OniGalore:Policy

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Although we're not as formal as Wikipedia, here are a few things that do matter to us on OniGalore.


Rules to follow before editing OniGalore

  1. If you are new to editing wikis, your first reading should be OniGalore:About, OniGalore:Copyrights for the legally-minded, and then Help:Editing.
  2. Please use the "Show preview" and "Show changes" buttons to carefully check over your edit so that you don't have to make a lot of follow-up edits. Sure, even experienced and careful users have to make corrective edits sometimes, but newcomers to wikis are known for making numerous edits to a page in order to fix their mistakes. Many edits pollute the history of the page and make it harder to see what has been changed.
  3. Always explain what you are changing in the Summary field when making an edit. Exceptions can be granted when you are simply adjusting pages in your personal userspace or making rapid iterations while testing changes to a code page, though "cap" summaries (summary text for the first and last edits of your rapid editing session) which explain what you were starting to do, and ended up doing, would be nice.
  4. If you are creating a new page, try to remember to categorize it. You can learn the categories by browsing the plan behind the categories, or the actual category tree. The same goes for images that you upload (the category can be placed in the Summary field when uploading, or added later to the image page by editing it, if you forgot during the upload process). The category should be the very last thing on an article or image page. Click "Edit" at the top of this page to see how the category has been applied, if you need an example.
  5. When communicating on a talk page, remember to sign your edits with the signature button (button_sig.png) so that we know who said what, and at what time. Also, unlike Wikipedia, we prefer to hold back-and-forth dialogue on a single page, wherever the conversation started, rather than each user leaving a response on the talk page of the other conversant, which makes for an unreadable conversation later on.
  6. When creating a page or new section, name it clearly, not with abbreviations; but remember that we will have to type these names later on when we want to link to these pages/sections (ergo, don't use section names like this, ever). Sometimes a long page name may be necessary, in which case a redirect page can be used to link to it instead (as is done here). Page names should have the first letter capitalized, but not the rest of the name unless it is a proper noun like TCTF Science Prison (deliberate exceptions were made for Main Page and Site Map because they are Very Important Pages). Clear image names are especially important to us. Good example: GUIDO Hikari closeup.jpg. Bad example: Real000.png. Please also place some kind of description in the Summary field if the file is not totally self-explanatory.
  7. Please don't create a redlink (a link to a nonexistent page) while editing unless you plan to fill it in soon.