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On Prehistoric wiki, we strive for accurate information, and to have well put-together pages. Our goal is to catalogue detailed entries on extinct organisms. Pages not about extinct taxa are not permitted.

All pages should be:

  • Organized
  • Easy to read
  • An accurate compilation of information
  • Family friendly

All pages should not be/contain:

  • Pornography or erotica of any kind
  • Illegal material
  • Swearing or slurs of any kind
  • Offensive content of any kind (run the content by an admin before further action)
  • Plagiarism/Copy and pasting information

Starting Out

Start out by doing minor edits on articles, then build up to your first article. Take a look at the following pages for insight on what a good page should look like: Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Spinosaurus. If you need help, refer to this page or ask any of our administrators, it's what they do. A navbox of our current staff is at the bottom of the page. You can find Prehistoric wiki at prehistoric-wiki.fandom.com, or prehistoric-wiki.wikia.com. Good luck on your editing journey!

General Article Making

These things should be included when making an article:

  1. Infobox (Must have if the page is about a taxon)
  2. References

When editing make articles clean, with as best grammar you can. Remember that if you need help, wiki staff will always be available. Please thoroughly read the following information before you start editing.

Please do not italicize scientific names or bold the topic of an article. We are aware it is not scientific procedure/FANDOM procedure, but makes for articles a lot easier to edit and navigate for users who are not fully aware of a topic, or may be confused!

Perspective

Perspective is important, and can dictate whether the article is well written, or not. Writing against a topic is discouraged, because you are influencing how the reader perceives this information. Instead of writing against topics, write in a neutral view. Just state the facts, that is all that is necessary. Writing for a topic isn't that much better. You are actively forcing your opinions onto a page, and that is not accepted. Just state the facts, and let readers interperate the facts and form opinions themselves. However, do not add anything discriminatory (LGBTQ+phobia, racism, sexism, ableism etc. (all 'isms)) or political.

Headings and Subheadings

Headings and subheadings are important; for cleanliness of an article, and to help users find specific information quickly. See Tyrannosaurus as an example.

Extant

If an organism has yet to become extinct (but has extinct species), attach {{extant}} into the top of the source editor. Below the description heading, you may then add information about the organism. Mark extinct species with {{extinct}}, which will generate a cross, demonstrating to the reader the species is extinct.

Fauna

Articles should be titled with their name (formal or informal). The first name is to be capitalized and the second name should be lower case font. An example of this is: Dilophosaurus wetherilli. The first sentence should contain: name, extinction status, location and era (in this order!). For example:

Tyrannosaurus is an extinct genus of tyrannosaurid dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous.

One should use the Infoboxes on all pages. There are four available templates: Animal, Plant, Fungi and Microorganism. All references used should be kept under a paragraph titled 'References' using the heading font style at the top of your edit bar. When listing species you can use the template {{extinct}} if they are extinct (it is mandatory if the genus contains extant species). If there are too many species names, list them under a 'Species' heading and link them in the infobox with [[Pagename#Species|See text]] in the 'Species' slot. How to list species names: Extinct genera

  • H. annuus (not extinct, hence the lack of the cross)
  • H. diffusus (extinct, hence cross)
  • T. rex
  • T. bataar?
  • T. spp. (accounts for multiple species; too long to list)

Extant genera (Note: the species names do not include the cross because the genus is extinct. If it has not, and extant species remain, it is mandatory to mark extinct species with {{extinct}}.)

Naming Conventions

See below on how to list genus names

  • Genus names: first letter Uppercase
  • Binomial names: all letters lowercase

The end result should look like this:

On this wiki, scientific names are not italicized and words are not bolded because it is confusing for new readers, simpler to read and less work for editors and staff.

Categories

General

All organisms should be assigned a handful of categories. Pages should only include the animal/plant group (ex. tyrannosaurids, plesiosaurs...) and a category based on the rock formation they inhabit. For example, Daspletosaurus would include the categories: Tyrannosaurids, Two Medicine Formation and Judith River Formation.

What Makes A Category Good?

Categories are a tough thing to nail, so let this guide be a good starting point. Let's start with categories that should not be assigned to pages:

  • MrSpikesss's Favourite Pages (too specific, not relevant to this wiki)
  • Animals from North America (way too broad)
  • Carnivores (once again, too broad)
  • Large Dinosaur (too specific)

Categories can be way too specific, see below:

  • Cretaceous Insects from North America (nobody will search, or find, pages here)
  • Eocene ungulates (doesn't fit into hierarchy and is too specific)
  • Extinct Dinosaurs of Texas

Now you know what bad categories are, here are some good ones:

  • Tyrannosaurids (fits into hierarchy, not too broad/specific)
  • Hell Creek Formation (easy to find, shows paleoecology of an organism)
  • Mammals (broad, but only includes categories which branch outwards)

A Guide to Templates

Templates can tell a user what they can do to help an article, or what the article is about. Here is a list of all existing tags to add to an article in source mode. To add tags in source mode, use {{tag name}} to add them.

  • {{stub}} (if article is too short)
  • {{PNA}} (if article does not meet the standards of this wiki)
  • {{Plagiarism}} (if a page is plagiarized)
  • {{Extant}} (if the page is about an extant organism)
  • {{PNR}} (If the page lacks citations)
  • {{Subgenus}} (If the page is about a subgenus)
  • {{Reformat}} (if the article misuses special font types)
  • {{Construction}} (if your article has yet to be completed)

Category Hierarchy

Categories have a very specific hierarchy, see below (simplified):

  • Organisms (input category)
    • Animals^
    • Reptiles^
      • Archosaurs^
      • Dinosaurs^
      • Theropods^
      • Tyrannosaurs^
    • Tyrannosaurids^
  • Tyrannosaurus^ (output article)

On the page Tyrannosaurus, include the category 'Tyrannosaurids', not 'Dinosaurs'. The category 'Dinosaurs' is reserved for the minor groupings of dinosaur, like dromaeosaurs and ceratopsians, not individual genera like Velociraptor or Triceratops. The page should also have categories of the rock formations scientists find them in, like the Foremost Formation or the Hell Creek Formation. Admins can help you with this. Staff list is seen here.

Where can I find a Comprehensive List of Categories

All categories can be found here: Special:Categories

Doubted Genera

If genus are similar, and/or doubted, you may make a page on them. If their is minimal evidence a genus is doubted, include the category 'Possible Synonyms' or 'Nomen Dubium'. In the article, include the presumed synonym in the 'Synonyms' Infobox slot, and you can use a ? behind the species name in the 'Species' Infobox slot if scientists are unsure of synonymy (see Sigilmassasaurus as an example). Animals like Troodon are now considered wastebasket taxon, use the category 'Wastebasket Taxon' on those pages. Junior synonyms like Ugrunaaluk or Nanotyrannus should be included in 'Nomen Dubium' and 'Junior Synonyms' rather than 'Possible Synonyms'.

Nomen nudia/dubia

Nomina dubia (dubious name) and nomina nudia (nude/naked name) are scientific terms assigned to various organisms (nomen dubium to organisms that show no differences to another; nomen nudum to creatures which have no scientific description). If they lack a scientific description, the first line should go like this:

  • Suciasaurus is a naked genus of tyrannosaurid dinosaur that lived in Washington during the Late Cretaceous.

If they are dubious, the first line should go like this:

  • Sigilmassasaurus is an dubious genus of spinosaurid dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous in Northern Africa.

What Pages Shouldn't I Make?

A question that new users often wonder is; what pages shouldn't I make? Making pages on groups of organisms (like clades, families and phylum) should be restricted. If you really want to add information about a clade, family or group, please edit the designated category page. If a page already exists on Smilodon, don't create a page named 'Saber-Toothed tiger', just add information to the preexisting article. One thing we do not want on this wiki are articles about extinct animals in the media. Please do not make pages about series, books, episodes. If you add information about, or make pages about characters, series', books or any media, it will be deleted. Don't make joke pages. It's not funny. If you make a page on 'Barney the Dinosaur', it will be deleted by admins.

Additionally, do not make non-organism pages. For example, please do not make pages on the Jurassic, Tyrannosauridae or Fossils. Any page not about an organism will be deleted, because this is not the place. Prehistoric wiki is strictly about organisms, sort of like the Paleobiology Database or FossilWorks.

What Media Shouldn't I Add?

Adding the correct media is tricky, so here's how you add the right media on Prehistoric wiki. First of all, please keep organism reconstructions accurate to our scientific understanding, as this is a scientific wiki, after all. Please do not add inaccurate depictions, like Land Before Time or Jurassic Park screencaps. Additionally, do not make sections on pages about their counterparts in the media. This is not the place.

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Disagreements

Under no circumstance, do not engage on fights or edit warring. Do not message people harmful things. If you do not handle it well, consequences can add-up to a part-time or full block. Resolve disputes with kindness.

Media

Photos and videos are key to pages, but don't just add them willy-nilly, read our guide first! Images make pages easy to understand, make sure you upload images that follow our rules. Images should be about the creature in question, and the most accurate depiction of them you can find. Under the image please use the template '{{Credit}}' and enter who you're crediting into the template.

Credit: Óscar Sanisidro.

Sound files can be added under a vocalizations heading, which is the only appropriate time to use them. Video files (example: Thylacine footage from the 1930's) should be added in a gallery under a video heading (Heading2 format). Uploading joke files, such as an episode of Barney the Dinosaur, isn't funny. It will be deleted, and you will be warned or banned if you continue.

See the image to the right about Protocinctus, and how to properly site artists and photographers.

Staff

Prehistoric wiki staff are the caretakers of this wiki, and are given special responsibilities, as well as any responsibilities normal users have. Administrators, or short admins, are separated into two categories: Chat Moderators and Bureaucrats.

Responsibilities

Users must be able to take on these set responsibilities if they accept a promotion:

  • Respect for all other users and staff
  • Be able to resolve conflict
  • Do not misuse your rights
  • Be a good model user for newcomers

How to be Promoted

Becoming part of our staff team is no easy work. To become promoted, start off with good contributions to existing pages, and eventually adding new pages. The existing staff will notice your hard work, and promote you. Do not be alarmed if you are first promoted to Content Moderator, becoming promoted should take a while. You will be noticed for your work.

Current Staff

A list of our current staff. If you have any questions, feel free to ask any of these users below.

STAFF

Prehistoric wiki staff are users with sysop rights, and very good experience. Please feel free to ask any of these users questions on their personal talk page.

Bureaucrats

Admins

Moderators

Founder

FANDOM staff

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