Tag Guide

Looking to suggest a tag?

Go to the Tag Suggestion Thread to propose a tag for staff to create! Before you do so, read through the Tag Creation section below to make sure your proposal meets the right requirements. (It'll also help to make sure the tag doesn't already exist! This guide contains a list of all existing tags on the site, so peruse that as well if you're unsure.)



What Are Tags?

Tags are single word- or single phrase-indicators used to categorize the Backrooms Wiki's wide diversity of articles by a number of different means, such as category, subject matter, setting, and genre—if there's a non-trivial way to sort it, there's likely a tag for it. Tags serve not only to organize, but to allow people to more easily narrow down the Backrooms library into sets of pages they'd be interested in.
Tags can have broad parameters, like the level tag, which encompasses every level page on the wiki. Some are more specific, like poicon2021, which contain all the extant articles written for the POI creation contest from 2021.

Untagged pages are more difficult to find, which is why it is important that every page on the site has at least one tag. A live list of untagged pages can be found on the Lowest Rated page, so that they can have tags applied to them appropriately.

Tagging Your Pages

Anyone can apply or edit tags on pages, but this should preferably be done with the permission of the page's author(s) if possible. Members of staff may apply new tags to pages without warning, but these are strictly for technical or organizational purposes.
That being said, if you've got a page in the works and you're not quite sure what tags to apply (or how to apply them), this guide will hopefully be of some help!

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This button right here.

Wikidot pages start out with no tags, so you'll have to add the tags to your page after it's been published. That's done using the Tags button located on the bottom menu.
You can type into the resulting text field to add tags. They're entered exactly as they read, and are separated by spaces.

Tags with multiple words in their name are strung together by hyphens. For example, masked-maidens is a valid single tag, but masked maidens registers as two separate tags instead.

Be sure you know what the tags you're applying to your page mean! That's what the Tag Directory below is for. Carefully picking out the right tags for your page prevents confusion on the part of your readers, and also prevents the staff team from having to sort tags out on their own. Adding irrelevant tags doesn't warrant staff action unless it's done repeatedly and/or maliciously.

You can add as many (applicable) tags to your page as you'd like! Adding relevant tags is a great way to convey what your page is about quickly and easily, and it'll show up when users search for specific tags whilst looking for articles they might want to read.

Tag Directory

This will hopefully stay up to date with every usable tag on the site—if it's behind, contact a staff member to get it fixed.

Primary Tags

These tags describe the page's basic subject matter. Nearly every page on the wiki will have one of these—seldom more than one.

Tag Criterion Additional Notes
level For articles on levels. Unnumbered levels and sublevels, although not present on the normal level list, also use this tag.
entity For articles on entities. Enigmatic entities, although not present on the normal entity list, also use this tag.
object For articles on objects. -
group For articles on groups of interest (GOIs). Any group page can use the generic group tag, no matter how many pages it has; however, groups aren't added to the Groups List unless it features in at least 7 pages by at least 3 different authors.
person-of-interest For articles on people of interest (POIs). -
phenomenon For articles on phenomena. -
room For articles on individual rooms. Note that rooms and sublevels are distinct. Sublevels should still have the level tag, but rooms shouldn't.
tale For tale articles. Tales don't necessarily have to treat a specific subject, and aren't bound by the formats that other page categories typically follow such as levels or entities. This is a very broad tag, so it's encouraged to include other relevant tags if possible.
essay For out-of-universe articles in an essay format. Essays serve to explain a specific process or component of the Backrooms Wiki in a more in-depth fashion.
theme For theme pages. -
Tag Criterion Additional Notes
author-page For author pages specifically. -
fragment For article fragments specifically. Fragments are separate pages that are combined into a single article, and aren't meant to be viewed individually. In-article, they're often utilized as offsets instead (but can be used for a few other purposes).
hub For hub pages specifically. Hub pages are those that primarily serve to showcase a collection of other articles under a specific theme. Groups, canons, contests, and page categories typically warrant their own hub.
guide For writing/coding guides, like this page here. -

Secondary Tags

These tags are used in conjunction with a primary tag to slightly narrow down some of the broader categories, such as levels and entities.

Tag Criterion Additional Notes
unnumbered-level For articles on Unnumbered levels specifically. Unnumbered levels also warrant the level tag.
sub-level For articles on sublevels. Sublevels also warrant the level tag.
enigmatic-entity For articles on enigmatic entities specifically. Enigmatic entities also warrant the entity tag.
canon For canon-specific hub pages. -
series For series-specific hub pages. -
translation For articles that have been translated from an international branch. See the International Tags for a list of branches.
joke-entry For joke articles. All joke articles should also receive their respective 'normal' tag—that is, any joke levels also get the level tag and so on.

Creating New Tags

Tag creation is facilitated solely by staff members—don't go making new tags yourself! If you think a certain categorization warrants its own tag, you're free to suggest it to staff. Most categorizations have a page threshold they need to meet before they're considered worth having a tag for. (Contest, Theme, Technical/Utility, and other tags are created solely at staff discretion and cannot be requested by site users.)

  • Groups, Characters, Settings, SD Classes, and Canons must have at least 7 relevant articles by at least 3 authors to receive a tag of their own.
  • Attribute tags must have at least 5 relevant level or entity articles.
  • International tags must be affiliated with an official Backrooms wiki branch.
  • Primary/Secondary page categories, Genres, and Styles don't have any page threshold to fill, but typically a few pages have to fall under a certain distinction before it's considered its own thing.

If you think your tag suggestion meets these criteria, head over to the Tag Suggestion Thread to formally request its creation. Note that you'll have to provide a list of articles that would be appropriate for your suggested tag, so be sure to have those on hand.

That's about all! Tags are a powerful tool—use them wisely and your hard work will be recognized.


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