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Policy status and phases

Category policy
Copyright policy
Deletion policy
Speedy deletion
DNP policy
NDA policy
Editing policy
Disruptive editing policy
External links
Fan fiction
Guild pages policy
Images policy

Items policy
Lore policy
Naming policy
Neutrality policy
Personal articles
Player character pages
Stub policy
Three revert rule
User naming
Vandalism policy
Voting policy

See also: guidelines, administrators
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This page is an official policy on WoWWiki.

This policy has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.

  • Feel free to propose any changes to this policy, but please make sure that changes you make follow the official process and reflect consensus on the discussion page before you put them into practice. Any big changes need to be Adopted or Decreed to be enforced as policy.
  • See WoWWiki:Policies for an overview of WoWWiki policies.
  • See Category:Policies for a list of proposed and adopted policy articles.
  • Shortcut: WW:ITEMS

Item articles are one of the most populous types of articles in the Wiki, and as such, are prone to the most variation. This policy outlines what consistencies must be used when creating or editing an item article.

It is not the intent of this policy to construct a platform for a strict database for items, rather, one that organizes them in a consistent manner and allows for comparison and discussion above and beyond what is available on database sites while still offering the capabilities of broad edits and updates.


The article name must match the item name exactly, complete with any punctuations. If there are multiple items with the same name, a "disambig" redirect article should be created, with the items disambiguated by their defining characteristics at separate pages. See Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian for a good example of this behavior.


Item articles are required to follow the base formatting of Help:Item articles.


The following elements from the boilerplate are required as documented on the Help page:


These elements are optional, but should be included when it relates to the item:

  • Screenshot of item in-use
  • As an ingredient
  • As a quest objective
  • Patches and hotfixes
  • Notes

The Boilerplate and Tooltip template are very well documented and together will provide almost all of the functionality that will need to be used for both required and optional elements.


Images of items that have models in-game should be limited to one or two at the most. They should depict the item being equipped/used by a character in-game and cropped accordingly. (Example: Image:DawnsEdge.jpg).


The article must have <onlyinclude> tags around the tooltip, allowing the tooltip data to be included on other articles on the Wiki. (Help:Item articles has this functionality by default.)

There are to be no sub-articles for any element of the item article, which means that all of the information must originate from the base item article.

Additional content

As long as the previous required elements are included, any additional information in relation to the item is encouraged to be added to the article. This can include lore, previous versions, bugs, connections to the TCG, undocumented effects, etc. Normally the Notes section of the article is ideal for this, though others may apply as well.


Rarely, some item articles may require a different or modified format depending on the type of item and the related content. If an author feels an exception should be made when stepping outside of the required format, they must document this in the item's Talk page and be aware any changes may be reverted at the discretion of admins.

Pages which have extremely short sections (for example, only an intro and a one-sentence source section) can have their section titles removed. If all the relevant information is presented in a few sentences this is preferred, as it reduces unnecessary whitespace. For an example, see [Ring of Arathi Warlords].

Policy enforcement

  • Any item articles that do not yet have all of the required information or are using outdated tooltip formatting should be marked with {{Stub/Item}}.
  • Any sub-articles should be marked with {{Speedydelete}} as long as the information is also present in the article (if relevant).

See also