Then Manual of Style is a specific set of guidelines that wiki writers must follow to ensure that pages are readable and accurate.
For a creature to count for a page, it must be its own genus or species, and have been extinct for at least 200 years. Clades may also have pages. Any pages that do not meet these requirements will be deleted and the user who created them blocked.
Don't violate pages
Don't violate other people's work. Any vandalism will be swiftly reverted, and earnings or blocks will be issued to culpable parties. There are no exceptions.
Use proper grammar
Use proper grammar so that your articles are easy to read. For instance, take a look at the following samples:
The trilobites first evolved during the middle Cambrian, diversifying throughout the Palaeozoic until just one clade remained.
Contrast this with:
The trilobites first evolved during the middle cambrian diversifying throughout the paleozoic until just one clade remained
As you can well see, the first of the two texts is much easier to read, with correct punctuation and grammar. This is the sort of standard writers should hold themselves to. While specifics may vary between countries, the University of Oxford provides a basic style guide here.
Source Your Work, Using Credible Sources
Use references and links to where you find your information. Any pages you find that aren't sourced, please source them. Any unsourced information may be deleted at a staff member's discretion. Peer reviewed studies are good sources. Documentaries such as Jurassic Fight Club are not. The following are sources you shouldn't use:
- ReptileEvolution.com/The Pterosaur Heresies: Two websites run by a notorious crank.
- Children's websites: Typically contains outdated or erroneous information.
- Religious websites: May be run by someone with an agenda; never sourced.
- Documentaries: Barely any documentaries are totally accurate. The filmmakers may twist facts.
Good sites to use are PeerJ, Nature, PLoS ONE, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, and ScienceDirect, though be aware that studies may still be outdated or use faulty methodology.
When adding or creating an article, refrain from adding movie, show, or pop-culture depictions of prehistoric creatures in their respective galleries, as such information is prohibited. Stick to scientifically proven information.
Do not add speculation on your personal ideas on a prehistoric creature to one of their respective pages. Only use information from credible sources. For example, saying Tyrannosaurus rex hunted Edmontosaurus and backing it up with a valid source is fine. Saying that it was pink with polka dots isn't.
Use Information From Credible Sources
When you're searching for info for a page, please only use credible sources.
No Sexual And/Or Racist Material
DO NOT add any sexual/racist pages, photos, or comments/remarks. Not only is this a fact-based wiki, and not only is it off-topic, but frankly it is abhorrent behaviour.
Do not add photos of self-harm/and or grotesquely gory material. You may, however, add photos of a mildly gory battle between two prehistoric creatures, or a carnivore consuming another animal. Just make sure it's palaeontologically accurate and not gratuitous.
Please don't spam a comment or request over and over.
3 time violation of any of these rules will result in a sudden, and permanent ban.
Don't Recreate Galleries
The Gallery pages were deleted for a reason, don't recreate them or you will receive a temporary ban. Only make galleries on the pages the images are based on. For example, you should make a Maraapunisaurus gallery inside of the actual Maraapunisaurus page, and not make an independant page for it.
One last rule, HAVE FUN!
Oh and maybe learn some stuff in the process ;)