How to Write Better Page Articles
Over the past several months, some visitors hate/criticize this wiki and call it the worst reception wiki ever. Yes, that even includes users from official Reception Wikis such as Crappy Games Wiki, Awful Movies Wiki, Terrible TV Shows Wiki, Loathsome Characters Wiki, etc. While it's okay to hate a website, I wondered, why? I noticed one of the most addressed problems that people have been criticizing. It's that almost every single page has these same reasons that are reused over and over, feeling as if there was little to no variety in writing style. This is why in this topic, I'll teach everyone how to improve their writing skills when making pages in here. That includes myself of course since I didn't know any better back then.
- 1 Rule #1 – Planning and Research
- 2 Rule #2 – Avoid using Generic and Overused Reasons
- 2.1 Avoid overusing these generic and overused terms in this wiki...
- 2.2 ...and use phrases like these instead
- 2.3 Banned Phrases
- 2.4 Conclusion
- 3 Rule #3 – Expand your vocabulary
- 4 Rule #4 – Know When a Fandom/Hatedom is Ironic or Not
- 5 Rule #5 – Do Not Take Everything That People Say Too Seriously
- 6 Rule #6 – Finishing Touches
- 7 Rule #7 – Complete
- 8 Requirements for A Good Page
Rule #1 – Planning and Research
Before you start a page, I highly recommend that you should do some in-depth research about the fandom/hatedom/community and the franchise/group itself. Then you either use a piece of paper, a notepad or even better, your sandbox to plan out all the key points you need. When you write them on the official page, list down all the facts and some of your opinions about those groups and make sure that you have real proof/evidence for those to make it reliable. Keep in mind that before you start, you must avoid prejudice and bias at all costs. Why? Because wikis are meant to be factual. Not opinionated nor slanderous.
Rule #2 – Avoid using Generic and Overused Reasons
It's not that using these terms is bad, it just gets tiring and generic when we see the same reasons used over and over and over again. Plus, there have been rumors where people have been saying that this wiki is being run by mostly GoAnimators/Vyonders or little kids. This is also one of the most criticized features that outsiders gave to this wiki so in order to avoid that, I'll tell you what to do:
Well, you can rephrase these overused terms but make sure that it feels different from every other page that exists here. For starters...
Avoid overusing these generic and overused terms in this wiki...
Generic Why It's Toxic Terms
- To get the elephant out of the room...
- They don't like [insert character/tv show/movie/meme/video game here], they WORSHIP him/her/it/them.
- They don't respect each other's opinions/They disrespect each other's opinions/Many of them are opinion disrespectors. (Very generic and should be gradually toned down since it is common for GoAnimators/Vyonders to say stuff like these)
- They like to bash on the people who [insert reason here].
- They killed [insert community here]
- They ignore [subject]'s flaws. (Try to use some other words other than the word "flaw" all the time. Read Rule #3 of this blog for more information.)
- They start flame wars with [a rivaling fandom/hatedom]
- Shipping wars everywhere.
- They cry like babies when [fictional character] dies.
- This fandom/hatedom calls [subject] worse than Hitler. How is [subject] worse than a man who killed 6 million Jews?
- They only like [insert character/tv show/movie/video game] only for [reason] instead of the other characters/story.
- The fandom/hatedom is worse than the hatedom/fandom will ever be. At least the fandom/hatedom is rare to find, has good reasons as to why they like it or hate it and they can respect opinions.
- Hypocrisy: [Insert reason] they hate [subject] yet [insert other reason]. (This pointer often gets clogged up at the example section)
Generic Redeeming Qualities
- There are some sane/mature fans.
- Some people can respect opinions/Some are opinion respecters. (Another common term that should be gradually toned down since most GoAnimators/Vyonders say stuff like these)
- Fans/Haters can make good fanart/fanfictions/fanworks/artworks.
- The fandom/hatedom can be worse/just as bad.
- They are right/correct about the flaws of [subject].
...and use phrases like these instead
NOTE: This doesn't mean that you should copy all of these phrases below (as that might just eventually become generic if these better examples get overused). Just read these examples and get inspired into writing some of the detailed pointers that look similar to these below.
Better Why It's Toxic Terms
- "To get the explanation out of the mind," or "First and foremost."
- They really adore [insert character/tv show/movie/video game here]. Or:
- They over glorify his/her too much while disregarding his/her flaws.
- They may like it, but they are actually devoting all their love to it.
- Watch out when you using any opinions since some [toxic fandoms and hatedoms] will not hesitate to fight you on social media. Or:
- They are not going to respect you if you disagree with them, even if your opinion is decent.
- This fandom/hatedom tend to dismiss subjective viewpoints.
- They can't handle opinions from each other.
- They beat up the people who disapprove [insert something here]. Or:
- They are doing what they can to pummel on people who are not with them.
- They ruined the reputation of [insert community here]. Or:
- This community would be better off without them.
- They seem to forget the downsides/faults/cons of [subject]
- Since they do not respect certain opinions, good or bad, they start huge battles against this community.
- It is hard to get away from their shipping wars.
- They overreacted when [a fictional character] died. Or:
- you could say: When [a fictional character] died, some lethal fans tossed massive temper tantrums.
- People bawled in a toxic manner when [a fictional character] died.
- They cry like their heads are filled with water whenever their beloved character dies.
- Some people only take a liking on [insert character/tv show/movie/video game], ignoring the other characters/plot. Or:
- Fans only like [insert character/tv show/movie/video game], without regarding the rest of the elements such as the story.
- Their only reason for liking something is because of jokes/[other certain things here] that it spawned when they need stronger reasons to like it.
- This community is toxic while the anti-community is healthy since they are friendly and would seldom attack a good opinion.
- Think about it/Let's dive deeper/no discussion. (Rephrasing banned phrases #4 and #5, later inspired by Big Smoke)
Better Redeeming Qualities
- Like with many communities, there is still healthiness in this thing.
- Some people approve of opposing opinions, meaning that not everybody acts mean-spirited. Or:
- Some do let good opinions slip by.
- Fans/Haters can illustrate/compose marvelous fanworks.
- Some fans/haters can be civilized and can get along with others.
- Among all their crud, you can still find good fanwork thanks to the healthy fans.
What makes a pointer on an article banned is if those phrases sound too biased, too mean-spirited, too generic, too pointless, too petty, too controversial or simply pointers that carry out libelous misinformation. Sometimes, the only way to avoid banned phrases is to rewrite the generic pointers as shown above, or simply not use them at all.
With this golden rule, never, and we mean NEVER use these banned phrases or it will be a 1-day block for users who persist. Note that majority of the reasons for banning these phrases have no exceptions. Their block will get extended after their 1-day time out expires by following the banning policy of this wiki.
List of Banned Phrases
- This fandom/hatedom thinks that [subject] is the best/worst thing ever when it is [contrary to what they believe]. (Opinion Disrespecting)
- Or similarly: They worship/bash [subject] as the best/worst thing ever even if it is [contrary to what they believe]. (Combining overused phrase #2, overused phrase #4 and the banned phrase above it = Another banned phrase)
- "NOTE: If you like/dislike [insert something here], we respect your opinion." or anything that falls under these lines. (Sounds like we're saying this as an excuse to avoid criticism which is also used by GoAnimators/Vyonders in GoAnimate/Vyond-styled rants. No exceptions)
- Pointers related to fetishes/fetish art, such as inflation, weight gain, vore, and farting/onara. (Kink-shaming, highly difficult to discuss in an unbiased manner and a very touchy subject to even cover about. Plus, having a fetish over something is part of human nature. No exceptions)
- Pointers related to Porn/Rule 34/NSFW/Hentai (Redundant and anti-freedom of speech. No exceptions, period. However, just because we banned this phrase doesn't mean that we're supporting illegal acts such as pedophilia, zoophilia, incest, objectophilia, coprophilia or necrophilia. Similar to fetishes, it's basically natural to have an interest in Porn/Rule 34/NSFW/Hentai.)
- Some banned shipping-related pointers such as:
- Pointers related to Yaoi/Yuri (This makes us sound homophobic. The only exception to this rule is if these types of ships involve incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, necrophilia, coprophilia or objectophilia.)
- Pointers related to crossover ships/porn (We don't want to spread any more of that misinformation and beliefs coming from [REDACTED]. This is also part of freedom of speech, and neither of those things is considered to be bad or good. No exceptions)
- Let that sink in! (Always found annoying since it sounds way too immature and childish, not just here but on the other Reception Wikis as well)
- Enough said/'Nuff said. (Same reason with "Let that sink in!")
- BIG TIME! (Overexaggeration)
- This fanbase/hatebase got severely infected/contaminated/invaded. (The latter one doesn't make complete sense, and the former two are overused.)
- They request [insert character here] to be in Super Smash Bros. (No exceptions. Also, it would sound like we can't take jokes since some would want unlikely characters in Super Smash Bros. Even though some characters are extremely unlikely in Super Smash Bros such as Goku from Dragon Ball as one example, but still.)
- It's filled with 5-12-year-old fanboys, who are also from the Call of Duty Fandom, the Sonic The Hedgehog Fandom, the Johnny Test Fandom, the GTA Fandom, the WWE Fandom, and many other fandoms of boyish things and are apart of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Hatedom, the Dora the Explorer Hatedom, the Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty Hatedom, and many other hatedoms of girly things. (Pointless. No exceptions)
- They go on sites like KissAnime instead of sites like Netflix, Hulu, or Crunchyroll. (Many people who do that still support industries, and besides a few users on the Reception Wiki also go on sites like KissAnime making us hypocrites. No exceptions)
- They're so horrible that even some of the producers hate them as well.
- With all the aforementioned, their hypocrisy reaches incredibly extreme and very high levels. (No exceptions)
- Their opinions are so annoying that they never get respected. (No exceptions)
- The fandom/hatedom is worse than the hatedom/fandom will ever be. (Repetitive, immature, and it sounds like something toxic GoAnimators/Vyonders would say.')
- Phrases that mention some notable people from any fandoms/hatedoms they're in. (Might encourage a-logging when we are meant to criticize their actions only. Only a few exceptions)
- Not only will they ruin your childhood, but also your parents and even grandparents' childhoods as well.
- Pointers related to memes. (No matter how good or bad they are, they still make us look like we can't handle jokes. Also extremely hypocritical since some Reception Wiki users make memes outside the wikis. The only exceptions to this are hate memes) Examples are:
- Some memes are stemmed from this community.
- They think that [subject] is an "anime" when it is actually not. (Some people only say this as a joke and do know that they are not really an anime)
- They shoehorn him/her into everything. (Not only is it considered anti-meme but also an anti-crossover related pointer.)
- Anything along the lines of "JoJo fans think that _______ is a JoJo reference." (Anti-freedom of speech pointer)
- Anything that relates to the "No redeeming qualities" pointers. (Very biased, pointless, and stereotyping.) For example:
- No redeeming qualities whatsoever. [Insert reason why].
- They are so bad, there is nothing good about them.
- The atrocities they committed proves that they're worse than [insert anything that better here].
- They are horrible in any way.
- No mature fans/haters whatsoever.
- No matter how decent they try to be, they are just terrible.
- The fandom/hatedom has finally died out in [insert year here]. (A fandom/hatedom becoming inactive or dying out is not a redeeming quality.)
- Anything that falls among the lines of "It is better/worse than [insert fandom/hatedom here]". (The mainline Reception Wikis don't allow this pointer for a reason.)
- They come from the dark side of the furry community. (Repetitive and overused, and could implied as anti-furry.)
- Many of them are autistic. (Offensive to people who have autism.)
- The fandom/hatedom itself doesn't even qualify as a fandom/hatedom. (Opinionated, prejudiced and pointless.)
In other words, use your own words! Don't copy-paste! Or better yet, Don't use these phrases at all! Write in your own style and be creative for once. You can get your writing style to be inspired by other users but don't copy the exact same style of writing an article. See the next rule for a guide to use different ways of using those words.
Rule #3 – Expand your vocabulary
Other than those other overused phrases on the previous rule, words like "worship", "bash", "kill", "respect", "disrespect", "opinion" and "flaw" get used a lot. Not to sound mean and rude, but don't you realize that using those same words all over again can get pretty stale and sound as if your vocabulary is very limited? So if you may, gradually lessen the usage of these words and use these alternative ones instead so that your vocabulary doesn't sound too limited. Remember that you could still use the original ones just as long as you don't always use it. And just to be clear, the "worshippers" and "opinion lashing" categories don't count from the overused words. For more examples of synonyms that you could use, such as these words below, use this website.
- Like/Love/Worship (in the case of "worship", the only exception is if the character is a god or god-like figure (EX. Palutena, Arceus, etc.)) – Praise, Glorify, Exalt, Adore, Love, Fond, Fancy, Pleasure, Treasure, Magnify
- Dislike/Hate – Deny, Loathe, Detest, Despise, Abominate, Distaste, Abhor, Execrate.
- Respect – Regard, Acknowledge, Favor, Appreciate, Esteem, Account, Consider, Esteem
- Disrespect – Disregard, Oppose, Deny, Disfavor, Scorn, Disdain, Contempt, Insult, Dis, Affront, Offend
- Bash – Lash, Attack, Pound, Smack, Thrash, Beat, Hit, Pummel, Whack, Witch hunt, Clobber, Punch, Slam, Slug, Pop, Strike
- Kill – Ruin, Murder, Slay, Obliterate, Exterminate, Poison, Assassinate, Slaughter, Massacre, Annihilate, Exterminate, Destroy, Butcher, Execute, Dispatch, Neutralize, Wipe Out, Erase From Existence, Eradicate
- Flame/War – Heated, Glare, Debate, Conflict, Fight, Contest, Strife, Struggle, Strife, Strike, Warfare, Hostility
- Opinion – Perspective, Viewpoint, Belief, Judgement, Thought, Thinking, Way of thinking, Mind, Point of view, View, Viewpoint, Outlook, Angle, Slant, Side, Attitude, Stance, Perspective, Position, Standpoint
- Story – Plot, Narrative, Tale, Narration, News, Novel, Saga, Statement, Fable, Piece, Fiction, Article, Chronicle, Legend
- Flaw – Fault, Defect, Blemish, Weakness, Imperfection, Error, Glitch, Shortcoming, Mistake, Failing, Deficiency, Failure, Weak, Damage, Weak Point, Drawback
- Mature/Sane – Sensible, Sound, Rational, Reasonable, Wise, Lucid, Prudent, Developed, Age, Mellow, Sober, Level-headed, Logical, Normal, Experienced, Sophisticated, Vintage, Nubile, Established, Evolve, Progress, Advance
Rule #4 – Know When a Fandom/Hatedom is Ironic or Not
i·ro·ny /ˈīrənē/ noun the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. "“Don't go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony"
Remember what this word means. The only times a fandom and hatedom are considered ironic is when it's more of a joke fandom or hatedom, or the fact that they take an ironic liking or hatred to those communities. But the word "ironic" doesn't mean that it's bad nor evil. Take the Shrek Ironic Fandom for example, people only like that because of the memes and how they treat the character Shrek himself like a religious figure rather than his actual personality. It's possible that those people never saw the films and discuss it only because everyone else is doing it. Don't just add the word Ironic on the pages you make just because you think it is or because the categories say so. Take it into consideration beforehand.
Rule #5 – Do Not Take Everything That People Say Too Seriously
Another issue that I noticed on this wiki is that whenever there are some harmless people who only joke around and say stuff like "Best anime ever!" to non-animes, or use memes, it feels as if we actually despise them to death and portray them as neo-nazis. So whenever we address points relating to memes, jokes or quotes, try to address them carefully as if they don't sound hateful/butthurt enough and only add them if there are people who actually push it too far off the edges, especially when it is something that shouldn't be joked about such as offensive jokes/memes. Relating to one of the banned phrases, keep in mind that people only call things they like an "anime" as a joke so don't assume that every person who says this is a toxic person. Also, we recently banned any anti-meme related pages and pointers to avoid any further controversy surrounding from memers; regardless of how good or bad they are (as bad memes exist).
Rule #6 – Finishing Touches
Before publishing, make sure that you use the Preview button and check for any spelling and grammar mistakes. Make sure that what you write sounds convincing and formal (meaning that you shouldn't refer the article in 1st person) and avoid any bias and other discerning messages that would spread conflict around the internet. That also means that you don't abuse uppercase letters, italics, underlines, bold text and colored text. Only use them when necessary especially if you need to add some emphasis to your words/phrases.
Rule #7 – Complete
You all know how this works already since you've been editing in this wiki just now. You can now publish the pages. Just a minor advise: If other users modify your page, that means that they're helping you improve the page to make it more neat and presentable. They are not being destructive unless those users are trolls/vandals, so if you spot one, there's always the undo option.
Requirements for A Good Page
After you read all the rules above, here are the minimum requirements for making a good page:
- Apply these rules that are mentioned above in this blog on an article that you are about to publish in this wiki.
- Page must have at least 7 detailed pointers (Please take note that a page may still get deleted even though it passes through the >7 pointers depending on the quality of that page).
- At least contain a creative joke heading that is appropriate the subject as a replacement from the usual "Why It's Toxic" and "Redeeming Qualities" headings (recommended since the usual "Why It's Toxic/Sucks" and "Redeeming Qualities" are overused in many Reception Wikis according to some critics. As long as it's inoffensive and )
- Wiki page formatting: Italics for the trademark title of a media and bold for the first mention of the main subject in the introduction of an article. Italics and bold are used for addressing the subject and a trademarked title for the introduction section of an article. Another thing is that articles should be free from sentences written in unnecessary bold, italics, underline, caps or red text to reduce immaturity and make them sound more professional.
- Must contain an infobox and an image. Captions are optional as long as they're not offensive.
- Add a comments section.
- Pages must be filled with the appropriate categories upon publishing.
- Adding sources to your reasons (i.e. adding <ref>www.example.com</ref> beside a sentence) to support your bullet points. No evidence, delete. (A YouTube video section is optional)
- Make sure that there are no spelling and/or grammar errors. It's understandable that not everybody is fluent in speaking English as long as the readers can understand what is being delivered. However, it is recommended that you use a spell check just in case.
- Be sure to have no mistakes in the MediaWiki code.