Help:Creating pages

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This page lists general guidelines for creating new pages on the snicdocs wiki, but for most of the specifics you should refer to the example pages.

Guidelines for creating new pages

Ensure that you have set up your watch preferences and notifications correctly
Watch all pages that you create. Unwatched pages rot and we do not want that.
Look at the example pages
These are in the proper layout and use all the nifty templates for getting all the required information right. Chances are that much of the tedious work has already been done for you.
Put pages in the correct namespace
Regular pages (almost all pages) go in the standard namespace (no namespace). Pages that really only are helpful for editors, like this one, all go in the Help: namespace. This prevents them from turning up in search results.
Put some deep thought into the choice of page title
This is a wiki, so it matters a lot. See the relevant example pages for more details. Read the naming policies for titles, headings and names so you get it right.
Create the talk page
Also called the Discussion page. The Help:Talk example page is a good start. As this wiki is not open for unauthenticated editing other than through the talk pages, these are our primary form of input from the general public.

Example pages, designs and templates

The catchall term for all that is "Example pages", and they are all available here:

Category:Example page

along with motivation on why you should not call them templates (because mediawiki has called dibs on that term).

The example pages are an attempt at standardisation in the fluent world of wikis. If you feel there is a need to create more, please do so, and make sure to follow the guidelines here and on the example page category page when doing so.