|This page documents an official policy that is in effect across the entire SOMA Wiki.
Any concerns, comments or suggestions should be done on the policy's talk page.
Here at the SOMA Wiki, while our main goal is to try and document everything about the game, we also have to ensure that all information is clear, written properly, and most important of all valid. Now in order for us to achieve these goals, we must make sure that all editors know and understand how to edit articles properly.
- Put spaces after commas and sentences.
- If you're writing a paragraph, do not cause it to have "Huge Wall of Text" syndrome. It is not appealing to look at, let alone read. Please para-space when creating an article to make it look more presentable.
- Avoid Run-ons and Comma Splices at all costs.
Words should only be capitalized at the start of a sentence or if the word is a name/designation. Words like facility and personnel should not be capitalized since they are common nouns and not proper nouns.
Exceptions to this however are...
A given page should only contain one link to any other page. For example if a page links to Structure Gel in one place, then that should be the only link to structure gel on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article.
Note: Infoboxes do not follow this rule. Information in the infobox should always have links, while the rest of article should follow this rule.
Do not use conversational style
This is an information site - it should not read like a Facebook message.
- Do not use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you are not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google or Dictionary.com. If you know that you are not the strongest speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word or use an Internet browser like Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome, which has spell-checking built in.
- Do not "reply" to content others have posted. If you want to discuss a section, bring it up on the article's talk page. If you are 100% sure that something should be changed and do not think a discussion is necessary, just change it.
Articles should be written from a neutral point of view. Writing should not express your opinion on the subject nor should it be biased.
- Constructs are weird looking robot things, they're the scariest monster in the whole game.
- Constructs are robotic entities which are meant to invoke fear.
When adding information, be sure to know the differences between the following:
It's is a contraction, and is short for "it is", while its is a singular possessive pronoun.
- Its yellow snow!
- It's yellow snow!
- It's body is covered in structure gel.
- Its body is covered in structure gel.
Simple, should the word following it begin with a vowel, use an.
There, their, they're
There is an indefinite article, and describes the location of a place, item, or person. They're is a contraction which is short for "they are". Their is a singular possessive pronoun.
Effect is a noun, affect is a verb.
Your is a possessive pronoun, you're is a contraction short for "you are".
When editing articles, remember take into account the following things:
- Please proof-read your edits to make sure that spelling and grammar is correct and that you're not adding redundant, out-dated, or made-up information.
- If you're doing a major overhaul of a page or creating one from scratch, make sure it conforms to the Manual of Style.
- Should your edits be undone, then it most likely means that you're not adding any useful information. If you do feel that your edit holds some value, then you can discuss it on the article's talk page.
- Do not instigate "Edit Wars", meaning constantly reverting the same edit over and over again with another person. Use the talk page if you wish to debate this with the other party.
- Remember to use the edit summary feature so that people can understand what it is you changed in the article. Please try to be constructive and avoid bashing previous edits.
- The Trivia sections exist for a reason: if there's small tidbits of information that are unimportant to the actual article but are still interesting to know, add them to Trivia; not the main body paragraphs.
Talk page guidelines
Talk pages are essentially places where you can discuss the article and/or suggest changes to the article.
Here are a few simple guidelines you should follow:
- Remember, the talk page is not a comment section; do not add thing such as "Catherine is da best!!1! <3" as it will not be tolerated.
- Remember to sign your posts with "~~~~". This way we can tell who added the comment and also at what time the comment was added.
- If you're replying to a post, remember to add a colon in front of the message so that a tab is inserted.
- If you're criticizing the page or someone else's idea, please be constructive about it. Getting mad about it will make you difficult to work with.