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The glossary is an appendix of phrases, jargon, or slogans used on the wiki.

SymbolsEdit

  • "+" – Shorthand for the addition of content to an article found in edit summaries. Usually followed by a word, abbreviation, or shorthand moniker, the addition symbol is popularly used this way on Wikipedia. Example of an edit summary might read: "+cats" meaning the editors added categories to the article in that edit.
  • "-" – Shorthand for the removal of content to an article found in edit summaries. Usually followed by a word, abbreviation, or shorthand moniker, the subtraction symbol is popularly used this way on Wikipedia. Example of an edit summary might read: "-triv" meaning the editor omitted trivia from an article.
  • "=" – An infobox edit. May refer to formatting, link changes, expansion, etc. in the infobox of an article.
  • /d – Shorthand for the Discussions mobile forum feature.
  • /d/g – Shorthand for the rules page for the Discussions feature.
  • 1.0 Forums – The Forums in their original state. Replaced by the 2.0 Forums and later the 3.0 Forums.

AEdit

  • "Admin" – Administrator. The group of editors who run the back-end of the wiki, write policy, and are general leaders of the community.
  • "Adoption" – Requesting user rights on a wiki with no active admins.
  • "AoE" or "aoe" – Area of effect. The range in which a spell effects something.
  • "Alts" or "alt," also "sock" or "sockpuppet" – An alternative account; the secondary account of a TES editor. Be aware that having multiple accounts violates our user policy.
  • "Anchor" – A piece of HTML that links to a specific section in a page, using the "#" character.
  • "Anon" – Anonymous editors of the wiki. IP addresses; moniker for the former admin Annonnimus.
  • "API" – Application programming interface. A software interface that other software can use to request information and make changes to data.
  • "App" – Usually referring to an application for a staff position. May also refer to the wiki's downloadable mobile application.
  • "Append" – Add a piece of content to the end of another piece of content.
  • "AR" – The Elder Scrolls: Arena.
  • "Archive" – A subpage of a talk page where messages are placed after the talk page becomes too long. May also refer to the action of using the ArchiveTool script to place talk page content in an archive.
  • "AWB" – AutoWikiBrowser, a type of bot used to edit the wiki.

BEdit

  • "Badgehunting" – When a user makes a large number of unnecessary edits with the intention of earning achievement badges. This behavior is discouraged, and may result in a block in extreme cases.
  • "Ban" – Technically refers to a ban from the wiki's live Chat, but is colloquially used to refer to a wiki block.
  • "Beth" – Bethesda Softworks.
  • "BHC" – Black Horse Courier. A small archive of ancient events on the wiki.
  • "BL" – The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
  • "Blank" – When a user removes all content from a page, either intentionally or accidentally.
  • "Block" – An action taken by an administrator to prevent a user from editing the wiki.
  • "BM" – The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon.
  • "Boilerplate text" – A generic message often placed on multiple articles through the use of a template.
  • "Bot" – Bots refer to automated or semi-automated accounts operated by administrators which can be used for maintenance or other functions.
  • "Broken redirect" – A redirect leading to a nonexistent page.
  • "Buffs" – An effect (usually positive) added to the player. Used mainly when referring to ESO.

CEdit

  • "CA" – Comprehensive Article.
  • "Cabal" – A highly secretive and possibly nonexistent group of editors who aim to undermine the encyclopedia. But one should remember that, truly, there is no cabal. That would be silly. Or would it?
  • "Canon" – Accepted, official material. Necessary on articles.
  • "Cap" – Used in edit summaries to note the capitalization of a word.
  • "Cargo cult coding" – A style of programming in which the programmer copy+pastes code into a program from another setting without actually understanding its significance. Often used in reference to template and MediaWiki edits.
  • "Cat" or "cats" – categories.
  • "CC" – Community Central, or simply "Central." A hub wiki of sorts for Wikia. Also refers to CC, although the term "CwC" is less confusing.
  • "CC-BY-SA" – The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, which is the license that the wiki uses to host content.
  • "CK" – Skyrim's Creation Kit. Sometimes erroneously used in reference to a Construction Set.
  • "Cmod" – A moderator on the TESWiki's Chat. May also refer to "Content Moderator," an unused position on this wiki.
  • "Community corner" – A brief collection of links found on the right side of Wiki Activity.
  • "Contribs" – A user's contributions log, which records edits they have made to the wiki.
  • "Copyvio" – A copyright violation, intentional or accidental.
  • "Council" – Community Council. A group of editors from across Wikia's network who have been selected to beta test and give feedback on upcoming products.
  • "Crat" – A user with bureaucrat tools.
  • "CS" – Morrowind or Oblivion's Construction Set.
  • "CSS" – Cascading Style Sheets. A programming language primarily used on MediaWiki pages.
  • "CT" – Consensus Track. A type of thread used to make a major wiki-related decision.
  • "Cut and paste move" – Renaming a page by copying the content from the article and pasting it onto a separate article with the desired title. Generally discouraged, as it does not preserve edit history.
  • "CVN" – Counter-vandalism network. The CVN on the TESWiki IRC channel.

DEdit

  • "Dab" or "Disambig" – A disambiguation page or the {{Disambig}} template.
  • "Data dump" – Copy+pasting large amounts of information from off-site sources without properly formatting it.
  • "Database dump" – A downloadable XML file of the wiki's article content and history, if desired.
  • "DB" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood.
  • "De-cap" – Used in edit summaries to note the de-capitalization of a word.
  • "De-sop" – To remove administrator or bureaucrat tools from a user. Antonym of "sop."
  • "Dead-end" – A page that does not link to any other article.
  • "Del" – Deletion, usually in reference to the act of deleting an article.
  • "DF" – The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall.
  • "DG" – The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.
  • "Diff" or "diffs" – The difference between two revisions of an article. A "diff" is linked to from the Recent Changes or Contributions.
  • "Dirty Diff" – When a revision contains clutter accidentally or unknowingly added by a user editing with an editor other than Source, such as Visual.
  • "Dmod" – A moderator on the Discussions.
  • "Doc" or "Documentation" – Template documentation. An template explaining how to use another template, which is transcluded on the original template page. For example, {{OnlineCharacters/doc}} is the documentation transcluded on {{OnlineCharacters}}.
  • "Double redirect" – A redirect page that links to another redirect page, breaking the original one.
  • "DPL" – Dynamic Page List, often used to create a list of pages in various categories.
  • "DPS" or "dps" – Damage per second.
  • "DR" – The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.
  • "Dump" – A database dump requested from Special:Statistics, often useful for bot work.
  • "Dup" or "Dupe" – Duplicate.

EEdit

  • "Editor" – Can mean someone who edits the wiki, but also refers to the interface used to do so (Visual, Classic, or Source).
  • "Edit conflict" – An error that occurs when two editors publish a revision to the same article at the same time.
  • "Edit spam" – Making so many edits in a short period of time that it starts to feel like spam, simply due to the quantity of edits being made.
  • "Edit summary" – The description of an edit optionally written by an editor before publishing.
  • "Edit war" – Two or more users continually reverting each other's edits.
  • "ESO," "ESOTU," or "TESO" – The Elder Scrolls Online.
  • "ESOMW" or "O:M" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.
  • "External link" – A link pointing somewhere outside the Wikia network.

FEdit

  • "FA" – Featured Article.
  • "Fandom" – A community of fans of a series or other product. Often used pejoratively, e.g. "Rick and Morty is a great show, but the fandom is totally rabid."
  • "Fandom powered by Wikia" – The name used by the company after the brand "Wikia" but before the brand "FANDOM."
  • "FANDOM" – The current branding of the company, disliked by some older editors.
  • "Fanon" – Fan fiction or fan-made content. Not allowed on articles.
  • "Fmod" or "Moderator" – a moderator on the Forums.
  • "Footer" – The set of Wikia links at the very bottom of every page.

GEdit

  • "GA" – Good Article.
  • "Global" – Usually refers to something corresponding to Wikia or a site-wide feature, rather than something on a particular wiki.
  • "GPL" – The GNU General Public License, which is what the MediaWiki software is licensed under.

HEdit

  • "Hatnote" – Short italicized phrases linking to a relevant page at the top of some articles.
  • "Header" – Generally refers to the large text denoting a new section of a page, such as this "H" section.
  • "HF" – The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire.
  • "Highlight" – When an administrator or moderator sends out a notification to every logged-in user on the wiki of a post on the Forum. Generally used to promote Weekly Updates or other important notices.
  • "History" or "Page history" – The list of revisions to an article over time.
  • "HoM" – The Houses of Morrowind add-on to The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
  • "HoS" – The Heroes of Skyrim add-on to The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
  • "HTML" – Hypertext Markup Language, "a standardized system for tagging text files to achieve font, color, graphic, and hyperlink effects on World Wide Web pages."

IEdit

  • "IC" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial City.
  • "Infobox" – The box of data and images on the top right side of an article. Base code is controlled through a template.
  • "Internal link" – A link pointing to somewhere on TESWiki.
  • "Interwiki link" or "Interlanguage link" – A link pointing to another wiki on the Wikia network, including TESWikis in other languages as well as other projects on Wikia.
  • "IP" or "IP address" – An Internet Protocol address, a unique identifier for any networked device.
  • "IPv4" – IPv4 is a common standard for IP addresses on the internet, now deprecated. Produces IP addresses that look like 166.109.2.82.
  • "IPv6" – IPv6 is a newer standard for IP addresses on the internet. Produces IP addresses that look like 2003:CF:C3DA:6A01:35BF:B039:CFEB:EC7.

JEdit

  • "JS" – JavaScript. A programming language primarily used on MediaWiki pages for various functional scripts.

KEdit

LEdit

  • "Lang" or "lang link" – Shorthand for language, a "lang link" being an interwiki link to a translated version of an article in another language.
  • "Local" – Usually refers to something limited to a particular wiki.
  • "Lock" or "protect" – When an administrator or moderator prevents anyone from commenting on a thread on the Forums or Discussions. This is distinct from deletion, which makes the thread invisible to regular users.
  • "Log" – Records of generic actions such as user rights, blocks, and uploads, found at Special:Log.
  • "Lua" – A programming language primarily used on Modules and some templates.
  • "Lucy" – An experimental new editor intended to either replace or supplement existing ones once completed.

MEdit

  • "Magic words" – Keywords built into MediaWiki which carry out specific functions. For instance, __NOTOC__ hides the table of contents on a page, and {{PAGENAME}} produces the name of the page it is used on.
  • "Mainspace" – Articles in the wiki proper. Mainspace articles contain no prefix. Delphine is an mainspace article, while The Elder Scrolls Wiki:Policies and guidelines is in The Elder Scrolls Wiki: namespace.
  • "Masthead" – Often refers to the masthead on a user's profile, which contains basic information about them.
  • "Meat shield" – An ally used to catch blows from enemies. A person or animal used as a shield.
  • MediaWiki – The free and open-source software present on many wikis such as Wikia and Wikipedia. Also refers to the MediaWiki namespace on the wiki, which is comprised largely of back-end code.
  • "Merge" – The process of combining the edit history of two pages. May also refer to the combination of two wikis' content and histories.
  • "Meta-templates" – Templates used inside other templates to execute the code of the original template.
  • "MM" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire.
  • "Mod" – A moderator, a member of the TESWiki staff whose job it is to keep an eye on the Forums. Also refers to fan-made modifications to games.
  • "Monobook" – An alternate skin for Wikia which could formerly be toggled through your preferences. Disabled by Wikia as of 25 May 2018.
  • "Moot" – A monthly event where editors meet to discuss policy and formatting guidelines.
  • "MOTM" – Member of the month.
  • "MW" – The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Alternatively, sometimes used as shorthand for "MediaWiki," depending on the context. Additionally, may refer to Message Walls, which are alternatives to talk pages.

NEdit

  • "Namespace" – A classification of pages based on their purpose. Namespaces other than the content namespace (ns:0) have a prefix before the title of the page.
  • "Navbar" or "Nav" – Navigation bar; the collection of links at the top of every page which are sorted by tabs and drop-downs. There is both a global navbar (controlled by Wikia) and a local navbar (controlled by the administrators).
  • "Navbox" – Navigation box; a collection of links in a template, usually placed at the bottom of an article to link readers to related topics. For example, {{SkyrimFortsNav}}.
  • "Nested" – Generally used to refer to nested templates or functions, in which one template is used within another one.
  • "News" – News team. Responsible for writing blogs on relevant events for the main page.
  • "Nom" – Usually referring to a nomination for staff or MOTM.
  • "Nowiki" – A relatively common coding tag that prevents the effects of wikitext (links, templates, italics, etc.) on anything within it. It can be used to display code without actually performing the function of that code. Often added accidentally by users in Visual Editor.
  • "NPOV" – Neutral point of view. Antonym of "POV."
  • "ns:0" or "ns0" – The mainspace, referring to actual articles such as Reman Empire or Balgruuf the Greater.
  • "Null edit" – A manual refresh of a page accessed from the drop-down arrow next to the "Edit" button of a page.

OEdit

  • "OB" – The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
  • "OBM" – Oblivion Mobile, a mobile adaptation of Oblivion. May also refer to the canceled Oblivion Mobile on PSP.
  • "OBSE" – Oblivion Script Extender.
  • "OOG" – Out-of-game. Usually refers to Out-of-Game Texts, such as those written by Michael Kirkbride. Deprecated term; "unlicensed" ("UL") is now preferred on the wiki.
  • "OOU" – Out-of-universe; things in the real world or elsewhere.
  • "OR" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Orsinium.
  • "Ordered list" – A numerically ranked list. Term derived from the HTML tag <ol></ol>, which is represented in wikitext with the octothorpe symbol #.
  • "Orphan" – An article that is not linked to from any article on the wiki. See Special:LonelyPages.
  • "Overarching" – Refers to a broad category being placed (usually, but not always, erroneously) on an article alongside a subcategory of it. For example, on the article Balgruuf the Greater, editors have purposely included Skyrim: Essential Characters and Skyrim: Characters, despite the former being a subcategory of the latter. In this case, Skyrim: Characters is considered overarching (in reference to Skyrim: Essential Characters).
  • OVERLINK – Linking the same words too many times in an article.

PEdit

  • "PAG" or "policy" – The wiki's policies and guidelines. Enforced by administrators; breaking policy may result in a block.
  • "Parameter" – A quantity in or a part of a template. For example, the "Image" parameter in {{SkyrimCharacters}}.
  • "Parent" or "parent page" – A page which is "above" another page, usually containing more general information about a subject. For example, TES:Style and Formatting is the parent page of TES:Style and Formatting/Quests.
  • "Patrol" – When a patroller marks a new article as good (verb).
  • "Patroller" – Patrollers are responsible for checking over new pages, edits, and files on Recent Changes and reverting undesirable additions.
  • "PC" – Generally refers to Player Character or Personal Computer in articles, depending on the context.
  • "Permaban" – To block a user from editing for an indefinite amount of time. Usually forever.
  • "PFP" – Profile picture, also referred to as an avatar.
  • "Piped link" – A link which displays content other than the title of the article it is pointing to, such as [[Woodcutter's Axe|Best item]].
  • "Plain text" – Writing the name to an image without a link. stormcloaks.png versus [[File:Stormcloaks.png|200px]].
  • "POV" – Point of view. Writing that is biased or does not meet our standard on neutral point of view.
  • "Prefs" – Your preferences page.
  • "Prepend" – Add a piece of content to the beginning of another piece of content.
  • "Project" – The Project namespace, displayed as "The Elder Scrolls Wiki:Example" or "TES:Example." Where policy pages are stored.
  • "PWB" – PyWikiBot, a type of bot used to edit the wiki.

QEdit

  • "Qtable" – A type of table commonly used to display quest journals such as this one, although they can be used as alternatives to Wikitables.

REdit

  • "RC" or "Recent Changes" – Recent Changes, where new edits are tracked by patrollers.
  • "Redlink" or "red link," sometimes "broken link" – A link leading to a nonexistent page.
  • "Redirect" or "hard redirect" – A page whose purpose is to point readers to a different page, often used for synonyms of article titles or for other formatting purposes.
  • "Ref" or "refs" – references.
  • "Rem" – Removal, usually in reference to the removal of certain content on an article.
  • "Revert" or "reversion" or "rv" – Undoing an desirable edit made to the wiki.
  • "Right rail" – The assorted links and widgets viewed on the right side of the wiki in the Oasis skin.
  • "RLR" – Red link removal.
  • "RM" or "rm" – To remove a piece of content from an article. Usually placed in an edit summary.
  • "Rollback" – A tool used by patrollers and administrators to rapidly undo a series of edits by a vandal.
  • "Root" – The wiki's top-level category, which on TESWiki is the category "Browse."
  • "RtCC" – The Return to Clockwork City add-on for The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
  • "RTE" – Rich Text Editor, also called the "Classic Editor." An alternative to Visual Editor and Source Editor.
  • "RV" or "rv" – To revert (undo) another user's edit or edits.

SEdit

  • "S:C" – The Special:Contact form, used to contact Wikia directly.
  • "Sandbox" – A page which users can edit in any way they like, generally to experiment with wiki markup. May refer to the wiki's official sandbox or to a sandbox which is a subpage of a user's profile.
  • "SC" or "sc" – An abbreviation for the Serial comma, also known as the Oxford comma, used in edit summaries or for other purposes.
  • "SE" or "SSE" – Skyrim – Special Edition.
  • "Section editing" – Editing a particular section of an article instead of the entire page at once.
  • "Self-link" – A link pointing to the article it is placed on. Displays as bold text instead of as a link if written with wiki markup.
  • "SF" or "S&F" – The style and formatting guide for editing articles.
  • "SI" – The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles.
  • "Sic" – A notice placed after an intentional misspelling, which means, "Thus was it written."
  • "Sig" – A user's signature, which is left at the end of a talk page message.
  • "SK" – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • "Skin" – The visual appearance of the wiki. The default skin on desktop is Oasis; on mobile, it is Monaco.
  • "SKSE" – Skyrim Script Extender.
  • "SM" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset.
  • "Soft redirect" – A short article whose purpose is to point readers to a different article. Does not work automatically; readers must click an additional link to reach said article. Used to redirect to a page on a different wiki.
  • "Sop" or "sysop" – An admin; to give administrative tools to a user (verb). Antonym of "de-sop."
  • "Source" – Occasionally shortened to SE, the Source Editor is the most commonly used way to edit the wiki among powerusers, as it gives the user access to the code behind everything in an article.
  • "SP" or "sp" – Short for "spelling," usually used in edit summaries to note that an edit just contains spelling corrections.
  • "Split" – To separate the content of an article into two or more articles.
  • "Staff" – Usually refers to the volunteers who run the wiki, but can also refer to paid employees of Wikia. The latter is usually denoted as "Wikia Staff" or simply "Staff" (capitalized), whereas the former is generally referred to as "local staff" or "staff" (lowercase).
  • "Stub" – A relatively short article which needs more content. Listed in the category "stub."
  • "Sub-stub" – A very short stub article, often containing bot-generated or very simplistic information.
  • "Subpage" – A page which is "under" another page, usually containing more specific information about a subject. For example, TES:Style and Formatting/Quests is a subpage of TES:Style and Formatting which focuses on quest article layout in particular.
  • "Subst" – Substitute. Often used in reference to the magic word {{subst:PAGENAME}}, which can speed up the process of creating a large number of pages.
  • "Syntax" – The way code is formatted on a page.
  • "Syntax highlight" – An option in Preferences that highlights different types of code, intended to make editing in Source Editor more efficient.

TEdit

  • "Tag" – Usually refers to an editor placing a maintenance template on an article or file. For example, "I tagged about twenty images for deletion yesterday."
  • "Tank" – A character built to withstand repeated and excessive physical blows, so as to divert, distract, or absorb the aggravation of targets so that weaker or long-ranged allies may attack.
  • "Template" – A page containing code that can display certain content on multiple pages without manually rewriting the content each time. For example, {{Disambig}} or {{SkyrimCharacters}}.
  • "TES" – The Elder Scrolls.
  • "Test case" – A subpage of a template page where template parameters are tested.
  • "TG" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Thieves Guild.
  • "The Wiki Which Shall Not Be Named" – UESP.net
  • "TIL" – The Imperial Library.
  • "TOC" – Table of Contents.
  • "TOU" – Wikia's Terms of Use.
  • "TP" or "tp" – talk page.
  • "TR" – The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal.
  • "Transclusion" – A process by which content on one page is automatically generated on another through the use of the <onlyinclude></onlyinclude> tag.
  • "Troll" – A user who purposely incites or engages in disruptive behavior. Trolling is disallowed on TESWiki, for obvious reasons.

UEdit

  • "UESP" – Utah Educational Savings Plan.
  • "UL" – Usually refers to Unlicensed Texts, such as those written by Michael Kirkbride. The wiki formerly recognized the term "OOG" for such texts instead.
  • "Un-wiki" – Something that goes against the fundamental concept of a wiki, such as protecting all articles from edits by non-admins.
  • "Unordered list" – A bulleted list. Term derived from the HTML tag <ul></ul>, which is represented in wikitext with the bullet symbol *.
  • "Update" – Depending on the context, a software update from Wikia/Bethesda, or a regularly-scheduled thread written by the staff explaining what has happened on the wiki in the past week.
  • "Userbox" – A type of template which users place on their profiles to display basic information about themselves, such as {{User-Time}} or {{User-Skyrim}}.

VEdit

  • "Vandal" – A user who, in bad faith, adds false statements to articles, breaks formatting, spams, adds profanity, or otherwise disturbs an article.
  • "Vanguard" – Vanguard. Volunteers from across Wikia's network who try to improve portability with all possible devices, especially mobile ones.
  • "VE" – Visual Editor, sometimes shortened to just "Visual." The default editor on Wikia, intended to be as user-friendly as possible.
  • "VIP" – Vandalism in progress, a page designed for users to report vandals.
  • "VSTF" – Volunteer Spam Task Force. Users who revert vandalism across Wikia's network.

WEdit

  • "Wall" – Shorthand for Message Wall, but can also be used to refer to talk pages. For example, "I left a message on your wall, did you read it?"
  • "Watchlist" – A list of pages that you follow. Pages in this list can be unfollowed, and pages not in the list can be followed, using the "Follow" button on the bottom toolbar.
  • "WH" – The Elder Scrolls Online: Wolfhunter.
  • "Wiki Activity" – Wiki Activity, a more limited version of Recent Changes.
  • "Wikia" – The old name of FANDOM, before the rebranding to "Fandom powered by Wikia" in late 2016 and subsequently "FANDOM." Often conflated with Wikia, Inc., FANDOM's parent company. Older users may continue to refer to FANDOM as Wikia, despite the rebranding.
  • "WikiCities" – The name that FANDOM used prior to rebranding themselves as Wikia.
  • "Wikibreak" or "wikivacation" – When a user takes a break from the wiki, sometimes by placing the {{Away}} template on their profile.
  • "Wikimedia" – The Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia and other projects. Not affiliated with Wikia.
  • "Wikitable" – The standard table class on the wiki. Functionally advantageous, visually unremarkable.
  • "Wikitext" or "wikicode," also "markup" or "wiki markup" – Simplified code within wiki pages that has some functionality. Examples include links, templates, and italics. For example, HTML uses <b>bold</b>, whereas wikitext uses '''bold'''. Generally preferred in articles over HTML.
  • "WS" – Wikiscrolls, an offshoot of the UESP that was merged with the TESWiki over a decade ago.

ZEdit

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