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  • SoPretentious

    A template is a page that is created on the wiki, and then whenever someone uses said template, the information on the template page is transfixed onto wherever the template is placed. This is what a template looks like

    Here's the link to the developer's wiki. There's a great bunch of codes there that you can add to your w:Special:Mypage/global.js, it's actually really simple, there's instructions on each page. The best ones I know of are AjaxDiff, BotoneraPopups, PowerPageMaker, WHAM, Ajax Recent Changes, Last Edited, Find and Replace and StandardEditSummary.

    I'll add on to this as I think of stuff. I'm sure there's a lot more, but I'm drawing a blank right now.

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    Quotation marks can be used two ways. Not just for dialogue, but also for "coined" terms and phrases. There is always punctuation before and after dialogue, but not always for "coined" terms and phrases. There's a couple rules for dialogue specifically:

    Always capitalize the first letter when someone starts speaking. Unless continuing the quote and identifying the speaker in the middle of the sentence. Like this:

    "It has been a rough season," said the coach, "let's all go out for pizza."

    When identifying the speaker after the quote, a comma (not a period) should end the quote. It can improve the flow of the dialogue to not identify the speaker all the time. On the other hand, sometimes identifying the speaker keeps the reader from becoming co…

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  • SoPretentious

    There has been quite a few deleted stories on the wiki lately, I feel like this wouldn't happen if the writers took the time to learn proper punctuation, spelling and word choice. Also, if the writers wanted to make an interesting story, then it wouldn't seem like it was written in fifteen minutes. There has been some great ones lately, don't get me wrong, but there's also been some disasters.

    That's why I'm writing this blog, I feel like there's one very difficult topic to try to help other people with, and that is word choice. I've recently thought of a way to do this. I think that after reading this, hopefully the next time you're going to write a story, and you're about to use one of these words, maybe you'll reconsider. Word choice alo…

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  • SoPretentious

    There are many things that can make a pasta great. It's not always the same things either. These are the elements I look for, and any of them may cause your pasta to be deleted, depending on just how poor the pasta was in any/all of these areas.

    1. Description

    A pasta may be great just because whatever is causing the turmoil is described really well. That means that maybe just a paragraph, or just a couple sentences make the pasta. While it may only be a few sentences long, it seemed to grab the reader and hold them frozen. I would have to say that most great pastas fall into this area. They are great because of the description.
    If you want to know just what I'm talking about, read these pastas, I've hand-selected them to demonstrate excellent…
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    Comfort in Numbers -- Credited to TerraRow

    The theme of this pasta is actually a rather common one: psychotic number-crunching. The excellence in this story lies in the timing and wording of the description. There is no doubt, this is the best story I have read this month. Also, this story claims the "eight spot" on my all-time list.

    Rabbits in the Creek -- Original author unknown.

    Playing with video equipment in the middle of the desert at night. Why not? Seems legitimate.

    House of Rules -- Credited to RetardoTheMagnificent

    It was a very close third place, but this pasta is great in its own right. The old house in this story controls its occupants with rash discipline. And soon, the occupant becomes helpless to accommodate the order of the buil…

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