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The Manual of Style is a style guide for MTG Salvation Wiki and serves to standardize articles and other pages, with consistent and clear language, layout, and formatting, as much as practical, thereby improving article readability and, broadly, site quality.

Basics[edit]

American English[edit]

AE is preferred, since Wizards is a U.S.-based company.

Article titles[edit]

The title should be the subject of the first sentence of the article (and rather at its beginning than at the end). On first reference within the article, the title should be in bold, achieved by adding three apostrophes before and after the text: '''Article title''' gives Article title.

Casing[edit]

Normal English orthography applies here, unless an expression is used as a proper noun in Magic.

Also note that, due to technical reasons, lemmas begin with a capital letter. There are some cases were this might be inappropriate (magicthegathering.com, rancored_elf). If so, use {{DISPLAYTITLE:example}} to have "Example" displayed as "example".

Categories[edit]

Category tags should be placed at the bottom of an article in an alphabetic fashion. Category tags should also be capitalized (for example, [[Category:Magic storyline characters]] rather than [[category:Magic storyline characters]]).

Magic & Magic: The Gathering[edit]

The short and long forms of the game title are both proper nouns. All words in each version of the name are capitalized on every reference.

Magic slang[edit]

As a rule of thumb, slang expressions are not proper nouns and therefore should not be capitalized. However, if a term makes reference to a card or proper names, that portion is capitalized, i.e. "Wrath effect" and "Shock lands" as opposed to "mana screw" and "high flying".

Linking plural nouns[edit]

When linking a plural noun, link only the singular form of the noun and leave the plural suffix outside the wiki link. For example, [[interrupt]]s is preferable to [[interrupts]] or the even more complex [[interrupt|interrupts]].

Person[edit]

Indefinite third-person ("one") is preferred. Avoid second-person ("you") whenever possible. First-person ("I", "our") in reference to the editor(s) of an article should never be used.

Redirects[edit]

Redirects are meant for:

Common typos should NOT be created as redirects. First, this encourages people to make the same mistake again, and second, we would get a dozen of redirects in some cases.

Section headings[edit]

Section headings are created by adding == before and after the text. No other emphasis is needed. Capitalize only the first word, and any proper nouns in the section heading, leaving all other words in lowercase. Also please do not make headings questions or long sentences.

Avoid first level headings (i.e. =Section=), since they appear at the same size as the title of the article.

Special characters[edit]

Use the correct spelling ("Æther", not "AEther"). If the letter in question is not found on your keyboard, copy & paste from the Help:Cheatsheet or ask for help.

Expansions and sets[edit]

Use {{subst:ExpansionDummy}} in a page to create a framework from which to build.

Card tags[edit]

See also Help:Card tags.

Follow capitalization on the card. Also use the wiki card tag template for card names: <c>Dark Ritual</c> gives Dark Ritual.

Deck tags[edit]

See also Help:Deck tags.

Within deck tags, add the appropriate card types and alphabetize cards within their card type. Card types should be in the following order, if found in that deck:

  1. Lands - This shows what colors the deck are right away.
  2. Creatures
  3. Planeswalkers
  4. Artifacts - Theses remaining are types by alphabetical order.
  5. Enchantments
  6. Instants
  7. Sorceries
  8. Sideboard - Last, but certainly not least of any deck.

All cards should be alphabetical within each section. The sideboard is automatically seperated from the main deck.

<d title=Rats>
Land
20 Swamp

Creature
36 Relentless Rats

Artifact
4 Æther Vial

Sideboard
15 Relentless Rats
</d>
Rats  
Land
20 Swamp

Creature
36 Relentless Rats
Artifact
4 Æther Vial
Sideboard
15 Relentless Rats

Keywords vs. ability words[edit]

Ability words should always be italicized in running text (Gotcha! is an exception). Keywords should never be italicized to avoid any confusion.

Set and block names[edit]

Set names should be italicized in running text, e.g. Shadowmoor. The set name should not be italicized when referring to a block, e.g. Shadowmoor block.

"Block" should only be capitalized when referring to a Block Constructed format ("Shadowmoor Block" vs. "Shadowmoor block").

Tournament formats[edit]

The "Type" designations have been deprecated by Wizards years ago and should not be used outside of a single reference in the main article for each format. The correct constructed tournament format names are:

Storyline[edit]

See also MTG Salvation Wiki:Storylines.

Book titles[edit]

Book titles should be presented in italics, achieved by putting two apostrophes before and after the title: ''Brothers' War'' gives Brothers' War.

Categories[edit]

Categories should be sorted like this:

  • Storyline stub
  • Storylines
    • Publications
    • Affiliations
      • Guilds (of Ravnica)
    • Artifacts (only non-sentient)
    • Characters
      • Planeswalkers
    • Events
      • Wars
    • Locations
      • Planes
    • Spells and Magics
    • Species and Races
      • Creature types
  • Setting, e.g. Weatherlight Saga

Epithets[edit]

Epithets should not be part of an article name, since that makes searching and linking more difficult. They should appear in the character box though.

ISBN[edit]

ISBN-13 is preferred. For older books, use the ISBN-13 Online Converter.