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Rightpedia:Style guide

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Rightpedia's Style guide

Content:

  • Please do not copy content from Wikipedia or other websites unless you're quoting. This was done in the past but it shall end.
  • If someone is alive and not famous, do not make their biography attacking them. If a biography violates this, please tell us and it will be fixed immediately. Rightpedia has over 9000 articles and many of them imported from elsewhere and there is not the manpower to go fix things up, not just this but quite a bit of stuff that needs to be fixed.

Order:

  • Titles are bolded with three ' around it, although on a lot of browsers like Firefox this doesn't bold. It's just an old pattern from Wikipedia.
  • Near the bottom of an article, first comes Quotes, then "Gallery", then "Videos", then "See also", then "References", then "External links". All the book sources and such like "Further Reading" go under References too, sometimes in a separate subsection under it like "===Further Reading===".
  • Also notice how the second word in "See also" and "External links" is all lowercase.
  • There's a Template:References. Please do not use {{references}} but rather use template substitution with {{subst:references}} because this gives less load on the server.
  • Below "External links" is... first all these templates with links to other articles. Then DEFAULTSORT if it is a person's name. Then categories in alphabetical order (number go before letters).

Identifiers:

The purpose of these two identifiers is if someone wouldn't ordinarily know. They are not to decorate an article, but only as substitute for lack of room.

  • Communists are tagged with {{c}} which looks like
  • Jews who are not anti-Israel or a type of Jewish dissident are tagged with {{j}} which looks like 🟌

Categories:

  • Categories have a tree. Category:Categories is the first level of this and from there branches out into all kinds of subcategories.
  • It is best to try to find the right subcategory that's more specific instead of having a bunch of redundant parent categories.
  • If a page has a category that is the same name is it, then the page should only have that one category as its page category. The other related categories will be in the parent category of that category itself.
  • At the same time, Wikipedia has far too many subcategories for Rightpedia because Wikipedia is much larger so please don't follow Wikipedia's layout beyond the very basics. There are a lot of articles copied from Wikipedia that create tons of new categories only used in that page and just have excess junk categories. There's usually better alternative categories instead on Rightpedia to use than some of the extremely specific Wikipedia ones. On the other hand, Rightpedia does have specific categories like there's crime (for general crime), criminals (for general criminals), murderers (for murderers), mass murderers, etc. So if there's a person and he killed one person he would be in murderers and not parent categories like crime and murder as that's redundant when there's a subcategory.
  • If you are making a new article and you went to Wikipedia to find the categories that Wikipedia has, well Wikipedia has zillions of categories and this is a huge clutter and way too much for Rightpedia. So please click each category to open it in a new tab (control-click is fast) and if no other pages are in it, then remove it from the article. Next try to replace detailed Wikipedia categories with simpler ones Rightpedia has. For example Wikipedia articles will be full of highly detailed categories like "Category:Songs written in May 1812 while sitting at a cafe in Paris on a Spring morning" and then just replace it with "Category:Songs".
  • Many categories don't have parent categories or even pages--these will be red links. A lot of these are junk categories from Wikipedia and not good categories to use here. Some are useful categories without category text, but many are junk.
  • When Entering a category like [[Category:Nameofcategory]] notice how the first letter in Category and Nameofcategory is capitalized.
  • Please add categories to each new page using [[Category:Whatever]]. Biographical articles, for example, often need categories regarding the topic they deal with, their nationality and their birth year and death year. For instance, for a Dutch philologer born in 1624 and deceased in 1699 add: [[Category:1624 births]] [[Category:1699 deaths]] [[Category:Dutch]] [[Category:Philologers]] (note the numeric and alphabetical order). If the person is still alive [[Category:Living people]] goes in there.
  • When you write about a decade, the correct way is "1990s", "1980s", etc. Writing it like "1990's", "1980's" is wrong. There are many articles referencing this incorrect grammar that need to be fixed. If you see them the wrong way, please remember it is the wrong way.

Other things in articles:

  • In the videos section, please always add in the title of the article. You can describe it if you want more than the title, but the title in quotes needs to be there. This is because YouTube constantly shuts down videos (aka. "vidya shoah") and then people re-upload mirrors of them by searching for the title.
  • Try to avoid lots of use of passive voice. "Was chief of xx" is passive voice. Active voice is "He/she/name was chief of xx" and is easier to read. "The road was crossed by the chicken" is more complicated than "the chicken crossed the road."
  • The {{stub}} tag/template added to small articles completely does not help at all. No one ever searches for articles tagged by this to expand them. There's even methods in the "Special pages" link on the side that can search through the shortest pages. No one does that either. The stub tag came from Wikipedia and it probably has never once helped an article expand there either.
  • Copying content from Wikipedia while done in the past and will take a long time to clean out is bad. Don't do it. The exception is infoboxes. While one single infobox alone for an article is good, anything beyond that is unwanted--especially if it's a footer template, so please only one.
  • Wikipedia invented the words "neologism" and "portmanteau". Well portmanteau already existed to mean a type of suitcase but Wikipedia never uses it in its original meaning and their article on it ignores its original meaning for their meaning. So after that pretty much every single Wikipedia article has to have "neologism" and "portmanteau" in its opening paragraph and usually several more times throughout the article. These are awful-sounding words and so never use them here.
Literally uploading Hitler!

Images uploading:

  • Please use descriptive file names, renaming files if necessary. Please do not upload files with names like "234234bfd678568234.jpg".
  • Always add an image copyright tag. They are in Category:Image copyright templates. They are:
  • {{pd-self}} if you made it yourself and release it into the public domain.
  • {{pd image}} if it's public domain and someone else made it.
  • {{cc image}} for Creative Commons and other copyleft images. Many times website that make images allow them to be redistributed and modified provided they remain in that copyleft license, such as Deesillustration and XKCD. For this you need to credit the source in the upload summary.
  • {{fair use image}} if you know it's copyrighted and are using it for fair use. Fair use includes things like commentary, criticism, a logo, an album cover, and so on. A lot of Rightpedia is political criticism. Fair use is a defense, it's not a guarantee to use any image.
  • {{image}} is for when the copyright information is unknown. This applies to most images found on the internet, particularly anonymous works and internet meme images. Someone made them anonymously and no one can prove who owns the copyright. It might as well be released into public domain. (Like who made this image? It's a mystery and with these types of images, the creator made it hoping other people would spread it. They never made an official declaration of giving up copyright. They just released it anonymously and never claimed credit for it.) Also if you can't find the source to know if it's copyright or copyleft, this applies too. Images under this tag are treated like fair use but they aren't certain to be copyrighted as they may be copyleft or fair use. Also a lot of websites like 9gag watermarked anonymous internet meme images but they aren't the ones who made the image.
  • Although most uploaded files have blank edit summaries, you should tag your images.