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 format to document the date and your username. To add a signature, simply put four squiggle lines like below. It will add your username and date.

~~~~

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. If you were a reporter and wanted to write in character content that was salacious, 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. If a page has zero OOC content and is only IC, then an OOC banner isn't needed. The opposite is also true. 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 into the source tab of the editor.

{{IC Banner}}

  and

{{OOC Banner}}

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 on the source page just like the templates.

[[Category:INSERT CATEGORY NAME HERE]]

A list of categories is as follows.

Non-Platform Specific / Universal

[[Category:Faction]]
[[Category:Business Faction]]
[[Category:Underground Faction]]
[[Category:Government Faction]]
[[Category:County Ordinance]]
[[Category:State Law]]
[[Category:Lore‏‎]]
[[Category:Character‏‎]]
[[Category:Tutorial / Guide]]
[[Category:Information / Event]]

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

[[Category:Character]]

Or if you had a faction that was illegal, you'd add...

[[Category:Faction]]
[[Category:Underground Faction]]

This indicates that it is a Faction page. It is then subcategorized as Underground Faction. Appropriately labeling something's parent category so it may be found is very important.