Chapter 2: Your first article

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Script error: No such module "Infobox".Template:Template other Template:See also Ready to make your first article? Go to this link and create your first page.

Should I create this article?

Video
Video by fellow CA delegate Isaiah Burdette covers this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXGvg2XGEas

Before creating your first article, consider these questions:

  • Does this article have enough information to dedicate its own MicroWiki page?
  • Does this article just repeat information from another MicroWiki page?
  • Does this article fit within micronationalism, or involve micronationalists?

If you can't answer these questions, it might be better to incorporate your page into another article or make the article in another wiki more suitable for it.

Important: licensing

Everything on here and on MicroWiki is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Anyone can change your page to add content if it follows the site rules. Do not go complaining to the staff that someone touched your page unless it is vandalism and/or the accused continue doing it after being warned.

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Do not add information on MicroWiki that you don't want online. This may include personal information, identity, and address. Though MicroWiki does its best in removing personal information, anything on the internet stays on there and could get saved on the Wayback Machine and other similar web-saving services. As these services are out of MicroWiki's jurisdiction, we can not assist you further if it happens.

Page title

Template:Main There are certain rules regarding the title of your article. Do not use the word "The" in your title, unless it is apart of the name of a piece of work.

The Abeldane Yes
The Cupertino Alliance No

In the case presented above, The Abeldane is a newspaper, which has the word "The" in its name. Furthermore, there are certain types of titles used in MicroWiki that were covered back in What is MicroWiki. For page names that both have the same name, consider adding parameters that can include the last name of the subject, title of the person, or subdivision/country of the place. However, if there are 2 names but one of them is more well known, keep the name of the more well-known one, and add parameters to the lesser-known one. Consider these examples below.

The introductory paragraph

The introductory paragraph should insight the reader into a general description of this topic. The title of your article is usually present (but not always) and should always be bolded. Things that should be included are:

  • When this person was born
  • When did this incident happen
  • Brief overview of this person's occupation
  • Brief overview of what happened during this event and its aftermath
  • How does this organization contribute to the public, its parent company, etc
  • Other significant information
  • etc.

Consider this introductory paragraph from the Wikipedia article, Ashford v Thornton retrieved on 6 February 2021.

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This section manages to answer various questions and gives the reader a quick overview of the subject in a short and concise form.

Quotation from the introductory paragraph in the Wikipedia article What this quotation answers
Ashford v Thornton (1818) 106 ER 149 is an English law case in the Court of King's Bench... This part of the sentence answers what this article is about.
... which upheld the right of the defendant to trial by battle on a private appeal from an acquittal for murder. The other part of the sentence answers why this article is significant. Though we don't have a nobility criterion in MicroWiki, it is generally good to have it in your sentence nevertheless.
Mary's brother William Ashford launched an appeal, and Thornton was rearrested. Thornton claimed the right to trial by battle, a medieval usage that had never been repealed by Parliament. Ashford argued that the evidence against Thornton was overwhelming and that he was thus ineligible to wage battle.

The court decided that the evidence against Thornton was not overwhelming, and that trial by battle was a permissible option under law. Ashford declined the offer of battle, however, and therefore Thornton was freed from custody.

A brief overview of the history of the event.
Appeals such as Ashford's were abolished by statute in 1819, and with them the right to trial by battle. Thornton emigrated to the United States. The aftermath of the event.

The sections

After you're done with your starting paragraph, now it's on to the meat of the article. First, however, is that you must need to divide your long list of words into sections. Common sections include:

Topic Section name Section use
Micronation
History Includes a general overview of the history of the micronation, regarding its founding and significant events all the way until the present day.
Geography Includes information on where the micronation is located, general description of the terrain and climate of your micronation.
Government and politics Includes what type of government the micronation uses, its leaders, and political parties.
Economy Includes what types of currencies are used, what significant industries are present, and any trading legislation or governance.
Culture Includes a description of the culture of the micronation, usually ranging from food, music, sports, etc.
Population Includes population data and a general overview of the population, ranging from ethnicity to language.
Event
Participants An overview of who participated in this event
Background An overview of the political, economic, social, or military situation of a nation or participant before the event.
Rising action An overview of past events or situation which sparked this event
Sparking event An overview of what happened to spark this event
The event itself Details regarding the fighting or actions within the event.
Resolution How this event is resolved.
Aftermath and impact An overview on how changes towards economics, social, or political life after this event.
Person
Early life Includes when they were born, describes their early life before entering micronationalism.
Beginnings Describes how they entered into micronationalism and their first career posts.
Major micronational offices Describes their tenure in this office, which may include major events, scandals, or documents.
Other micronational careers Describes secondary offices all combined into one paragraph.
Personal life Describes the personal life of the micronationalist, which may include where they live, other hobbies, family, etc.
Honours Any awards should go here.

Use ==YOUR HEAD SECTION== for your sections. Use ===YOUR SECONDARY SECTION=== and et cetera for secondary sections. Do not use =SECTION= as those are generally reserved for titles, which you already have anyways on the top of your screen.

Should I make this a section?

Again, like creating your article, consider these questions:

  • Does this section have enough information to dedicate its own section? (Generally 3-4+ sentences at minimum)
  • Does this section just repeat information from another section?
  • Does this section fit within the general scope of your MicroWiki page's topic?

If you can't answer these questions, it might be better to incorporate your section into another section or add the information in another MicroWiki page.

Researching

Recommended resources
Recommended resources include the manual of style, as well as Grammary or other spelling / grammar checking services.

Legal disclaimer: the Cupertino Alliance and MicroWiki have not been paid nor contacted by Grammarly.

You're now ready to start researching!

Firstly, take your time to research your material and gathering your sources. Though MicroWiki is more relax when it comes to references as opposed to Wikipedia, it is recommended to have them to ensure that your information is correct and that such information is prove-able. Read your reference and copy down the most important points. This may include

  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?
  • What?
  • Who?

Ensure that you stay on topic on what you're researching. Popular resources for researching may include your nation's Discord server, social media, website, or Google Drive. For more macronational information, look for sources from Britannica, JSTOR, reliable news sources, or your public library.

Writing

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Recommended resources
Recommended resources include the manual of style, as well as Grammary or other spelling / grammar checking services.

Legal disclaimer: the Cupertino Alliance and MicroWiki have not been paid nor contacted by Grammarly.

Video
Video by fellow CA delegate Isaiah Burdette covers this topic:
Notes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxiqTVj1Z-w
References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9OROFy_SEc

Citations

Ensure that you write facts, not opinions. These can be done through accquring citations, like a book, legislative document, or website. To cite, first, type in <ref>. Next, manually type out the citation. Additionally, you can use templates like

Then, end the citation with </ref>. For example, a citation may look like this in source editor:

Peanuts are better than almonds. <ref>{{cite web|url=https://austenasiantimes.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/march-sees-territorial-changes-for-austenasia/|title=March sees territorial changes for Austenasia|author=|author-link=|website=Austenasian Times|access-date=24 March 2019}}</ref>

Replace the parameters in the cite web template with your own. After your done, add a reference section, then add {{reflist}}. To reuse reference, add a name to the template. Instead of using <ref>, do <ref name="joemama">. Continue the reference and continue ending it with </ref>. For example:

Peanuts are better than almonds. <ref ="joemama">{{cite web|url=https://austenasiantimes.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/march-sees-territorial-changes-for-austenasia/|title=March sees territorial changes for Austenasia|author=|author-link=|website=Austenasian Times|access-date=24 March 2019}}</ref>

When you want to reuse it, do:

Peanuts are better than almonds. <ref name="joemama"></ref>

Notes

Notes can also be added through template {{efn|<note}}. For example:

Peanuts are better than almonds. {{efn|"Peanuts" does not include almonds}}

Then, add a notes section and add {{notelist}}

Language

Ensure that you remain both formal and neutral. Avoid using unnecessary adjectives / complicated words, certain pronouns like "he/her" (instead, use "they"), "you" (instead, use "one"), contractions (instead, write the full form of the contraction), etc. Remember that you are writing a reference, not talking to the reader. For which type of English to use, if it is already established, continue using it. If you are making the page, feel free to use whatever type of English you want to. Then add a template like:

...on the top of the talk page. For other languages, refer to CupertinoGuide/BeginnersSteps.

Adding media

Recommended resources
Recommended resources include reviewing MicroWiki:Copyright tags for information regarding licenses present in MicroWiki, as well as MicroWiki:Copyrights for MicroWiki's policy on copyright.
Video
Video by fellow CA delegate Isaiah Burdette covers this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SYv9T1Mmzw
This tutorial will show you how to add this photo as well as other things too.

Media can be a good way to spice up your article. We will show you how to add common mediums within your MicroWiki page.

How to upload things

Head over to Special:Upload or Special:UploadWizard and select a file to upload. The following guide will be divided amongst both upload wizards. Both wizards have their pros and cons. The benefits of using UploadWizard include:

  • You can upload multiple images
  • More user-friendly

The benefits of using Upload include:

  • Much quicker

Special:UploadWizard

Special:Upload

Changing the license

If you selected the incorrect license, follow these steps.

Assignment
Completion of this assignment will be required to attain a barnstar and certificate. Feel free to complete it if you are not interested in attaining it, but if you are not interested in it this is optional.

Upload a photo per one of these steps above.

Images

Common image formats include .png, .gif, .jpg/.jpeg, and .svg, with the latter being a vector format. To add an image, first insert the file as what you would towards a link, e.g. [[File:AmityDrawing.png]]. Ensure that "File:" is present. Parameters including captions and size can be added like this:

  • [[File:AmityDrawing.png|thumb|right|Photo caption goes here]]; for photos placed on the right with a caption
  • [[File:AmityDrawing.png|180px|Photo caption goes here]]; for photos with a size of 180px with a caption
  • [[File:AmityDrawing.png|border|link=URLGoeshere]]; for photos with a border and a link that directs them when clicked

Parameters can be swapped in or out depending on your needs. Refer to MicroWiki:Helpsheet for all placements.

Audio

Recommended resources
MicroWiki does not support .mp3. Use a converter like https://convertio.co/mp3-ogg/.

Legal disclaimer: the Cupertino Alliance and MicroWiki have not been paid nor contacted by Convert.co.

Due to licensing conflicts on MicroWiki, you will have to convert any audio file to .ogg. Uploading audio is the exact same as uploading an image. Size and caption parameters do not apply to these files.

  • [[File:AnthemOfExample.ogg]]