The Dragon Age Fanon wiki's Manual of Style requires that all articles follow the rules stated below. This official policy acts as a guide to ensure that all articles are uniform with certain encyclopedic standards. Most of the rules are required unless otherwise noted.
All in-universe articles should be structured as follows:
- Behind the scenes
- See also
- External links
Note: An article will not always have all of the sections, nor is it required for an article to do so.
- Publisher's/Author's summary
- Plot summary
- Excerpts (optional)
- Behind the scenes
- Cover gallery
- See also
- External links
Note: This list is more flexible than the in-universe articles, as it applies to articles about fan fictions, reference guides, and other fan works and non-in-universe subjects. It does not refer to out-of-universe people.
Perspective and tense
"In-universe" applies to material belonging to the Dragon Age universe. For example, a character in a fan film or novel is in-universe, as it is part of the story of Dragon Age. Some out-of-universe terms are also inappropriate in-universe. For example, the year system in which people use in the Dragon Age isn't the same as used in real life. All in-universe content must be written in the historical past tense with a third-person perspective. This is used to give the wiki a more professional look and feel.
"Out-of-universe" applies to material that belongs to the real world as opposed to the in-universe world, meaning it is written with a real-life perspective. Such material includes, but is not limited to, voice actors, authors, developers, franchises, series’, books, and other articles and materials that would acknowledge a subject is fictional.
Out-of-universe articles use both present and past tense. For an article's synopsis of a fan fiction piece, or other such fan works, present tense would be used, treating the story as if it was currently ongoing. For example, a synopsis would say "Allistar walks to the throne room," as opposed to "Allistar walked to the throne room." Information about a work's development, namely the history of how that work came to be, need to be written in the past tense.
Point of view
All articles are to be written with a neutral point of view, meaning that views, facts, and other relevant types of information about the subject are represented fairly and without bias. An example of a POV article would be "Grey Warden's Quest is the greatest story in the world!" This is POV because the statement is a personal opinion. Both in-universe and out-of-universe articles, as well as article templates and categories need to follow this. It is an important principle when attempting to maintain an encyclopedic atmosphere.
The easiest way to know whether something requires a neutral point of view is to determine whether the piece of information in question could have multiple opinions, both in and out-of-universe, that need to be presented, but not asserted. All significant points of view are presented as opposed to simply the most popular one, and the most popular view or an intermediate view should not be asserted to be correct. This does not, however, mean that the article cannot inform the reader which view was more popular in-universe (or out-of-universe, depending on the context). It simply means that the article should not assert that the most popular one is the correct one. Readers need to be left to form their own opinions.
It is important to note that a neutral point of view is still a point of view, simply one that does not agree or disagree with a particular claim, or other relevant piece of information. Because of this, a neutral point of view should not be confused with a total lack of or elimination of point of view.
"Heading" refers to the sections found within an article. They are created using the equal sign in order to generate larger names with either a solid gray line or simply large black letters, depending on the amount of equal signs used. To make a heading, use the
== code (the number of equal signs may vary depending on the specific section) rather than the '''bold''' markup. For example:
===This is a heading===
If headings are marked in that way, a table of contents will automatically be generated from all of the headings in the article depending on the amount of headings that are provided. Sections will be automatically numbered in the table of contents for users with that preference set, and words within properly marked headings will be given greater weight in searches. Headings also help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article in an organized fashion.
Only the first letter of the first word of a heading title and proper nouns in a heading are to be capitalized, with all other letters remaining lower case. Furthermore, links are not to be used in headings. Overuse of sub-headings should also be avoided.
While we acknowledge that the readers and editors of this wiki speak many varieties of the English language, this wiki mandates standard American English spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage. The reason for this is not bias towards an American standard, but rather because this is the variety of English used in the first printings of most canon primary sources.