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Common Editing Protocol

Wiki Editing

Here are some basic wiki editing tips:

  • Headings can be made by surrounding text with equal signs ('=') the more equal signs used the smaller the heading (e.g "=== hi ===" vs "== hi ==", the latter would be a bigger heading).
  • * makes bullet lists.
  • # makes numbered lists.
  • [[foo|bar]] makes a wiki link to page foo while displaying bar.
  • [http://example.com example] makes an external link to example.com while displaying example.
  • '''bold''' for bold.
  • ''italics'' for italics.
  • '''''bold italics''''' for bold italics.
  • <u>underline</u> for an underline text
  • Putting #REDIRECT [[<page name>]] as the only line in a page makes it redirect to <page name> when searched, e.g. putting #REDIRECT [[overall difficulty]] for a page called od.
  • [[wikipedia:osu!]] makes a wikipedia link to the article specified. Example: wikipedia:osu!


When adding a new page to the wiki, categorizing it properly is essential.

To do so, simply add the following to the bottom of your pages when editing them:

[[Category: Beatmapping]]

And so on, replacing Beatmapping with the category that your article is most relevant to. If your article fits under more than one category - simply include the other categories using the same code on the line beneath. For example:

[[Category: Beatmapping]]
[[Category: Taiko]]

This would categorize a page as both related to Beatmapping and Taiko.


  • When making screenshots, try to use jpg for gameplay/informative images and png for skin elements/everything else.
  • When making gameplay screenshots, they must be with the default skin whenever possible (In the case of Taiko screenshots (Gameplay only), the Taiko skin can be used instead).
  • The game screenshots can be up to 1280 x 960 for standard screenshots and 1366 × 768 for widescreen screenshots.


This article/section is a stub. You can help the osu!wiki by expanding it.

Here is a list of smileys you can use on the wiki (especially on talk pages) :

Smiley wink.gif : [[File:Smiley_wink.gif]]
Smiley smile.gif : [[File:Smiley_smile.gif]]
Smiley neutral.gif : [[File:Smiley_neutral.gif]]
Smiley crying.gif : [[File:Smiley_crying.gif]]
Smiley sad.gif : [[File:Smiley_sad.gif]]
Smiley mad.gif : [[File:Smiley_mad.gif]]
Smiley surprised.gif : [[File:Smiley_surprised.gif]]
Smiley razz.gif : [[File:Smiley_razz.gif]]
Smiley confused.gif : [[File:Smiley_confused.gif]]
Smiley grin.gif : [[File:Smiley_grin.gif]]
Smiley cool.gif : [[File:Smiley_cool.gif]]
Smiley lol.gif : [[File:Smiley_lol.gif]]
Smiley redface.gif : [[File:Smiley_redface.gif]]
Smiley rolleyes.gif : [[File:Smiley_rolleyes.gif]]
Icon exclaim.gif : [[File:Icon_exclaim.gif]]
Icon idea.gif : [[File:Icon_idea.gif]]
Icon arrow.gif : [[File:Icon_arrow.gif]]

Articles in Languages Other Than English

Make the page prefixed with the common language code used for your language, so for example:

ZH:Mapping for the Chinese version of the Mapping article or RU:Modding for the Russian version of the Modding article

Please categorize them based on languages too, [[Category:Chinese]] [[Category:Russian]] and so on.

If you are translating into another language, please add your language to the Other Languages page! There's already a few languages and counting, just add yours right at the end of the languages currently present!

If you need to translate a page title in your language, add {{DISPLAYTITLE:My translated title}} at the top of the page and add your translated name on it.

Please use templates

Templates are a common way on Wikipedia in order to use a predefined text to show something. Namely Template:Stub is used to show that an article is a "Stub" and that it is considered a short article that needs more information. In order to use it, simply use the code {{Insert Template name here}} so if I wanted to make this article a stub, it would be {{Stub}} and the output would be this.

This article/section is a stub. You can help the osu!wiki by expanding it.

Reusable templates

Template Description Usage example
{{Profile|1|2|3}} To use this template, type {{Profile|<UserID>|<Name>|<color>}} on the article.

Remember to edit "<UserID>" to the actual user's ID, "<Name>" to any name, and "<color>" is the group color.

When just typing {{Profile}}, it will appear as Anonymous

Code: {{Profile|2295078|Nathanael|green}}

Result: Nathanael

  • 1 = Beatmap number (Please state "s/" or "b/" first)
  • 2 = Name of beatmap
s/ [General beatmap]

Code: {{BML|s/51515|Duca - Clover (mapped by Cilvery)}}
Result: Duca - Clover (mapped by Cilvery)
Source: Manually search your own osu! Songs list / Use osu!website beatmap list searching.

b/ [Specific difficulty in beatmap]
Code: {{BML|b/157857|Duca - Clover [Easy] (mapped by Cilvery)}}
Result: Duca - Clover [Easy] (mapped by Cilvery)
Source: Changing the difficulty tab / the game's "1. Beatmap Listing/Scores"

  • 1 = Forum/thread/post number (Please state "t/" (thread) or "p/" (post) first)
  • 2 = Name of forum/thread

Code: {{Forum|12|Beatmaps}}
Result: Beatmaps

t/ [thread]
Code: {{Forum|t/68479|osu!wiki project}}
Result: osu!wiki project

p/ [post]
Code: {{Forum|p/4516112|XPJ38's reply in osu!wiki project (post #347)}}
Result: XPJ38's reply in osu!wiki project (post #347)

Cautions for template editors

1. Empty newline spacing
Using osu!store Contests page and Template:Osustore as an example.

All template will use all the space provided, including empty newlines but excluding the line with <noinclude> tag.

Picture showing how the wiki takes spacing in template very seriously.


Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Colours

Name Method 1 (Wikipedia) Method 2 (HTML [1]) Method 3 (HTML [2])
Code {{Fontcolor|<text color>|<background color>|<text>}} <span style="color:{Colour name or Hex Triplet}">text here</span> <p style="color:{Colour name or Hex Triplet}; display:inline;">text here</p>
Example usage {{Fontcolor|red||Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet}}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
<span style="color:red">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet</span>
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet
<p style="color:red; display:inline;">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet</p>

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet

  • Template.
  • Capable of background colour.
  • Extremely distracting and awkward to use.
  • Use <span style> ability.
  • Ease of use.
  • The "display:inline;" code is compulsory. Otherwise, it will insert a new line, below the previous text.

For Hex Triplet reference: http://www.computerhope.com/htmcolor.htm


Simple ver. (Mediawiki) or Advanced ver. (Wikipedia).

Space clear

<br style="clear: both" /> . Use sparingly at end of a header if the thumbnail image invaded the other header's space.



The "Summary:" below the page editing (where you summarise your edit) has 200 characters limit.

Contents of
Getting Started Registration Installation Newbie's guide Game Interface Options Hit Objects
osu! Game Styles Basic explanation Multi-play
External ports » osu!stream osu!droid opsu! osu!wp T-Aiko Beats
External clients » osu!tourney osu!MapDownloader
World of osu!
Miscellaneous » Mascots osu!academy osu!talk
Beatmap Editor Compose / Design (Scripting) / Timing / Song Setup

Beatmapping Beat Snap Divisor / Distance Snap Custom Sample Overrides Kiai Time Mapping Techniques Skinning Skin.ini Storyboarding

Online Editing
and Ranking
Beatmap forum Submission Beatmap Approval (How to Get Your Map Ranked) Modding (Getting Your Map Modded) Music Theory Audio Editing Kudosu / Star Priority
People The Team Administrators/Global Moderation Team Quality Assurance Team Beatmap Nomination Group Language Moderators osu! Alumni Support Team Community Contributors List of notable people