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This page contains Nukapedia's editing guideline. It describes in which style articles at this wiki should be written and how the various formatting options should be applied.
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  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit this page to improve its readability as long as the essence of the article remains unchanged.
  • If you would like to suggest content changes or propose a new policy or guideline, please use the wiki discussion forum.
  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

Writing conventions

General

  • 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.

Language

  • 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.

Perspective

Contributions should only use third-person and use appropriate terms to maintain accuracy and clarity.

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.

Tense

  • 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.

Capitalizing

  • Article page names and links should not be overcapitalized, regardless of whether they relate to in-game subjects or not, and regardless of in-game spelling.
    Incorrect: Fallout 2 is part of the Fallout Series of games.
    Incorrect: The Fallout World exists in an alternate timeline.
    Correct: Fallout 2 is part of the Fallout series of games.
    Correct: The Fallout world exists in an alternate timeline.
  • Proper names, such as Pancor Jackhammer, Ranger Sequoia, or Stealth Boy should be capitalized. But common words or descriptive names, like combat shotgun, hunting revolver, or stimpak should not. This also includes names where part of the names constitutes a proper name, like Gannon family Tesla armor.
    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.

Linking

  • 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).

Attribution

  • 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.

Formatting

General

Bold

  • Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
  • Keywords for which readers are likely to be scanning may be in bold for emphasis, but this should be used sparingly.
  • Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.

Italics

  • Italics should be used for the titles of books and games.
  • Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.

Emphasis

  • Avoid using all caps.
  • Avoid using quotation marks for emphasis.
  • Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
  • Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
  • Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.

Tables

Fallout Wiki has a custom CSS class for tables called by the "va-table" variable. It should be used for all visible tables in articles.

See also

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