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The following are some editing guidelines that the Witcher Wiki follows. If you read nothing else here keep in mind these three key tenents of editing.

  1. BE BOLD! in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki! Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, likewise to BE BOLD!
  2. Be civil to other users at all times.
  3. Ignore all rules. If the rules discourage you from improving or maintaining the wiki's quality, ignore them.

If you need any additional clarification, please contact one of the wiki's admins or post on the forums.

Writing guidelines Edit

When to edit Edit

The wiki encourages editors to make an edit whenever they see an article that needs improving. Whether it be something as minor as a spelling mistake, or something larger like gaps in the facts provided, don't be afraid to jump in and improve the site. However, the wiki expects editors to be more circumspect when it comes to editing templates. The design and layout of the wiki's templates have been carefully considered; as such please consult an admin if you wish to propose a major change.

What tone to use Edit

While the wiki does not expect editors to use an academic tone, there is still an expectation that articles maintain some level of formality. This means that while contractions such as "it's" are acceptable, informal language such as "ur" in place of "your" is not. Further to this, please avoid writing in first person. 

What spelling to use Edit

As the Witcher wiki has editors from across the world, British and American spelling and grammar styles are both accepted. Editors are strongly discouraged from changing another editor's spelling or grammar purely because it is different to the style they are accustomed to. However, users are expected to follow the spelling used in-game. For example, Juggernaut Armor would always be spelt as such.

When to use the edit summary Edit

Whenever there are significant changes to an article, please leave an explanation in the edit summary. If the change is minor (things like fixing spelling or adding links) there is less of a need to explain, though editors are welcome to. When using the "undo" function to completely undo the previous edit, it is advisable to leave a detailed summary as to why the edit is being undone, with a link the associated guideline if applicable (i.e. "too many images on page per...").

When to sign and when not to sign Edit

Always sign comments in the forums and on talk pages with four tildes (~). Conversely, never sign mainspace articles.

When to use a spoiler tag Edit

The Witcher wiki does not always use spoiler warnings when plot information is revealed. This is because we expect our readers understand that, for example, a walkthrough section will indeed contain a walkthrough of any given quest. Instead, we use spoilers where there is a risk of readers encountering information that they aren't expecting. For example, many character's backgrounds, rather than containing generic information, contains information that is not revealed well into the game or in a medium that the reader may not have encountered.

What to call the protagonist Edit

See the Manual of Style

What pages should not include Edit

Speculation Edit

Speculation should be avoided. If there is a strong reason to add something related to upcoming releases, or that is not made explicit in the canonical works it must be accompanied by reliable source. This is to make it clear that you are not adding speculation.

Personal comments Edit

If you have a question about a page, or comment about a particular edit, do not write it in the article. Instead use the forums, or the relevant talk page.

Mods Edit

Linking to fan-created mods are not allowed on the wiki, as their inclusion depends on the editor. The only exceptions are bug fix mods, which can be included if it is listed on the wiki as a bug, not a cut content.

If CD Projekt Red has released a patch which addresses these bugs, the fan-created bug fix mod must be removed, and replaced by a note that a patch fixes it.

Plagiarism Edit

Whether it is an online or published source do not directly copy another author's words. Instead, take any relevant information and properly paraphrase it to fit the tone of the wiki. Remember to reference any paraphrased information.

Minimum standard for pages Edit

Characters Edit

If a character is from a game and has no interactive dialogue, or three or less lines of dialogue, that page will normally be nominated for deletion. If a character is a historical character, they will generally be considered notable enough to warrant their own page if more than one source documents their actions and these sources provide a reasonable amount of basic information.

Families Edit

Families generally warrant their own article if three members pass the notability requirements for characters or if the family's involvement in the series cannot be adequately portrayed in individual character articles.

Edit Warring Edit

An edit war occurs when editors who disagree about the content of a page repeatedly override each other's contributions, rather than trying to resolve the disagreement by discussion. Edit warring is unconstructive and creates animosity between editors, making it harder to reach a consensus. Users who engage in edit wars risk being blocked.

Not every revert or controversial edit is regarded as edit warring:

  • The Witcher Wiki encourages editors to be bold. A potentially controversial change may be made to find out whether it is opposed. Another editor may revert it. An edit war only arises if the situation develops into a series of back-and-forth reverts.
  • Reverting vandalism is not edit warring, but note that merely editing from a slanted point of view, general insertion or removal of material, or other good-faith changes, are not considered vandalism.
  • Reverting to enforce certain overriding policies is not considered edit warring. 

It is better to seek help in addressing the issue than to engage in edit warring over it. When disagreement becomes apparent, one, both, or all participants should cease warring and try to discuss the issue on the talk page, or approach appropriate venues for help.

If, despite trying, one or more users will not cease edit warring, refuse to work collaboratively or heed the information given to them, or will not move on to appropriate dispute resolution, then a request for administrative involvement is the norm. A warning is not required, but if the user appears unaware that edit warring is prohibited, they can be told about this policy by posting a link to this policy on their user talk page.

The bottom line: use common sense, and do not participate in edit wars. Rather than reverting repeatedly, discuss the matter with others; if a revert is necessary, another editor may conclude the same and do it (without you prompting them), which would then demonstrate consensus for the action.

Unobtainable items and cut content Edit

Pages can be created for items that are within the game files as long as the item in question was not solely created for cutscene purposes or for a NPC. This is regardless if the player can obtain them through a mod. Generally, those items should be considered cut-content, and may not be considered canon material.

Red links Edit

Red links may occasionally occur on talk pages or forums. In cases where the pages have been deleted or moved, a fake external link should be created. For example, Talk:Achievements ([{{fullurl:Talk:Achievements}} Talk:Achievements] or simply [http://witcher.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Achievements]). The links should be edited without changing the meaning of the user's comment.

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