Now, I don't know if there's any great desire to simplify the guides which have accumulated, but I think it's a worthwhile project. There are 230 pages of guide, with a good deal of repetition of information. More seem to get added every couple of months.
We currently have 8 required reading, 11 general writing, 8 foundation world-building, 7 class/tag, and 5 technical guides, and 3 Adult Section guides, even though the adult section only has 2 articles and the most recent addition to it was almost a year ago.
-Create one universal class article, which would have definitions for safe, euclid, keter, and neutralized, with the top articles of each type in collapsables.
-Delete the "Task Forces" article as it is basically superfluous, as very few MTFs appear in more than one article, and there's no canon anyway
-"Security Clearance Levels" could use a total rewrite, and this has been discussed, the primary obstacle being that we would have to ensure compatibility with 1400 objects. That being said, this article, as well as the "Secure Facilities Locations" article could be integrated into one new "World building in the Foundation Universe" article which would include the unofficial "Internal departments" and the very short "SCP Front Companies" and could then be expanded as needed. We should also consider merging "Security Clearance Levels" with "Classified and You" as one page covering the levels used on this site and how to use them.
-Integrate the currently separate Serpent's Hand and Marshall, Carter, and Dark pages back into the main Group of Interest page, as those supplementary pages are very short and do not merit separate pages.
-Create a General Foundation Style Guide out of the the topic-specific guides "Doing the Safety Dance," "So you Want to Write a Humanoid SCP Objcet," "Conservation of WTF," "Understanding Memetics," "The Foundation and Evil," and "Writing Joke SCPs." These articles are short enough that they could serve as chapters in one overarching page. It would be very important that this new document be checked for redundancies with "How to Write an SCP"
-"The Big List of SCP Cliches" and "Cliches and You an Educational Film" should be made into one page, and that page should be incorporated into the style guide discussed above.
-The articles "Zen and the art of DATA REDACTED" and "Col. Hornby's Audio Guide" have their own internal structure and are substantial enough to stand on their own.
-"Technical Writing and You" and "Technical Words" could be incorporated into one page.
-"Dr. Mackenzie's Documentation Tips" is quite well developed and internally structured, and can stand on its own, but should be reviewed for redundancies if we do move forward on a General Foundation Style Guide.
-The articles "Rules of Thumb" and "Random but Useful" should be combined into one article, in order to preserve the broad community input of writing tips.
-Compress the three adult guides into one article using collapsables, if we're still holding on to those.
-And while we're at it, why not condense all of the SCP fuel articles (the photos and the orphaned ideas page) into one pag.
Now, as for the eight required reading SCPs:
-Create one FAQ page to incorporate the two general FAQ's and the Tag guide FAQ.
-Incorporate the very short article "Realtime Chat" into the article "Chat Guide"
-"About the Foundation" is not very long but serves as a good summary of the site for new users and so could be incorporated into the "Guide for Newbies"
If all these suggestions were put in place we'd have 4 required reading, 3 technical, 3 class/tag info, 4 writing (of which the General Style Guide would be very extensive), 2 world-building, and 3 miscellaneous, for a total of 19. Still a lot, but a vast improvement over 41.
PROPOSED NEW LIST OF GUIDES
-Guide to Newbies
-The Chat Room Guide
-How to Write an SCP (Basic)
Information on the Universe
-World Building in the Foundation Universe
-Groups of Interest
-Acceptable Attribute Tags
-The Classification System
Technical Assistance and Expert Advice
-Guide to Technical Writing and Terms
-List of Experts
-Col. Hornby's Audio Guide
Writing, Tone, and Style
-The General Guide to Writing SCPs (Advanced)
-Dr. Mackenzie's Documentation Tips
-Zen and the art of DATA REDACTED
-Misc. User Tips
-Guide to the Guides
-Adult Section Guide
-SCP Fuel Database
What do you guys think?