This Manual of Style is here to help you write articles.
For information on the most basic writing techniques and styles, which are used here, see Wikipedia's Manual of style.
Below are some basic formatting rules..
If there are multiple sources of information on the topic you're writing, cite them in the article after a paragraph. In an example: "Xenomorphs are shown to take traits from their host. (Alien 3)" However, if there is only one source for an article, this is not needed.
All articles should be structured as follows:
- Main article
- Behind the scenes (notice the capitalization)
- See also
- External links
- Succession box
For more details as to what each section of an article should contain, see the Layout Guide.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine what the canon of a series is, so I'll put what our Canon Policy should be:
- If the article you're submitting is from a series of movies originally, those movies are the first and prime source of information for that subject. Same thing goes for books, comics, etc.
- Other information from books (that means comics too) or games that contradicts that of the movies needs to be ret-con'd. This is done in the "Theories" section, covered below. However, in the article itself, add a sort of footnote, such as: "However, this contradicts what took place in AVP, where the aliens gesgated much faster."
One of the ideas this wiki is based on is the fact that in any sci-fi series, continuity problems arise. So, this is where you get to play scientist. In an article, at the end of it after all the concrete information is out of the way, if there is a continuity issue, or something strange about a certain species, a new section, Theories, should be added. Note that these aren't your personal theories, but theories brought up on the talk page. When you have an idea for a theory, post it on the talk page of the article with the subject "Theory- [your subject here]." Once there are enough people that agree the theory is credible and that it should go on the page, it can be put there.
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