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If a specific guide does not exist for the article you wish to create, please just refer to the others to get a general feel for things.

Generally speaking, new content guides/guidelines will be created as the need for them is discovered. If you find you are the first to write an article of a particular type, and have identified a set of specific guidelines for future articles - feel free to add it here.

As the name suggests, these are simply guidelines. They should be followed whenever practical, unlike the rules, which must always be followed.

Common Guidelines

Use Headings

Don't just paste massive blocks of text into the wiki. Try to break things up into a logical progression of information.

Categorize Pages

Wherever possible, content pages should be categorized. You can view a complete list of existing categories here.

As an example, at the end of each character page, the following should appear:

[[Category:Character]]

Possibly followed by:

[[Category:Canon]]

If no category exists, one may be created simply by listing the category as above (even though it does not yet exist), submitting your article, then clicking on the red link at the bottom of the submitted page and entering a brief description of the category. Please make every effort to verify that the category 1) doesn't already exist by another name, and 2) is actually needed.

Link To Articles

When discussing Monty, make sure you use wiki links, rather than just typing Monty. As you would have read in the MediaWiki User's Guide, you simply type [[Monty]] instead of Monty, and it will link the page automatically.

Create Redirections Wherever Possible

If a topic is known by two or more different names, create the main article (under its "proper" name), then create one or more redirection pages. To do make a redirection page, you simply create a new page and put the following code in:

#REDIRECT [[name of the page you want to redirect to]]

For example, Monty is a redirection page, which redirects to Monterey Jack. If you edit the page, you'll see:

#REDIRECT [[Monterey Jack]]

Redirections for things like acronyms (such as CDRR or OMAM) can help people search for things they have perhaps read or heard about, without knowing the full name.

OR Use Named Links

You can also "name" your links, like this: [[Monterey Jack|click here]]

Which will do this: click here, which is a named link to the Monterey Jack article.

Use The Discussion Pages

Want to suggest a change or talk about content? Use the discussion page on any article (see it at the top of the screen?) to do this.

Don't use the discussion pages to flame, or as a chat room. This is simply a less severe form of wiki vandalism, and will be treated as such, as per the rules.

If Uncertain: Leave Comments With Your Contributions

If you're unsure of something, or if a section really needs to be looked at, but you either don't have time or the info at hand... Leave a comment. Just use italics (and preferably brackets too) to separate your comment from the rest of the text.

Something like (Insert name of device here), or (More information needed...) is perfectly acceptable practice.

If you don't feel it's really that important, or you feel uncomfortable doing this... Use the discussion pages. =)

Images Should Be Resized Before Uploading

Unless it's absolutely necessary to have a larger image, images should be resized appropriately in advance (before being uploaded).

Specific Guides

Recurring Character Overview Guidelines

A recurring character appears in more than three episodes.

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If the character is a member of a team or gang, this is where to state that fact. Otherwise, just a simple statement highlighting who the character is would be sufficient.

Suggested Headings

  • Canonical Information
    This should be purely made up of information from canonical (Disney) sources.
    • Appearance
      Should describe the character's gender, clothing, and physical characteristics.
    • Personality
      Describes the canonical personality of the character.
      • Quotes
        Quotes which may assist in highlighting aspects of their personality.
    • Role
      What role did the character play in the series? What was their relationship to the Rescue Rangers? And so on.
    • Episodes
      Which episodes the character appeared in. This should take the form of a wiki list where appropriate.
    • Other Appearances
      If the character appeared in a comic, for example, that might be listed here.
  • Accepted Fan Fiction Conventions
    This should only appear where widely (near-universally) accepted conventions exist, such as the surnames of Chip and Dale.

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Incidental Character Overview Guidelines

An incidental character appears in up to three episodes.

Header

If the character is a member of a team or gang, this is where to state that fact. Otherwise, just a simple statement highlighting who the character is would be sufficient.

Suggested Headings

  • Canonical Information
    This should be purely made up of information from canonical (Disney) sources.
    • Appearance
      Should describe the character's gender, clothing, and physical characteristics.
    • Personality
      Describes the canonical personality of the character.
      • Quotes
        Quotes which may assist in highlighting aspects of their personality.
    • Episodes and Roles
      Under sub-headings for each episode the character featured in, a summary of the role the character played. What was their relationship to the Rescue Rangers? And so on.
    • Other Appearances
      If the character appeared in a comic, for example, that might be listed here.
  • Accepted Fan Fiction Conventions
    This should only appear where widely (near-universally) accepted conventions exist, such as the surnames of Chip and Dale. No such conventions are known, but may foreseeably exist in the future.

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TV Episode Overview Guidelines

Useful sources for episode editing are:

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Instead of the old, native header, an infobox is now used: the Episode Infobox. It aligns itself and only requires some input on variables to work properly.

Suggested Headings

  • Synopsis
    Brief and concise. See below for details.
  • Characters
    A list of characters appearing in this episode.
  • Devices
    A list of mechanical devices/inventions of interest that were used in this episode.
  • Songs
    The lyrics of any song sung in that episode. Optional heading as this occurs in only a few episodes.
  • Quotes
    Any "classic" quotes from the episode. Only a handful should be entered for each episode.
  • Trivia
    Any tidbits of information about the episode in particular.
  • External Links
    Link to a fan-made episode guide if there is any, see Julie's Super Gigantic Rescue Rangers Episode List. Optional heading.

The Synopsis

Transcripts of the episodes aren't necessary, or even desirable. A synopsis should be short and concise, and simply cover the primary plot points.

Unlike Fan Fiction, there is no need to worry about spoilers as the plot is considered to be known.

What about lesser-known "official" stories like the comic book? For instance, I'd like to mention that someone is under Fat Cat's employ in the comic but doing so spoils stuff. Should we worry about this for comic books, etc.?

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Rangerphile Guide

Naming

There are two ways of naming a Rangerphile article: by real name and by handle.

To make recognizing a Rangerphile easier, the corresponding article is recommended to be given the person's most commonly used name. This doesn't necessarily have to be an online handle; if the real name is the most common name, it's the first choice for the article title. Other known handles should be given redirect pages.

Handling a Rangerphile's real name: If a Rangerphile is best known by a handle, the real name is considered known if it is mentioned at forums such as the Acorn Cafe or the Chip 'n' Dale Online forum (in this case only if mentioned by the person or with permission of the person), the Rescue Ranger Database, the Rangerphile Directory, similar CDRR fan portals, or personal websites. In this case, the real name may be mentioned in the person's article and/or redirect to the article.

Articles about avatars, often referred to as fursonas, are to be written separately. In case the Rangerphile has got an avatar going by the same name, (Rangerphile avatar) is to be added to the avatar article title to avoid confusion.

Ranger Wiki contributors who write their own article are strongly recommended not to put everything into their User article and create a redirect from the name according to the aforementioned conventions.

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A Rangerphile article starts immediately with the content and usually does not have a header.

Suggested Headings

  • About
    A few words about the person. Only information obtainable under the names which the Rangerphile uses or has used in the fandom is allowed.
    • Ranger Code
      Optional subheading if this person's Ranger Code is known.
    • Personal trivia
      Knowledge interesting for the fandom. Again, privacy has to be kept here.
  • Fan Fiction
    Optional heading if the Rangerphile is/was a fan fiction author. Contains a link list to the separate story articles. See the fan fiction guide. May be split into subcategories (see Matt Plotecher's fan fiction).
  • The author's fan fiction universe
    Optional heading which is renamed after the author's fanfic universe, given there is one to write about. Contains extra information about characters, especially canonical characters, contraptions, and general information.
  • Fan Comics
    Optional heading in the rare case of the Rangerphile having created at least one comic/graphic novel. May also be put ahead of the universe heading.
  • MSTings
    Optional heading. MSTings are being treated separately from fan fiction.
  • Song Parodies
    Optional heading, under which song parodies are listed in chronological release order.
  • Fan Art
    Optional heading for fan artists only. May contain subcategories if appropriate.
  • Awards
    This part is for listing up Plato Awards, Golden Acorn Awards and the like. Awards given for fan fiction achievements are excluded from this list if the article about the respective fan fiction is integrated in the Rangerphile article (which will not be followed anymore in the future).
  • External Links
    Link(s) to the Rangerphile's website(s).

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Fan Fiction Guide

Fan fiction articles are not too different from episode articles. However, due to their special nature there are a few changes. For example, the character list is split up in subcategories, and spoilers in the synopsis have to be written in white text in order to be invisible at first.

Header

The following header should be included. Where information is unknown, simply write (Unknown).

Author: or Authors: (teams of authors such as Indy & Chris Silva are mentioned as one)

Written: (time when the story was written; optional)

First Released:

Title Reference:

Continuity:

Length: (word count and number of chapters; the word count may be split into text only and the complete work including titles)

Rating: (see the Wiki article)

This can be followed by general information about the fanfic.

Avoid (Visible) Spoilers

In contrast to canonical episodes, fan fiction cannot be considered general knowledge. So if a spoiler must be given, try to use white text, like so: <font color="white">Spoiler</font>

Which gives: Spoiler <--(Highlight this line to reveal)

Suggested Headings

  • Synopsis
    Fan fiction stories are usually not necessarily known by the readers of their Wiki articles. Thus, it should be as devoid of spoilers as possible. If spoilers are not avoidable, they should be blanked (see above).
  • Characters
    A list of characters appearing in this story.
    • Canonical
      Characters seen in the TV show Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers or in official comic books regarded canon.
    • Canonical (CDRR)
      Alternative heading for Canonical to be used with crossovers
    • Canonical (Other universe)
      Characters from universes which are crossing over with Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. To be used with crossovers only and once per universe.
    • Original
      Characters created by the author. Can be divided into different universes, too, if necessary.
    • Original, borrowed from author
      Characters created by another author.
  • Devices
    A list of mechanical devices/inventions of interest that were used in this story. Optional heading.
    • Canonical
    • Original
      Things said in the characters section apply here, too.
  • Trivia
    Any tidbits of information about the story in particular. Avoid spoilers as much as possible. Optional heading.
  • Awards
    This part is for listing up Plato Awards, Golden Acorn Awards and the like.
  • External Links
    Link(s) to the story itself. The Rescue Ranger Database is recommended as a link target.

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