Wiki Editing 101: Different Forms of Creation

Topic started by takashichea on Oct. 28, 2011. Last post by takashichea 10 months, 1 week ago.
Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Overview

Purpose: To give ideas for the creation section on the character page. I noticed a lot of wiki editors struggled with this section when they don't know where to look or what they can do.

I'm a peer mentor in real life; I volunteer to help college freshmen. I see wiki editing like a form of community service. Throughout the community, I do check other people's wiki pages and talk with them about the style guide in order to help them. Once they know how to do the style guide, they'll help other wiki editors.

For more info on the Style Guide, click on the style guide that has a blue and white question mark on any wiki page. It is also in Ethan's blog.

Creation's Sources

Most of the times, a wiki editor can find the notes about what inspirations the author used to create a character in the manga. On rare occasions, we see them in the anime. An example would be Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei anime where the characters' names are revealed at the end of the episode. When you don't have access to the physical manga but only scanlations, scanlations may not have the author's notes. This is where you have to look on other wikia sites or go to the official franchise's website.

Types of Creation Based on Inspirations

The nice thing about having a vague wiki style guide is that you can interpret a lot from it. It's like the constitution where its ambiguity allows room for change and interpretation.

The basic formula for a creation is this:

  • Who created this character? Include author (mangaka), character designer, or anyone who had taken part in creating the character.
  • Appearances: This is optional and maybe redundant. Basically, when did the character first appear in the manga, anime, light novel, movie, and more.
  • Seiyuu: It may be redundant, but when you have a long wiki article, it makes it easier to find the seiyuu by putting the information under creation. Seiyuu can include international voices as well.
  • Inspiration: This is the toughest one because not all characters have this due to the budgets that the author or the company faces. I will divide up the inspirations into parts for different ideas which will help you.

Example:

Character is created by this Author. (Insert Inspiration) Character first appears in volume _ and episode _. The Character is voiced by Japanese voice actor and English voice actor.

*It's okay if you cannot find the inspiration. Just say there is no current information regarding any inspiration used by the author to create this character.

1. Name Based

Why did the author choose to name this character this way? What was the original name that the author had scrapped? The name can be a clue to the character's personality and life.

Examples: Happy, Nozomu Itoshiki, Frederica Bernkastel,

2. Original Sketches

Talk about the original designs that the author had. What ideas that author played around with? Be sure to include concept art such as original sketches of the characters.

Examples: Naruto, Erza Scarlet,

3. Based on a Real Person

The author might based their character on their staff members, celebrities, and more.

Examples: Alaindelon,

4. Comparisons between Author's Previous Works

This is tricky because the information might be subjective. You can compare very similar characters that are both done by the same author if your information is not subjective.

Examples: Hamrio Musica to Gray FullBuster

5. One Shot Story Based

The author can based his/ or her characters on characters from one shot stories. Be sure include the title of these stories and tell what inspirations and major differences between the original and the current characters.

Examples: Monkey D. Luffy,

6. Guidebook

For Guidebooks, art books, and fan books that are official, there are notes from the creator regarding their character's designs.

Examples: Esdeath,

Feel free to add examples. I'm sorry for adding a lot of Fairy Tail characters since I remember those creations. I will love to diversify the examples. Please give me examples.

Thank you for reading this. If you have questions, feel free to ask me, my teammates, Ethan, or FoxxFireArt.

Updates

  • 8-31-14 - Added Guidebook example.
Post by Levance (1,846 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@takashichea: Good guide, you gave me the inspiration that I needed to continue my editions

Post by Levance (1,846 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@takashichea:An idea, I put in the article about Ushiromiya Battler, his catchphrase, it would be interesting if the editors put in their articles the catchphrases of the characters, don't you think?

Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Levance:

Catchphrases are quotes, so they wouldn't normally fit in creation unless the creator has some inspirations for that catchphrase. This is how my mentor, FoxxFireArt, did it. He inserted the quote under character evolution. If the quote has no inspirations, then put it under the evolution guide.

See his Kakashi Hatake.

Anna and I followed his method with our characters. See Makarov.

Sorry for another late response since I was online. I had an idea about teamwork and created another helpful blog for wiki editors, How do you make a team of wiki editors? Normally, I would respond fast. I keep checking my PM while I create another weekly report for Sket Dance.

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Sweet article! This is definitely going to be of aid for me. Thanks!

Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@KuroNekoXIII:

Thanks for the support! Be sure to give me some examples when you get some!

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@takashichea:

Will do!

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

The problem I find for writing character pages, especially the creation section, is whenever I even try to write stuff for a character, I look at the style guide. Then I read the Creation section for characters like Luffy or Saeko, to get an understanding of what I'm supposed to write. Then I think to myself, "how the hell am i supposed to know that stuff? and where do I go to verify this information?" I think this information is on japanese official anime sites, but I can't read japanese.

I don't know if other peeps feel this way, but this is a huge reason (not counting lack of time because of school) of why I prefer just filling out episode pages. But I realize most site visitors probably don't go to individual episode pages for information, they go to character and series pages. At least that's my impression. I sort of wish I could contribute more in those areas, I'm thinking of doing that with Hanasaku Iroha during winter break, but I can't think that far ahead yet. haha

Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@AURON570:

Yeah, people tend to wiki binge on the character pages because characters are more popular to read about. It's the face of the whole franchise. Plus, people tend to gauge the completeness of the franchise's wiki page based on how complete the character pages are. Look at the wiki bounty tasks, most of them emphasize character pages or the franchise, anime, and volume main page. Rarely, it's the individual episodes or volumes pages.

Check out the links and examples provided because I choose these due to their easy format. I added FoxxFireArt for another point of view. FoxxFireArt has an elaborate creation section which is hard for new wiki editors to follow. If you like, go with the easier format that other wiki editors have chosen.

Creation's Sources

Most of the times, a wiki editor can find the notes about what inspirations the author used to create a character in the manga. On rare occasions, we see them in the anime. An example would be Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei anime where the characters' names are revealed at the end of the episode. When you don't have access to the physical manga but only scanlations, scanlations may not have the author's notes. This is where you have to look on other wikia sites or go to the official franchise's website.

I know how you feel about the creation section. It's tough to find where the source is. Most of the times, it's in the manga. Rarely, it's in the anime, and sometimes, it's on an official website or the author's blogs. For the Japanese portion, I recommend asking FoxxFireArt to read it for you. Just PM him the link. He's the only wiki editor I know who's fluent in Japanese. I ask him for help like four times a month. Usually, it's the Japanese stuff that I have problems with.

In the end, it depends on how much the creator gives out information about his or her inspiration.

Thanks for pointing out a big issue! I'll make more wiki 101 articles soon. A great topic would be "How would I format a stranger's wiki page?"

Post by takashichea (12,353 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Wow, it was better than the location guide. I fail to take account of the diversity of various anime and manga series.

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