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Welcome to The Sims Wiki's Fanon Namespace![1] We look forward to seeing your works join our extensive and varied library of Sims fanon[2] and fan fiction content. However, before you begin bringing your ideas to life, we have a few pointers you might want to take into consideration, as well as some rules and guidelines to be aware of. After all, The Sims Wiki is an encyclopedia about The Sims series, and while we welcome fanon content and encourage editors to be creative in contributing their content, our main mission is to preserve and develop the canon[3] information. Because of this, we do have a few definite policies that we enforce regularly. We try to make these rules as easy to follow and understandable as possible. Our goal is to make sure that you are able to create excellent fanon content without negatively affecting other content on the wiki.

Before putting pen to paper (metaphorically speaking)Edit

Create an account or log in

Unless you're logged in or registered, you unfortunately are unable to create fanon content. This is because we attribute all fanon content to their respective creators, and to make this possible, each author must have a Wikia account. Should you not be registered with Wikia, click here to register a free account. Once you've registered, please make sure you log in every time you edit the wiki or within the Fanon Namespace.

Read The Sims Wiki's policies

These are the pages detailing our regulations and rules. All are extensive, so you know exactly what to and what not to do. Remember to abide by the policies!

Read and understand our fanon policies

We also have a few policies applying specifically to the Fanon Namespace. Many are already here, but be sure to take a look at the official policies anyway. If you have any questions, you can ask any administrator.[4]

Take a look at other users' fanon!

Reading other users' fanon may help inspire you for your own! We recommend taking a look at a few examples before starting to write.

Creating fanon, step by stepEdit

Step 1 - Naming the page.

All fanon pages are located within the Fanon Namespace. This means that they all have a 'Fanon:' prefix to differentiate them from mainstream, canon articles. Example: Fanon:Ecclesiarchy.

Alternatively, below is an article creation box, which you can use to create new fanon articles! Be sure to type in the name of your article after the prefix!

Step 2 - Add the {{Property}} template to your page.

This template[5] lets everyone else know just who wrote the awesome fanon they are about to read. If you created the article through the article creation box, the template will already be preloaded, and will appear as {{subst:Property template adder}} in your editing window (It will automatically become {{Property}} when you publish your page!). If not, add {{Property|<your username here>}} to the top of the page.

Step 3 - Write your fanon!

This is, without any doubt, the most important and fun bit in creating fanon - writing the fanon itself! Make sure you write as much as you can to make your fanon understandable and interesting. Make sure you use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalisation. Separating your fanon into sections (such as "History") if it's an 'informational' article, or chapters if it's a story, will help you organise the page and it'll also make it easier to edit, because you can edit individual sections later.

Step 4 - Add templates to your page.

It's always useful to add templates to the page. It helps to create a more organised look to the page. Here is a rundown of templates you can add.

Infoboxes
Infoboxes help to create a summary of the page, and to make the page look more organized. Here is a list of infoboxes available for use. Be sure to choose one that is relevant to what your page is about (i.e. {{Sim}} for Sims, {{NeighborhoodInfobox}} for Neighborhoods, etc.).
{{Fanon-uc}}
Chances are, you won't be able to finish your fanon in one sitting! If you can, that's awesome, but if not, add the {{Fanon-uc}} template to the top (below the Property template) to let people know that you're still working on the page. This is to make sure administrators won't think you've abandoned the page and delete it. However, if it does end up being deleted, do not despair, as you can always ask an admin to un-delete it.
{{Evolve}}
If you are still writing your fanon, another useful template to use is {{Evolve}}. This lets users know that the story is ongoing and will change over time.
{{Adult}}
If your fanon deals with mature topics that other users may find offensive, be sure to add {{Adult}} to the top of the page.

Post-creationEdit

Check for comments

From time to time other users may decide to stop by and read your fanon. They may even choose to leave reviews and comments! Check back often to see what those comments are and take them into consideration.

Edit your fanon

When you get reviews, you may want to make edits and/or revise your fanon based on the advice others have given you. As your writing skills improve, maybe even revisit the fanon and rewrite parts of it! Constant improvement is a good thing, so don't be afraid to change things.

Get your fanon Peer Reviewed

We recommend that you get your fanon reviewed by the Fanon Peer Review Team. They are a volunteer team of Reviewers who will always be happy to check over your work. They'll give your fanon a rating, upon which you can ask any Reviewer for more information on how to improve your fanon. If your fanon gets a good rating, it might even get featured in the near future!

Removing fanonEdit

If you don't want to continue writing a fanon for whatever reason, you can let others know that you're no longer continuing by placing a {{Fanon-abandoned}} template on the page. We recommend authors to place the abandoned template rather than ask that it be deleted so that readers can enjoy your fanon even though you are no longer working on it. However, if you insist on deleting the page, add {{Speedydelete|<Author request>}} and an administrator will delete your article.

Should you wish to resurrect your deleted fanon later on, you always make a request at the Administrators' noticeboard and it will be un-deleted, complete with everything that was there before the article was deleted.

TipsEdit

  • Before you fill your page with chapters, ensure that your fanon has an audience first. It can be a little intimidating for readers to find so much already on the page.
  • Create a chapter release schedule to keep your audience's attention. Make sure it does not span over long periods of time, such as months, since the audience's attention would easily be lost. Similarly, make sure it does not span over very short periods of time, such as 1-2 days, since the audience would be unable to keep up with the fanon. A weekly schedule would be ideal.
  • If you need any other assistance, don't hesitate to pay a visit to the help desk!

GlossaryEdit

  1. A namespace consists of all the pages that begin with the same prefix. Any page that begins "Fanon:" is said to be in the Fanon namespace. For example, the page Bella Goth is not in the fanon namespace, whereas a page named [[Fanon:Bella Goth]] would be. On The Sims Wiki, all fanon content is kept in the Fanon Namespace, to keep it separate from other content.
  2. Fanon is the general term used to describe in-game player-created content. Fanon includes player-created Sims, families, neighborhoods, worlds, and lots, and storylines derived from those creations. Note that fanon is typically distinct from "custom content."
  3. Canon is the term used to describe EA and/or Maxis-created and thus "official" game content, including pre-created Sims, families, neighborhoods, worlds, and lots, and storlines derived from those creations.
  4. Administrators, or Admins, are elected members of the community who are entrusted with special abilities that will help them maintain order and civility on The Sims Wiki. These abilities include protecting and deleting pages, instantly undoing edits to reverse the effects of vandalism, and blocking users who break the rules of the wiki.
  5. A template is a feature of wikis that allows users to pull data from specific template pages elsewhere on-site and present it on a page without having to rewrite the template itself. Neat, right?

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