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Welcome to Project:Documentation, which concerns writing and maintaining guidelines and help information for general editing and all other projects.

Scope

Policy Statements

  • One aspect of the Great Documentation Project is "Policy Statements".
In general, "policies" are integrated into various other documents rather than attempting to create a "rule-book" type listing.
The three polices listed on Help:Policy are the only formal policies defined as such. These are displayed on every page of the Wiki at the bottom.
Lotro-Wiki.com: About - only other reference is in the Template: Welcome
Lotro-Wiki.com: Privacy policy -- unreferenced except for the bottom of the page
Lotro-Wiki.com: General disclaimer - only other reference is from Template: Disclaimer
Other "policies" have been described as "guidelines" and embedded in other documents, if for no other reason than the simple fact that there is really no "policy making" process other than "User: Lotroadmin." Much of that which passes as Policy tends to be simply "the way things have been done."
Over recent time, User: Sethladan and User: Magill have "chipped away" at the documentation problem. Writing/re-writing, etc. documents which currently exist (most of them were from "the beginning," 2007, and things both on the WIKI and in-game have changed dramatically since then) or which need to be created. The {{Template:Tips for New Editors}}, {{Template:Tools for Editors}}<nowiki>{{Template:Tips for New Editors}} and Help: Patrolling are a couple of recently created documents.
Help: Patrolling was one document in specific which was an attempt to capture the "oral tradition" of the Wiki and render it into a policy-like document. The Tips document is similar, but not as "policy oriented" -- more "how to."
So, in conclusion, Yes, feel free to "jump in!" I would suggest starting out by drafting a new page and then figure out where to put it later. I have found in working with this sort of stuff that the original outline morphs quickly as you are writing and discover more questions and points which you wish to cover; frequently resulting in splitting one document into multiples.

Plans

  • Go through and update all template documentation as needed
  • Continue the attempt to capture the "oral tradition" of the Wiki for the benefit of future editors.
  • Gather together and organize as many of the various topics and references to "Style" into the "Manual of Style" and create any which are needed.

Completed

  • Magill organized a lot (most? all?) of the template doc pages into the standard <template>/doc form

Work in Progress

  • Consolidating all the "help" articles into Category:Help and the help namespace
  • Organize pages into a logical progression for editors to learn about how to do "stuff"
  • Refine the navigation template to reflect the above organization

Template documentation

Seth: Working from User:Sethladan/Template Notes, currently template-izing documentation with {{Documentation}} (updates will be posted to Project:System Tools)

"New" Editor Information

The template {{Template:Tips for New Editors}} is a convenient addition to the template {{Welcome}}.
Or, perhaps more meaningful, on promotion to Ninja or Editor.
  • A suggested usage:
  • Visit the Users Talk page.
  • "Add Topic" -- "A promotion" -- using "Add Topic" makes the entry visible and obvious, rather than simply burying it in the stream of conversation.
  • Insert verbage like:
Congratulations! In recognition of your work, you have been promoted see: [[Lotro-Wiki.com: Ninjas]]
{{Template:Tips for New Editors}}
  • And always, refer to this for useful information.

Documentation Documentation

Boilerplate defined

Resources

  • Top of the Wiki

Things to Do

There's always something to do!


Assorted Notes

  • "Official Boilerplate" - page references apparently part of the Standard MediaWiki distribution, which a site needs to create
At the bottom on each page is a link to these three pages.
Lotro-Wiki.com: About - only other reference is in the Template: Welcome
Lotro-Wiki.com: Privacy policy -- unreferenced except for the bottom of the page
Lotro-Wiki.com: General disclaimer - only other reference is from Template: Disclaimer
Lotro-Wiki.com: Policy - referenced from Special:Block
MediaWiki: Aboutsite - empty

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