Do you have so many characters that you just can’t keep track of them? Do you want a way to point other readers or authors to a in-depth and organized site that is dedicated to your work and each of your figments? Would you like to join us in building a great community reference – open to all kinds of Authors and figments!
Become a part of the Sygnus Figment Registry project at Wikidot!
Wikis may seem a little confusing to use (it was to me at first), but this system is pretty easy to learn. The editing tools offer all the buttons and options you’ll need for formatting (somewhat like a forum). You can make your pages as simple or as complex as you want them to be! I’ll post some page examples later. Don’t be afraid to experiment – there’s nothing that you can do to “hurt” the system, though there are a few minor page naming rules. I’ll go over those later.
Because the Sygnus Figment Registry (SFR) is hosted on Wikidot, you must sign up for Wikidot first, then join our particular wiki. Once you are a member, you can create pages for yourself and your figments. However, you are the only one that can edit the pages you make (well, aside from Admins, of course).
First: Sign Up
1- Make an account with Wikidot.
2- Make an account with the Sygnus Figment Registry. Use the password Sygnus to get automatic registration acceptance. Otherwise, I’ll have to go and manually add you.
Second: Create your Author Page
This is easy! All you have to do is visit this page, and type in your author name. You can use spaces if you want to use more than one word:
Please only create one author page for your account. If you accidently mess up on this page, no worries. I can delete whatever you need me to.
Third: Edit Your Author Page
When you entered your Author name, the site will automatically take you to the toolset that allows you to create your Author Page.
The Author’s Template should automatically load into your new page (if it doesn’t, you can select it). This will give you a very basic set of coding, pre-created for you to simply fill out. You can add as much or little information to it as you want – delete sections that you don’t want to show. Add information that isn’t there.
It’s completely open for you to design with images, links… whatever suits your Author needs. The template is just a starting place… the more you play with it, the more you learn.
Once you’ve finished editing your author page, click the SAVE button at the bottom.
You will find your Author page listed in the Author Directory here:
If you would like to see an example of an author page, you can visit ours. Mine is not done yet, but it shows you how you can organize and change your page to suit your needs.
Fourth: Create Figment Pages
This is the most important part! How to make figment pages.
Did you see this coding on the Author template?
* [[[figments: figment name]]]
This is very important coding that you need to use in order to get your figment page to work correctly.
1-Change this coding to have your figment’s name like:
* [[[figments: Benjamin Ya]]]
2- Save your Author’s Page.
3- View your Author’s Page. You will now notice that your figment has a new link where you have entered this coding. But there is no page there yet.
4-Click the link of the figment you want to create a page for. It will ask you if you want to make a new page. When you click “create a page” it will take you to the page editor.
THIS IS THE ONE TRICKY PART – PLEASE READ!!!
There is a template for your figment page, just like there was for the Author’s page. You may need to choose the template from the drop down menu the first time you go to create a figment page. Usually, I’ve noticed that it remembers the correct template when you go to create more figments later.
Again, the template is there for you to fill out – as little or as much as you like. I’ve left coding there for images, comment boxes, spoiler drop down boxes… and other things for you to use. I’ve also left comments in the coding to help you out.
Here is an example of Ben’s figment page (still a work in progress)
Note that you can make links to other figment pages when you make references to them in your descriptions. This allows you to interlink your characters whenever you want!
Take this one step at a time. Building your own figment registry is a lot of fun… so don’t let this overwhelm you! There’s no rush to learn or experiment.