Coasterpedia:Manual of Style

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It describes a generally-accepted standard that all editors should follow. Proposed changes may be discussed on the talk page.

This Manual of Style has been created to give a standard theme to all articles falling under the scope of the Wiki. Editors should familiarize themselves with standard article layouts and templates, and follow when possible these standards, to create a Wiki that is uniform in appearance, and best able to provide needed information. For general help, please see Help:Contents.

Style Guidelines[edit source]

A wiki with cohesive style in all articles looks more professional, is easier to edit and add information to, and is easier to read, understand, and draw information from. Therefore, these guidelines are established for articles on this Wiki.

Articles should:

  • Follow naming conventions
  • Have a logical structure - Navigation in an Article should be common-sense and understandable, and should present information in an orderly fashion.
  • Be easily readable.
  • Have correct spelling and grammar.

General Article Guidelines[edit source]

These apply to most articles on the wiki.

Editors Should...[edit source]

  • include templates and guides that help create uniform-looking articles.
  • add articles to categories that the articles belong in. For example, Top Thrill Dragster should be categorized as a "Launched roller coaster". Remember that, in many cases, the infobox does this for you.
  • use good spelling, grammar and punctuation (see Differences in the English Language below).
  • add paragraph or section breaks periodically to break up information and avoid a "cluttered" look. Paragraphs should have an empty line between them in the editor.
  • add information to pages in a manner that flows with the rest of the article.
  • add links in pages to other related subject matter.
  • add available, correctly licensed, relevant pictures or images to articles that lack images.
  • cite facts and information obtained from non-game sources, such as websites, when information is included in an article.

Opening dates[edit source]

An opening date has to be chosen for coasters, rides, amusement parks, etc for use in data tables and infoboxes. This should be the first day which the attraction opens to the public. Exclusive events for season pass holders or journalists or not counted.

On-Ride POVs[edit source]

Please use YouTube videos unless the only POV you can find is on another video-sharing site. Videos are embedded using the EmbedVideo extension. On roller coaster articles, a POV can be embedded by adding the video ID to the |video= parameter on the infobox.

Ideal POV[edit source]

The ideal POV:

  • Should be of the highest video quality possible.
    • Don't use a "panoramic" video (curved around the edges of the screen) if a regular video is available.
  • Should feature as little wordmarks and logos as possible.
  • Show the whole ride, from start to final brake run.
    • It should also only show the rider POV, with no views of the entire ride etc.
  • Have the camera mounted on the train.
    • If a POV like this can't be found, then use one with minimal camera shaking.

If you've recorded your own POV[edit source]

    • Ask an employee if it's OK to take a video camera onto the ride.
    • First upload it to YouTube, then embed it as explained above.
    • Don't turn the camera around to show your own face.
    • Don't use foul language.

Images[edit source]

Main article Coasterpedia:Image Policy.

Localisation[edit source]

Language[edit source]

As an English-language wiki, there is the potential for disagreements regarding the use of certain dialects of English. For example, the difference between American-English and British-English in the spelling of common words (color/colour) or the use of certain phrases not well-known in other English-speaking locations.

  • Articles on subjects associated with a location should use the local English dialect.
  • For articles without an associated location, editors should continue to use the same dialect of English as the first editor. The key point is to ensure that each article follows one English dialect and doesn't mix spellings or words.
  • On all articles, avoid using obscure words or phrases that aren't widely known to all English speakers.
  • Avoid editing purely to change the spelling, unless the article breaks one of the guidelines above.

Units of measurement[edit source]

All articles should use metric units. The only exception is subjects based in the United States, which should use imperial units.