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The following are some editing guidelines that the Cyberpunk Wiki follows.

If you need any additional clarification, please contact one of the wiki's admins or post on the forums.

Writing guidelines

When to edit

The wiki encourages editors to make an edit whenever they see an article that needs improving. Whether it be something as minor as a spelling mistake, or something larger like gaps in the facts provided, don't be afraid to jump in and improve the site. However, the wiki expects editors to be more circumspect when it comes to editing templates. The design and layout of the wiki's templates have been carefully considered; as such please consult an admin if you wish to propose a major change.

What tone to use

While the wiki does not expect editors to use an academic tone, there is still an expectation that articles maintain some level of formality. This means that while contractions such as "it's" are acceptable, informal language such as "ur" in place of "your" is not. Further to this, please avoid writing in first person.

What spelling to use

As this wiki has editors from across the world, British and American spelling and grammar styles are both accepted. Editors are strongly discouraged from changing another editor's spelling or grammar purely because it is different to the style they are accustomed to. However, users are expected to follow the spelling used in-game.

When to use the edit summary

Whenever there are significant changes to an article, please leave an explanation in the edit summary. If the change is minor (things like fixing spelling or adding links) there is less of a need to explain, though editors are welcome to.

When to sign and when not to sign

Always sign comments in the forums and on talk pages with four tildes (~). Conversely, never sign articles.

Grammar

Languages

This is the English Cyberpunk Wiki, any form of American or British spelling and grammar styles are both accepted. However other languages such as: Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, or Russian, can be used for names or streetslang if articles call for it to be used. However, users are expected to follow the spelling used in-game.

Perspective Statements

A first person statement is a comment or question posed in the form of the first person, the narrator or voice speaking from personal accounts. First person is identified by always including the use of "I" in sentences. First person is unprofessional, as it sounds like a blog instead of an article, and does not leave any room for the reader to form an opinion for themselves or draw on their own experiences. These should be liberally corrected on sight in articles - but are perfectly acceptable, and are even the norm, on profile pages and in talk pages, forums, and blogs.

A second person statement is based on the narrator or voice speaking to the reader or audience, characterized with "you" statements and questions. "You" statements are acceptable, but are not encouraged, as they also leave an informal perspective on an article.

  • Second person statements like "you" and "the player" are acceptable in Walkthroughs and Trivia as they are traditionally not in a formal voice, anywhere else should be edited to third person

For lore sections, articles should be written in third person. Third person, like this article, addresses the whole audience, regardless of who they are (gender included) by avoiding specific words such as "I", "you", and "he" (if referring to the player). It uses words that can be understood in a universal perspective. Third person articles identify who they are talking about before using words such as he or she. Refer to the following sentences for an example of each perspective:

1st: I killed a boosterganger with my shotgun right before I fell off the AV.

2nd: You killed a boosterganger with your shotgun right before you fall out of an AV.

3rd: Bruce Skiv killed a boosterganger with his shotgun right before he fell off the AV.

Tense

The writing of '''article tense''', as in point of view in time an article should be written in, is past tense. However, '''present tense''' is used for wlakthrough sections of Quest articles, however when dealing with a character biography, event, or item as up to the end of the most current and well-known canon, '''past tense '''is commonly used.

Formatting

Spacing

Spaces or enters should be used to separate information such as in this article, but the article should overall remain compact so this should be used sparingly.

Use of Emphasis

Using bold or italics is a common practice to emphasize information. Use it freely but keep it in moderation. The name of the article if mentioned at the beginning (as it should typically be) should be bolded. Italics should typically be used when quoting or using names.

Images

Images are very important when making or editing an article. If possible put the best quality official image on the page. In the case of a character page, a character image should be posted in the character infobox, if there are not any images, one of the placeholder images shall do.

Images should be named according

Category_Purpose_Name.xxx 

for example, a character infobox image of Mikoto from Cyberpunk 2077 would be

Infobox_Mikoto_2077.png. 

Please conform to this naming standard when uploading images.

Infobox images should be 370 × 600, this is the standard on the wiki.

Other images should only go within the Image Gallery heading at the bottom of the page. Please do not put images throughout articles. Most pages will have a gallery as one of the sections, this is where images can be added.

For character images, in-game and Sourcebook illustrations take precedence over concept art, pre-release material, etc.. Screenshots must be high quality, with 4K resolution images being preferred but not required. Trailer images are only acceptable in the black bars are not in place or the image is of something significant. For the Pen n Paper Sourcebook scans must be high quality PDF scans rather than a scanned-in copy of the book. In regards to the 2077 Video Game, use an image that best reflects the character as they are represented in the game.

When adding images to the galleries, please make sure it is an official screenshot by CDPR, or if an official image isn't acquired a high quality screenshot of in game content is required.

General Rules

  • Avoid taking a picture with the user interface on, black bars, or subtitles, unless it is to prove a point.
  • Please make sure that images have high resolution and reasonably illustrate the subject in question.
  • If you find a page where there are more images than there is text, consider removing less informative pictures, or making a gallery. If you have the option, consider uploading your file in PNG format.
  • Try to keep file sizes 1.5 MB or less, especially if it's a minor page. If needed, JPG format is fine in this situation.
  • Do NOT upload images taken from other fan sites (even if you edit it, crop it, etc.)
  • Article images violating any of these rules are subject for deletion.

Player Character

Apart from images officially released by CD Projekt RED, the wiki does not use images of individual player characters. However, there are exceptions to when they can be featured, such as showing an armor or weapon. Pictures for all characters should be portrayed with their default presets if possible to avoid confusion and to keep it consistent.

Galleries

Images which cannot be used elsewhere in the article can be featured in a "Gallery" section on the article. Generally an article should have no more than 12 images in its gallery for characters, items, or locations. Cities or Countries are the exception allowing up to 30 as the limit.

There should not be multiple images to prove the same point. For example, an article that displays several pictures of the character attacking enemies in a similar stance or multiple pictures of gang members sitting around. Even though some of these images were released by CD Projekt Red, it does not mean they should all be used on the wiki.

Concept art should generally be featured in the gallery near the bottom of the gallery.

Titles

Titles or articles should follow standard titling format. Main points / words / ideas capitalized, minor words like "of" and "the" shouldn't be. The first mention of the title in the article can either keep this titling sequence once or not at all, simply bolding is the norm however. Article titles in general are fully capitalized, however exceptions may exist.

However, if in-game the name is capitalized differently, such as they put a quest name like "Saving The Relic" then make sure to put it as that, even if "the" is typically not capitalized in that regard.

  • Note this doesn't apply to category names

Sometimes a particular person, location, item, etc. may not have a clear name, or share the same name as another page that already exists. When this happens, try to do the following:

  • If the character's Alias is the only name known to the audience write as is. However, if the characters real full names are available, please use the full name over their street alias.
  • If no other page shares the name, you may name it simply by the name known.
  • If it's a name shared among many other characters, try to add a descriptor to the title like "Michiko Arasaka (Kei's daughter)" or "Michiko Arasaka (Saburo's wife)".
  • If it doesn't have an official name but is important enough to have a page, try to keep the name short and to the point like Jinguji Store.


Linking

Linking is strongly encouraged, especially to other pages in this wiki. If a page mentions a linkable subject more than once simply make the first mention of such have the link, not all the instances.

  • Do not create links in the initial mention of the article name on its page. For instance, if the article name is "Nissan Metrocar", do not create a link(s) where it's first bolded in the article. You can create a link in the next mention though if the link isn't created in an earlier area of the article.

Capitalization

Or, over-capitalization of articles is a moderately large problem. Names of people and locations should be capitalized, often when a location starts with The, it is capitalized, however when using it in the middle of a sentence it can be ignored.

Both examples are Correct

The Deveron Showroom is a location in downtown Night City
Located in Night City, the Deveron Showroom is car dealership location.

Referencing

Referencing is a must on this wiki. All pages need to be referenced at the very bottom of the page under the References heading. All referencing must be done using the Template:RefCP template. If a reference is missing, contact an administrator.

There is no need to reference the specific page or article, a generic book reference shall cover it all by citing the book itself (not pasting in sentences from the books). Make sure to add all books you are referencing in information comes from multiple sources.

Important! Due to R. Talsorian Games' wishes, do NOT copy/paste sections of their books here.

Minimum standard for pages

All Pages

All pages must have Gameicon|2013, 2020, V3.0, Red, 2077, Edge, or Comic to indicate which game or media article information can be found in. Infoboxes are strongly encouraged to be in all articles, except for few exceptions. Referencing sections must also be available to for users to view.

Characters

Main article: Cyberpunk Wiki:Manual of Style/Character guide

What pages should not include

Speculation

Speculation should be avoided. If there is a strong reason to add something related to upcoming releases, or that is not made explicit in the canonical works it must be accompanied by a reliable source. This is to make it clear that you are not adding speculation.

Personal comments

If you have a question about a page, or comment about a particular edit, do not write it in the article. Instead use the forums, or the relevant talk page.

Mods

Linking to fan-created mods are not allowed on the wiki, as their inclusion depends on the editor and we're not able to verify it won't implode someone's computer. You are allowed to suggest sites, like for a player to check Nexus, but do not link out to them please. You can, however, list known steps if you know of any.

You can also visit the official forums for the game for any help on this as well.

Self Promotion

This isn't the place to self-promote your Twitch account or YouTube channel. This wiki is meant to give concise, practical information on everything related to The Cyberpunk series and while submitted videos and images are nice, rarely do we need 10 images of a minor location or videos just showcasing a house. Your best chances of us keeping a video is if it's a walkthrough, high quality, and to the point (no running around doing other quests, looting every container imaginable, etc.). Bear in mind if we already have walkthrough videos for a quest we may delete any new ones unless they prove to be better.

Plagiarism

Whether it is an online site or published source, do not directly copy another author's words. Instead, take any relevant information and properly paraphrase it to fit the tone of the wiki. Remember to reference any paraphrased information.

Fan Content

This wiki is primarily for the R.Talsorian and CDPR published series, as such any and all fan content is not relevant to this wiki. Content must come from one of the books any and all speculative information must be backed up with an official source.

Images must come directly from the published books or the CDPR game, any other images must be in direct reference to something. For example on the rifles features in Blackhands Street Weapons looks very much like an Enfield L85 Rifle. Having a real world reference is fine for images, however having a picture of the Pulse Rifle from aliens as a stand in for the actual weapon image is not acceptable and will be removed. Fan art is similarly not allowed. All images must first be screened for suitability before going on a page. Examples of this can be logos of corporations or gangs (but based on information given in the books), not the artists own rendition of a character or gang etc.

Fanwank and Trivia

If there's ever some wrong information to be put in an article, it's going to be found in Trivia, and probably by an anonymous user. Wikipedia's third definition of Fanwank is as follows:

Fanwank (verb and noun, with derived nouns fanwanker, fanwankery,
and adjectives fanwanky, fanwankish), a portmanteau of "fandom" and
"wank" (i.e. 'masturbate'), may refer to:

* Excessive display of fandom, especially obsessing over fictional details in an
  out-of-universe context like a casual conversation.

Therefore, if two franchises happen to share a similar style, scope, environments, genres or gameplay, even though nothing else points to the fact that the two parties are remotely related repeatedly stating that they are the same is a good way to get yourself banned. For example, using information from similar properties such as Deus Ex or Bladerunner, when it does not relate to Cyberpunk.

If someone thinks a scene in the Cyberpunk series, and one in some other franchise, are similar - the evidence needed for a fan to post a correlation between two works and have it not be removed must be empirical and non-speculative. Essentially, proven and undeniable. If the edit doesn't provide fact (such as a casual mention from the developers from Twitter), the edit is considered invalid and cannot remain.

Leaked Information

Here at the Cyberpunk Wiki, we have an important policy that restricts the publishing of leaked information about future games. Leaked information that is added to articles will be deleted and the user who added such information may face a ban from editing at the wiki. Leaked information includes unofficial announcements from websites stating either false or unconfirmed information about a game / book, leaked pictures that haven't been released from the developer team, and rumors.

Mods

Linking to fan-created mods are not allowed on the wiki, as their inclusion depends on the editor. The only exceptions are bug fix mods, which can be included if it is listed on the wiki as a bug, not a cut content.

If the developer has released a patch which addresses these bugs, the fan-created bug fix mod must be removed, and replaced by a note that a patch fixes it.

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