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This page contains general guidelines for writing your own article or editing existing articles. For the moment there are mountain pages and hut pages, both will discussed in detail.


[edit] General notes

[edit] Creating a stub

A stub is a page which contains a limited amount of information, mostly only the overview box at the right side of the page is (partially) completed on a stub page. However stubs are very useful because they attract people with an interest for the specific page to the site and they can add additional information.

To create a stub, simply create the desired page of interest and copy the appropriate information box template from the templates page. Some general information needs to be filled out depending on the type of page you are creating. Have a look at other pages to get an idea of the desired markup of the information box.

After you completed the information box, you can add some minor additional information on the page itself and you have created a stub page! Be sure that to add categories if possible and flag the page as a stub.

[edit] Creating categories

Creating categories is a very interesting way of attracting people from one page to another page. Be sure to add categories as soon as possible to a page. People from other pages in the same category might be interested in your page as well and can help you editing the page. Have a look at other pages to get an idea of the existing categories. Try to be very specific when you choose a category to create a rigid structure in the site. So instead of 'Mountain' or 'Switzerland Mountain' use categories such as 'Zermatt Mountain' etc. Those categories are grouped together in parent categories and those parents are grouped together again etc. The complete tree of categories is available on the front page, browse it to have an idea what a category should look like.

[edit] Flagging pages

It is important to leave information for other people on a certain page. For example you can mark or flag a page as a stub page or a page that is very good but misses some interesting pictures for example.

[edit] Quality assessment

Every page should have a quality assessment. It is just a tag on a page that indicates if the page is a stub, a starting page, a good page or a perfect page. There are no real rules, but use common sense. These quality scores are used by the Mount Wiki bot to advise editors which pages they should work on.

To mark a page as stub, start, good or perfect put the following tags at the first line of a page and a tag will appear in the right top corner: Stub: {{Stub-class}} Start: {{Start-class}} Good: {{Good-class}} Perfect: {{Perfect-class}}

The Mount Wiki bot examines certain categories of pages now and then and generates a report, based on the quality scores. An example of such a report is viewable here.

[edit] Additional info required boxes

There are preconfigured templates available that you can use to let other users know that certain info is missing.

For example the {{Mountain_stub_full}} displays this box and should be placed on mountain stubs.

More info on those boxes is available in the sections below.

[edit] Creating a stub page

Let's summarize what to do when creating a stub page:

  • The first line of the page is the {{Stub-class}} tag
  • Then add the {{Mountain_full_stub}} or {{Hut_stub}} to show that info is missing
  • Then add the the appropriate infobox and fill it out as good as possible
  • Add some minor information if possible
  • And close the page by adding categories

[edit] Creating a mountain page

[edit] Structure

  • The first line of the page is the quality tag
  • The second line is the 'Mountain full stub' template in case of a stub page or a similar box that can specify what is needed on the page
  • Information box on the right side using the {{Infobox_mountain}} template
  • General information
  • Routes using the {{Infobox_route}} template
  • Multipeak or multiday suggestions
  • An overview of the routes
  • Additional photos if possible
  • The recommended books template, if available for that particular region of the world
  • And the categories at the final end of the page

[edit] Additional info box

The following template can be used to mark that a page needs certain additional information. Only if for example general = true, the box will display that general information is needed. You can delete certain lines to remove it from the box.

| general = true
| routes  = true
| photos  = true
| topo    = true
| other   = This mountain needs any other useful data!!!
shows this box
| topo    = true
| other   = prominence!!!
shows this box

[edit] General Information

This section contains general information and a little background on the region of the mountain, the mountain itself and maybe a very short description of the most interesting route. Have a look at other pages to have an idea of the desired structure of this section.

[edit] Routes

This is the part that will probably take the most time, but also is the most interesting.

Start every route with a subheading and be as specific as you can be and mention the difficulty in the title. For example 'North-West-Ridge (PD)' is good and better than 'NW ridge'. Also try to order your routes from easy to hard.

The first part of the route always starts with the infobox_route template. The following items are required in this box: The summit altitude(automatically gets converted to ft), name of the route, duration, type (i.e. Glacier, Snow, Rock, (Ice waterfall)), difficulty (going from F,F+,... al the way to ED-,ED; use {{}} brackets to get the grading figure), the village where to start from, the mountain hut if needed and the topographic map (LKS maps from Switzerland can be used by using only the number between {{}} brackets. The following template will generate the following infobox.

| Elevation= {{convert|1111110|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}
| Name     = Example
| Duration = 2h
| Type     = Snow, Glacier, Rock, Ice waterfall
| Difficulty={{PD}}
| Base     = [[Example Village]]
| Hut      = [[Example Hut]]
| topo     = {{1328}}
Elevation Difficulty Rating PD PD
Type Snow, Glacier, Rock, Ice waterfall Duration 2h
Valley base Example Village Hut / hotel Example Hut
Useful maps SLK 1328: Randa

Make a detailed description of the route after this infobox. Start your description from the mountain hut if there is one used. Try to be very specific and detailed and use figures where appropriate.

[edit] Multiday suggestions

This part contains some interesting multi-peaking trips or multiday suggestions. Try to be rather short here, but give a clear overview of the different waypoints. For example: Mountain 1 - Hut 1 - Mountain 2 - Pass 1 - Bivouac - Mountain 3. Here you can add your own multi-peak or multiday trips or routes that you might find interesting.

[edit] Overview

This section contains an overview of all the routes that are available. This section might look a bit complex in the beginning, but it has its purpose. Use the following syntax to include the overview on the page:


The {{overview_opener}} and {{overview_closer}} tag create the table header and footer, in between them is the real content. Then create a subpage called /overview and make the overview on the subpage. This way, overviews from several mountains can easily be grouped on a page. A /overview subpage should look like this

<onlyinclude><!-- START ADDING ROUTES HERE -->
| [[Alphubel]] || 4,206 || {{SUI-flag}}[[Valais]] || [[Pennine]] || [[Mischabel]] || 355 || South-East Ridge || {{Table-PD}} || [[Täsch]] || [[Täsch Hut]] || G S R || 4-5h || 1328
| [[Alphubel]] || 4,206 || {{SUI-flag}}[[Valais]] || [[Pennine]] || [[Mischabel]] || 355 || East Flank || {{Table-PD}} || [[Saas Fee]] || [[Längflue]] || G S || 4-5h || 1328
| [[Alphubel]] || 4,206 || {{SUI-flag}}[[Valais]] || [[Pennine]] || [[Mischabel]] || 355 || North Ridge || {{Table-PD}} || [[Täsch]] || [[Täsch Hut]] || G S R || 5,5-6,5h || 1328
| [[Alphubel]] || 4,206 || {{SUI-flag}}[[Valais]] || [[Pennine]] || [[Mischabel]] || 355 || West Ridge - Rotgrat || {{Table-AD+}} || [[Täsch]] || [[Täsch Hut]] || S R || 5,5-7h || 1328
| [[Alphubel]] || 4,206 || {{SUI-flag}}[[Valais]] || [[Pennine]] || [[Mischabel]] || 355 || West Rib || {{Table-D}} || [[Täsch]] || [[Täsch Hut]] || S R || 7-9h || 1328

Note: Instead of using PD or {{PD}}, use {{Table-PD}} etc, this way you can sort the difficulty column on route difficulty instead of sorting it alphabetically.

[edit] Additional photos

Using the <gallery> tag you can add extra photos if you want. Be aware that the maximum resolution of images on Mount Wiki is 1600px on 1200px. Bigger images can be uploaded, but cannot be transformed into a thumbnail and will cause the page to not show the image at all!

[edit] Recommended books

Using the {{Books/xxx}} tag you can add recommended books very easily. Have a look on the Books template page to see which sections of recommended books already exist.

For example: mountains in the Mischabel massif should have the {{Books/Mischabel}} tag.

[edit] Categories

Last but not least, add the different categories.

Note: You might have noticed that this page contains 'Stub Mountains' and 'Expandable Mountains' categories. Those are automatically added to the category list when using the pink 'additional info' boxes. As they are added when using the boxes, those categories are also added on this page.

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