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Page titles, also known as page names, are very important to get right. A bad title could mean your page is never found or used, or that we might have duplicates.
Consistency means doing things the same way. This is important on a wiki, as repeated methods make it easy to find and do things.
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To aid in being consistent, this guide sets out how we expect titles to be used.
  
 
See the [[Grand Theft Wiki: Style Guide| Style Guide]] for details on style, structure and language.
 
See the [[Grand Theft Wiki: Style Guide| Style Guide]] for details on style, structure and language.
  
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==Games==
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Titles of game pages should always be the long form of the games name, for example:
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*[[Grand Theft Auto 1]]
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*[[Grand Theft Auto III]]
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*[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]
  
==Game Names==
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You should never use the short form (GTA 1, GTA Vice City) in the title.  
The biggest concern surrounding consistency here is the use of game names in text, section headings and page titles.
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Games should always be shown with "GTA" or "Grand Theft Auto" at the start. This is to avoid confusion with place names - [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]] vs [[Vice City]]
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*Full form: [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] (with colon)
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*Short form: [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]] (without colon)
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It is acceptable to link to either the full or short form of game titles.  
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Note that [[Grand Theft Auto 1|GTA 1]] and [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA 2]] use english numbers (1 and 2), whilst [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] use roman numberals (III and IV). We must follow the convention of the game's actual name. The exception is [[GTA 1]] which is ''technically'' called "Grand Theft Auto" but we always refer to it as GTA 1.
 
  
Also note that the numbered games do not have colons in the title ([[Grand Theft Auto III]] vs [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]). Colons should never be used in the short forms.
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==Game Content==
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For pages about the content of games (such as [[Missions in GTA Vice City]]), you should:
  
Abbreviated titles (GTASA) should only be used where the game names need to be repeated many times. This includes large tables, long lists, or very complicated paragraphs that keep swapping between game names. Where possible, there should be a key to show which abbreviation means what. Never use these abbreviations as shorter links to be.
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*Follow the "X in Y" format
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**Do not use the bracketed format: "Missions (GTA Vice City)"
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**Do not use subpages: "GTA Vice City/Missions"
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*Use the short form of game names WITHOUT a colon
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**Correct = Missions in GTA Vice City
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**Wrong = Missions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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**Wrong = Missions in GTA: Vice City
  
  
;For the game's own page:
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==Pages about Things==
Use the full form in the title and the opening sentence, ie [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]].
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For pages about specific things, such as characters, missions, vehicles, weapons etc, you should:
  
;For pages about part of the game:
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*Use the full title of what they are known as in-game
Use the short form, such as [[Vehicles in GTA Vice City]]
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**For vehicles/weapons/places, use the in-game name NOT the real name
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**For characters, give both parts of their name wherever possible - [[Carl Johnson]] not just Carl
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*Use what they are most-commonly known as in-game, even if this is not its full/real title
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**Use [[Sweet]] (what he's always known as) rather than "Sean Johnson" (his real name)
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**Don't expand/interpret abbreviations like [[MAC-10]] or [[NRG-500]]
  
;For other pages:
 
Generally, use the short form in the any part of the text, any lists or tables (ie "The Cheetah is a car in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]")
 
  
;For GTA 1:
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==Uppercase or Lowercase?==
For the first GTA game, which was just called "Grand Theft Auto", we always refer to it as "Grand Theft Auto 1" or "GTA 1". This is to avoid any confusion, and to allow people to just link to [[Grand Theft Auto|GTA]] whenever they mean the series of games (which is more frequent than meaning the first game).
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On Grand Theft Wiki, all titles follow Title Case.
  
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This means that most words start with a capital letter, except basic ones such as a/the/and/or/in/out/of/on/off/with/from/but.
  
You can use the long form whenever you wish to be formal, such as in the opening sentence. However, do not do this if you are listing more than one game: (''"The '''Bobcat''' is the trusty pick-up truck that is featured in [[Grand Theft Auto III]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]."'')
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The only exceptions are where one of these words are part of a Proper Noun, i.e. the name of one specific thing. For example, the [[Vank Off Hotel]]. You would also do it if the title is only 1 or 2 words in length (such as the [[Dust Off]] mission) but not where the name is a whole sentence or phrase (such as [[Love on the Rocks]]).
  
Note that other sites (such as [http://en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia]) use the long "correct" titles in every instance, but pages like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_characters_in_Grand_Theft_Auto:_Liberty_City_Stories List of characters in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories] really do look silly. Notice that Wikipedia also says "List of" at the start of the title on many pages - that is also something that we do not do here on Grand Theft Wiki.
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Correct examples of Title Case:
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*Missions in GTA Vice City
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*The First Mission of GTA Vice City
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*Something to do with a Game
  
==Page Titles==
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Wrong examples:
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*Uppercase: SOMETHING TO DO WITH A GAME
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*Sentence Case: Something to do with a game (Wikipedia uses this format)
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*Every-word caps: Something To Do With A Game (this is NEVER correct)
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*Camel Case: SomethingToDoWithAGame
  
Titles of articles (pages) should almost always use the full title of whatever it is about. For example, a game's name should always be in full ([[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]); a character should be [[Carl Johnson]] not just Carl; a mission should have the exact title ([[In The Beginning...]]).
 
  
The exception to this is when something is better known by an alternative name. For example, most people know the character as [[Sweet]] rather than Sean Johnson. Most people refer to the first GTA game as Grand Theft Auto 1 rather than "Grand Theft Auto".
 
  
Page titles should follow title case, such as [[Missions in GTA San Andreas]], with minor words being lowercase (eg: a/and/the/in/to/of). Do not use full first caps (Something To Do With A Game), nor sentence case ("Something to do with a game"), nor uppercase ("SOMETHING..").
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==Images, Templates, Categories==
  
Templates should be lowercase and abbreviated, such as {{template|gtaiv}} and {{template|gtaiii vehicles}}.
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;Images
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*Image names need to be simple and descriptive, such as  
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*Image names should not have spaces in. Use hyphens instead.
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*It helps if you specify which game it is from, using an abbreviation
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*A handy guide is "Subject-Detail-Game"
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*Image names always need to end in the file format (.jpg/.png/.gif/.svg) for the image you upload.
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**This is automatically entered into the box when you upload an image, so don't remove or change it.
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*Correct example: "Cheetah-Rear-GTAIV.png"
  
==Examples==
 
  
Some examples of Consistency in a tabular format:
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;Templates
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Templates should all be lowercase and abbreviated, such as {{template|gtaiv}} and {{template|gtaiii vehicles}}.
  
{|class="wikitable"
 
!style="background-color:#FDD"|Wrong
 
!style="background-color:#DFD"|Right
 
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|Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
 
|Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
 
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|GTA: San Andreas
 
|GTA San Andreas
 
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|Grand Theft Auto: III<br />GTA: III
 
|Grand Theft Auto III<br />GTA III
 
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|GTA San Andreas Vehicles<br />SAVehicles<br />List of Vehicles in GTA San Andreas
 
|Vehicles in GTA San Andreas
 
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{|class="wikitable"
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;Categories
!Term
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*Categories should be plural (Missions not Mission) - imagine that it says "list of..." before it
!Meaning
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*Categories should follow title case like normal articles
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*Categories should use the short form of game names (GTA Vice City)
|[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]
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*Categories should not use the "X in Y" format - use "GTA IV Missions" instead
|The game
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|-
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|[[Vice City]]
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|The city
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|-
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|[[Grand Theft Auto|GTA]] / [[Grand Theft Auto]]
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|All Grand Theft Auto games
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|-
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|[[Grand Theft Auto 1|GTA1]] / [[Grand Theft Auto 1]]
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|The first GTA game, originally called "Grand Theft Auto"
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|}
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Latest revision as of 17:18, 5 August 2011

Page titles, also known as page names, are very important to get right. A bad title could mean your page is never found or used, or that we might have duplicates.

To aid in being consistent, this guide sets out how we expect titles to be used.

See the Style Guide for details on style, structure and language.

Games

Titles of game pages should always be the long form of the games name, for example:

You should never use the short form (GTA 1, GTA Vice City) in the title.


Game Content

For pages about the content of games (such as Missions in GTA Vice City), you should:

  • Follow the "X in Y" format
    • Do not use the bracketed format: "Missions (GTA Vice City)"
    • Do not use subpages: "GTA Vice City/Missions"
  • Use the short form of game names WITHOUT a colon
    • Correct = Missions in GTA Vice City
    • Wrong = Missions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    • Wrong = Missions in GTA: Vice City


Pages about Things

For pages about specific things, such as characters, missions, vehicles, weapons etc, you should:

  • Use the full title of what they are known as in-game
    • For vehicles/weapons/places, use the in-game name NOT the real name
    • For characters, give both parts of their name wherever possible - Carl Johnson not just Carl
  • Use what they are most-commonly known as in-game, even if this is not its full/real title
    • Use Sweet (what he's always known as) rather than "Sean Johnson" (his real name)
    • Don't expand/interpret abbreviations like MAC-10 or NRG-500


Uppercase or Lowercase?

On Grand Theft Wiki, all titles follow Title Case.

This means that most words start with a capital letter, except basic ones such as a/the/and/or/in/out/of/on/off/with/from/but.

The only exceptions are where one of these words are part of a Proper Noun, i.e. the name of one specific thing. For example, the Vank Off Hotel. You would also do it if the title is only 1 or 2 words in length (such as the Dust Off mission) but not where the name is a whole sentence or phrase (such as Love on the Rocks).

Correct examples of Title Case:

  • Missions in GTA Vice City
  • The First Mission of GTA Vice City
  • Something to do with a Game

Wrong examples:

  • Uppercase: SOMETHING TO DO WITH A GAME
  • Sentence Case: Something to do with a game (Wikipedia uses this format)
  • Every-word caps: Something To Do With A Game (this is NEVER correct)
  • Camel Case: SomethingToDoWithAGame


Images, Templates, Categories

Images
  • Image names need to be simple and descriptive, such as
  • Image names should not have spaces in. Use hyphens instead.
  • It helps if you specify which game it is from, using an abbreviation
  • A handy guide is "Subject-Detail-Game"
  • Image names always need to end in the file format (.jpg/.png/.gif/.svg) for the image you upload.
    • This is automatically entered into the box when you upload an image, so don't remove or change it.
  • Correct example: "Cheetah-Rear-GTAIV.png"


Templates

Templates should all be lowercase and abbreviated, such as {{gtaiv}} and {{gtaiii vehicles}}.


Categories
  • Categories should be plural (Missions not Mission) - imagine that it says "list of..." before it
  • Categories should follow title case like normal articles
  • Categories should use the short form of game names (GTA Vice City)
  • Categories should not use the "X in Y" format - use "GTA IV Missions" instead