How Things Work Around Here

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Assorted notes on the usage and policies of the An Tir Wiki community.

Boring stuff first, juicier stuff after.


The purpose of this wiki is to jointly collect and record An Tir's culture and history.


Appropriate topics for this Wiki include subjects having to do with (in order of priority)

  1. An Tir
  2. the SCA
  3. the Middle Ages

with the exception of items which are defined in the #Inappropriate Subjects list.

Appropriate Subjects

  • Copyright-free material
  • Works to which you own the copyright and want to put in the public domain

(Comment: this list is awfully short -- but taken with the Scope, it pretty much covers everything.)

Examples of appropriate content

  • event information (date, branch, autocrat, activities, court news)
  • personal event memories and chronicles
  • newcomer guides
  • jargon definitions (see Glossary)
  • contest results/winners and champions
  • a personal page describing your SCA life (persona, branch, first event, awards, interests)
  • original research results, research articles, research guides (bear in mind that all content on this site becomes part of the Public Domain)
  • annotated booklists
  • royalty: reigns, progresses, highlights, support staff, pictures
  • branch descriptions
  • "keepers" postings from an SCA mailing list with the permission of the author

Inappropriate Subjects

  • Copyrighted material
  • Material concerning subjects outside the #Scope of the An Tir Wiki
  • Officer contact information (privacy issues)
  • Official forms (provide links to them)
  • Official SCA or An Tir Policies (provide links to the authority source)
  • Spam, profanity, libel, personal attacks, arguments, ...

Examples of Inappropriate Content

  • Kingdom Law, Corpora, Officer Handbooks (link to them)
  • Event forms and Waivers (link to them)
  • Announcements of short duration (e.g. event announcements, lost and found)
  • stuff that doesn't have anything to do with An Tir, the SCA, or the Middle Ages
  • Merchant advertising
  • material copied from other websites (link to them)
  • anything you don't want changed (post it elsewhere and link here)

Photo Uploads

An Tir Culture wiki users are welcomed to upload images (photographs or artwork) which they have permission to use. If uploading a portrait of a person or few people, get their permission as well. It is assumed that copyright remains in the hands of the original content creators, unless you are the creator and assign a different license. Once uploaded, it is also assumed that the act of uploading an image grants the right for said image to be published indefinitely, unless the copyright owner requests otherwise.

For information on using photographs, articles, or artwork from this website, please contact the image creators. Please respect the legal rights of our contributors.

If you are one of the main subjects in a photo that you do not wish to be published, please contact the Kingdom Wiki Web Team so we can have the photo removed or have your image disguised.

All external links are not part of the An Tir Culture wiki web site. Inclusion of a page or site here is neither implicit nor explicit endorsement of the site. Further, we is not responsible for content outside of the An Tir Culture wiki.

Also see Blanket Media Grants for lists of sources that have given permission for their media to be used on the An Tir Culture wiki.

Important Bits

  • Everything posted here becomes subject to it's selected licnese. Do not contribute copyrighted materials without permission.
  • Create an account for yourself if you wish to contribute.
    • Use your SCA name
    • Add your signature to discussions or memories with --~~~~ (dash-dash-tilde x 4)
  • We're particularly interested in keeping a "Book of Events" -- descriptions of events and what happened at them. Your memories are important.
    • Use the Template:EventTemplate to get you started
    • Add your own personal memories
    • It's considered extrememly BAD manners to edit someone else's memories.
  • Another handy template is the Template:Populace which you can use to add picture, device and important 'at-a-glance' information about yourself or others. It is considered polite to ask before posting someone's picture on the Internet, unless it is posted elsewhere (such as the An Tir Kingdom home page).
  • A list of all the templates can be found here, under Templates.
  • Feel free to create links to pages that don't exist yet. Someone (maybe you in a few days) will come by, see the need, and start it.
  • Keep it positive. Don't get bent out of shape if someone edits "your" page. It's not your page. With a few very minor exceptions, all pages belong to all An Tirians.
  • Keep it positive. Apart from Event Memories, pages should be written neutrally and without personality.
  • Keep it positive. Keep personal bias out of articles you edit. If you're writing or editing an article on a controversial subject, include opinions from all sides of the debate. If you don't feel capable of writing from the opposing view, include an invitation for someone else to contribution that part.
  • Keep it positive. If an issue hasn't been dealt with fully in your opinion, don't assume your needs are being ignored. Assume instead that we've been waiting for your input.
  • Looking for a place to start? Look up the page for an event you attended recently and add a few memories. Look up your branch and add, correct or polish the infomation. Or visit How Can I Help for lists of pages that need attention.
  • Other content ideas: Driver's Guide to An Tir (services by highway exit), Shopper's Guide to An Tir, "Keeper" postings from An Tirian e-mail lists...

On What You Need to Know Before Adding an Entry

The number one top priority (in Michelino's mind, in any case) is to have memories and entries added.

This means:

  • Don't worry excessively about formatting if you aren't comfortable at it, it can be cleaned up later.
  • Don't worry about hyperlinking items if that might stop you from making an entry, they can be added later.
  • Don't worry about using a template - well, this one is harder to add later, but don't let it stop you.

However, there are still things to keep in mind:

  • Please DO search to make sure you aren't making a duplicate entry. Adding to an existing entry is great, but creating a duplicate can cause big headaches later on.
  • Please DO feel free to ask for help with formatting or other wiki questions.
  • Please DO add events, and memories to existing events.
  • Please DO feel free to "copy" the formatting of an existing page.