Welcome to the Omniverse Nexus! We're excited to see that you've expressed interest in joining our worldbuilding community. Below is all the information you'll need to get started with us!
Why Choose the Nexus?
We are a friendly, supportive community. We at the Omniverse Nexus welcome all users seeking to make a contribution to our multiverse. We strive to make ours a vibrant community and to create an enjoyable environment for all our creators.
We are independently operated. The Omniverse Nexus is run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers. Since 2015, we have been independent of wiki farms, and the site has never been owned or operated by anyone other than fellow creators.
We welcome whomever is willing to collaborate, whatever their talents. Is writing not your cup of tea? No worries! There are plenty of other things for you to do here. Quite a few of us aren't particularly strong artists, and so may need some help creating illustrations for our articles or stories. If you're more into helping improve other people's work, you can become an editor or enter collaborative relationships with other users. Perhaps you think our site could use some improvements, and have experience in that end? If so, you can help us improve our site layout and templates. Otherwise, we may need help completing some manual tasks.
These are just a few examples of what you can do to contribute in the Omniverse Nexus. For more information, see the "Helping Out" section below.
How to Join
Before you're able to create an account, we ask that you join our Discord server here. Once you are there, please follow the instructions in the pinned messages in the lobby channel to request editing rights to the wiki. An admin will create an account for you here and you will be able to start editing! You will also be given the Member permission on the Discord server to gain access to all the other text channels available to regular users. That way, you'll be able to take part in discussing, planning and sharing your ideas.
The process may seem a little odd, but we've opted for this approach as a means of controlling the spread of spambots. Ultimately, the Discord server has proven a very effective gathering point for the members of the Nexus community.
Expanding the Omniverse
Picking a Setting
For your first creation, you should pick a single Setting in which to base your activities. We currently have four Settings, with each representing one genre:
- Galactic Crucibles: Science fiction
- Erudite Tales: High fantasy
- Infinite Histories: Alternative history
- Dreamwalkers: Surreal fantasy
Your choice does not by any means lock you into that particular Setting, however; you may at any time choose to work in any of the other Settings. The Settings exist solely to delineate our genres.
Once you've chosen your Setting, go to the Pitch portal. On this page, create your application for your idea. Once your pitch has been published, all other users will be able to comment on your pitch, providing feedback and constructive criticism. Decisions regarding pitches are made via consensus, but if there is a split vote, the tiebreaker will come from the Setting's two Loremasters, who are Staff members tasked with integrating new creations.
See this page to find out more about pitches and how to make yours a success!
Learning the Ropes
Once you've gotten past the pitching stage, you can now integrate your creation into the wider Setting! At this point, you may now create articles relating to your creation. Other creators working in the same Setting will help you ensure your creation can seamlessly fit into the existing universe.
If you're new to editing wikis, you can learn the essentials from our Help Guide. Wiki editing poses a substantial learning curve and mistakes are inevitable, but don't be discouraged! Many of our most experienced users and staff were once in your shoes. So don't be afraid to try things out! The staff and community are here to support you.
What You Can Do to Help
Is creating new stories and content not your strong suit? If not, then don't worry! There's a never-ending stream of other work to be done at Omniverse Nexus. There is always something you can do to help no matter your strengths, weaknesses, and level of experience. The main editing tasks are listed below.
Administrators will occasionally issue site-wide announcements when they need users' opinions or helping hands for a specific project. Feel free to ask a staff member if you would like them to give you a specific task.
If you're not up to creating, perhaps you'd like to edit existing work instead. Omniverse Nexus employs a high quality standard, and so editors are always needed to help creators improve their work.
- Sometimes, articles are flagged with a maintenance notice if it is found that it needs some improvement. This could range from grammatical or spelling errors, to layout and syntax shortfalls. You can help these articles' creators by fixing them. Articles needing attention are listed here.
- Before you edit an article, please contact its writer and seek their permission. You can find out who owns the article by looking at the list of categories at the bottom; search for the category entitled "Articles by User:Owner".
- Many editors like to use the random page function (located in the sidebar on the left) to look through wiki pages to edit.
- If you notice an issue with an article, tag it with an appropriate maintenance notice. Each notice has a documentation page that shows you how to use the template.
If you think of yourself as more of an artist or graphics designer, we need you too! We strive to use as much original artwork as possible, so if you're interested in helping out on this front, feel free to ask for work!
- If you notice that an article is lacking illustrations or has been flagged as such, contact the owner of that article and ask if they are interested in having some artwork created by you.
- Alternatively, you can fulfill requests posted on the Image Request page.
The two Settings more grounded in hard science, Galactic Crucibles and Infinite Histories, naturally require a higher standard of accuracy. As such, researchers are needed to help maintain this standard.
- Users with a strong grounding in science or history can help verify the scientific accuracy of technologies, or the historical plausibility of events.
- This task also applies, perhaps to a lesser extent, to the other two Settings.
- Users are sometimes needed for many manual tasks in order to implement a change on a large number of wiki articles. If you enjoy repetitive work, ask an administrator if they currently have a manual task for you.
- Main article: Omniverse Nexus:Staff
Administrators edit the wiki on a daily basis and are responsible for guiding new users. Do not hesitate to contact an admin if you have any questions or concerns.