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Hello, DancingBannan, and welcome to Uncyclopedia. This is a wiki (a collection of pages anyone can edit). Words in blue are "links" and can be clicked to take you to another page. This wiki is for comedy. It pretends it's Wikipedia, but we make people laugh, not bore them. If you aren't interested in a fake encyclopedia but in writing fake news stories, we have UnNews, and there are other projects for scripts, lyrics, how-to guides, and so on.
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I hope you enjoy it here and write a lot of funny stuff!04:16 13-Feb-14
Hello again! On User talk:Romartus, you say this page is the better part of a year in the making. However, I wish you would tweak it so that it bears a better superficial resemblance to an encyclopedia article, and does a better job up front of inducing the reader to read. In particular:
- Initial quotations, particularly ones that don't correspond to anything a known person said or would have said, and particularly when they start bickering back and forth, are usually the author amusing himself before he has begun to make the case to the reader. More about this at UNQUOTE.
- Long lists in an introduction (there are articles worse than yours, but any list will induce anonymous users to make it longer) and entitling the very first section Shit, n' stuff... gives the impression you dashed this out in your sleep and makes the reader less inclined to put effort into reading it.
- Your article doesn't have the strategy of Nobody knows/nobody cares/nobody gives a damn, but does go down these holes occasionally for an extra laugh. In How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid, we caution that these plays have been beaten to death here.
- I see only one link in the whole article. A few more links will make the text more colorful and make the article look more like Wikipedia.
- Likewise, there's only two photos, and this is a major concern to break up that long run of text.
- You have a References section, but no references. References aren't mandatory, even to resemble Wikipedia; it's just that an empty section looks weird. Articles usually do have a See also section, but don't go crazy.
- The list of characters, being a list, will likewise induce Anon to add cruft to your article. Please avoid "Trivia" and "Fun Facts" because these are worse.
I am not a gamer and so I can't evaluate how well you are doing at humor. But to be a really good article, it needs to offer something (maybe only an entertaining writing style) to non-gamers. Picking at random, the sentence of Samara leaves me with nothing to relate to. You need to always be sure you are writing humor and not blogging your own opinion about the game, even sardonically.
I hope that helps!23:52 13-Feb-14