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Linking PathfinderWiki articles together is very important. These easily created links allow users to jump to information related to the article they are reading, greatly adding to PathfinderWiki's usefulness.

How to link

To make a link to another PathfinderWiki page (called a wiki link), put it in double square brackets, like this:

[[Sandbox]]

which the reader will see, after you save your edit, as this: Sandbox

If you want to link to an article, but display some other text for the link, you can do so by adding the pipe "|" divider (SHIFT + BACKSLASH on English-layout and other keyboards) followed by the alternative name. For example:

[[Target page|display text]]

will display as this: display text

You can make a link to a specific section of a page like so:

[[Target page#Target section|display text]]

which will display as this: display text

If you want the display text of the link to appear in italics or bold, nest the double square brackets for the link within the multiple apostrophes that delimit the italicized or bold text, like this:

''[[Pathfinder Chronicles]]''

which will display as this: Pathfinder Chronicles

Please check your links to ensure they point to the correct article. For example, Iron God points to the article about the minor god, while Iron Gods Adventure Path is the title of the article about the Pathfinder Adventure Path. There are also "disambiguation" pages, which are not articles but rather pages that contain links to articles with similar titles. Some, such as Pathfinder Chronicles (disambiguation), are obvious, while others like Pathfinder use generic titles.

These differing titles are where piped links are especially useful. For example, a wikilink of Jade Regent (adventure path) is much less readable than a piped link of Jade Regent, though both take the reader to the same place.

When to link

Adding links to an article makes it more useful, but too many links can be distracting. (Lead sections often have more links than other sections of articles.) To avoid excessive links, you should normally create a link in an article only where the first occurrence of a word or phrase occurs, and you should not link common words such as "magic", even if PathfinderWiki has articles for those words.

Looking at other PathfinderWiki articles can help you learn when to add links. You can find a list of high quality articles on the featured articles page.

Categories

You can also put the article in a category with others in a related topic. Near the bottom of the article, type [[Category:]], and put the name of the category between the colon and the brackets. For example, [[Category:PathfinderWiki tutorial]].

It is very important to add the correct categories so that other people can easily find your work. The best way to find which categories are appropriate for an article is to see what categories are applied to other articles on similar subjects. For example, if you write an article about a character within the Pathfinder campaign setting, you may look at an article on another character to see which categories could be appropriate. You can also check help articles about writing articles about specific subjects.

For more information, see Help:Categories
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