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This page is an Official Policy on the Siren Wiki.

The following illustrates standards of conduct which are widely accepted among editors and administrators and are considered standards that everyone should follow. Contact any administrators for any proposed changes.

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This Layout Guide is an official guide as to how an in-universe article should be structured. It outlines a standard that is intended to make Siren Wiki consistent, clear, and precise. This guide will help editors learn which layout to use for each type of article.

Articles Edit

Articles should have the following elements, if necessary. This applies to articles in general:

  • Incomplete articles should be given the
    {{Stub}}
    template at the top of the page. It directly places them in the article stubs category. This is to help editors find articles that need expanding.
  • The first appearance of the article's title within the text should be in bold type.
  • Words that are themselves titles of additional articles should be linked only on their first occurrence in the article.
    • Internal links add to the cohesion and utility of Siren Wiki by allowing readers to deepen their understanding of a topic by conveniently accessing other articles. These links should be included where it is most likely that readers might want to use them; for example, in article leads, the beginnings of new sections and table cells.

General Sections Edit

In general, these sections should appear in the following order if they are needed in an article:

  1. Opening quote — Opening quotes are welcome for almost any type of article. Quotes can be said by the article's subject, or said by someone else about the article's subject. To add an opening quote to an article, use {{quote2}} template.
  2. Article body — The body of the article differs per type of article. Check the guidelines below on how to style each type of article.
  3. Trivia — The "Trivia" section contains lists of miscellaneous information on the article's subject. Isolated, miscellaneous information must always use this title to make this clear.
  4. References — The "references" section lists sources for information used in the article body. Items are automatically added to the list by placing <ref>Source goes here</ref> after the information tidbit in question. To get the references to show up in this section, use the {{reflist}} template.
  5. See also — The "See also" section is always used for sections that include links to relevant articles.
  6. External Links — The "External Links" section is included to link to sources outside the wiki, e.g. blogs, fan sites, Wikipedia articles, etc. It bears the same name even if there is currently only one link.
    Templates provided for External Links section:

Images Edit

  • A picture is better than no picture. Do not remove a picture of a character, item, etc. from an article, even if it doesn't conform to these guidelines unless you replace it with a better image or the image is a copyright violation.
  • Images that are not part of an infobox, in an article, should be placed where they are most relevant and should not interrupt the flow or the aesthetics of the article. They should also contain a caption. Images should be placed before or after paragraphs or sections of text, not right in the middle of them.
    • Tip: Placing them immediately underneath a heading or subheading usually works quite well
  • For images that are not part of an infobox, Use the "thumb" function in the image tag.

Character Articles Edit

Character Template Edit

  • The infobox is called "Character"
  • The infobox should only contain canon information, i.e., information stated or seen on-screen, or confirmed off-screen.
  • Images in a Character's infobox should be: Screenshots or promotional stills.
  • Unknown information (real names, relatives, etc.) should be omitted if not confirmed in one of the ways stated above.

Sections Edit

A character article should contain the following sections in order:

  • A brief summary or so, summarizing who or what the article is about. The first instance of a character's name should be in bold type. This section should come before any section headings. i.e.,
    Ryn is a main character on Siren. She is portrayed by Eline Powell.
  • Early Life — Character's detailed history, written in past tense.
  • Physical Appearance — Character's physical appearance, what they look like, how they dress, facial features...
  • Personality — Character's personality, how they seem to other people, how they are known.
  • Throughout the Series — Character's summary throughout the Series. Use tabbers to divide the Seasons.
  • Relationships — Notable relationships regarding said character. Only relevant and significant relationships.
  • Appearances — Chronological list of the character's appearances. Use the appearances template.
  • Trivia — A section with trivia about the character.
  • Quotes — A section of the character's significant quotes throughout the series. Use the Quote template to add quotes.
  • Notes — A section with relevant information about the characters in other media.
  • Gallery — Character's pictures throughout the series.
  • References — A section where references can be found from articles.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To make it easier for users, we have made a character preload. When creating new character pages, use the new preload feature to ensure the page will be formatted correctly. This preload can be located in Category:Characters and at the top of the edit page as a notice, which only appears when creating a new page (this only applies if you use the Classic editor).

Episode Articles Edit

Episode Template Edit

  • This template should appear at the top of the episode page (when creating a new page), before the sections listed below. If you are unsure of a section, please leave it blank.
  • Images in an Episodes infobox should be: Screencaps or Screenshots after said episode has aired.

Sections Edit

  • Synopsis — The official press released synopsis. The synopsis isn't to be edited or added onto other than removing non In-Universe things out of it, such as cast members names' in parentheses. The synopsis you can find on Freeform for each episode.
  • Plot — A detailed, written out plot of an episode. Use the Hide/Show template for spoiler warning.
  • Cast — The cast of the episode, with the subheadings: Main/Recurring/Guest
  • Quotes — Notable quotes from the episode. Use the Quote template to add quotes said by individual characters, and/or Dialogue template if it is a conversation between two or more characters.
  • Trivia — Trivia about the episode.
  • Gallery — Images and Videos. Use tabber in the Images section with the tabs: Promotional/Screencaps/Behind the Scenes.
  • References — All the references, including external links.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To make it easier for users, we have made a character preload. When creating new character pages, use the new preload feature to ensure the page will be formatted correctly. This preload can be located in Category:Episodes and at the top of the edit page as a notice, which only appears when creating a new page (this only applies if you use the Classic editor).

Location Articles Edit

Location Template Edit

  • The Infobox is called "Location"
  • This template should appear at the top of the location page (when creating a new page), before the sections listed below. If you are unsure of a section, please leave it blank.

Sections Edit

A location article should contain the following sections in order:

  • The first instance of a location's name should be in bold type.
  • Header — Header specifically related to the page. Occupants/Inhabitants/Students/ (for example)
  • Appearances — Chronological list of the location's appearances. Use appearances template.
  • Trivia — Trivia about the location, if there is any, admins will determine what is and isn't necessary.
  • Gallery — Images of the location in a slideshow.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To make it easier for users, we have made a character preload. When creating new character pages, use the new preload feature to ensure the page will be formatted correctly. This preload can be located in Category:Locations and at the top of the edit page as a notice, which only appears when creating a new page (this only applies if you use the Classic editor).

Event Articles Edit

Event Template Edit

  • The template is called "Event"
  • This template should appear at the top of the events page (when creating a new page), before the sections listed below. If you are unsure of a section, please leave it blank.

Sections Edit

A events article should contain the following sections in order:

  • Opening Quote — Quote pertaining to the event that took place. Use the Quote template.
  • The first instance of a event's name should be in bold type.
  • Header 1 — "Summary" header for information on the topic
  • Header 2 — Header specifically related to the page. Attendees/Guests/Other (for example)
  • Appearances — chronological list of the event's appearances. Use appearances template.
  • Gallery — Images of the event in a slideshow.

Relationship Articles Edit

Relationship Template Edit

  • This template should appear at the top of the location page (when creating a new page), before the sections listed below. If you are unsure of a section, please leave it blank.

Sections Edit

A relationship article should contain the following sections in order:

  • A brief summary or so, summarizing who or what the article is about. This section should come before any section headings. i.e.,
    1. The relationship between Ryn and Ben Pownall...
  • History — relationship before Siren written in past tense.
  • Throughout the Series — detailed information about their relationship in each season on Siren, written in past tense.
  • Quotes — notable quotes from episodes
  • Gallery — both characters' images together throughout the series.
  • References — a section where references can be found from articles.
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