The rule is this: If you link to a word, you should add it. Otherwise, when people try to follow your link, there is no word there, and they won't be able to click on the various dictionary links to see if it is real or madeupical. With a word there and a tag or two, it makes the user experience much nicer.
Plus, you can't "steal" a word if nobody owns it. That's like finding a $5 bill on the ground and leaving it, and then me deciding to pick it up.
I don't think there's any particular reason why you should have to add a word just because you put it in brackets. I mean, to each her own, but... why? Isn't this place more fun if we all just, you know, like, dork out the way we want to?
And if you were kidding, seanahan, then... I guess I'm sorryish. ;)
I would prefer to try and leave at least one comment for every word. If someone links a word and doesn't add it, I will add it and leave some comment. I guess people don't have to add the words if they link to them, I just prefer the case.
Sometimes I use the bracket function just to highlight a word, or, especially a phrase. I may not want to add it to my lists, but consider that somebody else might like it enough to add and part of the work is already done for them. Alternatively, I'll add the word, make a comment if I want, and then delete it from my list, so that it becomes part of the site for such functions as "random word".
I was thinking along the lines of what oroboros said, though I didn't say it as well.
Naturally, if any wordie prefers a certain way, that wordie's free to do so. I just don't think anyone else should feel constrained by another person's preferences. If someone cares more than I do, it's up to that person, not me, to worry about it.
Like oroboros, I'll probably continue to bracket words I have no intention of adding--or, more accurately, words that I assume are already part of the database because someone else probably added them. I don't feel like there's any sort of deadline here, or any sort of "right way" to do things. And that's what's so great about Wordie.
Agreed, oroboros and chained_bear. I started out joking about this, but please--there's no rule about adding a word you coin, for crying out loud. Where did that come from? Nothing wrong with adding brackets for someone else's benefit, if they choose to add the word to a list and you don't. Saves a little time for a fellow Wordie, in my view. I also don't believe you must add a comment to every word you add to a list.
Wordie is what you make it. If you have other ways of doing things, fine. That's your Wordie and this is mine. :-)
I completely agree, Reesetee. No one is forced to do anything. Hopefully there are others like me, who prefer to add anything in brackets, and agree with the commenting. That way, everyone gets their way and no one person has to do too much.