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We like to keep things uniform here at the [adult swim] wiki, so please try to follow this manual of style.

For information on the most basic writing techniques and styles, which are used here, see Wikipedia's Manual of Style.

Below is the format for all things that are not already covered in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Contents [hide]

   * 1 Layout guide
         o 1.1 In-universe
         o 1.2 OOU articles on reference works
               + 1.2.1 List for "Appearances" and "New continuity"
         o 1.3 OOU articles about real people
   * 2 Naming articles
         o 2.1 Using the #
   * 3 Perspective
         o 3.1 In-universe
         o 3.2 Out-of-universe

Layout guide In-universe

All in-universe articles should be structured as follows:

  1. Title/Infobox
  2. Main article
  3. Stub
  4. Behind the scenes (notice the capitalization)
  5. Appearances
  6. Sources
  7. Notes and references
  8. See also
  9. External links
 10. Succession box
 11. Interwiki links
 12. Category 

For more details as to what each section of an article should contain, see the Layout Guide. Please note that not all articles use every section. OOU articles on reference works

All out-of-universe articles (usually on the people who voice characters, or write shows) should be structured thusly.

  1. Title/Infobox
  2. Introduction
  3. Stub
  4. Appearances
  5. Notes and references
  6. See also
  7. External links
  8. Succession box
  9. Interwiki links
 10. Category 

List for "Appearances"

All appearances should be listed episode by episode, not blanket "All Episodes" listings.

OOU articles about real people Naming articles

There are some rules regarding how articles should be named.

   * Article names should be singular.
   * The titles of articles about individual characters should be the name by which the character was most commonly known, with later names preferred to earlier names, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames.
   * Unless the name of the article contains (or is) a proper noun, none of the words should be capitalized.
   * For articles without a known name, use "unidentified" with no category piping.

For more details, see the naming conventions (in development; in case of contradictions, regulations of this Manual of Style apply), and the archived Consensus track discussions on article naming conventions.

Using the #

Do not use the # in a link unless you intend to direct to a section of that article with the title after the # as a section. When linking to articles, particular books and guides with numbers denoting their order, omit the # and simply put the number. Otherwise the software will look for that number as a section title on the page.

Perspective: In-universe, refer to all things as though [adult swim] is its own universe and you are in it, unless the article is about an actor/writer/director, then you should write from this universe.

Headings

Use the == (heading) markup for headings, not the (bold) markup. Example:

   ===This is a heading=== 

which produces:

   This is a heading 

If you mark headings this way, a table of contents is automatically generated from the headings in an article. Sections can be automatically numbered for users with that preference set and words within properly marked headings are given greater weight in searches. Headings also help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article.

   * Capitalize the first letter only of the first word and of any proper nouns in a heading, and leave all of the other letters in lower case.
   * Avoid links within headings.
   * Avoid overuse of sub-headings. 

Usage and spelling

Though the readers and editors speak many varieties of English, we mandate standard American English spelling, grammar, punctuation, and word usage. This is the variety of English used in the first printings of most primary sources.

If a word has two acceptable variants in American English, the one that is considered "more American" is to be used. Such example is the spelling of judgement as judgment. The only exception of this rule is the spelling of words ending in -ogue: while dialog is an acceptable version of dialogue, the latter is preferred.

If the title of an article differs in different varieties of English, the American title should be the article title, with alternate names being used as redirects.

If a source's title is in British English, it must not be converted into American English. The Travelling Jindas must always be referred to as such. Also, if a direct quotation from a British source has a word which is spelled differently in American English, the original British spelling must be preserved. However, a [sic] sign may be put after the word.

Tense

All in-universe articles should be in past tense.

Any suggestions to modifications to this Manual of Style should be posted to the talk page before anything is changed.

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