 12:59, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

If i can summarize the discussion page: some real world information is fine, but it has to be marked as such and separated from in-game data.

I was looking around for freely-usable pictures of obscure gems and such, so that people could at least look at the gems they find instead of wondering what the hell peridot is. Provided it's kept short & separate, isn't there a place for stuff like this? That way, people can learn things without confusing the information with in-game stuff and they won't have to think of everything as "just another rock." Uristocrat 21:49, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

We have a lot of existing images already on the wiki. I don't think there's any way for those to be confused with game data and they probably answer the most likely questions people will have about any given stone (i.e. "what the hell is orthoclase?") a lot better than most other types of IRL information would, so I'm going to try and link those orphaned images back to the current articles. Uristocrat 10:20, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

A little late to the party here, but maybe the minecraft wiki could be used as an example here. Maybe not pictures, just a short description of what the real world thing looks like, and it's uses, possibly under a trivia section? Conqerer2 21:00, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

i don't think it'd be a problem to include a little outbound link to a rock's Real Life article on Wikipedia at the bottom of its Magmawiki page. i'll start doing that from now on. --August 15:03, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Actually, the rock pages already have a link to the Wikipedia article at the bottom of the information template on the right side of the page, so there is no need to add a duplicate Wikipedia link within the article itself. --Cali 13:38, 29 March 2012 (UTC)