This page aims to outline the expected style of Epic Mickey Wiki articles to keep a consistent look, feel, and tone across the wiki.
General writing guidelines
- Because Epic Mickey was produced in the United States, this wiki uses American English spelling across all article pages.
- All articles should be written in the third person. This means no using "I" or "we". Instead of referring directly to the player ("you"), refer to Mickey whenever possible. The exception for this is when referring to controller inputs.
- Bad example: Next, I want you to perform a spin move on the gear.
- Good example: Next, Mickey must perform a spin move on the gear.
- Writing should be kept professional and not include text-speak. It is okay to use contractions (it's, he's), but please refrain from using slang, emojis, and abbreviations in articles.
- Articles should be unbiased and not favor a particular point of view. Avoid writing sentences like "But because Pete was a jerk, he refused to help Mickey, even though he should have." The same goes for the Epic Mickey games. Saying "This feature was added in Epic Mickey 2 because it's way better" is not accepted.
- This wiki is for canon content only. Articles should be free of speculation, fan theories, and information that cannot be verified.
- The Applicable Games template should be included in all in-universe articles, including character, quest, and location articles. It is not needed on articles for real-life people, things, or merchandise.
- For help with using the template, consult the Applicable Games documentation.
- If a relevant infobox exists for an article, as many fields should be filled out as possible.
- The infobox image must clearly represent the article topic.
- Character articles should use a promotional render whenever possible. If a high-quality one does not exist, a cropped screenshot or ripped model render can be used.
- The 'Quests given' fields of the NPC infobox should be filled out for the relevant games even if the character does not give Mickey any quests. This allows readers to quickly check whether they need to interact to an NPC.
- The opening paragraph should provide a brief introduction to the topic. Typically, it should not be longer than five or six paragraphs.
- The exception to this is on quest pages since they are often too short to require section headings. Their opening paragraphs may be longer and more descriptive than in a typical article.
- The first occurrence of the article title in the opening paragraph should be bolded.
- Wiki links should be added when they are relevant and helpful in the context to give the reader a way to learn more about a particular topic.
- Links to a specific article should typically only appear once; at their first mentioning. For example, if Mickey's name is mentioned 30 times in an article, it should only be linked the first time. The exception to this rule is in infoboxes and image captions.
- External links should be kept to a minimum in article text. They are better suited for references and the External links section.
- Headings should be used to split content into different sections. Shorter articles, such as quest pages, may not require any headings. Generally, the longer an article, the more sections it should be divided into.
- Opening paragraph (no heading)
- Body sections (Personality, History, Synopsis, In Epic Mickey, etc.)
- External links
- Navbox template (no heading)
- Character articles: Personality, History, In Epic Mickey, In Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, In Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Trivia, Gallery, References, External links
- Location articles: Locations, In Epic Mickey, In Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Trivia, Gallery, References, External links
- Quest articles: Sections for each branching path, Gallery
Note about Trivia sections
While Trivia sections are a handy section for facts that do not fit anywhere else, they should be used as a last resort for adding new information. Whenever possible, Trivia sections should be no longer than just a few bullet points and information should be integrated into existing sections or, if needed, new sections. Below are some examples of some things that are acceptable for a Trivia section and others that are not.
- Interesting out-of-universe facts pertaining to the Disney properties that inspired the article's subject
- Descriptions of scrapped content or unused game files
- Scrapped content facts based only on concept art content should be kept brief; within one or two bullet points
- Statistics, patterns, and first/last occurrences (ex: this level introduces the first Beetleworx, this is the last level containing a Gold Pin, etc..)
- Other interesting information that either does not fit into another section or is too brief to justify adding another
- Synopses of the subject's role in the story (this is basic information that belongs in other sections)
- Descriptions of basic gameplay mechanics (this is better suited for a Gameplay or In Epic Mickey section)
- Physical descriptions of characters (this is better suited for an Appearance section)
- Information already included elsewhere in the article, including the infobox
- In longer articles, images should be included next to every few paragraphs in the article's body. A picture is worth a thousand words!
- Images should be relevant to the paragraph they are next to.
- They should float to alternating sides. (left, right, left, right)
- Not every paragraph needs an image. Cramming too many images into a page can make it appear narrow and crowded.
- When a similar image already exists on the wiki, use it instead of uploading a duplicate.
- Gallery sections should be used for any additional images not included in the article body.
- In small articles with less than four paragraphs, there should be no more than one image in the body; either in the infobox or, if there is not an infobox present, at the top-right of the article. All other relevant images should be placed in a Gallery section near the bottom of the page.
- Long galleries should be split off into a separate page, formatted as [Page Name]/Gallery.
- Always remember to follow the file uploading rules when uploading images to the wiki.
- For information on what should be cited, consult rule #2 of the editing conventions.
- References should use the <ref></ref> tags and reference lists should be included with <references /> below a heading titled "References".
- External links that provide further information on a topic can be included under the "External links heading" in a bulleted list.
- Certain categories have navbox templates to make it easier to find related articles. If an article is in a navbox, it should be included at the bottom of the page.
- When creating a new article in a category with a navbox, make sure to add the article link to the appropriate navbox.
- Common navboxes include:
- Every article should be in at least one category. Do not create new categories if they are not needed. Consult rule #4 of the editing conventions for more information on categories.
Last edited by RampantLeaf on 2021-02-28