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== Keep it simple ==
 
== Keep it simple ==
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* Article names should be in singular form, not plural. The only exceptions are things which ''always'' appear in plural form in the English language, such as binoculars or boltcutters.
 
* Article names should be in singular form, not plural. The only exceptions are things which ''always'' appear in plural form in the English language, such as binoculars or boltcutters.
   
* The titles of articles about characters should be the name by which the character was most commonly known in the ''24''verse, with later names preferred to earlier ones, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames. Titles such as "Doctor," "Agent," "General" or "Mister" should be omitted.
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* The titles of articles about characters should be the name by which the character was most commonly known in the the ''24''verse, with later names preferred to earlier ones, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames. Titles such as "Doctor," "Agent," "General" or "Mister" should be omitted.
   
 
* Unless the name of the article contains a proper noun, only the first word should be capitalized.
 
* Unless the name of the article contains a proper noun, only the first word should be capitalized.
   
* Abbreviations such as "CTU", "DoD", and "FBI" should not be used. Rather, they should be written out in full ([[Counter Terrorist Unit]], [[Department of Defense]] and [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]]) with a redirect page created for the abbreviation (see "Redirects" below).
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* Abbreviations such as "CTU", "DoD", and "FBI" should not be used. Rather, they should be written out in full ([[Counter Terrorist Unit]], [[Department of Defense]] and [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]]) with the a redirect page created for the abbreviation (see "Redirects" below).
   
 
* Articles for titles of spin-off material should consist of the item's full title. For example, "[[24: Conspiracy]]" rather than just "[[Conspiracy]]" or "[[24 Declassified: Veto Power]]" rather than just "[[Veto Power]]". A redirect of the shorter title is usually a good idea.
 
* Articles for titles of spin-off material should consist of the item's full title. For example, "[[24: Conspiracy]]" rather than just "[[Conspiracy]]" or "[[24 Declassified: Veto Power]]" rather than just "[[Veto Power]]". A redirect of the shorter title is usually a good idea.
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== Disambiguation ==
 
== Disambiguation ==
 
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Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity, the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article; however, disambiguation may also serve to differentiate more than one similarly titled article for a reader. Essentially, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.
 
Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity, the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article; however, disambiguation may also serve to differentiate more than one similarly titled article for a reader. Essentially, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.
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=== Disambiguation tags ===
 
=== Disambiguation tags ===
   
Disambiguation tags are usually necessary for people or things which share the same name. These tags appear in the title in parentheses, e.g. (Day 3), (One Shot), (writer), etc. Deciding what to title a tag can be tricky, but it must be consistent. The only uncontested exceptions to this rule are the articles [[Kiefer Sutherland]] and [[Max]], which would otherwise require the disambiguation tags "(actor)" and "(Day 2)" respectively.
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Disambiguation tags are usually necessary for people or things which share the same name. These tags appear in the title in parentheses, eg. (Day 3), (One Shot), (writer), etc. Deciding what to title a tag can be tricky, but it must be consistent.
   
 
In the case of characters with the same name, tags should indicate the "Day" in which they appeared (Day 1, Stories, The Game, Veto Power, etc.). In the case of two characters from the same day, or characters that appear in multiple Days, title, position or affiliation may be used to distinguish (Agent/Civilian, DoD/Terrorist, etc.). These same rules should be applied to non-character articles as well, if possible.
 
In the case of characters with the same name, tags should indicate the "Day" in which they appeared (Day 1, Stories, The Game, Veto Power, etc.). In the case of two characters from the same day, or characters that appear in multiple Days, title, position or affiliation may be used to distinguish (Agent/Civilian, DoD/Terrorist, etc.). These same rules should be applied to non-character articles as well, if possible.
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For cross-categorical articles with the same title, the category itself should be used as the disambiguation tag, eg. [[Jessica Abrams (character)]] and [[Jessica Abrams (crew)]].
   
 
Disambiguation tags usually won't be necessary for locations. If two locations share the same name, the titles of the articles should be expanded to be more specific. For example, "Portland, Oregon" and "Portland, Maine". "Portland" would then redirect to a disambiguation page (see below).
 
Disambiguation tags usually won't be necessary for locations. If two locations share the same name, the titles of the articles should be expanded to be more specific. For example, "Portland, Oregon" and "Portland, Maine". "Portland" would then redirect to a disambiguation page (see below).
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A similar note is not necessary for the novel page, as it has the more specific title of the two. However, if the novel had never been preceded with "24 Declassified", a disambiguation page would be created (see below).
 
A similar note is not necessary for the novel page, as it has the more specific title of the two. However, if the novel had never been preceded with "24 Declassified", a disambiguation page would be created (see below).
 
In the case of [[Doug Masters]] and [[Masters]], two distinct characters, neither a tag or a disambiguation page (see next section) is necessary. The page for Masters simply receives a note, linking to the page for Doug Masters.
 
   
 
=== Disambiguation pages ===
 
=== Disambiguation pages ===
   
As illustrated above, the most common form of disambiguation page on '''Wiki 24''' distinguishes between character names. ''24'' has repeated the first and last names of characters and it can often be confusing. If two characters share an identical name, or more than two characters share ''similar'' names, a separate disambiguation page is created.
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As illustrated above, the most common form of disambiguation page on '''Wiki 24''' distinguishes between character names. ''24'' is notorious for repeating first and last names of characters and it can often be confusing. If two characters share an identical name, or more than two characters share ''similar'' names, a separate disambiguation page is created.
   
For example, if there exist ''two or more'' characters with the name "Bob", such as "Bob Smith", "Bob Jones", and "Bob Miller", no disambiguation page is needed. However, if there later appears a character named simply "Bob", who ''lacks'' a surname, a disambiguation page will need to be created — titled "Bob (disambiguation)" — listing all four characters alphabetically with descriptions and links to their proper pages. The character known only as "Bob" will not need a tag in its title. Instead it will contain a disambiguation note, which will link to the disambiguation page to assist readers who are looking for another Bob.
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For example, if there exist three characters named "Bob Smith," "Bob Jones" and "Bob Miller," no disambiguation page is needed. However, if there later appears a character named simply "Bob," a disambiguation page will need to be created — titled "Bob (disambiguation)" — listing all four characters alphabetically with descriptions and links to their proper pages. The character known only as "Bob" will not need a tag in its title. Instead will contain a disambiguation note, which will link to the disambiguation page to assist readers who are looking for another Bob.
   
 
If one or more ''other'' characters simply named Bob crop up, ''then'' disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated earlier. "Bob" will then be assigned as a redirect to "Bob (disambiguation)".
 
If one or more ''other'' characters simply named Bob crop up, ''then'' disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated earlier. "Bob" will then be assigned as a redirect to "Bob (disambiguation)".
   
However, if two pages share a full name (i.e. both first name and last name), then there is no need for a disambiguation page. Most commonly this will occur in the instance of a mentioned character being named after a cast or crew member - in such a case, the real life person is given the normal page name and the namesake in-universe reference is given a disambiguation tag.
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All disambiguation pages contain "(disambiguation)" in their title. Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.
 
All disambiguation pages have the {{tl|disambig}} template, are categorized as such, and most will contain "(disambiguation)" in their title. Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.
 
   
 
== Article sidebar ==
 
== Article sidebar ==
   
The first thing on most pages is the sidebar, or "info box", which places a handful of important facts and a picture in the upper-right-hand corner of the article. To maintain consistency, there are templates that are copied and pasted into new articles for the creation of sidebars. See [[Wiki 24:Page templates]] for a list of full templates currently used. The sidebar documentation itself, without other page template information, is found at [[Wiki 24:Sidebar documentation]].
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The first thing on most pages is the sidebar, or "info box", which places a handful of important facts and a picture in the upper-right-hand corner of the article. To maintain consistency, there are templates that are copied and pasted into new articles for the creation of sidebars. See [[Wiki 24:Page templates]] for a list of full templates currently used. A shortcut to some common sidebars, without other page template information, can be found at [[Wiki 24:Info boxes]].
   
 
== Article introduction ==
 
== Article introduction ==
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=== In-universe ===
 
=== In-universe ===
   
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All in-universe (IU) articles are to be written in the '''past tense''', from the perspective of someone documenting factual events from the future. This creates consistency across all in-universe articles and eliminates the necessity of subjectively deciding when an unresolved loose end is no longer "current" or "recent." Additionally, although much of ''24'' takes place in our future, the future tense should ''never'' be used in in-universe articles.
   
All in-universe (IU) articles are to be written in the '''past tense''', from the perspective of someone from the future documenting factual events. All articles for ''characters, places, objects,'' and ''events'' within the show's fictional world are written in the past tense style. This creates consistency across all in-universe articles and eliminates the necessity of subjectively deciding when an unresolved loose end is no longer "current" or "recent." Additionally, although much of ''24'' takes place in our future, the future tense should ''never'' be used in in-universe articles.
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The main body and the introduction of in-universe articles should never refer to the events or characters of the show as such, but rather as if they were real life occurrences and people. Actual real life factors pertaining to the creation and presentation of ''24'', such as actors, "episodes" and the like, are limited to the info box sidebar and the "background information and notes" section of IU articles.
 
The major types of articles which are written in the "in-universe" style are:
 
 
{| class="simple" style="width:600px;"
 
! width="40%" | Common types !! width="40%" | Examples of "in-universe articles"
 
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| Character articles || [[Jack Bauer]], [[Stephen Saunders]]
 
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| Places, vehicles, objects || [[226 Pine Crest Road]], [[Natalia]], [[Dobson Override]]
 
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| Fictional events || [[Sentox nerve gas attack on CTU Los Angeles|The Sentox attack on CTU LA]], [[Operation Nightfall]]
 
|}
 
 
The main body and the introduction of in-universe articles should never refer to the events or characters of the show as such, but rather as if they were real life occurrences and people. Actual real life factors pertaining to the creation and presentation of ''24'', such as actors, "episodes" and the like, are limited to the info box sidebar and the "background information and notes" section of IU articles.
 
   
 
=== Out-of-universe ===
 
=== Out-of-universe ===
 
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Out-of-universe (OOU) articles are to be written from a real life point of view, using a combination of past, present and future tense. For example, the biography of an actor may include all three tenses:
 
Out-of-universe (OOU) articles are to be written from a real life point of view, using a combination of past, present and future tense. For example, the biography of an actor may include all three tenses:
   
: '''''Kiefer Sutherland''' was born in London, United Kingdom in 1966. He currently plays the role of Jack Bauer on ''24''. Kiefer will be appearing in the upcoming film ''Twelve''.''
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: '''''Jane Snow''' was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1953. She currently plays the role of Lola McElroy on ''24''. Snow will be appearing in the upcoming film ''Full House: The Movie''.''
 
The major types of articles which are written in the "out-of-universe" style are:
 
 
{| class="simple" style="width:600px;"
 
! width="40%" | Common types !! width="40%" | Examples of "out-of-universe articles"
 
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| Episode guides || [[Day 1 11:00pm-12:00am]], [[24: Redemption]]
 
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| Comics, novels, & games || [[24: Nightfall]], [[24: The Game]]
 
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| Crew, writers, actors, etc. || [[Jon Cassar]], [[Kiefer Sutherland]], [[Paul Blackthorne]]
 
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Articles about episodes, books, comics, games, or other real life ''24'' story material should contain a detailed synopsis of events, written in the simple present tense.
 
Articles about episodes, books, comics, games, or other real life ''24'' story material should contain a detailed synopsis of events, written in the simple present tense.
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