Encyclopedia Dramatica:Style Guide

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This article defines official ED Policy.


Hi there! This is ED's Style Guide. This isn't everything you need to know, but here's the gist of it!

Step Zero: The Very Basics (Wiki Format)

  • To link to another ED article, [[do this]]. If you did it right, it'll look like this: do this.
  • To pipe that link (i.e., use another word for it), [[do this|hi there]]. If you did it right, it'll look like this: hi there.
  • To add a template, {{dothis}}. If you did this correctly, it will look like a template.
  • To add a picture, [[Image:Do this.jpg|thumb|FUNNY TEXT GOES HERE]]. If you did this correctly, a thumbnail of your picture will appear on the righthand side of your article
  • To link outside of ED, [http://dothis.com Do this]. If you did this correctly, it'll look like this: Do this
  • To make your font bold or italic, add ''' for bold and '' for italic.
  • More advanced wiki formatting can be found here. This will come in handy later.

Step One: Write Fucking Nothing (Article Prep)

Before you write a single goddamn thing, here is what you should do:

  • Know what you are talking about. If, for example, you are writing an article on Quizilla, you should be familiar with it. If you want to add lulz to an existing article, it would be helpful to lurk near the subject of the article.
  • Lurk Moar. Getting to know the style and flow of existing {{notcrap}} articles is bound to help your own wiki skillz.
  • Links plz. Find links that are relevant to your subject. The more drama, lulz, or memedom behind your links, the better the article will turn out. Archive links that are likely to go down in the future.
  • Ruff draft. Write it out first and put it somewhere not important, such as Wikipedia. You can also put it in your userspace and have it moved to primetime later on. If you are not comfortable with your draft, rewrite. If you complete an article, and you still do not feel it conveys the lulz you are looking for, ask for assistance.
  • Crack your knuckles. God, that felt good.

Step Two: Write Fucking Everything (Writing the Article)

Though we've been surprised before, we usually assume that you know how to read and write when you decide to contribute to the site. That said, here are some Protips regarding your new article.

  • RTFM. If you haven't already, read Step Zero. In fact, open it in a separate tab for quick reference.
  • A layout is fine too. With few exceptions, good articles are split up into a few sections. This is much easier on the eyes than a big wall of text, even if it does have paragraph breaks. Adding == to either side of a word or phrase will give it its own header.
    • PROTIP: If you want to get fancy, you can further break down sections with ===. One of those will give your text the same effect as two <big>s with <bold> too.
  • Pix plz. You're going to want to find some pictures for your article. We have a huge database of pictures already, and you should at least take a look at them. Failing that, go find your own images, upload it, and stick it on your page to max out your pretty factor.
  • Why not pipe? Why not indeed? But in lieu of piping, be sure to link to at least a few other pages on ED. This will increase page views dramatically.
  • Add a cat. A cat is fine too. A category, however, will make your article more visible and will save it from being categorized as crap.
  • Use the preview button. Meet your new best friend: the preview button. Even veteran dramaticians sometimes forget to add that second bracket, and saving it in such a state will make them look like total fucktards. You are the new generation; you have no excuse for looking like that.

Step Three: ????

Step Four: Profit! (Post-Article Creation)

Lean back and look upon that which you hath wrought. Every active sysop is watching recent changes like a hawk, looking for articles with the big N next to it; we WILL read it. We will also probably criticize it, edit it mercilessly, and some asshole will probably add {{crap}} to it. No worries, though. If you followed all the directions and added categories, links and pictures to your article, you should be fine. We here at ED generally are hesitant to delete articles as long as there is some amount of lulz.

Do these things now:

  • Find new friends. Do this IRL and on the wiki too. Find new friends for your baby article by linking to it from other articles. For instance, if you wrote the article "Gays For God", you will want to add [[Gays For God]] to Homosexual, God, and maybe even Christian.
  • Get on IRC fgt. Hop on and talk to other writers. Or join the discord or forums. Active communities exist there and are a good place to seek advice with article building.
  • Repeat. Keep writing articles. Failing that, keep editing existing ones. Failing THAT, look around on the community portal for ways to kill time while keeping your ED cred.

Required Reading

Well, that's it! That's all you really need to know to write your very own article. Consult these other pages and you will be well on your way to stardom!

  1. Basic Rules - very important read!
  2. Wiki-specific markup
  3. Advanced articles pt.1
  4. Advanced articles pt.2
  5. Advanced articles pt.3
  6. Template List
  7. When is it crap?