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This page is official Destiny Wiki policy.
Remember, it is your responsibility as a user of the wiki to read, understand, and follow Destiny Wiki policies. When in doubt, ask an Administrator!


This Manual of Style, abbreviated as MOS or MoS, is an important document and policy which serves the purpose of maintaining consistency throughout the wiki in order to ensure that its articles are easy to read and edit for all. This Manual of Style should be followed by all editors in order to ensure clear and consistent language, layout, and formatting in all of Destiny Wiki's articles. When making edits to bring an article into compliance with the MoS, editors should cite to this document by placing "[[Help:MOS]]" in the edit summary.

In situations that the Manual of Style does not cover, editors should contact an Administrator for advice and guidance. Issues or suggestions regarding the Manual of Style can be discussed on the policy talk page.

Article Layout

This section of the Manual of Style covers topics relating to the general layout and visual appearance of an article as a whole. If you are creating a new page or attempting to refurbish an old article, then you should read though this section and adhere to it as much as possible.

Titles, Headings, and Sections

Article Titles

Article titles, commonly known as page names, are the large headings displayed above the content of any article and found to the left of the edit button. They should always be the name or a description of the subject of an article. For example, an article detailing the human species should be entitled "Human", and an article detailing the effects of space on the body should be entitled "Effects of Space on the Body".

Overall, article titles should aim to be:

  • Recognizable – Titles should be names or descriptions of the topic that are recognizable to someone familiar with (though not necessarily expert in) the topic.
  • Natural – Titles should be those which readers are likely to look for or search with, as well as those which editors naturally use to link from other articles. Such titles usually convey what the subject is actually called in English.
  • Precise – Titles should usually be names and terms that are precise enough to unambiguously identify the topical scope of the article, but not overly precise.
  • Concise – Titles are concise, using as few words as possible.
  • Singular - Titles should remain singular, not plural. For example, an article on humans should be entitled "Human", not "Humans".
  • Consistent – Titles should follow the same pattern as those of similar articles. These patterns are documented in further detail below.

In addition, article titles should meet the following criteria:

  • Use title case, not sentence case. Title case means that all first letters in an article title should be capitalized unless the word is a coordinating conjunction or an article (see below). Regardless of the above guideline, however, the first letter of the first word of any title is always capitalized automatically by Destiny Wiki.
  • All other letters should be lower-case.
  • Generally, do not use punctuation in article titles.
  • Article titles should not begin with coordinating conjunctions or articles.
  • Article titles should be singular, not plural. Category titles should generally be plural.
  • The above rules are inapplicable when the article's subject matter contains punctuation, capital letters, or plural words in a fashion that does not match this Style Guide's format. In these instances, the subject name should be titled exactly as it appears in the game (for example, The City is the full title of the last civilized city on Earth, rather than just "City").

When in doubt, ask an Administrator for help.

Examples of coordinating conjunctions:

  • and
  • but
  • or
  • yet
  • for
  • nor
  • so

Examples of articles:

  • an
  • a
  • the
  • it

Examples of Article Titles

  • RIGHT:
    "Human"
  • RIGHT:
    "SWAT Team"
  • RIGHT:
    "Duke Mk.44"
  • WRONG:
    "The Humans" (titles should not be plural and should not begin with a coordinating conjunction or an article)
  • WRONG:
    "EARTH" (use all-caps only when appropriately required by the subject matter)
  • WRONG:
    "Loot - Mars Only" (titles should not contain punctuation)

If you are in doubt about a name, double check with an administrator before proceeding to rename a page or write a new page article title.

On some occasions, article titles may be ambiguous and therefore need to be made more distinguishable by adding further description within parentheses. For example, two characters may have the same name, and therefore require further differentiation by adding the characters rank or appearance, such as "John Smith (Captain)" and "John Smith (Private)". These articles should then be linked together using a disambiguation page.

Lead Section

The lead section is the first section of an article. The lead section should never be titled with a section heading, and should be considered the introduction to the article. The section should contain a brief summary of the article's subject without detailing anything which will be visited later in the article. The name of the page should be turned bold in the lead section through use of the "B" (bold) button.

Section Headings

Section headings should be a short descriptive title of the section below, following the same guidelines for capitalization as article titles. Headings are used for the navigation of an article through the use of the table of contents, and for the organization of text on an article. Never link the section heading to another article or offsite; instead use the {{Main}} template, and place it below the section heading.

Sections headings can be placed by selecting "Heading 2", "Heading 3", "Heading 4", or "Heading 5" from the drop down box in the visual editor, and then filling the space above the created line with the heading. Alternatively, it can be placed by wrapping the heading between two to six equals symbols (=) on either side in source mode, depending on the sub-section heading you want to produce.

Sub-sections decrease in size as you increase the heading number. Heading 2 is the largest section heading with Heading 6 being the smallest. This table shows which selections produce which heading. The top/bold selection represents the options available on the visual editor, whilst the bottom selection represents which code options are available in source mode.

Selecting Produces
Heading 2
==Text==
Text
Heading 3
===Text===
Text
Heading 4
====Text====
Text
Heading 5
=====Text=====
Text

Images

Main article: Destiny Wiki:Image Policy

Images are an important feature for helping detail a subject in articles, give examples of a subject, or just to make the article look more appealing. Images featured in an article must always be official and relevant; fan-made images, altered images, or images of modified content are generally not appropriate unless the subject matter of the article directly relates to fan-made or altered images.

Additionally, misplaced images can detract from the article, so images must always be placed in an appropriate manner within an article's text, or within designated image zones such as galleries or information boxes.

Images should always be placed into an article using the file name tag: [[File:Wiki-wordmark.png]] as this links the image to its original file destination page. Several tags can be placed after the file name in order to change the shape and attributes of the image.

When placing images into an infobox, the image must show only the subject at hand and no surrounding enviroment, where possible, in order to ensure the subject within the image is easy to see. Infobox images will automatically be resized to a maximum of 250px wide.

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Image caption

When placing images within the article itself, the image must always be placed to the left of the text and be turned into a tumbnail. This can be achieved by adding a "|thumb" tag to the end of a file name, such as: [[File:Wiki-wordmark.png|thumb]]. This will result in the image as it appears on the right! A caption should also be added to the image to explain what the image is trying to detail. Captions should be short and descriptive, and can be placed by adding a caption tag to the end of the file name, such as: [[File:Wiki-wordmark.png|thumb|Example image caption]].

Images should follow our standard Image Policy. Images that do not follow these standards will be removed from the article, and the author possibly warned. Authors of images which are deemed damaging enough or perform repeat offenses are at risk of being banned from the wiki.

When multiple images can be placed on an article but doing so runs the risk of over-cluttering the article and detracting from the text, an image gallery should be used. Galleries can be placed using the "Gallery" button under the "Add features and media" section of the editor mode - this feature is available in both source mode and visual mode on the right hand side. Gallery images should always be set to no larger than 160px, and the columns should always be set to fit the page and aligned to the left with no forced changes to image shapes. This will produce:

Example Gallery

Special Gallery Types

Under no circumstances should a slideshow or slider gallery be added to an article without the express permission of an administrator. Unauthorized slideshows and/or slider galleries will be deleted.

Videos and Animated Images

Main article: Destiny Wiki:Video Policy

Unlike images, videos and animated images should not be placed within infoboxes or inline with the article text itself unless the subject matter of the article is about the video itself (such as articles created for trailers or ViDocs) rather than the subject matter contained within the video. Otherwise, directly related videos and animated images should be placed within a gallery below the article's content.

Font Styles

Font styles can be used to bring attention to certain words or phrases within an article. Overuse of these font styles, however, can lead to an off-putting visual effect for readers. For this reason, font styles should only be used under the following circumstances:

  • Italics should only be used when referring to media titles. Game titles, book titles, and videos should always be italicized. An exception for this exists when used in templates or referencing.
    • Italics may also be used on extremely rare occasions for emphasis, but such occasions should only occur (1) where emphasis is absolutely necessary for readers to understand in context; and/or (2) within quotes where the emphasis also occurred in the original cited source.
  • Bold text should only be used to highlight the article subject within a lead section, or to bring emphasis to names and system messages in transcripts. An exception for this exists when used in templates or referencing.
  • Bold Italics are used only where required in the beginning of an article (for example, the first mention of Destiny in the article Destiny). Consult an Administrator before using bold italics in any other circumstance if you think it may be appropriate or necessary.
  • Color changes should never be used in content articles (though they may be appropriate for highlighting relevant material in Help or Policy articles, like this one). Font colors should always remain the wiki default except in wikilinks, external links, and templates where the color change takes place automatically. Never use HTML or wiki markup to force font to change color.
  • Font size changes should never be used except in article headings or templates where the size change takes place automatically. Never use HTML or wiki markup to change font size.

Font can be italicized by using the "i" button on the top bar of the visual or source editor mode, or by wrapping the text between two double-apostrophe ( '' ) tags in source mode. Font can be made bold by using the "B" button on the top bar of the visual or source editor mode, or by wrapping the text between two triple-apostrophe ( ''' ) tags in source mode. Font can be made into bold italics by wrapping the text between two sets of five apostrophes ( ''''' ) in source mode.

Over all font style standards maybe overlooked when express permission is given by an Administrator, and only under these circumstances. If you think that font styles could be beneficial and yet this section says not to use it in that circumstance, then contact an administrator via their talk page to discuss it.

Templates

Templates can be used to order information on articles that share similar attributes, such as height, mass, model numbers, capacities, etc. Templates can range from infoboxes to pre-formatted lists, and can be placed on an article by wrapping the template page name within double curly-braces. For example, placing the template on Template:Policy Header into an article can be done with the following code: {{Policy Header}}

When typing the first two curly-braces ( {{ ) the edit mode will automatically attempt to auto fill the rest, so simply type the page name in until it appears on the drop down box below the code, and then click the option you want. Further information on using a template will be offered on the templates specific page under "use".

Lists

Lists can be used to neatly organize multiple sets of data which may be set out in list forms, such as bonus material included in a game or rewards included in a mission. Lists can be produced in two formats, numbers or bulleted.

Numbered lists can be produced by placing a number sign or hash-tag ( # ) before each sentence:

#One
#Two
#Three
#Four
#Five
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Five

Bulleted lists can be produced by placing an asterisk ( * ) before each sentence:

*One
*Two
*Three
*Four
*Five
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five

Links

When to Link

Links should be used within articles to link a word to its own page whenever linking to another page can save the editor from writing a larger explanation for the word. With the exception of citations, authors should always try to link a subject internally to another Destiny Wiki page using a wikilink and never to an external website, unless the website contains detailed encyclopedic or other important information that can not or should not be replicated on Destiny Wiki.

Links should be used for the first occurrence of that word in the main article body. Links should also be used (without regard to whether the word appears/is linked in the main article body) for the first occurrence of the word in any infoboxes or image captions. Links should not be used for subsequent appearances of the word, except that in longer articles, editors may use their discretion to link the word again if several paragraphs have passed since the word was used.

How to Link

Text can be linked by using the button on the top bar of the visual editor and then filling the appropriate fields before selecting OK. Alternatively you can link text internally by using the Ab button on the top bar of the source editor which will paste the following code: [[Link title]] - simply replace "Link title" with the article name you wish to link.

If the word that you want to appear to readers is not exactly the same as the article name, simply use the vertical bar character ("|") within the brackets to separate the article name from the word you want to appear. For example, entering the following:

[[Ability|abilities]]

results in the following appearing in the article: abilities.

Most article names are singular, but you might want to use the plural when linking inside an article. Making a singular article name appear to be plural is even easier -- just add an "s" or "es" after the closing brackets without adding a space. For example, entering the following:

[[Subclass]]es

results in the following appearing in the article: Subclasses

Editors can link to individual pages on other Wikia sites using the same wikilink code, preceded by "w:c:(Wikia subdomain):". For example, to link to the "John-117" article on Halo Nation Wikia, one would enter the following:

[[w:c:Halo:John-117|Master Chief John-117]]

resulting in the following appearing in the article: John-117

Similarly, editors can link to individual pages on Wikipedia using the same wikilink code, preceded by "Wikipedia:". For example, to link to the Wikipedia page about video games, one would enter the following:

[[Wikipedia:Video game|video game]]

resulting in the following appearing in the article: video game

On the rare occasion where it may be appropriate to link to external websites within article text (rather than a citation), this can be done by pasting the following code into the source editor: [http://www.website.com Text], and replacing "http://www.website.com" with the website URL and "Text" with the text you wish to link. For example, to link to the official Bungie website, one would enter the following:

[http://www.bungie.net Bungie Inc.]

resulting in the following appearing in the article: Bungie Inc.

Important Style Note!
The text that appears inside a wikilink should be simple and provide a clear indicator as to where the page leads. Do not provide unclear wikilinks; this is not helpful for readers. Headings and titles should never contain links. Any external links which lead to vulgar websites or pages clearly intended for wiki destruction will be removed and the author punished on the premise of vandalism.


Examples

Correct:
Players can choose from one of three species and one of three classes.
(Wikilinks are clear and lead to pages with more information about the subject matters)
Correct:
Destiny will launch with timed exclusive content on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
(Wikipedia contains more encyclopedic information about these consoles than would be appropriate on Destiny Wiki, so external links are used)
Correct:
Player armor is customizable, but that armor cannot be traded with other players.
(Only the first instance of each linkable word is actually linked, and the change from "guardian" to "player" in the first link gives users a clear indication about what the link leads to)
Incorrect:
Destiny is a "shared world shooter" - a first-person shooter with persistent-world, MMO elements.
(Only the particular word or words directly related to the linked article should actually be linked)
Incorrect:
There are some methods by which a player can advance his or her character.
(The change to the word that appears as a link does not clearly indicate to the reader what the link leads to)
Incorrect:
In Destiny, humanity is being attacked by enemy species.
(Breaking up the linking of "species" in this way is likely to be highly confusing. Either list out all the species you want to link to, or just link to species)

Proper Referencing

Main article: Destiny Wiki:Citation Policy

Destiny Wiki is a fact-based wiki. Authors should strictly avoid speculation, inferences, rumor, and theory except where necessary and relevant to the subject matter of the article. References to reliable sources should be used for all assertions in order to allow readers to audit, check, and gather further information from its original source. References further provide both proof of the authenticity and accreditation for the original author's work. References should be placed directly following the next punctuation mark (or other break in sentence structure) any time an assertion is made that has come from a source, such as another website, a book, a video, or the game itself. Information which is not referenced is at risk of deletion on the premise of being unsupported.

Referencing should be consistent throughout the wiki in order for readers to easily understand and follow sources to their original destination. To ensure this consistency, we have a designated set of reference formats which should be used when referencing. References can be placed by posting one of the following codes after the information which needs to be sourced, and replacing the fields with the correct information.

For more information on referencing, including reference templates, please see the Citation Policy. For information on reliable sources, please see the help page on reliable sources.

Multiple References

Where the same source needs to used multiple times, replace <ref> with <ref name="Description"> (replacing "Description" with a short description of the source) for the first bit of information, and then use <ref name="Description"/> instead of the normal reference code for any information from the same source, from then on. This will link all the information to the same reference in the source list.

Trivia and DYK

In some situations, trivia or "did you know?"-style facts may enhance a reader's knowledge about an article's subject matter, Destiny generally, or its development/publishing. In situations where such facts do not appropriately fit into the article's main sections, or cannot be placed into the main sections without disrupting the flow of writing, they should be placed under a separate "Trivia" section, organized in a bullet-pointed list. For consistency across this wiki, "Trivia" should be used as a heading rather than "Did You Know?".

Trivia must meet the following criteria to be included:

  • Must be relevant to the subject matter of the article itself
  • Must be directly related to enhancing the reader's knowledge about the Destiny series or its development
  • Must be fact supported by citations
  • Must not be speculation unless sufficient evidence (supported by citations) exists that it is true

What constitutes a trivial fact should be decided on the basis of common sense; you should decide whether the fact is truly necessary to enhance the reader's knowledge about the article's subject matter, Destiny generally, or the development/publishing of Destiny-related media. Trivia which is not considered necessary by administration or seasoned editors may be removed.

Stubs

Stubs are articles which do not contain all information possible on the subject. Editors should add an article to the stub category when they know that there is more information available than what is detailed on the article. Articles should not be marked as stubs solely because they are short or because not much information exists on the subject matter.

Articles can be added to stubs by adding the following code to the top of a page: {{Stub}}

Editors can find stubs in the stub category and then expand them with more information, in order to remove the article from the stubs.

Disambiguation

Disambiguation pages should be created in order to link readers to multiple articles of an ambiguous subject. Disambiguation page article titles should not be the name of the subject, and instead the name of the subject appended with "disambiguation" in parentheses; for example: "subject (disambiguation)". The subject name should always lead to the article of most common use, with a warning of other uses placed at the top of the page via use of the {{For}} template.

The disambiguation page should contain a warning of disambiguation at the top of the page through the use of the {{Disambig}} template, with a short description of the subject. The ambiguous multiple articles should then be arranged as link in a bulleted list.

Redirects

Sometimes several names could refer to one article, in these cases redirects should be used to direct less common names to the article. This allows users to find an article through using less used or colloquial terms, when using the wiki search module. Redirects can be made by clearing a page from it's text and categories, or creating a new page all together, and then placing the following code on the page: #REDIRECT [[Article Name]] - replacing "Article Name" with the name of the article you wish to redirect too.

Editing

This section of the Manual of Style covers topics relating to the expectations of users when editing an article. If you are writing a new section or article, or editing a section on a preexisting article then you should read though this section and adhere to it as much as possible.

Pasting Information

Editors should never copy and paste information straight from the source, unless the information is going to be used in a direct quote or in transcripts. Information should always be rewritten in a way that best reflects the style of writing on the wiki, and to ensure quality of clarity. Sources of information should always be referenced using standardized wiki referencing guidelines.

Perspective and Tense

Destiny wiki is an online encyclopedia, and therefore to ensure clarity and professional legibility all material should be written in a third-person perspective. For this reason, first- or second-person indicator words such as "I", "me", "we", "us", or "you" should not be used.

Most articles should be written in the present tense. The exceptions to this general rule are: (1) in articles detailing in-game canon that occurred before the events of the game (for example, "The Traveler arrived and sparked a Golden Age"); and (2) real-world events that happened in the past (for example, "Bungie held a press conference and revealed details about Destiny"). Descriptions of events that fall under either of these exceptions should only be written in the past tense.

Speculation

Editors should avoid placing speculation into articles unless the article has very little information about an upcoming addition and there is enough evidence for speculation of future content. To be clear: Destiny Wiki is a fact-based wiki. All speculation must be supported by a reliable source. As a rule of thumb, speculation should almost certainly be true, but simply lacking direct confirmation.

When speculation is added, it should be placed between two speculation templates, {{Spec-Start}} & {{Spec-End}} - this will place a header showing that the following text is speculation, and a footer showing that the speculation has ended. Speculation which is believed to be unnecessary or without sufficient evidence is at risk of being removed. If you wish to place speculation but are unsure, then place a discussion on the article's talk page.

Spoilers

Main article: Destiny Wiki:Spoiler Policy

On this wiki, the term "spoilers" means major details related to the plot, storyline, backstory, or universe of any piece of Destiny content that are intended to be discovered as a player plays the game and not intended to be known beforehand.

Spoilers should never be placed within an article until the official release date of the relevant content. Spoilers that are placed before this could ruin users' future experiences and in some circumstances could infringe on copyright. All premature spoilers will be removed and the author banned for a minimum of one week.

After the release of any piece of Destiny content, spoilers should be appropriately marked in accordance with this wiki's spoiler policy.

Spoiler policies are always in place for any piece of known content and extend to 30 days after the official release of that content. During this period any spoilers should not be discussed without appropriate warnings and/or markings on the article itself or any of the social features of the article, this includes the forums, the chat, the blog system, and on talk pages. Following this 30-day period, non-plot and/or non-storyline spoilers may be placed into articles without penalty even if they are not marked as spoilers. However, it is good etiquette to always mark or warn for ALL spoilers and continue to leave such markings and warnings in place even long after this 30-day period has expired, and seasoned editors or administrators may add spoiler warnings to any content that meets these criteria, regardless of the content's age.

Preview Button

The preview button is available in both source mode and visual mode of the editors, and should always be used before submission of any changes. The preview button allows editors to scan through their changes to ensure no mistakes have been made, and also allow the editor to quickly search for any other corrections/additions in order to avoid making multiple edits.

Multiple Edits

Multiple repeated edits to an article should generally be avoided unless necessary. Numerous small edits can be disruptive to an article's edit history, making it difficult to track prior versions. Numerous multiple edits to an article within a short period of time are generally discouraged, and users who do so regularly or persistently may be at risk of being warned or temporarily blocked from the wiki.

A general rule of thumb is to avoid performing more than three edits to an article within a period of 24 hours. If an edit really needs to be performed, but you have already performed too many edits, leave a message on the article's talk page for someone else to do it. Nor should users persistently perform triple edits to articles. Doing so may be considered harmful as well.

Editors are strongly encouraged to carefully use the preview button to ensure they have not missed any edits that they would need to return for.

Minor Edits

Edits made for the purpose of correcting minor grammatical or spelling mistakes, or to add minor details/corrections to an article should be marked as a minor edit. To mark an edit as a minor edit, merely click the tick box on the top right of the edit summary section before clicking the publish button. Alternatively you can activate the minor edit tag as default using personal preferences, under editing.

Signing Edits

While contributions to the wiki are always appreciated, edits to article content should never be signed. Recognition of a contribution is given in the article's history page, where the authors of all contributions can be seen.

At the same time, however, any additions to any talk pages must be signed in order for the message to be tracked to the editing author. Users can be warned by administration if they persistently forget to sign their talk page posts, and may even be punished if they do not heed this warning. Remember! Sign talk pages, do not sign articles!

Edit Wars

Edit wars are considered to be persistent, ongoing edits by two or more editors in an attempt to reverse the previous contributors work. Edit wars should be strictly avoided as they unnecessarily spam an article's history page and are disruptive both to readers and to other editors/administrators. For this reason, Destiny Wiki imposes a three-revert rule. The three-revert rule requires that a page may not be reverted more than three times by editors over a particular subject within three days. If you have concerns about material on the article that you believe should not be there, such as vandalism or incorrect information, or that should be there but is being reverted by another editor, then raise the issue on the article's talk page. Otherwise contact an administrator via their talk page for assistance.

Ownership of Articles

By submitting text to this wiki, you grant Wikia and Destiny Wiki license and authorization to use, copy, and retain that content. Under some circumstances, removing of text on the premise of ownership may be considered vandalism and subject to disciplinary action. Please see the Wikia Terms of Use for more information on copyright and ownership of submissions to this wiki.

Language & Grammar

This section of the Manual of Style covers topics relating to the language used when editing or writing an article. If you are writing any new content for an article then you should read though this section and adhere to it as much as possible.

Use of English

This is an English-language wiki, and therefore English should be the only language used, except where foreign language usage is directly related to foreign languages used in Destiny-related games, books, or other media. Talk pages, blog posts, the wiki chat, and the forums should be English only. Disregard for this rule may result in punishment.

As Destiny is created by Bungie and published by Activision, both of which are based in the United States of America, American English is the standard dialect used on this wiki. British English, Canadian English, Australian English, and other dialects should not be used in articles unless the subject matter is directly related to the use of that dialect in games, books, or other media.

Clarity

Articles must be clear and easy to read for age groups past 16, and understandable for ages from 13 to 15. This means text must be concise and avoid the use of overly vague or complex words. Aim your writing for readers with proficient English reading skills while bearing in mind that not all readers are native English speakers or specialists on that subject, and therefore may need explanation. As a general rule of thumb, if you have to use a dictionary to understand a word, then it's best to find a more commonly used synonym.

Spelling and Grammar

Immaculate spelling and grammar are expected of an editor, and should meet the high expectations of any professional publication. Use correct American English spelling and grammar and ensure correct placement of punctuation. Punctuation should not be overused, such as multiple question marks, or exclamation marks. Memes and/or internet or text-message slang should never be used except if strictly necessary to the subject matter of the article.

Vulgar language must never be used except when strictly necessary to the subject matter of the article; any use of profanity or vulgar language without particular reason, such as its appearance in canon material, will be deleted and the author punished.

Spell Check and Wiktionary.com

It is recommended that Destiny Wiki editors use an internet browser that natively supports spell-check or use a spell-check plug-in. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox both support spell-check natively, while numerous spell-check browser plug-ins are available for Internet Explorer and other browsers.

If editors do not have access to such browsers, then typing articles and text on a word processing program such as Microsoft Word before copying their edits onto the wiki is the next-best option. When in doubt about spelling use wiktionary.com.

Authors should always use "Preview" mode and carefully proofread for grammar and/or spelling mistakes before publishing.

Punctuation and Quotation Marks

On Destiny Wiki, place all punctuation marks inside the quotation marks if they are part of the quoted material and outside if they are not. This practice is sometimes referred to as logical quotation. It is used here because it is deemed to be more in keeping with the principle of minimal change. This punctuation system does not require placing final periods and commas inside or outside the quotation marks all the time but rather maintaining their original positions in (or absence from) the quoted material.

Correct: "The situation is deplorable and unacceptable."
(The period is known to be in the source.)
Correct: Arthur said that the situation was "deplorable".
(The period is known not to be in the source, its presence in the source is uncertain, or its coverage within the quotation is considered unnecessary.)
Correct: Martha asked, "Are you coming?"
(The question mark belongs inside because the quoted text itself was a question.)
Correct: Did Martha say, "Come with me"?
(The very quote is being questioned, so the question mark belongs outside; any punctuation at the end of the original quote is omitted.)
When a quoted sentence fragment ends in a period, some judgment is required: if the fragment communicates a complete sentence, the period can be placed inside. The period should be omitted if the quotation is in the middle of a sentence.
Correct: Martha said, "Come with me", and they did.
If the sequence of juxtaposed punctuation marks seems distracting or untidy, try an acceptable alternative.
Correct: Martha said, "Come with me" (and they did).

Numbers

Although the American English dialect is used on this wiki, numbers on the wiki vary in format depending on the style of numbers used. Some numbers may be used in American format, while others might be used in European format.

Measurements

Measurements of speed, length, and weight should always be written using the metric system, and then converted into imperial using the {{Convert}} template if needed. Metric measurements are used due to the small number of English speaking countries that use the Imperial system.

Dates

Dates should be written in American format (Month, Day, Year) when used in the content of articles, such as release dates. Dates appearing in citations or other non-content circumstances may be written in either American or European format (Day, Month, Year).

Floor numbers

Floor numbers should follow an American format with the floor at ground level being referred to as 1st floor, the above level being referred to as 2nd floor, and so on. It should not follow the British format of Ground floor, then 1st floor, and so on.

Time Zones

When reference to real-world time zones are required, it is preferred to use Universal Time Coordinated (UTC, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)), as this time zone is universally accepted and is unaffected by regional or local daylight savings times.

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