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== Policy ==
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==Getting started==
The following is not a comprehensive code of law, but is intended to set the tone for the wiki. Issue resolution will be at [[User:Quantum|Quantum's]] discretion.
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Only registered users can edit the wiki, so [[Special:CreateAccount|create an account]] if you haven't already. There is a CAPTCHA that assumes some basic ZZT knowledge: you probably won't be tripped up by this, but if you are, let [[User:Quantum|Quantum]] know.
  
<big>'''ATTN: THIS IS A DRAFT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, YADA YADA YADA.'''</big>
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Most pages support rich-text editing, which means you can start contributing without having to learn wiki markup syntax. But if you need to do something fancy, or if you just prefer editing in raw markup, the [[mediawikiwiki:Help:Contents|MediaWiki User's Guide]] is available for your perusal.
  
*'''Make the wiki a better ZZT reference.'''
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See [[Wiki:Requested articles]] for ideas of what to contribute!
**Make sure there are no "missing pieces" for newcomers. "No in-joke left behind" is hyperbole, but it paints a general picture.
 
**Any edit that brings us closer to that goal is welcome!
 
**See [[Wiki:Scope]] for what topics are relevant. In general, anything about ZZT itself (mechanics, games) is relevant, and some community stuff may be relevant too.
 
*'''Be kind.'''
 
**Real people are involved! Keep in mind things that may be used to harass someone (gender, sexuality, etc) and don't mention them if they aren't relevant.
 
**Be compassionate about the past. Was somebody a jerk back when they were a teenager? Most of us were, so cut them some slack.
 
**Be sensitive about people's personal data, such as their real name. Don't publish personal data that they didn't volunteer.
 
**Don't let this hold you back from objectively documenting ZZT-related things.
 
*'''Stick to the facts.'''
 
**Be objective. Among other things, this means you probably shouldn't edit pages on yourself or your games, except for mechanical things like typo fixes.
 
**ZZT subjects don't have as many sources as Wikipedia, so we can't be as stringent. But where possible, avoid speculation.
 
  
== Getting started ==
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==Guidelines==
First of all, you'll need to [[Special:CreateAccount|create an account]] if you haven't already. There is a CAPTCHA that assumes some basic ZZT knowledge: the intent is to keep out spammers as opposed to being a knowledge test, so this is designed to be pretty easy to get past. But if you have trouble creating an account, let [[User:Quantum|Quantum]] know.
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In general, '''any edit that makes this wiki a better ZZT reference is welcome'''. If you're a reasonable person, and you like that goal... welcome!
  
See the [[mediawikiwiki:Help:Contents|Mediawiki User's Guide]] for help with Mediawiki syntax. Most pages support rich-text editing, so you can jump into contributing without having to learn any special syntax. But if you're trying to do anything fancy, or you prefer editing markup over rich text, the Mediawiki help will be useful.
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The following are some general guidelines, as opposed to a comprehensive code of law:
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*'''Respect copyright.''' Don't copy from other sources unless you're sure they're compatible with the wiki license. See [[Wiki:Copyrights]] for more details.
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*'''Stay in scope.''' Article about ZZT-OOP? Great! Article about some ZZTer's roommate? Not so much. For clarification on where exactly the line is, see [[Wiki:Scope]].
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*'''Stick to the facts.''' You don't have to have cite sources for everything, but avoid unnecessary speculation. Don't whitewash, don't bad-mouth, just state the facts.
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*'''Be objective.''' In most cases, you probably shouldn't make major edits to articles about yourself or your works. This only applies to ''articles'', though: e.g., [[mediawikiwiki:Help:User_page|user pages]] are fair game for extolling your own virtues.
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*'''Be compassionate.''' Keep in mind how you would like to be treated. Be careful with potentially sensitive information, such as the real-life names of people who aren't public figures.

Latest revision as of 03:59, 11 January 2021

Getting started

Only registered users can edit the wiki, so create an account if you haven't already. There is a CAPTCHA that assumes some basic ZZT knowledge: you probably won't be tripped up by this, but if you are, let Quantum know.

Most pages support rich-text editing, which means you can start contributing without having to learn wiki markup syntax. But if you need to do something fancy, or if you just prefer editing in raw markup, the MediaWiki User's Guide is available for your perusal.

See Wiki:Requested articles for ideas of what to contribute!

Guidelines

In general, any edit that makes this wiki a better ZZT reference is welcome. If you're a reasonable person, and you like that goal... welcome!

The following are some general guidelines, as opposed to a comprehensive code of law:

  • Respect copyright. Don't copy from other sources unless you're sure they're compatible with the wiki license. See Wiki:Copyrights for more details.
  • Stay in scope. Article about ZZT-OOP? Great! Article about some ZZTer's roommate? Not so much. For clarification on where exactly the line is, see Wiki:Scope.
  • Stick to the facts. You don't have to have cite sources for everything, but avoid unnecessary speculation. Don't whitewash, don't bad-mouth, just state the facts.
  • Be objective. In most cases, you probably shouldn't make major edits to articles about yourself or your works. This only applies to articles, though: e.g., user pages are fair game for extolling your own virtues.
  • Be compassionate. Keep in mind how you would like to be treated. Be careful with potentially sensitive information, such as the real-life names of people who aren't public figures.