Girl Genius
Girl Genius

These are files that need to be updated on a regular basis in order to keep the wiki current, and general ongoing work to improve the wiki.

Important Jobs[]


General approaches to find pages to improve in the wiki:

  • Look at Category:Stubs to find the pages people have marked as needing work, specifically adding more infomation. It's also possible the {{Stub}} template can simply be replaced with {{Nonce}}, if the page really does describe a member of Category:Nonces.
  • There's also Category:Dangerous_Experiments (created with {{Cleanup}} template) which tend to require more thought.
  • Visit the Admin Dashboard and click on the Advanced tab. There are several "Maintenance reports" to use for editing ideas.
    • In particular, Special:WantedPages lists pages for which there are links, but no page has been created (red links), in descending order of number of links. The vast majority of links are in Appearances subpages and so the Special:WhatLinksHere list of links is not very useful. However, the page Girl_Genius:Appearances_generation_warnings has the appearances of all those entities.
  • Read your favorite section of the comic and think, for each page, "Where should the wiki point to this page?" Often you will find the link, but if you don't you have a page that needs work.
  • When you find an eror, search for other occurrences of that eror. (Spelling, formatting, or logic.)
  • Search for your favorite topic, and create a page on the topic if there isn't one already.
  • If you see spam or intentional damage, undo the change/damage. This doesn't happen often (Wikia watches for it as well) but is occasionally seen.
  • If you visit a few random pages and you will likely find awkward wording, or a place needing more information, links, or citations. (The 'Random page link is also in the header of each page.)

Finally, if something bugs you but you don't want to fix it, or do not have time, just add a Stub tag ({{Stub|explanation}}) for articles that need more information, a Cleanup tag for a more extensive problem, or a note in the Talk: page, and someone else may come along to work on it. Include an explanation of the problem (with links to the relevant comic pages if you can) as the error might not be as obvious to the next reader.

Weekly, or as needed[]

  • Add the next week framework for the current Chronology. It's simple (see the comments at the end of the Chronology) but makes it possible for any novice to add information about the current scripts when they come out.
  • Create the forum pages for the next week using the forms on Page-by-Page. If this isn't done ahead of time and someone creates the new forum from the front page link when a comic comes out the result will be a new forum page without the standard header and link.
    • Currently each weekend the pages for the next Wednesday through the following Monday are created. The extra day ahead prevents the "next discussion" link on Friday from being a page creation link, again reducing the chance someone will create the page correctly.
  • Girl Genius:Job List
  • Template:ExperimentLog
  • Template:Latest debate
  • Current events
  • Current Cast

These are files that need to be watched for changes.

Update with big news[]


Check to see whether more admin rights should be granted to users. Not much administrative work is needed, but it is useful for people extra powers to be following the wiki and the set of active users changes over time.

The page Special:ListUsers can be user to view the rights of the current active user, and Special:UserRights is used to grant new rights.

For each new volume[]

This is probably an incomplete list.

When a new volume is started online[]

  • Update Template:Page-by-Page/Preload with the new volume. (2014: This now seems to have no per-volume work, all modifications are in the templates listed below.)
  • Update Chronology, adding a new row for the new volume. Make sure you adjust the row span of the "Journey" and "Title" columns as necessary to make sure the new row is included in the appropriate Journey and prose novel. If this is forgotten, the new columns may be shifted one or more columns to the left.
  • Create new Chronology page for new volume
  • Create new Cast-by-volume page
  • Update Template:GG Current volume information, to reflect new information for volumes that are ongoing, complete on the website, and printed.[1]
  • Update Template:GG_Chronology_TOC, the table of icons (currently) that link to all the volume chronologies and cast lists.
  • On the new Chronology page, update the instances of Template:GG_Chronology_TOC to use the new volume number as a parameter. Make sure to do this at the top and bottom of the Chronology page.
  • Update Template:GG_Volume. This template is used by other templates. It allows the chronology links to work.
  • Update the Chronology menu in top navigation menu to add a new menu item, in the appropriate submenu, linking to the new chronology page. Keep in mind that each sub-menu can only contain ten items[2]; once the number of volumes passes ten, create an addition, partial sub-menu, as was done for the "1st Journey" submenus[3]. Also update the "Chronology" menu heading to link to the new chronology page as a convenient shortcut.[4]
  • Update introductory paragraph of Girl Genius. As of 2022, this is no longer necessary, since the Girl Genius page uses the Template:GG Current volume information template.
  • Update List of Published Volumes for the previous volume with the volume number as a title and the "story page" count, now that it is known for the previous volume.
  • Add a new section in Double-page spreads in Girl Genius. Update the previous section to finalize count of double-page spreads.

When a new volume is named[]

  • Create a new page for the published volume.
  • Update the "after" link for for the previous volume page.
  • Update the chronology page for this newly named volume with the name, replacing the volume number at the top of the page, after "Volume summary:". Make title text into link.
  • Update Chronology with the volume name.
  • Update List of Published Volumes with the volume name.
  • Update the volume information in The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne with the title of the new volume.
  • Update the volume information in the Studio Collections section of How to Read Girl Genius with the title of the new volume.
  • Update section titles in Double-page spreads in Girl Genius with the title of the new volume.

When a new volume is published/for sale[]


  1. The Template:GG Current volume information template displays text that appears on the main chronology page, the Girl Genius page, and possibly other pages in this wiki. This information was removed from Template:GG Chronology Introduction, which appears at the beginning of all of the individual volume chronology pages, and split off into its own template to make the introductory section on individual chronology pages shorter.
  2. If you put too many items into a submenu, the items that are over the current limit disappear from the bottom of the submenu, not the top. This makes it easy to miss the fact that some menu items are not being shown, so be careful.
  3. As of 2022, the limit on menu items in top navigation submenus has been increased to ten. The earliest recorded limit was seven and was increased to nine immediately after Fandom was upgraded to the new UCP platform.
  4. This used to link to the Chronology overview page, but there are many other links to get to that page and it seems more likely that people will want to get to the newest chronology page quickly.