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    This article is to be used as a singular resource guide for creating and editing pages on this wiki. All pages and articles should follow our general rules per our Bans and Warnings page. The easiest way to create a new article is to copy an existing popular article such as Gay or Lesbian. But read below for more details.

    Creating a Page

    First step - research. Google is your best friend here.

    1. Is your term already coined elsewhere?
    2. Is the term name appropriate?
    3. If the term is not your own, does the coiner consent to sharing/posting of their terms?

    Below is a list of articles that are generally prohibited. Most of these are due to the sheer number and quantity of identities, and the spam impact they would have on the wiki. It does not mean that the identity does not exist, it just simply would not be fit for a wiki-space.

    1. System/regressor/alterhuman/etc terms, unless they are queer related. Kinks and fetishes are not inherently part of the LGBT umbrella.
    2. Potentially harmful terminology unless it is correctly categorized and labelled as such.
    3. Overly specific terms. The point of the wiki is to promote sharing and usage. It is unlikely that a page for 'purplespottedbreezecatgender' will benefit others.
    4. Overly specific combinations, unless it involves in depth explanation or history such as Bi-Lesbian or AFAB Transfem. Otherwise, it's a given that Demisexual Lesbians exist and do not need their own article.
    5. A page for a minority that is coined by an individual not belonging to said minority.
    6. Pronounset pages.
    7. Attraction to specific objects or concepts (Objectum).
    8. Attraction to specific fictional characters or media.
    9. Genders based on real individuals or their specific characteristics (eg: BillGatesgender).
    10. Genders based on unique songs (eg: Tangledupgender).

    Title

    1. Do not include alternate terms or spellings in the title. If an alternate term exists, your article description should start with the most common name, followed by least common. If both names are equal in popularity, the name coined first should be written first. (eg: Term, also known as Label...)
    2. Coining an orientation page should always use its adjective form (eg: Asexual, NOT Asexuality).
    3. All separate words should be capitalized (eg: Non-Binary, but NOT CatGender).
    4. Do not use an en-dash or em-dash in the title. Use a hyphen when a dash is needed.
    5. The title should be relevant to the term. (eg: Beegender should be about Bees, not Cactus).

    Once you're ready, you can create the page in a few ways. The easiest method is to use the search bar on the wiki, searching for the title you want to create. It will state the page doesn't exist, and provide a link to create the new page. An alternate method is by changing the wiki URL: http://www.lgbtqia.wiki/wiki/Your_Title_Here We recommend you use the Wiki's visual editor, as it simplifies the process without needing knowledge of wiki formatting.

    Description

    Do not create a header for the description! After the title, simply use the space below to describe the term. Who is it for? What is it for? Is it similar to any other existing terminology? Refer to existing articles for some examples.

    For the below headings, use Miraheze's "heading" option. For subheadings, use "sub-heading 1".

    History

    Include who coined it, when they did, and on what site (using the coiner's preferred pronouns). Writing should not be speculative. These sentences should always be cited (use Miraheze's 'cite' editor function) and sourced to the original site of coining. Pages MUST link to an external page, and you cannot coin a term using the wiki article itself.(why?) If coined in a private site/channel that is not accessible by the public (such as Discord), screenshot the coining and add it to the page. Cited resources must also be archived using Template:Archive. If you are not familiar with templates, then add the page to the Category:Identities_With_unarchived_resources.

    Resources

    Using the cite function (as per the History section above) will create an auto generated list of resources at the bottom of the article (though you may not see it until page creation). Just create the Resources header at the bottom of the article in advance.

    Flag

    (Optional header) Import a flag into the article and set it as a Thumbnail, ensure the flag/image caption on the page includes the creator's name. Under the header itself, again cite the creator's name, where it came from, and address any flag meanings. Only create this heading if a flag exists.

    Etymology

    (Optional header) What is the meaning behind the name, suffix, and/or prefix? There is no need to point out the obvious (eg. cat- in catgender relates to cats).

    General Editing

    Articles must also follow these general wiki rules:

    1. written in formal American English
    2. text taken from a source must be rewritten, paraphrased, or quoted (do not plagiarize)
    3. bold text must only be used for the first mention of the title/term and any alternate spellings
    4. italic text must only be used for the titles of books, movies, games, and other media
    5. text must be readable by a speech-to-text program (no symbols, caps, typing quirks, etc)
    6. one space/line between each paragraph only
    7. add links to any other mentioned terms in your article, including interwiki sites
    8. dates should follow either formatting "on November the 26th, 2020" or "on the 26th of November, 2020"
    9. never write in first or second person unless quoted
    10. numbers twelve and less should be spelled out (with the exception of dates), and numbers above 13 should be written with numerals
    11. do not add "WIP" or author notes
    12. do not address the reader

    LGBTQIA+ Editing

    1. genders and sexualities are not proper nouns, and therefore should not be capitalized
    2. a hypothetical individual should be referred to as "one" or "they", unless specific pronouns are relevant to the term's explanation (eg. He/Him Lesbian)
    3. use the term "individual" or "folk", as this is more inclusive to alterhumans than the "person"
    4. do not add possible or recommended pronouns on gender pages
    5. do not add a "creator's notes" section
    6. do not include unnecessary information such as "this is a new term" or "this is valid".

    Categorization

    Categories on this wiki are primarily used for finding various terms. Categories should only be created for moderation purposes, or to hold an umbrella of labels. When adding a page to a category, it should be placed in its lowest possible category(s). As an example, a -coric gender sits in the Aesthetigender category. But there's no reason for that that -coric gender to also fit under the Xenogender category, because the Aesthetigender category already does. A page CAN have multiple lowest categories, such as Bingender which would be categorized under Masculine and Feminine genders, however it should not also fall directly under the Gender category.(why?)


    Why

    Why was my edit rejected?

    Because it doesn't follow our guidelines as per above. We reject many edits per day so we don't have the time to provide a talk page explanation for each one. If you want to discuss the reasoning for rejection, feel free to talk on the staff talk pages or ping us in Discord.

    Why do you require resources for articles?

    Data integrity is a must, as well as proof of coining. Wiki articles can be edited by anyone, and false information can unfortunately be added. By providing an external resource, you are securing the coiner's definition, promoting the coiner, and providing a backup of the term. One popular case of data loss is the deletion of the LGBTQIA FANDOM wiki. It was up to the wiki editors to preserve as much information as possible in a very small amount of time, but information was lost nonetheless. Any pages that were created on FANDOM itself are lost forever. We do not want to fall to the same fate.

    Why the specific categorization rules?

    One of the main goals of the wiki is to help individuals find the right term. Imagine a label that only fits under the Gender category, piled in with other specific genders like Fingender, and Non-Binary. It becomes almost impossible to find. By restricting specific terms to specific categories, it avoids article crowding, meaning that more obscure and general labels are more easily found.

    For an example, using the Wikipedia article Cricket. This page belongs to the Team Sports category. However if it were to inherit every other category above it, it would belong to Team Sports, Team Activities, Teams, Social Groups, Society, Humans, Hominina, Hominini, Homininae, Apes, so on, so on - you get the picture. It's unnecessary and messy. Categorizing Cricket simply as a Team Sport is fine as it's already implying that it's an Activity, Team based, a Social Group, etc. The same goes with something like a -Coric gender, that is an Aesthetigender, Xenogender, and Gender, by nature.

    Why was my page removed from the Kingender category?

    As is the nature of Alterhumanity, ANYTHING has the potential to be a kintype. Even an orientation itself could be considered a concept-kintype. If we went by this method, then every single page on the wiki would be added to the Kingender category. Thus, we reserve the category for Kingender exclusives (Kingender, Catkingender, etc). If it's not exclusive, it shouldn't be added to the category (Catgender, Cloudgender, etc).

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