Making the leap from reader to editor can be daunting, and the Publish button can be very intimidating when you know the world can see your first edit.
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Don't be afraid if you "break" anything. All edits to a page are stored in the page history, and if something does go wrong, you can simply revert to an older version. More importantly, any errors that do get made will simply be fixed by another contributor. Don't be discouraged if another contributor swoops in and makes adjustments to what you have just edited. It takes time to learn how to edit proficiently, so in the meantime, other contributors might help polish up your work.

FANDOM Wikia has many help pages, however I find them to be difficult to navigate, and they are often sorely lacking in detail. Therefore I've compiled this reference sheet which includes the basics of wiki editing, as well as direct links to the more advanced help pages on MediaWiki and Wikipedia which are still applicable to this wiki.


Wikitext is the main markup language used to format content on FANDOM. It can be used to add photos, tables, styles, links, and many other visual changes.

It's not necessary to know wikitext in order to edit a page: you can use the VisualEditor, or visual mode in the classic editor, to avoid it. However, users who learn it may appreciate the additional control they have over page content.

Wikitext can be used via 'source mode' in either editor. To access an article's wikitext:

  • VisualEditor: On the toolbar's settings menu (VE-PageSettingsButton.png), choose the VE-SourceMenu.png Source Editor option.
  • Classic editor: click the 'Source' tab at the top right of the edit area.

Below is an outline of basic wikitext that you can use while editing. Many of the options listed below have shortcut buttons in the editor toolbars.

How to Edit: help links
Basic Advanced

Markup Cheatsheet

Description You type You get
Italicize text ''italic'' italic
Bold text '''bold''' bold
Internal link
(within a wiki)



Display wikitext code as typed <nowiki>[[This is not a link]]</nowiki> [[This is not a link]]

==Section header==
===Subsection header===

Section header
Subsection header
Indented paragraph or line

No indent
: One indent
:: Two indents

No indent

One indent
Two indents
Bulleted list

* One
** One point one
* Two

  • One
    • One point one
  • Two
Numbered list

##One point one

  1. One
    1. One point one
  2. Two

[[File:Camp office.jpg|thumb|100px|The Camp Office in Mystery Lake]]

The Camp Office in Mystery Lake

Link to an image without displaying the image [[:File:FILENAME.EXTENSION]]

[[:File:Camp office.jpg]]

File:Camp office.jpg
Add a page to a category [[Category:CATEGORYNAME]] The category will be displayed at the very top and bottom of the page regardless of where the tag is added
Link to a category without adding the page to that category [[:Category:CATEGORYNAME]]


Wikitext: help links
Basic Advanced



You can upload images by going to "Explore" >> "Images" >> "Add New Image", or by going to Special:Upload. You can upload up to 10 images at once by going to Special:MultipleUpload. When uploading a photo, be sure to give it a descriptive name.


Images can be added to infoboxes, inserted into the body of the article using wikitext, or put in galleries. To add a gallery to the bottom of a page:

River Valley.gif|caption
Shovel.jpg|Another caption
Mobile Home 3.png|This is a mobile home

Will look like this:

Images: help links
Basic Advanced



Description You type
Begin table {|
Begin table row |-
Table header !
Table cell |
End table |}


  • By using class="wikitable" at the start of the table, the table will adopt the same formatting found on tables elsewhere on the wiki.
  • Use class="wikitable sortable" if you want to be able to sort the rows alphabetically or numerically.
  • Add style="text-align: center;" if you want the data to be centered in the cells.
Type Result
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center;"
!Header 1
!Header 2
|Item 1
|Item 2
Header 1 Header 2
Item 1 2
Item 2 6
Tables: help links
Basic Advanced


Pages can be added to categories to help keep the wiki organized. Category tags should go at the bottom of a page. Check if an appropriate category already exists before creating a new one. Most of the time, category tags are not manually inserted, because if the page has an infobox, the infobox will automatically add the page to the correct categories.

Categories: Help links


A template is a special type of page that has been designed so its content can be included in other pages. Since a given template can be included in many pages, it can help reduce duplication and promote a uniform style between pages.

Templates can be added to a page by inserting the following wikitext:

{{Template name goes here}}


Infoboxes are special templates found on the right side of many pages and provide at-a-glance information.


Navigation Boxes are special templates found at the bottom of many pages and provide a quick way to navigate to related pages.

Template order

Template order, from top to bottom on a page. It is not required that a page has all of these templates, however those templates that do appear should follow this order in the Source Editor.




Body of the article


Category tags

Parser functions

Parser functions allow the use of logical operators and mathematical expressions. They are used in some templates in order to format the data. You probably won't encounter these unless you are making new templates.

Templates: help links
Basic Advanced

Template Cheatsheet

The following is a list of the most used templates on this wiki, excluding the Infoboxes and Navboxes.

Name Description Usage Type
Quote2 Displays a quote. Should be placed below notice templates, but above content. {{Quote2|Quote goes here|Person who said quote}} Quote
Quote Displays a small quote. This template should only be used on pages with multiple quotes, where using Quote2 would take up too much space. {{Quote|Quote goes here|Person who said quote}} Quote
Delete Marks a page as being proposed for deletion {{Delete|Reason article is proposed for deletion}} Notice
Images needed Marks a page as needing more or better quality images. {{Images needed}} Notice
Outdated Marks a page or section as containing information that might no longer be true. {{Outdated}} Notice
Spoiler Marks a page or section as containing spoilers. {{Spoiler}} Notice
Stub Marks a page as incomplete or needing more information. A page is not a stub simply because it is short, but instead because there is more information that has yet to be included. {{Stub}} Notice
Disambig Used only on disambiguation pages. {{Disambig}} Notice
Clr Moves any content following the template below any objects floating left or right. Useful for when you want to get content to appear beneath an infobox, but the page isn't long enough for it to happen naturally. {{Clr}} Formatting
Tocright Puts the Table of Contents on the right. {{Tocright}} Formatting
Reflist Puts a list of references gathered from <ref> tags used in the page body. {{Reflist}} Formatting
Main Shows a link to the main article. Similar to Wikipedia's "See main article". {{Main|Page name}} Links
For Allows an easy display for links to related articles. {{For|information|Page name}} Links
Weight Takes a number (in kilograms) and formats/converts it to display weights in both metric and imperial. {{Weight|numerical value}} Data
Temperature Takes a number (in Celcius) and formats/converts it to display temperatures in both metric and imperial. {{Temperature|numerical value}} Data
Pic link Inserts the desired image as a 25px icon. {{Pic link|Image name}} Images

Style Guide & Best Practices

None of the following are rules. This is a compilation of consensuses reached by the community, as well as practices that keep the wiki organized and consistent.

  • Add a short summary of your edit when you submit.
  • Extra images should be put at the bottom of the page in a gallery.
  • The Long Dark takes place in Canada, and is made by a Canadian game developer. Therefore this wiki:
    • Primarily uses metric units (e.g., Celcius, kilograms, kilometres)
    • If there is any dispute about a spelling, we will use the spelling that is most common in Canadian English (e.g., behaviour, colour, centre).[1]
  • When uploading a file, choose a file name that is descriptive, instead of the default name assigned by your computer (i.e., use Camp_Office_interior_2.jpg not bfc0d5a1787cbab0f347.jpg).[2]
  • When the appearance of an item or location changes, upload images as new files rather than using the "Upload new version" feature.[3]
  • To prevent spam, only videos released or promoted by Hinterland are allowed on the wiki.[4]
  • Lastly, be friendly and courteous, assume good faith, be welcoming to new editors, and reach out to the admins or the forum if you have questions.
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