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To maintain a high level of quality at Heroes Wiki, articles should follow a consistent layout of section headings and page elements.

Improperly Formatted Articles

Articles that do not conform to standard article layout should be tagged with the Stub template to mark that the page requires changes to the article's layout. This allows the editing public to quickly find a page that needs additional work.

Copy and paste the Wiki code below to mark a page that requires updating.

{{stub|needs=layout standardization}}

To find a list of articles that require additional work, see: Category: Stubs.

Article Naming Conventions

In general, article titles should be made as descriptive as possible.

Certain Heroes Wiki articles follow a described naming convention:

Article
Type
Naming
Convention
Suggested
Layout
Examples
Episodes Episode:Episode Name See Template:Newepisode Episode:Genesis
Graphic Novels Graphic Novel:Graphic Novel Name Graphic Novel:Monsters
Spoilers Spoiler:Article Name Spoiler:Unexpected
Things Possessor's Object Name Hiro's sword

Article Layout

Article content should follow the following layout to improve readability and editing:

  • Introduction
  • Section Headings
  • Navigation Elements
  • Categories

To help maintain organization, articles should follow the following generic layout:

Section Used in ... Definition
Messages All If necessary, message templates such as {{stub}}, {{noimage}}, or {{needsmaintenance}} should be placed at the very top of an article. For a list of message templates, see Messages.
Infobox, Image, or Table of Contents All If applicable, an infobox template should be placed at the top of an article, but after any messages. For a list of infobox templates, see Sidebars. If the article has no infobox, a right-aligned lead image can be used. If the article has no images or infoboxes, use the {{tocright}} template to place the article's table of contents in place of a lead image or infobox.
Introduction All Provide an brief introduction for the article, including a reference to the article title in bold. There should generally only be one bold word or phrase.
Notable Locations World Locations When a Location (such as a City) has associated Places (such as businesses, apartments, etc.), use a bulleted list to reference each place. A few of the more notable Places (such as Primatech Research or Corinthian Casino) might also have a section called "Notable Locations".
Notable Occupants / Employees / Residents / Visitors World Locations, Places A comprehensive bulleted list of Characters who have visited the Location or Place is appropriate.
Notable Participants Events Some events pages can have a bulleted list of participants in the event.
Afflicted Characters Medical Conditions Articles about medical conditions may have a bulleted list of afflicted characters.
About All Most articles may have a generic description of the titled content, usually written from the Heroes series perspective. Exceptions include:
  • Cast and Crew: Description of real-world biography of the crew member
  • References: Description of the real-world instance of the object

For more on perspective, see Help:Perspective.

Summary Episodes, Graphic Novels A high level sequence of events that occur in the Episode or Graphic Novel should be included on Episode, Graphic Novel, and other Media pages. Episodes should use a bulleted list, and Graphic Novels should be a paragraph description of the novel.
Story Development Episodes A list of new articles related to the episode should use {{StoryDevelopment}}.
Character History Characters A description of involvement / activities in Episodes and Graphic Novels should be included for each Character. For non-character articles such as Places or Items, the episodic history goes under the section called "About".
Synopsis Episodes Articles about Media (such as Episodes) should have a detailed sequence of events that occur in the Episode.
References References A list of examples within Heroes that refer to the Reference should be included. Include a brief description of the scene, with reference justification and episode link. This is one of the few sections that can break perspective.
Episodic Recurrences Recurring themes A bulleted list of examples of the theme should be broken down by episode.
Graphic Novel Recurrences Recurring themes A bulleted list of examples of the theme should have parenthetical citations for each graphic novel.
Characters Powers A list of Characters should include all Characters who possess, or have duplicated, the special power.
Limits Powers A description should be written on the apparent limitations on the special power. Most abilities pages have this section broken down by character, especially if there are multiple characters with the ability, and each character has a unique set of limitations.
Examples Powers A Gallery list of examples should have eight to twelve examples of usages of the special power. Include a reference to the Episode, Graphic Novel, or other media where the power was exhibited. Note: if there is an examples page for the ability (such as examples of telekinesis), then this section should be renamed "Selected Examples", and only eight images should be included.
Evolved Human Abilities Evolved Humans A brief description of the character's powers can be written.
Memorable Quotes All A few notable quotes by or about the character, or about an object can be included. Quotes should include the phrases mentioned, followed by characters involved, and Episode/Graphic Novel appearance. Quotes should be illustrative of the subject matter and should be memorable. There is a difference between a memorable quote and a memorable scene.
Notes All General in-world notes about relations, hints, etc. can be organized into a bulleted list. Notes should have a confirmed or very obvious connection to the topic.
Trivia All Factoids and little-known items of interest relating to the article can be organized into a bulleted list. Trivia should have a confirmed or very obvious connection to the topic.
Gallery All Articles with a larger than normal amount of images should group the images in its own Gallery section using the <gallery> tags. Additionally, the article should be added to the Galleries category.
See Also All This section is used for references to disambiguation pages (using {{seealsodisambig}}), as well as references to articles with similar topics and continuations.
External Links All Links to off-site articles can be organized into a bulleted list. References to interviews should include the hosting site's name and date of interview.
Fan Theories All See Template:Theories for more information.
Spoilers All See Template:Spoiler for more information.
Navigation Templates All If applicable, a navigation template should be placed at the bottom of an article. For a list of navigation templates, see Navigational Elements.
Categories All Categories should be grouped at the bottom of an article for easy editing. Articles can be sorted in the category by piping an alternate name in the category, for example, [[Category:Series Crew|Sale, Tim]] will put the article in the Series Crew category sorted under S.
Localization All If a translated version of this article exists on one of the localized versions of Heroes Wiki then adding an interwiki link to that localization will automatically add a link to the "in other languages" toolbox. (e.g. [[pt:{{FULLPAGENAMEE}}]] will create a toolbox link to the same article name on the Portuguese version of Heroes Wiki.)

Sample Article Layouts

The following pages contain blank preformated layouts which can be cut and pasted into new articles. Be sure to remove any unused sections, apply any necessary category sorting, and fill in all details.

Episodes should use the new episode template.

See Also

See also: Help: Style