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Wiki 24's Manual of Style is the collection of editing and contribution policies designed to set a standard format and appearance for all of its articles. In addition to accuracy and completeness, one of the major goals for which Wiki 24 strives is consistency.

This Manual of Style is designed to ensure that articles are:

  1. easy to read and understand,
  2. organized and consistent,
  3. attractive to the reader, and
  4. easy to edit
P O L I C Y   S H O R T C U T  :  MoS

Keep it simple Edit

Above all else, you are encouraged to keep your articles simple! Don't try to get too fancy with your markup (like embedding tables within tables). The easier the markup is, the easier it will be for anyone to edit the article later on. Our first goal is to reliably and accurately display the information. The goal of wiki markup is to keep the articles simple and to emphasize the information as much as possible. We prefer content over form. For this and other reasons, HTML markup should be avoided in most circumstances.

Article names Edit

There are some general rules regarding how articles on Wiki 24 should be named.

  • Article names should be in singular form, not plural. The only exceptions are things which always appear in plural form in the English language, such as binoculars or boltcutters.
  • The titles of articles about characters should be the name by which the character was most commonly known in the 24verse, with later names preferred to earlier ones, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames. Titles such as "Doctor," "Agent," "General" or "Mister" should be omitted.
  • Unless the name of the article contains a proper noun, only the first word should be capitalized.
  • Disambiguation tags may also be necessary in the title. See below for more information.

Disambiguation Edit

P O L I C Y   S H O R T C U T  :  Dab policy

Disambiguation is the process of resolving ambiguity, the conflict that occurs when a term is closely associated with two or more different topics. In many cases, this word or phrase is the "natural" title of more than one article; however, disambiguation may also serve to differentiate more than one similarly titled article for a reader. Essentially, disambiguations are paths leading to different topics that share the same term or a similar term.

There are three ways to disambiguate on Wiki 24:

Disambiguation tags Edit

Disambiguation tags are usually necessary for people or things which share the same name. These tags appear in the title in parentheses, e.g. (Day 3), (One Shot), (writer), etc. Deciding what to title a tag can be tricky, but it must be consistent. The only uncontested exceptions to this rule are the articles Kiefer Sutherland and Max, which would otherwise require the disambiguation tags "(actor)" and "(Day 2)" respectively.

In the case of characters with the same name, tags should indicate the "Day" in which they appeared (Day 1, Stories, The Game, Veto Power, etc.). In the case of two characters from the same day, or characters that appear in multiple Days, title, position or affiliation may be used to distinguish (Agent/Civilian, DoD/Terrorist, etc.). These same rules should be applied to non-character articles as well, if possible.

For cross-categorical articles with the same title, the category itself should be used as the disambiguation tag, e.g. Jessica Abrams (character) and Jessica Abrams (crew).

Disambiguation tags usually won't be necessary for locations. If two locations share the same name, the titles of the articles should be expanded to be more specific. For example, "Portland, Oregon" and "Portland, Maine". "Portland" would then redirect to a disambiguation page (see below).

Disambiguation notes Edit

If there are two articles with similar titles, a disambiguation note should be used, in addition to tags. For example, if someone wanted to search for the novel 24 Declassified: Collateral Damage, but merely typed in "Collateral damage", they'd come across the page for the term "collateral damage." To help the reader find what they may be looking for, a note is included at the top of the page for "collateral damage":

You may be looking for the novel 24 Declassified: Collateral Damage.

A similar note is not necessary for the novel page, as it has the more specific title of the two. However, if the novel had never been preceded with "24 Declassified", a disambiguation page would be created (see below).

In the case of Doug Masters and Masters, two distinct characters, neither a tag or a disambiguation page (see next section) is necessary. The page for Masters simply receives a note, linking to the page for Doug Masters.

Disambiguation pages Edit

As illustrated above, the most common form of disambiguation page on Wiki 24 distinguishes between character names. 24 has repeated the first and last names of characters and it can often be confusing. If two characters share an identical name, or more than two characters share similar names, a separate disambiguation page is created.

For example, if there exist two or more characters with the name "Bob", such as "Bob Smith", "Bob Jones", and "Bob Miller", no disambiguation page is needed. However, if there later appears a character named simply "Bob", who lacks a surname, a disambiguation page will need to be created — titled "Bob (disambiguation)" — listing all four characters alphabetically with descriptions and links to their proper pages. The character known only as "Bob" will not need a tag in its title. Instead it will contain a disambiguation note, which will link to the disambiguation page to assist readers who are looking for another Bob.

If one or more other characters simply named Bob crop up, then disambiguation tags will be used, as illustrated earlier. "Bob" will then be assigned as a redirect to "Bob (disambiguation)".

All disambiguation pages have the {{disambig}} template, are categorized as such, and most will contain "(disambiguation)" in their title. Note that these rules apply exactly the same for last-name-only characters, as well as locations and items which share the same name.

Article sidebar Edit

The first thing on most pages is the sidebar, or "info box", which places a handful of important facts and a picture in the upper-right-hand corner of the article. To maintain consistency, there are templates that are copied and pasted into new articles for the creation of sidebars. See Wiki 24:Page templates for a list of full templates currently used. The sidebar documentation itself, without other page template information, is found at Wiki 24:Sidebar documentation.

Article introduction Edit

Every page should begin with an introduction, briefly summarizing the article for the reader. The introduction should give a quick explanation of what the article is about and establish its context. The length of the introduction can vary from a single sentence to multiple paragraphs. The title or subject of that article should appear in the first line in bold. Even though the article title is already listed, it's useful to emphasize the article's subject for the reader.

Headlines, sections, and spacing Edit

To create a new section in an article, surround the headline text with two or more == (equal signs) and include one space between each equal sign and the nearest letter. The wiki engine will automatically create a table of contents once there are four or more headers in an article.

The first word and all proper nouns of the header should be capitalized, and all other words lowercase. For the purposes of keeping the wiki markup accessible to all users, include one blank line between a headline or sub-headline and the subsequent image or paragraph of text.

Please avoid using links in headers. Depending on the browser's default settings, some users may not be able to see the links properly. It is much more useful to place the appropriate link in the first sentence after the header.

To prevent an image at the end of one subsection from running into the header for the next section, type the following template directly above the next header: {{-}}. This template adds just the right amount of space to keep everything above the header for all browsers. If there is enough text to separate the sections already, the tag will not add space. See also advanced editing.

Perspective and tense Edit

There exist two perspectives of articles on Wiki 24, "in-universe" and "out-of-universe." In-universe describes things which exist within the world of 24, while out-of-universe describes things which exist in the real world. For example, Jack Bauer exists in-universe, while Kiefer Sutherland exists out-of-universe. This policy should be used in conjunction with the neutral point of view policy.

In-universe Edit

P O L I C Y   S H O R T C U T  :  iu

All in-universe (IU) articles are to be written in the past tense, from the perspective of someone from the future documenting factual events. All articles for characters, places, objects, and events within the show's fictional world are written in the past tense style. This creates consistency across all in-universe articles and eliminates the necessity of subjectively deciding when an unresolved loose end is no longer "current" or "recent." Additionally, although much of 24 takes place in our future, the future tense should never be used in in-universe articles.

The major types of articles which are written in the "in-universe" style are:

Common types Examples of "in-universe articles"
Character articles Jack Bauer, Stephen Saunders
Places, vehicles, objects 226 Pine Crest Road, Natalia, Dobson Override
Fictional events The Sentox attack on CTU LA, Operation Nightfall

The main body and the introduction of in-universe articles should never refer to the events or characters of the show as such, but rather as if they were real life occurrences and people. Actual real life factors pertaining to the creation and presentation of 24, such as actors, "episodes" and the like, are limited to the info box sidebar and the "background information and notes" section of IU articles.

Out-of-universe Edit

P O L I C Y   S H O R T C U T  :  oou

Out-of-universe (OOU) articles are to be written from a real life point of view, using a combination of past, present and future tense. For example, the biography of an actor may include all three tenses:

Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, United Kingdom in 1966. He currently plays the role of Jack Bauer on 24. Kiefer will be appearing in the upcoming film Twelve.

The major types of articles which are written in the "out-of-universe" style are:

Common types Examples of "out-of-universe articles"
Episode guides Day 1 11:00pm-12:00am, 24: Redemption
Comics, novels, & games 24: Nightfall, 24: The Game
Crew, writers, actors, etc. Jon Cassar, Kiefer Sutherland, Paul Blackthorne

Articles about episodes, books, comics, games, or other real life 24 story material should contain a detailed synopsis of events, written in the simple present tense.

Real-world info inclusion policy Edit

24 is a show which is set in the real world. While the characters and some other things such as CTU are fictional, much of what is referred to on the show are things which exist in the real world. When writing in-universe articles for these things, it's important to only include information that was actually given in the story, and not assume that other "known" facts exist within the 24-verse as well. For example, Los Angeles is the main location for the show, however it would be inappropriate to include its current population or the year of its incorporation unless it was specifically revealed in an episode or story.

Sometimes, however, no information is given about a real life article and it is necessary to add one or two establishing facts in order for there to be enough to even create an article. This should be kept to a minimum and only done when absolutely necessary.

Additionally, it's often useful for a reader to learn more about a real-world subject as it establishes context for the events in the show. This can be achieved by posting facts under the "Background information and notes" section and/or linking to an external site, such as Wikipedia.

Redirects Edit

Occasionally, certain characters or items are known by more than one name or more than one spelling. In most situations, it's wise to create redirect pages for any and all alternate titles that may be queried when looking for a specific article.

To create a redirect page, type the following in the edit field:

#REDIRECT [[RealArticle]]

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