MS Paint Adventures Wiki
November 21st, 2020

With the arrival of Hiveswap: Act 2, it seems likely the MSPA Wiki is going to be a hive of swaptivity I mean activity for the next few days or weeks or months. And that's exciting! We're committed to being the most reliable and definitive source for everything regarding Homestuck and its related properties, and the best way we can continue to offer that is by having everyone chip in what we can.

But for that to work with the most effectiveness possible, we need all of our users to be on the same page. So to make that happen, we've put together a little list of things to keep in mind while you've got your gaming controller in one hand and your wiki editing controller in the other.

1. This is what the reference[]

Keeping the MSPA wiki reliable

Back when all we had to worry about was Homestuck and the occasional sleuth problem, keeping the MSPA Wiki reliable was a cinch; if you want to find a page in the comic, it's easy enough to use's built-in search feature, and the MSPA Wiki has plenty of tools to help you link to comic pages on the wiki and help your fellow users find the source of that intriguing little niblet of information you've just added to

But things these days are more complicated. Sometimes an MSPA Wiki user doesn't have the time or the energy to boot up a new video game save state every time they want to confirm something The Wiki says. What would be the point of an encyclopedia if you had to find everything yourself out in order to properly use it? Instead, since the release of the Friendsim and Pesterquest games, we've introduced a new way to keep the MSPA Wiki reliable: references. Yeah, that's right. We went to high school.

Say you're playing your new favourite game and you've just found out your friend Xefros Tritoh loves to eat frogs. How do you know that? Because the game told you he did! But how can you make everyone believe you?! Why, you've got to prove it, with a direct quote from the game. And here's how you do that:

{{source|game|source = Hiveswap: Act 2|section = |author = |quote = Xefros likes to eat frogs|date = November 25th, 2020}}

If you just put the above code into the part of the article after you say Xefros loves to eat frogs, you'll get this at the end of the article:

  1. Xefros likes to eat frogs. Hiveswap: Act 2. November 25th, 2020.

And if the quote isn't about Xefros liking to eat frogs, all you need to do is change the part after the |quote = in the code to whichever quote you want to reference. As long as the quote is from Hiveswap: Act 2, you don't need to change any of the rest of the code! But this template works for referencing all the other games, too: just check out the Template:Source page for more info.

Even if the part of the quote you're referencing is short, try to include everything inside the textbox, so wiki users can see the full context of what you're referencing. If you're referencing something that stretches across multiple text boxes, just separate them with a slash, / like this.

2. Introducing the new friend[]

Which pages need to be added?

Though we're already familiar with many of Hiveswap: Act 2's new characters, there is undoubtedly much about the game still yet to be recorded on the MSPA Wiki. So what stuff gets its own page, and what gets added to existing pages?

When you spot a new character, two main things need to be considered: does the character have a name, and does the character have a speaking role? If the answer to both of these things is yes, then the character can probably have their own page. If the answers are no, but there's still information about them you think is worth noting down, they probably belong on the list of Hiveswap characters.

The rule for locations is similar. If you can visit somewhere and it can be named, you can probably make a page for it; if not, we have list of Hiveswap locations. Also, try to make location pages broad; we don't need a page for every single room in Xefros' hive if Xefros' hive already has a whole page of its own.

The rules for objects are less well-defined. For these, it's best to employ common sense; if you could reasonably write a well-sized (and well-referenced!) article about the object, then you can probably go ahead and give it its own page. The same applies to recurring objects. Otherwise, if it's an object that can be picked up or equipped, put it on the Hiveswap inventory; if it's a set piece for interacting with, include it on the page for its associated location.

These common sense rules can apply to other pages, too. Maybe a character who has no name has a lot of dialogue worth making a page about, or a non-speaking character has a significant involvement in the gameplay. Don't be afraid to use your own judgement! As a collaborative project, it's natural that other users may disagree with your decisions, and it's expected that we will have community discussions as to which information belongs where. If you want to be a part of those discussions, the MSPA Wiki Discord server is a great place to be!

3. What is wrong with this picture[]

And what's right with it?

One thing we're going to need plenty of when it comes to Hiveswap: Act 2 content on the MSPA Wiki is images. It's much easier for us to get rid of images if we have too many than it is for us to find a specific image we need when we don't know where it might be. So a great way to help out the MSPA Wiki in the Act 2 season is to take a screenshot of anything you see in the game you think might be remotely useful; a new character, a new location, a new item... even keeping track of lines of dialogue you think are interesting with image proof can go a long way to making sure all of our new information is well-referenced (see point 1).

If you're playing the game on Steam, you'll be able to take a screenshot of your game with the F12 key by default, but you can also change this button in your Steam settings, and even the folder where the screenshots are saved for maximum efficiency. For those not playing the game on Steam, the Alt+PrtScn shortcut on Windows will copy the screen of your current window, which you can then paste into a Discord chat, a folder, or your image editing software. On Mac, Cmd+Shift+5 will let you select a window to screenshot to your Desktop.

We're doing it man. We're making this happen[]

So let Hiveswaperation: EDIT STORM begin!

With all this in mind, you're ready to become the MSPA Wiki's biggest new contributor! To help you get into the mindset of a master editor, we've also spunked up the homepage with a spiffy new Hiveswap-themed skin. Let us know what you think!

Happy editing,
Moderator JakeMorph