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The Cheetah Girls Wiki:Manual of Style

The purpose of the Manual of Style is to provide a series of guidelines for users when creating articles for The Cheetah Girls wiki. These elements should be followed accordingly and with each article created. Doing so reduces any potential workload on other users. Any questions regarding this manual may be directed at the administrators.

Tips on writing better content

If you are unfamiliar with Wiki-style editing, please review the Wikia Help page. If you are inexperienced with Wiki code, please play around with the Sandbox.

If you're familiar with the code used on Wikia, but would like advice on how to actually write a better article, please review the following essay, located on Wikipedia.

Referencing other characters

Whenever a character is first introduced into an article, they should always be referenced by their full name, unless such information is unavailable. Subsequent mentions of a character by name may use their first name or another name they are commonly referred by.

Sources

Under most circumstances, a source for a given article will be officially released media (be it a game, film, or novel). For general information that the average user could obtain on their own, such as something that occurred within a movie, no source needs to be cited.

In other instances, some information may come from an official source, but isn't readily available to the general public (a prime example of this are the production notes and creator interviews). In such instances, a source of this kind should be cited or linked to.

Is an article a stub, or is it incomplete?

While it is a tenement of Wikia and the Wiki format that all articles can be improved, any article that is encountered and thought to be unfinished should be tagged as such. We have three templates to fulfill such a purpose.

  • Cleanup Template - This template should be used on articles that are generally complete, but suffer from severe grammatical issues or poor Wiki coding.
  • Stub Template - Please insert this template into an article that consists of only a few sentences, but concerns itself with a large body of content, such as a game or main character article. Most item articles aren't considered stubs.
  • Incomplete Article Template - This template should be placed into articles that present some substantial information, but lack a majority of available information.

If an article looks as though it could be tagged with more than one of the above templates, please address the issue on the article's talk page.

Past tense vs. present tense

Please write all articles in the present tense. For example: "Selene heads back to the mansion", as compared to "Selene headed back to the mansion".

Tips on punctuation

Italic titles

Games or titles should be written in italic for easier understanding of what it means (although not necessary, it is preferred). For example:

  • The Cheetah Girls (film)
  • The Cheetah Girls (novel)
  • Dancing Cat
  • Chanel Simmons
  • Galleria Garibaldi
  • Underworld (comic)

Capitals in headings

Taken from Wikipedia's Manual of Style:

"Use sentence-style capitalization, not title-style capitalization: Capitalize the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns in headings, but leave the rest lower case. Thus "Rules and regulations", not "Rules and Regulations".

Tips on linking and file sharing

Multiple links

Please make attempts to avoid making multiple links to the same article. For example, if you already have a link to the page Aqua Walker in an article, please don't add another link to the same page later in the article.

Picture rules

  • Appropriate pictures are welcome on all articles, however, please keep sizes at 250px and below.
  • Please categorize uploaded pictures into the appropriate category.
  • Do not upload duplicate photos.
  • Do not remove pictures from pages without good reason. If you replace an infobox image, please place the old picture in the article's gallery.