Creature article layout
The layout is composed of three tables. The top and bottom tables are standard layout items found in every article; they are only included here for completeness and are collapsed by default. The middle table contains the actual specifics for creature pages. Please note that the term "creature" refers to both organic (e.g. animals) and mechanical (e.g. robots) creatures in the context of this layout.
in the "headline" column means that this layout item should not have a headline.
in the "headline" column means that the article should have a headline of that name if you want to include such a layout item.
in the "required" column means that not every creature article needs to include this layout item. in the "required" column means that every creature article should include this layout item.
|Standard layout items (top)|
|Page management boxes||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||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.|
|Infobox||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.|
|Item-specific layout items|
|Lead section||Short summary that usually looks something like this:
In general, it should contain:
|Background||If there is any background story/history for the creature.|
|Characteristics||Characteristics of this creature.|
|→ Biology/Specifications||In-universe characteristics of the creature, such as its physical attributes, behavior or habitat in general terms.
The section should be called "Biology" for organic creatures and "Specifications" for mechanical creatures (e.g. robots).
|→ Gameplay attributes||Game-specific characteristics of the creature. For example, details about the creature's attacks or attack patterns should be placed here.|
|Variants||Variants/subspecies of this creature. A sub-section (with the name of the variant) should be made for each variant.
Each variant sub-section should contain:
|Related quests||If there are quests which are related to this creature, list them here (just link them, no need to go into detail).|
|Notes||For interesting things about the creature which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.|
|Appearances||Which games/add-ons this creature appears in.|
|Standard layout items (bottom)|
|Behind the scenes||"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||Game glitches or "bugs" relating to the article subject. See bugs policy for additional information.|
|Gallery||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||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||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||Links to external (off-wiki) sites which are not references should be just above "References."|
|References||If references have been used in an article, they should be placed here.|
|Stub templates||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||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
|Categories and interwiki links||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.|
|Policy vote forum overview|
|Guideline||Article layout guideline|
|Amendment 1||Creature article layout · Discussion · Vote · 22 March 2011 · 8-0-0|
|Amendment 2||Character article layout · Vote · 7 June 2011 · 20--0|
|Amendment 3||Notable specimens · Vote · 18 June 2016 · 9-0-1|