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UnAnything Policy
Main Rules
Manual of Style

On this wiki, we expect all pages to be formatted in sort-of the same way; this page is designed to help get you familiar in how to consistently make a layout for pages you add onto the main UnAnything Wiki. This manual of style does NOT apply to stuff like your own user page and profile, or pages with the "UnAnything Wiki:" prefix, such as UnAnything Wiki:The Game.

If you continuously violate stuff in this manual and have prior notice, you'll get blocked. Because this is essentially the writing rules.

And if you're unfamiliar with how to do any of the things this manual recommends, The UnAnything Guide will teach you how.

Page Titles & Headers

Titlez, and Headers (the big text above with the horizontal bar) should always be in Title Case. Here's some more specific info on both things.

Titles

When naming a page after something pre-existing, please keep the name most people are familiar with. This is for two reasons:

  1. If you name the article a bunch of random letters and symbols, no one will be able to find it.
  2. The article should be able to be found easily.

So for example, if you're making a page about the Cello, you may not want to name it Violoncello, as no one will find it for a while, and then someone rename the page to Cello.

Headers

If a page is long enough to have sections, use headers to divide these sections. If you want to divide these sections into subsections, use sub-headings. Just like how this page is laid out! Also: please use proper headers. Do not use the "Big text horizontal bar combo". You can find them on the top left of the visual editor. Here are some ideas for headers separated by genre if you need ideas, or are needing a vague idea how to order them:

  • People: Personality, Biography, Abilities, Powers, Riches, Inventions, Childhood, Early Life, Life, Adulthood, Late Life, Love Life, Fate, Return, Death, Rebirth, Relationships, Associates, Colleges
  • Shames: Shameplay, Characters, Enemies, Bosses, Weapons, Powerups, Modes, Worlds, Multiplayer, Glitches, Tricks, Secrets
  • Media: Story, Plot, Characters, Reception, Reviews, Shames, Movies, Books, Sequels, Releases, Cancelled releases. Differences (regional, console, pc, etc), Products
  • Stuff: Creation, Manufacturing, Uses, Unintended Uses, Destiny, People who've X'd Y, Religion, Owner/Owners, Settings
  • Organizations: Members, Structure, Government, Rulers, Beginnings, Bankruptcy, Closure, Army, Flags
  • History: History, Origin/Origins, Legacy, Rise, Downfall, Today, Spread, Folklore
  • General: Appearance, Gallery, Trivia, See Also, References
Additionally, because it looks nice, it is preferred that the conjunction "and" be replaced with the symbol "&" in a header.

Page Contents

This is paramount right here: Unless you have a specific reason NOT to use conventional grammar, write in a way most people can comprehend. If you can't write at the level expected of someone at 13 years of age, come back in a few years when you've learned how. This includes stuff like spelling words right, writing in complete sentences, capitalizing the first word of every sentence; and using dots, commas, and other punctuation correctly. Of course you don't have to follow this 100% of the time; pages like Yoda, or Dr. Seuss are examples of when you can avoid using conventional grammar by using an effort-driven style of grammar instead. If you know how to grammar well, you can effectively break it for comedic purposes which is WIN! Anyways, with that out of the way, here's specifics on how you should format stuffs!:

  • Punctuation around parenthesis and quotes should be left outside of the "container". (See like how I did it there?) Self-contained parenthesis, like the previous one, can obviously have self-contained punctuation, and if a set of parenthesis is in the middle of a sentence, do not capitalize the first letter. If it's already inside the quote, capitalize the first letter of said quote. Maintain all punctuation originally inside quotes.
  • If you absolutely have to include a parenthesis and curly brackets inside eachother, and the font is not fixed width, use a space (preferably non-breaking) between to distinguish between them. Good Example: { () } Bad Example: {()}
  • Pages that aren't proper nouns, like milk, shouldn't have their first letter capitalized when in the middle of a sentence.
  • Text styling (such as bold, italic, and underline) should not extend to any ending punctuation minus the colon. An exception to this is in the underline, when the word ends in lowercase "g", "j", or "q" you are to underline the ending punctuation. A Link is to be treated like bold/italics.
  • The definite and indefinite articles, "the" and "a/an", should not be capitalized in something like "the United States of UnAmerica".

Wikitext

Wikitext is a great thing! Probably more important than the gramerz or any of that. It's a better way of representing pre-existing information using the wiki style, use it whenever possible. The UnAnything Guide should serve as good example how to use Wikitext, however we're covering the style rules here like:

  • The first time a page's name is mentioned, it should be in bold. You can also apply this to alternate names, but try not to do so after the "intro" paragraph.
  • Link to pages that exist when applicable, like making Mario into Mario. You should only link to the same thing once, unless additional links are beneficial in which case link to Link as much as you want. Additionally, if a prominent character/place/object such as Luigi is in the article but, the page hasn't written yet, you must link to it even if no page exists (hence, the Redlink).
  • General items, such as propane do not have to be linked if they don't exist, but do if they're like milk: then you should link to it if you are aware of its existence.
  • Lists should be made using either a Bullet list or Numbered list, depending on what type of list you're making, and if that don't work use more gun "<br>" line breaks in Source editing.
  • If you're linking to something like the Devil, which is a redirect, don't link to the destination page; use redirects as intended, for in case the Devil becomes someone that isn't Bob Saget.

Media

Media should generally be easy to see, not too big and not too small; fit it to make the page flow naturally. The ~400 pixels wide range for images is recommended. Videos are recommended to be less than 400 pixels wide unless using the {{YoutubePlayer}} template (there is a bug with large embedded videos currently). You can manually upload media at Special:NewFiles.

Quotations

If you want a place to put a page's quotes, put them on top of the page! All quotations outside the middle of a body of text (or a paragraph) must be put into the {{Quote}} template.

Date Formatting

When saying when something took place, format it in a way that the month is obvious. For example, "The 8th of December 2021" or "On December 8th, 2021" is preferable to something like "12/8/2021". Viewers from both sides of the Atlantic are viewing, so don't make anyone scratch their heads at why there's a 13th month.

Notes Within Pages

Do not include metatextual self-remarks such as "I'll fix the grammar later!" inside of a page. You may, however, put this into a Comment, see the UnAnything Guide for more info.

Categories

You must add categories before, or right after you publish a page. Most pages will fall into "Category:Guys" or "Category:Stuff". A full list of categories can be found here (warning there's a lot). When creating a category, you must categorize that category with appropriate categories to make navigation easier. Please, if you can, also provide a couple of lines of text inside the category page, an example would be the one for the guys category.

Template Placement

The general rule for all templates is "Don't put a template where it doesn't belong: Templates are tools to make a page better, don't use them for spamming." If you got that down, good. If you don't, we're gonna BAN YOU FOREVER!!!! Jokes aside, when adding a template to a page, it's good to know which ones have priority over others, and where to place templates. This is mostly a reminder not to do egregious things, like put a Character Infobox above a Notice, and having a giant gap of nothing to the left.

Other than that extreme example just use common sense, and if you see things don't look right, just fix it. Beauty is everything, and the following is what we, the administrators, believe looks the nicest. If you're confused, just look at some WANTED articles to get an idea. And if you genuinely think something here should be changed to reach perfection, tell us.

Notices (Top stuff)

Notices are the rounded box templates like "This article is wanted!" or "This page is protected." All of these are to be placed at the top of an article, above pictures and text.

  1. {{Captain0Approval}} The approval of Captain 0 himself. Should only be used on articles Captain 0 would actually approve of.
  2. {{Delete}} and it's variants are always #1; deletion should never be included inside of a {{Multiple Issues}}. Don't remove Delete, or its variants unless deletion wasn't warranted, or the template becomes true. (The issue was resolved or, the template gets deleted with the page). You will receive punishment if you're caught.
  3. {{Strict Protect}}/{{Regular Protect}}
  4. {{WANTED}}
  5. Other maintenance templates, such as {{Construction}} or {{Cleanup}}
    • What you see most often or is the least specific has topper priority.
    • If it becomes ever becomes egregious how many issues a page has, and it's still not a candidate for deletion, you can include all those other maintenance templates packed nicely inside of a {{Multiple Issues}}.
  6. {{Copypasta}}
  7. "Resting Grounds" templates such as {{Troll}}, {{King K Rool}}, and {{Eaten by goombas}}. These are very easy to spam, so please try not to do that.
  8. Fun stuff, and in no particular order. (Maybe popular first)
  9. Non-meta notices written on top of the article itself, like "Not to be confused with" and stuff like that.

Middle Stuff

  1. {{Quote}}, it's a wildcard and can be put anywhere in the middle section. Even can be "The Bottom Top Notice"!
  2. Infoboxes. Has to be somewhat aligned to the top of an article. Infoboxes are helpful tools that allow you to put relevant information in one nice box, of course they're not officially needed, but as an editor you're encouraged to use these. {{Character Infobox}} for characters, {{War}} for wars, {{Entertainment Infobox}} for tv shows and stuff, {{Species Infobox}} for species. There's more than that, and you can probably find what you're looking for, if you can't, then create one! But do not create duplicate infobox templates. If you want something added to the pre-existing infoboxes, just ask.
  3. {{Undefeatable Infobox}}, and only if that character is a recognized Undefeatable, and the rule for infoboxes still applies.
  4. Anything that you know doesn't go on the bottom or top.

Bottom Stuff

  1. {{Succession}} and stuff like that
  2. Character notes such as {{Louie}} and {{Squidward}}. Please do not add these unless they're appropriate
  3. Other fun stuff if applicable.
  4. "Superpower" notices like {{Final Smash}}, {{Stand}}, {{Quirk}}, and {{Fatality}}
  5. {{Undefeatables}} navigation box, and only if that character is a recognized Undefeatable.
  6. Other navigation boxes

Anomalies

  1. The {{Stub}} notice, usually can little below the last paragraph of text and somewhere generally at the top of the bottom of the page in a spot that looks snuggley. But, If other templates make it look ugly, you may choose to treat it as the #1 maintenance template, below deletion of course.
  2. {{Sectstub}} should go above the section the template specifies is bad, and below headings.

All Done!

Now you have the expert skills to write articles. This manual of style is pretty new, if something was not mentioned, please go to this page's talk page. If you went here in the middle of reading the main rules, go back there!

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