Fallout Wiki uses all of the same writing conventions found in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style. However, where there is a conflict between the manual of style and local guidelines, the latter supersedes the former.
In general, content should be written in a style appropriate for an encyclopedia. Descriptions should be clear and precise; speculations or uncertain facts are not allowed.
Do not be overly specific when writing, only as specific as necessary.
Use full sentences.
American English is used at this wiki as it is the spelling most Fallout games use.
Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are not acceptable.
Game-specific words should always use the in-game spelling, even in cases when it is incorrect. This does not include capitalization which should always follow the rules in the relevant section below.
Contributions should only use third-person. Recommended terms:
Player when referring to player activities in the game, such as taking actions in quests, selecting dialogue, or attacking non-player characters.
Example: "The player can choose to spare Pretty Boy Lloyd or drop a live mine on his head."
Player character or the name of the player character when referring to the actual player character, such as when discussing customization, the character system, or similar. The name can be used when referring to them as a character in a story, such as when discussing storyline events.
Examples: "The player character's appearance cannot be customized in Fallout or Fallout 2 beyond choosing their sex."
"Mr House takes an interest in the Courier after they reach New Vegas after being shot in the head."
Elements that are quoted, such as bug messages, quotes, developer commentary, and transcripts, are naturally exempt and use original spelling and perspective.
Articles should generally be written in present tense.
The only exception are articles relating to events which took place before any of the Fallout games, i.e. before 2102; these may be written in past tense.
Incorrect: A Stimpak is a type of hand-held medication used for healing the body.
Incorrect: The Gannon Family Tesla Armor is a piece of armor in Fallout: New Vegas.
Correct: The RobCo Stealth Boy 3001 is a personal stealth device worn on one's wrist.
Correct: The Gannon family Tesla armor is a piece of armor in Fallout: New Vegas.
Generic character names should not be capitalized, unless it can be misinterpreted and its meaning unclear, like Gunner (a member of a specific mercenary faction) and gunner (might be a gunman or something else).
Incorrect: A Raider killed a Super Mutant with an Assault Rifle.
Incorrect: A team of gunners was spotted near that area.
Correct: A raider killed a super mutant with an assault rifle.
Correct: A team of Gunners was spotted near that area.
Species names should not be capitalized. In the same way as cat or dog would not be capitalized, deathclaw and ghoul are also not capitalized.
Incorrect: The Deathclaws were originally created before the Great War.
Incorrect: As with normal Ghouls, Feral Ghouls are extremely resistant to radiation.
Correct: The deathclaws were originally created before the Great War.
Correct: As with normal ghouls, feral ghouls are extremely resistant to radiation.
Names of statistics, perks, traits, skills etc. (e.g. Charisma, Medicine, Fast Shot) should be capitalized when referring specifically to game mechanics. The same words, however, should not be capitalized in other uses.
Incorrect: Joe is an Intelligent or Charismatic character.
Correct: The Lone Wanderer will need high Intelligence or Charisma to convince Joe.
If it's not clear whether a name is a proper name or a common one, naming should be discussed and decided on a case-by-case basis.
Do not overlink. Generally, a page should be linked from a given article only once, on its first occurrence. Links may be repeated if the first link is far up the page or if the manner the word is used in makes it necessary (e.g. in summary lists).
Do not add any attributions (like "written by XYZ") or dates ("written on 14/02/09") to articles. An accurate record of all contributions to an article is available via its "History" page.
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