Coasterpedia:Manual of Style

Green check.png This page documents a Coasterpedia policy.
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 them to create a wiki that is uniform in appearance, and best able to provide needed information. For general help, please see Help:Contents.

Editing and formatting guidelines

Language

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 are not 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

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

Dates

  • For American rides and parks, use the American date format (May 4, 2021). For rides and parks located everywhere else, use the international format (4 May 2021).
  • 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.
  • When a precise date is unavailable, a more vague one may be used such as:
    • When an attraction is known to be present from a certain time onwards, for example, if is visible in satellite imagery dated 2001, the following format may be used: Opened 2001 or later.
    • Similarly, if an attraction is known to not be present on a particular date, for example, if a trip report from 2013 states that it is no longer present, the following format may be used: Closed 2013 or earlier
    • Do not use symbols such as and . Use or earlier and or later as explained above.
    • Where suitable, approximations like 1990s may be used.

Notability and naming guidelines

All alpine coasters, powered coasters, and roller coasters are considered notable. Most rides are also considered notable, however, some types of attraction have been deemed beyond the scope of the project. Coasterpedia:Guide to ride types is a working list of ride types, including those that are considered beyond the scope of this project.

When creating a new article or renaming one, please follow the naming convention.

Images

On-ride POVs

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

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.
  • Be steady, and keep the camera pointed forwards
  • Does not use offensive language

Do not film on any ride unless you have permission to do so from management.