R.U.S.E. Wiki
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First of all, Welcome to the R.U.S.E. wiki! If you're here, you're either looking for information, or looking to add information you think might be missing. Either way, we hope to make your time here as pleasant and headache-free as possible!

Our 'Style Guide'

We don't really have much of an established style guide at the moment, but hopefully putting up this page will help our existing editing team come to a consensus on what our Wiki-style should be. For now, here are a few bullet-points to steer you in the right direction!

Article Titles

Article titles should be short, simple and to the point. As a general rule, the first word should be capitalized and any follow words be lowercased. However, this isn't a hard and fast rule and some words maybe be capitalized. Superfluous words such as "properly", "correctly", and "the right way" should be avoided, as should the use of pronunciation marks.

Examples of Good Titles

  • Regulars
  • Bum Rush
  • M15 Contraereo

Examples of Bad Titles

  • Italy - The Tankrushing Guide
  • KILL ALL GERMANS!!!
  • The Best Way To Take Out a Bunker Nest and then Capture HQ
  • Destroying a Base Correctly ("correctly" is superfluous, why would there be an "incorrect" way?)

Introduction

The introduction of a R.U.S.E. Wiki article is the section before the first heading. The table of contents, if displayed, appears between the lead section and the first headline. The lead should be capable of standing alone as a concise overview of the article, briefly describing its most important points. It should contain at most, four paragraphs and should be written in a clear, accessible style so as to invite a reading of the full article. The article's subject should be mentioned at the earliest natural point in the prose in the first sentence, and should appear in boldface. For example:

General Writing

Articles should be written in the third person if possible. While writing on R.U.S.E. Wiki doesn't need to be neutral, you should try to avoid personal reference. Sentences such as "I like to hide in the wooods because it gives me better cover" could easily be phrased as "Hiding in woods can provide better cover". Formatting functions like bold, italics, and linking are provided to improve readability of articles, so use them (see Wikipedia cheatsheet for additional help). If you wish to emphasize a word use italics rather than bold or CAPITALS. Use of the bold face type should be limited within an article whenever possible to definitions, table headers, and name highlighting (although names should only be highlighted once in an article). Double emphasis should also be avoided but can be used for text such as important warnings by making the word bold italic. Italics and quotation marks are also used in names of pieces of media. For example, game names are italicized.

Do not use:

  • ALL CAPS
  • Instant messenger language abbreviations - R U OK?
  • Emoticons - :)
  • Excessive punctuation - !!!
  • Sentences starting with lowercase - "move the recon into the woods"

Overlinking/Underlinking

For a complete guide to linking please refer to Wikipedia's Manual of Style (links).

The use of links is a difficult balance between providing the reader enough useful links to allow them to "wander through" articles and excessive linking which can distract them from their reading flow. Underlinking can cause the reader to become frustrated because questions may arise about the article's contents which can only be resolved by using the search option or other sources for clarification, interrupting and distracting the reader. Overlinking may distract the reader because links are usually colored differently causing the eye to shift focus constantly. Additionally if the same word is linked multiple times in the same paragraph it can cause the reader to question if the links are directing them to different articles or not.

The guidelines for linking are:

  • No more than 10 percent of the words in an article are contained in links.
  • Two links should not be next to each other in the text, so that it looks like one link - such as Germany's Blockhaus.
  • Links for any single term should not be excessively repeated in the same article. Excessive linking is more than once for the same term, in a line or a paragraph, which will almost certainly appear needlessly on the viewer's screen. Remember, the purpose of links is to direct the reader to a new spot at the point(s) where the reader is most likely to take a temporary detour due to needing more information.
  • Inversely, duplicating an important link distant from a previous occurrence in an article may well be appropriate. If an important term appears many times in a long article, but is only linked once at the very beginning of the article, it may actually be underlinked. Indeed, readers who jump directly to a subsection of interest must still be able to find a link. But take care in fixing such problems, the distance between duplicate links is an editor's preference, however if in doubt duplicate the term further down the article.

Spelling

National variations of English will occur depending on the nationality of the author. There is no preferred variation for articles and users should be aware of this, however consistency should be maintained. If the article was written in American English then this form should be used throughout and British English, Canadian English, or Australian English users should not change to their variation part way through.

If possible try to avoid the situation altogether by using common substitutions, for instance: "analyze the situation" could be changed to "examine the situation".

This does not extend to the discussion pages where users can use variations freely.

General spelling and grammar should be legible and correct. Use the preview button to check your work for errors before you submit your edit. If English is not your first language or you have difficulties with writing, it is recommended you bring up your point in discussion so that other editors may add it. This makes copy-editing additions much easier.

Page Formatting

We have a number of page templates available on the R.U.S.E. Wiki, which takes a great deal of the grunt-work out of writing a page. Here, you can find the template code for a specific type of page. Simply copy the relevant code into the page, fill in the tags on the right-hand side of the equals (=) sign and the template will do the important work for you.

Unit Template

This template is for units and buildings in R.U.S.E.; the elements of the game that the player controls directly.

{{Unit
   |title=(Optional. If not used, defaults to the Page Name)
   |image=(Optional. Picture or menu photo of the page subject)
   |imagewidth=(Optional. Defaults to 250pixels wide.)
   |caption=(Optional. Remark or 'blurb' regarding the image.)
   |faction=(Which of the six [[Factions]] this page belongs to.)
   |class=(What type of unit is it? Infantry, Armor, Building, etc.)
   |cost=(How many resources this unit costs in-game)
   |upgrade=(How much it costs to upgrade to, or research this unit)
   |precursor=(If an upgrade, the previous unit should be linked here)
   |factory=(Which building it was produced from)
   |era=(1939+, 1941+, or 1945)
   |armor=(Nonarmor units list their unit type as their armor)
   |resist=(Resistance follows armor, and is how much 'health' a unit has)
   |speed=(Buildings have no speed; list mobile unit speed here)
   }}

Weapons Template

Units have weapons (usually) and as such, a table was created to list the effective damage of the weapons, so that they can be easily compared, in a style similar to that of the in-game 'Rusopedia'. Note that not all weapons can be used against all unit types, so it isn't uncommon for entire sections of this table to go blank.

{{Weapons
  |weapon= (The name of the weapon used)
  |weaponpic= (Icon for the weapon goes here, if it has been uploaded)
  |infantry= (Weapon damage versus infantry)
  |engineer= (Weapon damage versus vehicles)
  |building= (Weapon damage versus buildings)
  |armor1= (Weapon damage versus Armor Class 1)
  |armor2= (Weapon damage versus Armor Class 2)
  |armor3= (Weapon damage versus Armor Class 3)
  |armor4= (Weapon damage versus Armor Class 4)
  |armor5= (Weapon damage versus Armor Class 5)
  |aircraft= (Weapon damage versus Aircraft)
  |range= (The maximum distance a weapon can be fired from)
  }}
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