Screamer Wiki:Did you know?
Screamer Wiki:Did you know? (DYK) is the project page for the "Did you know" section on the Main Page. The DYK section showcases new or expanded articles that are selected through an informal review process. It is not a general trivia section. The choice of articles is subject to a set of criteria that are set out on this page.
DYK is not
- A collection of general trivia. It should be featured articles or screamer trivia that are specifically new and improved ones which meet the criteria set out below.
- A means of advertising, or of promoting commercial or political causes. While it is fine to cover topics of commercial or political interest, DYK must not provide inappropriate advantage for such causes (e.g. during election campaigns or product launches).
- The title of the new article (or the text that pipes to it) must be in bold and linked to the new article.
- The hook should start with an asterisk (*) to create a bullet, then a space, three periods (not the ellipsis character …) and a space; and end with a question mark. Example:
* ... that '''[[Jeremy Winterrowd]]''' made The Maze?
The hook should be concise: fewer than about 200 characters (including spaces and the question mark, but not including the ... or any (pictured). While 200 is an outside limit, hooks slightly under 200 characters may still be rejected at the discretion of the selecting reviewers and administrators. If a passage from a reliable non-English source is quoted in the article as translated by a Wikipedia editor (because no published translation is available) a phrase from that translation can be quoted in the hook, subject to the discretion of the selecting reviewers and administrators. Ideally the nominator will vouch for the translation from their personal knowledge. A hook is subject without notice to copy-editing as it moves to the main page. The nature of the DYK process makes it impractical to consult users over every such edit. Watch the suggestions page to ensure that no issues have been raised about your hook; if you do not respond to them, your hook may not be featured at all. About eight hooks are usually selected at once, depending on page balance, so the items selected fit with whatever else is on the main page at that time.
The hook should refer to established facts that are unlikely to change, and should be relevant for more than just novelty or newness. The hook should be neutral. Articles and hooks featuring election candidates up to 30 days before an election in which they are standing should be avoided, unless the hook is a "multi" that includes bolded links to new articles on all the main candidates. If the subject is a work of fiction or a fictional character, the hook must involve the real world in some way. When you write the hook, please make it "hooky", that is, short, punchy, catchy, and likely to draw the readers in to wanting to read the article — as long as they don't misstate the article content.