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  1. E.T.

    E.T. Random Slowpoke Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader

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    Articles Contributors Rules & Guidelines

    The purpose of this thread is to explain what is expected of Articles Contributors.

    Reserving Articles
    • You may volunteer to write an article from the list of approved article types. If you have an idea for a new article type, propose the idea in the discussion thread.
    • You may only reserve one article every 2 weeks (when there is a schedule) unless approval to reserve more is given.
    • If you are already working on an article, you may not reserve another one until your current article is at least to [Grammar]. Interviews are excempt from this clause.
    • When you reserve an article, you are responsible for writing the article. Note that writing an article is all of writing a skeleton, writing something that can actually be grammar and QC checked, and implementing said changes. If you decide that you no longer want to write an article, or if you no longer have the time to write one, you may withdraw your reservation. HOWEVER, you may not withdraw your reservation any later than 2 days before your deadline. If you fail to meet your deadline, you may receive a restriction on reserving articles or an infraction. Basically, if for some reason you can’t write your article, don’t wait until the last minute to let someone know.
    Writing Articles
    • Typically, various article types will have a set format that is expected for the type of article. You are expected to stick to the format for the article you have reserved. For example, if you reserve Pokémon Spotlight, stick to that format rather than winging it or using a different article type entirely.
    Reviewing Articles
    • When reviewing articles or commenting on the ideas of other, always use constructive criticism. Insulting users with derogatory comments will not be tolerated.
    • All Article Contributors are welcome to contribute ideas during the review phase as long as they follow the above rule.
    Quick Links

    Review Process
    Article Formats
    List of Articles Contributors
    Grammar Patrol Standards and Guidelines
    Articles Assignments Thread
     
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    E.T. Random Slowpoke Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader

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    Review Process
    The purpose of this post is to outline the process that articles go through to be created, reviewed, and released.

    Step 0:
    An Articles Contributor volunteers to write (reserves) an article. Typically, there will be a list of article types that can be written, and Articles Contributors can reserve an article type for that list.

    Step 1 (optional): [Skeleton]
    The preliminary or [Skeleton] version of the article is written and posted in the review subforum. At this stage, the article contains some structure but can also be an outline of ideas. The article is then reviewed and content is edited until the article is ready to proceed to the next step.

    Step 2: [WIP]
    The [WIP] phase stands for Work In Progress. Articles at the [WIP] phase are completely written and are reviewed by QC for possible content changes. Changes are implemented by the authoring Articles Contributor. Note that articles can begin in the [WIP] phase, but more work may be required during review if a large amount of content needs to be changed. Once the content is set, the article can be approved to proceed to the next step.

    Step 3: [Grammar]
    The [Grammar] phase begins, and the article is reviewed by Grammar Patrol. Grammar Patrol notes changes that need to be made according to the Grammar Patrol Standards and Guidelines. Typically, the article needs to be approved by two GP members before it can be advanced to the next stage.

    Step 4: [Final]
    The article enters the [Final] phase where it is reviewed by project leaders, and final changes are made as needed.

    Step 5: [Approved]
    The article is marked [Approved], given a tentative release date, and posted in the Articles Subforum on the release date.

    Step 6: [Released]
    After the article has been released, it is marked [Released] and the review thread is locked.
     
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    E.T. Random Slowpoke Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader Super Moderator Server Administrator Articles Leader

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    Article Formats

    The purpose of this post is to list the general formats for various types of articles. As new article types are created, formatting for these articles can be added to this thread.

    Pokémon Spotlight

    Pokémon Spotlight is basically an analysis of a Pokémon from a certain tier. The following sections list things that should appear in these articles except that the Title section simply lists the format for naming the thread for the article when it is posted. The artwork is something that will be added during the review process, so don't worry about that part when writing the actual article. Links to example articles will be added here once they are created.

    Title
    The title of the thread will be Pokémon Spotlight: [Tier] - [Pokémon ]. (Example: Pokémon Spotlight: OU - Volcanion)

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Pokémon Spotlight or an approved replacement.

    Pokémon Image
    An image of the Pokémon will be included. This can be work created by one of our artists, or it can be official artwork.

    Introduction
    The introduction begins the article by discussing the Pokémon's roles in a tier. Basically, this section should discuss topics such as what the Pokémon does, strengths, weaknesses, aspects that make this Pokémon unique, why this Pokémon should be used, etc.

    [Place 3D Sprite here]

    Sets
    This section discusses competitive sets that the Pokémon can run. Each set should include a name, an importable, an explanation of what the set does and why certain moves / items / abilities / EVs / IVs (when relevant) / natures are used. If there are multiple options, explain the pros and cons to each option. If there are multiple sets, comparing and contrasting sets may be needed as well.

    Other Options
    This section lists other viable options that the Pokémon has that are not as good as the standard options but are still notable. Discuss the pros and cons of each option listed and be sure to explain why these options are usually inferior to the standard ones.

    Checks and Counters
    List checks and counters to this Pokémon. A check is defined as a Pokémon that can either reliably stop a threat once, or perhaps twice, and force it to switch out. A check can also be a Pokémon that can stop a threat cold if it lacks a certain move that is somewhat commonly run. A counter is defined as a Pokémon that puts a cold stop to a threat and is able to come in repeatedly on that threat and all its common sets and kill it or force it out. Be sure to explain how each check or counter stops this Pokémon—especially if only certain variants work. In addition to traditional checks and counters, significant weaknesses that the Pokémon has, such as vulnerability to common moves, vulnerability to status, poor typing, a low base stat, etc can be mentioned here.
    Cool Sets to Use
    Cool Sets to Use is an analysis and commentary article of a specific Pokémon set from a certain tier. The following sections list things that should appear in these articles except that the Title section simply lists the format for naming the thread for the article when it is posted. The artwork is something that will be added during the review process, so don't worry about that part when writing the actual article. Links to example articles will be added here once they are created.
    Title
    The title of the thread will be Cool Sets to Use: [Tier] - [Set Name] [Pokémon]. (Example: Cool Sets to Use: NU - SubSeed Gourgiest-S)

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Cool Sets to Use or an approved replacement.

    Pokémon Image
    An image of the Pokémon will be included. This can be work created by one of our artists, or it can be official artwork.

    Set
    List the importable for the set that will be discussed.

    Introduction
    Explain the Pokémon's role and how the set is used.

    Body
    Discuss the set in detail and explain what makes the set "cool to use". Explain in greater detail how to use the set and the strategy involved in using it in the metagame. Discuss the specific moves / nature / EVs / IVs (if relevant) / Ability / Item in the set. If there are options, explain the pros and cons to each option.

    Conclusion
    Briefly add any final details that need to be mentioned and summarize why people should try the set.
    PO News

    As the title implies, this article type is about notable things that are currently happening or have recently happened on PO. For now, this will be a monthly article.

    Title
    The title for the thread will be PO News: [Release Month]. (e.g. PO News: November 2016)

    Banner
    The article will have a banner.

    Tier News
    Recent Tier changes will be included here with details about why the change occurred. Current Suspects will also be included here with details about the suspect.

    Tournament News
    Details about current forum tournaments, official and unofficial, can be discussed here.

    Server News
    Details about current events pertaining to server games can be included here. New features being added, previous leaderboard results, memorable moments, etc. may be potential topics to be discussed here.

    Other News (used as needed)
    If there are any miscellaneous topics that don’t fit into the areas mentioned previously, they can be discussed here.
    Core Breakdown

    Core Breakdown is like an analysis of a core around which a team can be built. The article introduces the core, explains how the members of the core work together and analyzes the Pokémon in the core.

    Title
    The title of the thread will be Core Breakdown: [Tier] [[Core Member 1] | [Core Member 2]]. (Example: Core Breakdown: Ubers - [Landorus-T | Dialga | Deoxys-A])

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Core Breakdown or an approved replacement.

    Pokémon Image
    Images can be included in the Introduction for the members of the core. Images (the same or alternate) must be used in the Sets section. The PO image directory can be accessed here and the Pokémon can be selected by the Pokédex number. For alternate formes or Mega Evolutions, use a -1, -2, and so on.

    Introduction
    The introduction begins the article by introducing the core and explaining how it functions. This section should discuss topics such as how the members of the core cooperate, the roles of the core members, strengths of the core, weaknesses of the core, why the core should be used, etc.

    Sets
    This section discusses the competitive set that each member of the core runs. Each set should include a name, an importable, an explanation of what the set does and why certain moves / items / abilities / EVs / IVs (when relevant) / natures are used. If there are multiple options, explain the pros and cons to each option.

    Team Options
    This section lists team members that work well with this core. Discuss topics such as Pokémon that enjoy the support that the core offers, Pokémon that offer support to the core, Pokémon that cover weaknesses that the core may have, etc.
    Pokémon Through the Generations

    Pokémon Through the Generations discusses how a Pokémon was used in past generations to show how the ways it was used changed from generation to generation. The article consists of an introduction, a section for each generation, and a conclusion.

    Title
    The title of the thread will be Pokémon Through the Generations: Pokémon. (Example: Pokémon Through the Generations: Snorlax)

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Pokémon Through the Generations or an approved replacement.

    Pokémon Image
    Images will need to be included for each section. The images should reflect the content being discussed when possible.

    Introduction
    The introduction begins by introducing the Pokémon, and discussing it in general. The section should also foreshadow what will be discussed in the article.


    Generation Sections
    There should be a section that discusses what it was like for the Pokémon in RBY, GSC, ADV, HGSS, BW2, XY/ORAS, and (optionally) SM. Content can discuss sets commonly used (although actually listing sets is not desirable) and the metagames for which the Pokémon was viable.

    Conclusion
    This section can echo some of the topics mentioned in the introduction and can act as a brief review. Basically, this section just gives the article as a sense of closure so that it doesn't end abruptly.
    Move Showcase

    Move Showcase is basically an analysis of a move. Typically, these will include an introduction, examples of sets that show how the move is used, and possibly ways to counter the move. Since moves can vary greatly, the format for this article type will have a bit more levity than other types.

    Title
    The title of the thread will be Move Showcase: [Move]. (Example: Move Showcase: Quiver Dance)

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Move Showcase or an approved replacement.

    Introduction
    The introduction begins the article by discussing the basics of the move. The move's type, base power, and any secondary effects should definitely be discussed. It may also be helpful to include a brief background of what the move was like in previous generations.

    Sets
    This section discusses competitive sets that use the move. If it is a widely distributed move, it may be better to give an example for each type of user (example: Scald). Alternatively, if it is a move that is not widely distributed, simply discussing viable users may suffice. Keep in mind that the Pokémon GIFs should be included with the sets. The PO image directory can be accessed here and the Pokémon can be selected by the Pokédex number. For alternate formes or Mega Evolutions, use a -1, -2, and so on.

    Additional Sections as Needed
    A section that discusses ways to deal with the move could be included here. If the move is a new move, or is newly distributed, a section discussing that could also be included here.

    Conclusion (Optional)
    A conclusion basically restates points from the introduction and the body of the article in a way that brings the article to a close. It's nice to have, but may not be needed.
    Campfire Talk

    Campfire Talk is an informal discussion about a Pokémon-related topic that includes the opinions of various writers. Typically, these will start with four or more writers who each contribute their opinions in the form of a paragraph or two.

    Title
    The title of the thread will be Campfire Talk: [Topic]. (Example: Campfire Talk: Solgaleo and Lunala)

    Banner
    The banner will be the regular banner for Campfire Talk or an approved replacement.

    Introduction
    The introduction introduces the topic to be discussed.

    Panelists Opinions
    The different writers (referred to as panelists) express their opinions on the topic. If the topic is a Pokémon, this could include how the Pokémon looks, the origin of the Pokémon, how the Pokémon is used competitively or in-game, etc.

    Conclusion (Optional)
    A conclusion adds a form of closure to the article, and it is a good opportunity to invite readers to participate in the discussion as well.
     
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    LIST OF ARTICLE CONTRIBUTORS
    Articles Leader
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    Articles Contributors and Approved Roles
    pokemonnerd - Writer
    RedJoker25 - Grammar Patrol
    Spoovo The Pirate - Writer
    Sobi - Grammar Patrol
    JoyFrost - Artist
    Annoying Orange - Artist, Writer
     
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