FANDOM


Check
This page is considered an official policy on Transformers: Prime Wiki. Based on consensus, it has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that everyone should follow. Please make use of the policy discussion page to propose changes to this policy.


The Transformers: Prime Wiki Manual of Style is a writing guide for editors to keep the wiki running at a consistent standard of quality. It establishes the house style, helping editors produce articles with consistent, clear, coherent and precise language, layout, and formatting. This helps to maintain uniformity and consistency across all of the pages.

Please try your best to follow this guide and work to correct existing articles that do not adhere to this code.


Articles


All articles should have the following elements:

  • At least 2-3 categories.
  • An image or a template.

Internal links add to the cohesion and utility of the wiki by allowing readers to deepen their understanding of a topic by conveniently accessing other articles. These links should be included where it is most likely that readers might want to use them; for example, in article leads, the beginnings of new sections, table cells, and image captions. Words that are themselves titles of additional articles should be linked only on their first occurrence in the article.

When writing a section, always put it in Heading (Ctrl+2) size. When writing a subsection, put it in Sub-heading 1 (Ctril+3) size. For every subsection that follows, do it in the following size.

For information on how to write a specific type of article, please read below.

Episode Articles

Episode Template

When creating an article about an episode, start with the episode template and fill in the sections. Be sure to include an image or screen capture of the episode. After doing so, write the name of the episode, the number of the season and the name of the show it comes from.

Sections

Episode pages should contain the following sections in order:

  • Synopsis (a brief account of what the episode is about)
  • Plot (an in-depth, comprehensive description of the episode)
  • Cast and Characters
  • Notes (in no precise order)
    • Continuity notes (references to other episodes)
    • Real-world references (references to real-world people/objects/concepts)
    • Animation and technical errors (animation/character/information inconsistencies with other episodes)
    • Trivia (pieces of information that expand understanding of the episode)

Categories

  • After you have created the page, add the following categories:
    • Episodes
    • Name of the TV show followed by "episode"
    • Name of the TV show followed by the season and "episode"

It is also recommended to add other relevant categories.

Character Articles

Cybertronian Template

When creating an article about a character, start with the Cybertronian template, even if the page is about a human. This is done for all character articles to have consistency with each other. Fill in all the sections of the template and include an image. At the top of the page, write one to two sentences summarizing who the article is about. Be sure to include their name, their faction and their species.

Sections

Character pages should contain the following sections and subsections in order. If a section has an asterisk beside it, it applies only to major characters.

  • History
    • Name of media they appeared in
      • Name of episode they appeared in (only if they appeared in a TV show)
        • A detailed description of what they did
  • Personality*
  • Physical appearance*
  • Powers and Abilities*
  • Quotes*
  • Gallery* (provide a link to the gallery page)
  • Relationships* (provide a link to the relationships page)
  • Notes

Categories

After you have created the page, add the following categories:

  • Characters
  • Species (i.e Cybertronian, Human, or other)
  • Gender (i.e Male or Female)
  • Faction (i.e Autobots or Decepticons)

It is also recommended to add other relevant categories, such as the media the character appeared in.

Location Articles

It is not necessary to include a template when creating an article about a location. It is, however, necessary to include a picture of the location and one to two sentences summarizing the location.

Sections

Location pages should contain the following sections and subsections in order:

  • History
    • Name of media it appeared in
      • Name of episode it appeared in (only if it appeared in a TV show)
        • A detailed description of what is located there or what someone did there
  • Notes

Categories

After you have created the page, add the relevant categories, such as the media the location appeared in.


Grammar and Terminology


Bold and Italic Fonts

Bold

When a text is in bold, it appears like this. It can be accomplished by typing three single quotes (') on both ends of a word or phrase.

  • The name of the subject of the article must be bolded in its first mention.
  • Alternate names for the subject of the article must be bolded in their first mention. This includes names of titles that redirect to said article.

Italics

When a text is in italics, it appears like this. It can be accomplished by typing two single quotes (') on both ends of a word or phrase. Using double quotes will not make the word or phrase italicized.

  • Italics must be used for the titles of works of art and literature, such as films, short films, television series, episodes and comics.
  • The proper names for a vehicle must be written in italics (e.g. The Iron Will).

Grammar

Grammar is a writer's toolbox. You can't build good sentences without knowing how to use your tools. Since a wiki article must be as clear as possible for all the people reading it, editors must keep close to correct grammar standards to ensure clear communication.

Three C's

To best achieve a Good Article, writers here generally apply this rule of thumb: language should be clear, consistent, and concise.

  • Clarity mandates that the language relay its message sharply, unambiguous, and be wholly self-evident. It is important to be as clear and neutral as possible so as to communicate the idea of a sentence effectively to the reader.
  • Consistency ensures article flow, an important aspect in being clear. The article should be easy to read and predictable, while assuming a reasonable comprehension level.
  • Concision, or brevity, is the art of using no more words than necessary to convey an idea, though it should not be misunderstood with "leaving out information". It is an important practice when writing so that you do not lose your audience — try to think "get to the point" as much as possible.

Capitalization

Despite unnecessary capitalization should be avoided, it should not be reserved for proper names only.

Links

Every word in an article's name, with few exceptions, must be capitalized. As such, all links must be capitalized even though they describe common names either in the first mention and every other subsequent mention. On the other hand, words included in a title must not be capitalized in subsequent mentions.

Capitalization of "The"

In general, do not capitalize the definite article in the middle of a sentence. However, some idiomatic exceptions, including most titles of artistic works, should be quoted exactly according to common usage.

Locations

Names of institutions, such as Memorial High School, are proper nouns and require capitals. However, generic words for institutions (university, college...) do not use take capitals.

Political or geographical units, such as cities, towns and countries, follow the same rules: as proper nouns they require capitals (New York City); but as generic words they do not.

Spelling and Punctuation

This Manual of Style is not intended to be detailed English guide. Knowledge of basic spelling and punctuation is automatically assumed. However, some cases have brought themselves up and are thusly considered noteworthy; and therefore suitable of being listed here.

Run-on Sentences

Aside from obvious, common rules for using full stops (.) and commas (,) there are some instances where you should review a sentence you wrote in "preview mode" to determine whether or not your sentence is a run-on sentence. Run-on sentences aren't good for several reasons, particularly when two separate thoughts (clauses) are not differentiated from each other thus causing a considerable amount of confusion. Similarly, some sentences are a single thought but are really long. Full stops, or periods, can be used to give the reader a resting spot.

However, randomly adding a period or comma in the middle of a sentence does not "fix" a run-on. A clause must still be an independent thought that above all, makes sense. Some users may request peer-review if they are unsure.

Formal Vocabulary

Formal use of language is mandatory on all encyclopedia articles.

  • Contractions: Uncontracted forms such as Did not or He would are the default in encyclopedic style; don't and he'd are too informal.
  • Contested vocabulary: In encyclopedia articles, avoid such phrases as remember that and note that, which address readers directly in a less-than-encyclopedic tone. Similarly, phrases such as of course, naturally, obviously, clearly, and actually make presumptions about readers' knowledge, and call into question the reason for including the information in the first place. Do not tell readers that something is ironic, surprising, unexpected, amusing, coincidental, unfortunate, etc.
  • Familiar names: Some characters are often referred to using familiar names or nicknames. However, their use in encyclopedic articles must be strictly avoided, and a character must always be referred to by its full name when first mentioned, and surname only in subsequent references. There are two general exceptions to this rule:
     

Language and Spelling

Though the readers and editors of the Transformers: Prime speak many languages, the wiki uses standard American English spelling, grammar and punctuation, as it is the variety of English used in the original releases of most canonical materials.

Paragraphs and Formatting

Inexperienced writers have a tendency towards "run on" paragraphs. Some of these may number dozens of lines and many column inches without a break. This makes the articles difficult to read as everything seems to flow together. It also makes it tough to quickly skim articles for data points.

A good paragraph (grammatically speaking) is two to five sentences in length on average. It covers one thought or idea or piece of information. Any time there is a change in the thought, idea, or piece of information, there should also be a paragraph change.

When formatting paragraphs, adding an empty line between paragraphs looks better in the articles than the traditional "paragraph indent" on the first line. It makes for a more definite "break point" visually, and allows the reader to more easily see that they are reading a new paragraph at that point.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.