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This Manual of Style outlines a standard of clean, consistent formatting for articles in Age of Empires Online 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.

These guidelines are a summary of the most important guidelines for the Age of Empires Online Wiki, but a more expansive set of guidelines can be found on Wikipedia at Wikipedia Manual of Style.

Grammar and punctuationEdit

When writing articles it is important to follow these rules of the english language:

  1. Don't use netspeak or any similar slang. We are compiling a professional resource for Age of Empires fans.
  2. Keep your writing around a 6th Grade reading level. You don't need to fill it with big words just to make it sound smarter, especially if you're not certain how the word should be used.
  3. Vary your words. When writing, try to vary the words you use and the length of your sentences. It makes things sound more interesting.
  4. Capitalize words when appropriate. (see below)
  5. Use correct punctuation. This includes commas, periods, quotation marks, and apostrophes. (see below)
  6. Know the difference between homophones: there, their, and they're; here and hear; it's and its; who's and whose.

CapitalizationEdit

  1. Capitalize the first word of every sentence. (eg. Unique units are special units granted by some Advisors.)
  2. Capitalize proper nouns. (eg. Gas Powered Games)
  3. Capitalize the first and important words in a title. (eg. "Nekhbet, Protector of the Lost")

For a full list visit Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing

PunctuationEdit

In addition to basic punctuation, it is important to know how to punctuate titles. Titles are always either in italics or inside quotation marks.

ItalicsEdit

Italics can be used for large works like games, booster packs, franchises and books.

Examples:

To use italics on Wikia place two single quote marks before and after the title:

''Age of Empires Online''

These are single quotes ('), not double quotes ("). Alternately, highlight the title you want to put in italics with your mouse and click the "I" button in the toolbar above the edit box (in between the B for bolding and AB for the Internal link).

SwearingEdit

Avoid swearing or use of curse words. Children do play this game and may be searching for answers on our wiki.

LinksEdit

To link to another article inside Age of Empires Online Wiki, you must put [[]] around it. To link to an article in Wikipedia, use [[wikipedia:|]] and put the article title inside. If an article does not exist by that name, the link will show up as dark red, like this. External links will show up as blue.

You only need to link to another page once in any given article. Most of the time this is the first time that article's title comes up, but there are some exceptions to this.

Examples:
  • [[Annie The Dark Child]]
  • [[wikipedia:Age of Empires Online|the wikipedia entry for the game.]]

Champion articlesEdit

  • In the Story section of a Champion article, link to an article the first time it appears even if it's been linked to previously.
  • In the Trivia section, only information which is relevant to the article, has a cited source or reference (such as a link to a wikipedia article), and is not common knowledge should be included.

Links to champion articlesEdit

When referencing a champion, a majority of the time they can be referred to by just their name leaving the title away, e.g., Twisted Fate instead of Twisted Fate The Card Master. To assist with creating links inside pages, redirects have been established for the characters with unique names (Master Yi, Nunu, Janna Windforce, etc.). This reduces the amount of typing without affecting the appearance of a link.

Examples:
  • [[Twisted Fate]] works just the same as [[Twisted Fate The Card Master]] and [[Twisted Fate The Card Master|Twisted Fate]]

If it is necessary to have the link display something other than the title of the link, that information should be placed after the pipe (the vertical bar) inside the link: [[Summoner's Rift|first map]].

GuidesEdit

Main article: Age of Empires Online Wiki:Guide

The Guide namespace is the place for the Editors and strategists to disclose their strategy and tactics. These special articles differ from normal articles in one special way, the articles are only subject to grammar and spelling but aside from that they are practically free from most policies. For more information visit the Guide project page.

ArticlesEdit

Main article: Age of Empires Online Wiki:Manual of Style/Champion
Main article: Age of Empires Online Wiki:Manual of Style/Item
Main article: Age of Empires Online Wiki:Manual of Style/Minion

The Articles on Age of Empires Online Wiki that constitute a set of types (Champions, Items, Minions, etc.) have usually a preset "template" that are very useful in case you you don't know how to start.

ChampionsEdit

There are a few simple rules to follow when naming a character article.

  1. Articles are named using the name and title of a champion if both are known, i.e. Shaco The Demon Jester.
  2. If a champion's title is not known from an official source, then it is all right to use only a first name, i.e. Urf.
  3. If a champion's name is not known from an official source, then it is all right to use only the title, i.e. The Plant King.

You may want to create redirects for common address of a character. For example:

Administrators may move articles without consultation if they do not conform to the Character Naming Policy.

ItemsEdit

Item articles are named for the items precisely as they are presented in-game. Each item in the shop has the title and it must be titled exactly as written. This includes capitalization and punctuation, but does not include the quotation marks around the title.

Please note that it may be appropriate to create redirects from one or two common misspellings or mis-capitalizations of titles to make users' searches easier. Administrators may move articles without consultation when they don't conform to the Episode Naming Policy.

ImagesEdit

File:TwistedFateSquare.png
File:Destiny.jpg
  • Images are preferred to bet Right-alignment to left-alignment. Although this is allowed when other objects interfere or make it visually unappealing.
  • Any given article shouldn't have too much Images. If there are too many images in the article, consider making a gallery with a level two heading at the bottom of the article (After the Skin gallery if it is a Champion Article).
  • Use captions to explain the relevance of the image to the article.
  • Large images should be reduced to an appropriate size; preferably small so it doesn't overshadow the article, but not too small so the image loses their appeal.
  • Complete sentences in captions should always end in a period. If the caption is not a complete sentence, it generally should not have a period at the end. Captions should also not be italicized.

Uploading imagesEdit

  • Please name your files descriptively to avoid confusion. Uploading an image with the name "0239235jgjgkdgdf.jpg" will be deleted or moved according to the opinion of the administrator.
  • Do not upload images we already have. If you plan on uploading an image, look around the Age of Empires Online Wiki first to see if it has already been uploaded by someone else.
  • Abilities, Items, Skins, Champion Squares and any other image should be in .jpg, .gif or .png format. This is in order for pages to load faster. Preferably like this:
    • Champion Squares in PNG
    • Items in GIF.
    • Skins And Abilities in JPG or JPEG
  • Abilities should have the 64x64px dimension, Squares (Infobox Portraits) should have the 120x120px.
  • Other images (renders, in-game screenshots, etc.) are allowed to be in other formats.

To change image extensions it may be used the preferred application, it is recommended the following:

Protected imagesEdit

To make edits or uploads to the following images you need to contact an Administrator first:

Point of viewEdit

Articles on the Age of Empires Online Wiki are written from an outside point of view.

  • Use tense the same way a standard encyclopedia would.
  • Real World information inside cannon articles should be indented and italicized or preferably located at the beginning "Background Information" section. This information is covered by the Real World point of view.

SourcesEdit

When writing an article, you must cite a source (an interview or something similar) you must cite it via reference tags.

"I can unequivocally state that not only is League of Legends easy to pick up and play..., but it's insanely fun as well"<ref>[http://worthplaying.com/article/2009/3/31/previews/60362/ "From PC Preview - League of Legends.]</ref>

If you use any resource, please list your sources in a section titled "References" at the end of the article with {{Reflist}}

User-related Manual of StyleEdit

When it comes to the user's pages (talk, profile, sandboxes, etc.), the user can be creative, but there are a few restrictions.

DeletionEdit

Reasons for deletion include, but are not limited to, the following (subject to the condition that improvement or deletion of an offending section, if practical, is preferable to deletion of an entire page):

  • Copyright violations and other material violating the non-free content criteria.
  • Vandalism, including inflammatory redirects, pages that exist only to disparage their subject, patent nonsense, or gibberish
  • Advertising or other spam without relevant content (but not an article about an advertising-related subject).
  • Articles for which thorough attempts to find reliable sources to verify them have failed.
  • Redundant or otherwise useless templates.
  • Categories representing overcategorization.
  • Files that are unused, obsolete, or violate the Non-free policy.
  • Any other use of the article, template, project, or user namespace that is contrary to the established separate policy for that namespace.
  • Any other content not suitable for an encyclopedia.Template:Policy

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