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This Manual of Style is a guide applicable to all Destinypedia articles. It reflects Destinypedia's standards, and is intended to help editors to produce articles with language, layout, and formatting that are consistent, clear, and precise. The goal of Destinypedia is to make the whole encyclopedia easier, intuitive to use and the most definitive source for all Destiny information.

General

Best practice

The best practice while editing the wiki is to avoid pasting the information you copied from a source. Unless the copied content is used as a filler for an introduction of an article or a section of an article, it is strongly recommended that you should (learn to) rewrite the information you have came across in your research, using your own words. It is also recommended that you should know how to perform copy editing and content editing.

Copy editing requires the basic knowledge of the English language. This covers from correcting spelling and grammar errors, using the proper verbs tense and fixing common punctuation mistakes. On the other hand, content editing expands this knowledge by assessing whether the written content meets the standards of a good encyclopaedic entry. Elements of a good encyclopaedic entry are explored further in the following sections.

Internal consistency

An overriding principle is that style and formatting choices should be consistent within a Destinypedia article, though not necessarily throughout Destinypedia as a whole. Consistency within an article promotes clarity and cohesion.

Stability of articles

Main article: Destinypedia:Code of Conduct

Editors should not change an article from one guideline-defined style to another without a substantial reason unrelated to mere choice of style, and that revert-warring over optional styles is unacceptable. Where there is disagreement over which style to use in an article, start a discussion on the talk page of the article and try to find ways to overcome the issue.

Follow the sources

Main articles: Destinypedia:Notability Policy and Help:References

Many points of usage, such as the treatment of proper names, can be decided by observing the style adopted by high-quality sources. Unless there is a clear reason to do otherwise, follow the usage of reliable English-language secondary sources on the subject. If the sources can be shown to be unrepresentative of current English usage, follow current English usage instead—and consult more sources.

Clarity

Writing should be clear and concise. Plain English works best: avoid jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording. Remember, the encyclopedia is aimed at late high school, early college reading proficiency, and general educational levels. Articles should be fully comprehensible to non-specialists.

Nomenclature

There is tension between the academic approach that names and classifies by the perspective of the field, and the layman's approach that uses common names and classifies according to common practice. We should try to accommodate the layman's approach wherever possible. The longer technical name may be described in parentheses the first time it is used.

Capitalization

As a general rule, Destinypedia follows the most common capitalization standard found in official canon material. If official sources provide contradictory information, the most common, most recent, or most grammatically correct spelling should be preferred depending on the nature of the subject in question.

In general, the second or subsequent words in article titles should not be capitalized unless the title is a proper noun that would always be capitalized, even in the middle of a sentence.

Styles

Much of the styles you see in this manual of style is based on Wikipedia's manual of style, however in some cases Destinypedia will differ from Wikipedia. You can find a more detailed guide of this in the Layout Guide The following specific style conventions will be used by Destinypedia:

  • Spelling: unless written as otherwise, the preferred spelling is American English.
  • Italics: titles of any media and ships in the Destiny universe should always be italicized (i.e. Destiny). An exception to this would be those for citation purposes.
  • Bolded: in any article introduction, the article's title/name must be bolded. The introduction title/name should not have links within them.
  • Measurement: unless presented as such, always use the Metric system over US customary units as the primary measurement. Make sure to present the US customary units in brackets after the metric system (i.e. 130 kg (286 lbs), 2.18 meters (7'2")).

Perspectives in articles

When writing an article based on canon content, the author should do so from an in-universe perspective. In other words, imagine Destinypedia like an encyclopedia that records everything in the Destiny universe. With that being said, the author should always use third-person writing and do so in past tense.

However, in-universe terminology and the past tense should only be constrained to in-universe articles. Real-world content (i.e. everything marked with the "Real World" era icon) must be written from an out-universe perspective. For example, plot summaries must use present tense to maintain the narrative. Chapter summaries summarize a chapter's events in a "this is what happens in this chapter" fashion, as opposed to a "this is what happened in that chapter" fashion.

DO NOT include redundant phrases like "his ultimate fate is unknown" or "what happened to the ship after that is a mystery."

Do not use conversational style

As Destinypedia is an open encyclopedia site, it should read like an online encyclopedia. To be more specific, it should be something like Wikipedia.

  • Check your spelling and grammar. Do not use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you are not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google or Dictionary.com. If you know that you are not the strongest speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word or use an Internet browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, which has spell-checking built in.
  • Do not "reply" to content others have posted. If you think a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's talk page. If you are 100% sure that something should be changed and do not think a discussion is necessary, just change it. Dialogue goes only on articles' talk pages or the forum.
  • Avoid using second-person narrative in articles. As noted earlier, this wiki should read like an encyclopedia.
  • Never abbreviate the names of characters or places. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned. It is acceptable to abbreviate the title in some cases, including names that are commonly abbreviated in official material.

Page titles

Disambiguating titles

If there are two or more subjects with the same name, it is necessary to disambiguate the article titles from one another. When disambiguating titles with bracketed addendums, in-universe subjects should always be treated as primary. If two or more in-universe subjects share the same name, both of them should be disambiguated with bracketed addendums; however, if one of them is significantly more notable than the other(s), its title should not be disambiguated.

Separate disambiguation pages with the addendum "(disambiguation)" are used when there are more than two articles with the same title, with a link to the disambiguation page placed on top of the "primary" (i.e. non-disambiguated) article with that name.

Definite and indefinite articles

In general, a definite ("the") or indefinite ("a"/"an") article should be included at the beginning of the title of a page only if at least one of the following conditions is met:

  1. If a word with a definite article has a different meaning with respect to the same word without the article, the word with article can be used as the name of a page about that meaning, and the word without article can be used as the name of a separate page.
  2. If the definite or indefinite article would be capitalized in running text, then include it at the beginning of the page name. Otherwise, do not.

These conditions are sometimes met if the page name is:

  • the title of a work or publication, in-universe or not or
  • the name of a game level or
  • another official or commonly used proper name which invariably includes the definite article.

Editing

Avoid making multiple edits in an article

Destinypedia is a point system-based wiki. Whenever one makes an edit, one is rewarded 50 points regardless of the amount of content contributed. Though it sounds fun, excessive amount of edits in an article can lead to a block. As such, a maximum of three successive edits in an article is acceptable within a short amount of time; regardless of the editor's intent, exceeding this limit may be seen as an attempt to abuse the point system.

A simple way of avoiding this problem is to practice using the Preview button which allows you to review the contributions you made before saving them.

Use the "Minor Edit" button

If you are making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "This is a minor edit" button below the Summary box before saving the page. Again, this will make things easier for the rest of us.

Use the Preview Button

The preview button is right next to the save edit button, and is there for a reason. It's your own personal spell checker, link checker, whatever-else checker. Use it. Users that purposefully do not preview edits as to inflate their edit count are not well regarded amongst Destinypedians, and you may find yourself in trouble with an administrator.

Do not sign your edits

All contributions are appreciated, but if every user left their mark on every contribution they made, the wiki would be nothing but signatures. If you have made an edit that you are particularly proud of (such as a transcript or screenshot), the correct place to take credit is on your own user page. If you do not have a user account, we respect your anonymity, but your edits will remain anonymous, too.

Do sign your talk posts

If you make a post on a discussion page, please sign it. If you have a user account, this is as easy as typing ~~~~ at the end of your post. If you do not have a user account, just sign it with your name or nickname so everybody can tell who is who when reading long conversations. Even better, create an account anyway and use the signature method described. There really is no reason not to if you are going to stick around.

Using Images/Files

Main article: Help:Images
  • Add only canon image, not screenshots from customized/tweaked canon games or mods.
  • Avoid uploading pictures you don't have a purpose for, unless they can add to a subject gallery. Before uploading, read Help:Images for more information on image use.

Layout

Stubs

If you do not know enough information on a topic, or you know there's more, add a stub to it. To do so, try this:

{{stub}}

And people will know that it's a stub by looking at the stub category. Generally the {{stub}} template is put at the bottom of the page.

Do not link to the current page

In other words, a page should not link to itself. If it is attempted, the link will simply turn into bold text.

Link once

A given section of sufficient size should only contain one link to any other page. If a page links to Bungie in one place, then that should be the only link to Bungie in that section. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article.

External links

External links are links that point to sites other than the wiki. The links should be in the form of a bullet list. External links typically look like this:

[http://www.bungie.net/filename.html '''The Website''': ''Title of the article'']

Headers/Headings

Never make a header title as links. Instead, use the Main Redirect Template and add it under the header. Additionally, avoid adding the Ref Tag to the header.

See also

Help pages on Destinypedia
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