Hello there and welcome to the Pokemon NeoWiki FAQ. If you're reading through this thread, you obviously have at least a passing interest in what this is all about. If you're interested in learning more, feel free to read on. This post will be updated periodically by Relmutsie AN, Avalith and Origin if and when changes need to be made, as this is an ongoing project that will most likely have a few things change from time to time, so we'll do our best to keep you up to date with everything so you can keep contributing!
2. What is a NeoWiki?
A NeoWiki is, essentially, a subsite of Neoseeker that is worked on by any member of the community to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information of things going on in the world of a specific game franchise, in this case the world of Pokemon. Based around the MediaWiki software that runs on Wikipedia, the NeoWiki concept is a much more convieninet means to have a database of information for all Neoseekians than Portals. Adding to that, there are, and will be, a lot more cooler tools and functions with the Wikis. If you want to see another example of a Wiki, check out the Final Fantasy, Pro Evolution Soccer or the Digimon Wikis. Taking on such a project like a wiki isn't easy, nor is it something you can sit down and do in a few hours. It takes many months of hard work from a team of Neoseeker members to achieve much, so all the help that the members can offer to us is appreciated, and is recognized by the Wiki Contributor tag you receive if you regularly contribute.
If you have a question about the project, please ask in this thread. While we'd like to field your questions via PM as well, it's not fair to everyone else that you get your question answered privately when a lot of other people may have the same question you do. At least one team member will check through here whenever there's a new post, so your question will be answered at some point. If someone checks through the thread and doesn't know the answer, they'll find someone on the team who does and let them know to answer your question. Alternatively, just edit your question into the Talk Page.
5. When will it be finished?
Your guess is as good as ours. Obviously, Pokemon is an ever growing, ever expanding, ever re-running series of games, movies, anime, merchandise, etc, so a Pokemon Wiki Contributors job is never done. Keeping on top of the work, and having a large base of contributors will make it go faster, but since new ideas for pages will, and should be, constantly springing up, we'll never get bored. And if, god forbid, Pokemon did shut down, we'd still have plenty to do for a long time.
6. How can I contribute?
Before you can start writing up your content, you need to understand the specific markup of a Wiki. Here is a handy editing guide that should send you on your way to start creating content. Another great editing guide is written up here, detailing the basics of wiki editing.
However, should you have any other questions regarding anything about editing, or even anything regarding the Wiki, simply post it in this thread; our staff and contributors will be more than happy to help.
7. How can I suggest something for the Wiki?
Simply post it in this thread. However, you do not need to run anything by us if you do not want to, you are free to contribute anywhere on the wiki any time, as long as you are not deleting satisfactory content, writing unsatisfactory content, or breaking any Neoseeker Rules, which are expected to be followed on the Wiki. But, if you want to run a major idea to us, feel free to use this thread or the Talk Page.
If you have a suggestion for NeoWikis in general, please submit your ideas in this forum.
8. Is there a list of what has to be done?
Why yes, there is! It is located here, and the projects are being performed by the members listed under the respective headings.
Possibly the most important project to us, at the moment, is implementing a new layout on the Pokémon pages. The layout template is located here. As you can see, there is lots to be done! 5 members have reported that the layout takes about one hour to type out, at most. While this may seem daunting at first, it is really much easier than one would think - you will become used to it, and it will only get easier!
9. What is a Staff Member's job on the Wiki?
Staff members have a number of jobs across the wiki, one of them being contributing. That's right - just like our contributors, the staff members often make regular contributions to the wiki. Because of this, we are experienced in wiki editing, and therefore, one of our most important jobs is to help you.
In addition to this, staff members have some extra powers on wikis - the most relevant to contributors are probably moving pages and deleting pages. If you have a request to move or delete a page, contact a staff member on their talk page, PM them, or simply post your request in this thread.
Origin is focusing on the administrative aspects of the wiki, reviewing edits made by our contributors for spam, false content and the like. Most importantly, he is here to guide our contributors.
Chimchar5 is taking a break from wiki editing for a while as he is studying for his exams (wish him luck!), but when he returns, he will be focusing on attack pages and Pokémon pages.
10. Who can I contact about the Wiki?
This depends on what you'd like to talk with us about. If it's about contributing, then contact any staff member, or ask in this thread or the Talk Page. If it's a general question or an idea, post it here. If it's something else but still related to the wiki, feel free to contact any of the staff members listed and they'll tell you who you can talk to if they don't know the answer. If it is a serious matter then contact the staff members or a wiki admin, such as Avalith.
[Notes:] Extreme credit goes to Avalith for all the markup and a large amount of content for this page. Credit also goes to Origin for maintaining this thread for a great deal of time. This page will be constantly updated, and is nowhere near perfect. Please alert Relmutsie AN or Origin of all the imperfections or problems and we will fix them as soon as possible. Thanks, and enjoy the Pokemon wiki, and keep contributing!
Added some more info to question 8.
New thread in Platinum forum.
New thread in SoulSilver forum, and added more info.