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Imperial Colonization Rules and Guidelines


“Ahoy, me hearties! Imperial Colonization has been commandeered! And by official letter of marque of Her Majesty's Royal Navy, ye swabs! ARRRR!”
~ Buccaneer Admiral on Imperial Colonization


Enough of the phoney pirate speak. Before we begin, let's define some terms.

  • Colonization: The act of revitalizing a preexisting article and bringing it up to Uncyc quality standards.
  • Imperial Colonization (IC): A group of users that is responsible for choosing, organizing, and writing these colonizations.
  • Colonizer: If you join, you.


edit Our mission statement

Cquote1 To write a better mission statement than this current one. Cquote2

edit Membership requirements

  1. Be a registered Uncyclopedia editor
  2. Be familiar with Uncyclopedia (newcomers are welcome, but please read HTBFANJS)
  3. Agree to edit constructively and in a spirit of collaboration (a little rivalry and disagreement are fine; egregious infighting isn't)
  4. Apply for Membership
  5. Don't be a dick
Once you're a member, you may start editing the current colonization.

edit How Colonization works

Colonization was once, optimistically, a week-long process. It's been expanded to give our busy editors a bit more time.


edit WEEK ONE: Nominations and voting

The first step in Colonization is the selection of an article. Any Colonizer may nominate an article that:

  1. Requires immediate attention (i.e. it sucks)
  2. Is one casual readers are most likely to come in contact with or look up (i.e. Transformers, God, You)

Articles may be nominated and voted on throughout the week, beginning on a Sunday. At midnight GMT on the following Sunday (or shortly thereafter), the top article will be taken from the queue and chosen as the new Colonization. (The Buccaneer Admiral reserves the right to choose in case of a tie). A Colonization page is then created at Uncyclopedia:Imperial Colonization/project. More on the formatting of Colonization pages later.

All registered IC members are allowed to vote for as many articles as they like at any time during the week. However, each member of Imperial Colonization is expected to participate in any Colonizations that they vote for.

Hint: When looking for articles to nominate, try checking this and especially this.

edit Protocol for nominating an article for Colonization

  1. Add {{VoteCOTW}} to the top of the article
  2. Add the article to the bottom of The current queue using a level three header.
Example: if you wanted to nominate the article Buccaneer Batman for Imperial Colonization, you would write
=== [[Buccaneer Batman]] ===

edit Protocol for making an article Colonization (after 12AM GMT on Sunday)

This section is for reference purposes only--the Buccaneer Admiral or an assistant will take care of this

  1. Change the {{VoteCOTW}} at the top of the article to {{CotW}}
  2. Cut the nomination from the main page
  3. Paste the nomination under its appropriate header at Uncyclopedia:Imperial Colonization/Archive


edit WEEK TWO: Concept, development, writing

edit Sunday - Wednesday: Concept and development

During these four days, ideas are hashed out at Uncyclopedia talk:Imperial Colonization/project. The discussion is always geared towards what sort of concept the colonized article will have. On the main Colonization page, a general outline from these ideas will be compiled and posted within a few hours after 12AM GMT Wednesday. Other things that can happen during this planning phase include deciding which participants will be working on which sections.

edit Thursday - Saturday: Writing

During these three days and/or during the first day of Week Three, all members of Imperial Colonization that voted for the week's Colonization are expected to participate in writing the article. They are also expected to follow the outline that was agreed upon for that Colonization. Other Imperial Colonizers may participate if they wish, so long as they adhere to the outline.


edit WEEK THREE: Writing and evaluation

edit Sunday - Friday: Writing

During these six days, writing continues as described above.

edit Saturday: Evaluation

On Saturday, finishing touches are made to the article. The article is then sent to Pee Review where a member of PEEING will review it and give the article a score. Nominating the article for VFH is optional, and is usually best left to the reviewer (who must not have had anything to do with that Colonization). Should the article be nominated for VFH and eventually featured, all participants will receive one half of one feature credit (in regards to UN:HS).


edit FORTNIGHT CLAUSE

If Saturday rolls along and it is apparent that an article is not going to be completed in time, a senior Colonizer may declare that the Colonization will extend for another week. Alternatively, a majority vote on the talk page may extend a Colonization for another week.

No article will remain as the current Colonization for more than three weeks. If it's not done by then, it will be removed (or moved to the user space of a user that wants to work on it).

edit How Colonization Pages work

When an article is selected, all work for that Colonization happens on the Colonization Page. The talk page is for discussion and planning. The Colonization Page is where both the outline and the article is written. After a Pee Review, Colonizers will have a limited amount of time to make improvements, if any (this will be announced at that time on the colonization talk page). After that, an admin helps move the Colonized version to the existing article. (Do not try to do this yourself! There is a way to preserve both histories and it is important that the history is preserved. You have to be an admin to combine histories.)

edit How Imperial Colonization evolved

Imperial Colonization used to be an abstract corner of Uncyclopedia where anyone could come and contribute as much or as little as they wanted to any Colonizations. Now, Imperial Colonization refers to a usergroup that is organized and has a clear purpose: to improve articles that are relevant and likely to be found by casual readers. Remember, Colonization is restricted to members of Imperial Colonization.

edit Joining Imperial Colonization

See Membership requirements above. Odds are, if you're not Buccaneer Batman, you'll get in.

edit Ranks

Within Imperial Colonization, members can rank up by participating in Colonizations. There are seven ranks that can be achieved by participation:

  • Monk or Nun (MON): Any registered Colonizer
  • Sergeant (SAG): Completed 1 Colonization
  • Lieutenant (LIEU): Completed 7 Colonizations
  • Captain (CPT): Completed 14 Colonizations
  • Major (MAJ): Completed 21 Colonizations
  • Colonel (COL): Completed 35 Colonizations
  • Lieutenant General (LTG): Completed 42 Colonizations

There are also:

  • Missing in Action (MIA), which describes the former Fleet Admiral (FAD) (now Secretary), who was lost at sea and not made to walk the plank by some buccaneer who wanted to take over. Really.
  • Head Priest (HEAD), which is the commander-in-chief of Imperial Colonization (and always a member of the Goa Tse Clan)
  • General (GEN), the second in command to the Head Priest.

edit Conclusion

This is a basic frame for Imperial Colonizations, as well as a general guide for Colonizations. This is a third edition, and these rules are subject to change. However, no matter how much these rules may change, there are a few last words to keep in mind when Colonizing:

  • Always work in the spirit of preserving and improving the wiki,
  • Always work with your fellow Colonizers instead of against them, and
  • Always work! (Well, work when you say you're going to work.)

If you have comments or ideas for improvement to these guidelines, feel free to discuss them here.

Thank you for reading this guide! Happy Colonizing!

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