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To reduce edit wars and other frustrations, please read the following guidelines before making any edits.

  • Please write correctly-spelled grammatical full sentences. Watch out for those homonyms and subject-verb agreement issues!
    • If (who are we kidding, when) Onett misspells something in-game, silently correct it in the main section of the page, and list the actual spelling used in Notes/Trivia. Alternatively, if you're quoting in-game text verbatim (for example, in a quest dialogue), you can mark errors in the quoted text with "[sic]".
  • Bears are "he" (unless specified otherwise*), bees are "she" (unless specified otherwise**), mobs are mostly "it", except the Werewolf and King Beetle can both be "he". (The bears call each other "he" in-game. There is absolutely no excuse for calling a bear an "it".)
    • * Mother Bear, naturally, is female. All other bears are male.
    • ** Lion Bee, Bucko Bee, and Rad Bee are known to be male. (This is not the only biological inaccuracy in the game.)
    • This also means that bears and bees are "who", not "that".
    • Bears and bees have names, mobs have labels. Use "the" with labels, but not with names. He's "Black Bear", not "The Black Bear".
  • Don't add pointless trivia. It's better for a page to not have a trivia section than to list things that are painfully obvious to anyone with a brain in their head. (The werewolf has a humanoid body? Well, gee, if you hadn't've told me, I would've never known!)
    • Hint: if an item is the most expensive thing in the game, then it follows that it is the most expensive item in its shop. If you add the latter as a separate trivia point, be prepared to be ridiculed.
  • Use actual headings, not paragraphs formatted in bold.
    • See that box that says "Paragraph" with a down arrow? Click it and select the appropriate heading level.
    • Similarly, use actual lists, not workarounds with asterisks or dashes.
  • At this point, unless there's been an update, you shouldn't be adding new pages. If you can't find a page, assume the fault lies with you unless and until proven otherwise.
    • If you find a page that shouldn't exist – for example, it has fake information or it's a duplicate – inform a staff member, or edit the page and put the special code
      {{Delete}}
      at the top.
  • If you find yourself making the same edit a second time, check the page history: there's probably a good reason your original edit was reverted.
    • In fact, it's always a good idea to check the page history before making any edits, just to get the lay of the land.
  • Do not use external link syntax for internal links. In other words, do not put https://bee-swarm-simulator.wikia.com into links. If you see the external link image  on your link while in edit mode, but not on the published page, you're doing it wrong. (The "refresh the page" links on the Codes page are the exception to this.)
  • Do not add the Removed Content template to content that is still in the game. Just because you can no longer purchase, say, a first-edition Tabby Bee, doesn't mean that first-edition Tabby Bee is removed content, otherwise Onett would have some very unhappy customers to deal with. Only add the Removed Content template to the items that were actually removed, e.g. Bear Bee Pack.
    • Traveling Bears who have left *do* get the Removed Content template, even if they promised to be back.
  • Please stick to a consistent voice: don't use "you" in one sentence and "the player" in the next.
    • I know Wikipedia's guidelines say to not use "you" at all, but this isn't Wikipedia. Readability is more important than formality.
  • Opinion statements have no business in articles. If you want to write about your opinion, make a blog post.
    • Hint: value statements, such as "This is a good thing", are opinions. So are suggestions.
  • The wiki should reflect the current state of the game. This means don't post rumors/future content, even if they come from Onett himself. (What he wants to deliver and what he actually delivers are often quite different.)
    • This also means not writing things like "since the [insert date here] update...". Just write what's in the game currently, as if it had always been that way. If the old value/setting/behavior may be of interest to players, you can add it in a Notes/Trivia section.
  • The first occurrence of the page's subject should be bold. All subsequent occurrences should be normal text.
  • Similarly, any given page should only be linked to once. Don't make every occurrence of the word "Honey" a link to that page!
    • There can be some exceptions to this: if people are likely to read only a small subsection of the page, then repeating useful links in each subsection might be a good idea. (Which still means "Honey" should not be linked more than once; it's rarely useful.)
  • Use normal capitalization. They may be important terms in the game, but "honey", "pollen", "spider", "mob", "ticket", etc. are not proper nouns. They should only be capitalized if they're the first word of a sentence.
    • "Brown Bear", "Lion Bee", etc. are names. Names are capitalized.
  • Tables, infoboxes, etc. should be used in addition to normal text, not instead of normal text. This is partly for accessibility reasons, but it's mostly for clarity: things like infoboxes are designed specifically to be concise, so they do not have room for explanations.
  • Do not edit the same page multiple times in a row. There are previews to allow you to see the results of your edits. If you can't get it right in two edits, STOP EDITING and ask for help.