|Welcome to the Beginner's Show!|
— Narrator of the Beginner's Room, Kirby Super Star
Welcome to WiKirby! This page should help any new or otherwise unfamiliar editors find their footing on this wiki, and get them accustomed to the way things are done around here. In the sections below are all of the information an aspiring editor will need to hit the ground running when editing articles, creating new pages, uploading files, creating templates, and more.
Who runs the show?
WiKirby is run by a small team of dedicated editors who will help whenever they can. To summarize as quickly as possible, here is the hierarchy of basic ranks on the wiki, in descending order:
|Editor-in-Chief||Gigi||The Editor-in-Chief is the leading staff member, appointed by the community. The Editor-in-Chief's responsibilities include adjudicating disputes between members, leading wiki projects, and enforcing policy. The Editor-in-Chief is the best person to ask regarding questions about the wiki, and is also very knowledgable in the Kirby series.|
|Bureaucrat||Samwell, Tacopill, Vellidragon, YoshiFlutterJump||Bureaucrats are high-ranking staff members who are responsible for adjusting the ranks of other members, and can also change the names of users or delete user accounts. There is very little on the wiki that Bureaucrats do not have access to.|
|Administrator||Obsessive Mario Fan, Owencrazyboy17, StrawberryChan||Administrators have the power to block users, change the protection level on pages, and delete pages and files. They have broad authority on most aspects of wiki content, and defer only to other admins and higher ranks.|
|Moderator||MetaDragon, Pinkyoshifan, Superbound||Moderators are basically senior Patrollers who have more experience. They have the power and responsibility to moderate edits made by anonymous and new users in order to approve or reject them. Moderators are the lowest rank who have the authority to settle disputes between editors. Users in this category are eligible to be promoted to Administrator should the need arise.|
|Patroller||Hexelectron, Kirb, Pandakekok9, Scrooge200||Patrollers are trusted users who have shown good editing spirit. They have the ability to roll back edits, mark pages as "Good", and mark edits as patrolled.|
|Autopatrol||Too many to list here...||Autopatrol refers to users who have shown good editing spirit and are allowed to participate in voting on proposals. They are not part of staff, but they are typically a good pick to talk to about wiki matters if nobody else is around.|
For more information about ranks, including side ranks not mentioned here, see this page about Ranks.
The following are links to help and policy pages on WiKirby, sorted into four categories (or levels) based on difficulty.
Level 1: The very basics
It is recommended that those new to wiki editing read every page under this category and practice in the Sandbox before advancing to the next level pages:
- Getting started - how to edit pages and create new ones using only plain text.
- Formatting - how to use basic wiki formatting to adjust text.
- File uploading - how to upload a file and put it on a page.
- Formatting file pages - how to properly format a file page.
- Moving pages - how to move a page to a different name.
- Redirects - how to create a redirect page.
- Disambiguation - how to create a disambiguation page.
- Templates - how to use basic templates.
- Tables - how to create wikitables on pages.
- Talk pages - how to use a discussion page.
- Categories - how to link to and use categories.
- References - how to locate, add, and display references in articles.
- Userboxes - how to put a userbox on a user page (optional).
Level 2: Essential guidelines and policies
There are many essential policies, but each page link is self-contained, and the contents do not need to be memorized right away. New and inexperienced users will be forgiven for not acting in accordance with policies, until such a time they are expected to know them:
- Writing style - how to write properly in articles.
- Writing specifics - specific rules for writing in articles.
- Article creation policy - when and when not to create a new article.
- General content policy - what is and is not allowed in article text.
- Language policy - what sort of language is expected in articles.
- Localization policy - what localization of the Kirby series takes priority.
- Naming policy - how to properly choose and format names of articles, files, redirects, etc.
- Citing policy - how to properly cite sources and references.
- Conjecture policy - rules regarding conjecture in article text.
- Layout policy - guidelines on how articles should be structured.
- Stub policy - what constitutes a stub on WiKirby.
- Long page policy - rules and guidelines regarding when a page or section has gotten too long.
- Article manipulation policy - guidelines on when and how articles should be split, merged, moved, etc.
- File use policy - rules and guidelines for the formatting of files on articles.
- Category policy - rules and guidelines regarding categorization of articles and other pages.
- Infoboxes and Navboxes - rules and guidelines regarding infoboxes and navboxes.
- Formatting specifics - more specific formatting guidelines.
- Trivia policy - rules to regulate trivia sections in articles.
Files and content
- Image standards - policy regarding proper formatting of uploaded images.
- Audio standards - policy regarding proper use of audio in pages.
- Deletion policy - guidelines regarding when an article or file should be deleted.
- Non-Kirby content - how to handle articles that cover subjects not pertaining specifically to the Kirby series.
- Video policy - quality standards regarding embedded videos.
- Glitch policy - standards regarding coverage of glitches in articles.
- Proposals - a place where users can propose changes to the wiki.
- User accounts - basic rules and guidelines regarding user accounts.
- Dispute policy - how to properly settle an editing dispute between two or more users.
- Block policy - what editors will be blocked or warned for doing.
- Talk page policy - what is and is not allowed on discussion pages.
- Featured content policy - what can be featured and how to feature it.
- Personal content policy - rules regarding the use of personal content on userpages.
- Interwiki policy - rules and guidelines regarding interactions between WiKirby and other wikis.
Level 3: Advanced editing
These pages are for use by editors who want to become more serious, and are not required for basic operation on the wiki:
- Tabs - how to use tabs.
- Special pages - a guide to the special pages on the wiki.
- Page history - how to use the page history feature.
- Advanced tables - how to create and edit more advanced tables.
- Using infoboxes - how to properly use an infobox in an article, and tips for defining new ones.
- Creating templates - how to create a template for use on a page.
- Template documentation - how to properly format documentation pages for templates.
- Creating navmaps - how to create a navmap.
- HTML formatting - a list of HTML formatting for use in special cases.
- Making a custom signature - how to create a custom signature for signing on talk pages.
Level EX: Super advanced editing
For those users who want to really get into the nitty gritty, please be directed to the main MediaWiki site and browse its contents. A link to the site can be found here.
All policies and guidelines
For further information, the following table contains links to every policy and guideline page on the wiki, including some that are not mentioned in the above sections. This table serves as a handy reference to access every bit of information that an editor may need. Editors do not need to have read all of these pages in order to function on the wiki, and many are only present for legal purposes. Nevertheless, they are here to reference:
Abbreviations • Article creation • Article manipulation • Audio • Blocking of users • Categories • Citing • Conjecture • Cookies • Copyrights • Deletion of content • Disputes • Featured content • File use • Formatting specifics • General content • General disclaimer • Glitch disclaimer notes • Glitches • Image standards • Infoboxes and Navboxes • Interwiki • Language • Layout • Localization • Long pages • Naming • Non-Kirby content • Personal content • Privacy • Stubs • Talk pages • Trivia sections • User accounts • Videos • Writing style • Writing specifics