This document provides a specific set of policies for creating and editing articles in the D'niPedia. Policies for Standards and Conventions are decided upon by the Guild of Archivists, though feedback and input on policies is accepted from anyone who wishes to participate in the discussion. Guild members are expected to ensure that the D'niPedia Archive is kept in-line with these policies at all times.
Please note that this page is a summary overview of our Standards and Conventions. If a specific sub-set of standards becomes too lengthy to quickly and easily summarize on this page, it will be split off into a new article.
Standards and Conventions are decided upon by the members of the Guild of Archivists. While visitors and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the development process for new Standards and Conventions, the Guild makes the final determination on what will be adopted as a policy. Articles that lay out these policies are not editable by non-Guild members to preserve their integrity.
Summary of Standards and Conventions
There are certain aspects of the Myst franchise that fall beyond the general scope of the D'niPedia Archive. The Archive is primarily concerned with the official canon of the Myst series. As such, fan fiction, fanon, and fanwank are not acceptable contributions to the Archive, and will be removed. Drawing conclusions from existing evidence is permissible, but inventing explanations from whole cloth is not.
In the event that a sanctioned method for developing an Extended Universe canon is developed, the D'niPedia Archive's scope will expand to cover such material.
The Archive does not focus on the external, "real world" details of the Myst franchise, such as the games' developers, actors, sales, reviews, appearance in popular culture, etc. While cursory information may be provided for these aspects of the franchise, the Archive will always defer to MYSTlore or WikiPedia for more detailed information.
Tone and Grammar
The D'niPedia Archive is a professional-quality encyclopedia of the Myst franchise. Therefore, we ask that you maintain a professional voice when composing your articles.
Main Article: Guide:Tone and Grammar
Main Article: Guide:Formatting
For terms which have multiple meanings, such as "Uru" (refers to more than one game, as well as a word in the D'ni language) or "Gehn" (refers to more than one person), a disambiguation page may be created (using the "Disambiguation" tag as the only tag for the article), to which other articles may be linked. These pages should list all uses in the Archive of the term being disambiguated, as well as links to any relevant articles. Example: Uru.
The Archive does not presently include the capability to create links to pages which do not yet exist in the same way that MediaWiki-based sites can. However, you may use the [ article title="" ] BBCode to "link" to a page that does not yet exist. When that page is created, your link will automatically start working (provided you've used the same title in your link as the article's creator did). The Guild does not actively encourage this practice, as it may lead to unused and incorrect article tags being scattered throughout the Archive.
Contributors wishing to link to pages that have not been created yet are encouraged to create a new page which uses the Requested template and tag.