Wiki 101

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Out of Character

Rules

Rule 1. Follow OwlGaming Rules

When using the Wiki, follow all of OwlGaming's rules as a whole and use common sense. For example, things like the forum rules governing general conduct apply here.

Rule 2. Register An Account

To contribute, you must register an account. It is recommended that you utilize your OwlGaming username so others may more easily contact you to discuss changes or clarify what has been posted.

Rule 3. Do Not Vandalize

All pages and past contributions should be treated respectfully. Simply put, do not vandalize them, write falsehoods, delete content, or otherwise be disruptive.

Rule 4. In Character vs Out of Character

It is important to note that when you document out of character information, it must be truthful. For in character contributions, the information must be reasonably present in character and or you must prove that you knew this information in character for your "Wikipedia" style contribution.

Example:

  • It is reasonable for anyone in the city to know as general knowledge, who past political candidates were. If this was added to an in character section, that would be acceptable.
  • If a political candidate did an interview with a reporter and made a salacious comment but the comment was not posted in an article, that wouldn't be general knowledge. But, if the reporter roleplayed adding this comment to their "Wikipedia" page and added it in the in character section of their page, then that would be acceptable.

Rule 4. Document Your Contributions

This section mostly applies to in character contributions where the information is able to be used in the game. Documenting your own out of character story, for instance, is not necessary.

Whenever you make a contribution, please write about it on the 'Discussion' tab at the top. Touching on the two examples above, if you added all of the past political candidates to a politics page, comment stating that you added them and why then use the signature button to document the date and your username. The signature button looks like the picture below.

RTENOTITLE

Example:

I added a list of as many politicians in Los Santos as I could remember. I've used citations to link the threads.

--ThatGuy (talk) 02:41, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

You should also use the citation system as much as possible. If you did, for example, list those politicians, you'd try to cite their political campaign threads on the forums or something like that. Logs backing up what you have done also helps. Taking the previous example of being a reporter and interviewing a politician who made a salacious comment; if you were that reporter and wanted to write that in character content, it would be wise for you to add those logs of your interview, to prove it happened in character, in the discussion tab. This prevents any accusations of metagaming in the future.

Rule 5. Neutral Point of View

All writing should be done from a neutral point of view. Truth and accuracy are paramount.

Principals When Creating Pages

In Character vs Out of Character

Every page must have a distinction between in character and out of character content. This is accomplished through the use of templates, which are pre-made designs that can be easily dropped into any page. In this case, the template displays a colored banner that differentiates the content below the banner from the content above the banner. In character information should be displayed first, out of character information should be displayed second. An example of this can already be seen on this page.

These templates may be added to the page you create by placing the code below in the curly braces into the source tab of the editor.

{{IC Banner}}

  and

{{OOC Banner}}

Distinguishing MTA vs V Pages

Every page's title that is game specific must identify itself as an either MTA or V page. This is done by simply adding (MTA) or (V) to the end of the title. Common pages which require distinction would be character stories, faction pages, and laws. Other pages which may not necessarily require the identifying marker at the end of the title might be some tutorials like this one, or like George's contribution explaining how our communities User Control Panel works. Other tutorials may require the identifying marker if the tutorial or guide is specific to one platform or the other, such as explaining how the script jobs work. Clearly, the script jobs between MTA and V would be different and thus the pages require distinction.

Adding Categories

Every page should be categorized. Categories help us keep track of and organize pages. Categories are added by using the following code added in the source page just like the templates.

[[Category:INSERT CATEGORY NAME HERE]]

A list of categories is as follows.

Non-Platform Specific / Universal

[[Category:Character‏‎]]
[[Category:County Ordinance]]
[[Category:Faction]]
[[Category:Government Faction]]
[[Category:Illegal Faction]]
[[Category:Legal Faction]]
[[Category:Lore‏‎]]
[[Category:Tutorial / Guide]]
[[Category:Information / Event]]

MTA Specific

[[Category:MTA‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA Character‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA County Ordinance‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA Government Faction‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA Illegal Faction]]
[[Category:MTA Legal Faction]]
[[Category:MTA Lore‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA State Law]]
[[Category:MTA Tutorial / Guide‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA Information / Event]]

GTA V Specific

[[Category:V]]
[[Category:V Character‏‎]]
[[Category:V County Ordinance‏‎]]
[[Category:V Government Faction‏‎]]
[[Category:V Illegal Faction‏‎]]
[[Category:V Legal Faction‏‎]]
[[Category:V Lore‏‎]]
[[Category:V V Tutorial / Guide‏‎‏‎]]
[[Category:V Legal Faction‏‎]]
[[Category:V Information / Event]]

So in theory, if you make an MTA character page you would add the following.

[[Category:MTA]]
[[Category:Character‏‎]]
[[Category:MTA Character‏‎]]

This indicates that it is an MTA page. It then is Character specific and is even further subcategorized as an MTA Character. Appropriately labeling something's parent category so it may be found is very important.