97 Things - World of Warcraft

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This is the wiki for developing the book 97 Things Every World of Warcraft Player Should Know (the exact title of the book may change) which will be a freely accessible wiki-like resource (neartime) on the web as well as a book published by O'Reilly & Associates.

Note: Before the site is made public we will be moving it from a wiki to a much more polished presentation created by professional web designers - this wiki is only an interim solution.

97 Things is a book of gaming wisdom collected by and for World of Warcraft (WoW) enthusiasts. When we have a suitable number of things (perhaps 12 - 24), we'll open it to the public for contributions and comment. When we've reached some still-undetermined magic number (97 or more), we'll pick the best 97 axioms and publish them in a book lead by George Pribul.


What will come of all this?

O'Reilly will publish the contents of this wiki in a public and free web site off of the O'Reilly properties. It will be embodied in a framework that is somewhat like a wiki, anyone can contribute, but is easier to use for the general public and also allows other features like ranking. It will be free to everyone but you'll have to register to contribute or comment or vote. Users (that's everyone who is registered) will be able to comment on other peoples axioms, rate other people's axioms, tag axioms, and create, edit and improve their own axioms. Anyone and everyone will be able to view the material without requiring registration. The web site will be strongly promoted by O'Reilly and all contributors will get full attribution.

From the 97 Things web site O'Reilly plans to pick the top contributions and create book which it will sell in bookstores and on-line. If your contribution is chosen any edits recommended by O'Reilly will be contributed back to the 97 Things web site for everyone to enjoy. Only contributions that meet certain requirements will be used in the book. They must be between X and Y words long. The best size is X+n - Y words.

Rules of Engagement

  • Contribution is by invitation only at this point - it will open to the public after we have dozen or two contributions. You can nominate others for inclusion by adding them to the WoW Nominations Page; please make sure to include an email address. We don't yet know whether there's one-to-one mapping between contributors and contributions, but for the time being, assume that each author may write one or more contributions. You can set yourself up with an account (just click create_account) and begin writing your first contribution immediately (see WoW Axiom Title).
  • Each contributor is asked to provide an axiom and a brief discussion. The axiom should only be a 2 to 10 words long if possible. In print, we want each axiom and discussion to fit on a two-page spread. Keep your discussion between X and Y words. Discussions shorter than X words are fine, but only ones that are X or more are likely to make it into the final book. If they are shorter than X words O'Reilly might request that you expand them. If they are longer than Y words O'Reilly will suggest edits to shorten the entry to Y words. If the entries are not X+n - Y words long they will not be included in the book, but they will be on the web site. Only works with a full bio will be used in the book. You must include a bio, contact information, and head shot. The contact information will not be in the book unless you want it to be - it will be used by O'Reilly to communicate with authors.
  • I'm asking everyone to create an author page (please create one). Content on your author pages certainly doesn't count towards your Y words. We'll want (minimally) a bio and a head shot. Only contributions with associated bios (including head shot, and description of background) will be considered for contributions to the book. We may include the bios and head shots in the print version of the book. You may use an icon that's associated with you instead of a picture. Please keep your author page up to date.

For those of us who aren't regular MediaWiki users, how is the head shot or screen shot to be added? To add an image, first use the "Upload file" under Toolbox (on the left side) to put the file on the server. Then use a tag like [[Image:filename.jpg]] in the wiki page where you want the image displayed.

  • Please also add your snail-mail address and email address to the WoW Addresses page. This information will not be released when the site goes public. We need to keep track of it so that we can send you a comp copy of the print book when it's available, and in case O'Reilly's legal department decides we need to get explicit releases from all the contributors prior to publication. (Hmm. The latter can probably be handled with email.) If you still don't want to disclose your contact info (and I cannot promise that this site won't "leak" out to the rest of the world), please still add your name to WoW Addresses, and write "I'd prefer not to" or something like that. Then send me your contact info.
  • Please, keep screen shots to a maximum of one per axiom (some latitude is allowed here for special cases). Try to avoid screen shots if possible. Remember this is mostly strategy advice.
  • Please edit your own contribution only.
  • Please keep this URL private sharing it only with people you invite personally. Don't link to it, digg it, put it on your web pages, send it out to a mailing list, etc. First, it's only temporary. This book will not live within O'Reilly commons indefinitely. Second, we'd like to keep this under wraps until we have a decent block of material to release.
  • All contributions made to this site are required to be made under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that by making a content contribution, you are agreeing that it is licensed to us and to others under this license. If you do not want your content to be available under this license, you should not contribute it.
  • You warrant that all work that you contribute to this site is your original work, except for material that is in the public domain or for which you have obtained permission.

Writing guidelines

  • Try and make sure the advice won't go out of date quickly. If something is likely to substantially change in a patch, it probably can't be published.
  • Make sure the advice can be applied to all WoW servers (or PvP/PvE).
  • Make the advice personal - but don't go too far. People like hearing stories, but they don't need to know names, numbers and hairstyles.

The Good Stuff

WoW Axiom Title shows how we want you to structure contributions.

We're looking forward to working with you.

George Pribul, lead contributor

Richard Monson-Haefel, 97 things Series Editor

Mike Loukides, Editor, O'Reilly Media, Inc.


Please add your contributions here. Go into edit mode for this section to see how to add a new contribution.

1. WoW Axiom Title by Joe Blow

2. WoW Axoim Test by George Pribul




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