The Manual of Style is the style manual for all Oggy and the Cockroaches Wiki articles. It is used to establish consistency across the project, but is not applicable to every situation. This guideline doesn't spell out all English rules, wiki editing, typical wiki conventions, etc. Rather, its primary focus is on historically recurring style issues or style issues specific to the Oggy and the Cockroaches Wiki, while also covering some of the most important, if general, rules.
Wikipedia's Manual of Style may be referenced for typical general guidelines, but with discretion, as some elements may not be consistent with this community's standards. The most glaring contradictions may be covered in this page, though this guideline is not intended to be a fork or diff of Wikipedia's Manual of Style.
- Plain English should be used when possible. Avoid unnecessarily complex or rhetorical wording, and write with concision and clarity.
- As the Oggy and the Cockroaches series and its developer, COMPANY, are based in the United States, American English spelling and conventions are preferred over other dialects.
- The only exception to this is the preference of logical quotation over American punctuation. This is to maintain an encyclopedic style and is not a preference based on regional style.
- When titling articles, use proper English capitalization rules rather than going by in-game capitalization. Proper nouns should use title case, while common nouns should use sentence case.
- Articles should be titled according to their topic's most representative name (i.e. the name most commonly used).
- For characters, their full names should be used. Omit prefixes, titles, and honorifics (such as "EXAMPLE" EXAMPLE, "EXAMPLE" EXAMPLE, or "EXAMPLE" EXAMPLE).
- The main image of an article should be of the subject's most recent canonical appearance.
Redirects help guide readers to the correctly titled page when there is a discrepancy about how the article might be named. However, they should only be created and used sparingly, for maintenance, usability, and SEO reasons.
- Redirects should be created for topics with multiple, frequently used, sourced names. This may include the prefixes, titles, or honorifics applied to character names, such as EXAMPLE & EXAMPLE. Spelling variations, such as EXAMPLE & EXAMPLE, may also warrant redirects if both spellings are used consistently across a single source.
- Redirects should always be created for when two articles are merged, or when a single article covers multiple topics.
- In these cases, the redirect should point to a specific subsection if applicable (avoiding stacking).
- The redirect should be categorized appropriately if the original article's topic is hypothetically notable in-universe, is substantially different from its parent article, or has a unique, proper name given to it.
- Links to redirects in articles should be avoided. While they may be functional, they cause route fragmentation, are less optimal for SEO, and are not future-proof. Furthermore, it is more syntactically semantic to link the proper article title, while modifying the output text if needed.
There are no strict guidelines concerning the layout of an article, as each has different needs. However, there are ideal and typical layouts.
Generally, every article has a lede section and a body. The lede section is a condensed version of the article:
- The first sentence of a lede should include the article's name and any alternative names in bold, the type or category the topic belongs to (e.g. "character", "season", "location"), and the games in which it appeared.[a] The first sentence should be as brief and definitional as possible.
- The lede should not be used exclusively as an introduction or preamble, nor should it include any unique information. However, the lede should also not contain the same level of detail as the body. It should convey all the most important information in a summarized manner.
The body contains the article's comprehensive, detailed, and organized information:
- Sub-topics should be contained under the appropriate section header. For example, information about a topic's appearance in the games should go under a "History" section, information about the topic's appearance or behavior should go under a "Characteristics" section, etc.
- Subsections may be added for further organization, such as individual games under the "History" section, or "Appearance" and "Behavior" under the "Characteristics" section. The creation of subsections should be proportionate to the length of the parent section, similar to the notability standards applied for the splitting or merging of articles.
Note that for shorter articles, the body may not be separated from the lede by a section header. For significantly short articles, the lede may be fully detailed and serve as the body.
Articles are usually organized as follows:
- Behind the scenes
- Gallery (see File use § Galleries)
- See also
- Notes (see Verifiability § Citing sources)
- ↑ If it appeared in around three or more games, "Oggy and the Cockroaches series" may be used instead, leaving the "History" section to be more specific.