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The Manual of Style is the style manual for all Frontierpedia articles.

Grammar

Capital letters

Acronyms

All acronyms must be written with capital letters (such as TMAFE, PNG, USA). Do not write them as a generic word, such as writing TMAFE as Tmafe.

All capitals and small capitals

Avoid writing sentences using all caps or all small caps. Sentences must be properly structured and cannot be "THIS IS A TEST SENTENCE ON AN ARTICLE" or "this is a test sentence on an article". A properly structured would be "This is a test sentence on an article."

Calendar items

It is required to capitalize the names of months, days, and holidays. Some examples include: Monday, January, Christmas, Fourth of July, June. Seasons are are to remain uncapitalized unless at the beginning of a sentence (such as "It is expected to spring soon").

Capitalization of "The"

Capitalization of the word "The" should be done only be done if its part of official name of the entity you are writing about. A proper use case of a capital "The" would be "The Microsoft Agent Frontier Empire", where "The" is included in the name. If "The" is not included is not included in the name or the sentence doesn't begin with the word "the", then don't capitalize it.

Initial letter in sentences and list items

All sentences and list items must begin with a capital letter. This doesn't apply if a letter is left uncapitalized (such as "eBay"), though it is preferable to recast the sentence.

Punctuation

Apostrophes

Use straight apostrophes ('), not curly apostrophes (’). Do not use accent marks or backticks (`) as apostrophes.

Quotation marks

Use regular quotation marks (") and not curly (”) quotation marks. This also applies to single apostrophe quotes.

Brackets and parentheses

If a sentence contains a bracketed phrase, place the sentence punctuation outside the brackets (as shown here). However, where one or more sentences are wholly inside brackets, place their punctuation inside the brackets. The order of brackets and parentheses is "([ ])".

Commas

A pair of commas can bracket an appositive (as can brackets or dashes, though with greater interruption of the sentence). This rule will always apply unless another punctuation mark takes the place of the second comma.

Colons

A colon (:) introduces something which demonstrates, explains, or modifies what has come before, or is a list of items that has just been introduced. The items in such a list may be separated by commas; or, if they are more complex and perhaps themselves contain commas, the items should be separated by semicolons or arranged in a bulleted list.

Numbers

Numbers one through ten must be spelled out if they are referring to the amount of something (such as "there are ten examples").

Semicolons

A semicolon (;) is sometimes an alternative to a full stop (period), enabling related material to be kept in the same sentence; it marks a more decisive division in a sentence than a comma. If the semicolon separates clauses, normally each clause must be independent (meaning that it could stand on its own as a sentence). In many cases, only a comma or only a semicolon will be correct in a given sentence.

Correct: Though he had been here before, I did not recognize him.
Incorrect: Though he had been here before; I did not recognize him.

Above, "Though he had been here before" cannot stand on its own as a sentence, and therefore is not an independent clause.

Correct: Oranges are an acidic fruit; bananas are classified as alkaline.
Incorrect: Oranges are an acidic fruit, bananas are classified as alkaline.

Dates and time

Dates

Full dates are formatted as "June 17th" or "June 17th, 2021". Try to avoid using numerical formatting unless it is absolutely required. If it is required, it is recommended to use MM/DD/YYYY.

Months

Months should be spelled out in full such as "January" instead of "Jan".

Possessives

Singular nouns

For the possessive of singular nouns, including proper names and words ending in s, add 's (my daughter's achievement, my niece's wedding, Cortez's men, the boss's office, Illinois's largest employer, Descartes's philosophy, Verreaux's eagle). Exception: abstract nouns ending with an /s/ sound, when followed by sake (for goodness' sake, for his conscience' sake). If a name ending in s or z would be difficult to pronounce with 's added (Jesus's teachings), consider rewording (the teachings of Jesus).

Plural nouns

  • For a normal plural noun, ending with a pronounced s, form the possessive by adding just an apostrophe (my sons' wives, my nieces' weddings).
  • For a plural noun not ending with a pronounced s, add 's (women's careers, people's habits, mice's whiskers; The two Dumas's careers were controversial, but where rewording is an option, this may be better: The career of each Dumas was controversial).

Official names

Official names (of companies, organizations, or places) should not be altered. (St Thomas' Hospital should therefore not be rendered as St Thomas's Hospital or St. Thomas Hospital, even for consistency.)

First-person and second-person pronouns

Under no circumstance should these be used in an article unless they are being quoted. For example, if there is an article about yourself, you aren't allowed to put "I like..." You must use a third person pronoun or the name of that individual or entity.

Vocabulary

Contractions

Avoid contractions, which have little place in formal writing. For example, write do not instead of don't.

TMAFE specific terminology

TMAFE specific terminology is allowed to be used in articles. This includes words such as "frontierification" or "raid". You may find a list of this terminology on Frontierpedia:Terminology.

Formality

Inserting misinformation

Inserting misinformation is prohibited and will degrade the accuracy of an article. Please be respectful and do not insert any misinformation.

Insults

When editing an article about an enemy, do not use insults to refer or make fun of the enemy. Although to some it may be tempting, it is not allowed. Frontierpedia is an online encyclopedia for content related to TMAFE. Filling enemy pages with insults only removes most of the validity Frontierpedia has. You are only allowed to insult the enemy on the talk page of the article, the enemy's talk page, or on your own talk page.

Obscenity

Articles are not to be filled with obscenity under any circumstance. This includes swears, insults, or excessive vandalism.

Other article requirements

Bias

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Frontierpedia has a slight ally/TMAFE bias that is recommended to be kept on all pages. Extreme biases of either side will be reverted or edited to fit the tilt-ally bias. You may contact an admin or edit the page yourself if you believe information in it is too biased.

Categories

All articles must use the proper and correct category. For example, a piece of software using the "Software" category.

Infoboxes

All articles that are on a user, entity, software, website, e-nations, or communities must have infobox present. You can find a list of infoboxes under list of infobox templates and modernized infoboxes.

No opinions

You are not allowed to use opinions in an article unless you are quoting or stating what another person has said. Even if the article is about yourself, you must use third-person language when referring to your opinions.

Correct: He stated that he believes...
Incorrect: I think that...

Page templates

Proper template usage is required on all pages. This means not using a Wikipedia template on an article that does not have over 50% of its content from Wikipedia. Here is a list of page templates with a short description:

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The incomplete template is the stub template and indicates an article is incomplete or needs more information.

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The protected template is used to state whether a page is protected. This template cannot be present if the defended template is also present.

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The defend template is identical to the protected one but is usually only temporary and can be removed by an admin whenever vandalism on that particular page comes to a halt. This template cannot be present if the protected template is also present.

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The outdated template is used if content on a page is severely out of date and needs to be updated.

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The historical template is used on pages of users that are no longer relevant to the community.

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The Wikipedia template is used when an article contains 50% or more information from Wikipedia.

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The stub section template is used for when a specific section of a page needs to be expanded with more information. This does include galleries.

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The fiction template is used when an article is mostly fiction.

Trivia

All articles are required to have a Trivia section, a section which is a quick summary of facts about the topic in the article.

What Frontierpedia is not

Frontierpedia is an encyclopedia, and is not a/is not:

  • Advertising hub - Don't create articles that are essentially just advertisements. The hCAPTCHA on the register page keeps out most advertising spambots.
  • Anarchist state - There are rules to follow. If you don't follow them, you get banned; it is that simple.
  • Battleground - Raiders or vandals will be blocked and all subsequent edits done by them will be reverted.
  • Censored - Frontierpedia allows content if it doesn't violate the rules. Just because you got blocked for breaking a rule doesn't mean we are pro-censorship.
  • Compulsory - Contributing isn't mandatory. You are allowed to contribute at any time you want as long as it follows the rules and the MOS.
  • Dating site - Keep mentions of sexuality and such out of articles or user profiles.
  • Game - Don't treat the site as a game or do challenges such as seeing how fast you can get blocked by the abuse filter.
  • Free speech forum - If what you are saying violates the rules, don't cry out when you get blocked or warned.
  • Social network - Frontierpedia is not a social network. The closest things on the platform to that are the talk pages (where you can discuss that specific page) and user pages (where you can customize your profile).
  • Twitter bio - Keep identity politics and trigger warnings out of articles.