Halopedia:FAQ

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This is a list of frequently asked questions about using and contributing to Halopedia. For factual and other kinds of questions, use the forums. If your question is not answered on this page, use the search box above, browse the various FAQ pages or refer to a member of the administration team.

General[edit]

How do I create a new article?[edit]

You can easily create a new article on this wiki by heading to Community Portal page. There is a special field just for article creation. Do note that it is recommended for you to create an account first so that you can keep track of your contributions on this wiki.

For creating a new article, please see our Manual of Style for the standards we use here in this wiki.

I know some information that should be added to a page. How do I submit it?[edit]

Believe it or not, there's no need to submit your suggestion to anyone. This site is a "wiki." That's a silly-sounding word that simply means anyone can add anything to any page. To find out more, check out the about page. Since you can edit pages, we'd prefer that you go ahead and add the new information to the appropriate page yourself. Go ahead, be bold!

Why was my article deleted?[edit]

The best way to find out is to look at the deletion log for reasons (type the exact name of the article in the Title box, including the capitalization you used). For more information, refer to a member of the Administration Team.

How do I change the name of an article?[edit]

You move the article using the "Move" link (under the "More Actions" drop down-menu). Do note that if you're an unregistered contributor and you've moved an article, an administrator may revert the move without supplying any necessary comment.

How do I change my username/delete my account?[edit]

For changing your username, please submit a request at Halopedia:Changing username.

A username cannot be deleted. If a username was deleted, all the edits made by the user could not be properly attributed.

How do I upload an image?[edit]

To upload an image, you must be signed in as a registered wiki user. You can register by clicking the Sign Up button or log in by clicking the Log In button, both in the top-right corner of the page. Once you've logged in, you should see an "Upload file" link in the toolbox on the lower right sidebar. Click that link and follow the prompts to upload your image.

Before uploading an image, please take the following into consideration:

  • Does a better image already exist? Please take the time to search for your image on Halopedia before uploading. The image you are attempting to upload may already exist (or a better one for that matter). Additionally, if you upload a smaller picture of an already existing one, please:
    • Note it in the images title Example: Haloboxart3x4
    • Mark the over-sized image for deletion
  • Does the image have a use? Don't just upload images you think will help without having an intended place for them to go. If your image is for personal use, please note so in the image's description.

Who writes the articles on Halopedia?[edit]

Almost all articles on Halopedia are written by multiple editors, not just one. If you click on the "History" tab at the top of an article, a list will be displayed of all the contributors to the article and when their contribution was made.

While Halo is a Microsoft-owned franchise, Halopedia is not affiliated with Bungie Studios, 343 Industries, Microsoft or any other studios.

Wiki-specific[edit]

Is fanon/fan-fiction content allowed on this wiki?[edit]

The general rule for any fan-made/fanon/fan-fiction content is not to be created on mainspace; for those interested, see Halo Fanon, which can be used for fan-fiction purposes.

Halopedia is not a democracy?[edit]

Main article: What Halopedia is not

Like virtually all wikis, Halopedia is not a democracy. Most of our popular issues (such as change on the wiki logo) are put up to a user vote, but important decisions are made based on discussion; not consensus or voting. The reasoning for this is that legitimate concerns cannot be ignored in light of important decisions, and one opinion is not necessarily equal to another; particularly when experience plays into the decision. These details must be ironed out in discussion before a decision is made.

Can we filter/censor the offensive/sensitive content?[edit]

While Halopedia should be written in a style that is friendly and formal, it may at times display subject material that can be interpreted as offensive. Provided that this information is factual and consistent with the Halo universe, it should not be censored. An example is the quote "Fuck you and all of your insurrectionist bullshit!" which should not be altered to read "F**k you and all of your insurrectionist bulls**t!"

What if the information from one source contradicts another?[edit]

Main article: Halopedia's stance on Halo canon

Given the Halo universe encompasses several forms of media and many individuals in said media's making, there are instances where two or more sources contradict one another. In these situations, the source which is said to be canon is that which was most closely overseen by the core creative team of Halo; the other sources are said to be non-canon as it pertains to the contested information. If, on the other hand, the information presented in one source does not conflict with that of those more closely related to the creators of the series, it can be considered canon.

I think I've found some defacement on the wiki. What can I do?[edit]

Defacement comes with the territory on every wiki site. Happily, it's quite easy to fix. The wiki keeps track of every revision to each article, making it very easy to roll back to a previous version. Simply click "history" at the top of the page you wish to roll back. Then click on the time and date of the archived version you want to revert to. The page will appear with the version indicated at the top of the page, just underneath the page title. Next, click "edit" at the top of the page. Add a note in the Summary box that you are reverting the page because of a troll, and then click "Save page".

After repeated defacings, an offender's IP address can be blocked by any of the 11 users who have sysop rights. These admins pay careful attention to the recent changes page, and will block IP addresses where/when appropriate.

How do I delete an article or image?[edit]

Only administrators and patrollers can delete articles and images, but there's an easy way for you to alert the sysops to pages you think should be deleted. Simply edit the article and add {{delete}} or {{Delete versions}} at the top (the two templates are for different situations; see Candidates for deletion and Images with versions pending deletion). If you've done it right, you should see a box like this one at the top of the page:

Graphic Halo.png
This article, "FAQ", has been nominated for deletion. The reason given was: reason for nomination. If you disagree, state your reasoning on its talk page.

The code will add the article to one of the above mentioned categories. The sysops check these categories regularly and will delete any articles and images they agree should be deleted.

How do I become an admin or sysop?[edit]

Halopedia does not take on new administrators very often. Nevertheless, it is a major goal for many users, so the question above has been asked time and time again. The best way to break it down is into ten main points:

  1. Have a decent amount of meaningful main namespace contributions.
    Edit the real articles, the Halo information. Gnome work is an invaluable part of any wiki, but what we're talking about here is the addition of substantial content. The more you do this, the more you'll find yourself delving into discussion, and taking on projects.
  2. Have a large number of main talk and Halopedia talk namespace edits.
    Communicate with other users. Be open and have valid input, and be able to receive feedback. Other users can get to know you better the more you talk to them. In addition, use the user talk namespace as a resource to share ideas and encouragement about project-related topics. Idle chit-chat is perfectly okay from time to time, but, again, don't overdo it.
  3. Take on a big project.
    See if there is an important niche that needs to be filled. Plan your project well ahead of time, and get approval and feedback.
  4. Be able to handle stress and abuse in stride.
    Not everyone is perfect. Sometimes, other users will say things to you that may make you very angry, but self-control is essential. Know when to say what and how to say it. Likewise, do your absolute best never to be part of the problem.
  5. Be tech-savvy.
    Learn MediaWiki syntax and be able to write in it fairly well. Also, it wouldn't hurt to learn HTML and other programming languages. In fact, it's a fun thing to learn!
  6. Help maintain the site.
    Most of a sysop's job is not very glamorous. In fact, it's a lot of work, and they don't get paid for it. Sysops are expected to fight vandalism, fix formatting, give aid to those who need it, and perform housekeeping duties, all the while trying to contribute actual content to the project. Some of the things a sysop is expected to do, like reverting vandalism, can also be done by users. You should spend at least a portion of your energy on such site maintenance.
  7. Stay active.
    Seniority is important. Everything else being equal, the user with the most experience is the one who we turn to, and there could be several deserving users ahead of you. It is extremely unlikely that we would promote a relative newcomer.
  8. Stay positive.
    We're making an encyclopedia about a video game series. Remember to keep your sense of humor about you.
  9. Don't call us. We'll call you.
    Don't ask to be made a sysop. On some wikis, like Wikipedia, it's acceptable to nominate yourself for sysophood at any time. On this wiki, however, openly asking is usually met with suspicion and resentment from regular users. Don't worry though—if you're taking care of these other points, we've already noticed you.
  10. Be trustworthy.
    This is the most important piece of advice we can give. Being made a sysop is like being given the keys to the wiki, and we only turn them over to people when we know they're in good hands.

Please note that fulfilling these criteria does not automatically make you a sysop. It will, however, make you a better user. Bear in mind that it is the choice of the bureaucrats who will and won't become a sysop, or whether there even will be an open floor for nominations.

Related websites[edit]

Does Halopedia cooperate with other websites?[edit]

Yes, we are affiliated with many Halo fansites, which are listed in the weblinks section of the Community Portal. Want to be one of them? Feel free to ask us here.

Why are there two Halo wikis?[edit]

See also: Halopedia:History

Halo Nation, like Halopedia, is a wiki dedicated to documenting the Halo franchise and universe. Although the specifics of some policies on the sites may be different, in general the aims of both wikis are the same: to provide readers with detailed and accurate information on everything related to Halo.

The history of the two wikis is a long and complex one. Halopedia was first founded in 2004, when it was known as Halo Wiki. It was renamed as Halopedia shortly after its creation, and also changed its domain to halopedia.org to match. Meanwhile, the site that would later become Halo Nation (halo.wikia.com) was founded in 2005 by the user Akashe, and was also initially known simply as Halo Wiki. In the summer of 2006, Halopedia began running into problems funding their site, which eventually resulted in Halopedia merging with Halo Wiki, which did not face the same problems due to the fact it was hosted for free by Wikia (the company now known as FANDOM). The product of this merger retained the name of Halopedia.

The two wikis remained the same until 2010, when Wikia announced plans to introduce a mandatory new skin for all wikis, called Oasis. This decision was unpopular with many users of Halopedia at the time and so a referendum was held in October of that year on whether Halopedia should return to its original independent domain. The community voted in favor of the idea, and so Halopedia was moved accordingly. However, Wikia were not content with allowing a wiki they hosted to simply redirect off-site or be deleted, and in addition, a portion of the community did not want to leave. As a result, Halo Nation was formed, from the remaining content and community members on halo.wikia.com.

This is the reason why so many of the pre-2010 pages on Halopedia and Halo Nation are similar or identical to one another - because at one point in time, they were the very same page. It is not due to copying of content from Halo Nation or vise versa, which is strictly forbidden on Halo Nation.

What is Halopedia's relationship with Halo Nation like?[edit]

The Halopedia administration is on good terms with the staff of Halo Nation, and vice versa. Although there have been isolated incidents between individual users in the past, this is not indicative of any hostilities between the sites themselves. It is the firm belief of both wikis' administrations that the idea of a rivalry between Halopedia and Halo Nation is counter-productive and petty.

If a user, on the premise of some perceived animosity between the wikis, performs acts of vandalism or harassment against Halo Nation or its users and claims them to be in the name of Halopedia, the user will be punished according to our Blocking Policy. Halopedia discourages and condemns this sort of behavior, as it has the potential to harm the site's amicable relationship with Halo Nation, as well as Halopedia's reputation elsewhere. Likewise Halo Nation follows a similar mindset which can be viewed here.

More questions[edit]

My question isn't here. What can I do?[edit]

Feel free to ask your question on the talk page. We'll try to answer it as soon as possible.

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