HorrorWiki:Guidelines

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Here are some guidelines to follow when you start editing the Horror Wiki...

What can you write articles about?

When it comes to creating an article on a piece of horror fiction, there are two considerations that should be made:

Is it horror?

Defining horror can be a murky business. On the one hand, when we look at something like Scars of Dracula, there can be little doubt as to what genre the film belongs to. But then we have many cases where things are not so clear-cut: for example, does Batman count as a horror character...?

If there is any doubt as to whether or not a particular story constitutes horror, the sure-fire way of proving a positive is by finding out if it has been discussed as a horror text in existing media. So, if you've found an encyclopaedia of horror fiction which includes an entry on Batman, then that's a good start. Once you've found three or so references of this kind, then you've confirmed that the subject fits the Horror Wiki.

Please note that the above applies to fiction. Real people, such as authors, directors or actors, will be covered by the notability by association rule discussed below.

Is it notable?

In terms of notability guidelines, the Horror Wiki is much looser than Wikipedia. To meet our standards, the subject will have to have been documented in acceptable media, a concept that we define fairly broadly. Acceptable media does not include the following:

  • Retail sites such as Amazon
  • User-generated databases such as IMDB or Goodreads
  • Social media such as Facebook, Twitter or forums
  • Sites run by people closely connected to the subject

This is for the simple reason that, in this day and age, pretty much everything stands a good chance of being mentioned on at least one of the above media.

What acceptable media does include, however, is pretty much anything else. Say a person wrote an anonymous review of an obscure film on a Blogger site: that could count as acceptable media because it shows that someone, somewhere, thinks that the subject is worth discussing. If you can find three or so references that reach our standards, then you'll have established notability for the subject.

In addition to the above, we have a notability by association rule. Simply put, this means that if you have demonstrated that a novel is notable, then the author is also notable. If an author is notable, then every single horror story he or she has written is notable. If a film is notable, then everybody who worked on it and every character in it is notable. The only caveat to this is the basic common sense rule of thumb: before you start an article about somebody who helped with the lighting on an episode of Buffy, ask yourself the simple question of whether you can really turn the subject into a worthwhile article for a horror encyclopaedia.

What is a suitable reference?

This is flexible. If we are talking about subjects with little coverage - self-published novels with niche audiences, for example - then our guidelines will be very loose indeed. For a topic which has already been granted a good deal of ink, such as Bram Stoker, then it will be best to follow Wikipedia's referencing guidelines.

How do you upload images?

Currently, only the admin can upload images; this is a measure to keep a lid on copyright issues. Feel free to suggest images on talkpages, however, and do not forget that you can link directly to public domain images on Wikimedia Commons. Simply choose an image on the database, click the "Use this file on a wiki" link, and paste the code into the Horror Wiki.