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This page is a suggested method of styling your wiki - you may wish to edit it to suit your wiki's tastes. You may also wish to add links to various articles that best show off your wiki's design. This page is also a work-in-progress, so sections of this article may be incomplete or unrelated to Viscera Cleanup Detail.


The Viscera Cleanup detail wiki Manual of Style provides a general guideline for clean, consistent article formatting. The formatting described here is merely a guideline, so there will undoubtedly be exceptions to the basic standards that can be overridden under certain circumstances. However, please try your best to keep to the advice outlined in this article so others may use your edits as an example when they edit.

For a more expansive set of style guidelines, see Wikipedia:Manual of Style.

Article layout Edit

One of the most important parts of wiki editing is knowing how to structure an article. Sections in an article should be organized like they would be in an outline. Keep a clean, clear, and consistent layout without too many sections.

General article guide Edit

  • Always include at least one sentence about the subject when starting an article. Do not include subsections before typing at least one introductory sentence.
  • The first sentence should give a brief definition of the article's subject, and the subject must be written in bold (with three apostrophes (''') around the subject's name in source mode).
    • If the introductory sentence lists another name for the article's subject, it too should be bold.
  • Write in third person: use "the player" instead of "you".
  • Any time a version of Viscera Cleanup Detail or a related game is mentioned, it should be written in one of the following formats: "ver1.1", "version 1.1", "V1.1".

Lead section Edit

Unless an article is a stub, it should start with an introductory lead section, before the first subheading. The lead should not have a header such as == Introduction ==. The table of contents will appear after the lead section and before the first subheading.

Ideally, the lead section should be able to provide an overview of the whole article, as well as explain any notable or interesting facts about the subject. The length of the lead section varies from each article. For longer articles, the lead section can be anywhere between one to two paragraphs. For shorter articles, two to three sentences would suffice.

The first time the title is mentioned in the article, put it in bold (not brackets) by using three apostrophes - '''article title''' produces article title. Bold text can also be used for alternate titles of an article. For example:

Laser Welder (also sometimes called the plasma welder or simply welder) is a special tool in Viscera Cleanup Detail.

Hyperlinks Edit

Hyperlinks are links used on certain words or phrases linking one article to another. they can be created by placing [[ and ]] on either side of an article in source mode if the article title matches the word. If it does not, one must simply add [[intendedarticle|texttodisplay]].

Hyperinking is limited to the first occurrence of the word or phrase. There are certain exceptions to this, however. This rule does not include any kinds of templates, captions in pictures and galleries, long lists, charts, tables, or "See also" sections.

It should be noted that anything connected to the hyperlink should become part of the hyperlink. What this means is, the S on the end or a plural hyperlinked word should be included in this hyperlink, and so on.

Section headings Edit

Section headings are used to help divide and organize information in an article. For headings, use the code == (two equal signs) around the section title in source mode. Avoid using links and special characters in subject headings as much as possible, because it is bad wikicode. Consider instead putting the word in one of the sentences after the section and linking it there.

The first letter of the first word and any proper nouns should be capitalized; all other letters should be in lowercase (ex. use "Viscera Cleanup Detail", not "Viscera cleanup detail"; use "External links" instead of "External Links"). Note that this is different from most section title rules you'll encounter elsewhere.

Always keep headings short and simple. Headings are guidelines to your page's structure and should inform the reader rather than confuse. To keep it short, avoid unnecessary words or redundancy in headings, i.e. avoid a, an, and the, pronouns, repeating the article title, and so on. Headings should be approximately half as wide as the page width (of course, this is only a suggestion, there will be exceptions). Also, try to avoid giving identical titles to different sections.

Images Edit

Example

Caption

Images make an article memorable and pretty. They can speak where words fail. At the same time, misplaced or untidy images can detract from an article. When choosing images, keep in mind placement, size, and the appropriateness of the image to the section. Let images flow with the text instead of break it up.

Large images such as screenshots should use the "thumb" (example:[[File:CoolImage.png|thumb|This is the caption.]]) option which displays large images as thumbnails.

For smaller images, use "frame" instead of "thumb". Images should generally be right aligned to enhance readability - the "thumb" option does this by default.

After uploading an image, one may also wish to categorize it it.

Galleries Edit

When an article has many inline images that can be distracting or messy, the use of a <gallery> section is encouraged.

Galleries should be made near the bottom of the page, as ones before this can greatly interrupt the flow of an article. Avoid using low-quality or duplicate images, and try to create a caption for the images where necessary.

Tables Edit

Tables should use a "class" design when possible, and should include as little 'fancy' formatting as possible. Tables can also be made sortable by adding a "sortable" class.

For long tables, it is recommended to create an "alt" class to alternate row colours to enhance readability. The below examples use "toccolours" as a class, but this is only for the purposes of demonstration, and isn't generally recommended.

I am a caption
Heading one Heading two Heading three with link
Row heading 1 Row data 2b Row data 3c
Row heading 2 Row data 2b Row data 3a
Row heading 3 with link Row data 2c Row data 3b with link

{| class="wikitable"
|+ I am a caption
|-
!scope="col"|Heading one
!scope="col"|Heading two
!scope="col"|Heading three with [[Viscera Cleanup Detail Wiki|link]]
|-
!scope="row"|Row heading 1
|Row data 2b
|Row data 3c
|-
!scope="row"|Row heading 2
|Row data 2b
|Row data 3a
|-
!scope="row"|Row heading 3 with [[Viscera Cleanup Detail Wiki|link]]
|Row data 2c
|Row data 3b with [[Viscera Cleanup Detail Wiki|link]]
|}

See also, references and external links Edit

The order of the last sections of an article should always be "See also", followed by "External links". In the case of "See also", use bullets to list the internal links. In the "External links" section should be a bulleted list of all external links.

Categories Edit

Categories should be added to the very end of an article - a full list can be found on Special:Categories. They take the form [[Category:Categoryname]].

All articles should be accessible starting from Category:Browse, via subcategories.

Disambiguation Edit

Disambiguations are used to resolve the confusion that may arise when a single term refers to more than one topic covered by this wiki's articles. There are two types of disambiguations: articles and lines, also known as simple disambiguations.

A disambiguation article contains Template:Disambig at the top and has links to all related terms.

A disambiguation line is put at the beginning of an article to link to another article with the same or similar title. Simple disambiguations should be put italicized and indented once, and be in the form:

This article is about x. For the y, see z.

Where x is a description of the subject that the article covers, y is a description of the other similar subject, and z is the link to the other similar page.

Grammar Edit

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.

Capitalization titles Edit

Titles should only be capitalized if they are proper nouns. For instance, "the Office" is correct, because "Office" is a place, and therefor proper noun.

Games and levels should always be capitalized.

Spelling Edit

There are many different variants of how words are spelled. (Examples: color and colour, categorization and categorisation, capitalization and capitalisation, etc.) To avoid edit wars over a trivial concept like the territorial spelling of words, the spelling of the word will stay as is, meaning that the person who initially typed the word will decide how it is spelled.

Writing Edit

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs” -- Stephen King

When editing wikis, you need to be both academic and artistic. You have to be accurate, but you also have to be interesting, and you must balance both.

Keep your writing concise. Don't use two words where one will do. Keeping your writing simple will make it easy to understand and easy to expand on. Use complete sentences whenever possible (lists are an exception to this). When you write, use grammar as a toolbox: know the rules, but only break them on purpose.

Check your spelling and grammar. Capitalise the first letter of all proper nouns, and always start a sentence with a capitalised word. Ensure that SPG (Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar) is correct and sound. Write the way you would for a class paper or a newspaper article.

Keep all of the topics you cover within the scope of the article. What that means is, you don't need to give a detailed writeup of all levels and tools on the Viscera Cleanup Detail page. Consider the article's title as your point of origin and write from that perspective. Make use of the wiki's ability to link to more detailed articles or external sources for more information.

Write from an impersonal perspective. Do not use "I". For example, do not write, "I think Cryogenesis is the best level in Viscera Cleanup Detail", even if the majority has the same opinion. Avoid drawing attention to the author (yourself).

Be neutral. Strive to provide facts, avoid writing about opinions - your motif is to inform the reader as opposed to persuading him/her. For example, "The sniffer is able to detect messes but not clean any directly" is a factual statement, while "The sniffer is lousy because it can't clean any messes" is very opinionated. Always try to give both sides of the story.

Be bold. If you know something is wrong, correct it. If you think you could word something better, rewrite it. If an article has a glaring deficiency, fill it. Do not be afraid to edit. Even if your first attempt isn't golden, you can fix it later (or someone else will fix it for you). As long as you are editing in good faith, you will not get in trouble.

What deserves its own article? Edit

Obviously, not ever single subject can be made into an article. As a general rule of thumb, if the subject serves a very small purpose (if at all), and relates to another topic, one should consider adding it into the larger article as a section or subsection. There is no point in having hundreds of one-sentence articles when one could have a few multi-sectional articles.

For example, vendor has a subsection for it's advertisements. They are technically two different subjects, but they are related enough to be listed in the same article.

Articles that are not permitted Edit

  • Any Workshop content or other levels that were not made by RuneStorm and already installed on the game without third party downloads. The reason for this is, one, there are simply too many, and there are constantly going to be more, and two, the respective authors can edit or even delete these levels at any time.
  • Any standalone articles based on Viscera Cleanup Detail's expansions (Santa's Rampage and Shadow Warrior). All aspects of these expansions are to only ever be mentioned in the main corresponding article.

Guides Edit

Guides, tutorials, and walkthroughs are permitted on this wiki. When writing a guide, users may not necessarily follow the general etiquette for writing articles. This means the guide can be based on personal opinion, rather than neutral fact as with most other articles. However, users should do two things when creating a guide:

  • Create the guide in a user sub-page. This can be done by simply placing the users name in front of the article name as follows: "User:[Username]/[Articlename]".
  • Placing a guide template at the beginning of the guide. This can easily be done by typing {{guide}} at the beginning of an article in source mode. This is to inform the viewer that the article is not necessarily official game-related fact, and to what the article truly is.

Conclusion Edit

Every article can be improved (even this one). Following these guidelines will not ensure a perfect article the first time, but it will give the article a stronger skeleton. It's ultimately your job as an editor to put meat on it.

External links Edit

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