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Post How to make your own Guide! - 04-08-2012, 07:54 PM

I've been reading over the many different guides that users are posting, and I haven't seen a guide on how to actually make one, so I've decided to make one myself!

Hopefully this topic will provide some useful tips on how to layout your guides to make them the most useful for other members. If you feel I've missed anything please feel free to reply and I'll update it as new tips come in.



  • Try to make sure that you use the default or easy to read texts, try to avoid overly small or overly big font sizes.

  • Try not to have your guide as all one block of text, it makes it less attractive to read and less helpful. Try to split it into smaller paragraphs, grouping together all relevant parts.
  • This is important; you need to be careful about spelling in guides. If English isn't your first language or if you find it difficult then feel free to PM a member of staff for spell checks, or other members are normally happy to help. It is not overly important to distinguish between English or American spelling, SilabGarza uses American spelling but either is okay. If you are critiquing a guide, please don't be overly harsh on spelling, while it's highly recommended that people use proper spelling that shouldn't be the main focus of a scathing attack on the guide.


  • This is not overly important but it can make your guide look nicer and more appealing, there is a section written below about possible formats.

  • This is vital, you need to proof read your guides. Check that it makes sense, or it might help to get another person to read your guide, just to make sure it make sense to other people.

  • When you are writing your guide, or posting it on SilabGarza, there are many different types of effects you can put on your text to make them stand out, these include different colours, sizes, emphasises, and different font styles.
  • The main focuses you can put on text are bold, italic and underlined. These can be often used to highlight headings, sub-headings and other important bits of information that you want to draw people’s attention to. It is better to use something like bold than to type all in capitals.[/CENTER]
  • Other than using the above styles, you can change the colours of text, this can either be done by selecting a colour from the provided ones by SilabGarza.
  • Short sentences are the best for getting a point across, it is vital to separate larger paragraphs into smaller more manageable amounts.
  • It is possible to align the text, either to the left, the right or the middle of the post. This is especially useful for when you are adding in major titles, it lets people scan your guide and pick out the bits they want to read or re-read.
  • Definitely avoid over using things like the “!” and “?”, or posting in block capitals, it is not needed and you can use other forms of formatting to make thing stand out. Using “!” will just end up messing up a good guide, and normally frustrating those trying to read it.

  • Images can be useful when you are trying to highlight special points or to explain something to other users, they say an image is worth a thousand words, but when you are including images in your guides it is important to remember a few minor points.
  • You need to keep the size of the images reasonable; there is no need to overstretch the image because this will stretch the cage.[/CENTER]
  • As well as keeping the size and shape of the images you need to make sure that the file size is under the maximum we allow per topic.
  • If you do not make your own images you must accredit the original artist, whether it be by adding a “Contributor” section to the bottom of your post, or by writing under each image who provided it. This is the same with content, if there is content that was not written by you please make sure you give credit to those who gave it to you, at least I do.

  • Hopefully this guide has been helpful for you to create/edit guides. If you have anything you feel should be added to this guide then feel free to post it in a reply, and it will be updated as soon as possible.

Keep the good user guides coming, and thanks for reading!

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Default 04-08-2012, 07:57 PM

ahh clever the guide on how to make a guide, hahaha
anyways good job on it very useful information
  
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Default 04-08-2012, 08:10 PM

A guide about guides, cool. Guideception. What did you use to make the title images? (This: )



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Default 04-08-2012, 08:13 PM

There is one guide on how to make a guide (it's buried somewhere in here) :P

http://sg-forum.com/game/guides/archives-%5Bno-posting%5D/119293-how-make-thread.html <-- not the one I was thinking of, but conveys most of your points.

No offense, but this guide lacks a lot of detail, and the alignment varies from left or center.

Spaces between paragraphs should be consistent, and don't be over repetitive.

Still, with a little buffing and filling in more of the meat, this would be pretty good. It would also be a good idea to show a couple links to guides that you really liked or good examples so that people can follow that.

I appreciate your efforts, so +1 cookie. It would be nice to update this frequently.

FYI, you have 2 'images' sections.

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Default 04-08-2012, 08:18 PM

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A guide about guides, cool. Guideception. What did you use to make the title images? (This: )
- I used PhotoShop CS4 for all the images, not to hard to make.


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Originally Posted by N0vlafye View Post
There is one guide on how to make a guide (it's buried somewhere in here) :P

http://sg-forum.com/showthread.php?t=119293 <-- not the one I was thinking of, but conveys most of your points.

No offense, but this guide lacks a lot of detail, and the alignment varies from left or center.

Spaces between paragraphs should be consistent, and don't be over repetitive.

Still, with a little buffing and filling in more of the meat, this would be pretty good. It would also be a good idea to show a couple links to guides that you really liked or good examples so that people can follow that.

I appreciate your efforts, so +1 cookie. It would be nice to update this frequently.

FYI, you have 2 'images' sections.
Still in the process of editing, sorry for the confusion.
  
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Default 04-08-2012, 08:45 PM

Very nice guide. Should help make guides more appealing to read.


  
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Default 04-08-2012, 09:24 PM

Haha this is too funny. I think if more people would just read we wouldn't have usless guides. But still everynice.
  
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Default 04-08-2012, 11:07 PM

I like it ) Hopefully from now on we will have only good guides
  
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Default naiz - 04-08-2012, 11:09 PM

Nice guides for guides.
  
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Default 04-08-2012, 11:10 PM

very usefull thank you. hopefully less guides around that look like the works of three year olds.




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