Hytale Wiki:Style guide

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This article aims to provide a comprehensive style guide for all Hytale Wiki articles to follow. Although Wikipedia already provides a more general style guide, a more specific one is necessary for Hytale-specific guidelines. As such, only guidelines pertaining to the Hytale Wiki and its basic formatting rules should be included here.

Notability[edit source]

Articles are only allowed in the main namespace (the "mainspace") if they fit the following criteria. Articles which do not fit the following criteria will be deleted.

  1. Articles must be longer than a few sentences. Articles which do not meet this criteria should be merged into related articles.
  2. Articles must be directly related to Hytale in some way, whether it be about gameplay or of other directly relevant information.

Redirects[edit source]

Redirects are exempt from the normal notability, but must redirect to an article that fits the notability guidelines. The following lists what is allowed:

  1. Alternative spellings (Armour→Armor)
    1. Excludes incorrect spelling, typos, and irregular formatting.
  2. Shortened names (Simon→Simon Collins-Laflamme, HMM→Hytale Model Maker)
  3. Plural form, but only if the target page is commonly used as a plural noun (Kweebecs→Kweebec, as they are usually referred to as a group, but not Cobblestones→Cobblestone)
  4. From a niche topic to a page about a broader topic (Warrior → Skeleton)

Redirects in the user namespace may lead anywhere, except to an article that does not exist or another redirect.

Titles and headers[edit source]

All article names and headings should:

  1. Use sentence case, but capitalize proper nouns.
    1. For example, List of factions in Hytale, not List Of Factions In Hytale.
  2. Don't use superfluous names (don't contain a, the), or self-references (Their appearance).
  3. Be singular (Kweebec not Kweebecs).

Layout[edit source]

All pages should be consistently laid out in the following order.

Generic layout[edit source]

  1. Notice templates (amboxes like {{stub}} or {{split}})
  2. Infobox (using an infobox template)
  3. Dablinks ({{about}}, etc)
  4. Lead
    • An opening description of the subject, summarising the page's contents, with the first instance of the page title in bold.
  5. Sections:
    1. ...
      • Specific sections relating to the subject. Will differ between pages.
    2. History
      • Using the {{History}} template, shows the history of the subject, documenting changes between versions.
    3. Trivia
      • Any other useful information that doesn't fit into the other sections.
    4. Gallery
      • Images relating to the subject, inside <gallery> tags.
    5. See also
      • Similar articles to the page topic.
    6. References
      • Lists references to verify the information on the page – should contain just {{reflist}}.
    7. External links
      • Any relevant external websites relating to the topic.
  6. Navigation template(s).
    • The most relevant topics to the page. If a page uses a navigation template, that page should usually be linked from the template, and vice versa.
  7. Categories
    • Insert relevant categories here; note that they are usually automatically added by the infobox and navigation templates.
  8. Interwikis

NPCs[edit source]

Articles about NPCs should have the following sections, in the place of the "..." in the general layout above:

  1. Types
    • Describes different variations or types of the creature, what each type looks like, and what they wear and wield.
  2. Habitat
    • Describes the habitat or location where the creature lives. Include alterverse and zone.
  3. Life cycle
    • The creature may differ as it grows older. List the changes here.
  4. Behavior
    • Describes how the creature acts and behaves in-game.
  5. Drops
    • What items the NPC drops when it dies.
  6. Backstory
    • Describes the story line of the creature that took place prior to the events in Hytale.

Other articles[edit source]

Since the game is not out yet and not all information is known about the subjects of pages, please use your best judgement when laying out articles. Place the most important information nearer to the top for readers to find more easily.

Writing[edit source]

The Hytale Wiki's purpose is to document facts about the game, so articles should avoid speculation and unsourced information.

If information is obvious or can be found in-game, it does not need a reference, but if it is a quote, relation to a real-world object, or some other lesser known fact that a citation should be added. If a feature is mentioned to be added in an upcoming update, it must be adequately sourced.

Articles in the mainspace should always be written in third-person and without terms referring to the reader. Also avoid abbreviations or contractions.

When emphasis is needed, italics (using wikimarkup; ''italic text'') should be used, not boldface or CAPITALS.

Tutorial information not be contained in regular articles; instead tutorials should be described at the Fandom wiki.

Information relating to mods should not be contained on articles relating to the base game. Mods should also not be linked from articles not about mods.

Language[edit source]

Use American English when writing, as this is the variant of English Hytale.com uses.

Dates[edit source]

Dates should be in the DMY (day-month-year) format with no additional punctuation (e.g., "29 May 2020", not "May 29, 2020" or "29 May, 2020"). In tables this may be reduced to YMD (year-month-day) to save space (e.g., "2020-05-29").

Currency[edit source]

Articles should always include the latest information. If something is changed in an update, it should be put in the History section and otherwise removed.