RuneScape:Frequently asked questions

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Old School RuneScape Wiki or wikis in general. Not all questions can be included here, so feel free to ask any questions on this article's talk page by clicking here.

General FAQs

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a website that anyone can edit. To let yourself and others enjoy this site to the fullest, please research the facts before posting anything on one. Most wikis are open to the general public without the need to register any user account, as is the case for this wiki. For more information on wikis, check out Wikipedia's wiki article.

A wiki? For Old School RuneScape?

Yes. Everything on this site (or wiki) is entirely Old School RuneScape-related. We've got skill guides, quest walkthroughs, general guides, and much more. And the best thing about this wiki is that anyone can edit, including you! You do not have to be registered to edit, but you are encouraged to.

Can't I just go on Wikipedia?

While Wikipedia has an article on Old School RuneScape, it is very limited as to what they can add. Here, basically anything goes. Wikipedia's Old School RuneScape article is also designed so any reader can learn about the game, whereas this wiki is more for players (Old School RuneScape players, concretely). The level of detail permissible and encouraged here would be rapidly deleted fancruft, which is not allowed on Wikipedia.

Can I make articles about players?

Articles about players are not allowed. Sorry, but these articles are often targets for vandalism (e.g. "This player sucks!"). Also, players might not know there is an article about them on a site that anyone can edit, causing them to be concerned about what people are writing about them. It is also very difficult to verify any information except for the raw skill statistics about any given player, so it is best to not make articles about players. See our player article policy for more information.

I found an article about a player. What now?

Either contact an administrator and ask them to delete the page, or redirect the page to an article that it would be best suited to be redirected to, or, most easily, add {{d|No player articles.}} at the top of the page, so it can be easily seen as a target for deletion without having to tell anybody.

What's with the different coloured links?

There are two different coloured links.

  • Blue links (or brown links in the current wiki skin) are internal links. They link to other pages on the wiki.
  • Red links are pages that have not been created.

What do the numbers mean in the recent changes?

Some numbers can be seen in the recent changes after the time an edit was made. This number indicates how many characters were added or removed from the article. If the number is red, then characters were removed. If the number is green, then characters were added. If the number is in bold, it means that a lot of characters were either removed or added, indicating a major revision to the article. The coloured numbers, and the bold formatting, help indicate if users are vandalising articles or helping to contribute to them.

For example:

  01:23 RuneScape:Frequently asked questions (diff; hist) . . (+1,000) . . User (Talk | contribs)

would indicate 1,000 characters were added to this article by a user named User, whereas:

  01:23 RuneScape:Frequently asked questions (diff; hist) . . (-1,000) . . User (Talk | contribs)

would indicate 1,000 characters were removed from this article by a user named User.

Why do users have different colours?

In the recent changes and page histories, there are certain users with their usernames highlighted. The colours show the technical tools and abilities these users have. For a list of different access types, see RuneScape:Administrators.

  • Bot accounts use the AutoWikiBrowser or other such software to perform semi-automated edits and to perform various maintenance tasks.
  • Administrators, or Sysops, are editors who have access to technical features that help with maintenance. This may include deleting pages, files, and issuing blocks/bans to people.
  • Bureaucrats have all the powers of an administrator, with the added ability to change an account's user groups, such as making them an administrator.
  • Red links indicate any user who has not created a user page.
  • Autoconfirmed accounts are normal accounts that, unlike unregistered users, can edit semi-protected pages, move pages, upload files and maintain preferences.

How do I make an animation?

Different than just taking a still-shot, a specific type of software is used to make an animation. Camtasia Film Studios is such a program.

Can I upload pictures of my character onto the Wiki?

No. Any pictures of a user's Old School RuneScape character may not be uploaded onto the wiki unless it will be used in an article. If an image is uploaded just to be used on a userpage, it will be deleted. If you'd like to have pictures of your character on your userpage, feel free to use imgur.

Who owns this site? Who is the site leader?

Officially, Weird Gloop Ltd owns the servers that run this site. Jagex pays for the hosting of aforementioned servers, however they do not have permission to assume direct control of the website.

For a full list of individuals who have helped to write any given page, click on the "history" button at the top of each page.

But as for this site having a leader (elected or not), we have none (per the policy All editors have equal status). There are users who have different access powers (as mentioned above), but The Old School RuneScape Wiki is not run by a leader, webmaster, president, or anything of the sort.

Is there a way to download a version of a page for offline use?

All wiki pages are made available for download. To download individual and multiple pages, use Special:Export.

Does this wiki have a dark mode setting?

To set the wiki in dark mode, scroll to the top of any page, and click the moon icon, located in the top right, next to the clock. For mobile however, scroll to the the top of any page and then open the hamburger menu to the left.