Meta:Style Guide

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This page documents rules, styles, and conventions for the Game Detectives wiki. Please try your best to adhere to them when creating new pages, writing new content, or editing existing content.

General Guidelines

  • Proofread your edits! If you see a typo on a page, don't hesitate to correct it!
  • Write with the newbie's perspective in mind - try to make each page accessible to newcomers.
  • Take advantage of Mediawiki's formatting when appropriate. Images and videos can be embedded in the page to maximize readability.
  • When embedding images, it's preferable to upload them to our wiki, then embed (instead of embedding from an external source).
  • A full formatting guide can be found here.

Tense

Always write in the past tense.

This rule is particularly important when writing about puzzle solutions. This rule applies even when writing about something that is presently occurring. If events are initially described in present tense, then the description needs to be altered later on to reflect that it happened in the past.

This also goes for future tense - talk about what information was revealed rather than where the investigation is today.

Example:

The website will be updated on the 12th of this month, according to the tweet by the PM.
A tweet by the PM indicated that the website would be updated on 12 December, 2017.

Ease of Reading

As mentioned above, write with the newbie's perspective in mind. This means embedding the most pertinent media directly onto the page, and linking to relevant sources where necessary. When in doubt, more links and embedded media are better (but not to the point where you can't read any of the words on the page, of course).

Additionally, be wary of writing run-on sentences when describing what occurred in an ARG. ARGs can get really complex, really quickly, so it's easy for a newcomer to feel overwhelmed. When in doubt, step back and think about how to break down your explanation.

Point of View

The wiki should have a consistent, neutral voice, and should not read as though it was written by one or two solvers. Avoid using the word "we" at all costs! Instead, consider replacing it with something like "players" or "participants", depending on the context.

Example:

Through the use of clever lateral thinking, we solved the puzzle.
Through the use of clever lateral thinking, players were able to solve the puzzle.

Mentioning Players

Players may be mentioned by name if:

  • They were the only person present at a live event
  • They were a prevalent player during a live event (eg. streamed the event)

Players should not be mentioned by name if:

  • They solved a single ARG puzzle
  • They solved multiple ARG puzzles
  • They were one of many players who attended a live event

Dates and Times

All dates written using solely numbers on the wiki should abide by the ISO 8601 standard:

YYYY-MM-DD

When writing dates inline, any of the following formats can be used:

MON. DD, YYYY
Month DD, YYYY
Month DD
DD MON. YYYY

Note: Please try to keep inline date styles consistent for any given page.

Times should be in written in 24-hour time, and should use the UTC timezone.

Page Structure

The main page for an ARG should use the ARGBox template, set to float to the right. At the top of the page, above the table of contents, there should be a brief summary of the ARG, including links to any related media.

Page Sections

Defining sections for a wiki page is often a judgement call for wiki editors. However, if an ARG is explicitly broken up into distinct segments, it may make sense to define the sections accordingly. For instance, Waking Titan is explicitly broken up into 3 "phases". Wiki editors mirrored this structure by breaking the ARG up into 3 sub-pages: one for Phase 1, one for Phase 2, and one for Phase 3. The first of these phases is broken up into 5 "sequences", so its wiki page is structured accordingly.

Subpages

The main page for an ARG can host whatever information is deemed necessary by wiki editors. If the ARG is small, the main page may suffice to contain the full documentation of the ARG. However, as ARGs become more sprawling and complex, more pages may be required to track them. Articles about high-level subjects can be created, named sensibly, in the main namespace. For all articles pertaining solely to a specific ARG, subpages should be used.

Example:

This_ARG                         <- this is a page as well as the namespace
This_ARG/Timeline
This_ARG/Summary
This_ARG/Characters

Additionally, when creating subpages, ensure you categorize them properly!

Disambiguation

Where there is a requirement for two articles with the same name in the same namespace, disambiguation should be used in the form of parenthesis after the article name. An example of this is Project 11 (the ARG) and Project 11 (puppetmaster) (the name of the puppetmaster).

Non-ARG articles

Articles that do not pertain solely to a specific ARG should be in the main namespace. Examples of this include puppetmaster articles, like Valve and gayfarang. This is because puppetmasters could potentially create more than a single ARG.

Nomenclature

This section outlines some naming conventions to promote consistency across the wiki. This section is not intended to comment on a phrase's 'correctness' in the real world - rather, these guidelines outline an approved style for this wiki.

  • "ARG" always appears in caps ("Arg" and "arg" are incorrect).
  • "Puppetmaster" is a single word ("puppet master" and "puppet-master" are incorrect).

Wiki Classes

ARGBox

Use {{argbox}} on the main page of an ARG, with parameters as shown below.

Sample output
Example ARG

Example.png

This is the description
Creator Valve
Type Official ARG
Status Completed
Discovered yyyy-mm-dd
Completed yyyy-mm-dd
{{argbox
| float       = right
| name        = Example ARG
| image       = File:Example.png
| imagewidth  = 150
| description = This is the description
| creator     = Valve
| type        = Official ARG
| status      = Completed
| discovered  = yyyy-mm-dd
| completed   = yyyy-mm-dd
}}

For more info, check out Template:Argbox.