WikiEtiquette (version 22)
When editing pages just keep the following rules in mind:
- Be nice - don't be rude or offensive.
- Write in a way that is easy to understand and avoid local slang or phrases. Many of those who will read your text may not have English as their first language.
- Don't delete other people's contributions (unless you know what you are doing)
- Don't use too many acronyms
- Avoid the "click here" phrase!! Don't say: "More info about shape can be found here?" but use "More info about shape can be found at BasicLifeShapes?". I'd suggest avoiding it for external links as well.
- If players are unknown, refer to white as she and to black as he - this simplifies the discussion of diagrams. (mattn: but see discussion on Player Gender!)
- You are free to contribute anonymously, but it is preferred that you sign your comments with your name (or handle). It is common to prepend the signature with '--' like this: --ArnoHollosi, 1dan (While you're at it, you are free to create your own wikipage and tell us about yourself.)
- If you are commenting on / writing about game-related aspects, please leave your rank as well. This serves as a good guide for later readers.
- Jonathan Cano: I've said it a few times before in other places and I'll reiterate it; I would like to recommend that folks place their name before text they write (like this passage) rather than sign at the end. This way if a passage is long you don't have to jump to the end (or wait until you get to the end) to see who is talking. This is how plays are typeset because it makes sense when there is lots of dialog.
MortenPahle: I think that this depends on the context. On some pages, where there is an obvious discussion going on and you add your opinion/arguments, I agree with you.
On other pages, which are less 'discussive' and more 'descriptive', I think that the initial creator of the page, at least, should just leave his name at the bottom and not start the page with it.
- A good WikiName is short and descriptive. If the name is logical and easy many more people will link to it.
- Although you can take a whole sentence and crunch it up to make a WikiName, it is better style to restrain it to at most 5 words.
- Instead, try to use WikiName's like you would use as chapter titles in a book.
Refactoring is the process where you sum up a page, shortening it, making it more accessible. Anyone who feels up to it may go ahead, but we suggest that you leave it up to frequent (experienced) visitors.
- Be objective - both pros and cons have to be represented correctly.
- Be careful with signed contributions - don't change their meaning.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- Use 3rd person or plural instead 1st person singular in your summary.
- See WikiMasteredit for more information.