See How to make articles for general information on using wikis.

The conventions used in this wiki are very, very important. Failure to use them causes confusion. Please categorize and create your pages as explained below!

Organizing the Wiki


Because there are many timelines on this wiki, a page name such as "Mexico" could create confusion. Which Mexico is referred to? The one in the Toyotomi Japan timeline? The one in the Greater Colombia timeline? One of several others? As a result, a convention has been adopted to mark every article with a tag indicating its timeline. This may be the full name of the timeline, or a shortened form. For example, all files of the Toyotomi Japan timeline are marked by (Toyotomi), thus, Mexico (Toyotomi) indicates Mexico in that timeline.

Note: Due to the naming conventions, titles of articles are longer than what you normally see on other wikis. When naming articles try to keep it as short as possible. For example, if you are creating an article on a nation and its full name is the Glorious Eternal Republic of Genericstan, just title the article Genericstan.

Timeline link templates

To make linking easier, templates can be used. For example, if you type {{TJ|Culture}}, you'll get the equivalent of [[Culture (Toyotomi)|Culture]] - that is, the wiki will show the link as being "Culture", but it will take you to the page "Culture (Toyotomi)". Other examples can be found at this list of linking templates.

To create a template for your timeline, first make a short abbreviation for your timeline. For example, Toyotomi Japan's abbreviation is "TJ", and 1983: Doomsday uses "1983DD". Once you've decided which abbreviation you're going to use, create a page "Template:X" where X is your abbreviation. When the page opens, type:

[[{{{1}}} (Name)|{{{1}}}]]

Where "Name" is the tag for all the page titles in the timeline. To use this template, you merely type {{X|link}}. So to link to Utah (1983: Doomsday), you can type {{1983DD|Utah}}, and the link will display as Utah.


Make a category for your timeline by putting [[Category:X]] (where X is the name of your TL). at the bottom of each of its pages.

If you plan to make many pages, don't throw them all into the same category. Use subcategories like [[Category:Nations (X)]], [[Category:Wars (X)]], [[Category:Rulers (X)]]; put images into [[Category:Images (X)]] or [[Category:Flags (X)]]. These subcategories can be put into [[Category:X]], just like any other wiki pages. A category shouldn't have much more than 30 entries.

Then, edit your timeline category to put it into Category:Timelines. That category is huge and is not divided by topic because a timeline can be hard to classify.

Duplicate images

Look for existing images, like maps and flags, before uploading your own. If you need a basic map, a flag, an emblem or shield, or a photo of a prominent person that's exactly the same as something from real life, it is very likely that these images already exist on the wiki. An easy way to find them is to look in country categories. To find images related to Bhutan, for example, look in Category:Bhutan. Also try the wiki's search function, which can search the titles of existing files and may help you find the image you need without uploading anything new.

This of course does not apply to images that are your own original content. Please feel free to upload and share these!

Alt-History Content

Future History is Not Alt-History

Thinking about future events is interesting, but it is not Alternate History. History is in the writer's past. This is why Heinlein's future history would not be considered Alternate History now, because when he wrote it, it was in his future. We do not accept future histories here because they fall outside the scope of our wiki. The Future Wiki, Constructed Worlds Wiki, or Alternate Future Wiki would be appropriate places for this kind of content.

Derivative Works

Derivative works are anything based on previously published material. This can take the form of fan fiction ("What if Darth Vader didn't die?") or fleshing out a published timeline ("Europe in Turtledove's Timeline-191"). Derivative Works are not allowed on this Wiki even if only parts of a timeline (such as characters) are involved. There is a Fan Fiction Wiki and many other places online for content like this.

We Are Not Wikipedia

Wikipedia is there to house all the world's information. A given timeline, by contrast, doesn't need millions of articles, because unless things are specifically different, we can assume they're the same as in real life. Don't create articles just to have them: instead create them to explore what's different in your timeline.

Another thing to keep in mind: Wikipedia articles can be a useful model for pages here because everyone knows the format, and our wiki software encourages the comparison. But there are other ways to write alternate history. Consider creating narrative fiction, news and media reports, primary documents, photo essays... as long as it presents an alternative timeline, the format can be anything you want.

Deletion Policy

See main article: Alternative History:Deletion Policy

This page explains how the deletion process works and what constitutes grounds for deletion. Briefly, pages that violate the policies of this wiki will be deleted. Pages will not deleted simply for being "bad".

Rules for behavior

A more complete description of our rules for behavior can be found at Alternative History:Rules.

Wikia Guidelines

As part of Fandom (formerly Wikia), we abide by the Community Guidelines for matters of behavior and the Terms of Use for legal matters. In short: respect others, respect the purpose of this wiki, be appropriate, be at least 13 years old, and don't steal copyrighted content.

Prohibited actions

The following actions are not allowed on this wiki. TSPTF members are empowered to enforce them through warnings and blocks. The Rules page describes them in more detail.

  • Incivility
  • Spamming
  • Trolling
  • Slurs
  • Personal threats
  • Using multiple accounts (sockpuppets)

Map Games

Map games are run by the Map Games Oversight Committee, and the rules can be found at that page. Presently, we are only running one map game at a time.

Religion and Politics

Our policy on real-life political and religious debate is summed up as "No Cross, No Crown".

Other Guidelines and Policies

Adoption Policy

See main article: Adoption Policy

This policy outlines the exact steps to be taken if you want to adopt an abandoned timeline.

The Badge System

The Badge System is meant to encourage constructive contributions to the wiki by awarding badges and points to editors. Unconstructive contributions and edits made only to get badges will not be tolerated. Editors suspected of editing for this reason will be warned first and then blocked from editing if they continue.

Quod Scripsi, Scripsi et Quod Assumpsi, Assumpsi

See main article: QSS and QAA

In brief, this is the rule of thumb all shared timelines use to prevent headache and heartache.

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