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At the Dark is Rising Wiki, there has been an established style when it comes to authoring new pages, editing current ones, and guidelines and wiki policy.

This manual's goal is to provide new and old users with the way we do things around here :)

Below are basic formatting guidelines. It is highly encouraged to check out other pages here at the Dark is Rising Wiki to get a good idea of how to properly format. When editing pages, please say what you did in the summary box.

Dark is Rising Wiki Edict

  • Absolutely no vulgarity or profanity. This site is intended for audiences of all ages.

Spamming and Vandalism Policy

If an anonymous IP or registered user is found to be spamming the Dark is Rising Wiki with links containing illegal content, pornographic content, or just spam in general(i.e. gambling websites, etc.) they will be banned for an infinite amount of time. This is non-negotiable.

Anonymous IPs and registered users found to be defacing Dark is Rising Wiki (deletion of large sections of articles, etc) will receive one (1) warning instructing them to halt all such actions. Continuation of vandalism at the Dark is Rising Wiki after receiving a warning will earn the offender a 6-month ban period.

Copyright Issues

Any questions regarding the placement of copyrighted material on the Dark is Rising Wiki are answered here: Project:Copyrights

Starting a New Article

Generally, there should plenty to say about a character other than 1 sentence or phrase, unless of course the character is so incredibly minor that only 1 complete sentence describes their existence in its entirety.

Therefore, if a new, unformatted page is created with only 1 sentence or phrase, and it is obvious much much more can be said, it will be deleted. It contributes nothing of value to this information resource, and only wastes the time of dedicated Editors who have to completely format the article. If you decide to start a new article, please fill it up with as much information as you know, and format it according to the below guidelines.

Layout guide

The following layout guidelines are mandatory.

Book Pages

  • 1. Book cover thumbnail right-aligned
  • 2. Book Template
  • 3. Book cover thumbnail right-aligned
  • 4. Book awards (if applicable)
  • 5. Detailed book summary
  • 6. Release date info
  • 7. Books template

Example: Over Sea, Under Stone

Character Pages

  • 1. Character template with image if applicable. Images should be given a specific pixel width between 150-250, the highest number without blurring.

Regular character template

  • 2. Summary/Description
  • 3. Categories (at minimum: gender, affiliation, and book)

Example: Will Stanton

Style Tips

  • Bold the first mention of the character or object the article is about.
  • Italicize all references to book titles.
  • Categorize all characters by gender, affiliation(light or dark), hero or villain (if applicable), and what book they appear in.
  • End all sentences with a period.
  • [[Link]] all names, places, groups, etc, when they are mentioned for the first time.
  • Use complete sentences, no fragments please.
  • If the edit is not minor, please include an edit summary.

Uploading Images

If you're uploading an image of a character, be sure to credit the illustrator in the description (i.e. "Will Stanton by Margery Gill") . If you're not sure who the illustrator is, just check the book's page here!

Additionally, the following is very important:

  • When uploading, be sure to name the image something relevant. Something like "Willstanton.jpg" makes sense for a picture of Will Stanton. An inappropiate filename would be something like "MyPicture094.jpg" or "1740345830.jpg".
  • This also applies to book cover image uploads. Name the file something relevant. "DirUKhc.jpg" for a hardcover version of the Dark is Rising UK makes sense, "Kjskdjgs.jpg" does not.

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