Guide to Newbies


Welcome to the SCP Foundation! This is the Guide for Newbies, your introduction to site etiquette and standards. However you may have found your way here, we welcome you as a member and a potential author of SCPs and SCP-related stories and documents. While this document may seem long, everything in this guide is very necessary to getting a handle on how to behave on the site. So please: read, don't skim.

Let's start from the beginning: getting from casual reader to site member.

  • 1. Make an account with Wikidot, our glorious overlord host site. Go here to do so.
  • 3. Even with a Wikidot account, you still aren't a member of the SCP Foundation site itself. To join the site itself, you have to go to this page and write your application.

Hey, that's odd. We went from step 1 to step 3. What's step 2? Wait, here it is:

  • 2. Your application will be a short paragraph, not more than 200 characters. However, we get a significant number of applications every day, and we have certain standards for joining. Specifically, you have to read all of the information (including all of the tabs) on this page.

If you're interested in joining the chat or writing for the site, you'll find additional pages linked to from this guide which will help you out. You are strongly advised to read those if you have a specific desire in joining. You do not have to read any pages besides this page and the Join This Site page before sending in an application, but you are expected to know the Site Rules before posting any comments, and you are expected to have read How to Write An SCP before writing any articles.

Some tips on applications from Dr. Bright, who is one of the administrators who might be accepting (or rejecting) your application:

Some good topics include:

  • Why are you interested in joining?
  • Do you have any particular skills that you pride yourself on?
  • What can you offer the wiki to enhance the community?

Keep in mind, you're not the only applicant. Don't write a novel in the text box to waste the reviewer's time; just keep it concise and to the point.

To navigate this page, scroll to the top and click on another tab. (The next one is "Site Behavior," if that helps.)

If, after reading this guide, you still have questions, you should check out the FAQ.

If you are reading this page to find out how to get into the site, finishing this first tab is not enough. Please continue reading, or your application will be denied.

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