Rules for EditingEdit
You didn't think we would just let you go about it, did you?
1. The owner (Marcuspapetti93) and the Admins have ultimate authority.
- If they ask you to do something, do it.
- I have given them the authority to IP ban at their discretion.
2.Do not ask for Admin postitions. 3. Make lots of small edits.
- This is a guideline, not really a rule, but only make these large changes if you find them absolutely needed.
4. Right now, copying and pasting from Wikipedia is okay if credit is given only for blank articles that are not game articles!
5. I do NOT want you to paste games from other sites into the games section, as I do not want other websites game info. I find this is the number one flaw on other sites- too many articles on games that either do not exist or are "in production" for a system that has long since been discontinued.
Therefore, I would like all game info to be copied and pasted with verified links, as non-working links will be deleted.
Let's face it, there are so many PS and PS2 games, there are a lot you have not played! So make sure the game exists before you write about it!
What should an article have?Edit
This depends on the page. Some things are meant for some pages.
Recent discussions point out that the game articles, the highlights of this Wiki, should be divided to:
- the descriptive Intro, describing about the game in general. Some snippets from the content of the article may be written here,
- the Gameplay, divided into subsections on the aspects of the game that makes it unique.
- the Setting in which the story takes place. A link to the main/list location/world article should be added too,
- the list of playable Characters including a short description. A collage of the characters picture would be a good addition,
- the Story, written from the point of view of the player character,
- the Music, describing the composition, composer, soundtrack, including main themes, adding in links to the respective music article,
- Development, describing the different versions of the game, and a credits list of the staff/cast behind the game,
- the Packaging artwork gallery for each and every version out there,
- External links; these pages should link to pages on important fansites, an official site (if one exists), and any other links that may be relevant.
When writing an articleEdit
Adding a QuoteEdit
It's encouraged to have at least a quote in every article.
The active voice is much stronger than the passive voice. Here is an example of a sentence in the passive voice:
- Cecil was removed from his post as Captain of the Red Wings by the King of Baron.
Now, here is an example of that same sentence, except written in the active voice
- The King of Baron removed Cecil from his post as Captain of the Red Wings.
See how the Active Voice is much better? The person performing the action is the subject of the sentence, instead of the person or thing the action is performed on. Action is better than being!
To determine which tense to use in articles, it is logical to describe events happening in-game in the present tense; even if a game was released decades ago, it still performs the same today as it did on release. Therefore, to simplify:
- Use present tense to describe plot and events as it happens in-game, including gameplay.
- Use past tense to describe flashbacks and events that happen prior to the game's plot.
The same applies to describing real world events. When talking about game development, releases and/or promotions, use a tense appropriate for the time period in which the event occurred eg "The PlayStation was launched in 1994" or . When describing the product itself, use present tense eg. "Final Fantasy XI uses the concept of changing Jobs in a similar fashion to Final Fantasy III." Exceptions are for unreleased products that use future tense, and unfinished products that use past tense.
There have in the past been edit wars over the territorial spelling of a word (i.e. words spelled differently in between Europe and the United States). It used to be that we're not arrogant and we have no intention on starting a territorial war over something stupid like spelling, and if you had come across a word spelled the way it is in another country (for example if you see "color" spelled as "colour" or vice versa), you would have left it as it is. I.e. the person who inserted the word initially will decide how it's spelled.
However, due to recent discussions on consistency, the community have decided that the "American English" spelling is the accepted language of the Wiki.
Point of viewEdit
On most Wikis, there is a policy to give a "Neutral Point of View" (NPOV). This is not the case here when writing story sections of specific articles. The point of view MUST reflect how the events unfold from the article's subject's perspective. On else, the article must maintain NPOV.
Following our Spoiler Policy, it's encouraged to place the word SPOILERS above content regarded as spoilers - this mostly being plot sections - and END SPOILERS below it.
Each article must be categorized, and done so according to which category applies to it. Here in the wiki there are two types of articles; general and specific. General types are also known as parent pages; these contain links to articles that tell about a certain element of a specific game. For example; the Forum Rules article, a parent page, is categorized under Category: Community, but the game Soul Reaver , a game-specific page is categorized under Category: PSX Games.
The idea is to place the game templates in articles related to the game - like the character articles, location articles, respective game-related terms. Other articles like magic, abilities and summons as well as enemies don't have them since they cover the entire series and not specialized. A list of categories can be found here.
When making a templateEdit
Be sure to add an explanation of what purpose it serves, so that the other users of the wiki do not have to guess. This goes double for admins, since if they see no purpose or even possible future potential use for the template, it is likely to be deleted. The explanation can be written as part of the template (between a <noinclude> and </noinclude>) or in the discussion page (see Template:Click for example on the former).
You may have seen a number of users on the forum or on talk pages using templates to make their words appear in speech bubbles. If you want to learn how to create one of these, refer to the FAQ.
Working with Media FilesEdit
The general practice would be to start Image placement on the right side by adding "right" in the image coding as in "[[Image:Example.jpg|right]]". The next image would then be placed on the left - "[[Image.Example.jpg|left]]", forming a sort-of zigzag pattern.
An image without white/transparent backgrounds should be thumbnailed by adding "thumb" in the image coding as in "[[Image:Example.jpg|thumb]]". A caption should be added to thumbnailed images, a short description of what the image is by writing the caption at the end of the code as in "[[Image.Example.jpg|right|Caption here]]".
Image galleries should be created when a number of images in a section clutter the layout. Image galleries should also be used with a caption to describe each of the images it contains. To create an image gallery, use the coding below; "perrow" enables one to set how many images on a row, the default and style recommends 4.
<gallery perrow="2/3/4/5"> Image:Example.jpg|Caption here Image:Example.jpg|Caption here Image:Example.jpg|Caption here </gallery>
On Music and SoundEdit
The Template: Listen is used to help readers listen to an audio sample. While we have no specific guideline, template placement should be aligned to "right" or "left" accordingly. Standard practice is to put those templates on the left-hand side. Seek out the Audio help page for more information.
When embedding a video from video hosting websites such as Youtube, it is encouraged to place them inside boxes. Place a caption and the caption box will be colored according to related header - follow game specific colors as above, or the series color if general. Video alignment follows viewer discretion and suitability. The coding below is an example, with those in double brackets being which parameters editors can customize.
<div class="thumb t((left/right))" style="width:320px; background:((Caption Box Color)); border: 2px solid #A9A9A9;"> <div class="thumbcaption" style="text-align: center;"><font color="((Caption Text Color))">((Caption Title))</font></div> <youtube width="320" height="240">((11-character Youtube Link)</youtube> </div>