The manual of style of Federation Legacy Wiki is a basic set of guidelines that govern the layout of articles on the wiki. A good article should conform to the following guidelines, as well as one's own good personal judgment. Do keep in mind that this list is ever changing and expanding.
The introduction is a short but important part of the article. It is the first part of the page that people will see. It should be concise and contain one to two paragraphs, describing the main topic of the article.
The title of the article should also be bolded the first time it appears in the article's content.
- Example: Jean-Luc Picard was a Starfleet officer who served aboard the USS Enterprise-E during the 2380s.
Some things included in the introduction section:
- Article quote – a quote by or about the subject of the article.
- Banners – these have various purposes, but should be used sparingly.
- Maintenance banners – these are to be placed if the article is in need of improvement, or even deletion.
- Sidebar – the all-important sidebar, which contains basic information about the subject of the article (note that some articles do not require a sidebar).
Body and sections
Most articles will be long enough to include several sections of content in the main body. There is no required way to arrange them, but uniformity is desired above all else.
Most character pages will have anywhere from one to five main sections of content, detailing the events of the subject's life, followed by sections about their personal lives or friendships.
- Example: Jhael Onika
Starship pages start with the history of the vessel, followed by general info about the ship's layout and stats, and ending with a list of the crew members.
- Example: USS Leviathan
Most other articles will follow the same general guidelines as those mentioned above.
Chapters pages begin with a brief synopsis of the story, then memorable quotes and references (a list of the characters, starships and locations appearing in the story)
- Example: "The Price of Liberty"
We use the AP style of capitalization, which, regardless of the rules below, words with four or more letters are automatically capitalized.
- Capitalize the first and the last word.
- Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
- Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
- Lowercase the "to" in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).
- "The Price of Liberty" (not: "The Price Of Liberty")
- "Line in the Sand" (not: "Line In the Sand")
- "War Is Good for Business" (not: "War Is Good For Business")
The appendix is the end of the article. It typically includes up to five sub-sections, depending on what the article is about.
- Background and trivia – this section is listed first, and gives any background information and trivia available on the discussed topic. (previously called "Background")
- Appearances – this section includes all appearances of the article's subject in one or more chapters of the stories on the wiki (not used for chapters).
- Notes and references – contains a list of notes, citations, and references made throughout the article (different from the section on chapter articles). (previously called "References")
- External links – links to an external source (usually Wikipedia or Memory Alpha).
- Navigation – a section reserved for navboxes relating to the article's subject.
Dashes and hyphens
For number ranges, use a standard hyphen (-), separated by a space on either side.
- 2380 - 2385
- 23 February 1607 - 19 July 1886
- Stardate 41153.7 - 55805.1
For splitting sentences, use a short dash (–), separated by a space on either side.
- He pressed on – cold and alone.
- War – the very thing – put a pit in his stomach.
For quote attribution, use a long dash (—), separated by a space following.
- — Jean-Luc Picard
- — Seven of Nine, 2382
Below is a list of words that are commonly misspelled. In parentheses is the correct spelling. Some of the words listed below are not misspellings at all, but simply not the preferred spelling on the wiki.
- alot (a lot)
- armour (armor)
- c. (ca.)
- colour (color)
- gray (grey)
- I.K.S. (IKS)
- I.R.W. (IRW)
- R.R.W. (RRW)
- S.D. (SD)
- S.S. (SS)
- U.S.S. (USS)
- V.S. (VS)
If you follow all of these guidelines, you will be well on your way to making a good article. Don't be discouraged, though, if you feel your article doesn't live up to the standard presented in this guide. After all, it is NOT an absolute authority on how an article should be designed. Hopefully this guide was helpful to you.
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