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It is a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all editors.

This Manual of Style outlines a standard of clean, consistent formatting for articles in the League of Legends wiki. The formatting described here is a guideline and can be overridden when circumstances warrant it. These guidelines will never be perfect for every situation. However, please try your best to follow the advice outlined in this article so others may use your edits as an example when creating and editing their own articles.

This manual contains a summary of the most important guidelines for wiki contributions. A more extensive set of guidelines can be found in the Wikipedia website at Wikipedia Manual of Style.

Grammar and punctuation

When writing articles it is important to follow these rules of the English language:

  1. Don't use netspeak or any similar slang. We are compiling a professional resource for League of Legends fans.
  2. Keep your writing around a 6th Grade reading level. You don't need to fill it with big words to make it sound smarter, especially if you're not sure of how the word is used.
  3. Vary your words. Try to vary the words you use and the length of your sentences. It makes things sound more interesting.
  4. Capitalize words when appropriate (see below).
  5. Use correct punctuation. This includes commas, periods, quotation marks, and apostrophes (see below).
  6. Know the difference between homophones: there, their, and they're; here and hear; it's and its; who's and whose.

Capitalization

  1. Capitalize the first word of every sentence (e.g. Annie uses mainly her spells, instead of normal physical attacks).
  2. Capitalize proper nouns (e.g. Steve 'Pendragon' Mescon).
  3. Capitalize the first word in titles (e.g. "League of Legends", "Shaco the Demon Jester").
  4. Do not capitalize titles like "champion", "summoner" or similar except when used as a proper name. [1]
  5. Capitalize the names of champions, spells, items, runes, and masteries (e.g. Annie, Alpha Strike, Flash, Cloth Armor, Lesser Mark of Desolation, Strength of Spirit).
  6. Don't capitalize champion statistics (e.g. armor, magic resistance, magic penetration, life steal, tenacity). Acronyms are still capitalized, of course (e.g. MR, AD).

Italics

Italics are used for large works like games, movies, comics and books.

Example:

Italics can be applied in two ways:

  • In the source editor place two single quote marks before and after the text:
''League of Legends''
Note that these are single quotes ('), not double quotes (").
  • Both in the source and the visual editors: Highlight the text you want to put in italics and click the italics button in the toolbar above the edit box (the italics button looks slightly different in the two editors).

Links to articles

You can create links to articles in several ways:

Link to Syntax Syntax example Displays Notes
Article in the League of Legends wiki Name of the article surrounded by double brackets. [[Ashe]][[Ashe the Frost Archer]] Ashe If an article with that name does not exist, the link will show up in dark red, like this.
External website Address of the website surrounded by simple brackets. This will display the address. Optionally, you can add a description preceded by a space. [http://na. leagueoflegends.com The official LoL site] The official LoL site External links will show up in blue.
Article in Wikipedia {{w|Article name|Description}} and put the link inside {{w|League of Legends|the Wikipedia entry for the game}} the Wikipedia entry for the game
Other Wikia site {{wikia|name of the wikia|link after /wiki/}} {{wikia|dota| Steve_Feak-"Guinsoo"| Guinsoo}} "Guinsoo" Guinsoo
Sections within an article Same as a link to an article, adding a pipe (the vertical bar) and the name of the section afterwards. [[Summoner's Rift|the first map]] the first map Appears as the first map.

Don't repeat links within the same article. Put the link only in the first appearance of the term described by the article linked. There are some exceptions to this rule, though. For instance, in the Story section of a Champion article, link to an article the first time it appears even if it's been linked to previously.

Links to champions articles normally work using just the champion's name, leaving their title out. For example, the following links work the same: [[Master Yi]], [[Master Yi the Wuju Bladesman]], and [[Master Yi the Wuju Bladesman|Master Yi]].

Templates for links with icons

Some links can be displayed preceded by an icon by using a template. These templates are easy to use and make links stand out. They are available for links to articles about champions, abilities and items. Their syntax is as follows:

  • Template for champion links with icon: {{ci|<champion name>}}. Example: {{ci|Miss Fortune}} displays: Miss Fortune Miss Fortune.
  • Template for item link with icon: {{ii|<name>}}. Example: {{ii|Rod of Ages}} displays Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages.
  • Templates for champion ability links with icon. Link to the section for a specific ability in a champion's page. There are two of them:
    • Champion link followed by ability link: {{cai|<name of the ability>|<name of the champion>}}. Example: {{cai|Starcall|Soraka}} displays Soraka Soraka's Starcall.png Starcall.
    • Just the ability link: {{ai|<name of the ability>}}. Example: {{ai|Miasma}} displays Miasma.png Miasma.

You can use an additional parameter to change the text displayed. Example: {{ci|Miss Fortune|Miss Fortune the Bounty Hunter}} displays Miss Fortune Miss Fortune the Bounty Hunter.

Articles

Articles names

The names of articles follow these rules:

  • They are in singular form, not plural.
  • The initial letter of the name is capitalized. Otherwise, capital letters are used only where they would be used in a normal sentence.
  • The first word is not a, an, or the unless by convention one of those words is an inseparable part of a name.
  • The last visible character is not a punctuation mark.
  • Articles about champions, items, summoner spells and masteries are named as their in-game counterparts.

It may be appropriate to create redirects from one or two common misspellings or mis-capitalizations of titles to make users' searches easier.

Section headings

The guidelines for article names apply also to section headings. Apart from those, the names of section and subsection headings follow these conventions:

  • They are unique within a page. Otherwise the section links could point to the wrong section (see also below) and the automatic edit summary could be ambiguous.
  • They are descriptive and follow a consistent order.
  • They don't contain links.
  • They don't refer explicitly to the subject of the article or of higher level headings unless doing so is shorter or clearer.

Headings and subheadings follow a nested hierarchy, which is reflected visually by the font they use. Top level headings use the font "Heading". Their immediate subsections use the font "Sub-heading 1". The immediate subsections of these use the font "Sub-heading 2" and so on until they reach the font "Sub-heading 4" at the bottom of the hierarchy. When you created headings and sub headings make sure you follow this hierarchy in order and you don't skip levels.

The table of contents lists the headings in an article, providing an overview of its content and allowing readers to navigate the articles easily.

The source editor uses the following syntax for headings and sub headings:

==First level heading==
===Second level heading===
====Third level heading====
=====Fourth level heading=====
======Fifth level heading======

When you use this syntax follow these rules:

  • Spaces between the == and the heading text are optional (==H2== is equivalent to == H2 ==). These extra spaces don't affect the way the heading is displayed.
  • Include one blank line above the heading for readability in the edit window.
Heading use and misuse examples
Correct Random/chaotic Skipping levels

[Article lead here]
==Section== [level 2]
===Sub-section=== [3]
==Section== [2]
===Sub-section=== [3]
====Sub-sub-section==== [4]
==Section 3== [2]

[Article lead here]
====Section?==== [4]
===Section?=== [3]
==Section?== [2]
==Section?== [2]
====Section?==== [4]
===Section?=== [2]

[Article lead here]
[Level-2 section missing here]
===Section?=== [3]
==Section== [2]
[Level-3 sub-section missing here]
====Sub-section?==== [4]
==Section== [2]


Formatting guidelines

The Articles on League of Legends Wiki that constitute a set of types (Champions, Items, Minions, etc.) have usually a preset "template" that are very useful in case you don't know how to start or need guidelines on how certain information needs to be presented. The following pages give you an example of what the page should look like overall as well as provide a set of guidelines and rules to be used for that particular type of article.

General information

The following guidelines are currently an unwritten rule throughout the wiki, certain things are done certain ways on numerous pages, and numerous users have come to agree upon using a certain way to present same information over and over. So, this section will finally document these guidelines.

  • For champion abilities that gain bonus damage from attack damage, the conversion factor is typically written as percentage. Example: Spinning Slash.png Spinning Slash: attack damage scaling modified to 100% of bonus attack damage from 50% of total attack damage.
  • For champion abilities that gain bonus damage from ability power, the conversion factor is typically written as a decimal fraction. Example: Spinning Slash.png Spinning Slash: ability power ratio reduced to 0.7 from 0.8.

Categories

Pages are not placed directly into every possible category, only into the most specific one in any branch. This means that if a page belongs to a subcategory of C (or a subcategory of a subcategory of C, and so on) then it is not placed directly into C. Normally a new article will fit into existing categories – compare articles on similar topics to find what those categories are. Editors should categorize every article or file that currently has no category.

Particular considerations for categorizing articles:

  • Each article should be placed in all of the most specific categories to which it logically belongs.
  • Categorize articles by characteristics of the topic, not characteristics of the article.
  • An article should never be left with a non-existent (redlinked) category on it. Either the category should be created, or else the link should be removed or changed to a category that does exist.
  • By convention, category declarations are placed at the end of the wikitext.

For more information about categories, see Wikipedia:Categories.

Images

Twisted FateSquare

Twisted Fate's Square in a 120x120 px

Destiny

Twisted Fate's Ability in a 64x64 px

  • Images are preferred to be Right-alignment to left-alignment. Although this is allowed when other objects interfere or make it visually unappealing.
  • Any given article shouldn't have too many images. If there are too many images in the article, consider making a gallery with a level two heading at the bottom of the article.
  • Use captions to explain the relevance of the image to the article.
  • Large images should be presented in an article using a thumbnail that is of appropriate size.
  • Complete sentences in captions should always end with a period. If the caption is not a complete sentence, it generally should not have a period at the end. Captions should also not be italicized.

Uploading images

  • Please name your files descriptively to avoid confusion. Uploading an image with the name "0239235jgjgkdgdf.jpg" will be deleted or moved according to the opinion of the administrator.
  • Do not upload images we already have. If you plan on uploading an image, look around the League of Legends Wiki first to see if it has already been uploaded by someone else.
  • Abilities, Items, Skins, Champion Squares and any other image should be in .jpg, .gif or .png format. This is in order for pages to load faster. There are strict guidelines on how to name those.
    • Abilities should have the 64x64px dimension, Squares (Infobox Portraits) should have the 120x120px.
  • Other images (renders, in-game screenshots, etc.) are allowed to be in other formats.
  • You are allowed to upload personal images, i.e. images that are going to be used only on non-article pages, but you have to prefix those with your username and put them in the "Personal files" category. Failing to do so will result in the image being deleted without any prior notice. Example name of personal image: user123_riverside_scenery.jpg.
    • Although there is no hardcap on the number of personal images you are allowed to upload, common sense should be applied, as this wiki is not your personal upload repository.

To change image extensions one may use one of the recommended applications:

Point of view

Articles on the League of Legends Wiki are written from an in-universe point of view as if the person, object, or event actually existed or occurred.

  • Use tense the same way a standard encyclopedia would.
  • Real world information inside cannon articles should be indented and italicized or preferably located at the beginning "Background Information" section. This information is covered by the real world point of view.

Real world point of view

The real world point of view applies to articles that that are written about companies, Riot Games employees, events, or other game information which are not part of the core League of Legends universe. They should be written the same as a standard encyclopedia entry in present day. All of these articles are marked with a {{realworld}} tag.

For all articles where it is necessary to include a link to an external site for a real-world article, use italics for books, movies and songs. Use regular text for all other links. Examples:

  • Google — non-italicized link
  • Riot Games — italicized link to the company article

Sources

When writing an article, you must cite a source (an interview or something similar) you must cite it via reference tags.

"I can unequivocally state that not only is League of Legends easy to pick up and play..., but it's insanely fun as well"<ref>[http://worthplaying.com/article/2009/3/31/previews/60362/ "From PC Preview - League of Legends.]</ref>

If you use any resource, please list your sources in a section titled "References" at the end of the article with {{Reflist}}

User-related Manual of Style

At the moment when it comes to the user's pages (talk, profile, sandboxes, etc.), the user can be creative. The only restrictions are as follows:

  • personal image naming guidelines outline above.
  • absolutely no inappropriate content (if you need to ask someone if the content is appropriate, get rid of it.)

Deletion

Reasons for deletion include, but are not limited to, the following (subject to the condition that improvement or deletion of an offending section, if practical, is preferable to deletion of an entire page):

  • Copyright violations and other material violating the non-free content criteria.
  • Vandalism, including inflammatory redirects, pages that exist only to disparage their subject, patent nonsense, or gibberish
  • Advertising or other spam without relevant content (but not an article about an advertising-related subject).
  • Articles for which thorough attempts to find reliable sources to verify them have failed.
  • Redundant or otherwise useless templates.
  • Categories representing overcategorization.
  • Files that are unused, obsolete, or violate the Non-free policy.
  • Any other use of the article, template, project, or user namespace that is contrary to the established separate policy for that namespace.
  • Any other content not suitable for an encyclopedia.

Since only Admins are able to delete the pages, regular users may mark the page for deleting by using the {{delete}} template.

If you are working/developing a page, but at the moment it is appearing as incomplete and might be considered for deletion by others, please put the {{WIP}} tag on it, indicating that it is a Work In Progress.

Article tags are typically placed at the top of the page content so they can be noticed easier.

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