Style Guide

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These are general guidelines about how we're trying to keep things organized and stylistically consistent. More stuff should be added here often, so check back.

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General Rules

  • The main page should have no real content on it. It's simply a way to link to other pages.
  • In general err on the side of making a new page rather than cluttering an old one.
  • Random comments that are just temporary should go in the discussion pages.

Writing Style

This wiki is supposed to be a treatise on the world focusing on Garr Kelvin as the most important person in its history and the events surrounding him, his friends and his family as the most important events.

Specifically, it's supposed to have been written by some scholar studying the era and the text should at least attempt to keep that feeling.

Although this is the style we're going for, don't let that make you introduce inaccuracies or omissions, the goal of the wiki is to catalog everything we know, so do whatever you have to do in order to make the information fit within the style. For instance, saying the story of Garr and the Clones was lost to history would be counter-productive since we actually know what happened.

Talk/Discussion Pages

For every page there is a Discussion or Talk page. You can see the Talk page for the mail Garr World page here. It's a good place to leave comments, resolve discrepancies, ask questions and that sort of thing. Be sure to check these pages periodically since people might be asking you questions or leaving notes for others to pick up on.

Templates

We have templates for Character Statblocks for Alternity and D&D 3.0/3.5. They're not perfect, but do a pretty good job. You can find examples of how to use them on basically any character page, but Jessica Weiss is a good Alternity example, and Kendrick Wyatt is a good D&D example.

We're working on making templates for other things like Exalted characters, magic items, races, and classes. In the mean time, if there's a page of the same type that you're working on, copy it and use it as a basis for the new one.

Namespaces

As a general rule, every setting we create has a "History" page, a "Geography" page and the like. To avoid conflicts, most pages within a setting should be prefaced with "Setting:". For instance, Weird West:History. The exception to this is character's pages, since they're unlikely to be repeated it seems only fair that they get their own page.

Spelling

Since most browsers don't let you spell check inside them, it probably makes sense to do most of your work in a text editor (like Word) outside and then paste it into the browser so you can spell check it. Also, this means if your web browser crashes or internet connection dies you won't lose all your work.

Tutorial

Headers

To create subheads you enclose text in pairs of equals signs all alone on one line. The more pairs the less important the header. Even though there are six levels of headers, it usually only makes sense to use the ones with 2 to 4 pairs of equals signs because a single pair is the same as the title of the page, and 5 and 6 pairs just look stupid.

=Top Level Head=
==Usual Big Head==
===Usual Subhead===
====Even Smaller====
=====Yet Smaller Still=====
======The Smallest Allowed======

Links

Links are created by enclosing text in two pair of square braces like this:

[[Garr Kelvin World]]

Which will create a like like this:

Garr Kelvin World

Note that the exact spelling is important. So, if you change the name of something, you will likely have broken all of the links, so do it with caution.

If you do need to change the name of something, and it's already entrenched in many places, then use the "move" tab at the top of the screen. This will put in the new page, and also add redirects in case you miss a link somewhere.

More Help

You can find more help here and the links leaving there or by searching in Google.

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