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GeneralEdit

A few guidelines that it is wise to follow when creating and editing wiki pages:

Use the Summary boxEdit

When editing pages, always fill in the "Summary" box above the Save/Preview buttons before saving, and make sure that you fill it in with something useful describing the edit you made and, if it's not obvious, why. For example, "fixed spelling error" or "added fun fact" or "reverted from troll 127.0.0.1" are all acceptable. Saying "made some changes" or just filling in the name of the page is not helpful, because it's information that we already have. Making your Summaries accurate and useful makes it vastly easier for the rest of us to keep track of Recent Changes and keeps everybody happy.

Use the Minor Edit buttonEdit

As a corollary to the above, if you're making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "This is a minor edit" button below the Summary box before saving the page. Again, this will make things easier for the rest of us.

Don't link to the current pageEdit

In other words, a page should not link to itself.

Link onceEdit

A given page should only contain one link to any other page. If a page links to Phil in one place, then that should be the only link to Phil on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article.

Don't use conversational styleEdit

This is an information site. It should read like Wikipedia, not like your diary.

  • Check your spelling and grammar. Don't use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you're not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google or Dictionary.com. If you know that you're not the strongest speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word that has spell-checking built in.
  • Easter Eggs and Fun Facts should be written as statements, not questions. If you're not sure about a fun fact, use language like "may" or "could be" to indicate ambiguity; don't phrase your fun fact as a question.
  • Don't use "smileys" or "emoticons".
  • Don't "reply" to content others have posted. If you think a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's Discussion page. If you're100 % sure that something should be changed and don't think a discussion is necessary, just change it. Dialogue goes only on articles' Discussion pages or the forum.
  • Don't leave notes or instructions to future editors like "Add more information here if you find it". Again, use the article's Discussion page if you want to communicate with other editors.
  • Never abbreviate the names of characters, episodes, or things on the site. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned. After the first mention, you may refer to "Phil Argus" as "Phil" or "Joel Dawson" as "Joel" and so forth.
    • An exception to this rule is the bolded character attributions in transcripts, which should always contain the full name of the character speaking.

Sign your Talk postsEdit

If you make a post on a discussion page, please sign it. If you have a user account, this is as easy as typing Mikkel S. 14:10, 26 April 2009 (UTC) at the end of your post. If you don't have a user account, just sign it with your name or nickname so everybody can tell who's who when reading long conversations. Even better, create an account anyway and use the signature method described. There really is no reason not to if you're going to stick around.

EpisodesEdit

The basic format for Episode pages looks like this:

 

{{Episode Infobox
| link=Link to Episode
| info=Episode Info
| num=Episode number
| episode_title=Epiode title
| episode_date=Date aired
| duration=The duration of the episode
| places=[[Place one]]<br />[[place two]]
| characters=[[Char one]]<br />[[Char two]]<br />[[tree]] (in order of appearance)
| pre=Previous episode
| next=Next episode
| episode_guide=Link to the episode guide of the webtoon if any
| writers=writers
| directors=directors
| image=image.png
| caption=image caption
}}


== Transcript ==
''{A brief description of the scene.}''

'''CHARACTER A:''' What Character A said.

'''CHARACTER B:''' ''{singing}'' What Character B sang.

''{Cut to some other scene.}''

== Easter Eggs ==
*A bulleted list
*Of all of the episode's easter eggs

== Fun Facts ==
*A bulleted list
*Of fun facts about the episode

=== Episode Description ===
Episode description from the episode guide at bonusstages.com

*Note from episode guide
*Note from episode guide

== External Links ==
*[http://www.bonusstages.com/filename.html Watch "<Name
of Episode>"]
*[http://www.bonusstages.com/filename.swf View the flash
file for "<Name of Episode>"]
*[http://www.bonusstages.com/forums/index.cgi?b=bstage,m=0000000000 forum thread
re: "<Name of Episode>"]

[[Category:Character A Filmography]]
[[Category:Series title]]
[[Category:Other Info]]

ScreenshotEdit

In most cases this shoud be a PNG image uploaded to the Wiki via the Upload file page. It should be optimized for the web and its size should not exceed 100 kilobytes. Its dimensions should be approximately the same size as on the official site and never exceeding 600 pixels in width. JPEG format is generally only desirable for "live action" toons, and GIF and BMP formats are never desirable. When uploading the file, be sure to give it a meaningful name which describes its content and more importantly, its use on the Wiki, as in the example above. "phil_with_a_hat.png" is not meaningful. "episode_24_screenshot.png" is more meaningful.

SummaryEdit

The synopsis should be a brief description of the premise of the episode. It is not necessary to describe the entire plot of the episode or give away the ending, and the synopsis should only be a couple sentences long.

TranscriptEdit

A transcript is a detailed account of an episode's dialogue and action. Its basic format is this:

 
''{A brief description of the scene.}''

'''CHARACTER A:''' Something witty.

'''CHARACTER B:''' ''{singing}'' Something melodious.

''{Cut to some other scene.}''

As you can see, a line of dialogue begins with the character's name in upper case followed by a colon, all of which is bold. This is followed by a space and then what the character said. When different characters are speaking their dialogue should be separated by a blank line.

If a character does something while speaking a line of dialogue, or if more description is needed for their manner of speaking or inflection (e.g. if they're singing or whispering) the action (if it is not too long to describe in a few words) can be enclosed in curly braces -- { } -- and made italic, like this: {goes to the refrigerator}. Note that the curly braces themselves are also italic. Short actions like these do not need to be proper sentences.

If there is a scene change or major action (which takes more than a few words to describe), it should be separated from the dialogue by a blank line above and below, and in this case complete sentences and proper capitalization and punctuation are desirable.

Links in transcripts should be limited. There should never be links in dialogue sections. Links in annotations between curly braces are not prohibited, but should also be kept to a minimum.

Easter EggsEdit

An easter egg (or just "egg" for short) is a secret part of an episode that can only be accessed by performing a particular action (e.g. clicking on a particular word or object) during an episode or by waiting for awhile after the episode has "ended".

Easter eggs should be listed in chronological order (that is, the order in which they are accessible in the episode).

Fun FactsEdit

A fun fact is anything about an episode that is unique or out of the ordinary. Some examples include:

* Something which makes reference to a previous episode or feature on the site.
* Something which makes reference to something in popular culture, e.g. a band, a television show, or word history. 

It is difficult to define everything that a fun fact could be. A fun fact might appear in the form of a bit of dialogue, an object in the background of an episode, a graphic or a musical riff.

What fun facts are not is obvious. If something is obvious to 95% of the audience (including first-time viewers), then it is not a fun fact. If a Fun Fact is questionably fun, or questionably factual.

When posting fun facts, please refer to the General rules above, particularly the prohibition on conversational style, and place all fun facts at the bottom of the list, please.

For episodes with many fun facts, the fun facts may (and should) be split into the following categories:

ExplanationsEdit

If a plot element or joke is very obscure, an explanation might be necessary. This should not explain every single joke, should not explain anything even remotely obvious, and should not include direct references (which have their own subcategories).

TriviaEdit

Facts in this category include trivia about the episode, such as the first time an event happens or verified details about the production of an episode. These are generally more "nitty-gritty" than the facts in the Remarks section.

RemarksEdit

Can be viewed as the "miscellaneous" subcategory. This includes facts that are not direct references, not explanations, not mistakes, and don't really belong in Trivia, but are still notable enough to be added. These include non-obvious "did you notice?" plot details (that are not noted in the transcript) and general comments about the characters and locations in the episode. Some facts can fit under both Trivia and Remarks; it is up to the writer's preference where the fact is more appropriate. (But no fact should appear more than once.)

GoofsEdit

The Creators of web cartoons are not perfect. Sometimes, they make mistakes. If there is a plot or continuity error, or if things mysteriously vanish or appear (and it's not obviously intentional or due to a Glitch), then it can go into the Goofs section.

GlitchesEdit

Similar to Goofs, but limited to mistakes in the Flash software. NOTE: Flash Byproducts are NOT allowed, unless noted humorus or something extra. A Flash byproduct is something odd or strange in an .swf version of an episode. This can include missing parts of characters, different things "outside the wall", etc.

Inside ReferencesEdit

An Inside Reference is when an episode makes a clear reference to a previous Bonus Stage episode. A repeated line of dialogue or the return of a non-regular character count as Inside References.

Real-World ReferencesEdit

This is when an episode makes a clear reference to something outside the Bonus Stage universe that took place before the creation of the episode in question. Celebrities, commercial products, famous quotes, and so forth can be Real-World References.

Fast ForwardEdit

Also known as "Forward Referencing", a fact in the Fast Forward category is something of significance in the episode that is re-used later on.

External LinksEdit

External links are links that point to sites other than the Wiki. The links should be in the form of a bulleted list. Most episodes have two links, one which links directly to the episode (usually ending in .html) and one which links directly to the Flash file (.swf). If there is currently a discussion taking place in the Forum concerning an episode you may create a third external link pointing to the forum thread. External links typically look like this:

*[http://www.bonusstages.com/filename.html Watch "<Name
of Episode>"]
*[http://www.bonusstages.com/filename.swf View the flash
file for "<Name of Episode>"]
*[http://www.bonusstages.com/forums/index.cgi?b=bstage,m=0000000000 forum thread
re: "<Name of Episode>"]

Note that links to episodes always read "Watch <Name of Episode>", links to Flash files always say "View the flash file for <Name of Episode>", and forum thread links always say "Forum thread re: <Name of Episode>".

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