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Sonic Retro:FAQ

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Overview FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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What is a Wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative collection of interlinked web pages, all of which can be visited and edited by anyone at any time (collaborative software). The concept and software were invented by Ward Cunningham. You could even edit this page by clicking the "edit" link on the drop-down menu above, or edit only a section by clicking on "[edit]" to the left of the section heading. If you don't have anything to add or correct on this page and you just want to see how editing works, try out the Sandbox.

What is Sonic Retro?

Sonic Retro is a project to produce a new kind of information site that is comprehensive and free for anyone or any site to use. See Sonic Retro:About and the Sonic Retro article for even more information.

What is the goal of Sonic Retro?

Our goal is to create a free, reliable database--indeed, the largest database for Sonic information in history, both in terms of breadth and depth. This is an ambitious goal, and will probably take many years to achieve.

Who owns Sonic Retro?

The database is owned and managed by Scarred Sun, who also manages the operation of Sonic Retro's sister projects, including Sega Retro, The Sonic 2 Beta Page and BadnikNET. However, hundreds of authors have contributed their own writings to Sonic Retro as well, and as such the site's content is collectively owned by all those writers.
The articles hosted on this site are released by their authors under the GNU Free Documentation License, so the articles are free content and may be reproduced freely under the same license. See Sonic Retro:Copyrights and Sonic Retro:Readers' FAQ for information on how you can use the site's content.

Who is responsible for the articles on Sonic Retro?

Everyone. This is a collaborative endeavor. Many people have contributed to different parts of this project, and anyone can do so, including you. All you need is to know how to edit a page, and have some knowledge you want to share. The database provides users with a certain amount of freedom.
You can learn who is responsible for the most recent versions of any given page by clicking on the "Page history" link. But if you spot an error in the latest revision of an article, you are highly encouraged to be bold and correct it. This practice is one of the basic review mechanisms that maintains the reliability of the database.
If you are uncertain or find the wording confusing, quote the material on the associated talk page and leave a question for the next person. This helps eliminate errors, inaccuracies or misleading wording more quickly and is highly appreciated by the community.

How can I contact the project?

Get in touch with any of the administrators, or contact Sonic Retro directly via the forums.

Should I create an account? Can't I just edit articles anonymously?

Sorry, users cannot edit anonymously at this time. You will need to create an account to make edits and have your account activated to Trial Membership or higher to receive extended functions such as uploading or creating new pages.

How do I create an account?

Click "Create Account" at the top of the page and follow the prompts.

How do I validate my account?

Sign in with your wiki details to the forums and follow the instructions in the Validating Forum.

Which forum member groups can edit the wiki?

Currently, all member groups except Pending Approval and Misfits have editing rights. However, any member may be blocked if his or her edits are consistently unconstructive.

How do you know if the information is correct?

As anyone can edit any article, it is of course possible for biased, out of date or incorrect information to be posted. However, because there are so many other people reading the articles and monitoring contributions using the Recent Changes page, incorrect information is usually corrected quickly. Thus, the overall accuracy of the database is improving all the time as it attracts more and more contributors. You are encouraged to help by correcting articles and passing on your own knowledge.
See Sonic Retro:Replies to Common Objections for a longer discussion of this point.

Site X seems to be violating Sonic Retro's copyright. Do you guys know about this?

It's most likely the answer is yes, and it's reasonably likely they're within their rights. Anybody may mirror or fork Sonic Retro as long as they comply with the GNU Free Documentation License.

Which wiki software does Sonic Retro run on?

See: Wikipedia:MediaWiki