I have a question: Are we allowed to post pages for characters that appear in our stories if they are important original characters in the story? I'm asking because I think that this would work as good supplementary material to explain what can't be explained necessarily in the stories like a full back story for a mysterious character or details about their abilities in more clarity than in the story if that makes sense.
I had a thought a few days ago about allowing for authors to host their fanons on other sites, such as Deviant Art. This may help people who have already written their fanons elsewhere as they no longer have to import the whole thing.
Here's my idea:
If an author wishes to host their fanon off-wiki, we require them to make an info page about the fanon--something with a short synopsis, a description of the scale of the work, a link to the full fanon, and all applicable categories-- plus an author page just like everyone else, and at least the first segment of their work to get the interest of potential readers. We can suggest that the first segment on the wiki be the first chapter of the fanon on the outside source, but I don't think we need to make it a requirement.
I am SO Sorry , i can't believe i'm replying to you after 10 months , and yes , that sounds perfect , we'll get more readership by interconnecting with other sites , the articles will look more fascinating and since it wont be compulsory , we wont be discouraging future readers.
I hope you got the final achievement in the DMC wiki , the one were you log in everyday for 365 days.
So, I have a DMC fanfic half-started over on the Devil May Cry wiki, but I don't know if I can post it here. It isn't finished, and I haven't worked on it in months. With the holidays coming up, I don't think I'll have time in the near future, either. Because if this, it kind of breaks our Stub policy.
So I would like your opinion as to whether or not I should post it here.
First off, that background is so much better than what I had! How'd you do it?
Second; that image on the front page, the one of Nero crouching and Dante standing backwards behind him? Where'd you get it? We should edit the description to proppery attribute it. Also, I think you mentioned you flipped it because the artist put Nero's Devil Bringer on the wrong hand? We need to switch it back. We can't alter images like that, even if it is wrong. We didn't draw it, so we can't change it.
umm let's see , you have to go to ms paint , and split the the picture into two parts , then set the attributes to1400x1040 pixels , then stretch the two sides vertically so they fit , and with the empty space in the middle just fill is some color , that way you get the perfect size image that is less than 150 kb
that picture originally uploaded by darkslayer , i told him we arent allowed to use plagiarized pictures from before hand and he said that he was getting permission from the deviantart user who owned that image
so when he uploaded i assumed he got permission , so for simplicity's sake i just wrote that it was uploaded by Darkslayer himself .. what should we do now ? should i delete it ?
We need to un-flip it, I think. Then, we need to bug Darkslayer for some kind of reference-able proof. Maybe he can get the Deviantartist can edit the comment of the image, "Used by the DMCFanon Wiki w/ permission," and then we can link to it in the file's description page.
Sorry, but I'm not as active on this wiki as others. Regardless, I look forward to working with you!
I hope you don't mind but I have some ideas of my own for the wiki. I will run them by you and we'll see if we can come to an agreement. I'm most concerned with organization/categorization and wiki policy. Without a good foundation and clear rules, this wiki is doomed.
Hey I have a question about policies. I know this kinda stuff should go in the forum, but I wasn't sure you'd see it there.
On the policies, you stated that half-finished articles are not allowed. I would please ask you to reconsider this. People may not have the time to write an entire fanfic in one sitting. They may also have difficulties copying and pasting from other word programs, as sometimes the formatting doesn't carry over very well. Also, someone may wish to write a fanfic with reader participation, and in these cases, the article will intentionally be left half-finished as the author waits for responses.
I propose that we require half-finished articles to carry a category template stating they are unfinished. We can check articles in the category periodically to see which ones have not been edited in a certain time. I'd suggest that anything that has not been updated in a month's time will be removed from the main space, and put on the user's subpage.
We should avoid deleting content outright. It's not good wiki policy to just go around removing things that people put so much effort into. Instead, we should make it policy to move pages off the mainspace. Simply renaming a page "User:Username/pagename" would be the easiest solution.
Another thing; in your hastily copy-pasted Policies page, you prohibit users from creating character profiles. This is actually NOT conducive to a thriving wiki, and I will not agree to it.
Wikis are all about links and portals to character profiles, locations, extra information, and oodles and oodles of content. The more pages a user has for his or her fanon, the MORE readers he or she will gain. We shouldn't be restricting a user's creativity, we should be encouraging them to utilize the Wiki format to its fullest. That means allowing them to create character profiles, weapon articles, and pretty much everything we do for a regular gaming wiki.
Trust me on this one. If you don't agree, check out the success of Assasin's Creed or Avatar wikis' fanfiction sections.