#1 Posted by natetodamax (19170 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 (14557 posts) -

Third

#3 Posted by Hailinel (23857 posts) -

Thid person.

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#4 Edited by MattyFTM (14341 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 asian_pride (1654 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

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

#8 Posted by StarFoxA (5138 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 (175 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 (602 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 (2323 posts) -

second person wikis are the bane of my existence.

#14 Edited by Jeust (10473 posts) -

First person (shooter).

#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (35981 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" Third "
You honestly didn't see the opportunity for a "First!" comment :P?
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#16 Posted by Xolare (1273 posts) -

Seventeenth.

#17 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 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 (19170 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 (14424 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 (19170 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 (19170 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 (6385 posts) -

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

Enigma, we finally agree.