Article Content Requirements
- An article about a board should have, at the very least, a link to the board and a small summary of the board's purpose. Roleplaying and Fanfiction is an example of the minimum requirement for a board article.
- For a user to warrant an article, they must have done something important to a large number of GameFAQs users. This includes being part of the staff of the site, frequent global TOS breakers, frequent contributors, etc.
- For a secret board to warrant an article, the board must have a considerable userbase and a certain level of activity. If a staff member questions whether the article meets the standards, they may contact the original editor requesting a link to verify the information. The staff member will contact the original editor offsite and will not give out the link to anyone except possibly an administrator for assistance.
- Articles should be written from a neutral point of view. An editor may flag an article with the NPOV Template if they feel an article does not meet this requirement.
- When making a new internal link to a specific term, make sure it isn't already listed on the Slang page. There's a long list of terms already there, and they do not really all need their own entry.
- If you are in doubt about whether or not a change would be judged as beneficial to the article, ask on the article's talk page before you change it. Otherwise, be prepared to have your changes reverted.
- Articles in the ASCII category of the site may be exempt from the content requirements, however the ASCII itself must be well known, and whenever possible must include credit to the ASCIIs creator.
- Fads specific to one or very few boards are generally not considered noteworthy or encyclopedic. If a fad is notable enough, a page dedicated to it will be created. Otherwise, the fad or fads should be left off of WikiFAQs.
- Lists and bios of board users are not allowed. If multiple users are notable enough to warrant their own articles, these are to be created separately.
- Avoid using terms such as "recently" or "earlier this year". These are often forgotten about for some time, and lead to the article becoming outdated where otherwise it would not. Use actual dates if at all possible.
- Please DO NOT link to or add any content to WikiFAQs that will jeopardize WikiFAQs standings with GameFAQs. These include pornography, ROMs, and any moderator-only information. We do not particularly want to become a banned word on GameFAQs anytime soon.
Article Formatting Requirements
- All articles should be categorized with category tags placed at the end of the article. See the source for this page for an example.
- The first sentence in an article must clearly define what the article is. The subject should be written in bold.
- Except for board and user names, all words in article titles should be capitalized.
- Article titles cannot be lowercase due to the software. If the article's title is supposed to be lowercase, please use Template:Lowercase to present the problem.
- For special cases, use Template:Lowercase2 if the regular Lowercase template cannot be used. See Showarr for an example.
- For external links, please make a header (==External Links==) and use Template:Gfboards to format it.
- Headers of a certain level should be of equal length. For example, headers should not look like this:
They should look like this:
- Please do not delete pages with a page history that are legitimately related to GameFAQs without a discussion being held on the talk page unless it is urgent for it to be deleted.
- Articles should only be considered for deletion if they are insignificant, have a lack of content, or are unrelated to GameFAQs.
- When holding a Vote for Deletion, please wait at least 2 days before taking action unless it clearly breaks standards. e.g. Vandalism, flaming, completely unrelated to GameFAQs etc.
- During the 2 day period, there should be a clear consensus. If not, withhold the deletion and let the discussion run for a few extra days. If enough votes are not made, you can 'bump' the article.
- If a WikiFAQs user makes an article page about themselves but it does not meet the criteria for having one, do not delete the article, move it to their userpage instead.
If you wish to add an interview to an article, please use the following formatting:
- Questions are in bold
- Questions are manually numbered (no usage of the "#" tag)
- Do not skip a line between the question and the answer
- Answer is in normal font
- Skip a line between the answer and the next question.
An example of the proper formatting can be seen in GalFord's Interview