Greetings fellow adepts of the WH40K Homebrew Wiki! Are you frustrated trying to post a new page? Do you feel like putting your foot through your monitor? Fear not, for we have created this guide to assist our newer contributors learn how to use the source coding of wikia, so that they can be successful at posting a brand article. So, how do you start a new page? Starting a new page on the wiki takes only a couple of clicks and is an important part of contributing to a community. This page, starting with the steps below, will walk you through the basics.
- Click on the Add button (it appears as Add New Page if you are an anonymous user) on the top right of your community header, next the Number of Articles for the wiki.
- The "Create a new article" box will open.
- You can choose the article name by typing it in the box. This name will become the last part of the page's URL.
- Decide between a standard page layout or a blank page. The standard layout provides image and video placeholders as well as section headings. The preload contents for the "Standard layout" are stored at MediaWiki:Createpage-with-video on your community and can be edited by local admins.
- A second way to create a page is by clicking on any red link on your community (which is created by linking to a page that does not exist). You will then be brought into the editor where you can add your content.
The "Editing" tab of Special:Preferences includes options for page creation:
- Use a blank page as default for creating a new page - This makes the 'Blank page' option the default on the 'Create a new article' box.
- Disable "Create a new article" flow - If checked, this' disables the box for you.
Article Quality Policy
Here on the WH40K Homebrew Wiki, we strive to maintain a high level of both professionalism and quality of our articles. Some articles unfortunately won't make the cut. This is usually due to the failure of a contributor to meet the bare minimum requirements as set forth in this policy. These pages will be removed by administrative fiat after being identified as being in non-compliance of established wiki guidelines or quality standards by an Administrator or other editor.
The following are the absolute bare minimum requirements that must appear on an article in order for it to be compliant with the Article Quality Policy.
There are a large selection of templates for page development. They make articles more uniform in structure and are not difficult to use. When creating an article, please ensure to follow the bare minimum requirements, in regards to templates, below:
- All articles must make use of a Property, Free Use, or Community template.
- All (Property, Free Use, Community, Construction, ect.) must be placed at the very top of an article, preferably in the order listed above.
- Incomplete articles must have a Construction template.
- No image placeholders on articles are to be published.
- Any type of music players (youtube, soundcloud, ect.) are to be placed at the top of the article and and must be clearly visible. Hidden players through the use of coding tricks will be removed.
- All quotes must utilise a Quote Template.
- If you feel a new Template needs to be created, please notify one of the Admins, as this is an Admin function, and they will create it. We already have a ton of created templates for the various articles on the wiki. DO NOT create your own! You can find infobox templates at the following link: Category:Templates
- Ensure that articles utilise appropriate infoboxes when warranted.
- Only use one infobox per article.
- No infoboxes within infoboxes.
- When naming an article the title should be concise.
- No article titles should begin with the word "the" or end with full stops. For example, a page entitled "The Blackstar Chapter" should be entitled, "Blackstar Chapter". Only in certain situations will an exceptional naming circumstance be allowed, e.g. an article named "The Twelve", where the lack of the word "the" would appear curiously absent. Other articles such as "Kabal of the Poisoned Thorns" are permitted to use the word "the" in the name. But this is an exception to the rule rather than the norm.
- All articles should be three paragraphs in length, minimum.
- All articles must abide by the established canon of the Warhammer 40,000 universe in accordance to this wiki's Canon Policy, except in certain circumstances, such as community pages involving Alternative Universe (AU) settings.
- Ensure that all articles make use of proper punctuation, spelling, grammar and diction.
- Articles should not contain internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). Please spell out an entire word. If you are unsure how a word is spelled, please refer to either the Google search engine or Dictionary.com.
- Please do not abbreviate the names of characters, places or anything. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned. After this first mention, you may refer to them by last name or rank/title then last name.
- Articles that use real world events, could be considered highly offensive or sensitive - such as the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during WWII, or the Killing Fields by the Khmer Rogue regime in Cambodia in the 1970s. Incorporating real-world events in your article's lore is acceptable, as long as the names are changed and used as an inspiration for your article. However, you should only do so by NOT mentioning (by name) any one real-world group (Examples: Nazis, Soviet Red Army or Al Quaeda) or people (victims of said atrocities, such as the Jews and Cambodian people).
- The use of derogatory terms (even those used historically in real-world events) that refer to any one particular race, creed, religion or sexual orientation, is NOT okay, and will be considered a Moderate offense under our wiki's banning policy.
- Please ensure that you utilise the appropriate heading sizes. To do so, ensure that the largest heading should be header 2 (Ex. ==Chapter History==)
- Headings should not be capitalised.
- Please do not insert a heading, such as == Summary ==, if there is only a single heading within the article. Just don't put a heading until you feel the need to insert two, and then you may create two.
- Please ensure that all articles have been formatted correctly and that there is no stray or unecessary html tags. Failure to do so will result in a Quality Issue tag.
Adding links to terms in an article adds depth and easy navigation to related content. There is one problem though. If you do not point to the correct file name, you will get a link to a non-existent page. It gets worse when someone clicks the link and creates a stub duplicate page when a perfectly good article exists. The best way to link is by searching for the phrase you want to make a link by going to the Special:Search page.
- A given page should only contain one link to any other page. If a page links to the Templars of Iron in one place, then that should be the only link to the Templars of Iron on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article.
Too many times people never look for errors before posting an article, and this wiki aims to hold its editors to the highest possible standards of grammar, spelling and syntax. As such, all new articles will be proofread, edited and in certain cases rewritten by administrator fiat to meet the wiki's formatting and quality standards.
- Images should be displayed at 250px (should not exceed 300px wide).
- Images should have concise captions describing the content of the image.
- No usage of officially copyrighted images of Games Workshop.
- Ensure that all images are credited and appropriately licensed. Images altered from official copyrighted sources and made into something completely unique are considered "derivative works" and should not be claimed that anyone other than Games Workshop owns exclusive copyright over Games Workshop-owned derivatives of it. These images must be classified under the legal "Disclaimer" license after being uploaded. When applicable all works must be accredited to their respective artists (if known).
Categories are important and represent one of the main advantages of organising information in a wiki format, as they allow our users to find all the pages that may accord with their areas of interest. Please ensure to do the following when adding categories:
- Please ensure that you always categorise your new article. It saves time when the Administrators have to go through page by page to add categories later. There is a list of categories at Special:Categories to help you find the proper categories for your articles.
- All articles must be categorized in all relevant categories. Categories should, however, be kept to a reasonable minimum. Additionally, user-based categories, excluding "Articles by NAME" and "Fan fiction by NAME," are not allowed.
- Please DO NOT CREATE NEW CATEGORIES without prior authorisation from one of the wiki's Administrators. If you are unsure of what category to utilise, it would be best to ask one of the Moderators or Administrators to help you decide which categories would best suit your article, as they are more familiar with the system.
- Only utilise the already well-established categories that are commonly used on most articles.
- Articles that are considered "Humour Articles" must only be in the Humour category.