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The conventions used in this wiki are very, very important. Failure to use them causes great confusion. Please categorize and create your pages as explained below!

Look for existing maps and flags before uploading your own ones (unless they're really original, in that case, show them to us!).

Organizing the Wiki

Naming

Because there are many timelines on this wiki, a page name such as "Mexico" could create confusion. Which Mexico is referred to? The one in the Toyotomi Japan timeline? The one in the Greater Colombia timeline? One of several others? As a result, a convention has been adopted to mark every article with a tag indicating its timeline. This may be the full name of the timeline, or a shortened form. For example, all files of the Toyotomi Japan timeline are marked by (Toyotomi), thus, Mexico (Toyotomi) indicates Mexico in that timeline.

Note: Due to the naming conventions, titles of articles are longer than what you normally see on other wikis. When naming articles try to keep it as short as possible. For example, if you are creating an article on a nation and its full name is the Glorious Eternal Republic of Genericstan, just title the article Genericstan.

To make linking easier, templates can be used. For example, if you type {{TJ|X}}, you'll get the equivalent of [[X (Toyotomi)|X]], that is, the wiki will show the link as being "X", but it will take you to the page "X (Toyotomi)".

To create a template for your timeline, first decide a two or three letter abbreviation for your timeline. The 1983: Doomsday timeline uses a template named 1983DD - so it can be as large as you want. Once you've decided which abbreviation you're going to use, create a page "Template:X" where X is your abbreviation. When the page opens up, type in:

[[{{{1}}} (Name)|{{{1}}}]]

"Name" will also be the tag used for the timeline. To use this template, you merely type {{X|link}}, which, in the case of 1983: Doomsday is {{1983DD|Utah}}, for example.

Categorizing Done the Right Way

If you plan to make many pages for your TL: Don't throw them all into the same category, like [[Category:X]] (where X is the name of your TL). Use subcategories like [[Category:Nations (X)]], [[Category:Wars (X)]], [[Category:Rulers (X)]] or for pictures [[Category:Images (X)]] or [[Category:Flags (X)]]. These subcategories can be put into [[Category:X]], just like normal wiki pages. A category shouldn't have much more than 30 entries.

Categories should also not be put under [[Category:Timelines (Random Topic)]]. Please just use the [[Category:Timelines]], as it is sometimes difficult to place an ATL in one specific category.

Alt-History Content

Future History is Not Alt-History

While it's interesting to postulate what will happen if events after our time go different, that is no longer Alternate History, because for it to be history, it must be in the writer's past. This is why Heinlein's future history would not be considered Alternate History now, because when he wrote it, it was in his future.

For that same reason, we won't accept future histories here. It's not because we don't like them, or don't read them, or any such thing. Rather, they don't fall within the scope of our wiki.

The Future or Constructed Worlds wikis would be a more appropriate home to future histories.

Derivative Works

Derivative works are any timelines based on previously published material. This can take the form of fan fictions ("What if Darth Vader didn't die ?") or fleshing out timelines ("Europe in Turtledove's Timeline-191"). Derivative Works are not allowed on this Wiki even if only parts of a timeline (such as characters) are involved.

We Are Not Wikipedia

Wikipedia is there to house all information. A given timeline doesn't need millions of articles, because unless things are specifically different, we can assume they're the same as in our timeline. Don't create articles for the sake of having them. Create them to explore what's created the difference in the timeline. When in doubt, leave it out.

Deletion Policy

See main article: Alternative History:Deletion Policy

This page explains how the deletion process works and what constitutes grounds for deletion. Briefly, pages that violate the policies of this wiki will be deleted. Pages will not deleted simply for being "bad".

Behavior Standards

Wikia Guidelines

As part of Wikia, we abide by the Wikia Community Guidelines for matters of behavior and the Wikia Terms of Use for legal matters. In short: respect others, respect the purpose of this wiki, be appropriate, be at least 13 years old, and don't steal copyrighted content.

Religion and Politics

See main article: Alternative History:No Cross, No Crown

In brief, discussions about real-life politics and religion that do not pertain to any alternate history should be avoided.

Equality

While the Alternate History Wiki recognizes and accepts the special needs of certain individuals, those individuals cannot be considered exempt from the standards of conduct that all editors must abide by. No physical or mental condition shall be considered cause to suspend the enforcement of any Wiki policy or guideline, including any and all of the ones on, or linked to, this page.

Other Guidelines and Policies

Adoption Policy

See main article: Adoption Policy

This policy outlines the exact steps to be taken if you want to adopt an abandoned timeline.

The Badge System

The Badge System is meant to encourage constructive contributions to the wiki by awarding badges and points to editors. Unconstructive contributions and edits made only to get badges will not be tolerated. Editors suspected of editing for this reason will be warned first and then blocked from editing if they continue.

Quod Scripsi, Scripsi et Quod Assumpsi, Assumpsi

See main article: QSS and QAA

In brief, this is the rule of thumb all shared timelines use to prevent headache and heartache.

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