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This is the one-stop page for all Fantendo article standards.

Thank you for reading the Fantendo article standards! We enforce these standards for quality control. Please understand that others may criticize and edit your work to enforce the rules and standards.

By editing the wiki, you agree to accept and follow these standards.

Have any questions?

Flagging articles

Readers should flag articles that don't meet the standards.

To flag an article, add the appropriate template to the top of the article. If someone wrongfully flags articles, an admin may warn them for vandalism.

For most articles, use the {{Rewrite}}, {{SpeedyRewrite}}, or {{Delete}} template, depending on severity. When the template's timer expires, an admin can choose to delete the article.

For articles about subjects that aren't from Fantendo, use the {{CanonRewrite}} template. This template has no timer, because linking to these articles is common and convenient, and people other than the article creator can add correct information.

It's helpful to add a revision or deletion reason. To add a reason, set the template's first parameter. For example, {{Rewrite|Too short}} tells the article creator know how to improve their article: by making it longer.

If your article has been flagged

When you've improved the article to address the revision or deletion reason, feel free to remove the flag template.

If you think your article has been wrongfully flagged, consider discussing it in the comments or talking to an admin. Removing the template yourself may seem confrontational, so it's better to start a discussion first.

We generally don't give leeway for promises to improve an article later. Many people abandon articles that don't meet the standards, even after such promises. The standard {{Rewrite}} timer helps track the 2 weeks to improve the article, which should usually be enough time.

If you can't revise your article within the timer, you can copy the source code to a private workspace, and improve the article there. We recommend copying it to your sandbox, or a word processor such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

If your article has already been deleted, it's not too late. You can ask an admin to send you a copy of the article's source code. When you've addressed the deletion reason, feel free to create the article again. Please don't create the article again before it's improved, or it may be deleted again.

Length

Articles should contain more than an image, an infobox, a list, or a few sentences.

Please add a lead section with general information on the article's subject, and one or more sections for specific details. Depending on the type of article, common sections may include Abilities, Bosses, Characters, Development, Gallery, Gameplay, History, Items, Levels, Locations, Plot, Personality, Powers, and Trivia.

Articles less than 500 bytes (letters and other characters) long are considered stubs, and may be flagged.

This section doesn't apply to webcomic pages, which are usually a single image with links to other pages.

To check your article's length

You can check your article's length (in bytes) by pasting the source code into a character count tool.

If you've already published your article, you can check its length in the revision history.

Lists

Please add information for each list item.

Pokémon:
  • Ivysaur: This dual Grass/Poison-type can attack with vines and sharpened leaves, and photosynthesize through the bulb on its back to restore health.
  • Charizard: A bulky, firebreathing Fire-type, it can Mega Evolve into two stronger forms, but its flaming tail is a weak point if put out.
  • Squirtle: This Water-type's size and weight make it an evasive small target; it can also retreat into its shell to increase its defense.

Do: Add detail to lists.

Pokémon:
  • Ivysaur
  • Charizard
  • Squirtle

Don't: This list doesn't explain the differences between each item.

If your list has a lot of information in a standard format, consider converting it into a table. Tables are easier to read, and can automatically be sorted.

Pokémon
# Name Types Weight (lb.) Description
002 Ivysaur Grass
Poison
29 Ivysaur can attack with vines and sharpened leaves, and photosynthesize through the bulb on its back to restore health.
006 Charizard Fire 200 A bulky firebreather, Charizard can Mega Evolve into two stronger forms, but its flaming tail is a weak point if put out.
007 Squirtle Water 20 Squirtle's size and weight make it an evasive small target; it can also retreat into its shell to increase its defense.

Do: Consider using tables to organize information.

Grammar

Articles should use good spelling and grammar.

Poorly written articles are likely to be flagged for revision or deletion. This also applies to joke articles.

Super Mario Odyssey 2 is a game for the Nintendo Switch, released in 2020 by Nintendo.

Do: Use good spelling and grammar.

super merio odissey 2 is 2020 nitedo game for switch

Don't: Bad spelling and grammar make the passage seem unprofessional. Consider using a spell checker.

We prefer an encyclopedic tone. This helps articles seem more realistic and unbiased.

Mario Kart 9 received "universal acclaim", according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Do: Use an encyclopedic tone to add a sense of realism.

Mario Kart 9 is the best game ever!

Don't: This subjective passage seems biased, and may make the author seem vain.

If you're learning English

If you want help with grammar, add the {{NotEnglish}} template to the top of your article. This template lets readers correct the article's grammar. For more help, please contact an admin.

Formatting

This also applies to joke articles.

Instead of using basic color names such as blue, which are often too pure (bright and saturated), we recommend choosing colors from an X11 color name chart. Try to choose colors that aren't too pure, don't clash with each other, and create contrast between the text and background.

Luigi

Do: Create contrast between the text and background.

Luigi

Don't: Pure, clashing colors make the content hard to look at and read.

Templates

Templates are a type of page whose contents are included in multiple articles.

Many commonly used templates can help articles look professional and consistent.

If you want to include a notice or other content on multiple articles, consider creating a new template.

Categorization

Use the category modules to add as many relevant categories to an article as possible. Category pages organize similar articles so readers can find them more easily.

Add existing categories when possible. New categories should be applicable to many pages. For consistency, format the names of new categories as noun phrases in Title Case.

Do: Add as many relevant categories as possible.

Don't: This new category is already covered by Characters or Real People.

Don't: This new category is overly specific, and doesn't apply to many pages.

If you spam categories for badges, the offending edits will be reverted and you'll receive a warning. You're allowed to earn badges by adding relevant categories.

Don't: Don't spam categories.

Creativity

This isn't punishable, but we find that creativity and originality make articles more interesting. Creative content can express an author's unique voice and interests. It can reduce monotony by adding original elements, making articles' ideas less interchangeable.

Following these standards suggests an encyclopedic article format. But an article's subject can range from an informed prediction to an unrealistic author appeal project. You can take creative liberties. Consider the balance between realism and expression that you want an article to strike.

Please also remember this balance when requesting content for a specific article. More creative projects tend to be more personal, so these requests can clash with the author's creative vision. Instead, consider creating your own article to host your ideas and creative vision.

Mature content

To protect children and others who don't want to see mature content, tag articles containing sensitive or inappropriate themes. Please handle these subjects with care and subtlety.

Mild mature content is allowed but should be tagged. This includes cursing, alcohol and drug references, sexual references, and mild violence. To tag an article containing mild mature content, add {{Mature}} to the top of the article.

Tasteless and explicit mature content aren't allowed. Mature content shouldn't break the Fandom Community Guidelines. Please flag any such articles for revision or deletion, depending on the severity of the content.

This section also applies to files. Explicit files are deleted on sight.

Reasons for deletion

When an admin deletes a page, they can leave a deletion reason to explain why.

This is a standard part of the deletion process, but it isn't mandatory. If the deletion reason isn't obvious, please make sure you understand the rules and standards, then ask an admin for clarification.

Rules and standards violations

Copyright violation
The content infringed on a copyright and had to be removed.
Community conduct violation
The content broke a rule under the Community section on the rules page.
Explicit or offensive content
Illegal content
The content broke a law and had to be removed.
Plagiarism
A significant amount of content was copied from somewhere else. It should've been written in an original way.
Poorly written content
Recreated deleted content
The content was deleted, then created again without being improved.

Maintenance

Author request
The content's author requested it for deletion. It may have met the standards, but they wanted it removed.
Expired flag
The {{Rewrite}}, {{SpeedyRewrite}}, or {{Delete}} flag expired. The specific revision or deletion reason should appear after "content was:".
List article
Stub
The article was too short.

Namespace-specific reasons

Broken or useless redirect
The redirect linked to a nonexistent page, wasn't used, or wasn't relevant to the target page.
Duplicate file
A copy of the file was already uploaded.
Unused category
The category didn't apply to enough pages to be useful.

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