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Changes to the official Unreal Engine Wiki

I love Unreal. A lot! However, the documentation and explanations of a lot of stuff is not helpful and does not explain how to use functionality in most cases. I find it the worst part of Unreal. It’s bad in fact.

Any usable resource needs to be available. It would be great to have one organized in some way because right now I am using Youtube and the Answers forum to figure things out. That is horribly disjointed and often the resources available are for old versions.

What is the Roadmap for a better resource? It really feels like Epic is being cheap on their help and documentation team.

Yes, it’s just Dark Vector skin which we use as a base for a pleasant skin.

And one of the ambition is to develop this wiki into “knowledge hub”, collecting and organizing resources scattered all over the internet. Also filling the gaps in the official docs, explaining how things work in the engine and development - not only case-specific tutorials.
In the end, shutting down the official wiki can be a very good thing as it gave the impulse to gather entire team behind a new wiki :slight_smile:

I agree…! I pulled up an old article I wrote for the wiki and ack, its outdated. It will give us a chance to review / update articles as well. Good luck!

teak

Defensively you have wiped out the best and most useful of the learning resources available to unreal, in these circumstances, learn unreal engine is as impractical as to learn cry engine, with hardly any useful information about the practical use of the system.

It is counterproductive enough to think whether to change the learning curve to cry, as it accepts managed C# and is much easier to develop than C++.

This is making it much harder for newcomers to use the Unreal Engine. I use google a lot, from there into blogs and from there into information that no longer exists. You’ve disconnected tons of great advice. No pun intended, but for us noobs, it’s borderline impossible to learn UE4 with EPIC’s material, unless you want to learn everything first and then start creating things. What used to be a great tool for hobbyists to get into game development has now become something exclusive for professionals and educated people. Perhaps it doesn’t look that cool to have “blue collar” users in your community.

hey, is the article about adding modding possibilities to a game available somewhere? it would be important thanks

This one? :slight_smile:
https://www.ue4community.wiki/Legacy/Modding:_Adding_mod-support_to_your_Unreal_Engine_4_project

thanks, I think this was the only article :slight_smile: now I have found it on Tom Looman’s site without errors:

Thanks for the hard work guys, would be very nice to have these two “revived”:

are prerequisites in my A* example project so i can update the links. :slight_smile:

@ZioYuri78
https://www.ue4community.wiki/Legacy…The_Pathfinder
https://www.ue4community.wiki/Legacy…ing_Every_Tick

Guys imported everything, so you can simply search for it under new address :slight_smile:

Great!
Thank you! :slight_smile:

I parsed and put everything on Github pages if anyone needs quick access.

https://nerivec.github.io/old-ue4-wiki/

It’s not perfect but it retains the old formatting and having all pages in one index allows CTRL+F.
If you find any page that isn’t working properly, let me know or make a pull request on the repo.

As for Amanda’s request about stuff lacking in the official documentation, I’d say logging could use some love:
https://nerivec.github.io/old-ue4-wi…g-runtime.html
And all topics related to debugging really. It can make a big difference at the beginning to know just a couple of tricks the engine supports, to quickly see what’s going on at runtime.

I think animation nodes, skeletal controls, new-ish control rig and related could benefit from a few more docs too.

Let’s throw this in too: Dedicated Server Guide (Windows & Linux) - Old UE4 Wiki

Then of course gameplay abilities, their near-endless possibilities and the joys of tracking function calls…
https://nerivec.github.io/old-ue4-wiki/pages/gameplayabilities-and-you.html
GitHub - tranek/GASDocumentation: My understanding of Unreal Engine 4's GameplayAbilitySystem (thanks tranek by the way)
GitHub - tranek/GASShooter: Advanced FPS/TPS Sample Project for Unreal Engine 4's GameplayAbil

Thanks!

PS: The pages were parsed and cleaned up with a few lines of python if anyone wondered, leaving just the good stuff, including the linked images (organized by folder with same name as their page).

Thank you to all contributors. links work and it’s searchable.

@Amanda.Schade If it’s OK with Epic’s legal team can we get some 301s from the old wiki address to the new one as it was first to the finish? That’ll repair the google indexes. This is probably the second most important step.

I suggest specifically excluding anything not a UE4 article (e.g. authentication pages) and that should cover any security concerns.

Thanks to everyone contributing to this new wiki, that’s awesome!

I would like to add my 2c, that this was probably not done in the best way, and that although I think we knew this was going to be the case after the wiki was read-only for an exceptionally long time,hopefully things like this will be handled differently in the future.

The documentation for Unreal isn’t “poor”, but it’s documentation. (well, ok, there probably are places where it is pretty poor, I haven’t been working in the engine for almost a year now, and prior to that 6 month run, several years, so I’m not entirely up to date on things) Documentation is rarely ever as good as community experience. Neither are a replacement for each other, but should complement each other.

That said, I think that when Epic decided it was finally time to drop their support of the wiki, they should have secured someone else hosting a mirror of it. At the very least, providing the archive of it does allow for that, and I’m glad that that has been setup. I just think it should’ve been secured before hand. They also should setup a webserver to 301 Permanently Redirect all traffic to the new host.

With the loss of both Beyond Unreal and Epic’s Unreal wiki, the community has lost (at least temporarily, I think there’s a mirror of Beyond Unreal back up now, somewhere, but i’m not sure on that) an absolutely incredible amount of information spanning decades of experience.

A solid documentation is the base for every software. With something as complex as UE4, there’s a lower likelihood that the developer itself would be willing to dedicate enough resources to maintain said documentation in its entirety (documentation as in, documentation / examples / tips). And even if that were the case, there’s an inherent value in explaining a topic from multiple viewpoints or in multiple ways. It would require limitless resources to be able to provide such content with paid contributors from Epic alone.

So there’s no denying it, things are better explained when the community can contribute to the documentation. With that in mind, it is really surprising to see that there’s simply no official place to provide guides in an organized and easily discoverable way, especially in written form. A wiki frankly isn’t a new concept, nor is it a very difficult one to implement. It’s just weird to see that no official alternative has been put in place.

Epic fail, Epic.

@UnexpectedSquirt that’s not nice!

On a more constructive level though, anyway to have old links connect to the new mirror?
I keep clicking on links to the Wiki that bring me to this thread :wink:

Can we contribute snippets to this community wiki or is it locked like the old one?