BetaWiki:Guidelines

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We would like to ask you to follow these common practices for creating and extending BetaWiki content to prevent any possible conflicts.

Breaking or abusing the rules, depending on the severity, can result in either a verbal warning on your talk page or a temporary/permanent ban on administators' discretion. Your article might end up in the Hall of Shame if you don't follow the guidelines.

By editing on BetaWiki you acknowledge that you have read these rules and guidelines.

Common rules

  • Use your common sense.
The rules are not exhaustive. Do not assume that not forbidden automatically means allowed. We are not going to tolerate spam, vandalism, or not-so-okay usernames.

General

  • Be civil to other users.
Always assume good faith, unless you have a very good reason and/or evidence to do otherwise - don't bite the newcomers. Personal disputes should be kept off the wiki.
  • Any unoriginal content should be properly accredited to the original source.
Don't copy content from other sites without providing at least a source URL.
  • Add a build article only if you have a source of the particular build.
A source can be a leak, a screenshot, a file version, a mention in a warez CD list, mention in an antitrust document, etc. We document fakes as well, so don't hesitate to make an article on a fake screenshot!
  • Make sure that you link to the articles you create!
If you don't, the article will get lost and probably will lead to another one being made, for no reason. Unlinked pages can be found here: Orphaned pages
  • Use a single account to edit the wiki.
Any sockpuppet accounts created without previous approval will be banned, including the main account. This also applies if you abandon your old user and "start fresh" with a new username - if your account is at least 6 months old and you haven't already done so less than 6 months ago, you can ask a bureaucrat to change your username.
  • Try to avoid edit warring.
If you are engaged in a content dispute, raise the issue on the respective talk page and mark the page with the Dispute template. Administrators can protect pages that have suffered from edit wars.

Dates & times

  • When writing dates, always use the ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
Also make sure to convert them to GMT to be consistent. However, with timestamps hardcoded as string (such as those in a buildstring), leave them as they are.

User pages

  • Advertise only on your own user page.
Articles on beta community projects will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Don't edit user pages of other users.
A very rare exception is staff removing inappropriate content.

Talk pages

  • Prefix new talk page threads with a header.
It makes an unnecessary mess from the page without these.
  • Sign your comments on talkpages.
If you want to be anonymous, make a user account, the signature will bear your username instead. Custom signatures, if used, must contain the user name.
  • Keep talk pages fully intact, with all non-archived threads present.
You can use the {{Archive}} and {{Archives}} for archiving old talk page threads. Unjustified blanking of talk pages is not allowed.
  • Talk pages are not a private messaging service
Use a different service to request your builds.

Deletion policy

See BetaWiki:Deletion policy

Naming scheme

Windows

Windows <version> build <buildnumber> (lab)

The specification above is the most verbose one and isn't going to be used a lot. In most cases BetaWiki covers only one build with a particular build number, in that case the lab (if any) should be omitted from the page name. Use the name that's reported by the RTM build in the version field, i.e. NT 4.0, XP, 10. If the full build tag contains a lab name, make sure to create a redirect from the most verbose form above to the reduced form of the page name (without lab), i.e. Windows XP build 2428 (idx01)Windows XP build 2428.

In case there are several known builds with the same build number but from different labs, names of the pages should contain the lab name. To maintain a degree of consistency, the reduced name without a lab should be used for a disambiguation between the individual builds. If there are several known builds with the same build number that come from the same lab (i.e. are distinguished by the build date and time only), add the full timestamp to the lab component, i.e. Windows Longhorn build 4050 (private/lab06_demo.031019-1809).

For Windows versions that just used a major and a minor version number, use them in the version field and omit the buildnumber completely, i.e. Windows 1.04. For versions of Windows 2.x that had different 286 and 386 compiles, add the particular architecture to brackets, i.e. Windows 2.11 (386).

Don't mention the full update name for builds of Windows 10 updates, just use a plain numeral 10, i.e.: Windows 10 build 16179. On the other side, it's encouraged to make separate build listings for the individual updates, whose names should contain the official name of the update, i.e.: Windows 10 Creators Update. The YYMM update version should redirect to the full name, for example Windows 10 v1703 would redirect to the Creators Update mentioned before.

Redirects

To make searching for build pages easier, BetaWiki maintains a couple more redirects aside from the ones mentioned above:

  1. If the build has got an official name, we should redirect it to the main page, i.e. Windows 8.1 PreviewWindows 8.1 build 9431.
  2. If there are more official builds with the same official name, redirect it to the main version page, i.e. Windows 10 Insider PreviewWindows 10
  3. The full buildtag, both including and not including the major and minor version must redirect to the main article, i.e. 6.3.9431.0.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214Windows 8.1 build 9431, 9431.0.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214Windows 8.1 build 9431. If there is a build number conflict between two versions of Windows, make a disambiguation at the conflicting redirect name.
  4. For already existing articles, the old-fashioned page name should redirect to the new page name for the purpose of not breaking old links.
  5. If the build calls itself by a codename, the combination of the codename and the build number should also be a redirect, i.e. Chicago 40eWindows 95 build 40e

macOS

Classic

Mac OS <version> build <build>

Mac OS X

Mac OS X <version> build <build>

OS/2

1.x

IBM OS/2 <version> build <build>

Microsoft OS/2 <version> build <build>

2.0 and later

OS/2 <version> build <build>

Templates

Infobox Windows build

See Template:Infobox Windows build

Infobox macOS build

See Template:Infobox macOS build

Rivals

{{Rivals|TCB=<tcb-link>|TCBGallery=<tcbgallery-link>|BAWiki=<bawiki-link>}}

Use when the build you're posting also has an article on BA wiki, has a build page on TCB or has a gallery on TCB.

BLItem

When creating buildlists, use the provided BLItem templates:
{{BLItem Confirmed|<article-title>|<buildtag>}} - use when the build was leaked, released, or we have another confirmation from Microsoft. Private leaks don't count.
{{BLItem Unconfirmed|<article-title>|<buildtag>}} - use when there is information avaliable, however no provided proof for it
{{BLItem Fake|<article-title>|<buildtag>}} - use when this build is fake, don't use if it's real and fake screenshots are also avaliable

When sorting buildlists, the first thing that matters is the build number. If there are several different builds with the same number, always sort them like this:

  1. winmain (& derivates like winmain_rtm or winmain_bluemp)
  2. partner recompiles (fbl_partner_out)
  3. other builds sorted alphabetically

Screenshots

Thanks to Foxlet for writing this!
Screenshots should be "clean" (no extraneous borders outside the video area) and scaled to their true size. If possible, use the Windows screenshot feature (Print Screen key, Snipping Tool) to take pictures of the desktop, or use the screenshot feature if using a hypervisor/emulator. For "Full Screen" shots, if a cursor is present, it should be isolated in a corner of the background if possible (to show unique features of the cursor). All screenshots should be lossless (JPEG is not acceptable).

Article Screenshots

The desktop shouldn't be visible in application screenshots.

Each main article usually requires three components: the Desktop, the About window, and (sometimes) the Logo. In most cases, a Windows article only needs the first two. "Full Screen" shots (such as for the Desktop and Start Menu) should be 1024x768 in 16-bit color at minimum, unless the subject in question does not support such a video mode (for example, 1024x768 in 256 colors is fine for Windows 3.1 and Microsoft Chicago). Screenshots must not use themes, wallpapers, or other graphics that are not included with the particular operating system or application build. The default look and feel should be used for most screenshots; any personalization options can be reasonably demonstrated in a "Demo" screenshot in the Gallery.

Desktop shots should be void of any extra windows, it should represent the state of the system when it is completely idle without any running programs. In the case that the OS shows a tool or special graphic (such as a welcome screen), that is known as a "First Boot" shot, and is separate from the Desktop shot.

Each article also contains a Gallery, where other associated shots are contained. Additional full screen shots belong here, such as the "Demo" (which shows off particularly unique features of a build). The remaining shots are usually those of programs unique to a build. Those shots should be cropped to the size of the program's window (including transparency and window shadows if such effects are present). Child windows (if any) should be visible in their full area. The screenshots should be free of any watermarks, unless the respective build is unleaked and the only available screenshots are watermarked. Article screenshots should not be annotated in Paint or any other image editor, again the only exception is if there's no other screenshot available and the build is unleaked.