In this section we will discuss how to make a high quality and informative guide.
[hide][top]Formatting Section Headers
- You may not alter the order of trophies without TGT consultation and assistance.
- You may not add or change sections without TGT consultation and assistance.
- You may not change the colors of section headers.
- You may not add images to section headers.
[hide][top]Formatting Trophy Titles
Proper grammar and punctuation are key, and one of the biggest areas that will set your guide apart from the rest. No one likes reading through a jumbled mess with spelling mistakes galore, commas where periods should be, run-on sentences, et cetera. Spell check as you go, and also when you're finished writing the guide. Avoid the use of any profane language, unless it is a quote or in direct relation to a trophy and/or its description.
This will result in an instant Permanent Ban from Guide Writing! We do not allow guides to be plagiarized from other sources. If you would like to use part of a guide section from another source, then ask permission from the original author and properly cite it. You will be infracted for breaking this rule and your guide will be deleted.
Always check your search tags for the guide! Some of us add a few basic ones for you, but you can add up to 25 tags. If you are playing games with a difficult trophy or collectibles, use the trophy name as a tag. This will greatly increase the number of views your guide gets as search engines will direct folks to your guide in particular. It will help you as well as the site!
[hide][top]There is NEVER Too Much Information
Whenever you write a guide, always think of your guide as a tool for the biggest n00bs available to use. The more quality and specific information your can add to your guide, the more applicable it will be to members and the more traffic it will bring in. Don't think your guide is limited to our site only; if your guide is truly excellent, then people on other sites will link to it and reference it. You could be (internet) famous!
[hide][top]Major or Minor Contribution?
Please don't abuse the system! The first time you put in any description, put Trophy Description in the editing reason box then press save to obtain a Wiki Contribution for a Major Edit. After that, ANY editing you do to that trophy including the images click on the box that says This Is A Minor Edit then click Save Changes. This helps TGT monitor whether or not you are contributing to the guide, and prevents widespread abuse of the editing system.
This is self explanatory. Put all of your effort into a guide and be proud of your work. Remember, guides can be challenged if they are subpar, so the last thing you want is to put a bunch of time into it but do a half-assed job and have someone else challenge it. If they're successful your guide will be removed and all of your work will be lost. Do it right the first time, and don't let this happen.
Remember, when you take on the responsibility of writing a guide, you agree to keep it more or less up-to-date and relevant. We don't expect you to follow all the news about that game and make updates every hours, but if patches make one of your trophy solutions obsolete, or if any of your photo/video links break, it's a good idea to fix it before it festers. If you let your guide go and it becomes filled with broken links and out-of-date trophy info, that makes an excellent case for someone who wants to challenge it.
Additionally, if someone else on the forums offers tips/suggestions/other insight, it's a good idea to include them in the guide. Sometimes there are multiple ways to achieve a trophy, and any/all tips are welcome o ensure that everyone has the easiest time possible with a game. Be sure to provide credit to any members who assist you like this; it's a common courtesy.
[hide][top]Use Other Top-Notch Guides as Reference
There are a lot of exceptional guide writers on the site: DaveyHasselhoff
, and many more. If you are wondering how to do guides and need examples, go to the trophy guide section and look for some of theirs. If you want to see how other writers do it, learn from the best and emulate their work. Don't just open up a random guide; it's sad to say, but there are quite a few that are just waiting to be challenged anyway and would be poor examples for you to follow.