The MW Wiki Editor Guide
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Volume 5: The MW Wiki Editor Guide
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Becoming a Myth-Wiki editor is a proactive step towards becoming an active member of the Myth-Weavers community. Whether you are interested in helping improve the existing site articles or weaving your own myths into the wiki for documentation, this guide will help you with understanding the basics of editing and writing articles for the Myth-Wiki.
The purpose of this article is to explain how to edit wiki pages, not to help create the content you are editing in. If you are instead interested in honing your world building techniques, please see World Building/Creating a Home Brew World.
Notice of Copyright
- General Guidelines for Copyright
The goal is to avoid infringing on copyright, either accidentally or intentionally. If you don't have permission in one form or another from the owner of any given content, the default rule is to not repost it. Most authors will indicate their intent with a copyright statement of some kind. When no statement is given, exercise your best judgment.
If you're not sure if you might be in violation of copyright, ask a staff member as each case is different and the international, national, state and local laws surrounding this are very complex. Help:Myth-Weavers:List of Staff
- Exceptions and Exemptions to Copyright
Various sources with open licenses may be freely reproduced, such as various RPG System Reference Documents (SRDs), but again, if you're not sure if you might be in violation of copyright, ask a staff member. Help:Myth-Weavers:List of Staff
- Private Material
Your personal home-brew world, if posted on Myth-Wiki, is shared in accordance to the Disclaimer and Privacy Policies. If you wish to maintain privacy control over your personal content, do not post it here.
- Content Guidelines
Be aware of the Myth Weavers Content Guidelines
Any page that isn't locked by a moderator can be edited by any user, allowing for not only collaborative creative efforts, but collective proofing.
- See Help:Wiki:Editing for specific instructions on how to edit wiki pages.
- Minor Edits
This category includes spelling and grammar corrections as well as formatting changes. It is generally acceptable to make such changes to any page.
- Major Edits
Changing the content of a page is usually considered a major edit. It is polite to have the page creator's permission to do so, and a player should never alter a GM's game wiki without permission.
Naming a new page
Changing the name of a wiki page once it's created requires Moderator intervention. As such, you want to pick the right name the first time. Article titles are based on what reliable English-language sources refer to the article's subject by. Consider the following features when choosing a title:
Recognizability – Is the candidate title a recognizable name or description of the topic?
Naturalness – What title(s) are readers most likely to look for in order to find the article? Which title(s) will editors most naturally use to link from other articles? Such titles usually convey what the subject is actually called in English.
Precision – How precise is the title under discussion? Titles usually use names and terms that are precise, but only as precise as necessary to identify the topic of the article unambiguously. For technical reasons, no two article titles can be identical.
Conciseness – Is the title concise or is it overly long?
Consistency – Does the proposed title follow the same pattern as those of similar articles?
Keeping information organized and easy to read is the entire purpose behind having a wiki to begin with. Regardless of the information you wish to include, there are basic principles to wiki layout that can help keep your pages organized. Depending on purpose, you may not need all of these elements.
The purpose of headings is to separate text within a page so it's easy to find individual topics. For example, in this document, 'Intro', 'Notice of Copyright', and 'Page Layout' are all headings. See Help:Wiki:Editing for how to create headings. Using the heading function also creates the table of contents at the top of the page.
- Lead section
This section is where you make your first impression and sum up the contents of the page within a short paragraph. This section should be kept simple and concise and give the basic gist of the remainder of the page. In this article, the Lead section is the Intro.
- Body Section
The Body is where you put your content. If you find your article getting very long, consider breaking it up into multiple pages, especially if multiple sections can be logically separated out from the main idea.
- See Also Section
This section is for links to other relevant data that wasn't otherwise linked within the article. These pages might include references to your article or be related in some significant way.
Manual of Style
The Manual of Style (often abbreviated MoS or MOS) is a style guide for all Myth-Wiki articles.
- Writing should be clear and concise. Plain English works best: avoid jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording.
- Where more than one style is acceptable, editors should not change an article from one of those styles to another without a substantial reason.
- Always utilize correct grammar unless someone is speaking in quotations.
Transclusion means the inclusion of the content of one document in another document by reference. In Myth-Wiki, it refers to a function of the MediaWiki software which allows the content of one page to be included in the content of another page, by placing a reference to the source page in the wikitext of the target page. A page which is intended to be transcluded into other pages is called a template. Changes made to a template are automatically reflected on all pages into which that template has been transcluded.
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