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Editing Guidelines

Because anyone can edit the Sartorias-deles wiki, we've established a set of guidelines to facilitate consistency and collaboration. They exist to help make the wiki a comprehensive, coherent, and reliable source of information and to promote civility and respect for other editors and readers. It isn't mandatory for editors to read the guidelines before beginning to edit, and none of them are strict rules. They can be "broken," and, just like the rest of this wiki, they may be changed at any time. But it's a good idea for editors to have at the very least a general idea of these guidelines and to try to follow them whenever possible.

General Guidelines

Guest Editors

This website is, first and foremost, a wiki. The more people who contribute, the larger and more comprehensive it becomes. We encourage anyone who wants to contribute to jump in and start editing, no matter how little experience they have with editing wikis or how little they feel they know about Sartorias-deles.

However, to limit copyright and security concerns, we don't allow anonymous editing. Guest editors can sign in with the username editedby and the password found here. (To view the guest password post, you must be a member of the Athanarel community on LiveJournal. Creating a LiveJournal account is free, and Athanarel is an open community -- joining only takes a moment.) Any guest editors who would like to be regular contributors can request their own username there as well.

Please sign your contributions while using the guest editing account. To do this, choose a username that you will use every time you edit the s-d wiki. Then, when editing, type that username in the "Summary:" box below the main editing box. You should write your username first, before writing the reason for your edit.

Where to Start

Anywhere you want! Any time you find an article you could improve, you're welcome to improve it, whether that's by adding more information, fixing typos, or reorganizing what's there. If you want some suggestions, Category: Wiki Maintenance has a list of pages that have been flagged for improvement, and you can use this form to find missing or orphaned pages.

Markup Language

The S-d wiki uses PmWiki software and markup. Please familiarize yourself with the markup language before you create or edit any articles. The Basic Editing guide will get you started, and the Documentation Index explains more complicated markup, like WikiTrails and Categories. The Formatting Cheat Sheet has a few reminders if you need them. You can experiment in the WikiSandbox until you're comfortable enough to start editing articles. It's also helpful if you preview your contributions before you save them.

S-d Wiki Conventions

Naming Conventions

Pages within a group are typically named the same way, but use your discretion when creating pages. There may be cases where it makes more sense not to follow the usual naming convention.

  • Character pages typically use the character's full name. If characters go by a last name or a nickname, create that page as a redirect.
  • Common nouns typically use the plural in page names: mages, cities, Maulan. This is only for count nouns, though; mass nouns like magic or trade are fine as-is.
  • Category pages should all have "Category: " in their title (not page name) to distinguish them from similarly named articles.

Spoiler Protocol

Please try to mark spoilers by including a red contains spoilers label at the beginning of the relevant section. If spoilers are short, you can hide them by using white text instead. See Spoiler Protocol for more information.

Redirects

Redirects make life a whole lot easier for other editors. They let you direct visitors from one article to another, which is great for topics that have more than one name or for articles that have been moved. Use them liberally! See Redirects for more reasons to use them, along with some S-d wiki examples.

References & Footnotes

Unless you're Sherwood, you should include references when you add information. References and footnotes use the same syntax, which you can find in the Citation Handbook.

Categories

We use categories, listed at the bottom of each article, to organize related pages. We have categories for things like story arcs, places, and important families. See the Categories Guide for more information.

Other Helpful Guidelines

Summary Box

Use the "Summary" field beneath the main editing box to briefly describe how you've changed the article. (If you are a Guest Editor, please sign your name before writing your summary.) This summary appears on the page history and recent changes pages, allowing others to keep track of edits to the article.

Minor Edits

If your edit doesn't affect the actual content of the article -- for example, fixing a typo or adding links to the existing text -- it's helpful if you check the box next to the words "This is a minor edit".

Discussion

Sometimes, you may wish to discuss the contents of a specific article with other editors. Maybe you want others to check your edits, maybe you don't know what to do about something, or maybe you have an idea but want to see what others think first. While the Suggestion Box may be used for this purpose, it might make more sense to have the discussion on the same page as the article. To do this, add a horizontal line after the very end of the article, write Notes: or Discussion underneath it, and begin the discussion. Others will add their comments beneath yours. Please sign your comments using four tildes (or your name if you are a guest editor).

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Page last modified on February 12, 2016, at 02:04 PM