Tarotpedia Guidelines

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Tarotpedia's Guidelines are based, with minor modifications, on the Wikipedia:Simplified Ruleset

Tarotpedia could be around for centuries (well, Wikipedia might, let's hope that Tarotpedia is around for a good couple of years though). Anything you do here remains a visible part of Tarotpedia. That includes everything you ever did wrong.

But don't worry! While editing, keep in mind the following things, and there's very little that can go wrong. While there are lots and lots of rules and procedures for little things, if you follow just these behaviours alone you will likely be treated with kindness and respect.

As you gain experience, you might learn of additional style guides, handy ways to do things etc. But don't worry too much if you don't understand at first. Someone will clean up after you.

Finally, this is not a strict set of rules, but rather a set of voluntary guidelines which you can choose to follow. You might see people do things that are plainly not in accordance with these guidelines, but which may or may not still be well within the actual Wikipedia policies. The be graceful guideline applies in those situations. :-)

  1. Be bold in updating pages. Go ahead! Your contributions make Tarotpedia a better resource to the Tarot community.
    Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, to likewise BE BOLD!.
  2. Be civil to other users at all times. This includes no mocking of people or positions held by members of the broader Tarot community.
  3. Ignore all rules, including this one. Don't worry! If you just want to add some useful information to an article in a commonsense way, DO SO. On the other hand, if someone suggests that there is an established and sensible way to do something, please ignore this rule and listen to them.
  4. Established point of view. Try and make your entries reflect either established research and research that will be accepted by the broader tarot scholarly community. If this is not the case, then use the Discussion page to see how your ideas are more easily presented and organised. If very personal (even though YOU think they should be universally acclaimed), you may choose to instead include them in the page about you (click on your name in the top section).
  5. (But) When in doubt, take it to the talk page. We have all the time in the world. Mutual respect is the guiding behavioural principle of Tarotpedia and, although everyone knows that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. If you discuss changes on the article's talk (or discussion) page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster and happier.
  6. Respect copyright. Tarotpedia requires that all content must be free of copyright, or specific permission obtained from copyright owner.
  7. Be inclusive to readers' background knowledge. Entries are more easily understandable if there is no pre-supposition that someone already has a vast store of knowledge, or is able to write their own encyclopedic book. Keep in mind that while you contribution should be informative, it needs to "speak" to people who may have very limited knowledge of the subject matter.
  8. Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you yourself to understand what you did after a long leave of absence from an article. Please state what you changed and why. If the explanation is too long, elucidate on the discussion page.
  9. Assume good faith; in other words, try to consider the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to Wikipedia — unless, and only unless, you have firm, solid, and objective proof to the contrary. Merely disagreeing with you is no such proof.
  10. Particularly, don't revert good faith edits. Reverting is a little too powerful sometimes. Don't succumb to the temptation, unless you're reverting very obvious vandalism (like "LALALALAL*&*@#@THIS_SUXX0RZ", or someone changing "6+5*2=16" to "6+5*2=17"). If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk." and immediately take it to talk.
  11. No personal attacks. Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above).
  12. Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks as best you can, but try to be as polite, solid and straightforward as possible yourself.
  13. No original research. Well... within bounds - read rules 1, 3, 4 and 5 above...
  14. Signing. Sign on when in talk or discussion (typing ~~~~ gets replaced by your username when you submit), but don't sign main articles.
  15. Use the preview button, it prevents edit conflicts when others are simultaneously editing the same page.