PCGamingWiki:Editing guide/The Series Sidebar

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Should only be used with a collection of games part of an overall series or franchise

The Series Sidebar serves as an extension of sorts for the Infobox. It gives a list of all the games in a particular series and points out where the current article resides in that list. Code-wise, it is always located directly beneath the Infobox and above Key points/General information.

The sidebar is made up of two parts:

The tag

Syntax

{{Series|Game}}

Example

Halo
Halo: Combat Evolved 2003
Halo 2 2007
Halo: Spartan Assault 2013
Halo: Spartan Strike 2015
Halo 5: Forge 2016
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition 2016
Halo Wars 2 2017

The tag is the portion that is written to articles. It acts as a proxy for the actual table (located in a dedicated Series: page).

In most cases, the actual table is already created and only the tag needs to be added. That being said, there will be times where a new series needs to be added in with no prior entry available. See below for details.

The table

The following is to used on a separate page using the Series: prefix. Creating a Series: page is the same process as creating a game article

Syntax

{{Seriesbox|title=Game|entries=
{{Seriesbox/row|[[The Game]]|2000}}
{{Seriesbox/row|[[Game 2: Electric Boogaloo]]|2004}}
{{Seriesbox/row|[[Game 3: Not Game 2]]|2014}}
}}<noinclude>[[Category:Series]]</noinclude>

Example

See Series:Game

The table is where the actual information is stored. It consists of 2 main parts:

  • The header. Besides holding the table together, the title of the sidebar resides here.
{{Seriesbox|title=Game|entries=
(content goes here)
}}<noinclude>[[Category:Series]]</noinclude>
  • Main game row. A row meant for full game releases in the series.
{{Seriesbox/row|[[The Game]]|2000}}

General rules

  • Games should be ordered on first PC release date (oldest to newest).
  • If an expansion is standalone (i.e. does not require the base game to function), it should be considered a separate game and listed as a full title.
  • Use the full title of the game when adding it to the list.
  • Some franchises are too large to fit onto one table (ex. Star Wars). Narrow in on what sub-series a collection of games follow.
  • A new game in a series should only be added in if it has been confirmed that it will be released on the PC (either Windows, OS X, or Linux).
  • While not common, fan games and major mods for a series can be added in if it is worth mentioning. Ask a mod before editing it in.