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This page lists guidelines and rules for users here at SuperMarioGlitchy4 Wiki. It's a user guide of sorts. If you're new here, we highly recommend that you read through this!


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Editing the Wiki

Articles, categories, templates, and other such pages comprise the "wiki". Other pages, such as profiles, threads, and blogs, do not. We aim to make this wiki as professional and comprehensive a data source as a wiki about SMG4 can possibly be. Unfortunately, many contributors tend to impede progress towards this goal. If you want to edit the wiki, here are some things to keep in mind.
  • Have good grammar. Few things detract from a page's semblance of officiality more than bad grammar. Write in Standard English with good spelling, grammar, diction, and structure. If English is not your first language, let us know! We can fix your edits as long as it's clear what you're trying to say.
  • Make neat pages. Good pages rarely have stuff strewn about at random. Images could, for example, be placed sparingly at the sides of an article; any others should be put into a gallery. Articles should not have random formatting changes added in; those are mainly used in templates to make them stand out. All-caps, bold text, and italics should be used for abbreviations, article titles, and emphasis where needed.
  • Stay serious. Encyclopedias are for information, not jokes. If you hold humor at a higher value than content, you can derail whole articles rather quickly, and we'll start assuming the worst of you right off the bat. We're slightly more lenient with photo captions; if a quip is brief, formal-looking, and helps people understand what a picture depicts, throw it in. Otherwise, keep it to a forum thread or something.
  • Stay focused. Discuss a subject throughout its article; don't go off on barely-related tangents. Focus on essential facts, putting details that were only mentioned in one episode in the trivia section. Remember to talk about things as SMG4 depicts them—this is a wiki about SMG4, not one about canon info for things that appeared in an SMG4 blooper. It's important that you tell us the gist: readers want basic knowledge more often than they want minor details.
  • Create content with purpose. This is a point that people seem to miss. Content that has no reason to exist is usually deleted. Something has to be notable and relevant to warrant an article, unless it is reoccurring and purposefully so. As for categories, we have far too many of those, and relatively few are needed at all. Categories are meant to group articles based on defining traits. Even categories that aren't obviously jokes or spam can be totally unnecessary, so judge categories based on whether they aren't unnecessary. Finally, much of the same applies to images. Pictures on the wiki should be clear in what they illustrate, and should depict important facts or events.
  • Use official material only. For this wiki, "officially sourced material" boils down to "stuff SMG4 made or acknowledged". There shouldn't be any articles about fan material, unless SMG4 has shown it in a video. Fan theories are also a no-go unless you put them in a trivia section and admit it's a theory. Fanon is out of the question. If you want to add fanmade content, please use the SMG4 Fanon Wikia instead.
  • Don't go too meta. This overlaps with the previous point a bit, but it is a somewhat separate issue. Remember to focus on the context of the bloopers when documenting most information. For instance, it makes sense to have an article about a character in the bloopers. It does not make sense to have an article about someone who voiced an audio clip that was used in the bloopers, especially not if that person has never physically appeared in them.
  • Do not spam or vandalize. Most unwelcome edits can be reverted in just a few clicks. Even so, people who spam and vandalize the wiki still make very bad names for themselves. Don't troll for the sake of trolling. After all, reversions aren't the only things we can do quickly—admins can easily block your account or IP range if you start causing trouble.

Discussing Articles

The wiki part of SuperMarioGlitchy4 Wiki is a collaborative project with easy ways to talk about content. If you use the "Talk" button or "discussion" link near the top of an article, you will see a page for discussion of that article. There are some key rules to follow when adding to these pages.
  • Talk about the page itself. The talkspaces are used for discussion of pages, not their subjects. We have disabled the commenting feature on articles because people used them like YouTube comments, chatting about their opinions on characters and bloopers. If you only want to say something about the topic of a page, make a forum thread instead.
  • Don't mess with earlier messages. Maintaining the intactness of discussions will provide a record of questions and decisions about the article. Those questions and decisions will also be kept out of page histories. Don't edit or vandalize anyone's posts, not even your own. If you want to correct something you said, make the correction on a new line.
  • Organize discussion with topics. Adding a new topic will create another section, making it easier to pick apart several discussions.
  • Indent replies. Indented replies stop messages from blurring together, and make discussions easier to follow as well. Add a new line after the message you want to reply to. Type a colon at the beginning of the line to indent it. Multiple colons indent the line further: each colon after the first increases the indent by a set amount.
  • Sign your posts. Whenever you make an edit in a talkspace, a message should appear, reminding you to add a signature. To do this, you can either press the signature button, or manually type out four tildes in a row. Signatures tell others who specifically has been discussing, removing the need to check the page history for context. If you have a Wikia account, you can edit your signature in your preferences.
  • Ask for consensus on bigger edits. As with most other wikis, radical edits should be discussed before being implemented. If you make large changes to a page without asking anyone beforehand, you can't really know whether those changes are the best for that page. On the other hand, if your suggestion is agreeable, we will likely agree with it, and you can be sure that your edit is a good one.
  • Don't poll. Polls are finicky things, and on top of limiting the responses available to others, the results can be lost easily. Let others reply to your posts by replying to your posts.
  • Be understanding. Try to think through someone's reasoning for saying something you disagree with. They might have a valid point, which isn't usually a good thing to blow off.

Using Wikitext

In an editor's Source mode, you can format text using a few languages. If you know HTML, you can insert and format elements like divs and spans. You can also modify objects with CSS, provided you use the HTML style attribute. However, by using MediaWiki's wiki markup, you'll make it a lot easier for others to edit and build on your work! Here is some of the simplest and most useful wikitext syntax.
  • Two apostrophes for italic text. Put two separate apostrophes—not a quote mark—on either side of some text to italicize the text in between.
''Lorem ipsum.'' becomes Lorem ipsum.
  • Three apostrophes for bold text. If you put three separate apostrophes on either side of a selection of text, that text will be emboldened.
'''Lorem ipsum.''' becomes Lorem ipsum.
  • Five apostrophes for bold italic text. If you want text to be both bold and italic, place five apostrophes on each side of the text.
'''''Lorem ipsum.''''' becomes Lorem ipsum.
  • Double brackets for links. To link to another page, type its name between two sets of square brackets.
[[Lorem ipsum]] becomes Lorem ipsum
  • Links with pipes for potholes. If you type a pipe symbol between the page name and closing brackets, you can make the text of the link display something different.
[[Lorem ipsum|dolor sit amet]] becomes dolor sit amet
  • Empty piping for link collapse. If you don't put anything after the pipe, the link will only show the main part of the target page's name. This is an editing aid, and the link will expand again when your revision is submitted.
[[Lorem (ipsum)|]] becomes Lorem
  • Single brackets for external links. To link to a page somewhere else on the Internet, put the URL between one set of square brackets, and please remove the http: or https: such that it starts with two forward slashes (//).
[//loremipsum.net] becomes [1]
  • Spaced-out external links for external potholes. After the URL of an external link, type a space, then keep typing to pothole the text to that URL.
[//loremipsum.net dolor sit amet] becomes dolor sit amet
  • Equals-bracketed lines for headers. Add a header by placing two or more equals signs on each side of a line; the more equals signs, the lower the level of the header.
==Lorem ipsum== becomes

Lorem ipsum

  • Asterisks for unordered lists. Place an asterisk at the start of a line to add an unordered (bulleted) list item.
*Lorem ipsum becomes
  • Lorem ipsum
  • Number signs for ordered lists. Place a number sign at the start of a line to add an ordered (numbered) list item.
#Lorem ipsum becomes
  1. Lorem ipsum
  • Colons for indentation. Place a colon at the start of a line to indent it.
:Lorem ipsum becomes
Lorem ipsum
  • Double curly braces for template transclusions. Transcribe a template by placing two sets of curly braces around the name of the target page—the Template: namespace is assumed by default, but articles can be transcribed by putting a colon before the page name.
{{Lorem}} becomes “Lorem [ipsum] dolor sit [1], consectetuer [2] elit…”
  • Transcriptions with pipes for template fields. Some templates have fields that can be filled out; after the page name, type pipes and write the field values in order between them.
{{Lorem|ipsum|dolor}} becomes “Lorem [ipsum] dolor sit ipsum, consectetuer dolor elit…”
  • Field names and equals signs for named template fields. Templates may also have named fields, whose contents can be changed by typing the field name, an equals sign, and the desired field value, all in the space for a field.
{{Lorem|ipsum=dolor sit amet}} becomes “Lorem dolor sit amet dolor sit [1], consectetuer [2] elit…”
  • Pipe-bracketed dash with title and equals sign for new tabber tab. To add a new tab to a tabbered article section, a pipe, dash, and second pipe are used, followed immediately by the title of the tab and an equals sign, to section off the content.
<tabber>Lorem=dolor sit amet|-|Ipsum=consectetur adipiscing elit</tabber> becomes

dolor sit amet

consectetur adipiscing elit

Learning Namespaces

If you've been editing at Wikia or another MediaWiki site, you may or may not already know about namespaces. MediaWiki keeps articles and "real content" at the forefront for the convenience of readers—to go to an article, you can usually append its name to "/wiki/" in the URL bar—but there are other, more complex pages involved in the woodworks. Namespaces organize these overarching collections of pages by purpose, making navigation a tad bit less confounding.

  • Media: is the negative-second namespace. It may be used in links to target a file rather than displaying it, though that can also be done by preceding the "File:" in the link with another colon (":File:"). Largely unknown and uncared-about, the Media namespace could very well be hidden in the negatives for good reason. Just use the File: namespace.
  • The next namespace is a special one indeed, as it's the Special: namespace! This may be the negative-first overall, but it is used extensively, even if its contents are largely immutable. Special pages are everywhere, doing everything from displaying recent edits to moving pages, from showing logs of uploads to letting admins block other users! Each (well, most every) Special: page serves a different purpose, and many aren't even usable for your average Joe. It's also near-impossible to create new Special: pages, though Wikia, powerful as it is, has added quite a few to the default MediaWIki build.
  • The mainspace, as it's called, contains most of the content pages around a wiki or wikia. It's the only one not to have a prefix, and you usually won't have to worry about dropping in a colon, either. This zeroth namespace is home to our articles, and we tend to call a mainspace page an "article" by default, no matter whether or not it looks remotely like one.
  • Much different in concept from the other namespaces, talkspaces are where pages from the corresponding namespaces can be discussed. Most namespaces have them—Category talk:, Template talk:, and just Talk: (for the mainspace), are just a few. In terms of numbering, talkspaces are often immediately after their parallels. For the zeroth "main" namespace, its talkspace is the first. User: is the second namespace, and User talk: is the third—even if we aren't really using it, but more on that later. As for Special talk:, we… aren't exactly sure how to count that one, because zero is already taken, as is negative two.
  • User: is the second namespace, where wikians can create their own personal userpages. (Please don't edit someone else's userpage.) Users can also make subpages of their own userpage, to test and store stuff or something. Anonymous contributors actually get their own userpages too, but given the flexibility of IP addresses, you shouldn't count on being "able" to "keep" it.
  • The fourth namespace is the Project: namespace, which uses the sitename of the wiki (or wikia!) that hosts the page. In our case, it's called "SuperMarioGlitchy4 Wiki:". While it has no special properties, we use this namespace to discuss our wikia's development and operation, record rules, make guides, and yes, make projects official.
  • The File: namespace is where any uploaded pictures or videos will be uploaded to. By editing the page, one can add a description to the media, which is a feature we seem to doubt we need in the least. This sixth namespace does have some strange properties, though. Linking to a page in this namespace will display it inline unless another colon is placed before "File:" in the link (":File:").
  • System messages are stored in the MediaWiki: namespace. You won't need to know much about this eighth namespace, nor will you be able to edit its pages, unless you are an admin or bureaucrat.
  • Templates use the tenth namespace, or the Template: namespace, which is fitting enough. Template: is the default namespace for transclusions and substitutions, making template usage that much quicker. Other than that, this namespace has no notable characteristics. Transclusion and substitution are not tied to the Template: namespace in any real way.
  • Help:, the twelfth namespace, is where it seems Wikia has copied over all of its guides from Community Central. Look there for help. You won't find much else.
  • Related pages can be more subtly linked via use of the Category: namespace. The fourteenth one, and often abused by newbies to MediaWiki, all of the categories are held here. Editing a category page will only let you modify the description, not the pages categorized. Because of this, deleting a category is a much more tedious process than deleting its description, so spamming categories is not a nice thing to do!
  • Forum: is the hundred-and-tenth namespace, and the last default one. Forum pages aren't used anymore, thanks to one of Wikia's "Wiki Features" that we're using.

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