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Bohemia Interactive Community Wiki Guidelines
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Rules of Conduct
- 3 Content Guidelines
- 4 Format Guidelines
Rules of Conduct
The Rules of Conduct regulate the interaction between Wiki members. These are in place to ensure that the Wiki remains a civilised place where people can share information freely, without being harassed or abused.
Abusive comments, personal attacks and name calling are not allowed. If you find an article or discussion that is abusive or that you find offensive please report it to a Wiki Sysop who will investigate. Flaming or flame-baiting articles will not be tolerated.
No duplicate Accounts
Follow the instructions of the Wiki Sysops
When a Wiki Sysop asks you to stop doing something, please follow their instructions.
The content guidelines are important to ensure that content, names and pictures remain consistent. This makes reading the articles much easier, and it also makes the job of the editors easier. Content guidelines ensure that articles and topics do not violate the Rules of Conduct, or violate the law.
No discussion about illegally obtained software
Discussions about copy protection or copying, backing-up, hacking, cracking or reverse engineering of any of Bohemia Interactive's Products will not be tolerated and such discussions will be deleted.
Any breach of these rules will result in the poster no longer having access to the Bohemia Interactive Wiki.
- Do not use hotlinked images in the Wiki. Use the Upload file function instead to upload images to this Wiki.
- Use a meaningful name when uploading a picture. (e.g. Instead of calling your picture "cool shots from OFP" call it "OFP:Helicopter Insertion in Malden"). Use a short game name (OFP, VBS, ArmA) in the image title to indicate which game it was taken in. Do not rely on others to rename your pictures.
- When appropriate use an image thumbnail on the article page (such as on the OFP Easter Eggs page).
- Avoid using a text link to point to an image. Display the image as thumbnail or sized appropriately for the article.
No Developer Questions
The developers are busy working hard on Armed Assault. They do not have the time to respond to each and every question. If you have questions (technical or otherwise), use the BI Forums.
- Do not post questions directly/indirectly to the developers using the Wiki.
- Do not make suggestions for the developers in the Wiki.
Every article comes with a discussion page. The purpose of those pages is to discuss the article. It is not the place to discuss technical issues or post opinions about the subject of the article. (e.g. An article may describe the use of Triggers. It would be perfectly appropriate to use the discussion page to talk about whether certain statements in the article may be incorrect or unclear. It would not be appropriate to ask how to use triggers to blow up a tank in your mission.)
The place to ask technical questions, or to discuss general issues, is the BI Forum.
Writing an Article
If you are unsure about certain subjects that are brought up by your article, don't guess! (or at least put a big disclaimer next to it.) It is better leave out subjects you're unsure about, than to post hear-say or false information. This is a Wiki and other users will, over time, complete the missing parts.
If there are some minor points in your article that you think someone else might be able to answer, use a link to the AnswerMe page, so that others can find open questions.
You are welcome to announce your mods on this Wiki under the respective categories (OFP or ArmA), but these should be limited to an overview of your mod, rather than a full-scale documentation.
Each modder (or mod group) is allowed to have a one page description, with up to 8 images embedded. If images for this page are uploaded to this Wiki, their individual size should not exceed 100KB. (Images that are hosted elsewhere, and only linked to, do not fall under this limitation.)
Quality External Links
Use valid external links. Avoid linking to websites that don't have a permanent address.
Categorise your Article
Always use categories for the content. Unless you categorise your article properly people won't be able to find it.
When starting a new subject on an article or discussion page define a section name to describe the sub-topic. (Example: ==Create/edit Sections==)
When editing only a section of a page, use the section edit button (the  link on the right side) to open only that particular part of the page. This will prevent conflicts if two people are editing the same page.
Summarise your Changes
Be sure to include a summary text of edits you have made. This makes it easy for other people to see at a glance what the edit was about. Even short text statements like "fixed typo" will be sufficient in most cases.
Use Full Names for Titles
When creating new categories or articles, consider the naming convention you are going to use.
[[Operation Flashpoint: Elite]] is more acceptable than [[OFP:Elite]]. The new category or article should almost always be [[Game Title: something]] such as [[Operation Flashpoint: Addons]]
Your choice should always be clear and concise for the reader, and easy for the editor to link back to. Keep in mind that you can use spaces in the name of the article (e.g. [[Armed Assault: Easter Eggs]] would be better than [[Armed Assault:EasterEggs]])
Refer to the Naming Conventions page for choosing the appropriate name when writing articles.
Do not use All-Caps
Use the Preview Button
Write in English
- Sign any comments you've made with ~~~~. This adds a tag, indicating your name and submission time. Three tildes will leave just your name.
- Use colons(:) for indentation, so that your submission is easily distinguished from the preceeding one. Check how many colons the post you are reacting to used, and use one more for your own submission.