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This Manual of Style outlines a standard of clean, consistent formatting for articles on this wiki. The formatting described here is a guideline and can be overridden where circumstances warrant it. These guidelines will never be unerringly perfect for every situation. However, please try your best to keep to the advice outlined in this article so others may use your edits as an example when creating and editing their own articles.

General

  • Linking to other pages should usually be limited to the first occurrence of the word or phrase in an article (ex. It's unnecessary to link to Mardek Innanu El-Enkidu every time he's mentioned in a page), unless the page is very long, the article is mentioned repeatedly in a table, or the links in question are hidden out of view by default.
  • Please avoid writing abbreviations of game titles (eg. use 7 Heavens 9 Hells instead of 7H9H) within articles, unless if the title is extremely long, in the case of Super Mega Extreme Cyber Ortek Flier 2005 X.
  • Write articles in third person ("the player" instead of "you"); this does not apply to guides, strategies, and user pages or subpages thereof.
  • The first instance of an article's subject should be written in bold.
  • This Wiki uses English in every article, so please use English, and not any other language, when editing pages. Even if you aren't very good at English, try your best to put your ideas in English on the page when editing. Other people can fix any grammatical errors you might make.
    • In addition, for consistency purposes, use British/UK English (ex. armour instead of armor; realise instead of realize; defence instead of defense), since Fig Hunter is created by a British person. Despite this, there's nothing particularly superior about UK English (despite what some people may think), and you won't (or shouldn't) be called out for using American English.
  • Please write in a neutral and objective point-of-view. Don't mention yourself in articles or deliberately give your personal opinion on things.

What not to include

To help keep the wiki free of spam and other unnecessary items, there are a few things you should not include in your edits or when creating a new article.

  • Content being posted for games currently in a closed beta phase, that can only be accessed or known from the beta, is forbidden. Including beta content will result in a permanent block and the notification of Pseudolonewolf.
  • There are other things which do not belong in mainspace articles, but you are free to include them in your user page or subpages thereof. These include:
    • Personal things that you want feedback about from other users (ex. games that you are making).
    • Recommendations to players, as these are opinions rather than facts, and therefore detract from factual information and the neutrality of Fig Hunter Wiki.
    • Any non-canon information (things not actually in any official game) or speculation. This detracts from factual information and could potentially mislead readers.
      • Things which are commonly speculated may deserve mention, likely in the Trivia section of a page (ex. 'Many fans speculate that [...] because [...]. There is no official mention of this, however.').
    • Fan works including but not limited to:
      • Fan fiction
      • Fan art
    • Suggestions and ideas for games.
    • Any information about yourself, as you already have your userpage.
    • Questions about anything. Please leave any questions you may have on an appropriate talk page.

Naming of pages

  • Article titles should be the full and official name of the subject, following all capitalisations and punctuations as found in the games or other primary sources. For characters, the full name should be placed as the article title (ex. Mardek Innanu El-Enkidu, not Mardek). Article titles should also be singular, except for pages that are a list of things (ex. Skeleton, not Skeletons; Items (MARDEK), not Item (MARDEK)).
  • For characters, their title (as in the game), should not be included in the title of their article (ex. Jacques Ae-Sualeux, not Captain Jacques Ae-Sualeux).
  • Category names should be in plural.

Spoilers

Main article: Figverse Wiki:Spoiler Policy

Spoilers within articles should be clearly noted. If spoilers are scattered throughout the entirety of the article, put {{Spoiler}} at the top of the page. If spoilers are concentrated within specific sections of the article, put {{SStart}} where spoilers begin and {{SEnd}} where they end.

Violations

If something is wrong with an article and you don't have the time/don't feel like fixing it, place whatever violation template(s) are necessary at the top or bottom of the page to signal that something in the article should be changed. A list of violations can be found here.

Article layout

One of the most important parts of wiki editing is how to structure an article. The structure is a powerful thing: it dictates what information the reader reads and when he or she reads it. It can influence what people contribute, where it goes, and how it might be written. Structure has the power to inform or confuse the same way good or bad writing does. Keep a well structured article, and you're more likely to have a high quality one.

Organise sections in an article in a hierarchical structure like you would an outline. Keep it logical, but feel free to forsake strict logic for readability. Wherever possible, try to have an introduction for each section. Just like the article as a whole, the section should start with an introduction and then have its subsections below it. Try using a shallow structure rather than a deep one. Too many nested sections usually leads to a confusing or unreadable article.

Above all, keep your layout consistent. Don't throw your reader a curve ball too often. The following sections will offer some good advice on keeping your articles clean, consistent, and clear.

Lead section

Unless an article is very short, it should start with an introductory lead section, before the first subheading. The lead should not be explicitly entitled == Introduction == or any equivalent header. The table of contents, if displayed, appears after the lead section and before the first subheading.

The lead should be capable of standing alone as a concise overview of the article, establishing context, and explaining why the subject is interesting or notable. It should be between one or two paragraphs long, and should be written in a clear and accessible style so that the reader is encouraged to read the rest of the article. Above all, the lead should define the subject of the article; for example:

Skills are actions or effects usable by playable characters both in and out of battle...

If possible, make the title the subject of the first sentence of the article; for example:

King Gonoroth Fa-Regis is the king of [[Goznor]] in [[MARDEK (Series)|MARDEK]] chapters 2 and 3.

The first time the article mentions the title, put it in bold using three apostrophes — '''article title''' produces article title. Avoid other uses of bold in the first sentence, except for alternative titles of an article; for example:

Saul's Dungeon, shown on the world map as the House in the Woods...

Table of contents

By default, a table of contents will automatically appear in articles with a minimum of four headings. This will normally be left-aligned above the first section heading.

  • To the force a TOC position (left-aligned): __TOC__
  • To completely remove the TOC from a page: __NOTOC__

The table of contents can be right-aligned - but only if it is very long (over 15 entries) and an information box is not occupying the top-right corner of the article (rare exceptions exist).

  • Right-aligned TOC that floats next to text: {{tocright}}

Section headings

Use the == (two equal signs) style markup for main headings, equivalent to <h2>. Do not use a single =. This is because a single = creates an <h1> heading, which is already used by the page header and would be bad coding practice to use again.

Capitalise the first letter only of the first word and of any proper nouns in a heading and leave all of the other letters in lowercase. Use "Monster formations", not "Monster Formations". Note that this is different from most section title rules you'll encounter elsewhere.

Always keep headings short and simple. Headings are guidelines to your page's structure and should inform the reader rather than confuse. To keep it short, avoid unnecessary words or redundancy in headings, i.e. avoid a, an, and the, pronouns, repeating the article title, and so on.

Images

Example

Caption

Images make an article memorable and pretty. They can speak where words fail. At the same time, misplaced or untidy images can detract from an article. When choosing images, keep in mind placement, size, and the appropriateness of the image to the section. Let images flow with the text instead of break it up.

Large images such as screenshots should use the "thumb" (example:[[File:CoolImage.png|thumb]]) option which displays large images as thumbnails. Images should generally be right aligned to enhance readability by allowing a smooth flow of text down the left margin - the "thumb" option does this by default. If an infobox is not being used in an article, a right aligned picture in the lead section is encouraged.

For more information, see Help:Images.

Image conventions

  • Generally, all images should be PNGs. However, Photoshop artwork should be JPGs.
  • Sprites should be animated GIFs if they have a constant animation.
  • The images for sprites should have transparent backgrounds and no borders.
  • Images should be updated so their most recent forms are shown. For example, if the image of a potion is changed in a remake of a game, the new image should be uploaded and displayed over the old one.

Galleries

When an article has many images, or can be improved by having more, and having inline images be detract from the readbility of an articles, the use of a <gallery> section is encouraged.

See also, external links, and navigational tables

The last sections, if they exist, should always be "See also", followed by "External links". In the case of "See also", use bullets to list the internal links. Under the references section should be placed <references/>. Finally, in the external links should be all external links.

Categories

Categories should be added to the end of an article - a full list can be found on Special:Categories. They take the form [[Category:Categoryname]].

All articles should be accessible starting from Category:Browse, via subcategories.

Disambiguation

A disambiguation line is sometimes put at the beginning of an article to link to another article with the same or similar title. The line should be italicised and indented once. Most usually contain the phrase, "Were you looking for X?" For example:

Were you looking for "[[The Battle of Terrafield]]", an official novel?

Quotations

Format a long quote (over four lines) as an italicised block quotation, which will be indented from both margins. Do not enclose the block quote in quotation marks. To format a block quotation, do not use the wiki indentation mark ":" — instead, use the HTML <blockquote> element.

Grammar

Use correct spelling and grammar when editing articles, as if you are writing a school paper.

Capitalisation

Titles start with a capital letter when used as a title (followed by a name): 'Chieftain Eraluf', not 'chieftain Eraluf'. When used generically, they should be in lower case: 'Furion is a powerful lord.' The correct formal name of an office is treated as a proper noun. Hence: 'Jacques is the current Commander of the Royal Guard of Goznor.'

Classes should only be capitalised when used as a proper noun, i.e. as someone's name. ("Warlock, go be evil" versus "That warlock is quite evil.")

Holier-than-thou capitalisation conventions

YALORT's name should always be fully capitalised; it's blasphemy to disobey this rule. Words derived from His name, however - like Yalortian or Yalortism - do not follow this rule, and it is taboo to capitalise them, as that would be suggesting that a Yalortian deserves as much respect as YALORT.
--Defining Deities: YALORT (also applicable to other deities)

Spacing

There should be a space between a comma, full stop (period), colon, semicolon, question mark, or exclamation point, and the next word.

Incorrect
The Governance de Magi is the ruling body of Anshar.Three of its members are Anu,Melchior,and Gaspar.
Correct
The Governance de Magi is the ruling body of Anshar. Three of its members are Anu, Melchior, and Gaspar.

Common Misspellings and Stylistic Notes

Incorrect: Correct:
fighunter, Fighunter, FigHunter Fig Hunter
Mardek MARDEK
Gonzor Goznor
Mereador Meraeador
Verhn Vehrn
Elwyn Elwyen
Gaurdian Guardian

Gender neutrality

Gender neutrality is important, as improper personal pronouns can be offensive. 'He', 'him', 'his', etc. should be used when referring to a male character, 'she', 'her', 'hers', etc. should be used when referring to a female character, and 'them', 'their', 'theirs', etc. should be used when referring to a character of unknown gender, of no gender, or when referring to multiple characters. 'It' is only appropriate when referring to objects.

Cross-species rules

Many nonhuman races have specific rules for pronouns, which should be followed when they apply in the place of the normal rules.

Writing

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs” -- Stephen King

We now come to the meat of an article: the words themselves. When you're editing wikis, you're both academic and artist. You have to be accurate, but you also have to be interesting. Neither one can dominate; you have to skillfully balance both.

Keep your writing concise. Don't use two words where one will do. Keeping your writing simple will make it easy to understand and easy to expand on. Use complete sentences whenever possible. When you write, use grammar as a toolbox: know the rules, but only break them on purpose.

Check your spelling and grammar. Do not use 'u' in place of 'you' or '2' in place of 'to'. Write the way you would for a class paper or a newspaper article.

Keep all of the topics you cover within the scope of the article. What that means is, you don't need to give a detailed history of humans on the page about Winston Churchill. Consider the article's title as your point of origin and write from that perspective. Make use of the wiki's ability to link to more detailed articles or external sources for more information.

Write from an impersonal perspective.' Do not use 'I'. For example, do not write: "Annihilator:Karnos is an optional superboss in MARDEK Chapter 3. However, I think he is very easy to beat with the correct strategy." Avoid drawing attention to the author (yourself) as much as possible.

Do not use second-person pronouns except in strategies. Please do not use 'you' or bring up questions to the reader (use 'the player' instead). However, writing strategies like this sounds rather weird, so please do use second-person pronouns there.

Be bold. If you know something is wrong, correct it. If you think you could word something better, write it. If an article has a glaring deficiency, fill it. Even if your first attempt isn't golden, you can fix it later or someone else will come along and fix it for you. Don't be afraid to screw up.

Conclusion

Every article can be improved (even this one). Following these guidelines will not ensure a perfect article the first time, but it will give the article a stronger skeleton. It's ultimately your job as an editor to put meat on it.

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