Wiki:Editing and General Help, Standards, and Guidelines

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Please come help us and create a good, reliable, and possibly the best source of Fallout information on the web. You are welcome to join us and help us structure this wiki. If you are new you should read over the editing guide before starting.

Find out we're missing a page? Create it!. Or you could contribute to an existing one.


[edit] Helping Out

You can help us out tremendously by doing these things:

[edit] General

[edit] How to Help

  • Write original content in your own words - do NOT copy and paste from other sources (but it is ok to source from other locations as long as you write using your own words, just like a research paper or Wikipedia article. References are fine)
  • Help organize pages, improve formatting, and fix spelling and grammar.
  • Upload images - Screenshots, box-art, anything!
  • Guides
  • Game lore and interesting facts

And other useful, detailed information about the game.

[edit] Where to start?

  • Check out the Planning thread on Neoseeker to find current discussions regarding the Wiki. Feel free to get involved and ask questions there.
  • Check out Short Pages and fill them up with more info to make them more complete.
  • Check out Long Pages for some examples of in-depth pages.
  • Help start pages from the Wanted Pages list, which lists a bunch of pages linked within the Wiki but that have not been created yet.
  • You can find a list of templates here that can help you in the wiki, the most important one being the infobox. A few are protected to prevent vandalism.

[edit] Standards and Specifics

These are our specific standards for all of our articles. Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time, chances are a staff will catch it and fix it.

[edit] Layout

  • The main idea of the page must be bolded. For example if the page is called "Assault Rifle" and is starts like "The Assault Rifle is...", the word Assault Rifle in the sentence needs to be bolded.
  • Categories are an organizational tool used on the wiki. All pages in this wiki must go under a certain category, a page where we group similar pages together. Categories MUST be added at the top of the page and only at the top, and be added in the correct order.
    • For example, if a weapon has appeared in fallout, fallout 2, and fallout 3, you put [[Category:Fallout Weapons]], [[Category:Fallout 2 Weapons]], and then [[Category:Fallout 3 Weapons]]. Mixing them up just makes it look messy and disorganized.
  • An infobox should be added to each page, unless it's about a very very unimportant thing or is about an in-game feature or mode. Be sure to use the correct infobox for each page, don't put an item infobox on a location page! It's ok to copy an infobox or template from another page and paste it on the current page your working on as long as you change it around.
  • 1 or no spaces between headings and the top of the page. 2 spaces or more make it look messy.
  • We have no set layout for locations, items, and other pages, but we will in-time. For now just write in paragraph form.
  • When referencing to a quest, please use the quest template. For example, look at the James Hargrave page. The quest "Light-Finger Hargave" is a heading and information on it is shown underneath.

[edit] Images

  • Most images should be 300px or less for infobox's.
  • All images should be categorized when uploaded, remember this!
  • Feel free to upload your own screenshots or work, but make sure it isn't blurry! You are free to upload images from the official Bethesda site and other public domains.
  • Check the editing guide to see how to add an image to a page outside an infobox.
  • Just uploading images can greatly help us! We're currently looking for metro station images!

[edit] Stubs

  • Please only put stubs on pages that need to have information added to them. If you know a page cannot have more information on it, or you've provided all of the information, don't put a stub just because you've only written one paragraph.
  • Clear out [[Category:Stubs]] for us! It helps the wiki greatly and is just a small thing you can do.
  • Add {{stub}} to the top of a page to add the template.

[edit] Spelling, Grammar, and Sentence Structure

  • This is a big one. Please use your post spelling and grammar, and make your sentences flow smoothly. You don't need an english degree, just do a quick spellcheck, there's a button above when editing.
  • Country spelling differences like "color" and "colour" are ok to use, we don't have a set grammar rule.

[edit] Announcements and Major Projects

For announcements and the upcoming projects, see Wiki:Announcements and Major Projects.

[edit] Wiki Staff

Wiki Staff are registered members of Neoseeker that supervise and work on the wiki regularly. They are similar to admins on the Wikia, and have more powers than ordinary members. They have been promoted to the staff position because of their good quality work in the specific wiki.

Wiki Staff are the perfect people to talk to if you need help, have a question, or just have a suggestion. Either leave a comment on their user page (which can be found on the main page under the heading "wiki staff") or NeoPM them. If you want to see if a staff is online, look at the wiki staffs neoseeker profile or watch out for a green X at the side of the wiki. If you see a Green X next to an name, it means they'e online.

Alternatively you could go to the staff members favorite neoseeker forum and post as a guest/signed up user. Staff members usually have a list of their favorite forums on their user page, and we use our same usernames in the forums.

Don't be afraid to talk to a wiki staff, we're all friendly and happy to help you. Just remember to pm the staff of the wiki you're working on, and not a random staff member of another wiki!

[edit] Recap

I know that reading all of that must have been mind-numbingly boring, but at least you're well informed of what goes on and what we expect around here. Why not start editing now?

Last edited by Reason on 25 June 2010 at 09:07
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