When viewing any page on The Vault - Fallout Wiki, you'll find three main navigation elements:
- The sidebar gives you access to important pages in the wiki such as Recent changes or Upload file. You may be required to log in before seeing all of the sidebar options.
- Links (often called tabs) which relate to the page currently displayed: its associated discussion page, the version history, and—most notably—the edit link.
- User links; as an anonymous user, you'll see a link to create an account or log in. As a logged-in user you have a collection of personal links, including ones to your user page and preferences.
The sidebar is displayed on the left edge of the page below the site logo. Clicking on the logo brings you back to the main page of The Vault. The first section of the sidebar gives you access to important pages in the wiki such as "News", "Recent changes", "Recent images" etc.
The Fallout games section of the side bar gives a brief list of all games in the Fallout series of games. This includes main games, spin-offs, and games that were canceled during production. Clicking on a particular game will direct you to the game's portal. Each games portal gives you an overview of the game's features, like characters, locations, items and creatures.
The community section of the side bar gives a brief list of features that users can use to give input on the wiki, such as the community website, forum, and chat. It also gives a brief list of the "behind the scenes" work that helps to keep the wiki running smoothly, such as the wiki administrators, the site's policies and guidelines and pages that can help clarify features of the wiki.
The tools contains a selection of links which change depending on what type of page you are viewing.
- On all pages (except special pages)
- “What links here” takes you to a special page that lists the pages on this wiki which contain a link to the current page. This is helpful when you are looking for pages of related information. The “what links here” information can also be useful when you are refactoring wiki pages and need to check whether links to this page are still relevant after changes in the current page.
- The “related changes” tool lists all recent changes in the pages linked to from the current page. Recent changes to all relevant template pages are included in the resulting page list. The "Hide minor edits" option that can be set in the user preferences applies, among other things, to “related changes”.
- "Printable version" displays the article by itself, without all the site navigation.
- "Permanent link" used to link to a specific version of a page. The direct address to the current version is then displayed in the URL bar of the browser.
- “⧼multipleupload⧽” displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload multiple images and other files to the wiki. Uploaded files can be linked from or embedded in wiki pages. (see Help:Managing files)
- On all pages (including special pages)
- “Upload file” displays a special page that allows logged-in users to upload a single image or other file to the wiki.
- The “special pages” tool lists the wikis special pages. (see Help:Special pages)
- On user pages only
- “User contributions”
- “Block user” requires sysops permission. (see Help:Sysops and permissions)
In other languages
This section of the side bar allows users to go to other wikis that are translated into different languages other than English. These languages include Spanish, Russian, German, Polish, Italian, French, Dutch and many more.
The page tabs are displayed at the top of the page to the right of the site logo. These tabs allow you to perform actions or view pages that are related to the current page. The available default actions include: page, talk page, edit, read and view history for the current page. The specific tabs displayed on your pages depend on whether or not you are logged into the wiki and whether you have sysop (administrator) privileges on the wiki. On special pages only the special page tab is displayed.
- Default for all users
- Talk page
- Extra tabs for logged-in users (located in drop-down menu)
- Extra tabs for sysops (located in drop-down menu)
- Note: "page" changes depending on namespace, to either category, help page, file, page, media page, message, special page, template or user page
- Note: "edit" may read "view source" if the page is protected.
The user links are displayed at the top far right of the page (if using the default MonoBook skin). These tabs allow the logged-in user to view and edit their user page and wiki preferences. Additionally, the user links allow the user to quickly access their contributions to the wiki and logout.
For anonymous users the user links is replaced by a link to The Vaults "Log in/create account" page.
- This links to your user page which is where you can put information about yourself, store bits of information you want to remember or whatever else you fancy.
- This links to your discussion page, where people can leave messages for you.
- Allows you to change your personal site preferences.
- A list of all pages that you are watching. Pages can be added to this list by clicking “watch” at the top of the page.
- A list of all contributions you have made to the wiki.
- Log out
- Click this link to log out of the wiki.