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Outward Wiki:Policies

Policy status and phases

Category policy
Copyright policy
Deletion policy
Speedy deletion
DNP policy
NDA policy
Editing policy
Disruptive editing policy
External links
Fan fiction
Images policy

Items policy
Lore policy
Naming policy
Neutrality policy
Personal articles
Player character pages
Stub policy
Three revert rule
User naming
Vandalism policy
Voting policy

See also: Guidelines, administrators

This page is an official policy on Outward Wiki.

The Outward wiki policy is based heavily on Wikipedia policy, Wowpedia Policies and the YPPedia Policies and guidelines.


This policy is considered a standard to be followed by all users.

  • You are free to suggest an adjustment to this policy. Make sure, however, that your proposal meets the requirements set here.
  • Check the Policies page for a complete overview of all the policies for the Outward Wiki.

Naming conventions for specific article types

Item articles

Articles about items present in Outward, should have their article named exactly as they are in Outward, including capitalization.

Quest articles

Quests should be named with the "Quest:" prefix, followed by the exact name of the quest. If a quest line has the same name for multiple quests, the first quest by that name should follow the previous convention and further quests in the line should be disambiguated with parenthetical text signifying the quest part, i.e. (2), (3). If there are two quests by the same name, but they are different for Horde and Alliance you can:

  • Make an article explaining both sides of the quest.
  • Make two articles, one with the exact name of the quest and a second disambiguated with either (Horde) or (Alliance).

These rules ensure that anyone typing in Quest:Quest Name will be able to find the quest they want. The original icon should have a disambiguation link at the top pointing to the second article. For example,

{{{name}}}
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Questline

,

{{{name}}}
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Details
Questline

.

Commons-emblem-notice.svgSome quests use punctuation that simply will not work in the Wiki. There is no policy on the matter, but it seems that often the best thing to do is to just skip those characters. See the policy talk page for more information.

Character articles

Character pages should be listed under the character's full name (first and surname) if known, excluding titles such as "King" or "the Destroyer".

NPC articles

NPC articles which are based primarily on in-game content should be named using the NPC's in-game name, including case.

API articles

API function descriptions are prefixed with "API " and then exactly as the function name, with the same capitalization and no whitespace. Object methods use spaces rather than colons, e.g. API Font GetFont. See How to edit API pages for details.

CVar articles

Console Variable articles are prefixed with "CVar " and then exactly as the console variable name, with the same capitalization and no whitespace, unless it is part of the variable name.

Personal articles


Personal articles, including almost all fan fiction articles, should be located as subpages of the author's user page.

Player characters


Player character articles should be located as subpages of the server on which the player resides, or (though less preferred) located as subpages of the author's user page.

Other articles

All other articles should have the first word capitalized (this is unavoidable) and any additional words in lowercase. The exception is that proper nouns are always capitalized. For example, Help:Starting a new page.

Articles should also not include definite or indefinite articles ("the" and "a/an") at the beginning of the page name. For example, use First War to refer to the event, not The First War. There is an important exception to this rule: "the", "a" or "an" is included when it would be capitalized if it appeared in text. This exception applies to quest articles, titles of books, games, and similar works.

Additional naming rules

Plurality

Normally, all articles are named in the singular form, e.g. the article describing the general properties and history of dragons is named dragon.

Exceptions to this rule:

  • Names that are always plural.
  • Articles that are lists, e.g. Paladin spells. This may cause extra work in attempting to say "foo is a [[paladin spells|paladin spell]]", but the suggestion is to set up "paladin spell" as a redirect to "paladin spells" if there is no page describing the general properties of what a "paladin spell" is.
  • In cases where you feel that visitors are likely to type in a plural name directly in the URL, it is perfectly acceptable to create a redirect, e.g. DragonsDragon.
  • For "simple" items, it is also perfectly acceptable to create a lower-case redirect, e.g. linen clothLinen Cloth. Note that the case of the first letter is ignored in the wiki software: dragon is the same as Dragon, no redirect necessary.
Gnome-emblem-important.svgRedirects of category pages are never allowed according to the category policy.

Parenthetical text

Parenthetical text to distinguish page names, should generally be in lower case. Only capitalize it if it is a proper name or title, or an acronym such as in Events (API).

As for code in linking to each of these, you can type [[Onyxia (tactics)|]] and arrive at this link: Onyxia. The parser will appropriately cosmetically drop what is found in parentheses.

Subpages and namespaces

For the purpose of capitalization, after the colon for a namespace is considered the start of the article title. For example, Outward Wiki:Policy. Additionally each subpage is considered the start of an article name.

Race name case

Race names ("humans", "dwarves", etc.) are written in lowercase in Outward Wiki. This also goes for when they appear in page names. Note that "nationalities" are capitalized, i.e. "Forsaken".

Obviously, the MediaWiki software will always capitalize the first word in the page title, and there is nothing we can do about that. This rule is only relevant for when a race is mentioned later in a page title.

  • Note that regardless of this rule, articles named according to in-game NPCs are still capitalized as they are in-game, as per the NPC articles rule, above.

Category names

Category names are put into sentence case, much as in article names, except with proper nouns.

Technical restrictions

Some page names are not possible because of limitations imposed by the MediaWiki software. These include:

  • Base names beginning with a lower-case letter. Note that a title can be displayed with an initial lower-case letter, using DISPLAYTITLE.
  • Titles containing the characters # < > [ ] | { } (which have special meanings in wiki syntax), the non-printable ASCII characters 0–31, the "delete" character 127, or HTML character codes such as &amp;.
  • Base names beginning with a colon (:).
  • Base names equal to "." or "..", or beginning "./" or "../", or containing "/./" or "/../", or ending "/." or "/..".
  • Base names whose length exceeds 255 bytes. Be aware that non-ASCII characters may take up to four bytes in UTF-8 encoding, so the total number of characters you can fit into a title may be less than 255.
  • Titles beginning with a namespace alias (WP:, WT:, Project:, Image:).
  • Titles beginning with a prefix that refers to another project, including Outward Wiki in other languages, e.g. "es:" (see Interwiki linking).
  • Titles beginning with any non-standard capitalization of a namespace prefix, alias or interwiki/interlanguage prefix, or any of these with a space (underscore) before or after the colon. For example, it is not possible for a title to begin "HELP:", "HeLp:", "Help :" or "Help:_".
  • Titles consisting of only a namespace prefix, with nothing after the colon.
  • Titles beginning or ending with a space (underscore), or containing two or more consecutive spaces (underscores).

If an article falls into one of these special cases, you must name it differently.

See also

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