Welcome to Bricky’s Style Guide for the Broville Wiki! Here you will learn everything about the restrictions and freedom you have when creating a new page.
Things that you should do are marked in green.
Things that you shouldn’t do are marked in red.
From time to time, our head editor Bricky will give useful tips and hints! If you don’t respect them, you will be bricked.
Now, let’s start!
How to start an article
Before you can start writing an article, you have to find something in the map you want to write about. You can do this by looking at region or road pages and search for pages that are missing.
Once you have found your topic, you can start writing. The first step is to find a matching header. This can be the name of the building, road or landmark you chose, or something generic that describes it best if it doesn’t have a name. For example, if you want to write an article about an unnamed room with a moose, you can name it:
You should not name it:
Hyperroom of terror and death (with a moose)
Directly below the header should be an image of the thing the article is about. (see the rules for images somewhere below) The image should contain the entire thing, if possible. If not, it should contain an important location that shows as much of it as possible. For example, if you wanted to write an article about the old rocket silo, you should:
Choose a picture that shows the rocket itself and a few of the rooms around it.
You should not:
Choose a picture that shows a decaying ceiling tile.
The subtitle of the image should ideally be the name of the page, or a more precise naming of the location shown.
Below this image comes the first description. This is a rough description of the thing the article is about. It should contain only the most basic information. Any details should be saved for following paragraphs.
Depending on the type of the article, it has a different structure. Below is a list of every article type along with its structure. It is not required to follow it, but it’s a good orientation if you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. (in which case – why are you even here?) Please tell us the phrase “oldshoes sux” so we know you read this. The contents of each section is completely up to the author. You can add images (maybe not so many), lists, tables, anything. Just try to keep things organized and clean.
- Location – a short description of where the building is located
- Interior – a short description and optionally images of the interior. If the interior does something special, it should be described too.
- Function – what type of building it is, how it is used, what company resides in it, etc.
- Structure – a description of the course of the street and the buildings accessed by it. The start and end points can be chosen, but it must be clear in which cardinal direction the road is leading.
- Location – a short description of where the landmark is located
- Structure – a description of the structure of the landmark, what it is, what it looks like, etc.
- Function – what the landmark represents, potentially its backstory, etc.
- Location – a short description of where the region is located
- Roads – a list of roads in that region
- Landmarks – a list of landmarks in that region
- Function – a basic description of what the region is used for, what kind of terrain it houses, etc.
- Location – a short description of where the item can be found and the amount
- Type – the type of the item (e. g. “Compass”)
- Name – the custom name of the item (if the item doesn’t have a custom name or lore, it’s not qualified to be listed here)
- Lore – the custom lore of the item
- Text – only if the item is a book, the pages and author of the book
- Function – special functions of that item or what it means in the context of the map
The suggested image count for an article is 2 – 6, but it can be more or less if required. You should not use too many images to not confuse readers and to save storage space. The images itself should be in JPEG format and not bigger than 300kb. Here’s a short guide on how to accomplish that using paint.net:
Open your screenshot with paint.net.
At the top bar, click on Image -> Resize… or press Ctrl+R.
A window should pop up. Make sure that “Maintain aspect ratio” is checked and change the width to 1000 pixels. The height should change automatically. Then press OK.
Next, click on File -> Save as… or press Ctrl+Shift+S.
Choose a location to save the image and select .jpg as the type. Then click on save.
A window should pop up. Set Chroma Subsampling to 4:2:2 and the quality to 90. Then click OK.
If you followed these steps, the image should have the optimal format for upload, even if it is a bit larger than 300kb.
When you mention another page somewhere in your article, you should convert it to a link so readers can quickly navigate to that page. But with that comes the barrier of what to name the link for a page that hasn’t been created yet. So here are some rules to clear things up.
- The link always is https://oldshoes.ca/wiki/<page_name>
- <page_name> is the name of the page as it is in the main header
- The name is all lowercase and spaces are replaced with underscores (_)
- All other symbols like apostrophes (‘) are removed
- If it belongs to Fractal Island, the name is prefixed with “fractal_” (e.g. “fractal_observatory”)
When the page is reviewed, any inconsistencies with these rules will be fixed, but Bricky will be very angry so try to avoid that.
When you’re done
When you’re done writing the page (and double checked for any images that are too big or link errors), write “DONE” after the page name in the main heading and save it as a draft. DO NOT PUBLISH!!!! The page will then be reviewed by either Bricky or someone on his team. If the page passes, it will be published. If not, you will be notified either by Discord or Email that you need to change something.
That was everything you needed to know! Now you can start writing articles! Have fun!