Bravely NeoWiki Policy, Guidelines & Standards
This page covers the relevant information that all users should attempt to follow when editing/creating pages, uploading files, making references, etc., lest your edits be reverted, overhauled, altered or scowled at. Having a set of standards helps new users, and makes editing a lot easier not only for them, but also for regular users. Most of these principles and guidelines are based on common sense; it should not be difficult to comply with, nor should one be too bound by these recommendations that it destroys what we're trying to achieve with this NeoWiki.
Editing is the most important function of any wiki. One can edit a page by clicking the "Edit" button at the top-left of most articles. If the button is unavailable, you may attempt to edit a page by using this link:
where <page_name> is the name of the article one is trying to edit.
While editing, a user may make changes to the text, and click "Save page" to apply the changes.
Summary serves as a way for other users and administrators to immediately get an idea of what you did with a page. It is always recommended to make use of this feature, even if you are only fixing a typographical error, especially people who plan to be future Wiki Leaders and Wiki Supers. What is typed in on the Summary bar should give people a rough idea of your edits; simply writing "stuff" is unacceptable. When creating new pages, it is okay not to include a summary anymore since the system automatically appends a description. Here are some examples of good summaries:
- Added new category
- Updated InfoBox
- Removed Weapon section; Will make a dedicated page
- Fixed typo
It is never a bad thing to click the "Show preview" button first, before clicking "Save page." In fact, it is promoted to always use this feature. Using preview allows you to have a look at the changes you made before applying the changes. While a user will not get banned, chastised, warned, or tarred for editing a page again and again, it is still a lot nicer to look at the recent changes without having to check a page's history multiple times just to see all the changes.
 Show Changes
Another useful tool when editing is the "Show changes" button. It lets you see the alterations between the current page and the proposed, new page.
 Creating a Page
To create a new page, you may click the "Create Page" button on the right tools bar. However, it is recommended to use the Search feature first to see if the page already exists or not. If not, a note like this should appear:
Create the page "Bravely Third" on this wiki!
By clicking on the page title, you will be redirected to editing.
 Titling Pages
In most cases, the title of all pages should always contain the intended name, according to what appears in the game. Here are some examples:
The title's first letter should always be capitalized, and should not be preceded by an article (i.e. the, a, an) on normal cases. The title should always be unique, and should contain any and all punctuation marks included in it. If a title occurs in more than one game, it should be followed by the name of the game it is found in, enclosed in parentheses:
A header is usually an image above an article showcasing an important aspect of the game, and includes some noteworthy links below it. The image could preferably link back to the game page, so navigation around the NeoWiki would be a lot more effective. For uniformity, these guidelines in creating header images should be followed:
- Should be exactly 833 x 60 (width x height) in size
- Should include links, such as the game index, characters, locations, bestiary, items, etc.
- Should be a template for easier use
- Should be titled, "Template:Header/<game_acronym>"
where <game_acronym> is the abbreviation of the game's name (e.g. BDFF for Bravely Default and BSEL for Bravely Second)
Refer to Bravely Second: End Layer for an idea on how a header should look like.
The infobox is the box that you can see at the right side of most pages. These containers hold and outright provide relevant information about the page you are in, so it should not be too large nor should it carry too much facts. Same goes for the image inside it. It should not cover the whole page (not more than 250-300 pixels in size,) and preferably be a good quality photo.
All articles should include a short description just below the header, and should be started with the page's name in bold and followed from which the article stems from. If the article is about a game, the name should be italicized and bolded followed by what platform it could be played on:
- Default is a mechanics introduced in Bravely Default...
- Bravely Second: End Layer is a Nintendo 3DS game...
Linking is the act of connecting a separate page from within another page. One can link to another article by including double brackets "[[" "]]" before and after a term. If a term appears in an article more than once, the subsequent occurences should not be linked anymore, as to avoid "overlinking." There are certain exceptions to this, however. If a page is considerably massive, like Items (Bravely Second), it is acceptable to include an instance of a linked term in each section. A term should not be linked multiple times in one section. If it is possible, you may "span" one link in several parts of a section using "colspan" and "rowspan". Refer to Items (Bravely Second) for examples.
There will also be occasions when a term could be linked from another NeoWiki. This is highly encouraged, as it provides readers exposure to another part of the NeoWiki group. This is especially useful for the Bravely NeoWiki since it has a connection with the Final Fantasy NeoWiki. One can link to another NeoWiki with this mark-up:
where <neowiki_name> is the name of the NeoWiki you are linking to, and <article_name> is the title of the page in the other wiki.
 Images and Files
Images are very powerful tools to use for NeoWikis. They can present information better than what a wall of text could, and they are usually what readers will immediately check upon seeing a page. And so, images and files should be named accordingly; they should not look like these: asfwa80jh.png or image.jpg. For favorable results, a file could be named in this manner:
where <image_name> can be a character, a location or an item, <description> (enclosed with parentheses) is where the image can be found in-game or what the image is all about, and the <file_extension> could be anything between .jpg, .png and .gif for images (you can ignore this as the system automatically adds the file extension of the original file to the uploaded one.) Examples:
Here are different ways to link to a file:
- Use [[File:Yunohana (Bravely Second).png]] to show the image in an article.
- Use [[:File:Yunohana (Bravely Second).png]] to link to the file without showing it (see previous examples.)
- Use [[Media:Yunohana (Bravely Second).png]] to link directly to the file.
A category by definition is "a class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics." Categories and pages can be pictured as a pond and its fishes, respectively. The category hold all of the pages in it for easy navigation, and to link related pages. All articles must have at least one category, and should be categorized in its relevant game:
- Knight (Bravely Default) is to Category:Bravely Default
- Knight (Bravely Second) is to Category:Bravely Second
Category names are almost always in plural form, and must not be an abbreviation or an acronym (except for the game specification.) Categories can include sub-categories too, as seen in Category:Bravely Second, which holds seven sub-categories (Bestiary, Characters, Items, Jobs, Locations, Mechanis and Summons.) Freelancer (Bravely Default) is included in Category:Characters (Bravely Default), and Characters (Bravely Default) is included in Category:Bravely Default in turn.
 Color Codes
Colors are assigned to each game, and they are used for the templates and tables of each game. They are as follows:
|Any other games||Not set|
You may set the color of a game, provided it doesn't have a color already and it should be listed in here for reference.
 Page Layout
Every editor should strive to maintain a uniform look on pages. Pages could follow a certain format for everything to be organized and easier to read. Game pages could be structured this way:
- Additional Information
Individual pages, on the other hand, could be done like this:
- Infobox (semi-optional)
- Game Info
- Gallery (optional)
- References (optional)
 Moving/Deleting Pages
To move/delete pages, you must be at least a Wiki Moderator to perform these very sensitive functions. Moving/deleting a single page could affect the other pages on the whole NeoWiki, so it should not be used carelessly.
Moving a page is simply renaming it. Black Mage (Bravely Default) could be moved to Black Mage, and vice versa. The target page should obviously not be of the same title as the original page. Moving a page to another page that already exists will delete all of the information (if there are any) on the target page.
Deleting a page means the page will not exist in the NeoWiki afterwards. However, another user can still edit content back into that same page, albeit being notified that the page was previously deleted. You will be asked a reason for deleting page, and this should always be chosen/filled in.
References are important, most especially to game pages, since they create a sense of trustworthiness and genuinity on the NeoWiki. What we achieve by using references is proving our information are honest and objective. References are added at the end of a sentence that it is relevant to. Each sentence may carry more than one reference to further support a statement. To add a reference, use the <ref> tags.
This will turn into a small bracketed number, as seen here.
<ref name="Nintendo KR">[http://www.nintendo.co.kr/3DS/software/BS/index.php http://www.nintendo.co.kr/3DS/software/BS/index.php Nintendo of Korea]</ref>
You may give a reference a label/name if you plan to use it on a different part of the same page. Putting single brackets "[" "]" before and after the link will enable you to enter a label/name for the link in the reference list as well.
Citing multiple sources (as opposed to using just Siliconera, for example) makes our references a lot more believable. Use <references /> to put the reference list into view. This could ideally be put around the bottom of the page with its own section. References are not limited to online sources too! In-game info could also be used like this:
<ref>Bravely Second: End Layer game, Chapter 4.</ref>
For more examples on how references are used, refer to Bravely Second: End Layer.
 Additional Info
Plagiarism is the act of copying/taking another individual's work, without asking permission or giving proper credit to the creator, and establishing the belief that it is their own work. All content in this NeoWiki is and should be 100% original. Copyrighted content may be introduced in this NeoWiki (as minimal as possible,) but you should get written consent from the original author/creator before doing so. References derive information from published sources. If they are not cited properly, they may provide grounds for plagiarism, so credit should be given where it is due.
Copyright is the legal right of a creator of an original work to use, reproduce, or distribute a material, such as a literary, graphic or audiovisual work. However, individuals other than the creator may reuse, reproduce, or redistribute a copyright-protected material if it falls within the limitations of fair use.
 Fair Use
Fair use is a legal doctrine that allows the limited, nonprofit, and/or non-commercial use copyrighted works (e.g., images, videos, etc.) even without getting permission from the creator in advance. Common usage that may fall under fair use are criticism, teaching, scholarship, commentary, research and news reporting, and the type of usage is assessed by the following factors: the purpose and character of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, amount and substantiability of use, and the effect of the use upon the copyrighted work.
As a final note, if you see any information not included in these guidelines, you are more than welcome to use the discussion page to post a question, and an administrator should be in touch with you soon.