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At the Redwall Wiki, there is an established style when it comes to authoring new pages and editing current ones; it is considered important to follow guidelines and wiki policy.

This manual's goal is to provide new and old users with the way we do things around here :) If you're interested in experimenting, please use the Sandbox. For basic wiki code questions/inquiries, see Help:Contents.

Below are basic formatting guidelines and site policies. It is highly encouraged to check out other pages here at the Redwall Wiki to get a good idea of how to properly format. When editing pages, please say what you did in the summary box. If commenting on a talk page, please sign by typing 4 tildes (~~~~) or clicking the Signa button.

For the most part, the Redwall Wiki style is modeled after the AP Stylebook. For a basic overview, see here.

As this website is US-based, and the majority audience of Brian Jacques' books are Americans, American English is our official language, and appropriate spellings should be used (e.g. "favor", not "favour", etc.).

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Redwall Wiki Edict

  • Absolutely no vulgarity or profanity. This site is intended for audiences of all ages. If you find a user is using inappropriate language, please report this behavior to an administrator.

Registration

Per changes to US Federal Law, as of July 1 2013, you must register an account to edit or contribute to the Redwall Wiki. To register, you must be age 13 or older, according to Wikia's Terms of Use. Register here.

Spamming and Vandalism Policy

If an anonymous IP or registered user is found to be spamming the Redwall 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 Redwall Wiki (deletion or blanking of large sections of articles, replacing content with nonsense or gibberish, etc.) will receive one (1) warning instructing them to halt all such actions. Continuation of vandalism at the Redwall Wiki after receiving a warning will earn the offender a ban, length is up to the discretion of the administrator.

Copyright Issues

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

What the Redwall Wiki Is Not

The Redwall Wiki is not a social networking website, chat room, or a discussion forum, nor are we a host for your personal files. Images, videos, and audio files that have absolutely nothing to do with the world of Redwall or Brian Jacques will be deleted. If a user wishes to link to an outside website to share files on his/her user page, that's absolutely fine. However, embedding video is not allowed. Anyone caught linking to copyrighted material faces a ban.

Topics such as religion, politics, etc. are forbidden. This site's purpose is to come together around Redwall, and not create divisions amongst editors. This includes promoting any one religion, suggesting one person's set of beliefs is better than another's, etc. That sort of discussion has no place on this website.

The Redwall Wiki is also not meant for Role Playing, as stated many times before, it is meant to be a reference and information resource. For Role Playing, please see the Redwall MUCK, or one of many other Redwall websites that encourages this sort of activity. Any role playing will be halted.

No part of the Redwall Wiki will be utilized or abused as a Web chat or instant messaging system. If you wish to participate in an instantaneous dyadic conversation or a synchronous conference with multiple users on any topic whatsoever, please find another website or service that suits your needs. Editors found to be using the Redwall Wiki in this way will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration.

Where to Begin

So you've clicked an article, and feel something vital needs to be added, or perhaps you've spotted a grammatical error. How do you start?

Editing most pages is very easy. Click the "Edit" button at the top of the page. You will be taken to the page source where you can edit the contents at will. If the change is not minor, please include a brief summary in the "Summary" box.

When editing, here are a few important tips to remember:

  • To link to a page (even if it doesn't exist yet), write it like this: [[article name]]. It is case-sensitive except for the first letter.
  • You can link with different text like this: [[article name|text to display]]
  • To link to a Wikipedia article, write it like this: [[Wikipedia:article name|Text to display]]

Starting a New Article

Anywhere you see a red link, you can create a new page. You can also click "Start a New Article" in the left toolbox, beneath the navigation menu.

Generally, there should be plenty to say about a character, much more 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.

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.

So you want to write an article about a character, place, or thing, but you need more information and don't want to scour a book looking for it?

The solution is simple!

Amazon.com has a feature that allows you to search within books. I like to get the book I'm working on, for example, Pearls of Lutra in front of me. Then let's say I want to know more about Abbess Tansy. I pull up Pearls on Amazon, and search inside for 'Tansy'. Then, I get a list of every page Tansy is mentioned on! I can now look in my copy of the book (which I find easier to read than Amazon) for the references, and take notes for the character description for the Wiki, which I can then re-write as an article! Give it a shot!

What should I include?

Anything that is stated fact. The Redwall Wiki does not operate on fan speculation about characters or places; if a gender or species is not directly stated, than we do not assume what it may be. Articles should only include content strictly from the works of Brian Jacques; we call this information "canon". Anything identified as "fanon" will be deleted or removed.

The Redwall Wiki is intended to be a neutral source database. If you are not totally sure about something before adding it or changing the content of an article, check the book first.

Page Layout guide

The following layout guidelines are mandatory.

Books

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

Example of a book: Redwall

Characters

  • 1. Character template with image if applicable. Images should be given a specific pixel width between 150-250, the highest number without blurring.
A) Regular character template
B) Badger Ruler template
C) Abbess/Abbot template
  • 2. Summary/Description
  • 3. Categories (at minimum: species, gender, and book)

Example of a character: Martin the Warrior

People

Please see the Redwall Wiki People Policy.

Style Tips

  • Bold the first mention of the article's subject.
  • Italicize all references to book titles, as well as ship names.
  • Categorize all characters by species, gender, rank/class, hero or villain (if applicable), and the book in which they appear.
  • End all sentences with a period.
  • [[Link]] all names, places, groups, etc, when they are mentioned for the first time. It is not necessary to link every occurrence.
  • Use complete sentences, no fragments please.
  • Capitalize the letter 'A' when the word 'Abbey' is used.
  • Redwall Wiki style is past tense.

Talk Pages

Please restrict usage of the talk pages for discussion of the article content, e.g. what can be improved, what can be taken out or discussed further, etc., rather than posting personal feelings on the subject matter.

Categories

As of 2013, the Redwall Wiki has a near-complete easily navigable database. Almost seven to eight years into this process, we have developed categories to effectively handle most situations. If you feel like a new category is needed for something, please ask before editing numerous articles.

Images

Acquiring

In this day and age, almost everyone has a digital camera and/or a scanner. As we are dealing with content from printed materials, using a scanner is more appropriate when acquiring an image. If you do not have a scanner and wish to scan an image, you can almost certainly find one at your local library. However, if the only device at your disposal is a digital camera, using it would certainly be fine until someone with a scanner is able to re-acquire the image.

Uploading

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

To upload a file, go to Special:Upload and press the "Choose file" button.

Additionally, the following is very important:

  • When uploading, be sure to name the image something relevant. Something like "Friaralder.jpg" makes sense for a picture of Friar Alder. 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. "RedwallUKhc.jpg" for a hardcover version of the Redwall UK makes sense, "Kjskdjgs.jpg" does not.
  • If you are uploading your personal fan artwork, you must be the illustrator. Please acknowledge you are the creator of your artwork by selecting "This is my personal fan art" under the Licensing options. Failure to acknowledge yourself as the creator will result in the deletion of the image.
  • Any uploads that are not related to Redwall (official book covers, illustrations, personal fan artwork, etc.) will be deleted.

Displaying

What it looks like What you type
A picture:

Cluny2

A picture: 
[[Image:Cluny2.gif]]
With alternative text:

Cluny2

With alternative text:
[[Image:Cluny2.gif|Cluny the Scourge]]
  • Alternative text, used when a mouse hovers over the image or when the image is not loaded in a text-only browser, or when spoken aloud, is strongly encouraged.
Floating to the right side of the page and with a caption:
Cluny2

Cluny the Scourge


Floating to the right side of the page
and with a caption:
[[Image:Cluny2.gif|frame|Cluny the Scourge]]
  • The frame tag automatically floats the image right.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.
As a thumbnail:
Cluny2

Cluny the Scourge


As a thumbnail:
[[Image:Cluny2.gif|thumb|Cluny the Scourge]]
  • The thumb tag automatically makes the image smaller.
  • The caption is also used as alternate text.
Linking directly to an image without displaying it:

Cluny the Scourge

Linking directly to an image
without displaying it:
[[:Image:Cluny2.gif|Cluny the Scourge]]

Writing an Essay

Redwall Wiki Essays are a part of the Redwall Wiki editor community. They are not policy and are primarily opinion pieces, created either by individual users or the community as a whole. Generally, an essay should consist of an in-depth analysis, thought-provoking commentary, or observant critique. If you would like to publish an essay on the Redwall Wiki, please bear in mind the following:

  • You must be a registered member of the Redwall Wiki. Registration is free, painless, and takes less than 10 seconds. Register here.
  • Essays must have some relevance to Redwall, the Redwall Online Community, Brian Jacques, or any of his other works.
  • Make sure the pagename is Essay:EssayTitleHere
  • Put the {{Essay|YourUserName}} template at the top.
  • Put the [[Category:Essays]] category at the bottom.

Customizing Your Signature

When editing talk pages, you should sign your edits so that you can be identified. This is done by typing 4 tildes (~~~~) or pressing the signature button in your editing toolbar: Signa

If you'd like to customize your signature, it's very simple. Go to your preferences screen. On the "User Profile" tab, locate the "Signature" field (right under your email address), add your signature, make sure that the "Raw signature" box is checked, and save.

Images used in signatures should not be giant in size. Use LordTBT's signature as an example of how big your image should be.

This is what an example signature looks like:

[[User:Your Username|<font color="red">Your Username</font>]] [[Image:Nifty Image.jpg|14px]] [[User talk:Your Username|<font color="red" size="2">Talk Page</font>]]

Blogs

The Redwall Wiki is pleased to offer blogs to all users. Blog content must be Redwall or Brian Jacques-related, this could be an essay, review, fan fiction, or something similar. Just like articles, blogs can be edited, but only by the user who owns it. If you would like one of your blogs deleted, please contact an administrator, and/or use the {{delete}} template. Non-topic related blogs will be deleted.

All the same rules apply to blogs - no profanity in content or comments. Blog comments are not to be used for chatting, spamming, or as a forum. Multiple comments from a single commenter in a short period of time will be viewed as chatting/spam, and the violator will be disciplined appropriately. If you commented on a blog and had another thought to add soon thereafter, please use the edit comment button instead of posting a new comment. Messages are not to be directed to other commenters, this is chatting. Please keep blog comments constructive and related to the blog post only.

Many users like to be updated by the author of a story, however this is something that you can do all by yourself. Click the "Watch" button in the lower left hand corner of your screen while on the fan fiction blog post that you wish to know when an update has been made. You will be notified automatically by Wikia when changes are made to this post. This functionality will not work if the author is creating separate posts for separate chapters, so one may want to include all of their chapters in one post to assist those "Watching" it.

To learn about our fan fiction policies, see here.

Talk Page Discussions

The Redwall Wiki is not a discussion forum; discussing issues not related to Redwall or the wiki does not help the wiki. User Talk Pages should not be used for any discussion not related to improvement to the wiki itself.

Please keep comments on Article Talk Pages related to article improvement and development.

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