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This Manual of Style for the Resident Evil Wiki is a guide for editors on how to properly format Resident Evil Wiki articles.

GeneralEdit

  1. Please categorize articles and insert navigational templates appropriately to ensure that RE wiki is a more orderly encyclopaedia of Resident Evil knowledge.
  2. Please do not insert a heading, such as ==Summary==, if there is only a single heading within the article. Just don't put a heading until you feel the need to insert two, and then you may create two.
  3. Whenever inserting pictures in "thumb" format, such as [[File:Random.jpg|thumb|left]], be sure to add a caption like [[File:Random.jpg|thumb|left|Caption goes here.]].
  4. Refer to the Resident Evil universe from a third-person perspective.
  5. List all references at the end articles. It should not be: Barry said, and I quote this from the original Resident Evil, "Any longer and you'd have been a Jill Sandwich." Instead, use the reference tag if necessary, or else, write: "Any longer and you'd have been a Jill Sandwich." (Resident Evil, if Jill is saved from the collapsing ceiling)
  6. Refrain from using slashes whenever possible. Instead, work the word "or" into the sentence, or figure out some other way of stating it.

Editing StandardsEdit

Use the Minor Edit buttonEdit

As a corollary to the above, if you're making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "This is a minor edit" button below the Summary box before saving the page. Again, this will make things easier for the rest of us.

Use the Preview ButtonEdit

The preview button is right next to the save edit button, and is there for a reason. It's your own personal spell checker, link checker, whatever-else checker. Use it. Using the preview will make you look tidier.

Don't link to the current pageEdit

In other words, a page should not link to itself. If it is attempted, the link will simply turn into bold text.

Link once (or twice)Edit

A given page should only contain one or two links to any other page. If a page links to S.T.A.R.S. in one place, then that should be the only link to S.T.A.R.S. on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article. However, a second link can be used on the infobox; for example, Jill Valentine's "occupation" field.

Don't use conversational styleEdit

This is an information site. It should read like Wikipedia; not like your diary.

  • Check your spelling and grammar. Don't use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you're not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google, Dictionary.com or use a word you know with a similar meaning. If you know that you're not the strongest of speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word or use an Internet browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, which have spell-checking features built in.
  • Don't use "smileys" or "emoticons" in articles.
  • Don't "reply" to content others have posted. If you think a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's Discussion page. If you're 100% sure that something should be changed and don't think a discussion is necessary, just change it. Dialogue goes only on articles' Discussion pages or the forum.
  • Never abbreviate the names of characters, places, or anything. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned. After the first mention, you may refer to "Chris Redfield" as "Chris" or "Chief Brian Irons" as "Irons" or "the chief", and so forth.

StubsEdit

If you don't know enough information on a topic, or you know there's more, add a stub to it. To do so, try this:

  • {{stub}}

People will know that it's a stub by looking at the stub category. Generally the {{stub}} template is put at the bottom of the page.

Don't sign your editsEdit

All contributions are appreciated, but if every user left their mark on every contribution they made, the Wiki would be nothing but signatures. If you've made an edit that you're particularly proud of (such as a transcript or screenshot), the correct place to take credit is on your own user page. If you do not have a user account, we respect your anonymity, but your edits will remain anonymous, too.

Sign your talk postsEdit

If you make a post on a discussion page, please sign it. If you have a user account, this is as easy as typing ~~~~ at the end of your post. If you don't have a user account, just sign it with your name or nickname so everybody can tell who's who when reading long conversations. Even better, create an account anyway and use the signature method described. There really is no reason not to if you're going to stick around.


External linksEdit

External links are links that point to sites other than the Wiki. The links should be in the form of a bullet list. External links typically look like this:

*[http://www.bungie.net/filename.html '''The Website''': ''Title of the article'']

Headers/Headings as linksEdit

Never make a header title as links. Instead, use the Main Redirect Template and add it under the header. Additionally, avoid adding the the Ref Tag to the header.

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