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




Halo: Combat Evolved 2003
Halo 2 2007
Halo: Spartan Assault 2013
Halo Online 2015*
Halo: Spartan Strike 2015
Halo 5: Forge 2016
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition 2016
Halo Wars 2 2017
Halo Recruit 2017
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 2019
Halo Infinite 2020

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.


{{Seriesbox/parent|My Little Parent Series|}}
{{Seriesbox/row|[[The Game]]|2000}}
{{Seriesbox/row|[[Game 2: Electric Boogaloo]]|2004}}
{{Seriesbox/row|[[Game 3: Not Game 2]]|2014}}
{{Seriesbox/child|The Electric Boogaloo Spin-off}}


See Series:Game, Series:Halo, Series:Lego, or Series:Lego Batman.

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.
(content goes here)
  • Main game row. A row meant for full game releases in the series.
{{Seriesbox/row|[[The Game]]|2000}}
  • Child series row. Defines a child series of the current series, such as a spin-off series or subseries that connects specific titles.
{{Seriesbox/child|Name of the child series}}
  • Parent series row. Defines a parent series of the current series.
{{Seriesbox/parent|Name of the parent series}}

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.

Common issues

  • Issue: Cover thumbnail is listed as text in the series table.
  • Solution: Refresh the cache for the series page (More -> Refresh).
  • Description: This is caused by PCGW not having generated and cached the thumbnail of the cover yet, which might take a couple of minutes. A refresh of the cache might help.
  • Issue: Game includes a cover that isn't listed as a thumbnail nor as text in the series table.
  • Solution: Refresh the cache for the game page (More -> Refresh), and then the cache for the series page.
  • Description: This is caused by the game page not having updated its cached in a while, so the properties Property:Cover and Property:Cover filename haven't been set for it yet and therefor the series list can't retrieve the thumbnail.
  • Issue: Game includes the series sidebar, but isn't listed in the large series table even after cache refreshes.
  • Solution: Verify that {{Series|xxxx}} is being used, with a pipe | between the series template call and the name of the series, and that a colon : is not used instead, and then refresh the series page cache.
  • Description: Mistakenly writing {{Series:xxxx}} with a colon ( : ) instead of a pipe ( | ) will result in the game page transcluding the relevant Series:xxxx page directly instead of going through the Template:Series. This will case the necessary Property:Part of series declaration to not be set, which will mean the game will not be seen as a part of the series.