The 'Shroom:Sign up

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So, do you want to write for The 'Shroom? Well, you've come to the right place! Here are some steps that you should follow if you want to start writing for the paper.

  • If you need to stray from the release schedule you agreed to when applying for any reason (such as going on vacation or handling an emergency off of the wiki), be sure to contact the Core 'Shroom Staff member that you submit your sections to: we will work something out.
  • If you cannot submit your section for that month, but you have a reliable friend who can fill in for you, then absolutely ask them to provide us with a section in your stead and inform your relevant team director of the arrangement.
  • Feel free to suggest new section ideas or even apply for an already filled position, for we don't mind two different perspectives on a similar subject.
  • If you have any more questions about signing up and writing for The 'Shroom, please contact Hooded Pitohui.

The application form is as follows:

1.) Which position would you like to apply for?

2.) Writers have the choice to submit sections monthly, bi-monthly (every other month), or volunteer-based (one-time submission). Please select which section plan you would like to observe.

3.) The staff reserves the right to remove writers from their position if their actions reflect badly on The 'Shroom. Actions like these include extensive misbehavior on any part of the community. Do you accept this condition?

4.) Please write a full-length demo of your section. That way, we can have a bit of your work to decide if you can be on the team. Your demo section and all sections that follow must comply with our policies at The 'Shroom:Manual of Style. Failure to do so may result in the immediate rejection of your demo.

Please privately send your complete application to our Statistics Manager through the forums, IRC, or Discord. The Core Staff will have a week to review your application, and you will receive your results within a couple of days after the week passes. For sections which do not require you to sign up, you may send your section directly to the relevant team director. Team directors reserve the right to reject any sections which do not meet the minimum standards of quality outlined in The 'Shroom Manual of Style.

Directing Staff

The following is a list only of those staff members who directly handle sections of The 'Shroom. For a complete list of all Core 'Shroom Staff members, please refer to our contact page.

Position Details Member
Director Publishes new editions of The 'Shroom every month. Sets immediate, monthly, and yearly goals for publication; provides framework for staff cooperation and efficiently delegates tasks in order to enact plans. Responsible for final review and implementation of policy suggestions. Hooded Pitohui (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Sub-Director / Editor-in-Chief Prepares and edits new editions prior to release. Enforces writing policies as laid out in the Manual of Style. Assists Director in overseeing accomplishment and implementation of plans. Assumes full managerial responsibilities upon the Director's inability to fulfill obligations. Roserade (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Statistics Manager Compiles spreadsheets, statistics, and reports for managerial purposes. Keeps records of hired and fired writers, past submissions, and staff changes. Assists in archiving previous editions. Contact them if you're interested in writing for The 'Shroom. Ninja Squid (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Fake News Director Directs and manages entertainment and advice pieces in Fake News. Doomhiker (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Fun Stuff Director Directs and manages puzzle and activity sections in Fun Stuff. Roserade (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Palette Swap Director Directs and manages music-, artwork-, and community fiction-related features in Palette Swap. FunkyK38 (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Pipe Plaza Director Directs and manages Mario news and Super Mario Wiki-related sections in Pipe Plaza. Zange (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Critic Corner Director Directs and manages opinion pieces and review sections in Critic Corner. Hypnotoad (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Strategy Wing Director Directs and manages historical analyses and strategy sections in Strategy Wing. Hooded Pitohui (Talk Page · Forum Profile)

Fake News

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"Wah, wah, WAAAH!?! FAKE news? Baloney! These are REAL news! 100% certified, truthful news of things happening in the Mushroom Kingdom RIGHT NOW, you ignorant schlub! How would you like it if I came to your home and said YOU didn't exist!? We cover everything here, from police reports, to weather forecasts, to obituaries. Sometimes there's even a TV guide. We get the real Mushroom Kingdom scoop to you! In fact, the only bit of FAKE news we have here are the advisories to not let a certain purple man into your homes. You can disregard that nonsense! People who wear purple are awesome and trustworthy!"

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Editorial Introduction to Fake News. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Doomhiker (talk) N/A
News Reports News Flush A Mario-themed newspaper report about a fictional occurrence. No sign up required Issue 141
News Flush A Mario-themed newspaper report about a fictional occurrence. Lord Bowser (talk) Issue 156
Obituaries A report of a fictional death which occurred in the Mushroom Kingdom. Yoshi876 (talk) Issue 152
Entertainment Features Travel Guide A travel brochure or review of a location in the Marioverse, including points of interest, costs, cuisine, etc. ManKoops (talk) Issue 132
TV Tomorrow A description of fictional TV shows, related to either Super Mario Wiki users or characters in the Mario series. The description can include a dialogue from an episode and/or screenshots. Quizmelon (talk) Issue 154
Advice Features Dear Anton Answers questions and offers advice sent in by others users. Hypnotoad (talk) Issue 127
Peddler's Place Creates a variety of advertisements regarding various things. Coffee (talk) Issue 155

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Fake News in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Fake News' goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
Police Blotter A section including crime reports, deaths, and major injuries relating to the Marioverse. Issue 141
Hot Records Coverage of fictional music, albums, or songs relating to the Mario series or the Super Mario Wiki and news related to these topics. Issue 153
Cooking Guide A cooking section, sharing fictional recipes and kitchen experiences relating to the Mario series or the Super Mario Wiki. Issue 154
Selling Out A highlight of Mario-related real estate available for prospective buyers, along with other topics related to real estate. Issue 147

Fun Stuff

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"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Be welcomed to our Fun Stuff table where we deal in games and puzzles of all kind. Things you will encounter here include crossword puzzles, word searches, pictures where you have to spot the differences or find a hidden secret. Be not discouraged, the game is open to old regulars and newcomers alike. Are you ready to up the ante and play your stunning hand? Or is it time to fold and go home? Be sure to trust your instincts. But once your chips are down, do not betray your heart's decision with hesitation. Rien ne va plus!"

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Staff Notes Introduction to Fun Stuff. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Roserade (talk) N/A
Mind Games Guess Who! Clues that describe a character. Ninja Squid (talk) Issue 144
Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? Try to solve a mystery using given clues, similar to the popular television series. FunkyK38 (talk) Issue 150
Word Activities Anagrams A game where readers unscramble various anagrams to form Mario-related phrases. BBQ Turtle (talk) Issue 154
Graphic Activities Hiding Koopa(s) Look for the Koopa(s) in the given picture. Ninja Squid (talk) Issue 154
It's aMAZEing Find a way out of a detailed maze. Lakituthequick (talk) Issue 153

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Fun Stuff in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Fun Stuff's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
Word Search Search for a collection of themed words in a standard word search. Issue 150
Trivia A collection of fun or little-known facts are presented. Issue 144
Quiz A short series of quiz questions and answers. Issue 140
Picross A picross puzzle is presented, along with basic instructions and the solution. Issue 132

Palette Swap

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"I have been promised food in exchange for describing this part of the paper, so here we go! First, the name "Palette Swap" is being grievously misused; there is no actual swapping of color palettes going on here. What this actually is about is showcasing and discussing arts and crafts. From glorious paint masterworks, to music and somesuch... All manner of art is shown, discussed, and evaluated here. It's like one of those galas where they stand around babbling about the newest painting collection or symphony, only without the guy walking around handing out snacks. Speaking of which..."

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Director's Notes Introduction to Palette Swap. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. FunkyK38 (talk) N/A
Image Showcases What's on the Box? Features an official or fan-made video game box-art each month, explaining why it's special. Yoshi876 (talk) Issue 129
Drawn and Pressed Presents an overview and history of newspaper comic strips both popular and obscure. Winstein (talk) Issue 156
Community Projects Advertisements The various artists of the community will have a chance to advertise their work here. No sign up required Issue 115
World of Plight This ongoing story shares the thoughts and experiences of Super Smash Bros. icons in journal form. Magolor042706 (talk) Issue 155
Music Features Mario's Boombox! Provides analysis into unique video game music and fan-covers, from the Mario series or otherwise. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 147

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Palette Swap in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Palette Swap's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
Random Image of the Month An image, such as game-related artwork or sprites, is selected and discussed. Issue 74
Ongoing Fan Projects Details new fan-art galleries on the forum, requests threads, comics, and other artistic projects Issue 128
Comics Fan-created comics are featured in this section. Issue 104
Artwork A feature of user-created artwork of all styles. Issue 72

Pipe Plaza

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"Well met! What we have here appears to be a factual news conglomerate. Announcements, statistics, general information about the Super Mario Wiki community and Nintendo... All of it appears to be here, hoo. If you're a restless youngster with nary a care, you might find this part of the newspaper rather dry and stuffy. But once you get to be my age, you will appreciate being well-informed. Anyhoo, I'm unsure where the pipes come in. Maybe the idea is to evoke thoughts of information shooting around in pneumatic tubes? What tomfoolery, though I guess it provides some levity."

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Director's Notes Introduction to Pipe Plaza. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Zange (talk) N/A
Special Features Mario Calendar Lists all past Mario games that were released in history during the month that the newest issue is released. GPM1000 (talk) Issue 148
'Shroom Recap Reports and analyses of 'Shroom contributors and sections Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 144
Community News Poll Committee Discussion A section documenting all the recent polls, as well as any new members of staff or events. Poll Committee Issue 152
NIWA News A section documenting any significant news in the extended NIWA community. Alex95 (talk) Issue 154
Anniversary Announcements A seasonal article to be held during the Awards process. Cover the progress of the Super Mario Wiki's Anniversary ceremonies including the awards, game tournaments and all other festivities. Awards Committee Issue 147

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Pipe Plaza in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Pipe Plaza's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
New Articles A summary of new articles created on the Super Mario Wiki in the past month's span. Issue 124
Tip of the Month Tips to assist users with editing and working on projects on the Super Mario Wiki. Issue 127
Community Report Summarizes all community-based events on the Super Mario Wiki, including promotions, demotions, and recent and ongoing proposals. Issue 142
Upcoming Game An overview of an upcoming game, covering as much detail as is known about the unreleased title. Issue 136

Critic Corner

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"Fine! FINE! I'll explain the gimmick to this section! Though the genius of Critic Corner defies explanation... First, you must have an opinion! It can encompass essentially anything you desire, be it games, movies, books, hair salons, pieces of furniture, cats... All is fair as long as you can make it interesting! Then, you must line this opinion of yours up with good sources and information... and SPLART! You have yourself an exquisite column within Critic Corner! Just be sure to explain why your opinion is the way it is, so you don't just ramble incoherently like a lunatic! TA-DAH!"

Current Sections

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Director's Notes Introduction to Critic Corner. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Hypnotoad (talk) N/A
Reviews Reviews Reviews of various pieces of media (e.g. books, graphic novels, shows, movies, games), for those interested in one-time, volunteer-based submissions. No sign-up required N/A
Book Reviews Reviews about the hottest in literature, both old and new. FunkyK38 (talk) Issue 150
Anton’s Half-Baked Reviews Tongue-in-cheek reviews of a wide variety of community-suggested topics. Hypnotoad (talk) Issue 154
'Shroom FM Short reviews of the past month's new album releases. MrConcreteDonkey (talk) Issue 156
Rising Sun Reviews Reviews of a variety of anime series and movies. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 151
Opinion Pieces Hot Pot Reviews Zange reviews things across all media types. Zange (talk) Issue 148

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Critic Corner in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Critic Corners's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
Movie Reviews Reviews about anything from the silver screen. Issue 121
Character Reviews Reviews of a variety of characters. Issue 95
DragonFreak's Review Quest A detailed review of a videogame title. Issue 110
Virtual Console Reviews Reviews of game titles available through the Virtual Console system. Issue 145

Strategy Wing

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""So like, it says here that Strategy Wing is the "analysis and application" section of the 'Shroom, whatever that means. It's purpose is to look into video games and examine various aspects of them. It has two attacks, both with a power of 6. The first one is about delving into games to lay bare facts about its mechanics, elements, history, or other information. The other will mercilessly pelt us with game tips and strategies. Watch out for the "good at video games" status effect. Man, this totally sounds like "write essays about video games here", you know? This wasn't a subject when I went to school."

Current Sections

Branches Section Details Member Example
Introduction Director Notes Introduction to Strategy Wing. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Hooded Pitohui (talk) N/A
Tips and Challenges Koops, Your Emblem is on Fire Discover the tactical world of Fire Emblem with Koops. ManKoops (talk) Issue 154
Racing Like the Staff Tests out various staff combinations from Time Trials and determines their performance. Yoshi876 (talk) Issue 153
SGoW's Declassified Mario Kart Wii Survival Guide Presents the intricacies of Mario Kart Wii and its player community inside and out. Shy Guy on Wheels (talk) Issue 156
Historical Analysis Mach Speed Mayhem A section highlighting F-Zero, analyzing how different characters have impacted the series. Superchao (talk) Issue 152
Pokédex Power Analyzes a Pokémon and looks through their Pokédex entries throughout the years. Yoshi876 (talk) Issue 153

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Strategy Wing in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Strategy Wing's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Description Example
YoshiFlutterJump's Tips and Tricks A walkthrough of a videogame level, providing useful tips and notes on hidden content. Issue 135
Mario Kart: Wheel Tips Corner A mix of historical analysis and tips related to the Mario Kart series. Issue 125
The Anatomy of a Kirby A historical analysis of Kirby's many powers throughout the Kirby franchise. Issue 150
Challenger Approaching! A detailed analysis offering thoughts on how a character might be made into a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Issue 123

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