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Page Creation Rules

To all those that create pages on the IV wiki, please remember to prefix your pages. It is important that each area of the wiki keeps pages that belong to it in a logical structure. The wiki will link any pages with similar names to each other. In some cases this might be undesirable, and give false information, and misleading information. To avoid this, please prefix generic page names with the name of your sub-venue. For example, if you were writing venue-specific location information for the anarch venue, your page could be called:

anarch_locations

As fuller, more generic information on Magid and Atlas Heights is available on the pages for those areas.

Using The Template

Below is a template for each section that can be easily edited. It's simply a case of clicking "Edit" and then changing the Values inside the square brackets with links to pages within the Venue.

There are two templates. One, the Venue Main Page Template is for use on the primary page of the Venue. It has much more information, and lists the ST's. The other template, "Venue Location Template" should be placed on ALL pages that are related to the Sub-Venue, even if those pages are not a location (ie a description of an NPC). It ensures that players are able to track who is responsible for the NPC, and to which venue and area that particular NPC belongs.

The Venue Main Page Template

[[Category:XXX]][[Category:XXX]]{{SectProfile| Venue=[[XXX]]| Area=[[Atlas Heights]]| Organization= [[Barony]]| HST=[[User:Rude]]| ST=[[User:BlackXanthus]]| Na=[[None]]| }}










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The Venue Location Template

[[Category:xxx]][[Category:xxx]]{{SectLocation| Venue=[[xxx]]| Area=[[xxx]]| }}






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Avoid Wall-O-Text

A wiki allows for the creation of Many Pages. While it is tempting to place everything on a single page, please, please please, avoid it. If you find yourself creating three or four headings, ask yourself if they could be better placed on different pages. If a section is more than a screen-full of text, then it probably could be on a page all of it's own.

Breaking up pages also means that you can link to the information more easily from multiple places. If you find a piece of text that refers to the information, remember to use the square brackets to create a link to that page. You can never have too many wiki cross-reference links. This ensures that the information can always be found, and it's much easier if the information is linked as people go. Unlike other wikis, there will only be a small number of editors, so if you see a page that would be improved by a cross-link to another information page, cross-link it!

Creating a Breadcrumb Trail

Be nice to those who are using the pages. As the pages grow, it gets very easy to get lost in the pages, and very soon people are going to be wanting to move from page to page. To that end, it is a good idea to have a "breadcrumb" trail at the top of your page. This should have the major venue page-> subvenue->subpage->sub-page> and so on.

It can be done fairly simply by using the wiki pages links thus: ((to see how it's done, hit the edit button))

Vampire->Anarch-> Anarch Backgrounds

And so on. Place this at the top of your pages, and if they are long pages at the bottom as well. It will aid movement between pages, and help players know where they are.

Copyright Infringement and the Immortal Vigilance Wiki

There are four important points about Copyright Infringement that must be taken into account on the IV Wiki. The first, and most obvious, is that the Copyright of WhitWolf, the creators of the World of Darkness settings. The second is Copyright Infringement as it pertains to images that are used on the wiki. The third and seldom talked about is Story Teller Intellectual Property. The fourth is the very much under appreciated coders intellectual property.

White Wolf Copyright

DO NOT COPY FROM THE BOOKS. This cannot be stressed strongly enough. While you might think that copying out that small paragraph for your particular sub-venue might constitute Fair Usage (a notoriously difficult to define term to start with), you must remember that Fair Use in this case applies to the entire IV wiki. As such, the only people who are able to authorize use of material copied from any book will be the IV ADMINISTRATORS. There is NO EXCEPTION to this rule.

If you believe that you need to use White Wolf Copyrighted Material, then contact the Administrators. The idea is that all copyright material will be held in a single (or a limited number) of pages to comply with the idea of Fair Use, and can be checked by White Wolf representatives, and people who better understand Copyright Law. These pages can then be linked from your pages, and easily checked by players, taking full advantage of the power of the wiki.

The White Wolf Copyrighted Material can be found here White Wolf Copyright Material log

Image Copyright

There is often a problem when people use images from the web that they don't check with the copyright holder if the image is available for free use. There are many websites who do offer artwork and images for free use, and we should take full advantage of these. Images on websites who do not list who owns the copyright, the copyright should be assumed to lie with the website, and ultimately with the artist/creator of the copyright work itself.

If you are unsure who owns the copyright on a piece of work, it is probably best not to use it. While this might cause many people to sigh in dismay, this should be looked upon as an opportunity for greatness. We have amongst our community a large number of artists, many of whom would love an opportunity to show off their artwork, and would gladly give their artwork for use on the site in return for acknowledgement (ie, us saying who made it, and a link to their website). Copyright need not be as scary as many of the lawyers out there make it sound, it just needs a bit of common sense.

Storyteller Intellectual Property

This is one of those elephants-in-the-room that no-one really talks about. The Storytellers, Narrators, Admins, and so on all put a lot of work into creating venues, story lines and characters for the Immortal Vigilance. They have granted to Immortal Vigilance a limited, non-transferable, not-for-profit use of their Intellectual Property. What that means is that if someone comes to this wiki and lifts a setting off it, your actually breaking Copyright Law. The Story Tellers who were involved in creating that setting (which in the life-span of setting could be legion) all have a piece of that Copyright, and taking it from this website without the permission of their elected representative, in this case the ADMINISTRATORS is breaking the law. The Administrators, by the same token, cannot grant the use of the work outside of Immortal Vigilance without making every reasonable effort to contact the Story Tellers involved and seeking their permission.

Codebase Intellectual Property

The code upon which Immortal Vigilance, that is, the stuff that IS NOT DigiChat is written by a horde of coders. They have granted to Immortal Vigilance a limited, non-transferable, not-for-profit use of their Intellectual Property. What that means is that if someone comes to Immortal Vigilances and takes the code, your actually breaking Copyright Law. The coders who were involved in creating the website (which in the life-span of setting could be legion) all have a piece of that Copyright, and taking it from this website without the permission of their elected representative, in this case the ADMINISTRATORS is breaking the law. The Administrators, by the same token, cannot grant the use of the work outside of Immortal Vigilance without making every reasonable effort to contact the coders involved and seeking their permission.

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