Project:Editing Guidelines

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About

This wiki is for collaboration between Linden Lab and our Second Life Residents. Linden Lab can't review every submission, but reserves the right to remove unsuitable content at any time. Linden Lab provides this wiki as a service to numerous communities, including those represented by the portals on the Main Page. New portals are added at Linden Lab's discretion.

Please note: The majority of this wiki's content (like SL itself) is Resident-created and while it may be helpful, unless stated otherwise by an employee of Linden Lab, we can't vouch for its accuracy. For our official documentation on how to use Second Life, please see the Knowledge Base.

New Page Creation

When creating a new page:

  • Use the simplest, most obvious name possible when creating new pages. You can always create a redirect and/or disambiguation page later if needed.
  • Help prevent wiki sprawl by editing existing pages rather than creating new pages when possible.
  • When a page is aimed at a specific audience, please include a brief introduction for people who aren't familiar with the content, or link to where to find further information.

Read the Quickie Wiki Intro for how to create new pages.

Content

We appreciate any info that benefits our Second Life community. This excludes blatant ads and spam. All content must be PG, as described in our Community Standards as well as the Terms of Service.

All content added to the Second Life Wiki must be compatible with our Terms of Use and Contribution Agreement.

Besides that, be bold.

Point of View

Articles should generally be written in the third person. A page history's contains its complete contribution history, so there's no need to sign articles — conversation should go in a page's Discussion tab. A neutral point of view should be adopted, with the caveat that this is for people wanting to help build Second Life, not for general complaints about Second Life as a service or of Linden Lab as a company. Criticism of the service which supports feature request or proposal is acceptable (e.g. "Here's problem X. Implementing Y will solve X."), but complaints which only serve to discourage use of Second Life should be taken elsewhere.

Localization

See Project:Languages for localization guidelines.

Removal of Content

Residents can't permanently remove content from the wiki. Use redirects for merged or accidentally-created pages. Articles can be tagged with Template:Delete where redirects seem inappropriate (e.g., where the wiki is used in an abusive manner or where it violates copyright).

Linking of Content

Please link pages to related pages to facilitate learning more. Specifically, link the first appearance in text of a term in need for explanation (like avatar, grid, OGP, etc.).

Also categorize your pages where appropriate. See the full list of available categories.

"Project" Namespace

his wiki has a "Project:" namespace. However, that should be reserved for meta information about this wiki itself. On most MediaWiki installs, the "Project:" namespace is equal to the name of the wiki itself, but it's unset on this wiki, thus "Project:" is the sole way of getting to that namespace. The things that go into the "Project:" namespace should be limited to those things that are about editing policy or otherwise about this wiki, rather than about Second Life.

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