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The Manual of Style of the Star Wars Battlefront Wiki covers the grammar, structure, and content style of all wiki articles. This page is meant to provide the general manual of style enforced throughout the wiki, though more specific manual of styles for article types are provided in the Article types section.

To keep the wiki consistent, please become familiar with these general standards and refer to them often, especially when creating new pages.

Regarding canon

Star Wars Battlefront Wiki is a source dedicated to providing information relevant to the Battlefront games. Thus, strict limits are enforced regarding canon information.

Star Wars Battlefront Wiki is not Wookieepedia. Readers refer to Star Wars Battlefront Wiki to learn about the Battlefront games, not to learn about Star Wars lore. Excessive details about things otherwise not related to the game itself (i.e. Star Wars lore, otherwise known as Star Wars canon) will be removed in order to preserve the site's identity as a game database.

Good: Jakku is a desert planet in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II. It has two maps: Graveyard of Giants and Goazon Badlands.
Bad: Jakku is planet in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront that was home to the scavenger Rey. Approximately thirty years before The Force Awakens, Jakku was the site of a major battle between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. The in-game map Graveyard of Giants takes place during this decisive battle.
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Wookieepedia, the keeper of Star Wars canon

Canon information is certainly allowed when it is appropriate, though most of the time it would be better in a Trivia section of an article. If there is any question regarding whether a canon mention is appropriate, ask an administrator or look at other articles of the same type.

Fanon and user concepts

Just like canon, there are strict rules regarding fanon. Fanon, as defined by Wookieepedia, is "an unlicensed story written by a fan that takes place in an established fictional universe, such as Star Wars."[1] In other words, any concept, idea, or character created by (in this case) a Star Wars fan.

Fanon is not allowed on any official page on the wiki. An official page is defined as occupying a Main namespace, which follows a naming convention such as Athulla or Kylo Ren's TIE Silencer. However, fanon is permitted on pages under a user's namespace, as are user concepts and other user ideas.

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Another alternative is to post fanon on the Star Wars Fanon Wiki, hub of all things Star Wars fanon

To understand how a user might go about creating a page under their namespace, imagine if the user Just1c3_4_Gr33do wanted to create a concept for a hero that is not yet in DICE's Star Wars Battlefront II, such as Wat Tambor. If he were to create a page and simply name it Wat Tambor, the wiki's administrators, despite how much they would love to see Wat Tambore make his legendary appearance as a Separatist hero in Battlefront II, would swiftly have to delete it. That is because it occupies a Main namespace.

If, instead, the user Just1c3_4_Gr33do created a page and named it "User:Just1c3_4_Gr33do/Wat Tambor" or "User:Just1c3_4_Gr33do/Wat Tambor Hero Concept", that page would stay because it is under his namespace (User:Just1c3_4_Gr33do). Any page Just1c3_4_Gr33do creates under his namespace, the administrators cannot touch, unless of course it violates the Community Guidelines.

Article names

The above policy extends to an article's title. In general, an article should be named according to how its subject is referred to in the newest game, not the full name given in the lore.

Good: Shriv
Bad: Shriv Surrgav

In addition, if a character is referred to in-game with a title in their name, the article concerning that character must also include that title.

Good: Admiral Versio
Bad: Garrick Versio

If the subject of the article is not named in the newest game, but was in a previous game, then that name will be used. If the subject is not named at all in any Battlefront game or media, then and only then can the canon/Legends name be used.

If the subject of a new article in DICE's series has the same name as something from Pandemic Studios' or Rebellion Developments' series, its article name should be suffixed with "/DICE".

Article types

At Star Wars Battlefront Wiki, every game article falls into one of the following types. Please refer to the list below for more specific structure and content guidelines for these articles, though they should all be consistent with the general manual of style discussed on this page:

Spelling and grammar

Spelling

All words, names, and locations should be correctly spelled. British English (i.e. colour, favourite) is not considered a misspelling.

Grammar

Grammar is expected to be correct. Use "the player" or some form of this instead of "you." Star Wars Battlefront Wiki uses the present tense to describe gameplay. For articles that reference aspects outside of gameplay, such as game updates or other real-world, time-sensitive subjects, the past tense is used.

Good: The Death Star Update was an update for DICE's Star Wars Battlefront that added the Death Star as new location.
Good: The Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass was a one-time purchase that, among other benefits, allowed players to gain access to the game's four expansion packs. In September 2017, the Season Pass was made completely free to all players.
Bad: In Battlefront, Luke Skywalker had three abilities. In Battlefront II, he has three hundred.
Good: In Battlefront, Luke Skywalker has three abilities. In Battlefront II, he has three hundred.

Styling

Capitalization

Proper nouns should be capitalized. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Names of abilities, such as Force Push, Imperial Resources, or Speed Boost. These names refer to specific abilities of units, and thus should be capitalized.
  • Names of soldiers, such as Death Trooper.
  • Names of vehicles, such as Imperial Star Destroyer.
  • Names of weapons, such as Rocket Launcher, Squad Shield, or SE-14C Blaster Pistol.
  • Names of locations, such as Kashyyyk or Cloud City.

In other words, capitalize any name that refers to a specific person, place, or thing.

The first word of headings are to be capitalized, though subsequent words do not have to be.

Referring to games

As Star Wars Battlefront Wiki tries to maintain an air of professionalism, abbreviations (SWBFI, SWBFII, EABF, etc.) are prohibited.

Instead, when first introducing a game in an article (such as in the opening line), editors must type out the proper name of the game in italics preceded by the studio that created that game. This is to help better differentiate games between different Battlefront series.

For example, when first introducing Darth Vader as he is seen in Pandemic Studios' Star Wars: Battlefront II:

Good: Darth Vader in Pandemic Studios' Star Wars: Battlefront II...
Bad: Darth Vader in Star Wars: Battlefront II...
Bad: Darth Vader in Star Wars: Battlefront II...
Really bad: Darth Vader in SWBFII...

However, once the game has been introduced in an article (in this case, Pandemic Studios' Star Wars: Battlefront II), omitting the studio and "Star Wars" is acceptable whenever the editor would like to refer to that specific game again. Italicization is still required.

Good: In Battlefront II, Darth Vader is a high-health hero that can quickly traverse the map area with his dash attack.

Styling templates

A styling template is a template that automatically formats words or phrases. Because they make editing much easier, their use is highly encouraged.

For example, Template:Star Wars Battlefront II simplifies linking to Star Wars Battlefront II, in that instead of typing out ''[[Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE)|Star Wars Battlefront II]]'' in the source editor, simply typing {{Star Wars Battlefront II}} automatically does this, linking to the proper game and italicizing it.

Media

Captions

When adding media to an article, particularly images, there is an option to add a caption, which will appear under the photo in gray text. Whether the image is part of an article's main body or in a Gallery section, adding a caption is often beneficial because it informs the reader how the image is related to the rest of the article, and can also provide an opportunity to add extra relevant information that might not have been mentioned in the main article text. There are some particularities in formatting captions, but the most important of these is making sure that Gallery sections have captions center-aligned.

The philosophy regarding periods in image captions

Perhaps the least important aspect of captions involves the punctuation mark known as the 'period' and whether or not it should be included at the end of a caption. If period placement is so unimportant, why is there a whole section dedicated to it? Good question, astute reader. It is the least important, but it can also be the most important, depending on your point of view. If making captions look really good is somehow a big deal to you, then continue reading this section because that is the mentality you will need to take on the immense responsibility that is about to be entrusted to you. (But, in all seriousness, what will be described in this section is merely a stylistic preference and is largely written in a jovial tone to emphasize how ridiculously nit-picky it is and that no harm will befall on any editors who disregard this section's instructions. However, editors who internalize this section's message and go forth out into the world spreading this knowledge will curry great favor with the person who took the time to write this part of the manual of style, which, frankly, has no business being this long.)

The philosophy of making image captions look the best they can is actually very straightforward. If the caption is one sentence or less, a period is usually not required at the end. This is because captions that are one sentence are usually incomplete sentences. Note the example below, where the caption is almost entirely a prepositional phrase starting at the word 'of.'

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An image of a soldier firing a futuristic weapon as two other individuals behind him ignite fire swords

However, if the caption is an actual sentence or more than one sentence, every sentence and sentence fragment should now end with a period, like so:

Clone Wars Blast

A group of clones run away as Separatist forces invade Kamino.

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A Rebel snowpeeder on Hoth near an Imperial AT-AT. Players on the side of the Galactic Empire can spawn on AT-ATs, which act as mobile command posts.

See how the image captions just look better? No? Look at them again. Think about how much mental effort was put into deciding whether a little dot should show up at the end of a sentence. How about now? How do the captions look? Great, I'm glad we agree. I didn't waste my time for nothing.

Uploading media

When adding media to an article, please only use media relevant to the games. This is very similar to the wiki's policy regarding canon. Please do not add images from other game franchises, canon media, scenes from the movies, etc. into articles.

Naming files

When uploading media, such as images or videos, especially those that relate to the Battlefront games, please name them accordingly so that they are easier to add to articles. Vague names such as "Battlefront II (1).png" will be deleted. Names such as "Battlefront II Yavin.png" are OK.

External links

Star Wars Battlefront Wiki permits external links to Wookieepedia and other sites in an External links section of an article. External links are links that lead to pages outside of the battlefront.wikia.com domain, such as youtube.com or starwars.wikia.com.

External links should only be included if they provide further information regarding the subject of an article that was not already covered in the body.

External link templates are templates that help streamline linking to external links and should be used whenever possible.

References


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