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The Manual of Style (MoS) lists a series of editing guidelines that must be followed by every editor. Only in this way is it possible for us to enforce high article standards.

All articles that significantly fail to meet MoS standards must be marked by the {{Cleanup}} template.

If you want to discuss certain topics of this page or feel like something should be added, use the talk page.

General

Language

  • Point of View: All articles must be written in third person.
  • Spelling: All articles must contain British spelling.
  • Other Languages: Every language other than English should not be used unless they are game terms.
  • Tense: All game events should be treated as current events, as all Need for Speed titles should be treated equally. As such, make sure to avoid past tense, even when describing older game titles. Past tense may only be used for preceeding events.
  • Redirects: Redirects must not be created. A direct link to the correct article must always be used.

Formatting

  • Capitalisation: Use capital letters for title cases and trademark names. If a trademark (e.g. quattro) uses lower cases, it should also be used. All caps should be avoided.
  • Italics: Italics should be used for game titles as they are major art publications.
  • Boldface: Only use boldface on level 3 headings or below, table headers and captions. You may also use boldface for the first occurrence of the title in an article and to highlight text on lists. It shouldn't be used for emphasising in articles, it should rather be reflected by your choice of words.
  • Linking: Each article of the Need for Speed Wiki must be linked to all other relevant articles.
    • Do not link a subject multiple times within a shorter article section. In a later section, you may link the subject again so that readers do not need to scroll the page up.
    • Linking should also be done for articles that haven't been created yet.
    • Piped links should be used for links with long names that do not need the entire name to be mentioned (e.g. Drift Train instead of Need for Speed (2015)/Drift Train). Avoid entirely rewriting a link name to not mess with the search engine, unless a corresponding redirect page exists.
  • Abbreviations: As our articles are not limited by space as in paper books, there's generally no reason for us to use abbreviations unless one the following criteria is met:
    • Unit symbols (e.g. SI units)
    • Names that are commonly referred to as such (e.g. BMW)
    • Abbreviations that would improve article presentation (e.g. table headers)
    • Miscellaneous shortenings (e.g. etc.)
  • Talk Pages: Every edit on a talk page must be signed with a signature stamp as shown here: ~~~~

Articles

Titles

  • Always use a game title prefix for overview articles and all respective subpages. It should always look like this: Need for Speed (2015)/Events. Further subpages from subpages should not use two prefixes as the article name would get too big. In this case, only use the game title prefix again.
    • It is not necessary to add prefixes to car, character and event articles. If an event name is shared by two titles, add the prefix after the title in brackets.

Content

  • Relevance: Every edit and media must be relevant to the Need for Speed series.
  • Barred content:
    • Opinions
    • Advertisements and speculations
    • Information about third-party hacks and game modifications
    • Article duplicates
    • Polls
  • Trivia: Trivial information must be written or put under a "Trivia" headline.
  • User Tests: Experimentation and testing should not be performed in articles, but in Sandbox pages.

Referencing

  • Every bit of information added to the wiki must be verifiable, as such thing is expected from any encyclopedia. Content that doesn't have an adequate reference will be removed. The following must always be followed by a reference:
    • Development differences including pre-release content
    • Information that usually cannot be observed during normal gameplay
    • Real world-based content
    • Quotes from characters, in-game menues, etc.
    • Questionable or rumoured content
  • Allowed references
    • Publisher website, twitter or facebook feed
    • Developer website, twitter or facebook feed
    • Manufacturer website, twitter or facebook feed
    • Sponsor website, twitter or facebook feed
    • Credable vehicle encyclopedia websites
    • Prima Official Strategy Guides
    • Game Industry news sites such as Kotaku, Joystiq or Gamasutra
    • Development Staff forum posts
    • Clear and high quality youtube videos
    • Images expressing aspect or point of reference
  • Barred references
    • Forum posts by non-development team members
    • Images highlighting mod, bug, exploit or 'Hack' usage
    • External website without a credible information source
  • References can be added by placing <ref>websiteofreference.co.uk</ref> next to the statement and <references> at the base of the article.
    • To improve navigation, add the type of reference and the subject of it:
      • Example: <ref>Web link: websiteofreference.co.uk Website of reference< /ref>

Categories

  • Every article must be linked with a category. To do so, simply insert [[Category:Name of category]] at the bottom of the article or use the category bar on the right editing console.
  • Naming: Category names must be capitalised and contain as few words as possible so that articles with a high number of categories won't look cluttered up.
    • Example: Events in Need for Speed: Carbon -> Events (Carbon)
  • Sorting: All categories must be sorted in a logical order instead of being randomly placed after another.

Media

Naming

  • All uploaded content must have an effective name to allow for easier searching and to keep related content together.
  • Users that upload a personal image for either their signature templates, blog or user page must include their username in the image filename.
    • A example of this is "File:LeMansRacer_MercMcLarenSLR722001.jpg" as it highlights the username, describes the content shown in the image and highlights that it should not be used in an article.

Audio

  • Allowed Content: The following is a list of everything that may be uploaded in audio format:
    • In-game vehicle sounds
    • In-game narrations and character speech
    • All user page-intended files
  • Quality: All audio files must be in good quality (proper volume, no contortions) and reasonable length. You may only upload in ogg format.

Images

  • Relevance: Article images should not be purely decorative and must be relevant to the article, as well as highlight the subject.
  • Disallowed Images: The following images are not allowed as well as those highlighted by Wikipedia's Image Policy;
    • Images taken with a camera
    • Images with a watermark
    • Images of degraded quality (too dark, too small, blurry, hidden, etc.)
    • Images taken at poor graphic settings (PC titles)
    • Images with the intent of advertising (Fan sites, modification sites, social network sites or "clan" sites.
    • Note: Images depicting pre-release content from upcoming titles are exempt from this rule, as they are used as references.
  • Recommended Quality: All images on the Need for Speed Wiki should meet the following quality standards whenever possible:
    • Images relating to games released during or after 2005 must be in a widescreen format (16:9).
    • Releases before 2005 may be either in a widescreen (16:9) or standard (4:3) format.
    • Handheld device releases are exempt but must match device resolution.
    • All images must be at least 1280x720 (0.9 Mpx) resolution but not above 1920x1080 (20.7 Mpx).
      • Icons must be of a square resolution - 32x32, 64x64, etc.
    • All images must be of a square pixel aspect ratio.
    • Larger images must be in a .jpeg format.
    • Icon images must be in a .png format with a transparent background (alpha channel).
    • Images that have been uploaded but not have not been placed into an article or user page will be deleted, unless they are linked.

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