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Welcome to C&C, often likened to as the lifeblood of Smogon at large. C&C is the forum project that results in every article and analysis, for this generation and for all generations, that goes on-site. It is our goal and duty to maintain the quality of work on-site to the highest possible standards, such that anyone and everyone can use the information there to further their own understanding of competitive Pokemon battling. If this is your first time visiting C&C, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the standard procedure of C&C by reading the General Information announcement before continuing with this thread.
If you want to help C&C out with maintaining Smogon's site, then you should feel welcome to write and submit articles, updates, sets, and even full analyses to their respective sections. If your English is of a high enough quality and your work meets all relevant rules, the C&C forum staff and other intelligent users will look past your post count and see your contribution for what it is worth. If you break the relevant rules, the opposite will likely occur.
You may be very proactive about writing and want to work on something right away. Be careful, however, that just because it can be written does not mean that it is necessary. In order to verify that your writing a specific article or analysis is needed before doing it, please contact one of the relevant C&C moderators or ask in the associated indexing thread for the tier of interest.
With these ideas in mind, please make sure that you do not break any of the following, very fundamental guidelines and policies of C&C. Many of these are discussed in greater detail in the General Information announcement linked to above.
Thanks in advance for any work you do for us. We really appreciate it.
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Contributions & Corrections Analysis Formatting Guide
Welcome to C&C! If this is your first time visiting this forum, I highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the policies and guidelines discussed in both C&C's Rules & Guidelines announcement and C&C's General Information announcement before continuing here. Once you are up to speed on both the policies and general structure of C&C, you'll find the style and formatting techniques described in this thread of particular use.
For either a brand new analysis or a full update to an analysis, there are some formatting requirements for the writing to be put on-site. The following template shows how every new analysis or full update is written and how it should be formatted. Note that all text not within the section headers must be put in <p></p> tags so that the website will recognize it. Within the sections below, I have included a description of what that section is for.
Now that you've seen the format for an analysis, you should be able to figure out how to apply that to any analyses that you write. Note that if you're not posting a full update or a new analysis, but rather just a single set, you only include the sections relevant to that set and none of the others like Checks and Counters. If you have absolutely any questions about formatting analyses, or if you'd like me to include something here that I may have missed, feel free to PM any C&C moderator and they'll happily help you out.
Good luck with writing your analyses!
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There is an appropriate and an inappropriate length for analyses. They should not be too long and contain inordinate amounts of information, but at the same time they should not shirk entire chunks of valuable information just to be as short as possible. Generally, it is always easier for a user to write more, so we won't address that here. It's much more difficult to make a very long analysis more terse without sacrificing key information. Let us consider the following very fluff-ridden paragraph.
When considering Electivire for a spot in your team, it is inadvisable to assess its negative qualities. Instead, one should focus on discovering the characteristics that make Electivire useful. At certain times, it may be easily walled, but Electivire's movepool is particularly broad, and the moves it has up its sleeve can provide such exceptional type coverage that you will constantly see the words "It's super effective!" on your screen. Electivire's downfall is its lack of Speed to outrun faster opponents, but remember that Electivire's ability, Motor Drive, helps it score a Speed boost if you switch in on an Electric-type move. Also, Electivire will often find itself unable to severely harm bulky Pokemon, even with a super effective hit. However, with its fine offensive stats - an enormous base 123 Attack stat, an acceptable base 95 Special Attack stat, and enough Speed to attempt a sweep after a Motor Drive boost, Electivire can be a fearsome mixed sweeper.
This type of excessive rambling is unacceptable for the site. It needs to have all of the excess nonsense removed from it and brought down to a much more manageable level. That same paragraph could be rewritten as follows:
Although Electivire does have middling Speed when unboosted by Motor Drive and often fails to live up to expectations because of it, he is a fine offensive Pokémon. He possesses offensively oriented stats which include a great 123 Attack, passable 95 Special Attack, and enough Speed to attempt a sweep after a Motor Drive boost and fantastic type coverage with myriad options type-wise. This makes Electivire a fearsome mixed sweeper when played correctly.
The shorter version contains all of the same valuable information, but without any of the excess verbosity. It's also important to consider that the shorter version still has good prose and isn't boring to read, which is something that people often mistakenly associate with making analyses more concise. Think before you write, while you are writing, and after you write. Read your work, re-read it, and then do it again. We need to improve our analyses' qualities, and filling them with useless debris is not helping.
The OWL at Purdue University provides a useful list of techniques that can be applied to help reduce the amount of excess fluff that you put into your writing.
Peer Edit Thread Protocol:
There are a few distinct suffixes that are used in C&C to distinguish the different types of analyses that are allowed and what they entail.
The queue system for C&C is the process all analyses must undertake in their journey from being posted in Quality Control to being uploaded on the forums. The list below details each step and what is expected of the author during that step.
Active C&C moderators are listed below so that you can seek them out if you need any further guidance. Administrative moderators can upload analyses for any tier by request or if the need arises and may have further specialization beyond what is mentioned below, though they are only listed once.
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When new sets, analyses, or updates are posted for any tier, they must be posted in the respective tier forum with the (Quality Control) prefix. This prefix will put that writeup through the Quality Control (QC) process which validates the set's effectiveness in the metagame of choice. There is a more detailed description of the QC process and team in this announcement.
Once a set or analysis passes the Quality Control stage, its prefix is changed to (Copyediting) and it will be moving into the Grammar-Prose (GP) stage of the process. After the author has finished writing the entirety of the writeup, he will mention in his thread with a bump that it is ready for GP checks. Either a GP team member or the author can then ask that the analysis be added to the respective generation's Grammar-Prose Queue, which tracks how many checks each writeup has and lists the members of the team. The analysis will then be rigorously scanned for grammatical errors, prose errors, and convention errors that are in breach of Smogon's conventions located here. Once the analysis gets checked twice, it will pass the GP stage and be ready for upload to the site. There is a more detailed description of the GP process and team in the below-linked queues.
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