Project:Editing Guidelines

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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.


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.


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.


Geeky but good-to-know.


The Main namespace is intended to hold most of the Second Life Wiki's content.

"Project" namespace

This wiki has a "Project:" namespace. However, that's reserved for meta-info about this wiki itself, such as these editing guidelines, rather than about Second Life. On most MediaWiki installs, the "Project:" namespace is equal to the wiki's name, but it's unset on this wiki; thus, "Project:" is the sole way of getting to that namespace.

"Help" namespace

The "Help: namespace is reserved for wiki-related help articles, like editing manuals. SL-related help are should be added to the Main namespace.

"User" namespace

Every wiki contributor.

Any content abiding by the overall wiki guidelines might be submitted to the User namespace as a subpage of the creaters userpage. The Point of View guideline does not have an effect here.

"Talk" namespace

See Project:Talk Page Guidelines for talk page specific guidelines.

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