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Tutorial by YingYong , mr3urious, Hb1290 and LogoFun13-YT
Editions by Eric S., mr3urious, Shadeed A. Kelly, kidinbed, and Logohub

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Hello, there! Welcome to the CLG Wiki; we're glad you've joined! Now, what's the most important thing you do to improve the site? Why, writing articles, of course! This tutorial will show you how to write a suitable entry for the site, and how to improve your page. For demonstration of logo descriptions see here and here.


Page Layout

All pages have a basic form that everyone follows. They are:

Background (optional)

This shows the history of the company whose logos you're describing. They can include when the company started, their business practices, who runs it, business acquisitions they've made, or when they shut down (if they have). You do not have to include this on your page, but it's VERY informative. Use a level three heading for this section.

Year: The date of release and retirement of the logo. Use a level three heading for this. For example:

??? Logo/ID/Open (1992-1999)

Nickname(s) (optional): Just something people call the logo by. Nicknames are made from a certain theme shown in the logo; more often than not, however, they're made from how cheesy or scary the logo is. These are on many logos, but do not necessarily have to be on a description.

Logo/ID/Open: The heart of it all. This is used to describe what happens in the logo. Be very descriptive on this part - use colorful adjectives as much as possible, and try to describe every little detail. Start by saying what color the background is, and then whatever animations are in the logo. For still logos, just name the background color and whatever is on the still image.

Take your time on these, and make sure you revise, because if you leave an important detail out, you can easily confuse people.

Trivia (optional): If there is some trivia about the logo, put them in this section. This is optional, so can do it if you want to.

Variant(s) (optional): If there are different variants of a logo, post them here.

FX/SFX: This is a short section. Say what is moving in the logo, and what kind of effects or special effects are being used (and don't just be lazy and put "Everything" or "All the animation in the logo"). If it's still, simply say "None". Also try to state what looks professional in the logo.

Music/Sounds: Say what kind of sounds are being used, or what genre the music is in the logo.

Music/Sounds Trivia (optional): If there is some trivia about the logo theme or sound, put them in this section.

Music/Sounds Variant(s) (optional): If there are one or more variants of the logo theme or sound, post them here.

Availability: This section is important - gather all of the information about where this logo can be found. State whether it is rare or not, tell where it can be found, and where it was last seen. Don't forget to italicize titles (or use quotation marks for episode names of television shows) from where the logo can be found. And please don't predict if they'll appear in upcoming films, because they may very well not use the logo.

Scale of Availability: Use this nomenclature for your future logo descriptions:

  • Ultra common/Very common: When you find this logo everywhere (also if this logo plasters everything).
  • Common: You find that logo on newly produced shows/movies of that company, or is left intact on reruns/DVDs.
  • Uncommon: You may find that logo on some prints of produced films/shows of that company.
  • Rare/Very rare: It appeared few times on some releases/prints.
  • Scarce: You may find it on several prints/releases.
  • Extremely rare: Appeared on some old releases/prints that hasn't been widely distributed.
  • Ultra rare: Difficult to find or appears on a very special release or print.
  • Extinct/Near extinction: Has been replaced by other logos and/or is beyond hard to find, but can be found on very old releases/prints.
  • Unknown: If you don't know on which films/shows the logo has appeared.
  • Brand new: For newer logos.
  • TBA: To be announced.

Do not put vague or incoherent descriptions like "common but rare" or "current but common". Phrases like these can confuse readers. Also, for any upcoming movies or shows, don't make predictions on when the logos will appear as they may not even use them.

Editor's Note (optional): Write about how the logo has affected the logo community and/or broader popular culture and how much of an impact it's left, whether it's scary, cheesy, beloved, etc. If not that important, put "None" or just don't make it an option.

Notes: When having two or more logo descriptions, make sure you hit "Enter" four times in between each one so each description will have enough breathing room. Furthermore, when listing name changes for a company, use a level two heading for each name.

Credits

Main Article: CLG Wiki:Credits

Boilerplate

When creating a new page, you can load a standard template to simplify the editing process. When creating a new page, a box will appear above the editor asking you to choose a boilerplate. Ensure that you have selected the appropriate page template, then click load. This will load in a blank description template that you can use to build your page.

The boilerplate interface. You will see this above the main editor when creating a new page.

Page Templates

Main Article: CLG Wiki:Page Templates

Adding videos

Shortcut:

You can add either YouTube or Vimeo videos to pages.

YouTube

When adding YouTube videos, use this format: {{YouTube|id=youridhere}}

You can use multiple videos in this template like so: {{YouTube|id=|id2=|id3=...> The template currently supports up to 17 videos. Each video's width and height parameters are customizable, i.e. width=|height=|width2=|height2=|width3=|height3...>

If width and height parameters are not filled, the video will be automatically shown with the default width/height parameters (240x185).

Vimeo

The parameters for the Vimeo template are exactly the same as the YouTube template. To use it, type: {{Vimeo|id=youridhere}}

The template supports the same number of videos as the YT template.

What is a Video ID?

You can find the video ID by right-clicking on the YouTube Player and clicking on "Copy Video URL". The video URL for this video on Fox Lab is

https://youtu.be/8dru7rImpOI

The Video ID here is highlighted in red. This is what you have to use in the template.


On long YouTube URLs, the id is after v=, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dru7rImpOI


On Vimeo, the video id is the part after the / in the url, for example:

https://vimeo.com/18635794

Videos in forum threads

You can add YouTube videos to threads using the following markup: <youtube width="220" height="165">VideoID</youtube>

Vimeo videos cannot be added to threads as they do not allow templates.

Adding Images

Main article: CLG Wiki:Adding Images

Categories

Once you've finished your page, you should add it to our category system. You can add a page to a category by adding [[Category:Your Category Here]]. You can see this in action at the bottom of this page, where you will note that this page is in the "Tutorials" Category.

Alternatively, you can turn on HotCat, which can be found on the Gadgets section of your Preferences. This will enable buttons to remove, change or add categories on the category bar.

Bringing a Page to the Top of a Category

If you want to make a page more distinct in a category you can add this: | to create the following markup: [[Category:Your Category Here| ]]

Moving your page

If your page title has a typo in it or the subject of your page has changed their name, you may wish to move your page to a new title. To do this, simply go to the "More" menu at the top of the page and select the move button. You will be prompted to provide your changed title. If you are simply moving your page to a new namespace, click on the dropdown that says (Main) and select the namespace you want.

Once you have made the desired change, click the button to confirm your change and the page will be moved. Your original title will be preserved as a redirect, so you won't need to update any wikilinks to your page. If your move was to correct a typo in the title, please blank the resulting redirect page and mark the page for speedy deletion using {{SpeedyDelete|Typo}}. An admin will then delete your page promptly.

Creating a redirect manually

If the subject of your page is known by another title or an abbreviation, you might like to create a redirect so that any user who searches or links using this alternate name will easily find your page. To make one, simply create a new page with the desired alternate name and put the following on the page:

#REDIRECT [[Your Title Here]].

The markup should produce something like this:

Redirect.PNG

Once you save your redirect page, any user who follows a link to this alternate title will be sent directly to your page.


If your page has Level 2 headings, you might want to use this markup to create a redirect to a certain section of a page:

#REDIRECT [[Your Title Here#Section Name Here]].

The markup should produce something like this:

Section Redirect.png

That's about it. Have fun! - The CLG Wiki Team