# Star Trek Timelines:Style guide

This style guide has the simple purpose of making the Star Trek Timelines Wiki easy to read by establishing a certain format. One way is often as good as another, but if everyone does things the same way, the articles will be easier to read and use, along with being easier to write and edit. Reading the style guide is important to ensure that each user's edits will be consistent with those of other users.

## Article titles

Pages must have appropriate titles. Articles about crew, items, events, ships and other in-game features should be titled exactly as the subject's name appears in-game. In cases where information in inconsistent, please reference previous articles that are similar to see the naming/formatting conventions.

Separating articles into sections makes them easy to read and navigate. Headings are used to split articles into sections.

### Markup

Use two equal signs (==) style markup for headings. Start with ==, add the heading title, then end with ==.

This section's heading was created with the markup:

==Sections and headings==

This subsection's heading was created with the markup:

===Markup===

### Wording

• In a heading, capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions, and leave all of the other letters in lowercase. For example, the words Crew and Event should be capitalized, while the words and and the should remain lowercase (unless they are the first word of the title, in which the first letter should be capitalized).
• Make sure that the heading has an appropriate and accurate title, as this is important to help readers navigate the article. For example, do not make a "Items" section in an article about an event and then include Crew in that section.

A lead (introduction) summarises the most important points of an article, creating interest in the topic. Thus, it should be limited to a few paragraphs. Certain information, such as strategies and trivia, should be in a separate section instead of in the lead. This applies only to articles that are of sufficient length to incorporate a lead.

## Text elements

• Every time an article is mentioned on the page, you don't have to link to every single one. For example, Crew may be mentioned five times. You only have to link to crew once. You can link to articles more than once if the page is very long.
• When a skill is linked to, the name of the skill or its icon should be used, not a short form or a different spelling of it. Instead of saying "This item has 95 acc" you should state "This item has 95{{Skill|acc}}" or "This item has 95 [[accuracy]]."
• Piped link formats for simple plurals are generally unnecessary. For example, use [[Expedition Event]]s instead of [[Expedition Event|Expedition Events]].
• On the other hand, use [[VIP|VIP Levels]] instead of [[VIP]] Levels when appropriate. Don't be afraid to use a piped link when necessary, particularly if avoiding them contorts the language unnecessarily or introduces spelling or grammatical errors into the article. Piped links have legitimate uses in an article.
• When including wiki-links in an article, there is no need to use underscores, since the software produces them automatically.