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Use this guide whenever creating or editing content on this wiki.

Heading and Subheadings

  • This is MediaWiki, so the highest subheading level should be H2. (H1 is reserved for the article title.)
  • Heading and subheadings should be hierarchical.


  • Make sure every article belongs to at least one category. It is permissible (and in some cases, preferred) for some articles to belong to multiple categories.
  • If a header block template exists for a category, be sure to use it on every article in that category. (You can find a list of templates [[1]].
  • This is MediaWiki, so categories can (and in many cases, should) be hierarchical.


  • Titles of articles, subheadings, etc., should always be in Title Case. That is, capitalize important words.
  • For titles of referenced works, use MLA-style capitalization rules. (See this article.)


  • Add links generously when they are appropriate.
  • Use link labels. Avoid the use of bare URLs. In other words, prefer Google not
  • Only add an internal link to another article on the first instance in an article, not throughout the entire article.


  • All contributions you make should be your own writing. Anything copied from another source should be in quotation marks or a blockquote and properly attributed.
  • All images should be free of copyright issues and properly credited in a caption.

User Profiles

  • Fill out your user profile. Include links to your own website. Add whatever you like.

Talk Pages

  • If you have questions about an article, feel free to discuss them on that article's talk page.
  • If no talk page exists for an article, feel free to create one.

Marking Pages with Templates

  • Feel free to mark pages that need expanding by adding {{Template:Stub}} at the top of the article.
  • Feel free to mark orphan pages that need backlins by adding {{Template:Orphan}} at the top of the article.
  • If an article is a hot mess, mark it as needed attention by adding {{Template:Needs Attention}} at the top of the article.

Minor Edits

Be sure to mark minor edits as minor edits. What constitutes a minor edit? Generally, anything that does not significantly change the the content of an article is a minor edit.

The following items are minor edits:

  • Fixing typos
  • Correcting misspellings
  • Correcting grammar issues
  • Correcting broken links
  • Changing the order of sentences in a paragraph.

Anything that changes the content of an article such that the meaning of the article or of a portion of an article is changed is not a minor edit.

The following items are not minor edits:

  • Adding or deleting headings
  • Adding or deleting paragraphs
  • Adding or deleting links
  • Changing the order of paragraphs
  • Changing the order of sections or subsections.

Add an Edit Summary

An edit summary is a short (under 70 characters, generally) of what edits you have made. A good edit summary is both concise and precise.

Using quotation marks in an edit summary refers to a portion of the article with that title. For example,

Added "Miscellaneous Links"

means that you added a section called "Miscellaneous Links", while

Added miscellaneous links

means that you added various unspecified links to the article.

Both of these edit summaries could be made more precise, however:

Added "Miscellaneous Links" section at end of article
Added link to ''Rolling Stone'' article