Fleet:Community Portal

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This page is for organizing the war effort against entropy.

We are doing this! Let us do it right.

  • Alphabet: Okay, the first rule is that there must be a rule for each letter of the alphabet. With help from the community, hopefully we'll soon have all twenty-six rules!
  • Be bold! So says Wikipedia. If you see a mistake, be it a fact or a typo, change it. Don't leave it to someone else to clean up mistakes. Feel free to make changes. If you think an article needs a major rewrite, and you think you can do it, go ahead and do it! You can also use the discussion (talk) page to post suggestions.
  • Categories: When editing a page, stop to think about what categories it should be included in, and add them if necessary. Don't forget to consider categories that don't yet exist. Capitalize the tag like [[Category:Stub]].
  • Discussion: Use the discussion page to voice suggestions and to ask questions. Try to limit inline comments. Before editing, check the discussion page to see if there are any changes being planned. The Fleet:Current events page is being used to announce such discussions to the general population, so as to make them findable for those who do not religiously keep up with Recent Changes. Please add your own discussions to it.
  • Eliminate fluff. This includes redirects that aren't linked to and wouldn't be typed in the search box. The {{deletion}} or {{del}} template is your friend. (See also the Deletion Policy.)
  • Facts: Keep your information factual. If you haven't confirmed something, post it on the discussion page. Don't create linkless one-liner pages. Add as much pertinent information as you can and avoid conjecture (possibly, maybe, could be, likely) by providing concrete examples from the game or links to other parts of the wiki.
  • Gameterms: To avoid confusion, use the terms the game uses whenever possible. For example, the game refers to "armor" rather than "armour".
  • Headings: Organize the content of each page into sections of related information. After the introduction, use appropriate headings for each section, and follow the Naming style of this guide. Keep headings to a minimum; consider a list or a table if you have many repetitive facts.
  • Images: Images should always be in .png format. When uploading images, give them a name that is descriptive and unlikely to be duplicated. Names like "1", "screenshot", and "untitled" should be avoided.
  • Jealousy: Don't be shocked if someone rewrites or removes your article; your hard work is not lost. Post suggestions on the discussion page and talk about the issue. All versions are stored in the history, so your material can be reused or merged with existing content if the rewriter left something out.
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  • Linking Images directly from the game: A link to an image in fleet should be done like so {{SERVER}}/img/smiley/smile.png instead of http://fleet.sylfex.com/img/smile.png, to ensure that we don't get any broken images.

     All images have the x32, x48, x64, x96 and x128 format. Buildings, NPCs and ships also have x256, while planets also have an x576 size.

Adding an image to an article to spruce it up a little? Use the Template:FleetImage!

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  • Naming: The titles of new pages should be singular nouns, with only the first word capitalized. Example: Heavy shield generator, Impulse drive, Building defense module. Exceptions are proper nouns and terms that are always plural. Getting the wrong name can mean extra redirects and always means a page move. Screw pump is not the same as Screw Pump. Exceptions may be made in cases where two very different things would otherwise have the same page name, such as bar versus bars. Do not put question marks in the names of articles: due to the way they are handled in URIs it messes things up, though not irreversibly.
  • Original research is good! Forget what you've seen on That Other Wiki; personal experience is perfectly fine here. Without original research, this wiki would be a tiny fraction of its current self – so if you see something that seems wrong, needs verification, or just lacks information, load up the current edition and check for yourself (but please, say you've done so on the talk page).
  • Preview: Use the preview button to check for typos. Avoid cluttering the history of a page with multiple edits. Mark small changes as 'minor' so they can be (optionally) hidden from the recent changes page.
  • Redundancy: Before creating a new page, do a search to find out if the topic is already discussed in detail somewhere else. If you find that redundant pages already exist, merge their content and have one redirect to the other. This rule also refers to redundant material inside pages.
  • Style: In general, try to follow the Wikipedia Manual of Style when writing articles. For example, introduce keyword articles by highlighting the first keyword in bold, such as Rules.
  • Timelessness: The wiki is intended as a guide for all players, even new ones. As such, references to differences from or similarities to how things used to be, before Fleet was updated should be reduced and eliminated. Avoid phrases like "now hacking can't earn your 300 million a day" , etc.
  • User pages: Introduce yourself, let the community know who you are. If you have a comment on someone's actions on the wiki, praise or otherwise, post it on their talk page, and they'll get notified next time they log in. However, keep this place civilized; avoid flame wars, personal attacks and insults.
  • Verify: Many loosely based assumptions are floating around. Verify your information and check Category:Articles needing further verification if you think you can help verify others. If you have something that is not verified, use the {{verify}} tag right after it.
  • Wit can be hard to recognise once it has been written down. It is best if it is used on clearly humour or story related pages, talk or user pages, but kept to a minimum in fact-based articles like Ships or Equipment, with the exception of perhaps a box with flavour-text. Use an appropriate template such as {{PLACEHOLDERPLEASEFIXME}} if there might be confusion.
  • Xeniality: Be nice to people who are new to Fleet.
  • Ye Olde Info: It's outdated - update it. Keep the wiki up to date. Remember, HERPADERP were only HURR in 2009!
  • Z: the mark of Zorro. Sign each of your 'Talk' entries with your own --~~~~.

Notice Templates

There are templates available for marking pages needing improvement. Ideally, you should make appropriate changes and move on, but if you are unable to access the required information, post a notice to flag an issue up. Using template notices provides a consistent way of flagging a page. Notices in use can be tracked through category pages. Notices based on rules from this page should all use the Category:Pages that break Community Portal rules category.

This section is far from complete.

Template for Notice Templates

Contents of the message.

Second value is sidebar colour in HTML hex, RR GG BB, e.g. #FF0000 (red), #009900 (dark green), #0088FF, (light blue), #000000 (black)}} {{Colored Notice Box|#FF00FF|Contents of the message}}

Image Rules Notice

Template:Image Rules Notice {{Image Rules Notice}}

New Notices

If several pages arise that break the same rule, create a new template based off one of the above templates. Remember to include the Category:Pages that break Community Portal rules tag at the bottom, or some other appropriate category so that other users can track pages that need reworking. To create a new template, type [[Template:Rule name notice]] into an article, or directly into the address bar of your browser.