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Policy
This page is a policy on the Malware Wiki. All rules listed on this policy page must be followed, or a block is given to the following user. Due to this page being a Policy page, we advise all users to read this page before editing.
This is the Malware Wiki's manual of style, all pages are expected to meet our manual of style. If a page does not meet most of the criteria of our manual of style, add a {{cleanup}} tag to said page. Remember that some things, such as adding templates, require you to use source mode, if you are using the classic editor, simply click the source header at the top. If you are using visual editor, go to the three bars, click, and then click source mode.

Pages can be marked as high-quality, however, only Administrators or Content Moderators may do this. Remember that when you are making an edit, if it is a minor fix, check the minor edit box before you are done editing the page.

Although we allow users from all countries around the world, please remember this Wiki will always assume you will have basic English skills. Good punctuation and grammar are good examples of basic English.

Basics

  1. The most important basic is to begin all sentences with a CAPITAL first letter of the first word in a sentence and to END all sentences with a period.
  2. Do not talk in third person. Use "the user", not "you".
  3. Do not put text above the infobox, the only things that should be above infoboxes are notice templates like the stub template.
  4. Note that Wikipedia is an acceptable source on this Wiki, however, there is a point where it can count as plagirarism, to avoid any issues, only copy and paste the important sections, if there is sections that have too much detail, either don't include it or shorten the amount of detail. And when using information from Wikipedia, use the {{Wikipedia}} template and include the page name in the template. (Include a | before page name)
  5. Maintain a neutral point of view, which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, and without all of the significant views that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.
  6. While English has many different types, please only use an American English vocabulary. For example, don't say "flat" when referring to an apartment. And don't use British English or otherwise words spelled such as "colour", use color.
  7. When referring to nationality or a company, capitalize the first letter. Ex: Canadian, Microsoft.
  8. Do not create very small pages or blank with little information, as these will be rendered as spam pages and will be deleted. See the Small pages header for information if your page is still small. Add appropriate categories to pages. Speak in third person when writing pages, so use "the user" instead of "you".
  9. Remember to do spacing whenever there is enough text, and one segment of text is different, even mildly different than the rest of the text. This makes pages easier to read and also makes pages more organized and clean.
  10. Do not create page categories without the consent of an administrator. This includes useless and redundant categories, examples can include "trash" and "trashware", which are both redundant, because spam and other such more fitting categories exist, and it is unprofessional.
  11. Do not be unprofessional when writing, this includes using exclamation marks. And also includes using unprofessional language like "good news" and "bad news", and referring to the virus in a page as "this virus" rather than "the virus". This Wiki is not an unprofessional malware essay site, and we only want professional information.

Article headings

Article headings are used to separate text in a page, this allows for ease of reading. There are multiple main types of headers. A page must not start with the header on top of the page, and do not put links in headers. Do not, and we repeat DO NOT USE ANY OTHER HEADERS THAN THE ONES LISTED BELOW unless if the text contained in a sub-heading is way too big. For an example of this, malware is an example because it separates large paragraphs unrelated to each other. DO NOT MAKE "REMOVAL" A HEADER, MAKE IT A SUB-HEADING OF PAYLOAD.

  • Put Payload in headers that are for sections that discuss about how a virus acts when it's file is executed.
  • Put Information in headers that are for sections that discuss a virus, please note to not use this with pages that have Payload headers, only use this if a Payload header is not fitting for the topic of said page.
  • Put Media in headers that are for sections that are videos and images.

Sub headings

Sub headings are used for separating text, but does not contain enough text, or is related to it's parent header but worthy enough to be a sub heading.

Infoboxes

There are three types of infoboxes, one for viruses; {{MalwareInfobox}}, One for websites; {{Infobox website}}, And one for non-virus software; {{Infobox Software}}. Infoboxes give information in a properly laid out list. Please note that if you do not know certain information points such as when the virus was created, or who it's creator was, do not fill them out, not even with "unknown" or "N/A", leave them blank. For information on how to use these templates, look at the Sample Page.

Grammar

Be sure to check your grammar when writing pages. If you are not sure how a word is spelled, use reverso or any other grammar checking website, to make sure you are spelling correctly. Remember to use proper punctuation, and always double check your grammar.

Small pages

When making a page, if your page is small, remember that you must first prove that the virus the page relates to is legitimate, and provide sources to prove so, such as a video or a news article. On top of this, go to source editor, and put {{stub}} on the top of the page. This will signal to readers and editors that the page is small, and possibly advise them to find and add more information to the page.