Manual of Style

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This is the Screamer Wiki Manual of Style. All pages are expected to meet this layout to keep the site intact and exquisite. This guide consists of how to write and edit articles on Screamer Wiki in order to keep them uniform-looking. Articles which are not written in this layout will have the {{Cleanup}} Template added.

Not following these guidelines will NOT get your account banned.

General page layout

The page should start with a few sentences about the screamer along with an infobox. Then, if necessary, you may break the article up into different sections. At the end of the page, there should be a "Links" section with a screamer note and an un-clickable link with the https:// removed.

Example

<!-- ... --> is a comment. They are optional and are used to clarify parts of the source code. Having them is not required when writing an article. This is an example of how a page should look like in the source editor:

<!-- Templates explaining the page -->
{{Deleted}}

{{Infobox
...
...
}}


Opening paragraph about the screamer

More general detail about the screamer

==More Info if needed==
Things such as "history," "in popular culture," "see also," etc. 

==Gallery==
<gallery>
Image1.jpg|About the image
Image2.jpg|About the image
</gallery>

==References==
<references />

You only need to add this section if <ref> was used in the article.

==Links==
<u>NOTE</u>: The following game contains a [[screamer]]!
* winterrowd.com/maze

{{Comments}} 

[[Category:Games]]
[[Category:2004]] 
[[Category:Jeremy Winterrowd]]

Grammar

Make sure to follow the Associated Press stylebook when it comes to grammar. You are not expected to know everything about it.

Quotation Marks and Quotes

Punctuation always goes inside the quotation marks except when using a colon or semicolon.

  • "Then, a voice reads "Ever been so wide awake? K-fee. Canned caffeine with coffee."
    • "...finally hear the sound signaling the arrival of Christmas day"; the sentence then gets interrupted by the same loud scream used in the other K-fee commercials.

I, You, We

Unless quoting someone, do not use these words.

  • Replace "Once we reach the third level of The Maze, the walls get thin and you reach the screamer at the end..."
    • with "Once the player reaches the third level of The Maze, the walls get thin and the player reaches the screamer at the end..."

The exception to this one is jokes.

Contractions

The AP Stylebook discourages the use of contractions, as contractions are not seen as formal. The use of contractions on more formally written parts of the wiki are discouraged, but not prohibited.

  • Notch states that he was going to remove them at midnight on April 2nd, but didn't due to illness.
    • Notch states that he was going to remove them at midnight on April 2nd, but did not due to illness.

Citing Sources

Generally, all information that cannot be gathered from the screamer itself should be cited.

There are no banned websites for citing sources. Just make sure the sources are accurate.

Links

Screamer links should ALWAYS be non-clickable. This does not apply to other links in the article, nor censored screamers.
Make sure the link is indented with a bullet point. The description (if needed) should be bold, and placed before the link itself (which should NOT be bold). DO NOT link to content that is illegal, see here.

    • youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
  • youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ - Weird 2009 version
    • Weird 2009 Version: youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

If the link is deleted, make the text strikethrough and note that the link is deleted.

  • Deleted: Agor.io

Humor

Adding humor to pages is encouraged, as long as it's sensical, decently funny, and not too offensive.

If you wish to write a satire/parody article, create it under your username (i.e., User:YourUserName/Page Name).

Categories

A screamer should never also be listed as a shock site, and vice versa.

  • Fruit Launcher should just be labeled as a shock site, not a .gif or website.

The release year and origin country should also be listed in the categories, unless the information is unknown. If the article is about a website which used to be normal but later turned into a screamer or shock site, then categorize it as the year it was changed.

Search Engine Optimization

To add keywords to the source of a page, use the following code:

{{#seo:
|keywords=Keyword 1, Keyword 2, Keyword3
}}

Make sure to use reasonable, high ranking keywords for the topic. To find good keyword suggestions, use [keywordtool.io] and add them to the template.

Passive and Active Voices

In most cases, you should use the active voice instead of the passive voice. Passive language should only be used when the topic being written about does not exist anymore.

  • Active Voice: "when the player clicks the red button, a close-up picture of Pazuzu appears"
    • Passive Voice "when the button is clicked by a player, a close-up picture of Pazuzu is shown"

Profanity

Profane language is allowed on the site uncensored. Profanity, however, should only be used in an informative manner and should never be censored.

Take note that obsessive profanity may be muted.

Racial slurs shall only be used when absolutely necessary to explain an article. A good example of this situation is the Last Measure page. Racial slurs should never be used on user pages, comments, or the forum.

Profanity and racial slurs, however, must be always censored if they appear on the front page. Not doing this will cause a severe downranking by Google and possibly other search engines, which just sucks for everyone.

Attributing the Creator

The creator of the screamer should always, if known, be the creator's real name (if one person). If multiple people, the username or name of the group/company is okay.

  • Mentos + Yakult is a screamer created by Linboyz
    • Mentos + Yakult is a screamer created by Lincoln Lin Junhong (Linboyz)

Hosting Download Links to Files

We host downloadable files and screamers at the in-house files.screamer.wiki. If you need to upload and add a link to a download or file, then Mediafire, Mega, Catbox, Internet Archive, or any other free public hosting service is acceptable.

The use of Google Drive is discouraged due to datamining concerns.

External free web hosting platforms (ex. 000webhost (screamerwikihost.net16.net)) should be avoided as well as many free hosting providers can easily terminate a website. Make sure to always archive links to any files to prevent link rot. The archived link doesn't have to be added to the article unless the original has been deleted.

Archiving screamers

Please use web.archive.org to archive any videos or websites containing video files/animations. To archive an individual image or GIF, you may use Archive.ph or Wayback Machine.

Showcase Videos

When making a showcase video, make sure to blur or pixelate the screamer/shocking content itself and mute any screams and loud noises. This will avoid scaring or shocking the viewer, especially if they have a heart condition. The recording should be at the highest resolution possible.

Table of Contents

The Table of Contents is a list of contents that can mostly be found on larger pages like K-fee commercials, Usagi Puzzle, Lomando.com, and Luna Game. On said pages, the TOC should not be hidden. Smaller pages with only one or two sections should either have {{TOCDefault}} or __NOTOC__ added at the bottom.

Biases

Follow WP:NPOV. All articles should have a neutral point of view. This also applies to hyperlinks in most cases. Examples of what not to do are linking to Rotten Websites Wiki because you don't like a website or linking to Conservapedia or Rationalwiki for George W Bush.

This, of course, does not apply to comments or user/talk pages.

Unsupported attributions

Words to watch: some people say, many scholars state, it is believed/regarded/considered, many are of the opinion, most feel, experts declare, it is often reported, it is widely thought, research has shown, science says, scientists claim, it is often said, officially, is widely regarded as, X has been described as Y ...

Weasel words are words done to assert an attribution to nobody. You must attribute who those "some people" are. If you see an article that does not attribute, add {{Who}} to that line, or fix the line yourself if you know the correct attributions.

The examples above are not automatically weasel words. They may also be used in the lead section of an article or in a wikipedia:topic sentence of a paragraph, and the article body or the rest of the paragraph can supply attribution. Likewise, views that are properly attributed to a reliable source may use similar expressions, if those expressions accurately represent the opinions of the source. Reliable sources may analyze and interpret, but for editors to do so would violate the Neutral point of view policy.

  • Some people think Rata Bailando is the scariest screamer out there.
    • [delete entirely]
  • ...but people have complained about it scaring them.
    • ...but a few users[1] complained to AnimatorXP about the game scaring them.

Infobox

  • Infoboxes make it easy to view surface information about a screamer or shock site.

Maker

Self-explanatory. Who made the screamer?

  • Jeremy Winterrowd
  • Steve Zuranski (SZWorld)
  • Unknown

Type

What type of screamer is this? Fill in the type of media that contains the screamer.

  • Bait-and-switch video
  • Website
  • Shock video
  • Commercial
  • Flash game
  • HTML5 game or Browser game
  • Video
  • Comics

Release date

When was the screamer or shock site released? Use MM/DD/YY as your format. You can omit the month, day, and/or year if the exact date is not known.

  • March 15, 2020
  • March 2020
  • 2020

Images

  • Add an image of the contents before/after the screamer. Do not include the actual screamer itself - the image will be deleted and removed.

Source

{{Infobox
|title = The Maze
|image = The_Maze.jpg
|imagecaption = The third level in The Maze.
|maker = Jeremy Winterrowd
|type = Flash game
|date = October 2004
}}