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Do you want to write an SCP?

We strongly recommend absolute beginners to read the SCP Guide for Beginners and Newcomers, which covers all the basics.

Here you can find out how to write a German-language SCP. If you are reading this text, you are most likely a member of the German SCP wikis and want to try to write your own article. This page is designed to help you get started right. Before you start, read the help too.

Read it slowly, take your time. When you have finished writing your SCP article, read it again because you are human (aren't you?) And you really don't want to forget anything in your article.

Before you start: some things you need to know.

As a rule, well-done SCP articles have the following components:

  • An interesting idea.
  • Logical and explainable security measures.
  • A clear description.

These are the characteristics of a good SCP article. A SCP is supposed to put the reader into the story; Nobody wants to read through boring lists that make no sense. Try to have a clear idea of ​​what your anomaly is doing before you begin.

Many SCP articles fail for one reason or another. This depends entirely on the writer's experience.

This is no excuse not to even try
This is not an attempt to portray the new members as bad
It is not a fact of life or the universe

It's a challenge

Some early SCPs are beautifully written because their authors had a vision of how to write (which is very rare) or because they took the time to learn how to write SCPs. In order to avoid the mistake of the first failed SCP, we want to help you by asking us for feedback in the forum at any time.

If an article gets a rating of -7, it will be deleted from the wiki. But that's no cause for tears, you can try again with the same draft in the review forum. You can also try to change your SCP beforehand, and the release team will help you if you ask for it. At -5, however, you will be asked whether you also allow your SCP to be processed by volunteers, that is your decision. Either way, try to learn from it. Find out why readers didn't like it, fix spelling mistakes (which shouldn't be found), and read other articles. You don't recognize a good writer by level or rank.

Also, please note that posting bad SCPs to try your luck does not change the fact that it will be rejected. When you write your first SCP you should go with the best as it is an example for the future writer. If you have a good chat with others in the forum and befriend them, you leave a good impression, which can help you get a good rating. And it is also very important to be a good example for new members.

Take your time to get an idea, look at what's bad and what's good, read what people are looking for on the site, and have fun writing your own SCP article. New German SCP articles appear on the page: SCP Part-DE

Where can I publish my SCP?

You should present your SCP idea in drafts and criticism so that it can be approved by a team member. If that happens, you can create the article on the SCP Sandbox page or another suitable page and then ask for feedback in the forum under drafts and criticism in the same thread (note that even unapproved ideas can already be written and presented in an article . This does not, however, omit the step of the idea approval). Only when you are sure that it is perfect and two members of the correction team have given clearance, choose an SCP-DE number and upload your article.

What next?

You should inform yourself in the wiki, write a post in the forum, ask questions, read through SCP articles and understand how to write them!

The topic

First of all, you should know what it should be about. The basic idea is the most important thing in writing an SCP. It doesn't have to be worked out in too much detail yet, but the basic concept has to be there in broad outline.

A few little tips to get ideas:

  • Do you want to write something scary? Think about your own fears. Spiders, altitude, fire, geese etc. and then think about what to do with it.
  • Do you want to write something strange, unusual? Then think outside the box and come up with something original that hits readers completely unexpectedly.
  • Take an interesting picture (please note the license) and write an SCP over what you can see in the picture.
  • When you have a good idea, use the search function in the upper right corner and search for keywords of your idea to see if someone has already written something similar; both here and, if appropriate English skills are available, also in the EN wiki.
  • Ideas cannot be forced. Before compulsively churning an idea that doesn't feel good into an article; rather go to this thread and ask other forum members for food for thought / opinions.

For example, the idea behind SCP-099-DE was an area in an SCP site that was contaminated with something immaterial. The inspiration for SCP-062-DE was the song "Ewig Ostfront" from Eisregen.

Start writing

The best thing to do is to create a sandbox in our Sandbox Wiki. This gives you the opportunity to try things out at will before you add your SCP to the DE list.

At first, don't worry too much about spelling, grammar, or expression. However, it makes it easier to write correctly right away.

picture

Many SCPs have a picture. This can contribute a lot to the effectiveness of the SCP, but it is not absolutely necessary. You don't have to insert the picture immediately, because if you are not writing an SCP to a picture, you always have to first find a suitable one. Or if it doesn't fit that well, change the text a little.

It is important that you are allowed to use the picture. It is therefore under a license that allows republication or even manipulation (for example if you change something with image editing programs). If you post a picture here that you are not allowed to post, it can mean a lot of trouble that no one feels like.

correction

When you are finished with the content, you should start correcting it. One possibility is to copy the text into Word and use the spell checker there. The result is usually better than with dictionaries for the browser. Just be careful not to fix wiki code. Of course, your Word does not know this, as well as some technical terms, which you can add if you are sure that they are spelled correctly.

If your SCP is largely free of spelling and grammar errors, it is a good idea to ask in our forum that someone reads your SCP in order to draw your attention to further errors and to give you advice on the wording and content . It may well be that someone has seen your SCP in the sandbox before, but if you don't ask about it explicitly, they may not comment on it either.

Finalization

It is best to let a few days pass and read your SCP again carefully. Is everything well worded? Does the statement come across correctly?
It doesn't matter at all to rewrite entire sections if you are not entirely satisfied with it. And those who have helped you so far will surely continue to do so.

Publish

Everything is corrected and how should it be? Two team members approved the article?

It is time to publish your SCP on the main wiki. Find a free number in the SCP part DE, click on the link and paste the source code of your SCP from the sandbox. Do not forget to correct the title, i.e. the number of your SCP, this is initially only written in lowercase letters and without hyphens.
You can also use the following button to create an article:

Then think of a name and edit it in the SCP list and along with your name in the credits. You add your name.


Do not forget

So that the rate field appears at the top of your SCP, you have to enter the following code block at the top above the text:


The basic format of the SCPs is fairly simple and is used in almost all articles. There are exceptions, but you should have a good reason to deviate from the format.

The usual formatting for SCPs is:

Object no .: SCP-XXX-DE - This is the name for SCPs. When writing the SCP, a placeholder is usually used for the number, e.g. XXX.

Classification: Sure / Euclid / Keter - This is the object class. Most SCPs are either Safe, Euclid, or Keter. For more information, see here.

Safety measures: TEXT - The security measures for the SCP are described here. More information on security measures can be found in the next tab.

Description: TEXT - The SCP itself is described here. The description is almost always the most important thing about the SCP. More information is available in the corresponding tab.

In addition, there are a few optional items that should only be included if it improves the article and helps tell a story:

Discovery: TEXT - This describes the circumstances under which the Foundation came into possession of the SCP. This point can often be included in the description itself, and should only be written separately if it justifies a whole paragraph.

Addendum from 00.00.2000: TEXT - Everything can be described here that only became clear about the object after a long time in the Foundation's possession or new developments / recent events that shed a new light on the SCP. The same applies here: only use if it helps the history of the SCP.

Interview:orInterrogation Protocol: TEXT - A conversation between a researcher and an SCP / a person in contact with the SCP can be recorded here.

Links to attachments- There may be links to attachments at the end of the article. Further information about attachments is available in the corresponding tab.

The security measures are the first thing readers learn about the SCP after classification. This point should only state how the SCP is kept safe by the Foundation; and only those points that are necessary for safekeeping. For example, it goes without saying that a person placed in a standard cell has a toilet and a bed (although if the nature of the anomaly requires the absence of these things, it can be mentioned); the exact type and dosage of the anesthetic that is needed to sedate the person should, however, already be included.

On the one hand, the security measures should not be too simple (for example, "Is housed in a room."); On the other hand, it is also not overly complex (it doesn't take two nuclear warheads, seven MTFs and three magical rituals to keep a kitten that is considered safe at bay). Everything mentioned in the security measures should be conclusive and still make sense after reading the description (and therefore the type of anomaly). It takes a Satanist to contain the SCP? Justify it in the description. The small cookie jar is kept in a humanoid containment cell and toilet? Justify it in the description. The SCP is kept unguarded in an unlocked drawer? Then it had better be very harmless. You should never start with the security measures and then write an SCP, rather the other way around.

But my kitten SCP needs nuclear warheads, rituals and an army to be kept!
There has to be a good reason. Rituals? Then the SCP has to be at least magical / demonic in nature OR so powerful that magic is its only weakness. An army? Then it has to be almost indestructible and can only be stopped by using countless lives or firing thousands of bullets. Nuclear warheads? Are not very subtle and the Foundation likes secrecy, so only use if the SCP is bringing about the end of the world the moment it leaves its cell AND NOT being prevented by more lenient measures could.

But my SCP is so safe that it doesn't need anything more than "sitting in a cell"!
Then add details. At which location is the SCP? How big is the cell? What action will be taken in the event of an outbreak? From which security clearance does one have access to the SCP? If that doesn't help, you can describe the procedure for a certain emotional state (e.g. how a suicide-prone SCP is prevented from committing suicide during depressive behavior or what is done during fits of anger). Again, it has to fit the description of the SCP, with a meek giant who is never mentioned in the description that he is prone to aggression, no one will write emergency measures for an outburst in the safety measures.

Two more important things:

1. Please think carefully about making one SCP part of someone else's security measures. So it makes no sense if an SCP, which is not allowed to leave its cell, is used to guard another cell.

2. NOTHING in the security measures should be [REDACTED], [DATA EXPUNGED], or ██████████. Do you want to hide the name of a scientist? Then use "responsible research manager" or "the site manager" etc.

The description is where it gets interesting. This point describes all the important things about the SCP, especially the nature of the anomalous properties; but also things like the appearance of the SCP.

With humanoid SCPs The description should include a description of skin color, stature, size and an assessment of age plus any classification of intelligence, as well as a detailed description of visible, anomalous properties (e.g. if the SCP, although it otherwise looks human, has horns) . By the way, a picture is no substitute for describing the appearance.

For animal / monster SCPs the appearance, fur, size, color, special features etc. should also be described in detail. If the SCP bears a resemblance to a normal animal or a relationship to a certain species is suspected, mention this and use the Latin expression whenever possible (e.g. instead of "web spiders" "Araneae"). Then mention the" normal "name in a footer or in brackets.

With SCPs that are like everyday objects should describe what the item looks like, including details such as color and visual differences from common versions of the item.

For SCPs who are not after common items appearance, precisely describe shape, size, color, material, etc.

For SCPs who have no appearance, such as energy fields, viruses, noises or simply invisible SCPs, simply do not describe an appearance; unless it can be theorized that the invisible generator is five meters tall, etc.

The abnormal properties should rather be described only after the appearance or be associated with abnormal externalities, for example "it has red eyes from which it can shoot laser beams". The anomalous externals should also only be described after the "usual" externals.

How do you describe the anomalous properties?
It depends on the properties. A scientific, clinical tone is important; BUT that does not mean that the anomalous properties have to be described in this tone while writing. If it is difficult to describe the characteristics of the SCP in a clinical tone, the first thing to do is to simply use the words that come to mind; to rephrase this later. In a pinch, you can ask other users for help with the clinical tone - but don't expect every user to rush to revise your SCP. A good tip is to look up the anomalous properties (or similar terms) on Wikipedia - not every article on Wikipedia is accurate or entirely clinical, but it's definitely a start.

Appendices are additional pages that contain more information about the SCP. It can be interview / interrogation protocols, investigation protocols, test protocols, incident protocols, etc. The advantage of attachments is that you can learn more about the SCP without the actual article becoming too long. The disadvantage is that sometimes the attachments are simply not read; be it because the link is overlooked or because the SCP was not interesting enough for the reader to want to learn more about it.

A few rules about attachments:

  1. Attachments are not stories.They can (should) tell a story, but must not be written like a normal story (with internal monologues, from a character's point of view). An appendix should be laid out like an official Foundation document.
  2. A single paragraph does not justify a separate page. Individual paragraphs can be added to the actual document without any problems.
  3. The same applies to attachments: a clinical tone of voice is mandatory.
  4. In theory, a story can have as many attachments as you want; but at some point any reader will lose interest. More than five attachments are strongly discouraged, and even this number is ... daring.

Another important tip: An attachment should never be essential to make the SCP interesting. The SCP must at least be interesting enough to arouse curiosity and motivate the reader to read the appendix. No matter how good an attachment, if the SCP itself is boring, no one will read it.

How do you create attachments?
By using the following code in the SCP article:

The name of the attachment should always sound like an official document, contain the number of the SCP and be numbered. To prevent problems, it is recommended to include a DE in the title; not that there are problems creating an appendix after translating an English article because the exact same name (and thus the corresponding link) has already been taken.

Basic SCP Article Template:

Collapsibles:

Questioning / interrogation:

This tab lists words and terms that should be avoided as much as possible, for example because they are colloquial, imprecise or simply irrelevant. The list will be expanded if necessary:

  • Man: The word "one" should always be avoided by using a different formulation. E.g. instead of "... you can see X through the hole ..." you can write "... can X be seen through the hole ..."
  • Madness: This is a colloquial collective term and both indefinite and irrelevant. Should always be replaced either by a specific symptom or illness, or by a general technical term.
  • Dimension: A dimension can be two things: a quantitative measure of a physical quantity (e.g. "the length has a dimension of 5 meters") or a spatial axis (2-dimensional, 3-dimensional). The fourth dimension is Not the time. The time is no Space dimension. A four-dimensional space simply has an additional spatial axis and is probably not comprehensible for humans. One dimension is no another world; use "reality" or "universe" instead.

There are issues that should be handled very carefully:

  • Sexual abuse / rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • kidnapping
  • mobbing
  • Domestic violence / violence by persons of trust
  • suicide
  • Selfharming behaviour
  • terrorism
  • genocide
  • War crimes

These are topics that could affect users directly or indirectly in their real life, and for which the mere mention of them can lead to discomfort or even triggering trauma. Using these themes is not forbidden, some of them are suitable as a good element for horror or shock moments, but it requires a lot of sensitivity to implement such themes appropriately. For example, SCP-040-DE is an SCP that tackles kidnapping and abuse very skillfully.

The Foundation has seen, in-universe, from experience that working with SCPs usually represents a considerable psychological burden, probably a whole army of psychologists and occupational physicians. Bullying, sexual harassment, but also generally untreated psychological problems and their consequences such as self-harming behavior, suicide, etc., are probably very rare within the Foundation. For all employees there will be regular, compulsory meetings with one of the site psychologists, and that all employees will be regularly trained and sensitized to recognize and report psychological problems of their colleagues, but also interpersonal problems such as bullying, and to provide psychological first aid.