This Manual of Style outlines a standard of clean, consistent formatting for articles on the Tekken Wiki. The formatting described here is a guideline and can be overridden where circumstances warrant it. While these guidelines will not be perfect for every situation, please keep to the standard format outlined in this article so others may use your edits as an example when creating and editing other articles.
Every article should always start with the title of said article in bold font.
Grammar is a writer's toolbox; you can't build good sentences without knowing how to use your tools. Since a wiki article must be as clear as possible for all the people reading it, editors must keep close to correct grammar standards to ensure clear communication. American English is preferred.
Italics are always used for the titles of the games, such as Tekken 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Categories should be added to the end of an article - a full list can be found on Special:Categories. They take the form
One of the most important parts of wiki editing is how to structure an article. The structure is a powerful thing: it dictates what information the reader reads and what they see first. It can influence what people contribute, where it goes, and how it might be written. Structure has the power to inform or confuse the same way good or bad writing does. Keep a well structured article, and you're more likely to have a high quality one.
Organize sections in an article in a hierarchical structure like you would an outline. Keep it logical, but feel free to forsake strict logic for readability. Wherever possible, try to have an introduction for each section. Just like the article as a whole, the section should start with an introduction and then have its subsections below it. Try using a shallow structure rather than a deep one. Too many nested sections usually leads to a confusing or unreadable article.
Above all, keep your layout consistent. With that said do not change a set pages formats, unless you are given permission by a crat.
Like all pages of the wiki, Stage articles are to follow a certain format. Shown below is an example of the Beach stage from Tekken 4. Notice how the image is to the right and a size 400 px, the video under Music is 300 px and the gallery is 200 px. This is the standard setup for every page. It is also important to mind the sections to make the page fill out as much as possible and to have a image big enough to maintain the format.
Character articles also have a very specific format, with an info box at the top of the source page, followed by a biography section, a story section subdivided by game, a gameplay section on the character's in-game mechanics, character relationships, and trivia. Character pages will also direct to subpages for each character's outfits, gallery, and quotes (if relevant). Characters with a lot of information on them may have additional sections where necessary: see for example Jin Kazama, who also has sections for appearances in other games.
Please note that trivia, like all information on the wiki, should be relevant and fully sourced. The only allowed 'similarity' trivia points should be officially stated as inspiration or noted as similar by a reputable Tekken source. Incidental similarities between Tekken characters and other franchise characters are not relevant trivia and will be removed from the page.
Every move page needs to have a Move or Grapple template. It should be the first thing on a move article and the first thing shown in source mode. If the editor does not know all the information needed for the template, they should just fill out what they do know and not write "i dont know/idk". Leaving it blank will be fine. As stated above, all titles of move articles need to be bold. The default sections of the article should be Description, Usage, Trivia, Video, Gallery. Though it should be noted this is just the default format and not every move page will have a need for each section. Additional sections should go after Trivia.
The following images are move page examples:
Example Pages: G Corporation, Violet Systems, Tekken Force (soldiers)
Organization or corporation pages should be layed out with a summary introduction explaining what they are along with, if possible, the logo of the organization as the main image. After this should come a 'Story' section, divided, if relevant, into sections by game. After this should come any subsections about the organization itself: first, any details about the structure of the organization and details such as their research and experiments; second, employees or members. The next section should be for relations, or corporate relations, detailing external relationships of the organization with others. After this should come any other needed sections, followed by Trivia, Gallery, References. Each organization is different, so this guideline should only be used for a rough indication, and sections only added if relevant and necessary. The categories for an organization page should include Category:Groups and Category:Organisations (Tekken). An example for how the page could be layed out is below:
Introduction to the organization (what is it, who is it run by, what are its main aims; corporate logo)
- Story (try to give a history only as it is relevant to the organization being described)
- Tekken 1
- Tekken 2 (etc)
- Main Bases
- Research & Experiments
- Relationships (Can instead be 'Corporate Relationships' detailing only the organizations relations with other organizations)
- Stages related to organization
When you're editing wikis, you're both academic and artist. You have to be accurate, but you also have to be interesting. Neither one can dominate; you have to 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.
Check your spelling and grammar. Do not use abbreviations, such as "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. 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 the first person. For example, do not write "this glitch occurs once a day in Tumbleweed, as far as I know". Do not use second person either; use of the word "you" is also to be avoided. Refrain from drawing attention to the author (yourself) as much as possible.
Be bold. If you know something is wrong, correct it. If you can word something better, correct it. If an article has a glaring deficiency, fill it. Even if your first attempt isn't golden, either you or someone else can fix it later. Don't be afraid to screw up.
Know the rules. Reading existing pages is a good way to get a general sense of the wiki's style, but the wiki is a work in progress - not all existing pages follow the rules... yet. Be sure to review the wiki's rules such as "Use Third Person".