Frequently Asked Questions

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If you've any questions or suggestions about the wiki and its syntax or the Lexicon rules, use this page to wax poetic. Be sure to sign your name (using either the second - from - the - right toolbar icon, or typing two hyphens and four tildes), which also includes the timestamp. When we have consensus we'll clean the new question up into FAQ format.

What's with the name?

The name 'Einwimz' hearkens back to a game that Rich played with his brother and sister in his youth. The game itself was inspired by Ghyll

How do I dib an entry (cf. Rule 1)?

If there is a specific phantom you'd like to write, wait until the proper turn occurs (ie. waiting for the "R" turn to dib phantom "Rancor") and then edit the phantom to just include a statement of dibbing ("MIIine! ALlL MiIInnE!") and your name/signature (created by typing four tildes "~"). Naturally, the intent of dibbing an entry is so that you actually write it -- if you don't during that turn, your dib expires.

It's also common, either at the same time as the dib or shortly thereafter, to use "What links here" and/or the search box to find existing references to your phantom. You can then copy and paste relevant parts of those references (in wiki format) into the new phantom so that you don't miss any salient facts.

Can I cite more than I'm required to cite? (cf. Rule 2)

In each turn after the first, you're required to cite exactly two phantom entries (which may be existing phantoms, brand-new phantoms, or a mixture of both) and one existing entry, no more and no less. An article is cited by placing it in the Citations list at the bottom of your article. For Round 2, you may not cite two brand new phantoms. See the Einwimz Index and the Einwimz Phantom Index, which jointly constitute a complete list of in-play terms.

None of these three citations can be terms you've created or written. However, this rule applies forward only: it isn't retroactively enforced. In other words, if you cite a phantom that someone else had created, and then in a later turn you define that phantom, you have not violated the self-citation rule.

If you've properly met these requirements, the body of your your entry can certainly link to other terms in the encyclopedia, including those you've personally written. These "other terms", however, must either be actual articles or already-defined phantoms, not brand-new phantoms. You are encouraged to link to the articles and phantoms that you cite, although there may be particular reasons for not doing so.

What happens about linking to widely-used terms?

It may often be the case that terms are used throughout the dictionary that are not cited initially: you're allowed to invent people, places, etc. that you don't actually cite in the Citations footer. That means that later in the game, people can write about these people, and references can be strewn across the wiki that don't actively link to the phantom. How is the person to be able to research the references? The general rule of thumb is that when you create a term that you know has been mentioned elsewhere, either you go about looking for existing references and link them (the Search box in the left nav bar is your friend), or the admins do it for you. Sean B. Palmer 22:33, 1 Sep 2004 (EDT)

Should we correct other people's articles?

The general etiquette on the correction of spelling and typos in entries other your own is to please go ahead and correct it! Furthermore, as long as you don't change the semantics of someone's entry, you can certainly change the syntax to make it easier to read, clearer, etc. Imagine you're correcting someone's English paper: you're not going to do their work for them, but you want to let them know that it's "i before e except after c and except in wierd words such as weird".

You may not, however, "correct" their facts. If you discover that a new article contradicts canon, please discuss it in the discussion area of the article, and arrive at a solution. Sometimes, for example, contradictions may be controversial differences of opinions. However, if a 'fact (as opposed to an interpretation, opinion, or conspiracy theory) is contradicted, a solution should be discussed.

What's the procedure for joining in late?

You must join in at the current letter and then proceed at the normal pace without going back to earlier letters, Allowing new players filling in entries on earlier letters would probably create a situation where only one or two folks would have time to read the "out of turn" entries (which isn't to say that you'll never be able to define an A entry -- Einwimz is planned indefinitely, with a new round starting at A once Z is reached).

What are the house rules for signatures?

Always two hyphens (--) followed by ~~~~ (that's four tildes), which'll automatically link your username, timestamp, and timezone. If you don't set an alternate name, then the default is to just link to your username. To set your "use for signatures" name, go to Special:Preferences, and the third white box should be "Your name (for signatures)". Set that, and make sure "Raw signatures" is unchecked.

Should the contributors update the Einwimz Index after their creations are completed?

It's up to the player, but it'd help us out if you updated the Einwimz Index, the Einwimz Phantom Index, WhoIsWho, Geography and the Timeline after finishing your article. We'd still "catch your back" for integrity, etc.

Are already-written entries in the current turn canon?

As soon as a scholar presses the Save page button, an article is FACT and CANON. During that same turn, the scholar may choose to tweak aspects of an article, but the essential facts of the article must be taken as canon immediately, or we'll end up with a very confusing and contradictory world.

Do not contradict facts in any other article in the canon. Note that within the narrative there is plenty of room for conflicting opinions, but not conflicting facts. If you think that another scholar has contradicted you, take it to the discussion page, and work it out. The encyclopedia administrator has final say if you can't come to an agreement.

Are the scholars part of the story?

That's up to you, as a scholar. You can choose to write yourself into the story if you like, and create an elaborate persona for yourself. Go crazy.

What's available to help create Einwimzian names and words?

It's hard to came up with names that don't sound silly. Here's some tools that might help out:

Random Word Generator

Generates entry names that begin with a specified pair of letters

The Funny Name Generator

By Doctor Phineas Crank.