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I see you've finally joined the Chaos Insurgency! As a rookie, you first need to know the basics and guidelines for being a member of the CI wiki.
You may also access some other guides here, as this also serves as our Guide Hub.
First things first: the Chaos Insurgency is NOT real. We are a collaborative writing website devoted to making stories.
To start off your adventure at the CI Wiki, you should read the following pages.
The Guide For New Recruits will cover everything you need to know about the site structure, staff members, and how to become a proper and respectable member of the wiki.
Additional sections will be added to it:
- Introduction to Articles
- Intro to Items
- Intro to Tales
- Introduction to Canon
- Introduction to Projects
- Optional Selected Reads
The Site Rules has everything you need to know on proper site code and conduct, how to act like a responsible user and generally not piss everyone off.
Copy and paste the stuff in the text box below for your items!
[[>]] [[module Rate]] [[/>]] ||**Item:**|| -your item name here- || ||**Size:**|| optional -the size of the item here; use metric-|| ||**Type:**|| optional -is it a fungus? a mammal? something made during the Renaissance?- || ||**Living:**|| optional -Y/N- || ||**Sentient:** || optional -Y/N- || ||**Potential/Current Hazards**|| -Is it dangerous? //How// is it dangerous?- || ||**Required Wear/Weaponry**|| -What should people wear/have when around the object? Is it only in the containment cell, or facility-wide?- || ||**Location:**|| optional -where is the item being kept? || ||**Reported Anomaly:**|| optional -what IS the anomaly? Consult the Terms page || ++ **Usage** How do you use the item? How do you activate it, if applicable? What safety measure do you have to do? What are the potential uses of the item? The Usage portion should describe how we use the item, how careful we should be, how to take care of it, etc. ++ **Report** What is the item? What does it look like? What's the size? What does it do? Is there something we should be aware of? What are its anomalous properties? How'd we find it? When? How do we store the item safely? How do we protect it? The Report portion should describe the item, provide the protocols for storing it, etc.
You have the liberty to freely mess around with the format, and you can add stuff like 'Acquisition Records', 'Proposals for Item Upgrade', 'Terms of Proper Usage', and anything you can think of, in lieu of the standard format.
Writing and Posting
As of now, you are free to leave works-in-progress here, but we strongly recommend using the CI Sandbox instead. Please tag your works with 'wip' until it is done, then you can announce it once it is posted, if you like.
Thanks to the Oatmeal for the idea
|Size:||267 cm height; 600 kg weight|
|Usage Precautions:||Use it carefully|
|Handling Precautions:||Don't feed after midnight|
|Location:||A cage at Base Four|
We could use it to attack enemies. Throw a rock at the item to activate it. Remember to throw the rock from a safe place.
Item is placed in a steel cage with some dynamite to keep it fed. Because we're nice like that.
Item is a bear with miniguns for hands. The bear has adopted a humanoid stance and is bipedal, standing on two legs. The miniguns are fused to the bear on a molecular level, and their source of ammo or origin is not yet understood. When something provokes the bear, it fires the miniguns.
More can be made from the Bearracks.
Found in Oklahoma, U.S.A. in a log cabin, 1920.
The standard form for placing images in Item reports is as follows:
[[div class="image-block"]] |||| [[image http://your-image-url-here.com width="300px"]] || ||||~ [Object description here] || [[/div]]
The maximum width we try to maintain for images is 400px. You can change the float option to left.
Improperly formatted images in Items will be fixed by the Site Appearance team. No punishment is expected, of course.
Once you have your item ready, you may post it by making a new page, putting it there, and adding the item's nickname at the Item Arsenal page, under Retrieved, Stolen, Theoretical or Uncontained, depending on what you plan for it.
You can use the snippet below to fit the Item Arsenal list. Just input you page's link, and a name in the blanks, and paste the snippet below the other entries.
|| **[[[Your-Page-Here]]]** - <Page Description here.>||
If you require assistance, do not hesitate to ask Staff for help.
Items need to be concisely, clearly and cleanly presented. Description, explanation and tone should be a bit clinical, but also good in giving necessary details. The tone should also be a bit from a black ops agency, and the item itself should emphasize its usefulness to the Insurgency.
Also, the Insurgency is a little less focused on the exact science of the anomaly, and, listen to me carefully, the tone of your items should be a cross between the Foundation's clinical tone and something that can be read from a layman's perspective.
Also, we're nuts for the whole "for the good/betterment/glory/etc of humanity/greater good/other bullshit" but also find ways to break cliches. Try giving some extremely disturbing or sociopathic reasoning as to why it will help humanity (again, a bit cliche, but anyone with ideas should really post it here)
Remember, we're aiming for a no-nonsense, ruthless, dangerous rival to the stand-my-ground-style, professional SCP Foundation, but it should also have a three-dimensional perspective. We can't terrorize homeless minigun bears without a cause.
Once an item or tale has been posted, it will have a 24 hour 'grace' period where it will not be deleted, no matter what the rating is, to provide the author a chance to rewrite or polish it. After this period, it will be regarded as an actual item and may be subject to upvoting/downvoting.
If the item has reached a rating of -2, it is eligible for a staff deletion vote. If the vote reaches two members, deletion will start, three votes will guarantee deletion, four votes will lead to a faster deletion and five will lead to a 'delete now'. If the item's rating has increased, the vote will be cancelled.
Once the item has reached a deletion warning, a call for rewrite may be requested by a user (the author is still eligible to rewrite). The margin for creating and posting the rewrite is 48 hours. If the rewrite survives, it will be officially added to the Item Arsenal.
If the rewrite does not reach the margin of time and the original item is deleted, it may still be posted, however it will undergo the same process.
What we want to see in an item page: "Item is colored white."
What we do not want to see in an item page: "It looks as if painted with the color of the moon itself."
Use █ only in the description and appendix areas. We need to know how useful it is, how it is to be used, and how to contain it. If it is something like coordinates, or a location, it can be removed that way. Also, keep the varying sections of different lengths.
Call an item he/she if it is a human being but keep it professional. However, keep in mind that objects are objects/items while living organisms are subjects.
The SCP Foundation has the resources to contain and/or kill a Reality Bender (if such a need arises), but the Insurgency does not. Said subjects may help the Insurgency destroy a few Sites, but they wouldn't be able to keep it contained. Also, reality benders are usually uninteresting/boring and tend to be Mary-Sues/Gary Stus, If you're going to make one, make sure it's not too overpowered and has an interesting concept and/or backstory. Imagine it as if you're creating a character for a story.
No over-the-top (OTT) storage and containment methods
The Insurgency does not have as much resources as the Foundation does, so the object should not require a ridiculous amount of resources in order to store it safely. To clarify, most items do not need a thick metal container with a vault door guarded by twenty agents to keep it contained.
However, this is not always a followed rule, and you are free to write something that shows that the Insurgency is a far more capable force than portrayed. But in almost all cases, the Insurgency's budget dedicated to storing items is lesser compared to the more vital accounts such as research and personnel salary.
We cannot stress this enough. For an item to be good, it needs to have a use in the world of the Chaos Insurgency, be it for profit, weaponry or manipulation of world leaders, etc. Any item deemed not useful AT ALL are simply destroyed by the CI. For example, a good useful object is the Staff of Hermes, which can be used to make enormous amounts of profit. A bad, useless object would be a toaster that makes people cough when they plug it in. Give serious thought to the idea of "how useful is this?" Please note that the item itself still has to be interesting to read and decently written.
How to add your object
When your page is finished, you have to add it to the "CI Item Arsenal" page. The link is in the right side bar, at the top. When you are at that page, make sure you have copied your URL, and link it.
My article fell into the negative ratings! What's gonna happen to it?
Should an article fall down to −2 or lower, it will be deleted after 24 hours. Unless the article goes back up to 0, there won't be any exceptions, so remember to keep a back-up of your articles and pay attention to feedback!
The Lazy Way to add Blackboxes to your article.
Now as you may know, I can be a lazy sloth sometimes. So if you want black boxes without typing code, here they are for you enjoy! (╯°□°）╯︵ ████ Have all the black boxes you need!
Dr. Caduceus butts in: Or if you have the willpower, the code is:
alt (hold) + 219
The Following Black-boxes are arranged in increasing order if you are really really nitpicky about the number of letters/numbers each black-box is suppose to obscure. Have fun! :D
In the creation of a Chaos Insurgency Item, you may wish to use one of these terms to shorten a sentence and thus, make it look much more professional. The terms in question are outlined below, along with any common acronyms found on this site that would also provide that benefit. To show you why these terms are important to know, consider the two sentences below.
1. The object has the property of being able to drive one to near-insanity from constantly forcing the person to think of small equestrian (horse like) animals.
2. The object is a cognitohazard, the effects of which force one to think about small equestrian animals.
Which one sounds more professional? We believe example number 2 sounds more professional. And thus, terms make an article more professional and sound generally better. Acronyms have a similar effect, if one knows what the acronym represents, then it is easy to understand what one is speaking about. For example, if someone said "I saw the National Aeronautics and Space Administration center" you may not understand very easily, at least compared to "I saw the NASA center."
- Airborne Hazard -A hazard that mainly uses the air as a medium of travel, such as a gas or the cold virus. Please explain if it is a biological, chemical, or mechanical hazard.
- Example: The floating jellyfish is an airborne hazard.
- Biological Hazard - A hazard that is composed of DNA and can (normally) be exterminated through means that would end biological functions. Please explain what kind of biological hazard it is (animal, virus, parasite, etc.)
- Example: The object is a biological hazard, in the form of a viral infection.
- Chemical Hazard - A hazard that is not biological, or has any trait of a living being. Chemical hazards tend to be some form of molecular composition that poses a threat to subjects.
- Example: The gas produced by the object is a confirmed chemical hazard that causes shock when inhaled.
- Cognitohazard - A cognitohazard forces one to have thoughts that normally the being would not have. Please explain what kind of thoughts would be produced.
- Example: The object is a cognitohazard that can force one to contemplate murder.
- Genohazard - A genetic hazard, capable of altering a being's genetic code.
- Example: The object is a genohazard that can repurpose the subject's DNA sequence.
- Hallucinogen - Causes (normally) temporary hallucinations. Please note if the hallucinations are auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory or tactile (sound, sight, smell, taste, or touch respectively).
- Example: The object's gaseous product, along with being a chemical hazard, can be a major visual and tactile hallucinogen.
- Personnel Designations - Security clearances and ranks
- Chat Guide - Want to get the most out of chatting? Check this out!
- Wikidot Syntax - If you're just confused with the bold, italic text or want to make text larger than usual , go there.
- Modules Reference - If you want to make nifty things, like addressing someone in first person.