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If so, we're delighted to hear from you! Here's how to get involved:

First, please read the CoB Wiki Terms of Service and the CoB Terms of Service. They are important — if you think you'd have a problem with following either TOS, then please take your energy elsewhere.

Why the wiki is locked down

The wiki has had immense numbers of fake accounts and advertising pages (Otherwise known as SEO spam and porn links/pages) added to it — to the point where it was soaking up multiple hours per week of wiki-editing time to remove the pages and the accounts. Like a number of other focused wikis, we locked down editing accounts to remove the spam nuisances.

Get an account set up

Second, If you'd still like to contribute, please contact the sysop (Elaine) on facebook or through the forums (Elaine and ask her to create an editing account for you. You may also find her in Diviad chat.

Housekeeping tasks

Once the account is set up for you, there are a couple of housekeeping tasks. We'll set up the basic user page for you... but please add your contact info — a link to your Facebook profile is really helpful. So is telling us what platform you play on, and your user id on that platform.

Set your preferences (top right on the page) once you're logged in to the wiki.

Also, please let the Sysop know that you're ready to get more involved.

Working on the wiki


You have a responsibility to the entire Chronicles of Blood community when you begin to work on the wiki. Personal feelings, assumptions, and interpretations don't belong here ... we're trying to create the best, most accessible and useful resource for CoB players that we can. That means sticking to the facts!

If you post personal opinion or commentary, expect to have it deleted and to receive a message asking you to take the commentary or opinion elsewhere.

Wiki syntax


If you're not familiar with wiki syntax, use the "Edit" tab on any page to first take a look at some wiki code.

You can find additional syntax help at Editing help through the "links for editors" group on the sidebar.

Editing


Small edits

If you want to fix a typo, make a correction, or quickly add new information to a page, feel free to do so by going to the appropriate page, clicking on the edit box, and going to work. Note: Please make the sysops' lives easier by taking a few seconds to tell us what you've done in the Edit summary box at the end of the page or section.

If a value in the game has changed, please do not say in your comment that you have corrected the entry. Make sure that you note the change in the History section of the page (including what the previous values were), and that you note your change as an update.

Double-check your work

Please always use preview to check what you've done before you save your work and leave the page. This is particularly important when you're working in a table, but make doing so a habit! Lots of things that don't look like errors in an editing view jump out at you as soon as you look at the formatted page.

Communicating with others

You can always leave a message for another editor or sysop by going to their "Talk:Username" page. Use the "+" button at the top of the page to add a new section, with a title, so that your comments will be easy to find and won't run into someone else's. Also make sure they know who the comment is from by signing your comment when you are done -- the next to last button above the edit window (the one with what could be some cursive script in it) will insert your signature automatically.

You can also use the "Discussion" tab on any page to start a discussion there.

What we're doing

If you want to be a casual editor, just jumping in occasionally to fix a mistake you spot or to add new info we don't yet have, feel free to do so -- we need all the help we can get! Initially, that is the only kind of edit you can make, until we have seen and reviewed at least 20 edits you have made over at least 7 days.

Ask questions

If you don't know how to do something, please ask us! Clean-up is much harder, often, than teaching you how to do something right the first time!

Conflicts

Repeated editing wars (constantly reversing one another's changes) can get you banned from participating in the wiki at all.

In cases of conflict, the Sysop's decision is final.

Got suggestions or ideas for improvements?

Great! Let's talk about it!

Editing framework


The goal in editing CoBWiki is to bring professionalism and experience to the wiki and make it a better place for everyone, but especially for the newer users who come here to learn about this game. If we've edited your work or proposed it for deletion, it's not because we're having a bad day or because we're anal-retentive douchebags with no sense of humor. It's because we saw an opportunity to make CoBWiki better. We absolutely guarantee it's nothing personal and we hope you won't take it as such. We know that's asking a lot and it can be painful to see your work edited by a faceless stranger, but such is the nature of wikis.

Please also note that the purpose of CoBWiki is not to be a public billboard for your Facebook group, a forum for showcasing your new ideas, or a playground to have some fun and create joke pages. There are countless places online for you to share your ideas and to have fun without restrictions; this, however, is not one of them.

Thanks


We don't say it enough. So thanks for reading through here, and thanks for being interested in helping!

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