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Starting Guide

Hello, and welcome to the Vampire Diaries Role-Play Wiki. We're excited to see that you've joined the wiki and will give you a few tips on getting started.

Shortcut:
DAW:SUG

So you've decided to join this roleplaying wiki. That's great! However, you may struggle with setting up your character. Here is a guide on what to do.

Before You StartEdit

Recall the RulesEdit

Unfortunately, all users under the age of 13 are not permitted on the wiki. It is Wikia's policy (and a COPPA law) that you must be 13 years old to have an account here. And, since we don't allow users to RP without an account, then all users under 13 are prohibited from editing on this wiki.

What is COPPA?Edit

COPPA (a.k.a. Child Online Privacy Protection Act) is a United States Law that affects all users. Even if you are not a citizen in the United States of America, Wikia (and this wiki) is based out of California, so all users must comply with this law.

If you need a further understanding of the law, you may read the full description on their website. This can be found here.

Read Our PoliciesEdit

Make sure you are familar with the rules before starting anything. A list of our policies can be found here.

First stepsEdit

SortingEdit

To be sorted, go to Sorting, and pick if your character will be an adult or a student, and click the appropriate link. Then, put your Character's name in the box, and click sorted. A short quiz will come up, so take the quiz, putting your answers in the post, with your character's name, and what year you would like to be (Don't forget you have to bold your answers!). An admin will finish sorting you, and let you know what House and year you're in. Please be logged in so an Admin knows who to contact, otherwise your character won't be sorted.

After ThatEdit

1) First, type your character's name in the below box and click create.

You can also use EasyChars, which was created here, but we are using a new version now created here and already includes your House Colors and other things. You can use that by putting your character's full name in the appropriate box below, and clicking Create.

2) If you want to make an image you can use some online things to draw them for you (such as http://www.dolldivine.com/), but you may want to do it yourself. You are not limited to any certain style, for instance George Robertson's image was that of some sort of angry stick figure.
3) On the character's page put the category for the Year you want your character in (e.g. Category:First Years, Category:Second Years, etc.). After you complete a term, DO NOT CHANGE THE CATEGORY (the category with the year). We have a bot that will automatically find and replace all year categories. You also need to add the House category to the page. So if your character was sorted into Gryffindor, put Category:Gryffindor in the category section. (In Easy Chars, the House Category is done for you).
4) On your user page, put a link to your character's page. If this is not done, we don't know which user owns which character and it makes talking to people very difficult!
5) On the bottom of your character's page, put a link to your user page, so we know who the character belongs to.

An example of a complete character page is Lily Elizabeth Smith. Check there for some ideas or examples.

Creating your character boxEdit

To create a simple character box, do the following steps.

1. First, type Template: then your USER NAME in the below box and click create.

2. Copy/paste the following into the new template page. Remember to change the text that is capitalized.

{{Talk 
|image=
|color=
|color2=
|namecolor=
|textcolor=
|textcolor2= 
|name=YOUR USER NAME
|nick=YOUR CHARACTER'S FULL NAME
|sig=HOUSE AND YEAR
|time={{{time}}}
|text={{{YOUR CHARACTER'S FIRST NAME}}}
}}
<noinclude>
[[Category:UserTalk templates|{{PAGENAME}}]]
</noinclude>

An example of a box would be:

{{Talk 
|image=Karith_Black.jpg
|color=Black
|color2=#006600
|namecolor=Silver
|textcolor=Silver
|textcolor2=Silver
|name=Bond_em7
|nick=Karith
|sig=Slytherin 7th Year - Head Boy
|time={{{time}}}
|text={{{Karith}}}
}}
<noinclude>
[[Category:UserTalk templates|{{PAGENAME}}]]
</noinclude>

A full list of things you can use to customise your box can be found here.

If you have questions on how to do this, or how to customize them further, feel free to ask User:Bond_em7 on his Talk page.

3. Use the character box like so:

{{<User Name>|CHARACTER'S FIRST NAME=Your message.|time=~~~~~}}

E.g.

{{Bond_em7|Karith=Karith banged his head against the door. "Ow!" he yelped.|time=~~~~~}}

In action: Template:Bond em7

Again, if you have questions on how to create bubbles, create the template, or how to customize them further, feel free to ask Bond_em7 or Echostar. Also, once you need a second bubble, contact one of these two to help you get set up with a template for more than one talk bubble.

The coding for talk bubbles can be a bit confusing, especially for new wiki users, and coding in general is used often throughout our roleplays and discussions. If you are a new wiki user, check out Algamicagrat's blog to learn more about wiki coding and markup.

Diagon AlleyEdit

As an option, you can go to Ollivander's (or check the navigation bar at the top) and visit each of the places and buy things you need.

Now Where?Edit

Now you are an official member of our wiki. You can attend classes, earn house points, and play Quidditch. Feel free to explore and ask an admin if you need anymore help. The best place to start would be your common room. There should be a link to it on your talk page from when your character was sorted. Common rooms have roleplaying, a schedule of what classes are in session, and announcements related to your House.

List of Common RoomsEdit

Getting a CharacterEdit

To create a character, you must first think of a good name. Do not pick a name that already exists that we know of, such as Elena Gilbert. If your chars name is Elena Gilbert she will not be approved. Once you have your name, you should type it in the box of Power Confirmation. Once you do that, click the button and answer the questions. When you're done, come back, and we'll look at the second header.

Character PageEdit

Step One - Creating a new PageEdit

On the top right hand corner of your screen, there should be a button that looks like this:  
Contribute
 If you click that, there is a number of tabs that will fall down. Click on the one that says "Create new Page. Now a box to type in should appear. Type in your character's name in the box. You've now created a new page! 

Step Two - InformationEdit

A good character page should have plenty of information. An advanced char page may include History, Personality, Appearance, Powers, Gallery, and an Infoboxed. Confused? Don't worry, I'll explain. We're going to start out with a generic Character Page.

So first let's create a header. See a little up above where it says "character page"? Well, that is a Header 2. We're going to try and use those now. To insert a Header 2, you can type it out or click the button on the menu bar above. If you type out that you want a Header 2, it'll look like this:

 ==TEXT HERE== 

Your first header should commonly be "History", so it'll read this:

 ==History== 

Now make as much information about your character as you can. History helps you to better understand your character and so that others can too. Once you do that. create you Persoanality header, then add text to that. Now the last header, appearance, and you should be done. Just remember you have to include your character's power or specialty somewhere.


These are only the requirements to a char page. If you wish to make better looking character pages with infoboxes and pretty backgrounds, please see Help:Character Page.

Word BubbleEdit

Step One - Adding a Template PageEdit

On the top right hand corner of your screen, there should be a button that looks like this: 
Contribute
If you click that, there is a number of tabs that will fall down. Click on the one that says "Create new Page.

Now, to name your Word Bubble page, you must first start the page with "Template:" When you type this in, it should say "Template:{{{YOUR USERNAME}}}" If it were mine, it would read "Template:ChrysieeBoo Lovely".

Step Two - CodingEdit

First things first, you must begin adding the coding to the page you've just created. The Marvel Universe Role-Play Wiki's official Word Bubble coding is below:

{{Word Bubble
|image      = 
|pic width  = 
|color      = 
|color2     = 
|textcolor  = 
|textcolor2 = 
|line       = 
|fonttype   = 
|name       = 
|char page  = 
|username   = 
|sig        = 
|time       = {{{time}}}
|text       = {{{text}}}
}}

Adding information to this is very simple. All you have to do is put in the things it asks of you next to the equal signs. Here is an example of what it might look like once you are done Coding the starting text:

{{Word Bubble
|image      = Muller.jpg
|pic width  = 110 
|color      = red
|color2     = green
|textcolor  = yellow
|textcolor2 = blue
|line       = orange
|fonttype   = century gothic
|name       = Headmaster Muller
|char page  = Headmaster Muller
|username   = Colin687
|sig        = Xavier's School Headmaster
|time       = {{{time}}}
|text       = {{{Muller}}}
}}

When that is all completed, you will be able to begin using your new word bubble on Role-Play Locations. When you wish to insert your Word Bubble to a selected Role-Play page, the coding you put in will look like this:

{{USERNAME|time=~~~~~|CHARACTER NAME=TEXT HERE}}

Here is an example of what it might look like if you were to have all of the info inside:

{{Colin687|time=~~~~~|Hall=Hi, I'm Agent Hall}}

Now, here is the best part of all. What the Word Bubble looks like when you post the coding to the Role-Play Page:


AprilNewFaceTalkBubble

April Marie Mystic Falls High School - Sophomore
-Witch

 – {{{Time}}}

{{{April}}}


Step Three - Multiple BubblesEdit

Now that you have completed your first Word Bubble you can begin to create others! You have now already created your Word Bubble page and have your first one all done. Now, to add more to that, you need a few simple things.

At the top of each new Word Bubble coding, you need to put this:

<includeonly>{{#if:{{{CHARACTER FIRST NAME|}}}|</includeonly>

Here is an example of the ending result:

<includeonly>{{#if:{{{Hall|}}}|</includeonly>

Now, at the bottom of that word bubble, put this:

<includeonly>

Once you have done all of that, at the bottom of the page you need to add two }'s.

The ending result to all of this should be something similar to this without all of the information involved:

<includeonly>{{#if:{{{Hall|}}}|</includeonly>
{{Word Bubble
|image      = Hall.jpg
|pic width  = 110px
|color      = black
|color2     = white
|textcolor  = white
|textcolor2 = black
|line       = white
|fonttype   = 
|name       = Agent Hall
|char page  = Agent Hall
|username   = Colin687
|sig        = S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
|time       = {{{time}}}
|text       = {{{Hall}}}
}}
<includeonly>
|{{#if:{{{Muller|}}}|
{{Word Bubble
|image      = Muller.jpg
|pic width  = 110 
|color      = firebrick
|color2     = black
|textcolor  = black
|textcolor2 = firebrick
|line       = firebrick
|fonttype   = cambria
|name       = Headmaster Muller
|char page  = Headmaster Muller
|username   = Colin687
|sig        = Xavier's School Headmaster
|time       = {{{time}}}
|text       = {{{Muller}}}
}}
}}
}}

Hope this all made sense. And if it didn't feel free to ask me or anyone else in the Administration. Thanks

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