Guidelines for constructive contributionsEdit
- Assume good faith. Assume good faith means to believe that everyone is here for good reasons until they give you a reason to believe otherwise. This is the core philosophy behind any wiki community.
- Don't feed the trolls. Sometimes, bad users will try to provoke you into angry or other emotional responses through harassment or general disruptive behavior. Instead of responding to them and giving them attention, report them to an administrator.
- Be polite. We all know the golden rule: treat others the way you wish to be treated. One of the best ways to do this is to remember that the user you're speaking to is an actual person, not a computer screen, so treat people as you would if you were talking to them face-to-face.
- Don't be disruptive. When we say disruptive, that means your behavior is starting to affect other people and their ability to engage on Turf Equipment Wiki. This includes spam, vandalism, deliberately bringing a conversation off topic, and anything else that takes people's attention away from the matter at hand towards what you're doing.
- Communicate. Don't be afraid to communicate with others. Experienced editors and the site's administrators have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Talk to them for tips on how to help out. And always talk issues out with other editors before they have a chance to escalate into a problem. You can leave messages on other users' talk pages, on article talk pages or create a forum to discuss edits conflicts, best practices or even to coordinate your efforts.
- Use edit summaries. Leave a short explanation of the reason behind your edits. This helps communicate to others the rationale behind your changes and can help avoid edit conflicts.
- Sign comments. Always sign your comments on article talk pages. This makes certain folks know who left the comment. User talk pages and forums sign for you automatically. To sign a comment, just add four tildes to the end of you comment: ~~~~. You can make a custom signature in your preferences that can add links to your user page, talk page and edits.
- Be bold. If you see something that can be improved, do it. Don't be afraid to edit. If you don't know how, ask an experienced editor. They'll help you out. You can find recently active editors on the wiki activity log.
- Have fun! That's always the key point: your time here should be fun, so have fun on Turf Equipment Wiki!
- Turf Equipment Wiki uses all of the same writing conventions found in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style.
- In general, content should be written in a style appropriate for an encyclopedia. Descriptions should be clear and precise; speculations or uncertain facts should be avoided.
- Do not be overly specific when writing, only as specific as necessary.
- Use full sentences where possible.
- American English is preferred at this wiki.
- Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are not acceptable.
- Contributions should only use third-person. Keep first-person and second-person sentences out of articles.
- Articles should generally be written in present tense.
- The only exception are articles relating to events which took place in the past.
- Article page names and links should not be overcapitalized.
- Proper names, such as Toro Greensmaster 3, Jacobsen Greens King, or John Deere 2500E E-Cut Hybrid should be capitalized. But common words or descriptive names, like cutting unit, horsepower, or attachment should not.
- If it's not clear whether a name is a proper name or a common one, naming should be discussed and decided on a case by case basis.
- Do not overlink. Generally, a page should be linked from a given article only once, on its first occurrence. Links may be repeated if the first link is far up the page or if the manner the word is used in makes it necessary (e.g. in summary lists).
- Do not add any attributions (like "written by XYZ") or dates ("written on 14/02/09") to articles. An accurate record of all contributions to an article is available via its "History" page.
- Attribution of content added under Creative Commons license or other permissions must strictly follow the attribution requirements of those licenses.
- If you are new to wikis, you may want to read the help pages.
- To learn the basics of editing a wiki, go to the Help:Contributing.
- Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
- Keywords for which readers are likely to be scanning may be in bold for emphasis, but this should be used sparingly.
- Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.
- Italics should be used for the titles of books and games.
- Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.
- Avoid using all caps.
- Avoid using quotation marks for emphasis.
- Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
- Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
- Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.
- Turf Equipment Wiki has a custom CSS class for tables called "table". It should be used for all visible tables in articles. To declare the class in tables, add
class="table"after the opening table bracket.
(Editing guidelines are modified from Fallout Wiki:Editing guideline)