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The Manual of Style is the outline for creating and editing all Toontown Rewritten Wiki articles in a consistent, concise, and precise manner.
This Manual of Style uses the same format as Toontown Wiki's Manual of Style.
To further understand how to read the Manual of Style, a correct or incorrect followed by color-coding are used to denote which is generally accepted and which should be avoided.
- Correct: Green indicates the general practice for all articles.
- Incorrect: Maroon indicates avoiding usage of such practice.
Language and grammar
Toontown Rewritten is globalized throughout the world, with numerous languages and ethnic groups involved. In terms of Toontown Rewritten Wiki's language, this wiki will be based on the American English language as it is the primary language used in the game. The difference between American English and other branches of English may pertain to the spelling and grammar of certain words while still having the same context: for example, the spelling of the American English version of "color" is spelled differently than the British English version, "colour" but still has the same meaning. However, all Toontown Rewritten Wiki editors should always use the American English version.
In some cases, language outside of American English may be used for reference. Subjects may indicate the need to include non-American English, such as proper nouns or quotes used by individuals. For example, some toon buildings may contain a Spanish word, such as Casa De Castanets.
Formal and informal
While Toontown Rewritten is a game revolving around silliness and nonsense, Toontown Rewritten Wiki's articles will write all articles in a formal definition. Slang and non-official abbreviation should be avoided; all words must be spelled out unless otherwise subjected to but not limited to: official documentation or quotation.
Furthermore, always write out contractions. Rarely should an article contain contractions, except in use of an artistic work or quotation.
- Incorrect: don't, can't, it's
- Correct: do not, can not, it is
Additionally, always state clear of the subject. Rarely should you use "it" even in common knowledge term, unless "it" is clearly defining the subject mentioned.
- Incorrect: It is the level seven Sound gag. It succeeds the Foghorn. (What is it?)
- Correct: Opera Singer is the level seven Sound gag. It succeeds the Foghorn.
Point of view
All articles are subjected to the third-person point of view. Rarely should articles contain the first-person (I, me, we, etc.) and second-person (you, your, etc.) point of views. Exceptions to this rule include but not limited to: quotes, titles, or other official documentation. Subjects must also be clear to state what is being stated; never state "the player" must do something, rather replace it with a third-person subject.
- Correct: Toons must defeat the Cogs.
- Incorrect: The player must defeat the Cogs.
- Incorrect: You must defeat the Cogs.
Usage of numbers and whether it should be written out as words or numerals depends on the situation.
Whole numbers from one to nine (1-9) should always be written out, unless used in a manner of quoting an individual.
- Incorrect: Up to 4 Toons can go inside a cog building.
- Correct: Up to four Toons can go inside a cog building.
Numbers that can be said in two words or less can be written out as words or numerals. Other numbers that take more should be written as numerals, for clarity and to get to the point.
- Example: 1/2 or one half, 71 or seventy-one but 71 million, 375, or 4.21. Never 71,000,000 or three hundred and seventy-five.
Use commas to delimit numbers containing five or more digits. Commas on four digits are under the editor's discretion.
All articles are subjected to "sentence-case", in which the first initial letter of a sentence is capitalized while all letters of a word should be lowercase, unless the word is a proper noun or words that are approved to be capitalized. Unnecessary capitalization should always be avoided.
- Incorrect: An Unacceptable Usage Of Capitalization or AN UNACCEPTABLE USAGE OF CAPITALIZATION
- Correct: An acceptable usage of capitalization
"Toons" and "Cogs" will always have its first letter capitalized.
Capitalization of definite articles
These definite articles should never be capitalized, unless it is the first word of a title or sentence or an artistic work. Definite articles are "a", "an", and "the".
- Incorrect (non-artistic work): This is The Manual of Style.
- Correct (non-artistic work): This is the Manual of Style.
- Incorrect (artistic work): the Mingler
- Correct (artistic work): The Mingler
- Incorrect (title): 40 Winks for The Price of Twenty!
- Correct (title): 40 Winks for the Price of Twenty!
Capitalization of conjunctions and prepositions
Here is a list of conjunctions and prepositions.
- Conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
- Commonly used prepositions: for, with, to, at, of, in
Conjunctions and prepositions should never be capitalized, even in titles, unless it is the first word of a title or sentence.
- Incorrect: All For Nautical
- Correct: All for Nautical
Article titles, sections, and headings
An article title is the name of the page. All article titles should be using sentence-case, unless it is a proper noun. Exceptions may apply if necessary.
- All titles should be using proper capitalization. All first letters of the title and proper nouns should be capitalized.
- All titles should be in the singular form. Titles should never be pluralized. For example, the title should be "Dog" instead of "Dogs".
- Use parentheses to distinguish titles that have the same name. For example, the NPC "Rose" should be "Rose (NPC)" and the flower species "Rose" should be "Rose (flower)".
Article sections should never contain links, images, and citation. Sections should always apply the same rules as titles, although sections can either be singular or plural, depending on the situation.
An article body is the content space of an article. This section outlines items that may appear in an article body.
Bolding makes a text or texts appear like this. Three single quote marks (') should be added at each end of a text or texts. Do not use double quote marks (").
Bolding should be used on the first appearance of the subject's name.
'''Clerk Clara''' is one of the gag shop clerks in Toontown Central.
Bolding should not be used to add emphasis or attention-grabbing.
Italicizing makes a text or texts appear like this. Two single quote marks (') should be added at each end of a text or texts. Do not use double quote marks (").
What is ''that''?
Italics should be used on long works of literature, art, the title of a video game, a film, a television series, a music album, or a painting. Article titles, chapters, sections, songs, television episodes, or other types of short work should not use italics.
- Incorrect: Toontown Rewritten (the title of a video game)
- Correct: Toontown Rewritten
Italics can also be used to add emphasis to a word or when using quotes. Never italicize surrounding punctuation marks, unless otherwise directed (such as in a quote).
Links should always be applied to the first appearance of a word, if applicable. Never link more than once per article.
Additionally, never link punctuation and other words that are out of context of the original. Any word that appears next to a double-closing bracket will be included in a link. Generally brackets should always be next to the linked word.
- Incorrect: [[Toon.]] or [[Toon ]]is
- Correct: [[Toon]]. or [[Toon]] is
Sometimes links may need to use a different name to make sentences flow better. If the need arises, use this format to use a different name.
- [[Original title|Different name]]
- For example, "[[Flippy|Mayor]]" will appear as "Mayor".
Always be clear when adding links when they are relevant and helpful. Never use links that are out of context or otherwise unhelpful to the reader.
- Incorrect: These two are the gag shop clerks in Toontown Central.
- Correct: Clerk Clara and Clerk Clark are the gag shop clerks in Toontown Central.
Captions in images or videos should always have links if applicable. The only exception to this is if it is on a gallery page.
Images should present a clear focus of the subject. Images should not be out of context, redundant, cluttered, unnecessary, or otherwise obtrusive to the pertaining subject.
For example, an image should not be a picture of a Flunky's back because such image is unnecessary. Furthermore, all user interface and other clutter that do not pertain to the subject (such as but not limited to: laff meter, buddy list button, Toons) should be omitted as much as possible, including in galleries.
To hide all Heads Up Display (HUD), press F3 once to hide all unnecessary clutter.
- Avoid sandwiching images together (by having text between two images). This is known as the "sandwich effect".
- Avoid stacking images. If an image is right-aligned, the second image should be left-aligned, if applicable. Otherwise, all unnecessary yet relevant images should belong to the gallery. Take note of the "sandwich effect".
- Captions should be clear and to the point. Leave it short.
- Any subject that has an article on the wiki should be linked.
- All content-space images should be named appropriately: for clarity and ease of search results. Under no circumstances should a file name use the screenshot file name.
- Incorrect: File:ttr-screenshot-Mon-Feb-02-10-42-03-2015-149421.jpg (unclear, too long, cannot be easily searched)
- Correct: File:The Big Cheese.png (clear, short, and can be searched)
Any images not following the criteria will be deleted.
Templates should be properly placed wherever necessary. Articles should not excessively use templates as it may detract the actual content. Templates should also be clean, clear, and easy-on-the-eyes; templates that are otherwise obtrusive to the content (such as being too bright) should never be used.
- Categories that are automatically added from the template should not be added again on the article itself. Once is enough, and more will just add clutter and spam.
- The prefix
Template:is unnecessary when using braces (
- Infoboxes should be placed at the top, unless otherwise specified.
- Listings should be placed at the bottom, before the categories in source mode.
The stub template should be placed on pages which:
- already have appropriate sections,
- already have relevant templates,
- are in need of gallery images,
- are in need of additional information.
The construction template should be placed on pages which:
- do not have all appropriate sections,
- do not have all relevant templates,
- are in need of template images (if appropriate),
- do not have a summary.
Trivia is a miscellaneous yet relevant or "fun-fact" part of an article. The trivia section should never be added, just because. All facts that are not meant to fit in the body of the article should be moved to the trivia.
- Opinions should never be added. Opinions include but not limited to: "Most Toons think...", or anything bias. Opinions are generally developed from the fanbase. If you can think something without providing an official document to prove it, it is an opinion, not a fact.
- Redundancy should be avoided. If an item has already been added, whether it appeared on the body or on another trivia fact, it should not be added again.
- All related facts should be grouped together. Add an indented bullet point if necessary.
- This is an example of an indented bullet point (see "Bullet points").
- Only add facts that are relevant to the article. For example, an article about "The Mingler" should not have facts about or relating to "Mr. Hollywood". If it is not about or relating to "The Mingler", it should not be on the article.
- Do not add speculation.
Galleries should be added only if necessary. Galleries contain images that are relevant yet unhelpful in the main body of an article. All images that do not fit in the body should be moved to the gallery section. Galleries should also be organized.
Furthermore, images should not be redundant. If an image is already displaying the main focus or intended focus, another image is not necessary.
All rules from the "Images" section apply. Any image that do not meet the criteria will be deleted.
Categories link all related articles together. Add categories only when necessary; never add redundant categories. Articles should only have categories pertaining to the article.
- Incorrect: An article about cogs should not be categorized under "Category:Gags".
- Correct: An article about cogs should be categorized under "Category:Cogs".
Category pages are created when an article is categorized under a specific category. They direct all viewers to related content.
Categories should never be categorized in themselves. Subcategories (sibling categories) should be categorized under the main (parent) categories.
- Incorrect: Category:Cogs under Category:Cogs (It will just create an endless loop)
- Correct: "Category:Sellbots" under "Category:Cogs" (The Sellbots category is now classified as a subcategory for the Cogs category)
- Emotion or showing emotion should never be added on a professional document.
- Always spell out words whenever necessary and avoid abbreviating words.
Numbered lists can be created by using a hashtag (#) at the beginning of a line.
To add another number list, simply add another hashtag after the first one.
#Step 1 #Step 2 #Step 3 This is correct.
Do not separate each line by a space.
#Step 1 #Step 2 #Step 3 This is incorrect.
Bullet points can be created by using an asterisk (*) at the beginning of a line.
To add an indented bullet point, simply add another asterisk after the first one.
*Bullet point 1 **Indented bullet point 1 **Indented bullet point 2 ***Indented bullet point of indented bullet point 2 *Bullet point 2 *Bullet point 3
Do not separate each line by a space.
*Do not separate *each line *by a space.