What’s this?

TIOwiki is an online encyclopaedia with an online community of individuals interested in building and using a high-quality encyclopaedia for the Independent Order in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. We hope that members of the Independent Order can come together and build a factual, informative and expansive knowledge base that everyone can utilise.

TIOwiki has three core principles:

  1. All content on TIOwiki must be written from a neutral point of view, which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias. TIOwiki should not be used as an in-character propaganda board: it is for OOC reference.
  2. Anyone can edit any article: just because you do not own X nation, does not mean you cannot edit the Facebook for X nation. Most members can edit and delate articles they’ve created, and edit articles other people have made. Articles about a nation/character should be created (and will be attributed) to the OOC controller of that character.
  3. Where there is a conflict between users, it should be resolved in a polite and consensus-building manner. All legitimate concerns from members should be addressed, especially those of the editors. However, if no consensus can be built, ultimate authority will lay with TIOwiki administrators.

All edits on TIOwiki are traceable and reversible, and vandalism of articles will not be tolerated. The TIOwiki administrators reserve the right to ban users for excessively violating these principles.
Below you will find a helpful guide to getting you started.

How do I register?

Click here to register an account with the site. So you don’t get removed, please ensure you use your forum username. Once you’re registered, you can use the form on the right to login. If you’ve forgotten your password, please click here.

What powers do I have?

When your account is registered, you will most likely be listed as an Independent Nation. This gives you the power to do the following:

  • Create, publish, edit and delete your own TIOwiki posts;
  • Edit the TIOwiki posts of other members;
  • Create, edit or remove post categories and tags; and
  • Upload images and videos to the site for use on the Wiki.

Some users, however, will be given additional abilities and be known as a Verified Nation. Verified nations are usually reserved for long-term members of the site, or those specifically entrusted with upholding the high standards of the encyclopaedia. Verified Nations may also, in addition to the above:

  • Delete the TIOwiki posts of other members;
  • Create, publish, edit and delete their own Pages; and
  • Edit existing pages.

It is up to the TIOwiki administrators to determine which users are classified as Verified, and have the ability to remove users of such privileges.

Who are the TIOwiki administrators?

As it stands, CGJ is the only TIOwiki administrator. However he will be working closely with Beatrice, Gadshack, DaveIronside and Achkaerin when making any decisions on disputes or these guidelines.

Why can other people edit my posts?

Like with most online encyclopaedias, many of the articles here require the ability for multiple members to edit each post. It would therefore be a nightmare trying to set up a permission system that allowed a complicated personal/shared post facility. It was therefore decided that the best way to manage the encyclopaedia was to allow all members to edit all posts.

How do I post?

You can follow guides here on how to create a post. However, we have a few additional features that we’d like to highlight.

Categories

We have a number of categories (see below) for you use on your TIOwiki post. Each post will need to be put into one or more of these categories, but you may also add your own if it doesn’t fit in any existing one.
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Tags

Tags are used to help better identify pages. They are similar to categories, but are used for association rather than categorisation. E.g. ‘CTO Security Council’ and ‘CTO General Assembly’ would both come under the category ‘Organisations’, but could be tagged with ‘CTO’.

Text editor vs visual editor

There are two ways you can edit text on TIOwiki. The first, and the default, is the ‘visual’ editor – also known as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. This will show pages as they appear on the site.
The other editor is the ‘text’ editor. This will show the page in HTML format. Some people prefer to use this over the WYSIWYG as it gives you more advanced control over your page’s appearance. If you wish to paste HTML code into your page, you must use the text editor. See below for the differences between the two editors for this page.

  • Visual Editor
  • Text Editor
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It’s easy to change between editors, and you can do so at any time by clicking the buttons shown in the image below.

For most help regarding the text editors, please check out the WordPress Support Site. For specific information on the buttons in the visual editor, please see here.

TIOwiki-specific features

While much of the site uses standard WordPress features, we do have some custom features available to use.

Table of contents

One of the most important features of a Wiki is having quick and easy access to different parts of the page. Be it history, transport or military. Therefore we have a contents system that shows up on your page. To enable it, click the magnifying glass in the visual editor, or the button ‘contents menu’ in the text editor. You should then get a tag like this:
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Content will then appear like below.
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Please note that in order for the contents menu to show, the sections which you’d like to show on the menu must be formatted as headers. The preferred code format for the headers in the text editor is <h3><h4><h5>, or if you’re using the visual editor, by clicking the ‘paragraph’ dropdown and selecting Header 3, Header 4 or Header 5. You must have at least four headers on your page for the toc to show.

Tables

People often like to use tables for infoboxes, and you can use tables on TIO Wiki. All you need to do is show the full toolbar, and click the table icon, as seen below.
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To give you content like this:

Name Jean Valjean
Prisoner No. 24601
Reason for imprisonment Stealing

Tabs

Tabs have a lot of potential, and can be used in a number of ways. There are three types of tabs: vertical, horizontal and accordion. They each allow you to add additional content that you might not want to initially show, and can be used as you please. Here are some examples:

Vertical
  • InterCity Trains
  • Regional Trains
  • Commuter trains
These go super fast 
These ones not so much 
These ones have pretty decent acceleration 
Horizontal
  • Starter
  • Main meal
  • Desert
Tomato and basil soup 
8oz sirloin steak, served with chips and peas 
Ice cream, of course 
Accordion

(You can use this as a spoiler box, too!)

  • What's the time Mr Wolf?
  • What's the time Mr Wolf?
  • What's the time Mr Wolf?
5 o’clock 
6 o’clock 
DINNER TIME 

Note: horizontal and vertical tabs will always show as accordion tabs on mobile.

BBCode

Like Zetaboards, we’ve added basic BBCode functionality to this site. Many tags we’re used to on Zetaboards sadly will not be available, but some of the most basic, such as bold, underline and italics are available to use.

Editorial Guidelines

Linking to Wikipedia

Generally, you can use Wikipedia links within TIOwiki posts whenever you like, especially if it’s to a subject matter that would be unnecessary on TIOwiki. The same applies to links like YouTube or other links. The only three rules are that they have to be relevant to the article, useful, and safe for work (SFW).
Sometimes, however, an article you’re writing about a landmark or geographic item, there may be an equivalent article on Wikipedia that you’d like to point out. The best way to do this is to add an ‘Alert’ to the top of the page. To do so, go onto the visual editor and click the button highlighted below.
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When this text appears, change the type from “alert-success” to “alert-info”, and change the ‘Oh snap!’ text to: ‘This article has a Wikipedia equivalent, for more information on [subject], please see [hyperlink ‘here’].’ In the end, you should have something that looks like this:

This article has a Wikipedia equivalent, for more information on linking, please see here.

Request help

Sometimes you might like some help expanding your Wiki page, especially if its one about an international organisation. If that happens, use the alert button (explained above) in “alert-info” format to say: “This article is incomplete. Please support your fellow editors by helping to finish it.” This is an open invitation for other editors to assist you. You may also want to ask for help in IRC, the shout box, or on the Wiki forum.

Edit conflicts

If a user makes an edit to a Wiki post, and another user believes this edit (or part of the edit) to either break the principles of TIOwiki, or for any other reason shouldn’t be there, then they should follow these steps:

  1. Revert/amend the edit, and send a PM to the user on the forum explaining why;
  2. Should the user disagree with the reversal, seek to find a diplomatic resolution;
  3. If no resolution can be made, contact a TIOwiki administrator and a dispute topic will be created in the forum;
  4. Discuss with other editors whether the edit should stand (or if an alternative resolution can be found);
  5. Reach a consensus with the other editors.

If no consensus amongst editors can be found, then the TIOwiki administrators may intervene and make a final decision – however this will only be used as a last resort.

Nations that have ceased-to-exist (CTE)

Sometimes nations (and all companies, buildings and individuals within it) will cease-to-exist (CTE). The presents a unique challenge as nations or significant events in Mundusian history simply…vanish. Occasionally these nations are forgettable, but in other cases a nation, event or person may have had a significant impact on IC roleplay. We therefore have three categories for ‘former entities’:

  1. Category A: Entity with a significant impact on events or storylines – the history/events of this entity shall always be considered to have occurred, even when geographical changes (such as reallocation of map places) occurs.
  2. Category B: Entity with some significant impact on events or storylines – only events or instances where there has been a significant effect on IC roleplay will be considered to have happened, but otherwise the entity will cease-to-exist.
  3. Category C: Entity with little or no significant impact on events or storylines – entity will be considered to have totally ceased-to-exist.

In all cases, the TIOwiki articles will remain live, but a note will be placed at the top to alert to the fact that the entity no longer existed. Should the entity be revived, then the note will be removed. The CTE notification will look a like this:

This article describes something that has ceased-to-exist, therefore events described here may/may not/are not considered to have occurred (Category A/B/C)

Note: This section does not apply to entities that have been ‘disbanded’ in-character, such as former republics or deceased individuals, rather to entities where the OP is no longer active or has abandoned that plot.

Need to know more?

If you have any queries that aren’t covered here, please contact a TIOwiki administrator.