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A style guide for article creation is essential for keeping our wiki as organized, consistent, and easy to read as possible. This article is meant to lay out and detail how articles should be written and formatted.

There are pages exempt from this rule as they occupy other namespaces. These include user pages and blog posts, for example.

Creating an article

Creating an article is an easy process on the wiki, and one that's greatly encouraged in the event we're missing content, or are in need of content for new releases, be they films, books, and anything in between. Before a viewer creates an article however, one should be wary and ensure the articles doesn't already exist. One can...

  • Search for the article with the search bar located at the top of the webpage.
  • Ensure the article doesn't already exist, but just under a differing title.
  • Ask an Administrator of Bureaucrat in the event either fails, just to be sure.

In addition, extra little precautions must be taken, such as...

  • Ensuring the article in question isn't fan-made in origin.
  • Not recreating a deleted article that may very well have proper reasons behind its deletion, or may have been deleted to be placed elsewhere. This ties in with asking the wiki's current Administrators about performing actions like this.

Tone

Before creating an article, tone is also a very important thing to nail down. Articles should be written in an informative, encyclopedic tone. Personal opinions and excessively flowery language are inappropriate for article content. Parenthesis should also be avoided in most circumstances.

Tense

Articles on Gojipedia are written in both the present and past tenses, however each tense should be reserved for specific uses. Generally speaking, all descriptions of real-world things (persons, films, companies, etc.) should be written in the present tense, for example...

Toho Company, Limited (東宝株式会社,   Tōhō Kabushiki-Kaisha?, lit. Toho Co., Ltd.) is a large Japanese film studio.
However, when providing biographies or histories of such real-life subjects, past tense should be used.

Present tense should also be used when providing out-of-universe descriptions of fictional objects and characters, for example...

Godzilla is a daikaiju created by Toho...
Plot summaries for films, books and shows and walkthroughs for video games should be written in the present tense, while the "History" sections on various pages, which are written from an in-universe perspective, should be written in the past tense.

Past tense should also be used when chronicling real-life events. For any scenarios not covered by those listed above, tense may be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Article titles

Articles should be known as, and named by their correct designation. Nicknames are not to be used as official article titles. They are to be listed in the article's infobox under the nicknames section, if applicable.

Pages detailing species, or films, such as Tyrannosaurus rex or Godzilla should have their article titles italicized. This can be done with the text seen below.

{{DISPLAYTITLE:''InsertTitleHere''}}

The following article types are to have their titles italicized.

In the event a certain creature or character is seen across or identically named across multiple continuities, the article should be split up, and the article should have an abbreviation (in brackets) of the media they appeared in within the article title. Examples include Godzilla (GRA). The GRA refers to Godzilla Raids Again, the movie in which this character initially appears in and is used over "Showa", as another Godzilla appeared before it within the same continuity. The same case goes for each of the Millennium Godzillas, which are all separated and titled by the film they appeared in.

A slight exception to this rule is Godzilla (1954), which utilizes (1954) to identify the year of emergence, and not the film as this specific Godzilla appeared across multiple different continuities and consistently appears in the year 1954.

In the case of unnamed designs, we go by a specific naming convention as seen here.

The bracketed title is to specify where exactly the design was used, and when, over a general and unspecific year. This is done as it's possible for multiple designs of the same monster to emerge in the same year.

Gojipedia uses the official international names for movies, and the North American names of games, toys, and other such things. If it has an official English name, do not use the literal Japanese translation. For pieces of media or physical content that only have a Japanese name, use a translation (if applicable) or a transliteration--try not to use Romaji. For example:

For the names of Japanese people, try not to use characters that cannot be accessed on the spot by a keyboard. In other words, try not to use ā, ē, ī, ō or ū as the primary way to identify an article.

Article layout

Hatnotes

Hatnotes are generally utilized to get readers to other related and potentially more relevant pages quickly. They're listed in italics, and placed at the top of an article for quick and easy visibility.

{{For|the design of this Godzilla|Godzilla design (2016 film)}}

Which renders,

For the design of this Godzilla, see Godzilla design (2016 film).

Infoboxes

Infoboxes are simple methods of presenting and organizing information on a subject, including content that may or may not be on an article, specifically. This can include height, and weight stats, for example.

{{Website_Infobox
|name=Gojipedia
|image=Gojipedia_Wordmark.png
|color=#000000
|textcolor=#FFFFFF
|languages=English
|status=Active
|launched=2005
|run=2005-present
|address=[http://godzilla.wikia.com godzilla.wikia.com]
}}

All articles follow the same baseline format for infoboxes, however, differences lay in color coding. Below is a table which details which codes apply for each specific article type.

Series Box Color Text Color
Showa era #32333C #FFFFFF
Heisei era #919191 #000000
Millennium series #FFCD00 #000000
North American #00460D #FFFFFF
MonsterVerse #FF5500 #000000
Toho reboot series #70009E #FFFFFF
Media Box Color Text Color
Marvel Comics #FF0000 #FFFFFF
Dark Horse Comics #330766 #FFFFFF
IDW Publishing #0080FF #000000
Manga #01A30F #000000
Miscellaneous #471400 #FFFFFF
Video games Box Color Text Color
1970s #FFFFFF #000000
1980s #FF9600 #000000
1990s #1CFF2C #000000
2000s #00C6FF #000000
2010s #65007E #FFFFFF

Leads

Leads are the introductory paragraphs to an article. The mention of the article's name should be emboldened here. Take for example, the lead to the Shin Godzilla film article.

''Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ,   Shin Gojira?), also known as Godzilla Resurgence, is a 2016 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the 31st installment in the Godzilla series.

It was released in Japanese theaters on July 29, 2016, and was also theatrically released in limited runs during late 2016 in 100 international territories, including North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

The lead contains a basic, general summary of the subject. It also tends to be broad, offering the most rudimentary but important information to the reader. All articles should possess a lead.

Depending on the length of an article, a lead may need to be shorter or longer, given its purpose of encapsulating the article in a few scant paragraphs. This also means that editors shouldn't refrain from repeating certain information within the article to fill the lead.

To reiterate, italicization should be utilized in the case of games, movies, books, and species.

Below is a list showcasing layout styles for the specific article types found on the wiki.

Table of contents

Depending on the size of articles, a table of contents may be present. To put it simply, it's just a small list of the page's content, allowing a reader to jump to a specific portion of the page.

If one were to force a page to utilize a table of contents, regardless of content or the like, the simple injection of the below code is needed.

{{TOC}}

Kaiju article layout

Main article: Godzilla (SG).
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Name
  4. Appearance
  5. Roar
  6. Personality
  7. Origins
  8. History
  9. Abilities
  10. Weaknesses
  11. Gallery (If applicable)
  12. Trivia
  13. List of appearances
  14. References

Character article layout

Main article: Joseph Brody.
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Appearance
  4. Personality
  5. Relationships
  6. History
  7. Gallery (If applicable)
  8. Trivia
  9. List of appearances
  10. References

Weapon and vehicle article layout

Main articles: Oxygen Destroyer and F-18 Hornet.
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Appearance
  4. History
  5. Function
  6. Arsenal (Replaces the "Function" section of vehicle articles)
  7. Gallery (If applicable)
  8. Trivia
  9. List of appearances
  10. References

Film article layout

Main article: Godzilla (2014 film).
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Plot
  4. Staff
  5. Cast
  6. Appearances
  7. Development
  8. Marketing
  9. Theatrical releases
  10. Box office
  11. Reception
  12. Awards (If applicable)
  13. Home media releases
  14. Sequel(s) (If applicable)
  15. Trivia
  16. External links
  17. References

Soundtrack article layout

Main article: Shin Godzilla (Original Soundtrack).
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Track list
  4. Bonus tracks (If applicable)
  5. Trivia
  6. References

Track article layout

Main article: Who Will Know (24 bigslow).
  1. Infobox
  2. Lead
  3. Lyrics
  4. Trivia (If applicable)
  5. References

Galleries

Main article: Gojipedia:Media.

Galleries are sections of an article dedicated to images of the article's content. They properly group up all images that we currently possess on the subject at hand. In the event a gallery exceeds twelve images, a tabber system will be used, dependent on the article's continuity, and all images will be moved and organized there.

Galleries also follow a strict guideline with relation to how they're organized, as seen below.

<gallery widths='120' position='center' captionalign='center' spacing='small'>
InsertImage.png
</gallery>

Trivia

Trivia should comprise of information that's notable or widely viewed as interesting. Trivia points can include things like film mistakes, facts about how a film was uniquely made (Such as Shin Godzilla's original use of a hand operated puppet over CGI), or facts about once included, but cut monsters in a film. It should be noted that trivia isn't exclusive to these topics as anything that could assist in furthering article understanding could be added as trivia.

However, if these trivia points can be expanded upon and moved to another section of the article, or fit better as a footnote within said segment of an article, that would be the better course of action.

External links

External links are just that, links to external websites, be they official movie sites, twitter accounts, or any other means of providing information on a given subject.

There is no specific limit to the amount of potential external links that can be placed on an article, however, they should be specifically relevant to the article.

References

Main article: Gojipedia:Citation.

Citations on articles should be utilized for information that isn't easily verifiable, or has been provided by another source as a form of proper citation, to avoid plagiarism. This can also serve to lessen the risk of editing disputes, or fix any that arise.

For more information on how to cite your sources, read the above linked article.

Categories

Categories are used to organize similar articles and topics, allowing for easy access into a specific area of the database. Such examples include Godzilla (2014 film), which allows users to find articles pertaining specifically to the 2014 Godzilla film.

Category adding should be taken into the same consideration as externally linking something. Categories should be specifically relevant to the page and its content.

Formatting

Bullets and pound signs

Bullets and pound signs are generally used for lists, such as those located on soundtrack articles, and articles containing a list of appearances segment.

Using them within article names is generally disapproved of, as software will recognize the pound sign as a section, even if it just refers to the issue number of a comic, making hyperlinking specific sections of said comics impossible.

e.g. Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Issue 1, not Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Issue #1

To reiterate once more, pound signs are generally used for numbered lists, such as those on soundtrack articles. This is due to soundtracks possessing numerical lists for their tracks.

  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3

Bullets are used in the same way, but lack any numeric value. These are to be used more commonly on articles, and can be seen in action on list of appearance sections for articles.

  • Film 1
    • Film 1.5 (Used in the case of Americanized versions of films, for example.)
  • Film 2
  • Film 3

Pound signs can be used to link to a specific part of an article. For example, [[Godzilla (SG)#Name]] will send the viewer to the segment of the article titled "Name" on Godzilla (SG). Improper capitalization or spelling of the link won't create a redlink, but when the viewer goes to the article, it won't jump to any specific segment.

Capitalization

Only proper nouns and the first word of article headers should be capitalized. Ampersands and pound signs should be excluded from headers as well.

Proper capitalization:

==Showa era==
==Notes and references==

Improper capitalization:

==Showa Era==
==Notes & References==

Emphasis

  • Bold: Bold text is used to emphasize the name of the article the first time it's mentioned within said article. This function can be utilized by highlighting a word and pressing the large B within the editor. Alternatively, one can encapsulate a word with three apostrophes.
  • Italics: Italics apply to specific articles. These include films, books, soundtracks, songs, video games, comics, and species.
  • CAPITALIZATION: Should rarely be used unless a character, device or film is officially recognized with a fully capitalized name. Such articles include M.O.G.U.E.R.A..

Hyperlinking

Hyperlinking should be done for every initial instance of a film, year, location, company, etc on an article. This is generally the only time an article should be linked to.

[[Policy]]

Hyperlinks in quotations are acceptable, especially when quoting a line of dialogue from a movie and listing said movie as the source of origin. A good example is that of the Heisei Godzilla's page quotation.

He's a product of civilization. Men are the only real monsters. Godzilla's more like a nuclear weapon. … A living nuclear weapon destined to walk the Earth forever. Indestructible. A victim of the modern nuclear age. „ 

— Dr Hayashida (The Return of Godzilla)

Hyperlinks can also link to external sites, which is done by following the source code below.

[http://www.bbc.co.uk BBC Website]

Disambiguation links

Given the multiple continuities and series of Godzilla alone, disambiguation pages are a must for organizing multiple characters of the same name on an article. In the event a hyperlink on a page is linked only as Godzilla despite being in a defined page with a specific continuity, it should be corrected with the relevant incarnation of the monster.

Unknown information

If, for whatever reason you don't possess the information required to fill in a page, or a specific section to one, don't just fill it in with speculative information. In addition, don't fill in the article with "TBD" (To be determined) or any synonymous phrasing. Simply make use of the {{stub}} or {{SectionStub}} templates.

This will not only put the article in a category to be looked at and filled in later by people who may know the information, but will also keep inaccurate and fan-made information out, allowing for more credibility as a site.