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Beginner's Guide
Basic mechanics of a wiki

How pages work
Your userspace
How talk pages work
How to edit pages

Good writing

How to be funny
(Funny images)
(Funny choice of words)

Bad writing

Overuse of lists
Overuse of quotations
Bad grammar and spelling

Good behavior

Be civil
Don't do cyberbullying
Coexist with the Admins

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What Uncyclopedia is not

As we explain in How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid, the way pages in the encyclopedia usually work is that they give the reader the first impression they are a real encyclopedia article and then entertain the reader with funny content. Bad grammar, bad spelling, and complete, babbling nonsense break that impression before the article even begins to amuse the reader. Good English, and a serious tone while writing absolutely unserious things, can take your article to new heights.

Using bad grammar in an article about a person who uses bad grammar himself could be funny. However, an article needs to have a real comedy strategy that is funnier than mere imitation and ridicule. Likewise, swearing is usually a misuse of English. We won't wash your mouth out with soap, but swearing in an article about a vulgar person needs more to be truly funny.

Getting help

We are all good at different things. Some people are better at spelling and grammar than others, and some people are so good at spelling and grammar (and so offended at yours) that they have joined Uncyclopedia's Proofreading Service. As well as visiting that page, you can add {{Proofread}} to ask for help on your page. People come and go, and if nobody replies to you, it may work to ask an Admin to hook you up with a suitable helper. (If you are not good at English or at humor, you can still help with chores such as maintaining lists or detecting and reporting vandals.)

Dialects

Spelling and grammar are different in the United States versus the British Commonwealth. The general rule is to follow the lead of earlier writers. If the dialect doesn't fit the article, it will distract the reader and get in the way of humor; write about a nation's politics or celebrities using the dialect of that nation. Otherwise, don't battle over color/colour and capitalize/capitalise.

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