Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide Part One
This is part one of the Ezvid Wikimaker Style Guide. Here you will find our editorial standards for writing and image selection along with techniques for how to incorporate Wikimaker's features to create entertaining and informative videos. If you are ever unsure of something, always refer back here and read the full style guide. After watching this guide, continue on to part two and part three to learn more.
What Rules Are Covered In This Section Of The Style Guide?
- Add A Unique Title
- Feel Free To Clone Images From Existing Wikis
- Use Spell Checking
- Review A Few Published Wikis
- Be Sure About Your Facts
- Do Not Plagiarize
- Explore Your Subject In-Depth
- Write In Simple Terms
- Write With A Serious Tone
- Do Not Reference The Current Date
- Avoid The Passive Voice
Where Can I Find Some Examples of Well-Made Wikis?
You can find previously published wikis made with Wikimaker on this page. It's always a good idea to watch other videos to get new ideas for making your articles and videos more entertaining.
What Are Some Good Additional Resources On Grammar?
- An article on the passive voice and how to avoid it
- The rules for capitalization in English
- A guide for when to use an apostrophe
- The Chicago Manual of Style
Where Can I Find The Other Sections of The Style Guide?
When using Ezvid Wikimaker, there are certain key practices that need to be adhered to. Here we will outline the rules to follow, and demonstrate the steps required to create and publish your own Wiki.
First, you need to add a unique title. Click on the title at the top of the page. Delete the words "My Wiki" and replace them with your new title. Make sure to use correct capitalization. Hit "Enter" and your title will appear.
A great way to jump-start your Wiki creation process is by cloning images from an existing Wiki. First, choose any Wiki from the list at wiki.ezvid.com/m. Click on the image to go to the article. Highlight the URL, then press control and c simultaneously to copy it, or right click and choose "Copy."
Go back to your Wiki, and scroll down to the bottom. Click the link, and you'll be taken to a new page. Paste your link into the box. Click on the "Clone" button or press enter. You'll now see that all the images and recordings from the other Wiki are available for you to use.
As you work, Chrome should be checking your spelling and identifying errors. If you notice that spelling errors aren't underlined in red, right click on the text box. Scroll down to "Spellcheck," and make sure "Check the spelling of text fields" has a check mark next to it. You can also ask Google for suggestions to help you as you type.
It's essential to review a few published wikis to get a feel for our standards of quality. Read several articles in their entirety and watch the accompanying videos until you're able to internalize and write in the editorial voice of the site. This will also help you understand how to pace out your screen captures and recordings as you deliver information on your chosen subject.
When writing a wiki, you need to be sure about your facts. Unlike many user-generated websites, Ezvid Wiki does not accept factually incorrect submissions. Choose a topic that you know a bit about, and research things like name spellings to make sure you have them correct. If our system identifies factual inaccuracies in your submission, it may not be published.
One thing you definitely cannot do is plagiarize. If our system detects that you have copied and pasted from another article on the web that isn't in the creative commons, your Wiki may be automatically removed. Do note that facts cannot be owned or copyrighted, so it is fine to restate information found on the Internet, but you cannot copy sentences word-for-word and pass them off as your own work.
Your wiki should be well researched and typically 750 to 900 words in length. If your subject matter really cannot support this many words, you may make a shorter Wiki, but never fewer than 500 words. Your word count will be displayed at the bottom of the screen while you work. Wikimaker typically won't allow you to write much more than 1,000 words. What's most important is that you cover your topic in-depth and fully answer all relevant questions that the reader may have.
Our intended audience has a high-school education and no previous technical knowledge. They are not overly computer literate or internet-savvy. You should not assume that your reader knows anything about the topic. Instead, go out of your way to define terms and communicate in short, clear sentences. Whenever you are explaining a process, especially one related to technology, you should provide step-by-step instructions and include images and videos that correspond with each step.
In general, your writing should have a serious tone. Humor is occasionally acceptable if it helps to get a point across, but the goal here is to be informative, not clever. The tone of your writing should be similar to an outlet for serious journalism, such as The Washington Post, or an encyclopedia, such as Encyclopedia Britannica or Wikipedia. You should rarely, if ever, use exclamation points. We want to be professional and authoritative so readers know they can trust us.
These articles and videos are reference material that must still be relevant and useful 5 years from now. Never write about the current date, year, or season, and don't use references that could easily go out of date. At the same time, the use of vague terms like "nowadays" or "these days" sounds lazy and should always be avoided.
In general, you should always avoid the passive voice. If you don't know what that is, it's a good idea to read up on it. This is a nuanced rule, because there are many instances in which the passive voice might be appropriate. Just remember that your goal should always be to explain things in the simplest way possible using clear language and visual examples that any novice can follow.
Thanks for watching part one of the Ezvid Wiikimaker Style Guide. Follow the link on this page to watch part two, where you'll find more rules and tips for making great wikis.