So you want to help us build Sharpe's Wiki? That's great, we need all the help we can get! But where do you start? Well, that's fairly simple: pick a book, find a fact and add it to the relevant page if there is one, and if not you can create a new one. Simple!
However, if we all go about it in our own way then we could end up with a lot of duplicated entries listed under different titles, and so I think we need a certain amount of simple structure here to help build this wiki. After all, everything needs a certain amount of structure somewhere.
As with all wikis, everyone can edit pages in Sharpe's Wiki. Just click the edit this page link at the top of any page (except for protected pages) if you think it needs any improvement or new information. You don't need anything special; you don't even need to be logged in. If you want to experiment first, without risk of "messing up" a real article, head over to a sandbox, where you can practice editing to your heart's content. To practice editing an existing page like this one, just copy and paste it from the article's edit page into the sandbox. If you want to learn more, check out the Wikipedia Tutorial to learn the basic info you should know as a member of our project.
The The Main Page is where all the visitors will (hopefully) start off, and where we need to create a good introduction to the Sharpe universe. There fore we have to have the following sections:
- Sharpe's Wiki: The Sharpe's Wiki section is a simple introduction to the Sharpe universe.
- The Sharpe Books: The The Sharpe Books section is a list of links to each of the Sharpe books. See below for a description for these subsequent pages.
- The Sharpe Films: The The Sharpe Films section is a list of links to each of the Sharpe TV Movies. See below for a description for these subsequent pages.
- Indexes: The Indexes section is a catch-all section, with list of links to the relevant Category Lists, as well as any other links that may be needed (such as a Useful Links page and a Timeline page). See below for a description for these subsequent pages.
A Sharpe Book pageEdit
A Sharpe Film pageEdit
The Characters CategoryEdit
This category is designed to list the characters who appear in the Sharpe books. This page is automatically generated from the items which have the [[Category:Characters]] link at the foot of a character page.
A Character PageEdit
Pages for characters are, at the moment (and this may be subject to change), titled with the name (Forenames Surname) of the character. We've made them fornames first for legibility (as shown on Wikipedia) and for ease of linking; we would rather have Richard Sharpe links throught an article than Sharpe, Richard links.
We have not included ranks in the page title, as these can change regularly throughout the books. For example, listing Richard Sharpe as Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Sharpe would complicate the story of Sharpe's Tiger, and listing him as Private Sharpe would look erroneous in Sharpe's Waterloo. Therefore, miltary ranks have not been included in titles and links, though in future they may be, using redirects to point to the correct character article.
This page naming convention is more of a problem for religious or heraldic titles, and therefore these may be included. Mother Superior may link to a disambiguation page (there could be several of these!), Father Curtis should keep his title even when we know his forename, and titles like the Prince Regent and Prince William of Orange will need to remain as titles. This naming system is most problematic for Arthur Wellesley, who given a series of titles throughout thebooks, but is best known as the Duke of Wellington. These titles will have to be used with redirects. I think we should say that if in doubt, we need to discuss it. (See also Wikipedia:Naming conventions (names and titles)
Whilst most characters within the Sharpe universe are fictional, some characters, such as Arthur Wellesley and Robert Black Bob Crauford, are real, and character pages should reflect this by including a See Also section which links to the relevant Wikipedia entries (even when the entries do not exist).
A See Also link should also connect the Character page to the relevant Individual page for the actor or actress who plays the part in one of the TV Movies, if it exists. As most of these have been imported from the IMDB, these Individual pages should be present.
All character pages must have a Category tag to include it in the relevant Index. To stop the Character Category Index showing names in forname order, all character category declarations will include an alternative text (Surname, Forenames), such as [[Category:Characters|Sharpe, Richard]]. This will allow a correct alphabetical listing whilst keeping names easy to read.
The Events CategoryEdit
This category should be used to list specific events that occur in the Sharpe universe. Battles, skirmishes and other notable events can be added on events pages.
An Event PageEdit
This should describe the event, including dates and, if possible, diagrams. We are aiming to replicate the diagrams in the Sharpe books to show locations, military units etc.