Help:Layout

The following serves as an overview and example of how articles should be laid out. While some articles may diverge from this format, this should serve as a helpful tool for new editors and a way to keep the wiki easy to navigate and read.

This is a fairly generic guide. Specific, commonly created types of articles may have an available template. Several of these are listed as links when you create a new page (for example, Template:New character).

Many articles will have an infobox. Infoboxes appear along the righthand side of the article and serve to summarize key points about the topic. For a full list of available infoboxes, please see here: Infobox Templates.

If the article has a title very similar to another one (eg: Thordak the dragon and Thordak (episode) the Campaign 1 episode), you may wish to put a link clarifying this at the top, eg: "This page is about the episode. For the red dragon, see Thordak."

The lede of the article is next: this is a brief description of article content. The lede may appear in the mouseover summaries and in search results, so unlike the rest of the article (and wiki), this should be relatively spoiler free. The first sentence should include the article title, and that title should be bolded.

Headers[edit source]

The information in the article will be put under headers. Often these headers will have standardized names for the type of article; for example, the New Character template's first header reads "Description".

Subheaders[edit source]

Subheaders go below the header and you can create them by adding additional equals signs. Headers and subheaders will automatically be used to generate a table of contents for the article with links so you can jump to each section.

Not all headers in a template have to be filled out. For example, not all locations are populated, so the "Notable People" section may be empty. You can either hide an unused section by commenting it out like this <!--this is a comment, which will appear in light gray when you are editing the page but not when reading it--> or deleting it. Commenting out is often useful for articles that may be fleshed out more by the campaign as it continues; deleting makes more sense for articles on topics that are unlikely to come up again. However, we never know, and sections can always be re-added!

Other notes on sectioning[edit source]

Please refer to the page templates for specific information on some commonly used sections; the New Character template will cover, for example, how to properly format quotes or use the "Appearances and Mentions" section. If you're creating a page for which there isn't a page template, feel free to ask an experienced editor or administrator for advice.

Additionally, it's okay to deviate from a template if it makes sense to do so given the topic. Some examples of pages with unique headers are Tide's Breath and Avalir. Templates are here to guide you and make article creation more simple, but they are not a mandate.

Trivia[edit source]

Trivia always goes at the bottom of the article. As with other headers, it's okay to remove or comment out if there is nothing that fits under that header.

Trivia should be limited to, well, trivia: relevant and interesting details that don't fit elsewhere in the article. Trivia must still maintain a neutral point of view, even if it is discussing an opinion, and should never be used for canonical information.

References[edit source]

{{Reflist}} will gather up the references you cited throughout the article and display them.

Art: {{Reflist|group="art"}} will do the same for art credits. If a page has no art, feel free to comment out the "Art:" portion. If you are adding art to a page that previously did not have some, check to make sure the art credit section is there, and add it if it was removed or never added!

Don't forget to put a category at the bottom! Categories make articles easier to find and group similar articles together. Note that some templates automatically add categories; read the help text in the template for more details.

Examples of good pages[edit source]

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