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This page is an official policy on WoWWiki.
This policy has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.
Naming conventions for specific article types
Articles about items present in WoW, should have their article named exactly as they are in WoW, including capitalization. For example, Linen Cloth.
Quests should be named with the "Quest:" prefix, followed by the exact name of the quest. If a quest line has the same name for multiple quests, the first quest by that name should follow the previous convention and further quests in the line should be disambiguated with parenthetical text signifying the quest part, i.e. (2), (3). If there are two quests by the same name, but they are different for Horde and Alliance you can:
- Make an article explaining both sides of the quest.
- Make two articles, one with the exact name of the quest and a second disambiguated with either (Horde) or (Alliance).
These rules ensure that anyone typing in Quest:Quest Name will be able to find the quest they want. The original icon should have a disambiguation link at the top pointing to the second article. For example, , .
- Some quests use punctuation that simply will not work in the Wiki. There is no policy on the matter, but it seems that often the best thing to do is to just skip those characters. See the policy talk page for more information.
Character pages should be listed under the character's full name (first and surname) if known, excluding titles such as "King" or "the Destroyer". For example, Arthas Menethil, Terenas Menethil II, Blackhand.
It should be noted that some races and characters do not have "surnames", names like "Hellscream" or "Lightbringer" (or "The Lightbringer") are in fact titles, these are allowed as the names are how they are commonly known or can disambig between more than one version of the character, for example Kazzak the Supreme.
API function descriptions are prefixed with "API " and then exactly as the function name, with the same capitalization and no whitespace. For example, API GetShapeshiftFormCooldown. Object methods use spaces rather than colons, e.g. API Font GetFont. See API Notation and Conventions for details.
- Main article: WoWWiki:Guild pages policy
- Main article: WW:PA
Personal articles, including almost all fan fiction articles, should be located as subpages of the author's user page (i.e. User:username/personal_article_name).
- Main article: WW:PC
Player character articles should be located as subpages of the server on which the player resides (i.e. Server:servername/PC_article_name; where servername includes either _US or _Europe at the end), or (though less preferred) located as subpages of the author's user page (i.e. User:username/PC_article_name).
All other articles should have the first word capitalized (this is unavoidable) and any additional words in lowercase. The exception is that proper nouns are always capitalized. For example, Help:Starting a new page.
Articles should also not include definite or indefinite articles ("the" and "a/an") at the beginning of the page name. For example, use First War to refer to the event, not The First War. There is an important exception to this rule: "the", "a" or "an" is included when it would be capitalized if it appeared in text. This exception applies to quest articles, titles of books, games, and similar works.
Additional naming rules
Normally, all articles are named in the singular form, e.g. the article describing the general properties and history of dragons is named dragon.
Exceptions to this rule:
- Names that are always plural, such as the Knights of the Silver Hand.
- Articles that are lists, e.g. Paladin spells. This may cause extra work in attempting to say "foo is a [[paladin spells|paladin spell]]", but the suggestion is to set up "paladin spell" as a redirect to "paladin spells" if there is no page describing the general properties of what a "paladin spell" is.
- In cases where you feel that visitors are likely to type in a plural name directly in the URL, it is perfectly acceptable to create a redirect, e.g. Dragons → Dragon.
- For "simple" items, it is also perfectly acceptable to create a lower-case redirect, e.g. linen cloth → Linen Cloth. Note that the case of the first letter is ignored in the wiki software: dragon is the same as Dragon, no redirect necessary.
- Redirects of category pages are never allowed according to the category policy.
Parenthetical text to distinguish page names, such as in Onyxia (tactics), should generally be in lower case. Only capitalize it if it is a proper name or title, such as War of the Spider (History of Warcraft), or an acronym such as in Events (API).
As for code in linking to each of these, you can type
and arrive at these two links: Onyxia. The parser will appropriately cosmetically drop what is found in parentheses.
Subpages and namespaces
For the purpose of capitalization, after the colon for a namespace is considered the start of the article title. For example, WoWWiki:Policy. Additionally each subpage is considered the start of an article name.
Race name case
Race names ("humans", "dwarves", etc.) are written in lowercase in WoWWiki. This also goes for when they appear in page names. Note that "nationalities" are capitalized, i.e. "Forsaken".
Obviously, the MediaWiki software will always capitalize the first word in the page title, and there is nothing we can do about that. This rule is only relevant for when a race is mentioned later in a page title.
- Note that regardless of this rule, articles named according to in-game NPCs are still capitalized as they are in-game, as per the NPC articles rule, above.
- Main article: WoWWiki:Category policy
Category names are put into sentence case, much as in article names, except with proper nouns.