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This page lists various tasks that need doing on Dota 2 Wiki. If you want to get involved but don't know where to start, then look down this list for any tasks which need completing.

Note: There may be portions of this page that are out of date.

Editorial tasks[edit source]

High Priority[edit source]

These are easy tasks that require no special knowledge of MediaWiki. Please read this editing guideline before doing any of the following tasks.

  • Add more information to low-content hero Counters pages. Use Phantom Lancer/Counters as a format model.
  • Add more information to low-content hero Guides pages. Use Juggernaut/Guide as a format model.
  • Add recommended heroes information to Items pages. Use Eul's Scepter of Divinity as a format model.
  • Keep an eye on any new patches and update heroes/items pages accordingly. Remember to update the changelog pages as well.
  • Double check latest patch notes and add any changes to the appropriate Mechanics page. This is often neglected after hero pages are updated.

Medium Priority[edit source]

Low Priority[edit source]

  • Community database + portal
    • Individual pages for every major workshop artist
    • Individual pages for all major Dota 2 sites (Dotabuff, Dotacinema, etc)
  • Add second black background column to Emoticons
  • Add all Terrain tiles to Faction page as gallery
  • Incorporate brand/player icons into Template:Cosmetic Item infobox
  • Finish Terrain + Weather preview galleries using the exact same image dimensions as seen on Desert Terrain, with HUD cropped out

Translation[edit source]

We currently support Chinese, Russian, German, Brazilian-Portuguese and English. Do not follow Language translation because it is outdated. Go to the respective subwikis and just start editing.

Maintenance tasks[edit source]

These are the tasks that are on-going maintenance work, or which are part of on-going projects that will take a significant period of time to complete.

  • Partake in active discussions
    Partake in the active discussions regarding articles or files to decide what action should be taken towards them - used for listing discussions regarding merging, moving, or deleting articles - and "other" discussions requiring user input. Sometimes also used to remind users of certain things.
  • Give your opinions on articles marked for open review
    Articles that have been marked for open review should be checked, and your feedback is appreciated. Articles marked as such may have conflicting or disputed contents which need attention and we prefer to discuss these articles with the community before making any decisions.
  • Add to articles listed as Stubs
    Stubs are articles which are usually too short and need additional content. If you believe you have added enough content, even if the article is not finished, remove the {{Stub}} from the article.
  • Clean up articles
    The great thing about wikis is that anyone can contribute. The downside to this is that articles can become messy and the contents may not be easy to read. Readers should be presented with articles that are a 'good read' and easily flow between one another. To bring some consistency to the wiki, the style guide was introduced and should be followed when cleaning up articles.
  • Check recent uploads
    All uploads should be tagged with an appropriate license, or marked for deletion (as appropriate). If you are unsure about which license should be applied, use the tag {{unknown}} and ask the uploader to fill in the correct details via their talk page.
  • Recent changes patrol
    Check through the list of recent changes (particularly new pages and edits from anonymous users) to catch vandalism/spam. If existing pages are vandalized, then the changes should be reverted. If new junk pages are created, they should be marked for deletion.
  • Create missing category pages
    Check the list of missing categories, and check whether the articles in the category are in the right place. If not, update the category links on the article(s) in question. If they are, then add a category page, ensuring that you categorize it so it shows up in the right place in the tree. For non-English categories, copy the categories from the English version, i.e. if Category:Carries has Category:Heroes, then Category:Carries/ru should have Category:Heroes/ru - the same structure but /ru versions.
  • Fix orphaned pages
    Pages that haven't been linked to will show up as orphaned. No pages should exist that do not have links from other articles because readers will have no way to find them. If the contents of the articles listed as orphaned are useful, find a related article and create a link to it. If the contents are not useful, they should be marked for deletion using one of the deletion templates. Note: Red-linked pages will show up as orphaned. As these pages may well be reused, there is no need to mark these pages for deletion.
  • Fix dead-end pages
    Opposite to orphaned pages, dead-end pages have no links from them which means readers will have nowhere to go but back. Pages showing in the list should be updated to provide links out of the article; if the contents are not useful or old, they should be also be marked for deletion using one of the deletion templates.

The following tasks can only be carried out by staff members, but can be initiated by anyone.

  • Requested deletions
    These categories should normally be empty. Any articles in these categories are deletion requests and should be checked out. All sub-categories should be checked and if the criteria have been met then the article(s) should be deleted.
  • Requested moves
    This category should normally be empty. Any articles in this category are requests for articles to be moved. If the criteria have been met then the article should be moved and the template removed.

Administration tasks[edit source]

The following tasks should be left to Dota 2 Wiki's administrators.

  • Finish Lore database
    • Create Comics database
  • Create convenient major links box near the top of the front page - Creeps, Buildings, Guides, Counters, Audio, Comics, etc
    • Link to this To Do page somewhere on the front page, maybe inside the box
  • Reorganize Gem pages with emphasis on what counts as strange counters or not, currently some runes and event gems are basically the same as Inscribed Gems
  • Find way to better represent Customizations and Loading Screens with lower load times

Future Projects/Ideas[edit source]

  • Full Audio database
  • Put Inscribed Gems/runes in equipment templates? Since they are hero-specific. - Could cause slower load times
  • Upload custom cursor files from Cursor Packs - Cant find files in .vpk
  • Table or information on rarity drop rate percentage for Treasures - No information in files, hardcoded, community estimates only
  • Redo Pennant pages when Valve decides to fix their naming scheme
  • Redo past events pages like Diretide 2012 - Low priority, almost no pageviews
  • Research Greevils and all their egg/particle effect variations, upload previews
  • Upload hero voice responses for non-English languages
  • Gameplay portal and template - Roles, Laning, Creep Control, etc
  • Invite workshop artist participation in posting concept art in cosmetic item galleries - Finish lore first
  • Find way to put hero ability demonstrations on hero pages - .gifs or create Youtube channel for wiki and embed a single demonstration video for each hero
  • Donations button?