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The most important aspect of a wiki is its content, beyond its community and its policies. It is important to both act and look professional, as the aim of a wiki is to be the definitive source on whatever its chosen subject is. Formerly the work of the retired Manual of Style, the content policy covers the basics of editing this wiki, as well as the various "do"s and "don't"s the Medal of Honor wiki espouses.

EditingEdit

While there are many editors on wikis from around the world, and different cultures and languages that editors may speak, different writing styles can cause confusion and problems, all of which stop information getting to the people who read the wiki. That is why a Manual of Style is created, to keep the way the wiki is written the same throughout.

Article LayoutEdit

TitleEdit

  • Maps should be titled as they are in the game. This is usually by city (eg. Stalingrad or Berlin).
  • Characters should be titled by their entire name, if mentioned.
  • Vehicles must be titled as they are in-game. If their true name is not known, the real name may be used in place.
  • Weapons follow the same scheme as vehicles.
  • Unless otherwise stated in-game, all of the words in a title should be decapitalized. (eg. M4 Carbine should be M4 carbine)

Lead SectionEdit

The lead section is the introduction, the "bait." The introduction of the article is what makes people read on, much like a blurb of a book.

Unless an article is very short, it should start with an introductory lead section, before the first subheading. The lead should not be explicitly entitled == Introduction == or any equivalent header. The table of contents, if displayed, appears after the lead section and before the first subheading.

The lead should be capable of standing alone as a concise overview of the article, establishing context, and explaining why the subject is interesting or notable. It should be between one or two paragraphs long, and should be written in a clear and accessible style so that the reader is encouraged to read the rest of the article. In addition, there should always be a Wikipedia link within the lead paragraph.

The introduction is not just a case of "The M1 Garand is a rifle featured in Medal of Honor." Such introductions give no historical context to the article, a subject that Medal of Honor takes very carefully. A model introduction would be something along the lines of:

"The M1 Garand is a US-made rifle designed by John Garand. It was the first semi-automatic rifle to be selected as the standard issue weapon for any military army, and as such was much more effective than other nation's bolt-action rifles. It's .30-06 Springfield round delivers a powerful punch without compromising accuracy and effective range, while the 8-round en-bloc clip allows a user to reload quickly due to the unique clip ejection system used in the M1."

All real-life information belongs in the intro. Beyond that, it is liable to be deleted or changed.

WeaponsEdit

Weapons are named as they are in-game, but will be referred to in the introduction paragraph as they are in real-life. If, over the span of several games, the name changes (IE M1911 vs Colt .45), then use the name that is closer to the real-life name. (In this case, M1911 is more appropriate)

Select-fire weaponsEdit

Since some weapons are select fire, then they could be classified as both semi-automatic rifles and assault rifles. They should be categorized based upon their default setting; the M14 EBR, for instance, should be classified as a semi-automatic rifle rather than an assault rifle. However, there are some weapons that are featured in multiplayer but function differently from singleplayer. For example, the G3A3, which is select-fire in singleplayer but semi-auto in multiplayer. There is nothing wrong with categorizing it as both a semi-automatic rifle and an assault rifle, but only if it functions differently in one aspect of a game as from another aspect of the same game.

Firearms terminologyEdit

The correct firearms terminology should always be used, e.g. a magazine is used when the weapon has a detachable box magazine, such as on the Thompson SMG or the M16 Assault Rifle, while a clip is a set of loosely-bound cartridges, such as a Stripper clip or an en-bloc clip. For weapons such as shotguns or sniper rifles that have internal magazines should always be referred to as "the capacity of the internal magazine was..." or along similar lines.


Use of imagesEdit

Images make an article memorable and good looking. They can speak where words fail, and add an in-game reference for readers. At the same time, misplaced or untidy images can detract from an article. When choosing images, keep in mind placement, size, quality, and the appropriateness of the image to the section. Let images flow with the text instead of break it up. Try to keep images within a gallery or in an infobox if at all possible.

Section headingsEdit

The section headings within an article should always be titled after the game that the section is talking about. This will most likely be the name of the game outlined in the section (e.g. Medal of Honor: European Assault or Medal of Honor (2010)), and a link to the game's page should also be used. Other sections such as a gallery or general trivia should be headed under the headings Pictures and Trivia.

Map articles should have sections titles after each progressive area; IE for Helmand valley, there should be sections for each portion of the map.

Section contentEdit

The content of a particurlar section should always be on the subject of the section, i.e. no info on the M1 Garand in European Assault in the Pacific Assault section, unless a direct comparison is being made (e.g. the M1G in PA is less powerful than in EA, but is less accurate).

At the end of a section, a relevant template (e.g. Template:MOHA Weapons in a Medal of Honor: Airborne section) should be used to provide easy links to other weapons in the game. Other templates, ones that cannot fit into a section, should be placed at the bottom of an article, preferably in descending order from the oldest game to the newest.

Trivia sectionsEdit

Trivia sections can add a bit of flavour to an article, allowing users to add information that doesn't fit into the main article. General points such as "In European Assault, the M1 Garand's front sights are off centre, leading users to miss many crucial shots" are the norm, yet trivia that relates to real-life info (IRL) is not. Any IRL trivia will usually be deleted, if not changed.

GalleriesEdit

While images are good, sometimes a article can have too many images, and having such a number of inline (i.e. thumbnail images) images would detract from the readbility of the article, the use of a gallery section is encouraged.

The gallery editor is the easiest way to make a gallery, but if a user needs to add a gallery and can't find the pictures on the gallery editor, then the following code will add a gallery into the page (replacing the example imagess with the required images of course).

==Gallery= <gallery> Image:Example.jpg|Caption Image:Example.jpg|Caption </gallery>

Gallery sections should be placed at the bottom of a page, below the trivia, and will usually be the last thing that a reader reads before hitting a link off of a page.

Other Edit

QuotesEdit

Quotes (segments of speech/writing in-game) are used to give an in-game reference to the article, and to also help set the context of the article. However, at maximum only two quotes per article should be used, and should be placed at the start of the article or a section that is relevant to the quote.

External linksEdit

Some pages, while having links to other articles within the wiki, may need to have an external link to give extra real life information that cannot be summarised in the article's introduction. A link to a relevant article Wikipedia/world.guns.ru should be placed in an external links section at the bottom

Categorization Edit

Categories should be added to pages to aid with organization. While it is good for an article to be part of several different categories, unrelated categories should not be added to a page. (IE, the M870MCS page should not have the categories "Medal of Honor (2010)" or "Medal of Honor (2010) multiplayer". The categories that should be added are "Medal of Honor (2010) weapons", "Weapons", and "shotguns") Subcategories, such as the "Medal of Honor (2010) weapons" page should have the base category added to them, as it makes the "MoH 2010 weapons" category a subcategory of the base category.

Writing Edit

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

We now come to the meat of an article: the words themselves. When you are editing wikis, you must be both academic and artistic. You have to be accurate, but you also have to be interesting. Neither one can dominate; you must skillfully 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. When you write, use grammar as a toolbox: know the rules, but only break them on purpose. However, at the same time, do not use contractions in articles (words that are made by combining two words with an apostrophe, such as "don't" instead of "do not").

Check your spelling and grammar. Do not use 'u' in place of 'you' or '2' in place of 'to'. 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 history of humans on the page about Winston Churchill. 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, "Hellscream was a fervent member of the Horde. He served both the Old and New Horde, As far as I know." Completely avoid drawing attention to the author (yourself). Do not use the impersonal "you," either, which refers to the reader or player. When writing tips, say "the player should" instead of "you should."

Be bold. If you know something is wrong, correct it. If you think you could word something better, write it. If an article has a glaring deficiency, fill it. Even if your first attempt isn't golden, you can fix it later or someone else will come along and fix it for you. Don't be afraid to screw up.

Maintain article neutrality. Avoid pointless adjectives that insert personal bias into an article and do not definitively say that something such as a weapon is relatively good or bad unless it can be statistically proven.

Italicizing All game names must be italicized, as with any other work.

Choice of WordsEdit

Don't make up words. English is the world's most comprehensive language, there is bound to be a word to describe the writer's needs. Remember, no wikian is Shakespeare. If stuck, use the Wiktionary.

Maintain good usage. Try to use words that all wikians will understand rather than using rather localised terms or slang. For example, use "confused" rather than "miffed," to help maintain formality and to make sure other users aren't "miffed" by strange terms.

Impersonal "You" Edit

Disclaimer: Because this is a policy page and not an article, the use of the impersonal "you" is obviously acceptable, just to clear up any preconceived misconceptions of contradiction.

Please refrain from using impersonal "you" in articles. In case you do not know what impersonal "you" is, here is an example:

"In Medal of Honor 23, if you go outside the spaceship you can see your house"

Try to replace the you with something else. Have a think and put something creative, like:

"In Medal of Honor 23, if the player goes outside the spaceship it is possible to see their house".


Using impersonal "you" makes the wiki sound unprofessional. As we try to be the best source of Medal of Honor information around, we kindly ask you to abide by these guidelines. Not only should you avoid using the impersonal "you," but it would also be appreciated if you could take the time to reword anything that already contains an impersonal "you." Be warned, there are many of them throughout the wiki, and removing them all will take a lot of time and work on the part of the contributors. You do not need to go through entire articles to remove all of them (although that would be great), but simply removing one when you see it will make everyone's job easier. Please do your part. Thank you.

Generic LayoutsEdit

These layouts are the model of what an article should look like, based upon its subject.

Map articleEdit

Intro
==Background==
==Area one==
==Area two==
==Trivia==


Weapon/Vehicle ArticleEdit

Introduction
==[[Game1]]==
===Singleplayer===
Information
===Multiplayer===
Information
===Pictures===
Gallery
==[[Game 2]]==
etc.
==Trivia==

Campaign Level LayoutEdit

Introduction ==Synopsis== Third person (the player, he/she) synopsis of mission ==Transcript== See [[Level Name/Transcript]] ==Trivia==

Please note, the synopsis section of the article is the walkthrough section

Map articleEdit

Introduction
==Overview of map==
Information on map layout, such as terrain, cover, buildings, etc.
===Pictures===
Pictures of the map in any game mode
==Game mode 1==
Information about map on game mode
==Game mode 2==
etc.
==Trivia==


Merging and movingEdit

  • If you think a page should be moved, renamed or merged into another, type {{Merge|Reason}} at the top of the page to be moved, or in the case of a merge, both relevant pages.
  • If nobody challenges, you can move/merge the page. If somebody objects, an agreement should be made regarding a move/merger.
  • When moving, the automatic redirect should be kept. Pages that are merged should be redirected to the new article


Requesting deletionEdit

  • Spam or vandalism articles should be deleted. If you ask an admin, this should be done as soon as possible
  • If you think a page should be deleted for another reason, post {{Delete|Reason}} at the top of the page. It will be categorised here. You can expand your reasons or challenge the deletion as the template directs, on the talk page. If nobody challenges, an admin will delete it. If somebody objects, an agreement should be made regarding deletion.
  • In cases where deletion is justified, useful content should be merged into another article

Images Edit

When uploading pictures, ensure that the image's name reflects the image itself. The default name of an image, for instance a screenshot with a third-party software, might save an image in a similar style to the following: File:Img-20110813-123124.jpg. Rather than saving this to the wiki under the same name, which can be difficult to remember and doesn't describe the image, save it under a different name. Also ensure that the name of the image isn't something entirely misleading, for instance "vehicle25.jpg" for an image which displays an M4A1 carbine.

LicensingEdit

Make sure you have properly licensed all uploaded images. Copyrighted content which is improperly licensed may be subject to immediate removal without warning.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.