Writing a Wiki Article

General Guide


We require the help of dedicated members to contribute to our Drugs Wiki. Our articles must be original, and written by our members. If this is something you are interested in, we could use your help.

Plagiarism is extremely frowned upon, copy-and paste is not acceptable and potentially violates copyright regulations, as well as harms this site in search engine ranking if the material is not unique. If plagiarism is discovered, it will be noted and warned. This will need to be repaired by the contributor or the change will be rolled back.

All writers should join the Wiki Writers group, review the material and understand the discussions contained in the Wiki Writers Group before proceeding to create a new Wiki.

First check the Wiki and its sub-forums to see if there is already wiki on the topic you are interested in. If the wiki has been created and you wish to expand it you may post suggestions/additions in the associated discussion for the Wiki. Newbie members cannot edit the Wiki directly but may start a thread in Wiki Discussions. Members who are Donating, Silver or higher can create content for an appropriate wiki article.

Before writing an article, look at the types of articles below, use the appropriate template and the buttons and links to create the article in the correct location.

If you are unsure about starting or have any questions before starting, you can send a DM to NeuroChi if you have questions.
Please note: When silver members edit a wiki their edits LOCK the whole article, PREVENTING further editing by ANYONE while they wait in a moderation queue to be approved. So a well-intentioned effort can end up instead causing delay and frustration to everyone who in the meantime have seen yet further things to add and correct (including the silver member themself!)
So, if you are a silver member and see a wiki you want to help edit or contribute to PLEASE don't actually do any edits to the wiki article itself unless you are absolutely certain no one else is trying to work on it as well. Your edits will prevent them from doing anything until your edits get approved, which can take days or longer. Articles can be uneditable for a week or more for this reason.

Instead write a post in the discussion thread (see the 'page discussion' tab above to accress the thread) explaining your suggestions and/or corrections. People actively working on the wiki (who are titanium or higher) can implement suggestions and corrections without the article getting hung up in moderation.

Starting an Article

Choose the appropriate category from the list of categories in this guide and click on the link to start an article in that category.

1. Fill in the title: Please use a title of the common/most used name. Mind that the title you chose has a far reaching effect. If a member writes the exact same word/phrase somewhere in the forum, then it will be turned into a link to your wiki article. Which means that it is important to use a correct term.

Titles should only contain letters (A-Z,a-z), numbers (0-9), and hyphens (-) or commas (,) when necessary. All "Major Words" should be capitalized.

2. Add the brief 3 line into at the very top of the wiki. This is very important, because it appears everywhere in the forums where the name of the wiki is hyperlinked (underlined and blue) when a user hovers their mouse over the wiki title.

3. Start the wiki discussion by posting what you added to the wiki in the discussion tab. This allows other members to comment, help, offer suggestions, and award rep for your work.

Read about wiki functionality here: Drugs-Wiki Functionality

Wiki Article Categories

The Wiki is organized into groups of article types. These groups contain related articles and helps in organizing the structure of the overall Wiki space.

It is important when creating a new article that it be created in the appropriate location.

Wiki Articles

Drug Articles

Drug and substance articles have information on a particular drug or substance.

There are two templates for these articles. The first is an abbreviated template, and the second is a full standard template for drug and substance articles. These templates are located here:

Drug or Substance Template - Brief
Drug or Substance Template - Generic

A category for substances classified as cutting agents exists and should use the template for them here:

Cutting Agents Template

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not alter the [VAR]PAGENAME[/VAR] tag in the templates. It will be substituted with the name of the article automatically.

Click the button below to start a new Drug Articles article:


Drug Dictionary

The Drugs Dictionary contains definitions of commonly used drug terms.

The standard template for a Drugs Dictionary article may be found here:

Drug Dictionary Entry Template

Click the button below to start a new Drug Dictionary article:


Drug Law Articles

Click the button below to start a new Drug Law Articles article:



Click the button below to start a new FAQ article:


Organizations & People

This is a section for writing about individuals, organizations and corporations who have made significant contributions or affected the subject areas discussed in the forum and the Wiki

Biographies contain chapters and sections relevant for an individual's life. For information on what should be included in the Chapters and Sections of a biographical Wiki article, look at Writing Biographies

Just like a biography, information on corporations and organizations contain history and relevant facts about a particular corporation or organization. There are no Chapter and Section descriptions right now, but will be added soon.

The standard template for a Biographies article may be found here:
People Starter Biographical Template

The standard template for a Corporations and Organizations article may be found here:
Corporation History and Background Template

Click the button below to start a new Organizations & People article:


Wiki Redirects

Redirects are essentially aliases for Wiki Articles.

Click the button below to start a new Wiki Redirects article:


Wiki Books

Wiki books are a special type of Wiki article and in most cases will not be used by most Wiki Writers. They are organized in chapters similar to a book and would contain related information on a large subject.

Click the button below to start a new Wiki Books article:


Wiki Categories

Categories are special articles which allow other articles to be grouped and indexed within a category. All articles should be assigned a category using the category tag like this:

[category]Some Category[/category]
A full list of approved acceptable categories may be found here in the Categories Section, please use one of the listed categories as an empty category will be created if the text in between the [category] tags does not already exist.

Categories are always listed as plural.

New categories may be created, but should be proposed and discussed first in the Wiki Writers Group before creating them. There may be another way to handle this. To propose a new category, submit a proposal to [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/group.php?groupid=110']The Wiki Crew Group[/URL], [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/group.php?groupid=111']The Wiki Writers Group[/URL], or in the [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/threads/171024']Wiki Discussions Post for proposing new categories[/URL].

Click the button below to start a new [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=429']Wiki Categories[/URL] article:


[h=2][URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=391']Wiki Discussions[/URL][/h]
This is a location for discussion Wiki improvements, new articles, suggestions, and other comments outside the Wiki Writers Group. It is open to all members to post threads in. This is not part of the Wiki, but a place where general discussion of the Wiki should take place.

Click the button below to start a new [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=391']Wiki Discussions[/URL]:


[h=2][URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=430']Wiki Templates[/URL][/h]
[autolink]Wiki templates[/autolink] are standard layouts for articles. When a new category or subject class of article is created, a new template should be created for that article type. This should be discussed in the Wiki Writers Group to collect input and feedback from other Wiki writers before a standard template for a new article type is created.

Current article templates include the following:

[table="head;sort=1;"] Template | Description
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Drug_or_Substance_Template_-_Generic"]Drug or Substance Template - Generic[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Drug_Dictionary_Entry_Template"]Drug Dictionary Entry Template[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Category_Template"]Category Template[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Drug_or_Substance_Template_-_Brief"]Drug or Substance Template - Brief[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:People_Starter_Biographical_Template"]People Starter Biographical Template[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Corporation_History_and_Background_Template"]Corporation History and Background Template[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Cutting_Agents_Template"]Cutting Agents Template[/URL] |
[URL="https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Template:Route_of_Administration_Template"]Route of Administration Template[/URL]|

Click the button below to get started with a new [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=430']Wiki Template[/URL]:


[h=2][URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=174']Wiki Testing Grounds[/URL][/h]
The Wiki Testing Ground is a type of "sandbox" where articles exist outside the public Wiki space and so not appear in the general Wiki. This is a place to experiment and test new ideas or techniques a writer may have before creating an actual article.

Click the button below to start a new [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=174']Wiki Testing Grounds[/URL] article:


[h="1"]Wiki Markup and BBCode[/h]
BBCode is the markup used for formatting Wiki Articles, and is also used to some extent in normal posts for formatting text, sections, adding graphics, footnotes, and more.

There are two guides to BBCode available for reference in Wiki writing. Not all mark-up codes will work, so try them out first and get a good feel for them. The [URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Writing_a_Wiki_Article#Wiki_Testing_Grounds']Wiki Testing Grounds[/URL] is a good place to do this and any new writer is encouraged to create a page in the testing area to try out new techniques.

[URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/misc.php?do=bbcode']BB Code List[/URL]

Please use them as a reference, they are extremely handy.

[h="1"]Footnotes and References Guide[/h]
[h=2]Adding Footnotes and References[/h]
Please review this Wiki article on how to properly add and manage footnotes;

[URL='https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Wiki_Footnotes_and_References']Wiki Footnotes and References[/URL]
[h=2]Reference Style Guide[/h]
References should be in APA style
[*]For a book:
Author name, initial. (Publication year). [I]Title of the book[/I]. Place of publication: Name of publisher.

For example:
Huxley, A. (1945). [I]The Perennial Philosophy[/I]. New York: Harper Collins.
If the book has an editor or editors add that after the title like this:
Huxley, A. (1980). [I]Moksha. Writings on [autolink]Psychedelics[/autolink] and the Visionary Experience, 1931-1963[/I]. Horowitz, M. and Palmer, C. (Eds.). London: Chatto and Windus.
[*]For an article from a [autolink]journal[/autolink]
Author name, initial. (Publication year). Title of the article. [I]Title of [autolink]journal[/autolink] in italics[/I]. Issue number. Page numbers.
For example:
Boren, L. (1983). William James, Theodore Dreiser, and the anaesthetic revelation. [I]American [autolink]Studies[/autolink][/I]. 24. 5-18.
[*]For a book chapter
Author name, initial. (Publication year). Title of the chapter. In Name of editor(s). (Ed.) or (Eds.).[I]Title of the book[/I]. (Page numbers of the chapter). Place of publication: Name of publisher.
For example:
Coffin, J.M. (1999). Molecular biology of HIV. In Crandell, K.A. (Ed.). [I] The evolution of HIV[/I]. (pp. 3-40). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
[*]For electronic sources
Add either Retrieved from [plain]http://xxxxxxxxx or doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx [/plain] in place of the location and publisher:
Shafron, G. R., & Karno, M. P. (2013). [I]Some Psychology Book I am Making Up[/I]. [autolink]doi[/autolink]:xx.xxxx/xxxxxxxx
Shafron, G. R., & Karno, M. P. (2013). [I]Some Psychology Book I am Making Up[/I]. Retrieved from [plain]http://xxxxxxxxx[/plain]
Or add it at the end for a [autolink]journal[/autolink] article:
Researcher, G. (2011). Heavy metal music and ephedrine [autolink]psychosis[/autolink]. [I]Psychology of Made Up Things[/I], [I]2[/I], 74–85. [autolink]doi[/autolink]:xx.xxxx/xxxxxxxx
[*]For a web page or other web resource
Author name, initial. [Screen name if different].(Publication year). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from [plain]http://URL[/plain]

Flynt, Henry. (1992). The [autolink]Psychedelic[/autolink] State [web page]. Retrieved from [plain] http://www.henryflynt.org/depth-psy/psychostate.html[/plain]

Hilarious, D. [Monkeyshine77]. (2015, Sept 31). Title of hilarious youtube [Video file]. Retrieved from [plain]http://xxxxxxxxx[/plain]

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