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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 when editing OniGalore
- If you are new to editing wikis, your first reading should be OniGalore:About, OniGalore:Copyrights for the legally-minded, and then Help:Editing.
- 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. While even experienced and careful users have to make corrective edits sometimes, newcomers to wikis are known for making numerous edits to a page in order to fix their mistakes. This clutters the history of the page and makes it harder to follow the changes.
- Always explain what you are changing in the Summary field when making an edit (this is not necessary on a talk page). Exceptions can be made when you are 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.
- If you are creating a new page, make sure 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 is placed in the Summary box when uploading, but can be added later by editing the image page if you forgot during the upload process). The category should be the very last thing in the wiki markup, not at the top or in the middle. If you need an illustration, click "Edit" at the top of this page to see how the category has been applied in this page's markup.
- When communicating on a talk page, sign your edits with the signature button () 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.
- 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 ). 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. You should also place some kind of description in the Summary box if the file is not totally self-explanatory.
- Don't create a redlink (a link to a nonexistent page) while editing unless you plan to fill it in soon.