GOGWiki:Manual of style

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Basics

Some of the rough basics, to be applied to all pages and entries.

It's GOG

It's GOG, not GoG, Gog or gog. We might be nitpicking here, but somebody has to do it.

GOG users are Gogers (pronounced doggers with a G).

Nomenclature

A product is a game sold by itself or a compilation of games sold on GOG. Whereas a game is only the game itself. The Might and Magic Six Pack is a product but not a game. Might and Magic 1 is a game, but not a product. Might and Magic 7 is a game and a product.

Pages

We have made a standard page layout for all product/game pages. This is to be used as a standard for all game and product entries.

If applicable, the game page should be the "main page" to hold all the relevant information. The product page should only cover information about all the games in the compilation. An exception are games with expansion packs. As most of the time those games are played with the expansion packs installed, the product page should be the "main page".

Naming

Product pages should match the naming provided by GOG. Exceptions occur when GOG uses inconsistent product naming (e.g. vs/vs.), where the product name can be confirmed to contain an error (e.g. Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption), and where following the GOG product name would conflict with wiki formatting (e.g. Blood (game)).

For game pages that are not product pages, the official title of the game should be used. The official title with regards to this wiki is the one used on the product page of GOG.com. Alternative titles should not be listed in the game page, as this information is already provided by MobyGames; sensible redirects should be made for those titles, however.

As potential errors differ between different installations of a game, GOGWiki policy is to create pages for each possible installation. There should be no game pages for games which cannot be installed separately in the GOG release (e.g. Incubation can only be installed with the mission pack; as such, only one entry is sufficient).

Lead section

The subject of the article should be mentioned in bold as soon as possible.

If there are any major issues with the game, they should be mentioned at the end of the lead section. The major issue should be a very important one, like the need for multiplayer keys or gamebraking issues that need a workaround.

Infobox

Installer version

The installer version (installversion) should be written as it appears in the file's properties. The installer date (installdate) should be written according to ISO 8601 (i.e. YYYY-MM-DD), with the date itself being either the date the file was updated or the last time it was checked.

Section headers

Sections should begin at size two (e.g. ==Official compatibility==) with subsections using a size one smaller than their parent section (e.g. ===Windows 7===. Section headers should not be written in title case (e.g. "Section Headers).

Categories

To add a category to a page, add [[Category:NAME]] to the bottom of the page, where NAME is the name of the category. Note that there is no space between Category: and the category name.

Subcategories should be listed after their parent category - for example, Category:Discontinued products should be listed after Category:Products.

Naming

Category names should be concise and descriptive.

When creating categories for developers and publishers, only the common name should be used, excluding any company jargon - for example Black Isle would be used instead of Black Isle Studios. The category name should for the form of [[Category:Games developed by NAME]] or [[Category:Games published by NAME]] - for example, Category:Games developed by Black Isle.

Specific categories

Games

Practically everything belongs in the Games category. Redirects, disambiguation pages and company pages do not belong in the Games category.

Products

The Products category is for items that can be bought. Every item in the GOG Catalogue belongs in the Products category. As all products sold by GOG are games, every page in the Products should also be in the Games category.

Compilations

The Compilations category is a subcategory of Products. It is to be used for items in the Products category that contain more than one game.