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The Official YPPedia Guide to Page Creation, Basic Editing, and Policies

Or: The how to, why for, and what now thread.

Ahoy there and welcome! If you're reading this thread, you have questions regarding the YPPedia: Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates' community wiki. This subforum is here to try and make the wiki maintaining process easier by bringing all members of the community together in a central hub to answer questions, run discussions, and decide the direction we want our community information portal to go.

If you've come here to ask a question, please search this forum first to see if someone has already asked or answered your question before posting a new thread. You can also find the complete collection of YPPedia help files here.

And now, without further ado:


Table of Contents

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Part I: What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a publicly editable community resource with the purpose and intent to share mass information across great distances using the convenience and power of the world wide web.

While the design comes from humble beginnings, today wikis are used by businesses, clubs, organizations, games (like ours), schools, universities, and a host of other community groups across the globe as a central hub for information and resources to expand their knowledge and make sharing easier..

All wikis run off a software base known as MediaWiki which was designed and implemented on the original and probably best known wiki: Wikipedia.

Wikipedia wrote: 
A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in business to provide intranets and Knowledge Management systems. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

"Wiki" (/wi?ki?/) is originally a Hawaiian word for "fast". It has been suggested that "wiki" means "What I Know Is". However, this is a backronym. "Wiki Wiki" is a reduplication of the same word.

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Part II. Why Should I Contribute?

A wiki relies on the contributions and efforts of its community members. The pages aren't just going to create themselves after all. Our YPPedia currently has almost 16,000 different content pages all created by players just like you. These pages cover every subject including pirates, crews, flags, islands, oceans, swords, bludgeons, housing, shoppes, pets, familiars, clothing and much, much more!

Each and every page has been thoughtfully created and edited with the intent to educate future generations on how our game is played and perhaps pass on a few secret tips we've learned along the way as well. By contributing to the YPPedia, you ensure that this knowledge is maintained and passed on and continues to benefit the community at large.
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Part III. How to Create a Page

Creating a brand new article on the YPPedia may seem like a daunting task for a new editor but it is actually quite easy. The MediaWiki software is designed to make page creation a simple and straightforward process to entice new editors to take a chance and give it a try.

Just follow these easy steps to start a new article:

Step 1: Find the search box on the sidebar menu.



Step 2: In the search box, type the name the new article should have. In this case, it will be "New article". Be sure to use proper capitalization and punctuation when naming the article and follow the Wikipedia Naming Conventions.



Step 3: Make sure to press "Go" and not "Search".



Step 4: If your article already exists, it should show up here. In this instance it is obviously not appropriate to create another article of the same name. If the article does not exist, you will get the following page. Click on the red link that says "Create this page".



Step 5: You are now in the page editing screen. This screen is where all the editing on the YPPedia is done from. Your tool bar is located in the upper left corner of the editing screen. More on that in the Basic Editing Techniques section later. The large empty text box will be the subject of your article. Here is where you put your content. If the page is a pirate, crew, flag or any other page that you can use a template for, those will be addressed in the next section.



Step 6: Once you have created the content of your article, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter a summary of what you just did. Summaries might include "Created page New article.", "Fixed misspellings and grammar mistakes.", or "Updated information to correspond to latest release." Always leave a summary. Then, click the "Show preview" button.



Step 7: Always preview a page before you hit the "Save page" button. This preview will be the final version that will be posted to the YPPedia and should be free of errors and mistakes to cut down on re-edits as best as possible. When you are satisfied with the preview, click the "Save page" button.



Your page is now created and publicly viewable and editable on the YPPedia. It has become a part of the index of knowledge for Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates and will continue to be edited and updated for as long as the YPPedia exists.



A good majority of pages on the YPPedia fall under the categories of Pirate, Crew, Flag, Island, or Shoppe pages. To make creating these pages easier, the YPPedia has built in templates for each type of these pages. The usage of these templates will be addressed in the next section.
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Part IV: Using Templates

Wiki templates are a fantastic thing. Essentially, someone else has done all the leg work to designing and formatting a really good looking standardized page. All you have to do is enter in the specific information and the page is created! The following types of pages all have templates and their respective usage pages and coding may be found in each link:

In this section, we'll show you how to build a pirate page using the pirate infobox template. The general techniques you learn here may be applied to any templates.

Basics: What is a template?

A template is a set of coding that when inserted into an article will draw design and information parameters from a "template page" altering its appearance, formatting, and information content according to how the template is written.

Templates will always begin with {{ and end with }} . Everything located between these two sets of characters is the template and must be included in its entirety for it to work as intended. Let's take a look at the pirate infobox template:



The top line, just after the opening set of {{ is the title of the template. It tells you what template you are working with. In this case, it is called "infobox pirate".

Following the title are the parameters that make up the template. Each one of these parameters is separated by a | (I bar) and requires an input of data to tell the template what it should do. In other words, the template is designed to organize and format information, you need to supply it with the information first.

Most of these entry points are fairly self explanatory. Piratename is where you enter the name of the pirate the page is about. Portrait asks if the pirate has a portrait uploaded to the YPPedia under the correct filename. (Image:Pirates-Piratename.jpg) Familiars looks a little tricky, not as straightforward as the first two were. For that, you can always turn to the usage notes located on the template page. According to them, the Familiars section should be filled out as follows:

 
Familiars= - Optional—Omit this field if the pirate has won no familiars. If the pirate has won one or more familiars, fill in the number won for x. Then, fill in fam-type-x=, fam-ocean-x=, and fam-name-x= for each familiar won, replacing X for the number of the familiar in each instance. For example, for a pirate who has won two familiars:
|fam-type-1=Monkey-Tan
|fam-ocean-1=Midnight
|fam-name-1=Monkeybutter
|fam-type-2=Octopus-Lime
|fam-ocean-2=Sage
|fam-name-2=Fingers


There, that clears things up a bit. Some templates can be a mite tricky so always turn to the usage notes on the template page when in doubt.

So, continue to fill in the sections accordingly and eventually you will end up with this. One fully fleshed out and good looking pirate page made quite simple by the miracle of templates.

Now you're ready to go use any of the many templates on the YPPedia to make your page creation a breeze.
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Part V: Basic Editing Techniques

Now that you're set on creating new pages and using a template to make a standardized page, let's take a look at some basic editing techniques. For more advanced users, a full list of editing codes and techniques may be found here.

The YPPedia is not as simple as just typing some paragraphs into the editing box and hitting submit. Our articles need to be engaging and easy to use. They need to be eye catching and well organized in addition to well written. The editing tool bar at the top left corner of your screen is your key to all these. Most functions in the tool bar may also be accomplished by typing a certain code into the editing field. Some editors prefer one way, some prefer the other. I will show both as we progress through this set.



From left to right: bold text, italicize text, internal link, external link, level 2 headline, embed file, file link, mathematical equation, ignore wiki formatting, your signature with timestamp, horizontal line.

Let's look at the individual techniques. We'll ignore the file link and mathematical equation commands as they just aren't used on our YPPedia.

Bold Text - This option will allow you to bold your text. Clicking the button will bring up this: '''Bold text'''
Replace the words Bold text between the ''' with your text to be bolded. This may also be accomplished by typing the characters ''' at the front and end of the selection.

Italicize Text - This option will allow you to italicize your text. Clicking on the button will bring up this: ''Italic text''
Replace the words Italic text between the '' with your text to be italicized. This may also be accomplished by typing the characters '' at the front and end of the selection.

Note: The previous two commands may be combined to provide bolded, italicized text by putting ''''' in front of and at the end of the selection.

Internal Link - This option allows you to link to any page within the YPPedia. Clicking on the button will bring up this: [[Link title]]
Replace the words Link title with the name of the article you wish to link to. This may also be accomplished by putting [[ before the name and ]] after the name of the article you are linking to.

External Link - This option allows you to link to any page on the internet. Clicking on this button will bring up this: [http://www.example.com link title]
Replace the words http://www.example.com link title with the web address of the page you wish to link to. This may also be accomplished by placing [ before and ] after the web address you are linking to.

Level 2 Headline - This option allows you to place a level 2 headline. Clicking on this button will bring up this: == Headline text ==
Replace the words Headline text with the name of the headline for the section. This may also be accomplished by putting == before and after the name of the headline.

Note: Headlines are an excellent way to divide up a long article. It provides a clickable table of contents at the top of the page, and allows for 5 levels of subheadings. The largest headline is headline 1 denoted by = . The second largest is headline 2 denoted by == and so on. For more information on the usage of headlines, please see here.

Embed File - Mostly, this will be used to place images in articles. Clicking on this button will bring up this: [[Image:Example.jpg]]
Replace the word example with the name of the image and be sure to note the correct file extension. (.jpg, .gif, .png) This may also be accomplished by placing [[Image: before and ]] after the name and extension of the image.

Ignore Wiki Formatting - This is used to insert text into the article that normally the wiki would automatically format. This code forces the wiki to display the text exactly as typed rather than format it. Clicking on this button will bring up this: <nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here</nowiki>
Replace the words Insert non-formatted text here with the text you wish to display. This may also be accomplished by placing <nowiki> at the beginning and </nowiki> after the ending of the text.

Insert Your Signature with Timestamp - This is used to insert your signature with the timestamp of your edit when you leave a message on someone's talk page or on the talk page of an article. Clicking on this button will bring up this: --~~~~
These characters will yield the following:
--Muffynz 05:34, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
This may also be accomplished by typing --~~~~ after your comment to sign it.

Note: Always sign your comments on talk pages. It is highly annoying to have to search the page history to seek out who said what when a comment or suggestion is not signed.

Horizontal Line - This link is used to make a page break in an article with a horizontal line across the screen. This should not be used often and only employed when headlines are for some reason unsuitable for the article. Clicking on this button yields this: ----
This sequence creates a thin, horizontal line through the page dividing what is above the code with what is below. This may also be accomplished by typing ----.

And that is the basic editing techniques for the toolbar. More specific information on all these functions may be found here.
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Part VI: Policies and Guidelines

As with any community editable resource, some policies and guidelines must be set to keep order and understanding among the editing members. The following are some of the key policies of the YPPedia. A full list and explanation may be found here.

Key Policies
  • YPPedia is an encyclopedia. YPPedia is not a forum, nor is it a soapbox for discussing information (excepting the talk pages). It is not a free webspace provider; for free wiki hosting, we suggest Wikia. It is also not a place for advertising.
  • Avoid bias. Articles should be written from a neutral point of view, representing differing views on a subject factually and objectively.
  • Don't infringe copyrights. YPPedia is a free encyclopedia licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons license. Submitting work which infringes copyrights threatens our objective to build a truly free encyclopedia that anyone can redistribute, and could lead to legal problems.
  • Respect other contributors. YPP contributors come from many different countries and cultures and have widely different views. Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively in building an encyclopedia. For reference, see the Editors' Code of Conduct, Wikipedia etiquette, Writers rules of engagement, Civility, and Dispute resolution.
  • Use third person. Just like the articles you would find in an encyclopedia, the articles here should be written in the third person (he, she, they) rather than first person (I, we). The only exception is for quoted material (e.g., a crew's public statement).


Bans and Suspensions
When necessary, administrators of the wiki may temporarily ban a user from making edits following several acts of inappropriate and hostile behavior. The behaviors and punishments are as follows:
  • Scribbling - The user leaves random junk on numerous pages, but doesn't delete existing text, nor add anything offensive. A warning will be issued after each of the first two incidents. After a third incident, the user will be banned for a week.
  • Copyright infringement - The user uploads text or images from another source and claims authorship. A warning will be issued after each of the first two incidents. After a third incident, the user will be banned for a week.
  • Vandalism - The user erases large sections of existing content for no valid reason, or adds offensive text to existing entries. The user will receive one warning. A second offense will result in a one month ban. If the vandalism uses particularly offensive language, even on the first offense, a warning will be given at the same time as a one month ban. Successive offenses will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
  • The Ocean Masters have determined that Terms of Service violations that occur on YPPedia are potential grounds for an in-game suspension or ban as well as a wiki block. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the wiki OM, Nemesis.


Individual Pirate Articles
The YPPedia is an encyclopedic work. It is not a directory of pirates across the oceans. That said, any pirate may have a page about him or her. Pirate pages must meet the same basic criteria as all other pages. They must be encyclopedic. They must be written in the third person. They must be factual. They must use proper spelling and grammar. Pages that fail to meet these criteria may still be proposed for deletion and, after a suitable discussion period, may be deleted if the problems persist.
  • Trophies are not permitted on pirate pages.
  • Pirate pages should not contain lists of standard-named vessels.
  • Lists of trinkets and pets longer than twelve items total should be hidden inside a show/hide box.
  • PEAR scores are not permitted on pirate pages.
  • Lists of stalls and shoppes managed and owned longer than twelve items total should be hidden inside a show/hide box.
  • Hearty lists are not permitted on pirate pages.


The full category list of policies on everything and anything may be found here.
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Part VII: Postlude

Well, that's the basics. We hope you have learned a lot from this starter tutorial on YPPedia editing and that you will join us as a contributing member of the YPPedia community.

For any and all questions pertaining to the management, usage, editing, or content of the YPPeda use this subforum. This is your place to hash out ideas, seek answers, and propose wild and crazy innovations that just might make it in.

For all your hard work now and in the future, we thank you.


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