The Vampire Diaries Wiki
The Vampire Diaries Wiki
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List of tutorials, bugs, and problems that are common in wiki sites/pages as well as the possible solutions (temporary or permanent).

If you still have questions, contact one of the admins.

Problems and Bugs/Errors

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Automatically Logged Off

This is caused by a bug, wiki staff is working to resolve this problem. This happens when you login on wiki, but after a few seconds your account logged off, without notice or without any authorization. If you attempt to log in again, this time depends on luck and time. You can stay in wiki for some time, but you can not open many pages because otherwise your account automatically closed session. Do not try to change the browser, it will happen again.

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Loading editor

This problem occurs in Internet Explorer, there is no notification to occur in other browsers. Basically, when you try to edit any page, the page just says "Loading editor", but you can never edit the page. It's like the page to stay frozen in this process.

  • The solution is to contact the wiki staff, change browser, or you can wait a few days and eventually the problem will fix itself.


Also occurs in Internet Explorer. When you try to add a category, the button "Add category" not responding or performs the action to add.

  • The solution is to wait a few days and eventually the problem will fix itself, but also can change the browser or contact the wiki staff.

Message Wall


When you send a message on the wall, on occasion take long to be sent and strangely is directed to "Special:Contributions/Empty Empty's wall".

  • You can delete the message and send it back to the original wall.



When you want to create a blog there are two options, one is directly on your profile, and the other option is to create it by name: User blog:?????/Topic- - - . However, there are cases where users do not complete the name correctly, causing a problem in the page / blog created.


In case you think that your account has been hacked, there are elements or actions that can verify this -

  • If you can not log in to your account with your password, it is likely that your account has been hacked.
  • If you are active in one or more wikis, you can see the dates of your "Contributions". This will help you to know when was the last time you did an action in this wiki. Note: If you are active on several wikis, you better make a record in your lap/desktop, just copy the last edit of each Contributions in each wiki, or if you've edited in various wikis, but for months or weeks that you do not do some action done , it is easy to know if someone hacked into your account because it will reveal the date.
  • Another way is the history: My favorite wikis aka "Wikis you've contributed to:", on your profile (top). If there is a wiki that you never did any edit, that means someone hacked your account.

Tutorials (Edits and Configuration)

New Account


Creating an account on Wikia is free, easy, and a great way to join a passionate community.

How do I create an account? -

  1. On the top right of every page on Wikia you will find links to Log in and Sign up.
  1. To sign up you can create a new account or use Facebook connect. You can also visit Special:Signup
  2. After choosing to sign up, an account creation page will load, and allow you to fill in your account details.
  • Username: The name of the account must be clear, personal, without any misinterpretation, or blatant insinuation otherwise might be blocked or disabled. Note: Usually in this part of the process of creating a new account, there are problems or concerns.
    1. Sign-up-name

      In use

      The name should be available, if already in use (regardless if the account active or not with that name), is indicated with a message in red letters that the name is already used.
    2. Sign-up-name-2


      Sometimes, some people give a space before typing the name, or put letters and numbers that are not recognized by wiki. As well as trying to change the type and color of "letter" in order to be accepted into wiki, but it does not work well, because the box where you type the name of the user, voids any modification and configuration.
    3. Sign-up-name-3

      Really not available

      On rare occasions, when you write the name, this indicates that is available, however, this is a mistake, since the end of the process (after click in create account), appears message in red letters that the name is in use.
    4. If the name of an account has changed, the old name will no longer be available, despite the fact that the name is no longer in official use.
  • Email: You must provide an email to confirm the account, so as to receive message, notifications wiki, etc.
    1. After finishing the process, for any reason not close the window where it is mentioned that a message was sent to your email for the confirmation of your account. Because, in some cases, the confirmation message sent to your email doesn't arrive. and you have to apply again to wikia, send you back the confirmation message or change email. (if the mail is new (one minute since its creation), there is more opportunity than ever confirmation message arrives.
  • Password: You must realize that you and only you can remember this password.
  • Birth Date: This depends on you. You can be honest, and can only enter a date that has nothing to do with you.
  • Blurry Word: You must write the letters that you indicate in the picture, if not recognize, you can change them.
  • After reading the terms and then click Create Account. A message will be sent to your email to activate and confirm your account.



Wikia staff will currently allow email-confirmed users to change their user names via re-naming once and only once. Before making a formal account rename request, make sure the new user name is in fact what you will want to be called weeks or months into the future. Please make sure you are happy with your new name as you can not request staff to change it multiple times.

If you still wish to proceed, be aware that you may not be renamed to:

  • A name another person has already registered
  • An offensive name
  • A blocked name
  • A name that attempts to impersonate another Wikia user

Think carefully, because you can never again use your original name. If you want to rename your account, go to this page - Rename my account

Note: The process can take days, and your account may indicate that it is "blocked", but it's part of the process.



You can upload an avatar to represent yourself on the wiki. It will appear in several locations and gives users another way to give themselves an identity.

To upload an avatar for your profile:

  1. Save your chosen image to your computer (if it is not saved there already).
  2. Go to your user page.
  3. Mouse over the current avatar, and click the "Edit avatar" link that appears
  4. Press the "Choose file" button and click your image
  5. Observe the preview of your avatar and decide if that's how you want it
  6. Click the "Save, I'm Done" button to save your avatar.

Note that your image must be a jpeg, png, or gif, and it must be less than 100kb in size.

After you upload your new avatar, you can switch back to one of the default ones by clicking on one of them or choosing a new non-default image and hitting "Save, I'm Done"

Among the main problems of the avatar are -

  • You can not add a new image: When you try to add a new image of your desk/laptop, on occasion does not appear or does not end the process (frozen). It is recommended to wait for an hours or days, as it may be due to the browser, wiki mistake, or because the system is saturated. It can also be a bug, but it is rare.
  • You can not change the image of the avatar: This happens when you try to change again your avatar image, but apparently the image is still the last image you had as your avatar. It is advisable to remove the image and change the avatar for one of the default images for the wiki (none, star, dog, flower, fish, planet). After three or four hours, you can freely change your avatar,  by any image.
  • Your avatar does not appear: On rare occasions, your picture does not appear, or instead see a "box with an X in the center." This is due to a problem in the process of adding the new avatar. It can be caused by: slow your connection, the browser problem, the image is too big or too small, a bug, error in your desk/laptop, the image has a problem. The common is the connection slow, the image problem, the browser.

Added space between paragraphs

This problem varies depending on the section, content and sources on the pages, however, the problem is in essence the same, a space between paragraphs is added automatically after editing in view source. Hide/show source is added directly to the sections of the pages, this causes the content is altered gradually because the source automatically adds spaces.

  • There are several options to fix this problem - hide/show template, scroll, tabber, etc.

Copy and Paste directly from Word Processors


To avoid spelling and grammar errors/problem, a good strategy and support are to use different programs to clean texts, however, copy and paste into the page in visual mode is not a good idea.

When you change the text (font color, font, size, location, etc.) the source of all these changes is transferred if you paste the text in visual mode. To avoid this, you must paste the text in the page source mode.



All these sources can are problems when editing in source mode, since all these numbers, letters, etc.., make difficult the location of texts or words.

Edit Count


It is a small error but can cause frustration to users. In the profiles takes a count of edits, however, on occasion, this count is not updated or it does not record the last edits.

  • The solution is to purge the server.

Following Pages

Following Pages

This problem occurs when you can not delete in your Following section (in a user profile), user pages, blogs, forum, pages deleted, or red links in your list of pages that you follow.

To delete these pages' links, you must have the option "Follow" enabled on your toolbar.

  1. Go to your toolbar in the Customize section.
  2. With the mouse pointer, put in the section "Follow".
  3. Now in the corner appears two arrows (up and down) in the section of "Follow" with the mouse pointer moves the section "Follow" under the section "Theme designer" and drop it.
  4. Then you must click on the option "Save".
  5. Next, you should do is open the page that you can not remove on your list on your Following section (user page).
  6. If it is a regular page (user profile, blog, category, etc.), just go to your toolbar in the section of "My Tools" and click on "Following" and change to "Follow", that means that you do not follow this page.
    1. In case of deleted pages, appear like a new page or to edit, but you should not edit anything. Just go to your toolbar in the section of "My Tools" and click on "Following" and change to "Follow", that means that you do not follow this page.



Good name

Images must have a name related to the characters, items, events, places, dates, representation, etc. However, the images should not have named "unclear, vulgar, unknown, or numbers and letters without an interpretation understandable."

Example -

  • In the image appears Stefan. The image can have the name of the episode where Stefan appears or can have the name Stefan (Stefan(A View To A Kill).jpg or Stefan-Season-4-Bed.jpg).
  • The name should not be chosen randomly, just in order to upload the image. 1359747166 7895 10.jpg, this name does not indicate who appears in the picture, episode, event, place, etc.


Each image is created in different formats (.png .jpg .gif) This difference can make an existing image with the same name can then appear twice.

Example -


The images have the same name, but the format (letters) are slightly different: .png and .PNG When you delete one of these two images, the other will have the same fate. In essence, they are linked but appear twice.



Whenever a user uploads images, they must add one or more categories to the images. These categories vary depending on the image.

  • Each image page (ex: File:2x12 The Descent-Damon-Jessica.jpg) that is uploaded is to have these categories.
    • '"Screencaps Season 1" - if the image is from season 1
    • '"Screencaps Season 2" - if the image is from season 2
    • '"Screencaps Season 3" - if the image is from season 3
    • "Images of Tyler" - if the image is of the character Tyler Lockwood
    • "Images of Elena" - if the image is of the character Elena Gilbert
    • "Images of Niklaus" - if the image is of the character Niklaus
    • "Cast images" - if the image is of a cast member
    • "Cast Images of Nina Dobrev" - if the image is of the actor/actress: Nina Dobrev
    • "Fan Images" - if the image is made by fans or altered
    • "User Images" - if the image are private pictures, photos, user's exclusive fanart that he/she has created to be used only by him/her and only on his/her profile or blogs. (Images can be related or not to TVD / TO series.)
    • "Out of TVD universe" - if the image/gif is not TVD related.
    • "Images by (???? (Admin)" - if the image/gif are unique to the admins, to be used in their profiles, blogs, forums, comments, etc. Only these images/gif of the admins can have this category.



If you come across an image of low quality, it's important to replace the image with one with a higher definition. In order to do this go to the image, it should be located at File:FileName.jpg/PNG/gif. Click the arrow which should be located on the edit button at the side of the word edit. Look through the menu and find the word replace, click this and it should ask you for the name just leave it the same, click browse and find the file on your computer. Fill in the description box with a reason why you replaced the image.

Tree (Family, Friends, Allies, Bloodlines, etc)


Basic tree (only names)


Advanced tree (with names and images)


Expert tree (with names, images and colors)

This is a template for rendering simple trees consisting of boxes and connecting lines. The main feature of this template is to unite family members or families, creating a neat and clean family tree. However, this template can also be used to create a tree of friends, allies, bloodlines, etc., in order to have easy access to users, pages, message walls, and other sites.

This template allows you to add pictures and change the background of the boxes (a box or a whole section). However, the images must be adjusted (size) according to the name in the box, keeping a balance.

Tutorial - Template: Family tree.

The names of the following trees are not official, but are a way to recognize them by their characteristics.

  • Basic tree - This tree only has names of the group members. It is very useful in case you want to create a simple family tree without many details. This tree only requires the names, you do not need to have a link, because it works the same way with just putting the name.
  • Advanced tree - This tree has names and images. Unlike the basic tree, an advanced tree is helpful in case you want to have a visual representation (in case you do not have any page or link). The order may vary, first the image, and below the name or name on the top and below the image.
  • Expert tree - This tree is detailed. Expert tree has names, images, colors (by section or box). It requires configuration one box at a time if you want to give a different color or section by section. Expert tree can be used only in special cases because their creation can be time-consuming.

Note: It is recommended you must create a basic tree, because this tree allows you to know the details and settings, as well as it will be easier to create an advanced tree.


A template is a special type of page that has been designed so its content can be included in other pages. Since a given template can be included in many pages, it can help reduce duplication and promote a uniform style between pages.


Templates containing the letter you inputed automatically get listed

Template is helpful to avoid adding complex, difficult and extensive sources. To enter/locate a template you have to type in "Search this wiki" - Template:????. In the example, the template starts with the letter "D", and appear some templates with that letter.

See also

The Vampire Diaries Universe Wiki Help and Rules

"I don't break Marcel's rules."

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