Here are the basic standards for posting and editing in the wiki. Discussion and questions are in the discussion page.
Capitalization, punctuation and square brackets
Punctuation and capitalization should be edited as needed for clarity, so long as it does not corrupt the meaning of message. There is no need to put [S]quare brackets on a capitalization, and probably not for ellipses to prematurely end a sentence... However, please do use ellipses to remove segments from the middle of a quote. eg. "God has... spoken again."
Images should be no taller than 160px x 280px or so. Images only, no text. Unresolved software issue prevents sizing after posting.
Every page should be a topic, a subject, referred to in the New Message. The clearer and more direct, the better. There are a few exceptions: the feeds page, and this one, for example.
Please avoid all original writing for now. However, members of the Society will be writing summaries or blurbs on some pages, so please do not delete those.
Outside material should kept to a bare minimum, carefully sourced, directly (and helpfully) supporting a statement from the New Message, and not in violation of copyrights.
Optimal page layout
There is not yet a standard, but the following sequence could work as a guide: Sections for a page
Quotes & Quotation Marks
- All quotations should be as brief as possible: two paragraphs maximum. If a quotation is more than one paragraph long, merge the paragraphs into one.
- All direct quotes should be wrapped in quotation marks, to differentiate them from paraphrases or summaries. [However, please separate different quotations from the same chapter or teaching with close quotation marks.]
- All quotations should be cited: if it's from a book, then please include book title, Chapter number and chapter name. If it's from a CD or individual Revelation, please include the title and date of the Revelation.
- Best practice is use of ref tags (not required). like so:
- <ref>The New God (January 5, 2025)</ref>
and then make a single reference list for the page, in the References section, with:
"Which winds up looking like this"
- The New God (January 5, 2025)
- All pages with ref tags need this header added:
Asterisks should no longer be used for citation. They are too confusing. For speed and convenience, the reference can be indicated below the quotation with indentation, using four colons. For example:
- ::::The New God (January 5, 2025)
Then ref tags can be added in later.
Personal testimony should not live on the New Message Wiki. If it is relevant, it can be linked to or referred to on another web site.