We created the Diablo 3 wiki, DiabloWiki.net in 2008, some months *before* Diablo 3 was announced, and with the help of numerous community members we updated it constantly during the pre-game years, adding new articles full of blue posts and screenshots and the latest info all during development. That was great at the time, and there’s some great archives with a visual history of how the game evolved (see the archived DiabloWikiskill trees or DiabloWikitraits articles for a sample), but there’s one drawback to having a wiki with hundreds of articles from 2008-2012… there are a damn lot of pages to update when info changes!

    Barb's Berserker tree, circa 2008.

    Barb’s Berserker tree, circa 2008.

    Most of the wiki is perfectly up to date, thanks in no small part to a bunch of clever script stuff that pulls all the current game info right from our DiabloNut database site, but there are still some articles with outdated pre-release and beta info, though we’re steadily tracking them down and updating them.

    One such page that will trouble us no longer is the Diablo 3 DiabloWikiReference page. It began life in our forums back in 2000 or so, and grew into a massive and authoritative guide to Diablo 2 terms and acronyms, with a generous splash of general Internet slang and terminology as well. (See, back in the day you couldn’t hardly swing a dead cat in a forum without running into a string of AFK BRB WTF ROTFLMAO, and not everyone knew what all those “words” meant.) That Diablo 2 version still exists, but no longer does it bear much resemblance to the Diablo 3 Reference guide, since I went over the D3 version with a medium-fine toothed comb and removed all the old D2 terms, plus all of the general Internet slang, and added dozens of new D3 terms and acronyms.

    The project will continue forever, but it’s not completely up to date, and if you want quick reference to every sort of term and acronym you’re going to see in a Diablo 3 forum or comment thread or strategy guide, the Diablo 3 Wiki Reference page is a great resource. There are hundreds (literally) of individual articles with more detail on the reference terms, and I even sorted all the Diablo 3 trading terms into a section off of the letter T, for those of you who don’t know a BiN from a DIS from a OBO. T4T!

    Other recent DiabloWiki.net updates of note are pages that explain and compile useful info. Most of you longtime D3ers know the stuff already, but it’s essential info to a lot of new players (imagine when several million new PS3 players show up, looking for info). For instance, how about an article listing every escape, movement, and panic button skill in Diablo 3, with details about how and when they’re used?

    I also enjoyed creating the DiabloWikiOverpowered article, with not just a definition of the term (AKA “OP”), but a listing some of the things in Diablo 3 that are “clearly” OP. Why yes, a popular Barbarian build is included. DiabloWikiSpin2Win, because DiabloWikinerfs are for other classes!

    The DiabloWikiBlack Weapon article should prove handy to many; that term pops up occasionally in Blue posts and when it does there are always comments from players who don’t know what is a Black Weapon or why it matters (because they do buggy bonus damage). The article explains black weapons and has a bunch of blue quotes about the items.

    Sadly, after years of growing the wiki thanks to extensive community assistance, Elly and me (mostly Elly) are pretty much the only ones updating the wiki these days. If you’re interested in helping out, please do. That’s the whole point of a wiki, after all, that anyone knowledgeable can assist, and even if you just log in to fix some typos, every little bit helps.

    You can check the threads in the Diablo wiki forum to see what needs updating, or contact Elly or me if you want more details.

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