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How to make an article look fancy

Before anything else, make sure that if any editing templates are needed (generally they aren't, since most of them are jokes) that you place them at the top of the page (examples from Wack-a-pedia would be their "expansion" template, which is placed at the top). Stub templates are placed at the bottom, and thus are the only exception to this rule.

“The public is retarded, therefore to get your point across, you have to present it to them in a retarded way”
~ Oscar Wilde on presenting an article

Before starting, it is customary to put a quote of some kind in your article. It can be a real quote, or it can be one you made up for the person. It can also be one of the so-called "factual" quotes that the public thinks are real, but those are generally boring and unimaginative. One of the more popular types of quotes are "Oscar Wilde" quotes. Once you have your quote, you can get started.

First you need an introduction. Generally a few sentences will do. Introductions exceeding more than five sentences tend to get boring, so three to five will do. Once you have your introduction complete, it's time to move on to your first section.

edit Section 1: How to make a section

First of all, NEVER use =(text)= to make a section. Always use ==(text)== to denote a section and add one = to each side for every section farther in (for instance, a subsection would look like ===(text)===, and a sub-subsection would look like ====(text)====). A common mistake Uncyclopedians make is to go straight to subsections rather than sections (they use a subsection format for a section).

edit Subsection 1-1: Ordering your sections

Make the first section have some logical reason for being first. Starting with the present, moving to the past, and suddenly skipping to the future, while sounding perfectly logical now, to many is (believe it or not) illogical. Start with the origins of the topic. For instance, if I were to make an article about Microsoft and Microsoft Windows, I would start with how it was created and move to the present time, as shown in the next subsection.

edit Subsection 1-2: A sample section ordering

Although there are alternatives to ordering, the easiest way to organize your sections is chronologically. Thus, it would look something like this: "1. The Beginning", "1.1 The Disc Operating System", "1.2 Apple and Apple Macintosh", "2. Windows is Born", "2.1 The Windows Shell on DOS", "3. Windows 3.11: The Precursor to Modern Windows", "4. Windows 95: The Revolution in Graphical User Interfaces", "5. The New Millenium: Another Revolution", "5.1 Windows Millenium Edition: The Final Failure", "5.2 Windows 2000: Windows Moves Past DOS", "6. A New Era". Now we all know that Microsoft and Microsoft Windows had nothing to do with any of this, but I didn't feel like doing the research, so I used the widely known "fake story" of Microsoft and Microsoft Windows.

edit Section 2: Fact first, parody later

Although when I say "fact", I'm referring to what the general public calls "fact" (in other words, the lies that the government spreads about all things un-uncyclopedian), you really should go with this first and make it truthful after you lay down the "facts".

edit Section 3: The conclusion

The conclusion is generally a boring paragraph in which to wrap up what you have accomplished so far. It may seem like a stupid thing to do, but the public will only understand the truth if you tell it to them in a way they understand. The only way they understand things is when they're organized in this exremely illogical fashion. But remember, starting with the lies the public already knows and making them into truth will generally yield far better results than trying to remember the truth alone.

edit Section 4: See also...

The last section of your article is the "See Also..." section. Try to put all relavent see also-s in. Once you have all your relavent see also-s in place, mess them up. Mess them up good. If the relavent see also-s for this page are "User talk pages", "How-tos", and "Organization", I would change them to "Talking Pagers", "Paging Talkers", and "Organizations", the last of which I would then change to "Corporations". As you can see, the see also-s all have some similarity to relavent see also-s, but none have anything to do with this article.

edit Section 5: Catagories -- Not a Section

Catagories are not a section. Catagories are put at the bottom of the page in the format [[Catagory: (Catagory)]]. Please make your catagories serious. Catagories are looked at, but generally not used by users. Catagories do organize things, making it easier to access similar articles across the webspace, making referencing easier. However, it probably wouldn't hurt to put one random catagory in.

edit Section 6: Checking your Links

After you are finished your article, use the "show preview" feautre to make sure that all your links exist. If any of your links appear in red, they don't exist. If you think they exist, make sure you use the exact capitalization and spelling used for the link. If you just guessed at their existance, either find something similar for them to link to or remove them. Links appear in this format on the editing page: [[(link)]] or [[(link)|(text shown that links to link)]].

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