CoinFactsWiki:Manual of style
Our Manual of style is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving CoinFactsWiki a consistent look and feel. Most of these rules have exceptions, but to put together a good reference work collaboratively, it's best to follow the rules unless they're quite inappropriate for a particular situation.
The Manual is broken up into different pages so that this one doesn't get overloaded with extraneous text. It makes it easier to find and update individual rules or concepts if they're on their own pages. Finally, it's easier for smarty-pantses to link to the particular rule being broken from talk pages for articles.
If all this stuff makes your head swim, and you don't want to bother with it, by all means plunge forward and just start sharing your knowledge. Other WikiNumismatists will come through and bring your contributions more in line with the style guide.
If you have a question about the specifics of the Manual, or want to see it changed/amended/clarified, use the talk page for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found here.
This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of CoinFactsWiki as a whole.
- Main Page guidelines - how to add links to the Main Page
- What is an article? - how and when to start new articles
- Article naming conventions - how to name an article
- Disambiguation pages - when to make them and how to use them
- Varieties- how Varieties fit into CoinFactsWiki
- Categories - using the MediaWiki categories feature
- Using Mediawiki templates - using the MediaWiki Template: transclusion feature
- Mediawiki template index - a list of available Mediawiki templates
These rules are about laying out individual articles. That is, they describe how we take raw information and put it in a format that's easily usable by WikiNumismatists.
- Article templates - consistent articles. Standard sections and formatting.
- Where you can stick it - finding a place to share your knowledge
- Section headers - formatting guidelines for the section headers
- Avoid HTML - avoiding HTML formatting
- Information boxes - when, how and when not to use information boxes