Guide to Contributing to the Wiki

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Before You Edit

We're glad you've shown interest in contributing to the wiki. Before you can edit articles on the wiki, you will need to register an account. Registration is currently open to all users.

If you have any questions while you edit, you can leave a message on an article's talk page or ask on our IRC channel: #bs12wiki on


Wikicode is the strange syntax used by all sites running MediaWiki including this one. If you don't know it and are prepared to learn, you can do so here and here. If you don't want to spend your life learning this markup, then fret not, you can still help.

How to Help

Before and while editing, be sure to consult the Style Guide for help on how to format new and existing articles.

New Pages

New content is constantly being added to Baystation12, and most of it will need to be documented in the form of tutorials, information articles, etc. When new content is added, or when you see that a particular part of the game is missing an article, you can search for it to see if a page or section for it exists and already, and, if it doesn't, you can create a new one. If you wish to work on a page uninterrupted, make it in your personal sandbox area or anywhere in your own user namespace. If you don't know wikicode, you can create a unformatted page and ask someone else to format it for you.

Content Revisions

A list of pages which need revisions can be found here

Updates are frequent and we need people to update the information on the wiki. To do this simply edit the page to add any new information and remove any old, outdated information. If you don't know wikicode you can write the new, updated content on the discussion page without formatting. If you're not sure about an edit, or if you're not sure if information is correct, you can use the article's discussion page to discuss any changes to the article.


If you have relevant images, then upload them and add them to the page they're intended for. It is appreciated if the pictures of items you add have a blank background and are in the .gif or .png format. The easiest way to add images of items is to download the source code, open the icons .dmi files and export images as .gif's or .png's from there.

Marking for Revision and Deletion

If a page is out of date or doesn't have a reason for existing, add one of the following tags to the top of the page:

{{Needs revision}}


Some pages are intended to be entertaining. However, remember that a newbie might not realize something is a joke or sarcasm, even if it is blatantly obvious to the rest of us. Think about where jokes fit as well as where they don't. For more information about jokes and humor in the wiki, read our style guide.

Useful Pages

Our style guide can be found here.

Changelog: Changelog

Categories: Used, unused and wanted

Templates: Used, unused and wanted

Files: All, unused and wanted

All pages: All existing pages and Wanted pages

Baystation12 Wiki Specific Markup

The wiki also supports the features of the ParserFunctions extension. You can also make use of the gallery, nowiki, and completely preformatted text (<pre>) tags.

Contribution Guides & Game Resources
General Guide to Setting Up a Server, Downloading the Source Code, Guide to Contributing to the Game, Game Resources category
Coding Basics of Coding in BYOND, SS13 for Experienced Programmers, Binary flags‎, NanoUI
Mapping Guide to Mapping
Spriting Guide to Spriting
Wiki Guide to Contributing to the Wiki, Style Guide