This is the ForgeRP's official Manual of Style that all articles are required to follow to ensure that all articles are uniform with certain encyclopedic standards. Some aspects of the policy are optional, but most of it is required unless otherwise specified.
- Main article: Layout Guide
The typical article layout is like so:
Title/Infobox Introduction Stub Editions Plot summary Excerpts Chapters/Segments/Compiled Appearances Behind the scenes (can be renamed if relevant) Cover gallery Notes and references See also External links Categories
Note that not all sections may be used, nor are all normally used in one article. For example, if the article's subject matter only relates to things on the ForgeRP wiki, you will not need the "External links" section. Also note that not all kinds of articles use the same sections - A character, for instance, will use a slightly different set of characters. For more information, see the Layout Guide.
Point of View and TenseEdit
All articles must be written in a neutral point of view(POV), meaning that all views, facts, and other information must be presented fairly and in an unbiased format.
For example, you would never actually call a character or faction "evil" or "good". You may write that they are "Commonly viewed as evil", if the general populace in the story view them as such, but the article-writer must remain unbiased at all times.
Articles are generally written in past-tense, with the exception of information regarding currently unfolding events(Such as an ongoing RP), or things that haven't happened yet.
"Headings" are the sections found within an article. They are created using the equal sign in order to generate larger names with either a solid gray line or large black letters, depending on the number of equal signs used. To make a heading, use the
== code (the number of equal signs depends the section - Each subcategory uses one more equals sign, for instance) rather than the '''bold''' markup. For example:
===This is a heading===
- This is a heading
If headings are marked in that way, a table of contents will automatically be generated from all of the headings in the article depending on the amount of headings that are provided. Sections will be automatically numbered in the table of contents for users with that preference set, and words within properly marked headings will be given greater weight in searches. Headings also help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article in an organized fashion.
Only the first letter of the first word of a heading title and proper nouns in a heading are to be capitalized, with all other letters remaining lower case. Furthermore, links are not to be used in headings, unless users are linking to years within parentheses. One should avoid overuse of subcategories.