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This is the official page for the blogging policy of The Last of Us Wiki. All contributors are required to read all the policies thoroughly and completely before editing. Failure to comply with these rules can result in a warning, and if continued, a block. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact an active administrator.
General use Edit
Usage of feature Edit
The following types of blogs should be deleted by an administrator.
- No irrelevant blog posts: Blog posts must be related to The Last of Us, Part II, The Last of Us Wiki and other respective media regarding the franchise. In particular, blog posts introducing yourself as a new user are not permitted. (In any case, you can do this in your first "substantial" blog post later on, if you are so inclined.) Blog posts that do not appear to be relevant should be reported to a member of staff, and may be summarily deleted at the discretion of an administrator. If your blog post is deleted and you do not agree that it is irrelevant, you should appeal to the staff team.
- No insubstantial blog posts: Blog posts are meant to provide a means for users to present thoughtful opinions and pieces of writing. Their intention is not to act only as a conversation starter. Thus, blog posts should present some substantial content and should, at the very least, be one, full paragraph (and not one sentence). Blog posts that do not appear to be substantial enough should be reported to a member of staff and may be summarily deleted at the discretion of an administrator. If your blog post is deleted and you do not agree that it is insubstantial, you should appeal to the staff team.
- No proposal blog posts: The forums are intended to be a centralized discussion forum for all site-related issues and improvements, and should be used for all proposals. Creating a blog post for these purposes is confusing and breaks the continuity of site-related discussion history.
- Avoid shadow pages: Redrafting of articles on The Last of Us Wiki should be done on the public sandbox, or a userspace sandbox. However, shadow pages can be used if it is not intended to be a draft for a new article, or a new edition of an article, and represents a significant deviation from the original article.
- Avoid posts about vandalism: Trying to inform as much of The Last of Us Wiki as possible about current levels of vandalism or "imminent danger" of vandalism is unhelpful. Vandalism is done because of the reaction to it, and thus dramatization only further encourages it.
- No adding of categories unless the category is marked otherwise: When creating blog posts, users generally should not add any categories to their blog post.
Standard of writing Edit
All user blog posts should adhere to intelligent standards of English (essentially, standards that should be expected of a mature young adult). Full sentences must be utilized. Users should always use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling, and appropriate writing conventions such as the proper use of paragraphs. The titles of blog posts must use correctly spelled words, without abbreviations or internet slang (especially smileys), and should never use all-caps.
Inappropriate content Edit
In the circumstances of a blog post containing or referring to material that some believe to be inappropriate, the following process should take place, depending on the nature of the blog.
- The blog contains images and/or other media that is determined to be explicit or inappropriate: The blog post is reported to an administrator, and deleted..
- The blog describes or focuses on detailed imagery of explicit or inappropriate material or concepts: The blog post is reported to an administrator, and deleted.
- The blog alludes to explicit or inappropriate material or concepts: If there is no detailed descriptions or images, and the allusions are minor, no action is taken.
Standard for news blog posts Edit
- In general, use a journalistic writing method and style e.g. avoid common online methods of expression such as smileys and all-caps, and avoid plugging yourself/being vain (eg: "this is me, I'm bringing you this fantastic news").
- In general, do not introduce special designs or formatting.
- In general, you will not need to break your article up into subsections with their own headings.
- Linking to your sources:
- Do not make external links in the prose or at the start of the article.
- Only link to your sources, if any, at the end. Put them under a heading titled "Sources" in an unordered list (the one that has dot points).
- Never let your readers see the raw URL. Label your links.
- Only use
<ref>tags for explanatory notes, not referencing as you would elsewhere on the wiki.
- Remember that your blog post is being transcluded onto the main page. Minimise how much you "break" the main page by avoiding the following:
- Introducing a line break or paragraph break in the first 150 characters.
- Making the title longer than roughly 25-35 characters. If in doubt, shorten it. Shorter titles are more effective at attracting readers anyway.