FAQ

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The Site

Is this real? No. This is a collaborative writing website.

What is the Foundation? We are the last bastion of security in a world where natural laws rapidly break down. We are here to protect humanity from the things that go bump in the night, from people who wield power beyond mortal understanding. We are here to make the world a safer place. We are the holders of wonders, and the crafters of dreams. We are why the world continues. In the short form, we're a creative writing site, devoted towards horror.

What does SCP stand for? "Special Containment Procedures". We generally go with "the Foundation". It also stands for the site motto: "Secure. Contain. Protect."

How long has this site been around, anyway? Read this forum post and the site history essay for details. Basically, the original SCP (SCP-173) was written back in 2007, the first incarnation of this wiki (on editthis.info) was made in early 2008, and we moved to Wikidot in the middle of that year.

Have the owners of the wiki ever considered expanding their universe to other media (television, film, podcasts, etc.)? Yes. We haven't been presently officially endorsing anything besides a few podcasts, but our wider fan community has created many impressive pieces of media, notably SCP: Containment Breach.

Should I join if I don't want to write an SCP? Sure. It's totally up to you. However: if you wish to vote, comment, or edit, you do need to join.

Is this a roleplaying site? No. Some writers have usernames that are the same as characters or 'author avatars' that they created on the site, but we don't pretend to be our characters while posting. A good rule of thumb is that Dr/Agent/Whatever (Name) is the character, while (Name) is the writer.

Can I roleplay anyway? Not on the main wiki. The site is out-of-character only. RPing can be done elsewhere; ask around in chat if you want to find out more.

What if I just write myself as a character? You can; it's pretty common. Keep in mind that self-inserts are automatically judged negatively until the quality of the character is established. Over the top avatars are typically not thought of very well around here anymore. This goes double for avatars who are supposed to be funny or awesome or your idealized self.

I have some really awesome art that I made, where can I post it? We have a really cool Visual Records site where you can upload art of your very own. The Visual Records wiki is currently in open registration, just hit Join in the sidebar to become a member. There are also SCP fuel images, if you want to contribute to those.

How do I get to know the SCP Foundation better? Read as many SCPs and tales as you can. Seriously, that's the easiest way. Also, consider reading newer SCPs, not just older SCPs.

What are all those [REDACTED] and [DATA EXPUNGED] that are everywhere? They are information removed from the article, generally in order to make it scarier. While most writers know what is behind the removal, they are unwilling to tell. It's a lot worse when you have to imagine what it is. Note: Don't redact information (besides site locations) in the containment procedures. In-universe, all information in containment procedures must be available to all Foundation personnel, in case they need to contain the SCP object and these procedures are all they have.

Why does the Foundation keep this SCP around? Why don't they just destroy/kill it? Well, for starters, if you've read our motto, you know SCP stands for Secure, Contain, Protect, not Destroy, Destroy, Destroy. Most of the objects and people the Foundation houses are being kept for study, which is not at all the same as sitting on death row. Why obliterate something when you have enough resources to try to discover how it works? (That said, if we destroyed everything, we wouldn't have much of a site, would we?)

Why am I being asked for my password? No one on staff will ever ask you for your password. If you think that's what they're asking for, you might want to read again. If anyone does ask for your real-life password, please let staff know.

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