This is the Gaiapedia's Manual of Style, please do not do any reorganization and cleanup of wikitext on the wiki unless you are fixing things to follow this style guideline.

Disclaimer: This manual is still a work in progress. Anything written here is subject to change, and certain exceptions may apply.

Writing style

  • Gaia Interactive, Inc. is a North American (United States) company, and thus this Wiki will use standard American English.
    • The exceptions are if Gaia Online provides words in a different language or standard.
  • Internet slang (netspeak) shall not be used when it comes to writing comprehensive articles.
    • While Gaia Online is known for adopting netspeak, this should be done as reference while on Gaiapedia.
    • If this involves specifically named subjects by Gaia Online itself, then the Wiki will adhere to it.
  • Articles will commonly be written in past-tense, given that this is an archival Wiki.
    • Present-tense will only be used when a subject, such as character or storyline, allows for it.
  • Grammar, Punctuation, and proper Capitalization is to be expected.

WikiText style

  • This Wiki has its own set of namespaces, they are: Item:, NPC:, Map:, and Manga:.
    • When linking to any of these namepaces a pipeline will be used. [[Item:Angelic Halo|]] will become [[Angelic Halo]] to readers upon contributor saving an edit.
  • Things like [[gaian|gaian]] and [[Gaian|gaian]] are pointless, only [[Gaian]] should be used.
    • This also applies to links written to denote a plural: don't write the link as [[Gaian|Gaians]]; instead use [[Gaian]]s.
  • When using galleries, include hideaddbutton=true in the parameters of <gallery>: this prevents Image guideline violations by the addition of bad images.

Article titling

Unless normally written with different capitalization or the article follows one of the other standards below article titles use Title Case, otherwise known as Book Case where all words except unimportant ones such as "the", "in", "of", etc... are Capitalized (e.g. Manual of Style)

  • Names are not stored in biographical format, but in normal English. e.g. Gino Gambino as opposed to the biographical format Gambino, Gino.
  • With the exception of improper names(Superhero style if you wish to call it so), "The" is not part of a name, So The Von Helson Sisters article is [NPC:Von Helson Sisters]\ not "The Von Helson Sisters". The only exception for this is for official names that are not proper names such as and The Overseer.
  • Annual, and Anniversary balls have a naming scheme that goes "The _______ Gaian _______ Ball" Where the first option is the word format with suffix in other words, First, Second, etc... And the second option is either Annual or Anniversary. eg. The First Gaian Annual Ball. Note that all words have their first letter Capitalized.
  • Yearly Events such as Easter, Christmas, and Halloween are suffixed with the year. This year is not in the 200# format, but the 2k# format. So The Easter event for 2005 would be Easter 2k5, and The Halloween of 2003 would be Halloween 2k3. Unless said event has its own titling given by Gaia Online announcements.

Article formatting

This Wiki has a layout policy for each of its primary subjects.

Main article: Gaiapedia:Policy/Page Layout

General Standards

Bias, Point of View Problem, Disputes

Articles on Gaiapedia should always be neutral. Sometimes there might be controversial topics or events that the source may be biased. If you see a biased article and you think that may be bias, put the {{POV}} tag at the top of the article.

Please show two points of view, meaning don't be a hypocrite. Show the reader all sides to make it neutral.

Ways to stay Neutral

  1. Do not only provide one point of view, but all relevant viewpoints as necessary.
  2. Support your article with actual facts.
  3. Use a reliable source.

Ways to detect Bias

There are ways to detect if the article is biased. Here's how.

  1. The article only provides one point of view.
  2. Facts come from the source may be biased.
  3. Is the article lack diversity?
  4. Do the facts in the article have to deal with the article?

Cleaning up Bias

Cleaning up Bias may be difficult, but it can be done.

  1. Gather facts from other perspectives or another points of view.
  2. Make sure your sources are not biased.
  3. Support your facts with valid sources.
  4. Never use user comments.
  5. Make sure your facts deal with the article.

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