#1 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

I've been doing some wiki editing today and I realized that there doesn't seem to be a rule or guideline regarding the point of view that pages should be written in. I've seen pages in third person (Commander Shepard does this and goes here) and second person (You do this and go here). Which is preferable?

#2 Posted by JJWeatherman (14569 posts) -

Third

#3 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Thid person.

#4 Edited by MattyFTM (14432 posts) -

It should be third person. Wiki pages should never refer to the reader. "You do x, y and z" should never be used. Either "the player does x, y and z" or "[character name] does x, y and z" should be used instead.

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#5 Posted by cgoodno (166 posts) -

Wiki: third person
Guides/walkthroughs: second person

#6 Posted by dietmango (1665 posts) -

Yeah, third person for wiki pages. Second person can be used for reviews, previews and guides.

#7 Posted by Enigma777 (6058 posts) -

I say screw the haters and write it in first person!

#8 Posted by StarFoxA (5163 posts) -

If I find second person, I try to change it, but there are still a lot of pages that alternate between third and second.

#9 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Never 2nd person. That is always a no no.

#10 Posted by minorinya (179 posts) -

2nd person is the middle child. So awkward.

#11 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

First person. I wanna feel like I'm there. Paint me a picture.

#12 Posted by Linkin10362 (591 posts) -

Been quite a while since I heard 2nd person used as a term, always 1st or 3rd.
 
But yeah, 3rd is best.

#13 Posted by Kyle (2325 posts) -

second person wikis are the bane of my existence.

#14 Edited by Jeust (10857 posts) -

First person (shooter).

#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" Third "
You honestly didn't see the opportunity for a "First!" comment :P?
#16 Posted by Xolare (1285 posts) -

Seventeenth.

#17 Posted by JJWeatherman (14569 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" @JJWeatherman said:
" Third "
You honestly didn't see the opportunity for a "First!" comment :P? "
Dawww. I'm not internet-clever enough.
#18 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

Is it worth it to go through pages changing everything to third person? I'm finding more and more lengthy articles that are written in 2nd person.

#19 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
@natetodamax: If you come across such pages, sure. Actively seeking them out could be tricky though. Is there a regex that could be used to find use of second person? Searching for "you" should be easy enough; is there anything else one needs to look out for?
#20 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

I feel like this should become a written rule since I don't think it is. People are still writing everything in second person.

#21 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

People who are too stupid to know not to write in second person should not be working on the wiki......Formal writing should NEVER be written in second person, that's common knowledge it shouldn't have to be a rule.

#22 Posted by natetodamax (19219 posts) -

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

People who are too stupid to know not to write in second person should not be working on the wiki......Formal writing should NEVER be written in second person, that's common knowledge it shouldn't have to be a rule.

But it needs to be a rule because every other wiki page is written with "you"

#23 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -
@natetodamax: I won't dispute that you're right it probably does need to be a rule, also Jeff's styling guide needs to be easier to find....I'm just appalled that people don't know that they shouldn't write in second person.
#24 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6402 posts) -

I say screw the haters and write it in first person!

Enigma, we finally agree.