Fallout Roleplaying Wiki
Fallout Roleplaying Wiki
This page contains the Fallout Roleplaying and Fanon's article layout guideline. It describes content organization within articles, i.e. how articles should be structured as well as how standard content and sections should be named and ordered.
  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
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On structure

One of the most important parts of wiki editing is how to structure an article. Structure dictates what information the reader reads and when they read it. Good structure results in easy to read, high-quality articles.

Organize sections in an article in a hierarchical structure like you would an outline. Try using a shallow structure rather than a deep one. Having too many nested sections usually leads to a confusing or unreadable article.

Section order and naming

The following table is a short overview of Fallout Roleplaying Wiki's standard article layout. Its purpose is to provide a quick reference for the correct order and naming of standard layout items. This does not mean every article needs to have all of these layout items. Please note that on this wiki, a headline refers to the title of a section.

Yes in the "headline" column means that if you want to include such a layout item, it should have its own headline within the article.
No in the "headline" column means that this layout item should not have a headline.
Standard layout
Layout item Headline Explanation
Page management boxes No Page management templates are used if you notice that something is out of order with a certain article or section and want to bring it to the attention of other editors or administrators. If the issue affects the whole article, these boxes should be placed at the very top of an article; if only a section is affected, they should be placed just below the headline of the respective section. The only exception are stub templates.
Infobox No The purpose of infoboxes is to summarize data relating to the article. Infoboxes should appear in the top-right corner of an article. For a list of infobox templates, please refer to Category:Infobox templates.
Lead section No Articles should generally start with a lead section which is not more than a few sentences. Its purpose is to provide a short definition or overview of the article itself; after reading it, a reader should know what the article is about.

If possible, the article title should be the subject of the first sentence; alternative titles should be mentioned in the lead section as well.
Table of contents (TOC) No The table of contents (TOC) will automatically appear in articles with a minimum of four headings, just above the first headline. This behavior can be changed by using __TOC__ or __NOTOC__. __TOC__ forces a table of contents to appear wherever it is placed in an article, no matter how many headlines the article has. __NOTOC__ results in no table of contents ever being shown.
Behind the scenes Yes "Behind the scenes" is the place for information relating to cultural references or inspiration information.
Gallery Yes If an article contains a lot of images, it is often better to place them in an own gallery section than to have them clutter the article. Please see our our image policy.
Stub templates No Stub templates mark an article as being too short to provide more than rudimentary information about a subject. All stub templates can be found in Category:Stub, only the most specific should be used.
Navboxes No Navboxes are navigational aids which allow easy access to other articles in a group the current article belongs to. They should be placed at the end of an article, just above the categories. The most article-specific navboxes should be highest and the least-specific lowest.

A list of navboxes can be found in Category:Navbox templates. New navboxes can be constructed with {{Navbox}}.

Layouts for specific types of content

There are more detailed standard layouts for certain types of articles. These are:

The ordering and naming for standard sections outlined here apply to these layouts as well. They only contain more detailed instructions for the ordering of the actual article content.