How to write a wiki page

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How to write a wiki page

Postby Questers » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:11 pm

Why write a wiki page?
A wiki page allows you to be consistent and codified. It means that what you write down about your country is visible to others. Others can read your page, and understand about your country. They can ask you details based on the generalities in your page. This builds a central canon for your country.

So what?
Having a canon is important, but words like canon, zeitgeist, gestalt are all words distant from a meaning. What we want is for each country to have a clear, central idea, that can be grasped by others accurately, within the range of ordinary human error. A wiki-page is a great way to start.

A picture tells a thousand words
Pictures in wiki articles are important for a few reasons. The first is that they break up text-walls and make them easier to read, and provide automatic paragraphing. The second is that a picture, at a glance, can tell you what a country looks like, a task which if done in words requires a book. Examine these two pictures:

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The left picture tells us that Questers is mountainous, but not only that; it tells us that it uses lots of old machinery, that its people continue to labour to run infrastructure through mountains; the distance from foreground to background is long which implies the country is vast. Now look at the right-most picture. Questers is bright – it must be sunny, all the time. It is tropical. It has old buildings, like Praetonia, but they are not the type of buildings which turn sad and grey in the rain like in Europe. Now the third picture. Questers is old, vast, and too old and vast to understand in a lifetime.

The pictures are important. They are almost as important as what you write. I don’t do this, but if you want to, you can even include gallery templates to show 5-6 pictures in, say, the geography or regions subsection.

Ok, so what should I write?
Your wiki should look like a real wiki, because then you are reading objective information, not a subjective story. So here are some rules:

1 Do not write in the present tense for events that happened in the past. Follow English tense and aspect rules closely. Ie; (“In 1666, Praetonian settlers arrived”, rather than “In 1666, Praetonian settlers arrive.) Use a a variety of tenses and time-markers, i.e “This country has been inhabited since the nearly Neolithic era, but human history has only been recorded recently.

2 For a specific piece of information write the most general thing you can write first, then consider if the detail you want to add expands the understanding of your country to the reader. If not, it should go in a second page, because the job of your first page is to pass on a finished, general image of your country.

3 Use Wpl links. {{wp|WIKIPEDIA PAGE NAME|WHAT YOU WANT TO APPEAR HERE}} is a useful format. It creates a blue link from what you type to the relevant Wikipedia page. Blue links make a page look finished, break up black text with blue text, and allow you to place implicit emphasis by changing only the colour of the text. Just don’t use wpl links for everything. They’re a context tool.

4 Don’t use “X largest” for a placeholder that you’re realistically not going back to edit. Either do the research, or use a generic adjective such as “above average” or “one of the largest”. Using bullet points and placeholders makes a page look unfinished and presents a canon black-hole. If you struggle to find names, you can just google “language first names” and “language surnames” and build one quick. Then, edit it later.

5 Edit, edit, edit. Good grammar. Accurate and precise vocab. Polish your page. Make it your own. Adjust names as required.

Where do I start?
In the opening part after your infobox, you need two paragraphs, one introducing the country’s formal and informal names, its location, and its type of government. Then a second paragraph providing basic and useful information about your country

After that, the following higher level categories (==name==)
Etymology
History; Ancient, Premodern, Modern (Subcategories in ===subcategory===, no further subcategories)
Geography
Politics
Foreign affairs and military
Economy
Health
Education
Demographics
Culture; up to you

One paragraph and one picture for each category. And you will be done. That’s twelve paragraphs to finish a wiki page. It isn’t a hard. Two paragraphs a day and you’ll be done in a week.
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Re: How to write a wiki page

Postby flm » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:26 pm

hmm good post thanks

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Re: How to write a wiki page

Postby Questers » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:33 pm

How do I write a page with technical information I'm not familiar with?

Let's write something together. Let's write the economy page of Vekhistan.

The first thing I'm going to need to do is find an accurate, real life comparison metrics So I go to the country sheet and look up Vekhistan's per capita GDP, because this shows its approximate economic development. Answer: $9,701 PPP.

Let's begin.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018.

Now, we need to talk about Vekhistan's per capita GDP too, because the country's overall GDP is a reflection of its population too. Per capita data shows us what a country is like person for person relative to others, so it's a super important metric. Vekhistan is also the 9th-smallest per capita in the world. We need some metrics for this. Vekhistan's definitely a developing country, so let's call it that.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}.

One more metric. Let's add HDI. HDI is a commonly used adjusted figure which shows us a country's development measured by life expectancy, gross income, and education levels. We could calculate it ourselves, but we won't. We'll find a country similar in development to Vekhistan and copy theirs. Ukraine's HDI is 0.743. That's actually kinda high! Let's look at the list of countries by HDI. Vekhistan's pretty poor. It's more like Egypt.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}.

Great! We're doing good. We basically skimmed wikipedia to see what kind of information they give about countries, and we used existing IRL countries to gauge our levels. Why is that useful for us? Because we want to give a quick image of a country. Let's move on. Let's give some basic information by citing one problem, or one interesting fact, about the country. Let's go with problem, because Vekhistan is poor and keeps getting beaten on by Dumanum.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s.

I made up an event. Vekhistan restablises in the 90s. It could be wrong, but I could og back and edit it later, because the exact date is not that important. The important thing is the idea that growth halts because the country gets fucked up for a few reasons, but it's coming back on track now. Let's include some more details. Let's talk about Vekhistan's major industries. That's up to you, but remember to be general.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and light manufacturing, with agricultural products, light engineering, and minerals forming the basis of the country's exports.

Okay, so what kind of economy does Vekhistan have. Is it free market? Is it a command economy? Mixed? Not sure? Wiki it. Wiki: economic systems. And skip to the main types section. State capitalism! That looks accurate.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and light manufacturing, with agricultural products, light engineering, and minerals forming the basis of the country's exports. Vekhistan's {{wp|state capitalist}} economy is dominated by major nationalised corporations.

How much of GDP comes from major nationalised corporations? Put a ballpark number. Someone on Discord will help you if you are not sure. And paraphrase - national income is a sufficient paraphrase of GDP.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and light manufacturing, with agricultural products, light engineering, and mineral forming the basis of the country's exports. Vekhistan's {{wp|state capitalist}} economy is dominated by major nationalised corporations, which make up more than 25% of total national income. Taxes are

Taxes! Reeee. Let's look up tax burden numbers. Rather than give specific tax data, we want to look at the amount of the economy that is sucked up by taxes. Google: List of countries by tax burden. Select: List of countries by tax revenue to GDP ratio. We want to find a poor country with a high tax burden. You'll see that most poor countries have low tax burden, because their central government agencies aren't developed enough to seriously level taxes on the people. So let's find a poor, large country, with a weak-ish central government. Kazakhstan. Perfect.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and light manufacturing, with agricultural products, light engineering, and mineral forming the basis of the country's exports. Vekhistan's {{wp|state capitalist}} economy is dominated by major nationalised corporations, which make up more than 25% of total national income. The tax burden is approximately 25% of GDP.

One more thing. Trade partners. Be general.

The economy of Vekhistan is the 9th-smallest in the world by {{wp|PPP}} {{wp|GDP}} at around $650 billion in 2018. With a per capita GDP of $9,700 and an {{wp|HDI}} of 0.696, Vekhistan is considered a {{wp|developing country}}. A century of unstable government, coupled with high inflation, caused foreign investors to flee Vekhistan, halting its industrialisation until the 1990s. The economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and light manufacturing, with agricultural products, light engineering, and mineral forming the basis of the country's exports. Vekhistan's {{wp|state capitalist}} economy is dominated by major nationalised corporations, which make up more than 25% of total national income. The tax burden is approximately 25% of GDP. Vekhistan's major trade partners are its Crataean neighbours.

Done! Now we need a picture. We want to find some poor, dirty people, doing some manual labour. Let's look at Kazakhstan. I wiki: Economy of Kazakhstan. Go to the bottom: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Economy of Kazakhstan. And I find an image. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cate ... khstan.jpg
[[File:Fish_factory,_Aralsk,_Kazakhstan.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Agricultural products, including fish, are a major export earner for Vekhistan.]]

Done. We did not need to understand much about economics. Just basic metrics. We could add things like this: Vekhistan is a member of the West Crataean Economic Council and the Leonine Fishing Coordination Treaty. But we don't know if those exist, so we didn't put them (but you could talk to others on the Discord about it and add it later.) We could add about what energy Vekhistan uses, and what currency. But we have enough here. We have a picture of how poor Vekhistan is and why, an idea of its major industries (dirty, not that high income) and the structure of its economy. Well done. Want to see what we made?

http://wiki.statesmanship.co.uk/index.p ... an#Economy
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