It appears that the time has come for yet another gentle reminder about our site's build log naming conventions. If you browse through the build log titles, you'll notice that there is a consistency in the way that build logs are named. This is no accident. The consistency among build log titles is due to 1) an existing convention about how titles are to be constructed, 2) some members abiding by that convention but a fair number of members either not reading about that convention or else ignoring it, and 3) an MSW moderator following behind at some point and tidying up the mess.
We have a build log naming convention for two reasons. First, the uniformity of build log titles improves the function of our site's search engine, making particular logs easier for our members to find. Second, a uniform style keeps our site looking neat. If you are new to our site or have never read the instructions for naming build logs, they are pinned at the top of both the kit and scratch build log sections and can be read here.
After fixing a certain amount of build log titles, I always go back to that pinned topic to remind myself that the instructions are clear and easy to follow. They are. I know this to be so because every once in a while, a new member will create a build log and name it correctly on the very first attempt (thank you!!!). But some veterans are still not getting it. One fix that I seem to be doing a lot of lately is editing titles to include the builder's username exactly as registered. Another is editing finished logs to show that they are finished. You can do this yourself, and I don't mind at all if you do, but please -- the word to use is FINISHED in all-caps, and it should go immediately after the ship name and username, set off by hyphens as per other sections. Will it affect the search function if you put that particular appellation at the end of your title? No, but please see the second reason given in the paragraph above.
This might all sound picky, but I am a member at other sites that have no such convention in place, and their build log indexes are all over the place; many of the titles are so vague that they tell a potential reader little if anything about what is being built. So help us keep our site looking like the top-shelf site that it actually is, won't you?