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Star Ocean Wiki has a set format style regulated by consistency in articles. This page will give some tips on how to write articles that apply to this consistency.

General article guide

  • Written language (orthography): When possible, use American Standard English in writing and editing. This is the orthography most commonly used in localization of Japanese games. For instance:
    • Words ending in "-ise" or "-yse" might be corrected to "-ize" or "-yze".
    • Irregular past tense "dreamt" and "learnt" might be corrected.
    • "Color", "honor", "valor", "favor", "flavor", "humor", and "rumor" drop an extra "u".
    • Words such as "travel" and "cancel" do not double letters when tensed.
There is an exhaustive list. Mutual intelligibility should be the goal of any writer.
  • Article title must follow the subject's most recent or recurring English official name. It must also be written in singular instead of plural, when possible. Also, the title is always plural when the article is a list. For example:
    • "Ronyx J. Kenny" instead of "Ronixis J. Kenni";
    • "Earthling" instead of "Humans";
    • "Epiphanies of Guidance" instead of "Epiphany of Guidance";
    • "Ten Wise Men";
    • "List of Star Ocean weapons".
  • Titles or rankings are not included in an article's title, except when no name is given to the character. For example:
    • "Gaghan" instead of "Supreme Commander Gahgan";
    • "Shimada" instead of "Deputy Director Shimada";
    • "King of Astral".
  • "Sentence case" is preferred over "Title Case" in headings, unless describing things seen in title case ("Mythril Sword" would be acceptable, but "Star Ocean (Series)" should instead be "Star Ocean (series)").
  • All articles must begin with an introduction that follows the following parameters, with exception of all:
    • The first sentence should be about the article's subject, and the subject (title) has to be written in bold in the same sentence. Basically, it should give general characteristics about the subject.
    • The Japanese term should be included in the intro after the bold subject term within parentheses and included with the romaji, written in italics. Pages that use infoboxes that have sections for the Japanese term are exempt from this rule. All of the subject's previous official names should also be refered after or before the japanese. Example: "The Ethereal Queen, also known as the Iselia Queen or Iseria Queen (イセリア クイーン, Iseria Kuīn?)..."
    • An image should always illustrate the introduction on the right side of the page when possible. This rule is not applied when the article features an infobox.
    • The games where the article's subject appear and their roles should be pointed out as a final touch.
  • When writing the article content, game titles and manga titles should always be written in italics and in their full form, or, occasionly, by subtitle. Soundtrack names should be written in full and song titles should be written inside with quotation marks. Examples:
    • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time and Till the End of Time rather than SO3 or Star Ocean 3;
    • Star Ocean: The Last Hope Original Soundtrack instead of Star Ocean: The Last Hope OST.
    • "Mission to the Deep Space".
  • Always use the third person: use "the player" instead of "you".
  • The definite article and indefinite articles should not be present in article titles except if they are used as the official title. Example:
    • "Calnus" instead of "The Calnus";
    • "Eternal Sphere" instead of "The Eternal Sphere".
  • Do not use abbreviations, except when they are used in-game or referring to stats. Examples:
    • SO3;
    • UP3 for Underdeveloped Planet Preservation Pact;
    • DEX for Dexterity;
  • When quoting from in-game use quotation marks and italics. When or presenting in-game data of the like of Dictionary and Glossary entries use italics and arrange them inside a defining section, always refering to which game and entry the data is found at.
  • Wikilinking is limited to the first occurrence of the word or phrase. This is exempt in every list and infobox.
  • Articles should contain a proper navigation template if available.

An article's content should be writtn with the intent of explaining its subject in a way that any reader may understand it, even if the writer himself has no past knowledge of the series' contents. This does not point that an article's should explain all of the setting, but rather link to pages of subjects exterior to the article's subject itself.

General editing tips

The following are tips for writing a more professional-looking text which is desirable for our articles.

  • Refrain from using slang terms;
  • Refrain from using the passive form. Please write the content in the active form;
  • Please always refer to the generic player in the third person and, when possible, in plural form.

Categorization

All articles and files must be properly categorized for a better organization of the wiki. Information on current categories and details on the hierarchy can be seen at Special:Categories and Special:CategoryTree. Below are some guidelines on how to categorize:

Sectioning

Article content must be organized in sections in order for information not to be placed randomly. Important sections to feature in an article include may be "Story", to present plot details regarding the subject during the timeline of the series; "Trivia", to present random data about the subject; "Etymology" or "Origin", to identify the subject's name origin; and many others. This will be covered further in this page, specifying which type of information (and sections) an article should feature, but overall, articles should consist of, in the following order:

  • Subject's identification (included in the introduction).
  • Specific details (included, for example, in "Profile" and "Gameplay" sections).
  • General details (generaly present in "Story" sections).
  • An image gallery (which should include conceptual artwork and other images not used to illustrate the sections above).
  • Secondary information (which features information of lesser relevance, such as "Trivia" or "Etymology")..

Inside "Story", "Appearance" and other types of sections which should be divided by game (Star Ocean EX is included in Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution sections, and manga information is included in its respective game's section), the order is as follows:

  • For "Story sections", the order must respond to the series' timeline:
    • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
    • Star Ocean/Star Ocean: First Departure (if the article's subject appears in only one of these games, exclude the other one from the section's name. Example: Welch Vineyard)
    • Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution (same as above)
      • Star Ocean: Blue Sphere
    • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness
    • Star Ocean: Anamnesis
    • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

In the end of most articles, four specific sections may appear: Gallery, for additional images that would flood the article in another sections, Dictionary Entries, for in-game dictionary data, Etymology/Origin, which is self-explanatory, and the aforementioned Trivia. They should be displayed in the order above for uniformity.

Tables

Tables should follow the consistent format and their coloring should follow the colors assigned to the game. The font should always remain of the same color. Here's an example of a proper table:

{|class="half-width SO1 article-table"
|-class="a"
!Name
!Age
!Race
|-
|class="b"|Roddick Farrence
|style="text-align:center"|19
|Fellpool
|}

...which results in this:

Name Age Race
Roddick Farrence 19 Fellpool

The possible parameters to change: its width (half-width or full-width) and its class (in ths case, SO1). style="text-align:center" can be applied to the whole table by putting it after article table" or to individual cells, as seen in the example above. Text can be aligned to the left or at the center.

As regards classes, there is one for the series as a whole and for each installment (media such as anime/manga/etc. must use the class of the game to which they are related). For reference, the classes are spelled with the initials of the game in question:

Release Name Color "a" Color "b"
Series series #041E3A #a6b6c5
Star Ocean SO1 #2D53A2 #bd753f
The Second Story SO2 #020060 #7175F7
Till the End of Time SO3 #40B7CF #5C5A82
The Last Hope SO4 #102D85 #751E56
Integrity and Faithlessness SO5 #024180 #919060
Blue Sphere SOBS #132163 #04507f
Material Trader SOMT #34A3B4 #8bebf4
Anamnesis SOA #daba66 #d9a299

Tags

Tags are very small messages, often consisting of one word, inside parentheses that are used to distinguish two articles with equal or similar names and distinct subjects. List articles may never hold tags in their names. Whenever two or more tags exist, a disambig of the common name is created. If the article's subject is recurring and iconical to the series, create a parent page. Remember, never link to disambigs. Exceptions to this rule may only arise after community consensus.

Because of practical issues, tags referring to games are not written in full form. The following is a list of tags and their uses:

  • If the article refers to a term inside the series, such as Symbology, Item Creation or Underdevelopment Planet Preservation Pact, use (term);
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean and Star Ocean: First Departure, use (First Departure);
    • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to one of the games above, use (Star Ocean) or (First Departure) accordingly;
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Second Evolution, use (Second Evolution);
    • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to one of the games above, use (Second Story) or (Second Evolution) accordingly;
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: Blue Sphere use (Blue Sphere);
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: Till the End of Time use (Till the End of Time);
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: The Last Hope use (The Last Hope);
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: Interity and Faithlessness use (Interity and Faithlessness);
  • If the article refers to a subject exclusive to Star Ocean: Anamnesis use (Anamnesis);
  • If the article refers to an enemy appearance of a subject, use (enemy)
  • If the article refers to a boss appearance of a subject, use (boss)
  • If the article refers to a weapon appearance of a subject, use (weapon)
  • If the article refers to an armor appearance of a subject, use (armor)
  • If the article refers to an accesory appearance of a subject, use (accessory)
  • If the article refers to an item appearance of a subject, use (item)
  • If the article refers to a spell appearance of a subject, use (symbology)
  • If the article refers to a status ailment appearance of a subject, use (status)
  • If the article refers to a special art or killer move use (ability)
  • If the article refers to Item Creation, use (Item Creation)
  • If the article refers to a planet, use (planet)
  • If the article refers to a status ailment, use (status)
  • If the articler refers to a race, use (race)
  • If necessary, use the game tag followed by another tag, all under the same parentheses.

Specific article guidelines

Any article may need the use of a Dictionary Entry section to feature in-game data on the subject; a Gallery section to feature extra images; an Etymology section that describes the name origin and a Trivia section for noteworthy information that does not belong to any other section.

Characters

Character articles should be structured in the following layout:

  • Introductory paragraph with generic information on the character, including its activity, race, homeworld and appearances.
  • "Story" section containing plot events in the series by chronological order and other information related to the storyline.
  • If appliable, add a "Profile" section describing the character's characteristics.
  • "Battle" section describing enemy appearances (if appliable), equipment, abilities, talents, and favorite food and musical instrument (again, if appliable).
  • Must be categorized under type of character by game and by race.

Locations

Location articles should be structured in the following layout:

  • Introductory paragraph with information on the area.
  • Story section containing plot events in the series by chronological order and other information related to the storyline.
  • Shop section containing information on shops located in the area if any can be found.
  • Enemy section listing enemies found in the area.
  • Treasure section listing items obtained in the area.
  • Must be categorized by location by game and location by planet.

Items

Item articles should have an introductory paragraph, explaining the item's purpose. It should be followed by a section that lists its appearances in the series, in case it's recurring. The article should have information on:

  • The item's effect.
  • Where it can be bought, and its value(s).
  • What enemies drop it.
  • Where it can be found.
  • Item Creation information: How can it be used as a material and how it can be created in Item Creation.
  • Must be categorized by type of item by game.

Abilities

Ability articles (Articles which cover Symbology or Special Arts) should have an introductory paragraph, explaining its nature in a resumed way. It should be followed by a section that lists its appearances in the series, in case it's recurring. Each appearance section should have information on:

  • The ability's effect.
  • Execution cost.
  • Equip cost.
  • How can it be obtained: in case it is learned by level, state it. In case it is learned by Skill Manual link to the article that covers it as an item.
  • Addtional statistics atributted to the ability (attack power, etc.)
  • Must be categorized by type of ability by game.

Item Creation

Item Creation skills articles should have information on:

  • How to obtain and\or level said skill.
  • All the items created by that skill, including ingredients, preferaby on a list.
  • Talent information, if applicable.
  • Must be categorized under Category:Item Creation.