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Manual of style project
This article is within the scope of the Manual of style project. This project is aimed at removing bad writing, unnecessary capitalization, and second person content from articles all across the wiki. For participation, please check the project page.
 
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This is the home page of a Fallout Wiki project. A project is a collaboration of editors improving articles and other content related to a particular subject. For more information, see Fallout Wiki:Projects.
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The manual of style project is a project which aims to remove all traces of bad writing, unnecessary capitalization, and second person (you, your) content from articles all across the wiki.

Scope

  • To remove all traces of bad writing, unnecessary capitalisation, and second person (you, your) content from articles all across the wiki. "This", "it's", and other such words/styles should be avoided when referring to the article content. (E.g. This building is filled with super mutants, and it's a good place to find stimpaks.) However, it is fine to use "this" in the bugs section.
  • To add commas where appropriate.
  • To redesign the notable loot section of articles with the {{Notable content}} template, and use the appropriate writing styles and layouts in the notable loot section.
  • Words such as "so", "like", or "because" should be avoided. E.g. So: Therefore - Like: Such as - But - However
  • Apostrophe words (there's, isn't, aren't, that's, can't) should be avoided.
  • Numbers should always be written in figures, unless in a range. E.g. There are three bloatflies, and 2-5 packs of Mentats." In the notable loot section, figures and numbers can be interchangeable.
  • "The player" should never be used. "The player character" and "The Courier" (or other protagonist) are interchangeable and should be used, however, "The Courier" is preferred.
  • Commas and periods should be inside of double quotes. Since the game is set in American English, we must respect American grammar and add the appropriate punctuation inside of quotes. For example, "People are using commas and periods inside of quotes wrong." (See this forum for more.)
    • An easy way to find these (in Google Chrome) is to click the button with the three straight lines on the top-right-hand side and then clicking "Find" and then typing ". or ",
  • Every instance of the word "vault" referring to a Vault-Tec Vault should be capitalised.
  • A good example for these guidelines is the X-13 research facility page.

Participants

Comments

I've finished all the DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, however I've left the notable loot sections until we figure out how it should be properly laid out. User OfficialLolGuy.png  OfficialLolGuy  Talk  Blog  00:27, December 31, 2013 (UTC)

Ambitious! I wish you the best in such endeavors. In-fact, count me in: I'll be back home soon and I'll continue my work on this. ForGaroux.png Some Assembly Required! 00:29, December 31, 2013 (UTC)

This is a cool idea. I just have two things I want to mention:

1. Do we have a project template for this? If it's pretty much affecting all pages, we might not need one; however, it would be helpful to place a template on a page if we happen to notice incorrect grammar, firstperson, etc., as we're not always up to dig through a page and change every "you" to "The Lone Wanderer." I can make one if we need to.

2. Can we add a point under "Scope" about including commas and periods going inside of double quotes? Nobody seems to realize this, but as this wiki uses American English, we need to respect American grammar and add the appropriate punctuation inside of quotes; I've seen many pages where it's done "wrong." (See this forum for more.) 69.l25 (talk) 23:08, December 31, 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for that, I added that in the scope. We do need a template actually, but at the moment, I think I heard that the wiki's bots aren't programmed or something, and so they can't be used, and since this affects almost all 16,000 pages on the wiki, it probably won't be feasible to add templates to pages. User OfficialLolGuy.png  OfficialLolGuy  Talk  Blog  23:23, December 31, 2013 (UTC)
Okay, well I think we could just add the template to any page where we see something that needs to be corrected as of right now. I'm sure we'll find something during our usual edits. By adding the template, we can get specific pages to work on; just use {{Manual of style project}}. 69.l25 (talk) 00:00, January 1, 2014 (UTC)

Well, if you can link me to a place where I can see how to exactly use the notable loot template, then I'm in for this project as soon as I get back. For the rest, I'm not too much of a spelling and grammar national socialist, so I'll stay back from that :) - Greets 23:43, December 31, 2013 (UTC)

Here's an example. http://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/X-13_research_facility?action=edit&section=2 However, we need clarification from an admin on the layout of the section. Such as whether a colon or slash is used after stating the item, and a few other things. User OfficialLolGuy.png  OfficialLolGuy  Talk  Blog  23:46, December 31, 2013 (UTC)
Seems to give the disadvantage of hiding a lot of the information. Or is this considered to be an advantage? - Greets 23:50, December 31, 2013 (UTC)

For the notable loot template, is there any way to not have a bullet point when there's only one type of item listed like it is here? 69.l25 (talk) 00:10, January 1, 2014 (UTC)

I like bullets, even if only for one object.- Greets 00:12, January 1, 2014 (UTC)
Not a lot of people share that liking, though. Does anyone know if there's a policy about bullets for single items? 69.l25 (talk) 00:15, January 1, 2014 (UTC)
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