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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 categorise 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.

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" template and add it under the header. Additionally, avoid adding the the Ref Tag to the header.

TemplatesEdit

Articletype Edit

"Articletype" is placed at the top of a page. The purpose of this template is to display banners for readers. For example, {{articletype|prime}} will generate a banner confirming the page is about the Prime Universe (that is, the Capcom games), while {{articletype|anderson}} would mean it's about something in the live-action films. To review the other codes you can generate, read this page.

TabsEdit

The Resident Evil Wiki Allows users to use subpages for certain pages such as pages using the Template:Game tab on top, this template allows users to easily create and navigation through multiple pages relating to the same parent page in order to keep content organized and placed in the correction sections, such as Resident Evil 3: Nemesis/gallery and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis/plot. Please use this template for such pages.

Edit

Template:Film tab serves a similar purpose as its predecessor.

NavboxesEdit

Creating TemplatesEdit

Using TemplatesEdit

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