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This Manual of Style is designed to make articles:
 
This Manual of Style is designed to make articles:
   
# easy to read and understand
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# easy to read and understand,
# appear better organized and consistent
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# organized and consistent,
 
# attractive to the reader, and
 
# attractive to the reader, and
 
# easy to edit
 
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Of course, none of these rules are set in stone. They are merely what the creators and editors of '''Wiki 24''' currently feel is the best way to accomplish the above goals. Keep in mind that, like '''Wiki 24''' itself, the Manual of Style is a work in progress, so if you come across something that's missing, feel free to either add a description of how you feel is the best way to organize an aspect of the site, or discuss possible options on the '''discussion''' page. Remember that ''everyone'' has a say in how '''Wiki 24''' is created.
 
Of course, none of these rules are set in stone. They are merely what the creators and editors of '''Wiki 24''' currently feel is the best way to accomplish the above goals. Keep in mind that, like '''Wiki 24''' itself, the Manual of Style is a work in progress, so if you come across something that's missing, feel free to either add a description of how you feel is the best way to organize an aspect of the site, or discuss possible options on the '''discussion''' page. Remember that ''everyone'' has a say in how '''Wiki 24''' is created.
   
== Naming articles ==
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== Article names ==
 
 
There are some general rules regarding how articles on '''Wiki 24''' should be named.
 
There are some general rules regarding how articles on '''Wiki 24''' should be named.
   
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=== Disambiguation tags ===
 
=== Disambiguation tags ===
 
 
Disambiguation tags may be necessary for people, places 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 should be consistent.
 
Disambiguation tags may be necessary for people, places 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 should be consistent.
   
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Situations for creating disambiguation tags may vary drastically, so there can be no set rules, but editors are asked to keep them as clear and consistent as possible.
 
Situations for creating disambiguation tags may vary drastically, so there can be no set rules, but editors are asked to keep them as clear and consistent as possible.
   
== Redirects ==
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== Disambiguation pages ==
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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.
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The most common form of disambiguation page on '''Wiki 24''' distiguishes between character names. ''24'' is notorious for repeating first and last names of characters and often it can be confusing. However, disambiguation pages for characters should only be created when two people have ''identical'' names or when a single first or last name was only provided for one or more characters.
   
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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 "Bob" page will contain a note at the very top directing the reader to "Bob (disambiguation)" for other characters named Bob. If ''another'' character simply named Bob is later created, disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated above.
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Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.
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== Redirects ==
 
Occasionally, certain characters or items are known by more than one name or more than one spelling. In most situations, it's wise to create redirect pages for any and all alternate titles that may be queried when looking for a specific article.
 
Occasionally, certain characters or items are known by more than one name or more than one spelling. In most situations, it's wise to create redirect pages for any and all alternate titles that may be queried when looking for a specific article.
   
To create a redirect page, merely type the following in the edit field:
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To create a redirect page, type the following in the edit field:
 
: '''<nowiki>#REDIRECT [[</nowiki>''RealArticle''<nowiki>]]</nowiki>'''
 
: '''<nowiki>#REDIRECT [[</nowiki>''RealArticle''<nowiki>]]</nowiki>'''
   
== Introducing an article ==
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== Article sidebar ==
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The first thing on most pages will be the sidebar, 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 to be copied and pasted into new articles of the following types:
   
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=== In-universe pages ===
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These are pages on things that exist inside 24's story-world.
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Character Pages|Character Pages]] for characters who are seen on-screen
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Mentioned Character Pages|Mentioned Character Pages]] for characters who are mentioned on-screen
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Novel Character Pages|Novel/Comic Character Pages]] for characters from the novels or comics
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* [[Wiki 24:Video Game Character Pages|Video Game Character Pages]] for characters from the video games
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Location Pages|Location Pages]] for locations, which could be specific addresses or public places like airports
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Business Pages|Business Pages]] for businesses
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Organization Pages|Organization Pages]] for other organizations, such as terrorist or military groups
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=== Out-of-universe pages ===
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These are pages on things that exist in the real world.
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* [[Wiki 24:Episode Guide|Episode Pages]] for episode guides
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Actor Pages|Actor Pages]] for actors
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Book Pages|Book Pages]] for [[novels]] and [[Reference Books|reference books]]
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* [[Wiki 24:Creating Comic Book Pages|Comic Book Pages]] for graphic novels and [[Comics|comic books]]
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== Article introduction ==
 
Every page should begin with an introduction, briefly summarizing the article for the reader. The introduction should give a quick explanation of what the article is about and establish its context. The length of the introduction can vary from a single sentence to multiple paragraphs. The title or subject of that article should appear in the first line in '''bold'''. Even though the article title is already listed, it's useful to emphasize the article's subject for the reader.
 
Every page should begin with an introduction, briefly summarizing the article for the reader. The introduction should give a quick explanation of what the article is about and establish its context. The length of the introduction can vary from a single sentence to multiple paragraphs. The title or subject of that article should appear in the first line in '''bold'''. Even though the article title is already listed, it's useful to emphasize the article's subject for the reader.
   
== Perspective and tense ==
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== Headlines and sections ==
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To create a new section in an article, surround the text with two or more <nowiki>==</nowiki> (equal signs). The wiki engine will automatically create a table of contents once there are four or more headers in an article.
   
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The first word and all proper nouns of the header should be capitalized, and ''all'' other words lowercase.
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Please avoid using links in headers. Depending on the browser's default settings, some users may not be able to see the links properly. It is much more useful to place the appropriate link in the first sentence after the header.
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== Perspective and tense ==
 
There exist two perpectives of articles on '''Wiki 24''', "in-universe" and "out-of-universe". In-universe describes things which exist within the world of ''24'', while out-of-universe describes things which exist in the real world. For example, Jack Bauer exists ''in-universe'', while Kiefer Sutherland exists ''out-of-universe''.
 
There exist two perpectives of articles on '''Wiki 24''', "in-universe" and "out-of-universe". In-universe describes things which exist within the world of ''24'', while out-of-universe describes things which exist in the real world. For example, Jack Bauer exists ''in-universe'', while Kiefer Sutherland exists ''out-of-universe''.
   
 
=== In-universe ===
 
=== In-universe ===
 
 
All in-universe articles are to be written in the past tense, from the perspective of someone documenting the events from the far 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 articles are to be written in the past tense, from the perspective of someone documenting the events from the far 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.
   
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=== Out-of-universe ===
 
=== Out-of-universe ===
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Out-of-universe 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 articles are 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:
 
   
 
: '''''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''.''
 
: '''''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''.''
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=== Real-life in-universe ===
 
=== Real-life in-universe ===
 
 
''24'' is a show which is set in the real world. While the characters and some other things such as [[CTU]] are fictional, much of what is referred to on the show are things which exist in the real world. When writing in-universe articles for these things, it's important to only include information that was actually given in the story, and not assume that other "known" facts exist within the ''24''verse as well. For example, [[Los Angeles]] is the main location for the show, however it would be inappropriate to include its current population or the year of its incorporation unless it was specifically revealed in an episode or story.
 
''24'' is a show which is set in the real world. While the characters and some other things such as [[CTU]] are fictional, much of what is referred to on the show are things which exist in the real world. When writing in-universe articles for these things, it's important to only include information that was actually given in the story, and not assume that other "known" facts exist within the ''24''verse as well. For example, [[Los Angeles]] is the main location for the show, however it would be inappropriate to include its current population or the year of its incorporation unless it was specifically revealed in an episode or story.
   
Sometimes however, ''no'' information is given about a real life article and it is necessary to add one or two establishing facts in order for there to be enough to even ''create'' an article. This should be kept to a minimum and only done when absolutely necessary, for it to be acceptable. In these situations, it may also be wise to include an external link for more information on the subject.
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Sometimes however, ''no'' information is given about a real life article and it is necessary to add one or two establishing facts in order for there to be enough to even ''create'' an article. This should be kept to a minimum and only done when absolutely necessary. In these situations, it may also be wise to include an external link for more information on the subject.
 
== Headlines and sections ==
 
 
To create a new section in an article, surround the text with two or more <nowiki>==</nowiki> (equal signs). The wiki engine will automatically create a table of contents once there are four or more headers in an article.
 
 
The first word and all proper nouns of the header should be capitalized, and ''all'' other words lowercase.
 
 
Please avoid using links in headers. Depending on the browser's default settings, some users may not be able to see the links properly. It is much more useful to place the appropriate link in the first sentence after the header.
 
 
== Disambiguation pages ==
 
 
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.
 
 
The most common form of disambiguation page on '''Wiki 24''' distiguishes between character names. ''24'' is notorious for repeating first and last names of characters and often it can be confusing. However, disambiguation pages for characters should only be created when two people have ''identical'' names or when a single first or last name was only provided for one or more characters.
 
 
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 "Bob" page will contain a note at the very top directing the reader to "Bob (disambiguation)" for other characters named Bob. If ''another'' character simply named Bob is later created, disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated above.
 
 
Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.
 
   
 
== Keep it simple ==
 
== Keep it simple ==
 
 
Above all else, you are encouraged to keep your articles '''simple'''! Don't try to get too fancy with your markup (like embedding tables within tables). The easier the markup is, the easier it will be for anyone to edit the article later on. Our first goal is to reliably and accurately display the information. The goal of wiki markup is to keep the articles simple and to emphasize the information as much as possible. We prefer content over form. For this and other reasons, HTML markup should be avoided in most circumstances.
 
Above all else, you are encouraged to keep your articles '''simple'''! Don't try to get too fancy with your markup (like embedding tables within tables). The easier the markup is, the easier it will be for anyone to edit the article later on. Our first goal is to reliably and accurately display the information. The goal of wiki markup is to keep the articles simple and to emphasize the information as much as possible. We prefer content over form. For this and other reasons, HTML markup should be avoided in most circumstances.
   

Revision as of 14:55, May 15, 2006

Wiki 24's Manual of Style is a collection of guidelines and rules of thumb that are designed to set a standard format and appearance for all of its articles. In addition to accuracy and completeness, one of the major goals for which Wiki 24 strives is consistency.

This Manual of Style is designed to make articles:

  1. easy to read and understand,
  2. organized and consistent,
  3. attractive to the reader, and
  4. easy to edit

Of course, none of these rules are set in stone. They are merely what the creators and editors of Wiki 24 currently feel is the best way to accomplish the above goals. Keep in mind that, like Wiki 24 itself, the Manual of Style is a work in progress, so if you come across something that's missing, feel free to either add a description of how you feel is the best way to organize an aspect of the site, or discuss possible options on the discussion page. Remember that everyone has a say in how Wiki 24 is created.

Article names

There are some general rules regarding how articles on Wiki 24 should be named.

  • 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 the 24verse, with later names preferred to earlier ones, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames. Titles such as "Captain," "Doctor," "Agent" or "Mister" should be omitted.
  • Unless the name of the article contains a proper noun, only the first word should be capitalized.
  • Articles for things which use "24" in the actual title, such as 24: The Game, 24: The Official Magazine and 24: Stories, do not require the numbers "24" in the title, as it's assumed that all things on Wiki 24 are 24-related. These articles should simply be titled The Game, The Official Magazine and Stories.

Disambiguation tags

Disambiguation tags may be necessary for people, places 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 should be consistent.

In the case of characters with the same name, tags should indicate which "Day" they appeared (Day 1, Stories, The Game, Veto Power, etc.). In the case of two characters from the same day, title, position or affiliation may be used to distinguish (Agent/Civilian, Department of Defense/Terrorist, etc.). These same rules should be applied to non-character articles as well, if possible.

For cross-categorical articles with the same title, the category itself should be used as the disambiguation tag, eg. Tracy Zigler (character) and Tracy Zigler (script supervisor). The latter may also be simplifed to (crew) or (crew member) if her title were to ever change.

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 be made into a disambiguation page (see below).

Situations for creating disambiguation tags may vary drastically, so there can be no set rules, but editors are asked to keep them as clear and consistent as possible.

Disambiguation pages

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.

The most common form of disambiguation page on Wiki 24 distiguishes between character names. 24 is notorious for repeating first and last names of characters and often it can be confusing. However, disambiguation pages for characters should only be created when two people have identical names or when a single first or last name was only provided for one or more characters.

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 "Bob" page will contain a note at the very top directing the reader to "Bob (disambiguation)" for other characters named Bob. If another character simply named Bob is later created, disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated above.

Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.

Redirects

Occasionally, certain characters or items are known by more than one name or more than one spelling. In most situations, it's wise to create redirect pages for any and all alternate titles that may be queried when looking for a specific article.

To create a redirect page, type the following in the edit field:

#REDIRECT [[RealArticle]]

Article sidebar

The first thing on most pages will be the sidebar, 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 to be copied and pasted into new articles of the following types:

In-universe pages

These are pages on things that exist inside 24's story-world.

Out-of-universe pages

These are pages on things that exist in the real world.

Article introduction

Every page should begin with an introduction, briefly summarizing the article for the reader. The introduction should give a quick explanation of what the article is about and establish its context. The length of the introduction can vary from a single sentence to multiple paragraphs. The title or subject of that article should appear in the first line in bold. Even though the article title is already listed, it's useful to emphasize the article's subject for the reader.

Headlines and sections

To create a new section in an article, surround the text with two or more == (equal signs). The wiki engine will automatically create a table of contents once there are four or more headers in an article.

The first word and all proper nouns of the header should be capitalized, and all other words lowercase.

Please avoid using links in headers. Depending on the browser's default settings, some users may not be able to see the links properly. It is much more useful to place the appropriate link in the first sentence after the header.

Perspective and tense

There exist two perpectives of articles on Wiki 24, "in-universe" and "out-of-universe". In-universe describes things which exist within the world of 24, while out-of-universe describes things which exist in the real world. For example, Jack Bauer exists in-universe, while Kiefer Sutherland exists out-of-universe.

In-universe

All in-universe articles are to be written in the past tense, from the perspective of someone documenting the events from the far 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.

Other than specific background information sections of the page, the main body of in-universe articles should never refer to the show 24 or any real life things such as actors, episodes or the like.

Out-of-universe

Out-of-universe 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:

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.

Articles about episodes, books, comics, games, or other real life 24 story material should contain a detailed synopsis of events, written in the present progressive tense.

Real-life in-universe

24 is a show which is set in the real world. While the characters and some other things such as CTU are fictional, much of what is referred to on the show are things which exist in the real world. When writing in-universe articles for these things, it's important to only include information that was actually given in the story, and not assume that other "known" facts exist within the 24verse as well. For example, Los Angeles is the main location for the show, however it would be inappropriate to include its current population or the year of its incorporation unless it was specifically revealed in an episode or story.

Sometimes however, no information is given about a real life article and it is necessary to add one or two establishing facts in order for there to be enough to even create an article. This should be kept to a minimum and only done when absolutely necessary. In these situations, it may also be wise to include an external link for more information on the subject.

Keep it simple

Above all else, you are encouraged to keep your articles simple! Don't try to get too fancy with your markup (like embedding tables within tables). The easier the markup is, the easier it will be for anyone to edit the article later on. Our first goal is to reliably and accurately display the information. The goal of wiki markup is to keep the articles simple and to emphasize the information as much as possible. We prefer content over form. For this and other reasons, HTML markup should be avoided in most circumstances.

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