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I'm the admin of Dungeons & Dragons Lore Wiki, the largest non-setting-specific encyclopedic wiki for Dungeons & Dragons canon. Originally founded in 2010, I adopted the wiki in 2018 to provide an encyclopedic general D&D wiki, since and are primarily repositories of homebrew material, and it's my belief that encyclopedias of canon and fan work need to stay separate to avoid readers and editors confusing one for the other. Hence, the D&D Lore Wiki is much like the Forgotten Realms Wiki, with the notable difference that it covers non-setting-specific D&D material.

Recently, someone exported Ulgurshek to the D&D Lore Wiki, after it was deleted from the Forgotten Realms Wiki due to lack of Realms-specific relevance. This is an excellent use case for the D&D Lore Wiki, and I want to welcome editors to similarly use the D&D Lore Wiki to rescue articles deleted from FRW for lacking Realms-specificity in future.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to invite editors to contribute to D&D Lore Wiki in general. We have a major shortage of editors, and the project's scope is enormous (every non-setting-specific first-party D&D product element), so the wiki needs all the help it can get. If you're interested in editing non-Realms D&D articles, please see How to contribute and Editing guidelines. Thanks!

BeardWizard (talk) 23:59, 9 April 2022 (UTC)

Hello, and welcome! Yes, I think we're in good agreement about separating canon and fanon/homebrew, and in our case, the Forgotten Realms from other settings. In my case, I also manage the Eberron Wiki and Ravenloft Wiki. I want to see good wikis work like the worlds themselves, where a link in the lore can take a reader seamlessly from one wiki and one setting to another. Wikis having different styles, templates, and formats is an impediment to that, however. And naturally the setting's connections and prominence, the FRW's size and popularity, and our familiarity with our methods mean the FRW has naturally accrued a lot of core D&D lore and parts of settings like Planescape and Spelljammer.

It hasn't been our intent though. We welcome the growth of other wikis and I've always encouraged our new and regular editors to take topics specific to core D&D and other settings to the D&D Lore Wiki and other wikis, to help develop them and to maintain the FRW's focus. I've done a little there myself; I copied over Shothragot from the FRW a few months ago, and added a few pages deleted at Wikipedia. Next time I go through Unrelated pages or find a core topic, I'll try to move some more your way.

Anyway, I will definitely keep encouraging people take stuff to the D&D Lore Wiki. I think we can also build some inter-wiki links to take readers between our pages on matching topics. And do feel free to copy over whatever articles, templates, and other components you need. I look forward to collaboration and helping each other grow.
BadCatMan (talk) 09:49, 10 April 2022 (UTC)

The D&D Lore Wiki has a few ways of linking to the other major D&D wikis, listed at Template:Navbox interwiki link templates. Most notably there's {{fr}} for making links to articles on the Forgotten Realms Wiki, e.g. {{fr|Waterdeep}}, and {{infobox wiki}}, which is an article sidebar for linking to the equivalent article on other wikis. Forgotten Realms Wiki mainly uses the External Links at the end of an article to link to other wikis, which may suit FRW better.
BeardWizard (talk) 14:43, 12 April 2022 (UTC)

I would appreciate the FR wiki linking to the D&D Lore Wiki for certain articles. Here is an example of a link directing readers to the Baldur's Gate Wiki:

Bg icon.png Sarevok Anchev article at the Baldur's Gate Wiki, a wiki for the Baldur's Gate games.

Please let me know your thoughts BeardWizard! If you have a specific icon image in mind, we would be happy to include that as well.
Ruf (talk) 15:22, 12 April 2022 (UTC)

I have created an interwiki template: {{D&DW}}.
Ir'revrykal (talk) 16:22, 12 April 2022 (UTC)