Help:Editing Standards

This page describes the standards to be followed when editing and creating pages on WikiGuides, as decided upon by the WikiGuides Staff and Admins. If you fail to meet these standards, your edits may be reverted, overhauled, or scowled at, so please read them closely.

Use The Edit Summaries!

Please leave an edit summary every time you edit a page, even if you're just fixing some typos. This lets others see at a glance what was done and when, and saves Wiki Admins a ton of time when looking into plagiarism or other incidents.[1] Also, please keep your edit summaries descriptive; "stuff" doesn't cut it. You should be able to look at a page's history and get an accurate idea of the page's evolution.

Furthermore, you should not use a descriptive edit summary only once, and then on subsequent edits to other pages use "same thing"; that might look okay in Recent Changes, but the individual pages' histories will not make any sense. Use a descriptive edit summary for every single edit, even if you're in a hurry or you just don't feel like doing it.

Hub Pages

A hub page is the critical, central page for a game. The hub's name is to be the EXACT spelling of the full game name, preferably the same as what Neoseeker uses, but if Neoseeker's name is not the proper official full name then use the proper official name.[2]

Using the tutorial on Help:Hub Pages will produce a Hub page that meets all standards not mentioned here.

Example Hub Pages

Sub-Pages

Sub-pages are an essential part of the Wiki. All pages for a game should be made as sub-pages of the game's hub page, not in the root wiki directory. Here is the naming pattern to use:

Game Name/Page Name

Template:Auto must be used at the top of every sub-page. The most basic usage is simply the following code, but you may expand on it using additional parameters.

{{Auto}}

Example Sub-Pages

Images

All game-specific images must be named using the pattern below.

File Name (Game Name).ext

Template:Auto must be used at the top of every image summary page. The most basic usage is simply the following code, but you may expand on it using additional parameters.

{{Auto}}

Notes

  • You may change an image's destination filename by simply changing the text in the destination filename field of the upload form before uploading the image.
  • Please use a descriptive file name. Things like "A4g2C8.jpg" and "Image.png" are NOT descriptive, and thus may be deleted.
  • The best way to add {{Auto}} to the image summary page is to add it to the beginning of the summary while uploading the image. If you don't do it then, you will need to do it manually by editing the summary page.
  • Since the image's game designation is already in parenthesis, there's no need to include it in any other part of the file name, so don't upload an image as "Faith in Mirror's Edge (Mirror's Edge).jpg" when "Faith (Mirror's Edge).jpg" would be more than adequate to get the same exact point across.

Example Images

Categories

All game-specific Categories must be sub-pages of Category:Game Name. Here's the naming pattern to use:

Category:Game Name/Category Name

Template:Auto must be used at the top of every category page. The most basic usage is simply the following code, but you may expand on it using additional parameters.

{{Auto}}

Notes

  • Each Hub's main category (e.g., Category:Mirror's Edge for Mirror's Edge) should have the Type parameter set to HubCat. That is, instead of simply {{Auto}}, you should use {{Auto|Type=HubCat}}.

Example Categories

Templates

All game-specific Templates must be sub-pages of Template:Game Name. Here's the naming pattern to use:

Template:Game Name/Template Name

Template:Auto must be used at the top of every template page. The most basic usage is simply the following code, but you may expand on it using additional parameters.

{{Auto}}

Make sure you place that between <noinclude> tags or do something of that sort to block it from being included in pages on which the Template is transcluded.

Notes

  • You may not make custom Message Box Templates, such as Template:Stub. Instead, you must use the general ones. If you would like any sort of hub-specific customizations applied, contact the WikiGuides Staff.
  • You may not make Templates that are to be used solely for returning color codes, such as a Rowbg Template. Instead, you must use Template:Color (custom colors are to be requested Here).
  • Although all game-specific Templates are to be sub-pages of Template:Game Name, you're not allowed to make Template:Game Name itself. You shouldn't have any need for it anyway.

Example Templates

Talk Pages

Users are allowed to create talk pages for any of the aforementioned allowed pages simply by following the red-linked discussion tab. If the link is blue, the talk page has already been created.

Template:Auto must be used at the top of every talk page. The most basic usage is simply the following code, but you may expand on it using additional parameters.

{{Auto}}

Notes

  • Each Hub's main talk page (e.g., Talk:Mirror's Edge for Mirror's Edge) should have the Type parameter set to HubTalk. That is, instead of simply {{Auto}}, you should use {{Auto|Type=HubTalk}}.

Example Talk Pages

Redirects

To create a redirect, place only the following syntax on a page:

#REDIRECT ''FullPageName''

{{Auto|Type=Redirect}}

The FullPageName is the location to which you would like the page to redirect. For example, if you replaced FullPageName with "Mirror's Edge/Faith Connors", the page would redirect to Mirror's Edge/Faith Connors.

Example Redirects

References

  1. http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/39502/t1346330-best-practice-use-edit-summaries/
  2. http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/39502/t1175928-best-practice-hub-page-for-each-game-in-wiki-how-to-branch-outwards/