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Welcome to Wikiwrimo's FAQ page! Right now this page should probably be called "Rarely Asked Questions" since not many folks have asked these questions yet, but FAQ makes a better acronym. On to the questions.
 
Welcome to Wikiwrimo's FAQ page! Right now this page should probably be called "Rarely Asked Questions" since not many folks have asked these questions yet, but FAQ makes a better acronym. On to the questions.
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You might also be interested in [[Wikiwrimo:Guide|the guide to editing this wiki]] and [[Help:Contents|the help contents on using Mediawiki]].
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Read all this and definitely still confused? Ask at [[Wikiwrimo:Questions]] or email sushimustwrite@wikiwrimo.org.
    
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Wikiwrimo is the unofficial [[NaNoWriMo]] wiki by [[Wrimo]]s, for Wrimos. The ultimate goal is to be not only a glossary but a resource for [[newbie]]s and oldbies alike.
 
Wikiwrimo is the unofficial [[NaNoWriMo]] wiki by [[Wrimo]]s, for Wrimos. The ultimate goal is to be not only a glossary but a resource for [[newbie]]s and oldbies alike.
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=== Is Script Frenzy stuff allowed now that it's no longer happening? ===
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=== Is Script Frenzy stuff allowed now that it's no longer happening? What about Camp NaNoWriMo? ===
 
Sure. Wikiwrimo just happened to win the coin toss.
 
Sure. Wikiwrimo just happened to win the coin toss.
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Go ahead and make a page for it if it's notable, and by all means add it to the [[List of timed artistic challenges|list of timed artistic challenges]]. Just don't go around adding every little neologism about that event here since this wiki is designed for the official events.
 
Go ahead and make a page for it if it's notable, and by all means add it to the [[List of timed artistic challenges|list of timed artistic challenges]]. Just don't go around adding every little neologism about that event here since this wiki is designed for the official events.
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=== Is this wiki run by NaNoWriMo staff? ===
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=== Is this an official thing? ===
    
Nope. Your admin is [[User:Sushimustwrite|a long-time Wrimo]] with a love of all things NaNoWriMo, a bit of technical skill, and some extra time on her hands. The contributors likely fit categories two and four, with categories one and three varying across the board.
 
Nope. Your admin is [[User:Sushimustwrite|a long-time Wrimo]] with a love of all things NaNoWriMo, a bit of technical skill, and some extra time on her hands. The contributors likely fit categories two and four, with categories one and three varying across the board.
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That means Wikiwrimo is 100% unofficial and volunteer-run. No one is making any money off this, and we're fortunate that the folks at OLL have been very supportive of this endeavor.
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That means Wikiwrimo is 100% unofficial and volunteer-run. No one is making any money off this (negative money once you count hosting costs), and we're fortunate that the folks at [[NaNoWriMo HQ]] have been very supportive of this endeavor.
    
== Getting started ==
 
== Getting started ==
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Nope. It's as big a commitment as you make it. Some people edit regularly, while others edit in bursts every few months. If you only edit while you're bored, that's okay, and it's still a good contribution.
 
Nope. It's as big a commitment as you make it. Some people edit regularly, while others edit in bursts every few months. If you only edit while you're bored, that's okay, and it's still a good contribution.
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=== I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo or Script Frenzy for long. Can I still contribute? ===
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=== I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo for long. Can I still contribute? ===
 
Yes! Every bit helps. I'm not kidding. There are tons of articles waiting to be created, and as a Wrimo, you know something that can be added. Your own experience, no matter how much or how little, is valuable. Take a look at the [[Special:WantedPages|wanted pages]] or [[Wikiwrimo:Scratchpad|the to do list]]. There are a LOT of articles on those pages, and you very likely recognize some of those items. Even if you don't know enough to write a complete article on that topic, you can tag it as a stub and let someone else come by and finish it. That is the wonder of wiki magic.
 
Yes! Every bit helps. I'm not kidding. There are tons of articles waiting to be created, and as a Wrimo, you know something that can be added. Your own experience, no matter how much or how little, is valuable. Take a look at the [[Special:WantedPages|wanted pages]] or [[Wikiwrimo:Scratchpad|the to do list]]. There are a LOT of articles on those pages, and you very likely recognize some of those items. Even if you don't know enough to write a complete article on that topic, you can tag it as a stub and let someone else come by and finish it. That is the wonder of wiki magic.
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Need more convincing? There's a regional directory now. One person can't write about all 600+ regions. But you can write about your own region.
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Need more convincing? There's a [[Region|regional directory]] now. One person can't write about all 600+ regions. But you can write about your own region, and that will make a huge difference.
    
In short, don't let your supposed lack of knowledge stop you. Whatever knowledge you have is enough. I promise.
 
In short, don't let your supposed lack of knowledge stop you. Whatever knowledge you have is enough. I promise.
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=== This article doesn't exist yet, but should. What do I do? ===
 
=== This article doesn't exist yet, but should. What do I do? ===
Search for the article first. If it doesn't exist, be bold and create it yourself. That's why the wiki exists.
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Search for the article first. If it doesn't exist, be bold and create it yourself!
    
=== Someone edited my contribution. Is that allowed? ===
 
=== Someone edited my contribution. Is that allowed? ===
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Ah, the guessing game. This is a problem we'll run into often, especially since there are no live site archives for NaNoWriMo 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011. There are no live site archives for Script Frenzy, Camp NaNo, The Young Writers Program, or Script Frenzy's YWP. The [http://www.archive.org Wayback Machine] works for all years of NaNoWriMo (except 2000), Script Frenzy, The YWP, and Script Frenzy YWP, but a full archive (as in one taken on the day before the March relaunch (Script Frenzy and its YWP) or October relaunch (NaNo and its YWP)) may not be available, and it is possible that some individual webpages and/or images won't show up. Also, archives from either YWP site do not contain the forums due to their forums being hidden from guests. Archives of Camp NaNo do exist, but are useless because everything except the login/join page is closed off to guests (creating accounts or logging into them within archives is typically impossible). Just do the best you can and note it as a guess, and if someone can find a fact, they'll correct it. Feel free to look through blog posts, breaking news posts, and Script Frenzy's "beat" posts, as well as any stickies scattered throughout the forums. Some may have facts embedded in them, anything from previous year's stats to notes on a NaNoWriMo term.
 
Ah, the guessing game. This is a problem we'll run into often, especially since there are no live site archives for NaNoWriMo 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011. There are no live site archives for Script Frenzy, Camp NaNo, The Young Writers Program, or Script Frenzy's YWP. The [http://www.archive.org Wayback Machine] works for all years of NaNoWriMo (except 2000), Script Frenzy, The YWP, and Script Frenzy YWP, but a full archive (as in one taken on the day before the March relaunch (Script Frenzy and its YWP) or October relaunch (NaNo and its YWP)) may not be available, and it is possible that some individual webpages and/or images won't show up. Also, archives from either YWP site do not contain the forums due to their forums being hidden from guests. Archives of Camp NaNo do exist, but are useless because everything except the login/join page is closed off to guests (creating accounts or logging into them within archives is typically impossible). Just do the best you can and note it as a guess, and if someone can find a fact, they'll correct it. Feel free to look through blog posts, breaking news posts, and Script Frenzy's "beat" posts, as well as any stickies scattered throughout the forums. Some may have facts embedded in them, anything from previous year's stats to notes on a NaNoWriMo term.
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Note: The blog linked to on the NaNo site only goes back to some point in 2010 in its archives. If you want to go to earlier posts, you need to go a separate blog : [http://www.blog.nanowrimo.org/ old blog]
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Note: The blog linked to on the NaNo site only goes back to some point in 2010 in its archives. If you want to go to earlier posts, you need to search the Wayback Machine [http://archive.org].
    
=== Can I donate to Wikiwrimo? ===
 
=== Can I donate to Wikiwrimo? ===
Since multiple people have asked: You can! Wikiwrimo is 100% unofficial and volunteer-run, so the only expenses are for hosting. These expenses aren't enormous but they still exist. That said, '''if you are financially able, please [https://store.lettersandlight.org donate to OLL first]'''.
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Since multiple people have asked: You can! Wikiwrimo is 100% unofficial and volunteer-run, so the only expenses are for hosting. These expenses aren't enormous but they still exist. That said, '''if you are financially able, please [https://store.nanowrimo.org donate to NaNoWriMo first]'''.
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There is no minimum amount to donate to Wikiwrimo, though the suggested minimum amount is one dollar. The highest donation my webhost has received to date is over a thousand dollars, but if you have that kind of money to spare, donate to OLL instead. I'll understand.
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There is no minimum amount to donate to Wikiwrimo, though the suggested minimum amount is one dollar. The highest donation my webhost has received to date is over a thousand dollars, but if you have that kind of money to spare, donate to NaNo instead. I'll understand.
    
Here's how you donate.
 
Here's how you donate.

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