Gender Wiki

This page is an editing guide for the Gender Wiki. Chances are, you're new around here, and need a guide to editing. You are in the right place! These guidelines are subject to change, and if you feel anything needs to be added, let us know in the comments!

Keep in mind that repeated violation of the editing guide and/or Wiki Policies may result in warnings, bans, or blocks, depending upon rules violated.

Formatting

  • The first mention of the gender/term the page is about should be bolded and not put in italic. (Ex: Agender is a gender identity.)
  • Unless at the start of a sentence, the first letter of a gender or term should not be capitalized.
  • Pages for a gender/term does not need a heading with the name of the gender/term on the top of the page. That is what the title is for.
  • Images of pride flags should be placed in the top side of an article. Alternative pride flags should be placed under the first pride flag.
  • Pride flags and other images should be kept to the default size. (180x108 pixels; when the image is added to a page it should automatically be changed to this size).
  • Write all articles in a third-person perspective, and avoid using words such as 'you,' 'I,' or 'me.' Opt for words such as 'them,' 'theirs,' or 'one' when describing other people.
  • Don't 'summarize' articles at any point, or paraphrase information multiple times.
  • Articles should be written formally.

Content

  • Articles should not include any sort of personal experience. (Ex: My experience with being agender is...)
  • Articles are not for providing definitions of other things, or how one thing is different from another, unless it is a gender page that is written to include subsets. (Ex: Agender is similar to non-binary but is different. Non-binary means ____, and agender is different from non-binary because ____)
  • Pages should not include long definitions. The definitions should be compact and not include unnecessary, or already implied, information.
  • Pages should not include emojis/expressions. There are exceptions to this rule, (e.g. emojigenders).
  • It is not necessary to include that a gender can be used in combination with other genders as this is already implied.
  • Content should be PG-13 or lower.
  • Assumptions should not be made in articles. (Ex: It is thought that the coiner of agender is ____ but no one knows for sure)
  • When writing a users username, do not write the users' nickname/actual name in the place of their username. (Ex: The person who coined agender is sam).

Sourcing

  • Sourcing is mandatory. Not having sources for coining or definitions is not acceptable. Pages need to have citations, or use the template CitationNeeded to indicate that it needs to have a cited source added. A citation must be added using the "Reference" tool, next to the information from the source.

Unacceptable Sources:

  • Entire Wiki pages (LGBTA Wiki, MOGAI Wiki, Wikipedia, Mogaipedia, etc)

Citing an entire Wiki page is not allowed. If a Wiki page has citations, those citations themselves can be used on the page on our Wiki. Another Wiki's page is a result of up to hundreds of edits by hundreds of different users and not a singular source, and the information within it can be completely changed at any time, making it an invalid source.

  • Page As Original Source: Making a page to coin a term and having it be the original/only source of coining is not acceptable. Wiki pages shouldn't be used for this. Wikis are aggregates of information, not sources of them. Wiki pages are not social media and shouldn't be used as original posts. A coining post can be made in the discussions, on Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, or on nearly any other site.

In the instance that a term has been coined by making a Wiki page, the edit history for that Wiki page that includes the page's creation can then be used as a source. However, this is disallowed on our Wiki, and coining terms through making a page is met with the same treatment as breaking another rule of the Wiki.

Acceptable Sources:

  • A tutorial and masterlist of common sources is here! This is not a complete list, and users can cite (nearly) any website or published piece of media. In general, one should feel free to make their own judgement on whether or not a site is trustworthy enough to be cited as a source. Tumblr or other blogging website links are acceptable sources (for example), but web archive or archive.is links are greatly preferred to help preserve content, and we encourage archiving any links you might add to an article, especially original coining posts. If you don't have a link at the time of editing a page, adding Template:Cleanup and specifying what the page needs is acceptable.

As a general rule: If Wikipedia wouldn't allow it as a source, neither would we. Repeatedly creating articles with no sources (and no usage of the templates mentioned previously) may result in temporary bans.

TLDR: We prefer web archived links, and entire Wiki pages are not valid sources, nor is it ok to try to coin something with a page as the original source.

Gender Coining

If you decide to coin a gender on the wiki, do so via a blog or discussions post, not by page creation, and follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure the gender/term doesn't already exist.
  • Make sure the name you have in mind is not already a term/in use. You should look it up on Google, Tumblr, and other wikis to ensure it isn't already taken.
  • Your gender should not be satire. If it is, it will be deleted or edited.
  • Your gender should not include assigned gender expression (ex: pronouns) (There are exceptions to this rule)
  • Make sure your gender is appropriate! Genders that are deemed inappropriate (cussing, above PG-13 content), will be deleted or edited.
  • Your gender should not be based off of or include any sort of stereotype. (There are exceptions to this rule)