The purpose of the Manual of Style is to provide a series of guidelines for users when creating articles for the Underworld wiki. These elements should be followed accordingly and with each article created. Doing so reduces any potential workload on other users. Any questions regarding this manual may be directed at the administrators.
Tips on writing better contentEdit
If you're familiar with the code used on Wikia, but would like advice on how to actually write a better article, please review the following essay, located on Wikipedia.
Referencing other charactersEdit
Whenever a character is first introduced into an article, they should always be referenced by their full name, unless such information is unavailable. Subsequent mentions of a character by name may use their first name or another name they are commonly referred by.
Under most circumstances, a source for a given article will be officially released media (be it a game, film, or comic). For general information that the average user could obtain on their own, such as something that occurred within a movie, no source needs to be cited.
In other instances, some information may come from an official source, but isn't readily available to the general public (a prime example of this are the production notes and creator interviews). In such instances, a source of this kind should be cited or linked to.
A general spoiler warning exists on the Main Page of the Underworld wiki. This essentially negates the need for subsequent spoiler tags. However, it is preferred that all game, film, or comic namespaces include a spoiler tag as a precaution. If a character page is encountered bearing a spoiler tag, feel free to remove it.
The exception for this rule is in concern to any article detailing newly released media. Each article should be tagged with a spoiler, and should remain tagged as such for 30 days.
Is an article a stub, or is it incomplete?Edit
While it is a tenement of Wikia and the Wiki format that all articles can be improved, any article that is encountered and thought to be unfinished should be tagged as such. We have three templates to fulfill such a purpose.
- Cleanup Template - This template should be used on articles that are generally complete, but suffer from severe grammatical issues or poor Wiki coding.
- Stub Template - Please insert this template into an article that consists of only a few sentences, but concerns itself with a large body of content, such as a game or main character article. Most item articles aren't considered stubs.
- Incomplete Article Template - This template should be placed into articles that present some substantial information, but lack a majority of available information.
If an article looks as though it could be tagged with more than one of the above templates, please address the issue on the article's talk page.
Past tense vs. present tenseEdit
Please write all articles in the present tense. For example: "Selene heads back to the mansion", as compared to "Selene headed back to the mansion".
Tips on punctuationEdit
Italic titles Edit
Games or titles should be written in italic for easier understanding of what it means (although not necessary, it is preferred). For example:
- Underworld (film)
- Underworld (novel)
- Lycan Den
- Marcus Corvinus
- Len Wiseman
- Underworld (comic)
Capitals in headingsEdit
Taken from Wikipedia's Manual of Style:
- "Use sentence-style capitalization, not title-style capitalization: Capitalize the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns in headings, but leave the rest lower case. Thus "Rules and regulations", not "Rules and Regulations".
Please make attempts to avoid making multiple links to the same article. For example, if you already have a link to the page Lycan Den in an article, please don't add another link to the same page later in the article.
Do not remove spaces between links and other words, as it makes the words run together. For example, Selene knew that is the correct way to space and link, whereas Seleneknew that is not. Also incorrect is Seleneknewthat.
- Appropriate pictures are welcome on all articles, however, please keep sizes at 250px and below.
- Please categorize uploaded pictures into the appropriate category.
- Do not upload duplicate photos.
- Do not remove pictures from pages without good reason. If you replace an infobox image, please place the old picture in the article's gallery.