But first we need to look at what kind of information would be on the wiki; what information would there be to organize? Well, short answer to that is: everything related to Eilistraee.
I think on the old Temple page (which’ll likely become defunct after we start to seriously use the wiki) you can get a good impression of what things I wanted there, and thus what I’d like on the wiki.
But I want there to be a clear separation between background and rules. And I want the background to be general enough that it can be used in various settings (with articles detailing how things could be in specific settings). I’d also like to clearly separate the rules for various rule systems so that we could support various systems without them getting in the way of each other. And at the same time I’d like people to have some ready-made collection of all the information useful to them (so if you’re playing 3E Forgotten Realms there’s a single place with information and if you’re playing Pathfinder and use their setting then there’s a single place for you too).
Then there’s official books, there’s stories, there’s Eilistraee-images, there’s links to external/fan-pages, there’s the “goddess of” pages, there’s the translator, etc. All those need sections as well.
So what I’m thinking at the moment is this.
On the main page you’d have a clear overview of the various sections with perhaps some specific links to the most useful pages (that aren’t listed already). Below that you’d have the following sections:
This section would have generic background information (I can imagine, for example, the ‘history’ background article listing various different approaches and possibilities, one of them very similar to the Forgotten Realms history without specifically naming Corellon, Lolth, Vhaeraun, etc).
Within the background section there would be various sub-sections:
- Forgotten Realms
- Pathfinder Chronicles (Golarion)
- Everquest Setting
- Star Wars
As such the Forgotten Realms section might have a History article as well, which would be linked to from the general History article if there is one (as well as the History articles for all settings). Might be worth investigating (for me) how easy it is to make a temple for this so that this is done automatically.
Pages would possibly also link to the related rules pages (like a background page about various sects within the religion might link to a rules page with prestige classes).
The rules section itself wouldn’t have anything, but if would have various sub-section with the various systems:
- D&D 3.5E
- AD&D 2nd ed.
This section would probably have one article (page) per setting just linking to all the background and rules information relevant for this setting. So there would be a Forgotten Realms page (possible a 3.5E and a 2nd ed version, or that could be put into one page too) linking to the Forgotten Realms background articles as well as the various rules pages (and any other pages, such as the book pages, that are relevant to it).
This section would list all the officially published books similar to how I’m doing them in the Temple right now, subdivided by type of book and author and such.
- Moonlight Tome
This section would be for the Moonlight Tome, listing stories and songs and poems and whatnot that we’d expect to see in an Eilistraeen bible. Though unlike on the Temple it wouldn’t be divided into chapters as such but more into who discovered what, with each story/song/etc a separate article.
This would be a place to collect and show all Eilistraee-oriented images around the web. Here artists could have dedicated pages and such. Though we might host the images ourselves, it’s very important that any artists are properly credited for their work and as such it needs to be clearly listed both who drew the art and, if available, link back to the original source (could even be, if the artist wants it that way, that we wouldn’t host the full image ourselves and just link to their pages).
- Goddess of…
These are the pages dedicated to the various aspects of our goddess, likely one page per aspect. A “Goddess of Dance” page for example could list various dances and link to various dance-oriented sites.
This would be a place where various external sites can be listed as well as various other external things (like possibly the translator, though might link that separately on the main page anyway).