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Fallout Wiki:Article layout guideline

On structure

One of the most important parts of wiki editing is how to structure an article. Structure dictates what information the reader reads and when they read it. It can influence what people contribute, where they put it and how it is written. Good structure is likely to produce high-quality articles.

Organize sections in an article in a hierarchical structure like you would an outline. Try using a shallow structure rather than a deep one. Having too many nested sections usually leads to a confusing or unreadable article.

Section order and naming

The following table is a short overview of Fallout Wiki's standard article layout. Its purpose is to provide a quick reference for the correct order and naming of standard layout items. This does not mean every article needs to have all of these layout items. A headline refers to the title of a section.

Examples

Icon check.png in the "headline" column means that if you want to include such a layout item, it should have its own headline within the article.
Icon cross.png in the "headline" column means that this layout item should not have a headline.
Standard layout
Layout item Headline Explanation
Page management boxes Icon cross.png Page management templates are used if you notice that something is out of order with a certain article or section and want to bring it to the attention of other editors or administrators. If the issue affects the whole article, these boxes should be placed at the very top of an article; if only a section is affected, they should be placed just below the headline of the respective section. The only exception are stub templates.

For a list of page management boxes, please refer to template overview or directly to Category:Page management templates.
Project tags Icon cross.png Projects are joint efforts of editors who work together to improve a set of articles that cover a certain area of interest. Some of these projects have tags or boxes which are placed on the pages which the project affects; these should be placed below the article management boxes.
"For" template Icon cross.png {{for}} is used to make a reader aware of other articles they may have been looking for when entering the title of the current page.
Infobox Icon cross.png The purpose of infoboxes is to summarize data relating to the article. Infoboxes should appear in the top-right corner of an article. For a list of infobox templates, please refer to template overview or directly to Category:Infobox templates.
Lead section Icon cross.png Articles should generally start with a lead section which is not more than a few sentences. Its purpose is to provide a short definition or overview of the article itself; after reading it, a reader should know what the article is about.

If possible, the article title should be the subject of the first sentence; alternative titles should be mentioned in the lead section as well. Use {{in FO76}} for all Fallout 76 articles.
Table of contents (TOC) Icon cross.png The table of contents (TOC) will automatically appear in articles with a minimum of four headings, just above the first headline. This behaviour can be changed by using __TOC__ or __NOTOC__. __TOC__ forces a table of contents to appear wherever it is placed in an article, no matter how many headlines the article has. __NOTOC__ results in no table of contents ever being shown.
Article content
For information on writing the article itself, see general editing guidelines.
Behind the scenes Icon check.png "Behind the scenes" is the place for information relating to game development and cultural references. See Fallout Wiki:Content policy#Behind the scenes for additional information.
Bugs Icon check.png Game glitches or "bugs" relating to the article subject. See bugs policy for additional information.
Gallery Icon check.png If an article contains a lot of images, it is often better to place them in an own gallery section than to have them clutter the article. Please see Help:Gallery on how to use galleries and our image policy.
Videos Icon check.png If an article contains embedded videos, they are placed here. See video policy for which kind of videos are eligible to be placed in articles.
See also Icon check.png The purpose of this section is to list links to related topics on this wiki which may not have been linked within the article content.
External links Icon check.png Links to external (off-wiki) sites which are not references should be just above "References."
References Icon check.png If references have been used in an article, they should be placed here.
Stub templates Icon cross.png Stub templates mark an article as being too short to provide more than rudimentary information about a subject. All stub templates can be found in Category:Stub, only the most specific should be used.
Navboxes Icon cross.png Navboxes are navigational aids which allow easy access to other articles in a group the current article belongs to. They should be placed at the end of an article, just above the categories. The most article-specific navboxes should be highest and the least-specific lowest.

A list of navboxes can be found in Category:Navbox templates. New navboxes can be constructed with {{Navbox}}.
Categories and interwiki links Icon cross.png Categories and interwiki links should be added at the very end of an article. A full list of categories can be found on Special:Categories. For additional information, please see categorization guideline.

Layouts for specific types of content

The ordering and naming for standard sections outlined here applies to these layouts as well. They only contain more detailed instructions for the ordering of the actual article content.

Section ordering in multi-game articles

In articles whose subject spans multiple Fallout games, the sections for the various games should always be ordered by canonicity.

As an example, an article describes the various drugs which are known to exist in the Fallout universe. It has sections for Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics and Fallout 3. In this case, the Fallout section would come first, then the Fallout 2 one, then Fallout 3 and Fallout Tactics last.

See also



Policy vote forum overview
GuidelineArticle layout guideline
Amendment 1Creature article layout · Discussion · Vote · 22 March 2011 · 8-0-0
Amendment 2Character article layout · Vote · 7 June 2011 · 20--0
Amendment 3Notable specimens · Vote · 18 June 2016 · 9-0-1