Pixel's Guide for Noobs

So you've decided to join the Wanderer's Library! If you haven't, head on over to the join the site page!

If you have, let me be the first to welcome you! This guide is here to give you a basic rundown on what to do, etiquette, and how to succeed. First of all, if you haven't joined the site, here are some basic steps to do so.

1. Create a wikidot account.
2. Go to the join the site page and write an application (keep it short and sweet) [get some stuff from moose about what should go into apps]
3. Viola! You now just have to wait to join. In the meantime, go make a sandbox page and head into chat.

Let's go over some basic guidelines. NOTE: A lot of this stuff is covered in the site rules, this is mostly an elaboration.

1. Be a good person
This is pretty simple, be a decent human being. We all have pretty thick skins and this doesn't mean sugarcoat everything, but it does mean not to be a jerk about stuff. Treat everybody like you would the guy who sits next to you in school. You are stuck with one another, so it pays to be nice.

2. Don't coldpost. Do get feedback in chat or the forums
This is important. If you want to succeed here, or simply don't want your article to tank badly and get deleted, get feedback. I assure you, this will save you a ton of heartache when you post. People are also inclined to be nicer when giving feedback on a draft, as posting on the site IS ASKING FOR JUDGEMENT. Works in progress should not go on the main site. Instead, I will tell you a third time to make a sandbox and get feedback in chat.

3. Don't sass the Senior Staff. Do feel free to disagree with their opinions
There is a tab up there with all the current Senior Staff (commonly referred to as SS). Be sure to know who they are, and treat them with respect. That said, this doesn't mean agree with everything they say, it just means that if they are acting in official authority, don't second guess them. Also, if somebody is doing something wrong (against site rules or just being a jerk in general) it's fine to tell them they are doing something wrong, but please don't backseat mod and jump on their back once (and before) it has been dealt with.

4. Don't make major edits to other people's works. Do help fix smaller problems
It's fine to make a smaller grammatical or spelling edit, and is considered nice to do so (be sure to say what you were fixing in the edit note, or in the comments). Try to avoid making edits that change the story and/or could be argued as deliberate grammatical errors (like using period to break up flow). If you want to make a larger edit be sure to get the author's permission, be it on chat or in the comments.

5. Don't necropost. Do add something to the conversation
Necroposting is defined as posting on a thread or discussion that is at least a month old and not adding anything to the discussion. Also, if it is likely that the person who started the thread no longer looks at it, it's probably not a good idea to post in it. Still, if it is an old thread, but you add something new to it, (be sure to read the rest of the thread to make sure what you are saying hasn't been said before) then you should be fine. NOTE: Necroposting on drafts is not a good idea, even if you add something to the discussion, because it is very likely that the draft has changed since it was first posted.

6. Don't self-upvote. Do vote on stuff based on whether you liked it or not
This is important, don't vote on your own stuff, and make sure you only vote based on the writing of an article. If you don't like the author, that is not a good enough reason to downvote. People will get very angry if you self-upvote.

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