Newbie’s Guide

Salutations, Newbie.

If you have stumbled onto our site, we thank you for stopping by. We are the Wayward Society Wiki. If it already isn’t clear, this wiki’s premise and the content contained within is fictional.

1. If you want to contribute and make the jump from reader to creator, make a Wikidot account.

2. Submit an application to the site staff containing a grammatically correct sentence at the [Join Page] so they may approve your application and verify you are not a bot. This sentence must also be accompanied by a passcode found by reading the rest of this guide. Don’t worry, there isn’t much (other than the writing guide).

  • If you wish to talk to us or speak with other community members, we currently have an official Discord: https://discord.gg/wMjruUj.

Core Principles

Core Principles are what this site is about. Articles written should be in support of these principles, not against.

The Hunt

This site is established for horror-centric aberrations that men and women may encounter out in the wilds. Warders are hunters first and foremost, meaning the information presented in an article should be in support of the hunt. If you ever find yourself wondering if your article fits on this site, ask yourself the following: "How does my article relate to a group of militia hunting strange things in the wilds?" If you cannot answer this question, your article might not belong here. An article is not required to be horrifying. It can be unsettling or even strange at times. But remember that Core Principle of "The Hunt."

The Balance of Powers

In a wiki about regular people being pitted against the supernatural, it is imperative that the fight be (almost) fair, with the scales being tipped towards the aberrant for obvious reasons. However, there is a line not to cross. In no circumstance can human volunteers with heavy-duty shotguns and rifles be able to take on an entire alien fleet or an eldritch abomination. Does this mean that there is no fear or intrigue to be found in a story without these things? No. Can there still be very lethal and dangerous aberrants without going into that territory? Yes. Remember that this is a world more inclined towards magic and the unexplained than cold scientific research. However, remember that both have a place on this site as long as the author can utilize both effectively. Be as creative as you want, but there are more ways to be a threat to society than just being big and scary. Keep the level of danger to Warders relevant and provoking.

The Herculean Effort

Warders are meant to be outmatched. They are normal people fighting against extraordinary circumstances. While Warders can enhance themselves with various Artifacts or be bestowed powers by other entities, they will always still be human. Even when they have the upper hand in a fight, they are not invulnerable super-people. They will feel fear, anxiety, and worry. They will hurt and they will bleed. To be beyond human means they can no longer be human.

The Overlap of Reality

If you absolutely must use living people in your story, try to make generic references instead of direct ones. We are mostly trying to use fictional characters for our writing community, but we understand that it might be hard considering our premise. Historical figures are fair game, however.

Expectations

Here at the Society, we want to limit our community as little as possible, and leave room for creativity. We expect that our users will abide by these rules and expectations. But remember, even the mod team are human so allow for flexibility of the rules for moderation.

Submission Process

1. Work on your sandbox, and once you feel it is done, go the bottom of your page and add the “Review” tag, and go to the top of your pages and append "Review" to your article title. You must also remember that you can utilize the forums for critique before you submit a final draft.

2. Once the “review” tag is added, feel free to announce your final draft in the forums. Title it: "[Artcle Name] Submitted for Listing" Where [Article Name] is the name of your article, without the [ ]s.

3. There is no voting module use. Post votes within the announced thread that was submitted for listing. Votes are manually tallied by the staff team. To have a vote count, you must have a post detailing your vote and justifying your position. Votes without adequate justification or lazy single sentence comments like "it's bad" or "its great" will not be counted at staff discretion. At the end of the explanation, type in '+1' if you voted to keep the article or '-1' if you voted to ax it. There will be a voting period after the article is announced in which the votes will be tallied. If the voting tallies are positive, the article will be listed. A staff member will post the article into the "Accepted Articles" forum. Either list it yourself or ask a staff member to list it and credit you.

Article Rejection: If an article is rejected, it will not be listed on the main site. Remove the 'review' tag on the article. When you are ready, Repost in a NEW thread with the same title, but append the number of times the articles has attempted to be approved. If this is the second time posting, post "[Article Name] Submitted for Listing 2." Again, Article Name is your Article's name without the [ ]s.

The lack of a voting module is due to a method which requires more effort when vetting an article. It prevents lazy voting down due to different opinions, rather than judging the article for its content.

4. Discuss Page: Once the voting cycle has passed and the article is accepted, it is still not completely safe. The voting process is then moved to the Discuss page, and the article will be subject to a monthly rotation of staff reviews. Any user is free to post in the discuss page, and votes will be counted with an accompanied explanation. Post '+1' in the discuss page for the article, or '-1' against the article. Low effort explanations will not be counted. At the end of the monthly rotation, negatively voted articles in the discuss section will be moved back to the sandbox.

Forum and Page Discussion

- Be respectful to everyone and conduct yourself accordingly.

- Write some creative work that comes from you, but that doesn't mean you can't be inspired by other sources.

- Know that other people are entitled to their opinions just like you are yours. Even if they don't act respectful, respond in kindness.

- Do not be afraid to voice your opinion. Seek to do it in a respectful manner. This is a society after all. Contact staff if anyone harasses you or your work.

- Leave helpful feedback, and seek to add to ongoing conversations in a meaningful way.

- Listen to staff. They're trying to help facilitate the community.

Writing Guidelines

- Create an original idea. Blatant ripoffs from other sites are not acceptable, but that doesn’t mean they have full reign on a common/general idea. You aren’t expected to trudge through the thousands of articles of other communities to see if they have something remotely similar to your idea.

- Understand the Core Principle (see Core Principle above) of this site. This site is meant for things related to cataloging unsettling or horrible abominations that someone would not want to meet out in the wild or mess with alone. That said, if your article supports that principle, then it belongs on this site. Think about how your article fits to that goal.

- If you wish to correct some minor grammatical mistakes in an article you may, but do not go overboard and change the meaning of any of the sentences as a result. If the misspelling is intentional leave it alone. If in doubt, always message the author.

- Read the writing guide, which can be found here:

http://wayward.wikidot.com/about:writing-guide

- Ask for feedback on ideas and drafts before posting. An unreviewed article is more likely to fail.

- Keep trying if your article doesn’t get through the first time.

- Keep trying to improve your writing skills.

Passcode: I promise to follow the expectations of the Society.

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