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Step by Step Checklist

Click here for a step by step checklist, summarising the below principles.


Articles and their titles are conceptually anchored, whenever possible, to the censored material. The following hierarchy should be used for choosing an article title:

  • The title of the work
    • If the work is particularly obscure (having few or no significant hits on Google) and has a short and non-descript name, append (medium) to the title where medium indicates if the work is a book, film, TV show, etc
    • All instances of censorship of a work should be listed on that work's article page.
    • Add {{DISPLAYTITLE:<span style="font-style: italic;">Title Of Article</span>}} in page bodies when the title should appear in italics, in accordance with commonly accepted manuals of style
  • The title of a show or exhibit, if the entire show was banned (rather than a specific work)
  • The title of a legislative bill passed to censor or otherwise restrict speech, appending (legislation, Country, State, City) where applicable
    • Court case titles receive italics, legislation does not
  • The title of a literary or artistic movement, where a pattern of censorship of works is apparent. Individual works within the movement should be censored as well
  • The name of a creator who has been subject to repeated censorship
    • Each of the creator's works that has been subject to censorship should have a page
    • The creator should have both a page and a category

How To Change Page Titles In MediaWiki

With the correct page displayed, click on the "Move" tab near the top of the page. You'll be asked for a new name for the page (using the above guideliens), and given the option to also move the page's talk page. NOTE: Unless you know what you're doing, it's safest to say yes.

Click the move button and the page will be renamed to the new title. The old title will become a redirect page, so any links to the old title will still go to the new page.


The schema imported from The File Room dates censorship incidents using an irregular timeline. Adjust the date to the year the incident(s) began. In the Category Tags for the article, include tags for the year, decade and century of the incidents listed on the page.


About a third of File Room articles included images (mainly, we assume, in the visual arts categories such as Category:Painting). We need to identify those articles in The File Room, download the image, and then upload the image to this wiki for inclusion in the article. We can also add images to articles where appropriate.

Uploading Images

To upload an image, go to Special:Upload, browse for the image file on your computer, and upload the file.

Placing Images in Articles

Mediawiki will automatically grant an uploaded file a name, and placing the tag [[File:Filename]] in any article body will make it appear there.

For example, the tag [[File:Ncac.jpg]] displays:


For more on image formatting and layout please see: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Images


Dozens of categories have been automatically created from The File Room import. Now we must create hierarchies of categories, and adjust, add, and edit categories as necessary.

Where to Find Categories

Category pages can be found by going to the address http://wiki.ncac.org/Category:Example where Example is the name of the category.

To see a list of all categories, go to http://wiki.ncac.org/Special:Categories

Including a Page In a Category

For an article to be "found" by its category, place [[Category:Example]] in body of the article.

An article with the tag [[Category:1996]] will be listed in the category for that year.

To ensure that article titles of works and people are sorted properly, include the tag {{DEFAULTSORT:Bicycle Thief, The}} to make sure the title is sorted under B (for "Bicycle") instead of T (for "The")

Category Hierarchies

Categories can have multiple sub-categories. When a category page includes the tag of another category, it becomes a "child" of the tagged category.

Example Sub-Category

By placing the tag [[Category:1990s]] in the category page of [[Category:1996]], then 1996 becomes a sub-category of 1990s. Likewise, 1990s should be designated a subcategory of 1900s.

An article including an incident occurring in 1996 should include category tags for 1996, 1990s, and 1900s.