Help:Converting from Wikipedia

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Although in principle there is no reason why articles can't be taken from Wikipedia, some work is most likely required to make sure that the article fits in here.

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It is assumed that you are already familiar with basic wiki editing and that you know your way around a wiki.
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Converting from Wikipedia

Using templates

Editing articles

Citing sources

Creating an index


Uploading and adding media



Permitted media


Creating category pages


Artwork and media






Magic Items



Use the Wikipedia template

Because the page history is lost when the article is initially taken from Wikipedia, a link should be provided back to the original article so that its history and contributors can be seen. This can easily be achieved with the use of the {{Wikipedia}} template, as follows:


This produces:

Wikipedia logo.svg

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Example. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.
The text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Fix broken images

If you copy across an article, the images won't automatically be copied. You have three options where images are concerned:

  • Bring the images across from Wikipedia (subject to copyrights)
  • Supply alternative images to replace the ones that were in the original Wikipedia article
  • Remove the images altogether

The list is, in general, in order of preference. Only remove the images from the article if you cannot bring them across from Wikipedia and cannot find any suitable alternatives to use.

Fix broken templates

Many templates on Wikipedia are also applicable to this wiki, but not all. However, just because a template exists on Wikipedia does not mean it exists here. You have a few options here:

  • Bring the template across from Wikipedia
  • Find another suitable way of representing the information in the template
  • Remove the template and the information it contains

The list is, in general, in order of preference. It is quite likely that a direct copy of a Wikipedia template won't work here, for any of the following reasons:

  • The version of MediaWiki here is earlier than that at Wikipedia
  • The template relies on other templates that don't yet exist here
  • The template uses stylesheet information from a Wikipedia stylesheet that is not in the stylesheets here

If you cannot get the template to work, it would be preferrable to rewrite the template in a feasible way. If this is still beyond your ability, you will have no choice but to leave it out.

Fix broken categories

It's likely that your article will be in Wikipedia categories that do not exist here. Do not simply create these categories! Most of them are not appropriate. For example, Amiri on Wikipedia might appear in the "Fictional barbarians" category, but this category would simply be called "Barbarians" on this wiki—that is, if the category is needed at all.

If you are in doubt about what category an article should be in, prefer existing categories rather than creating new ones, because these are hard to remove and can cause problems if lots of articles end up in the wrong category. If you cannot find any suitable existing categories, simply do not categorize the article. Someone else is bound to sift through the uncategorized articles and categorize it for you.

Change article context

Articles in this wiki should be written, where possible, from an in-universe point of view. Most articles on Wikipedia will not be written like this, and most contain additional clauses to clarify that the article is about the Starfinder campaign setting, which are not needed here.

Example Wikipedia excerpt

The Red Mantis is a fictional organization in the Dungeons & Dragons-based Starfinder campaign setting. Red Mantises are ruthless assassins who wear armor that mimics the bodies and heads of giant insects.

Example with context changed

The Red Mantis is an organization of ruthless assassins who wear armor that mimics the bodies and heads of giant insects.

Fix broken links

Note that this does not mean "get rid of all the red links"—this wiki still has many missing articles and red links are inevitable at this stage. Some links on Wikipedia need to be disambiguated because there are other articles with similar names, but that might not apply here.

Example Wikipedia link

In this example, there might be other articles on Wikipedia with the name "Navasi" so this link refers to the Navasi article concerning Starfinder.

[[Navasi (Starfinder)|Navasi]]

Example with link fixed

Since we are primarily concerned with Starfinder on this wiki, the only article with the title "Navasi" must be the one that relates to the Starfinder campaign setting!



This is what the talk page is for! If you create an article but you need help to get it looking the way you want, or you have any other difficulties or questions, you can use the article's talk page. Don't be hesitant to express yourself on the talk pages—this wiki is not quite as formal as Wikipedia!