Guild Wars Wiki:Formatting/General

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Formatting guideline

This page is an accepted formatting guideline on the Guild Wars Wiki.

It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all contributors should follow. Before editing this page, it is suggested to gather consensus on the talk page first.

This article contains the general formatting guide for this wiki. All articles are expected to conform to style and formatting guidelines outlined below, unless they are superseded by more specific formatting.

Getting started[edit]

Guild Wars Wiki is a continually evolving project gathering all information from Guild Wars in the form of a wiki.

Stub tags[edit]

Stubs should be placed at the top of the page. Stubs are placed on pages with incomplete or unreliable information. All new pages that are lacking details or are incomplete should be declared as a stub by adding the relevant stub tag at the top of the page. For example, adding {{location-stub}} to a newly introduced location in the game.

These are the stubs templates that are currently in use. Please apply only one stub template to a stub article and use the most specific one possible:

Stub templates should be removed after the associated article has been expanded upon. If an article is not of stub length but contains empty or very short sections, tag the sections alone with {{section-stub}}. This will categorize the article in Category:Articles with stub sections instead.

See also Category:Stubs.


Normal English capitalization is preferred. There is no need to follow in-game capitalization where it does not make sense. As a general rule capitalize only proper nouns (a noun describing a unique entity, such as a name or a city).

Names of skills, specific locations, quests, unique items, specific NPCs, and campaigns are to be considered proper nouns.

Names for these are to be considered common nouns: skill types, professions, location types, NPC services, etc.

Section headers[edit]

All section headers should use normal sentence case. The first letter is capitalized and all subsequent words are lower case, except for any proper nouns.

Article names and disambiguation identifiers[edit]

Capitalize proper nouns only. Disambiguation identifiers should be lower case unless the identifier is a proper noun, such as (Factions).

See Guild Wars Wiki:Formatting/Article names for more details.


Dialogue text should be double quoted and written in italics. Spelling, capitalization and punctuation are copied exactly. Any text highlighted in the in-game dialogue is emboldened. When quoting text which contains spelling, grammar or punctuation errors, place a {{sic}} tag after the problematic text (however, do not place them immediately before punctuation marks nor pad them with excess spacing).

Example Wikicode As it appears
Basic quote ''"This is quoted text."'' "This is quoted text."
Simple typo ''"This is Quoted Text {{sic}} with a typo."'' "This is Quoted Text [sic] with a typo."
Highlighted text ''"This is quoted text with '''emphasis'''."'' "This is quoted text with emphasis."
Typo with nearby punctuation ''"This is quoted text with a tYpo, {{sic|'Y' is capitalized}} which requires tagging after punctuation."'' "This is quoted text with a tYpo, [sic] which requires tagging after punctuation."

Wiki links[edit]

For each article, use a wiki link for the first instance only of a particular term or name; avoid linking subsequent appearances, unless it would ease the text flow. Direct links are preferred over links through redirects. The article name at the beginning of the article should be wiki linked instead of bolded (see Snare (tactic) and Profession for examples), excluding skill descriptions as noted on Guild Wars Wiki:Formatting/Skills.

Text emphasis[edit]

If a particular word or phrase of a sentence warrants emphasis, avoid using capital letters. "Do NOT add unconfirmed information." is inelegant compared to "Do not add unconfirmed information."


In articles, official terms are generally preferred over unofficial terms.