Wasteland Wiki:Editing guideline

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This page contains Wasteland Wiki's editing guideline. It describes in which style articles at this wiki should be written and how the various formatting options should be applied..
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  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit this page to improve its readability as long as the essence of the article remains unchanged.
  • If you would like to suggest content changes or propose a new policy or guideline, please use the wiki discussion forum.
  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

Writing conventions

General

  • Wasteland Wiki uses all of the same writing conventions found in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style.
  • In general, content should be written in a style appropriate for an encyclopedia. Descriptions should be clear and precise; speculations or uncertain facts should be avoided.
  • Do not be overly specific when writing, only as specific as necessary.
  • Use full sentences where possible.

Language

  • American English is preferred at this wiki as it is the spelling the Wasteland games use.
  • Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are not acceptable.
  • Game-specific words should always use the ingame spelling, even in cases when it is incorrect. This does not include capitalization which should always follow the rules in the relevant section below.

Perspective

  • Contributions should use second-person ("you") or third-person ("the player"; not "this editor").
  • Keep first-person sentences out of articles. Talking about your own experiences in a familiar way should be kept to the discussion pages.

Tense

  • Articles should generally be written in present tense.
  • The only exception are articles relating to events which took place before any of the Wasteland games; these may be written in past tense.

Capitalizing

  • Article page names and links should not be overcapitalized, regardless of whether they relate to in-game subjects or not, and regardless of in-game spelling.
  • Proper names should be capitalized. But common words or descriptive names should not. This also includes names where part of the names constitutes a proper name.
  • Generic character names should not be capitalized.
  • Species names should not be capitalized. In the same way as cat or dog would not be capitalized, waste worm and ghoul are also not capitalized.
  • Names of statistics, perks, traits, skills etc. (e.g. Charisma) should be capitalized when referring specifically to game mechanics. The same words, however, should not be capitalized in other uses.
  • If it's not clear whether a name is a proper name or a common one, naming should be discussed and decided on a case by case basis.

Linking

  • Do not overlink. Generally, a page should be linked from a given article only once, on its first occurrence. Links may be repeated if the first link is far up the page or if the manner the word is used in makes it necessary (e.g. in summary lists).

Attribution

  • Do not add any attributions (like "written by XYZ") or dates ("written on 14/02/09") to articles. An accurate record of all contributions to an article is available via its "History" page.

Formatting

General

  • If you are new to wikis, you may want to read the help pages.
  • To learn the basics of editing a wiki, go to the page editing guide.

Bold

  • Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
  • Keywords for which readers are likely to be scanning may be in bold for emphasis, but this should be used sparingly.
  • Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.

Italics

  • Italics should be used for the titles of books and games.
  • Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.

Emphasis

  • Avoid using ALL CAPS.
  • Avoid using quotation marks for emphasis.
  • Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
  • Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
  • Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.

Tables

  • Wasteland Wiki has a custom CSS class for tables called "va-table". It should be used for all visible tables in articles.

See also