This is the Manual of Style for the Battle Angel Alita Wiki. Unless stated, they must be followed across the wiki, without exceptions.
The purpose of a manual of style is to keep all articles on the wiki consistent and organized throughout the wiki and ensure that they are up to an encyclopedic standard. Please read this page carefully and follow the guidelines as closely as possible when editing any page on this wiki. If you would like to suggest changes or additions to these guidelines, please do so on the talk page.
All articles and content must conform to the scope. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Battle Angel Alita
- Battle Angel Alita: Last Order
- Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle
- the Ashen Victor motorball prequel
- the Gunnm: Another Stories side stories
- the Battle Angel OVA
- the PlayStation game Gunnm: Martian Memory
- Alita: Battle Angel
and all relevant topics.
What the wiki is NOT
- A social networking site. Try Facebook instead.
- A place to advertise products or services of any kind. This extends to user pages and user talk space.
- A place for vandalism or test edits.
Content or user contributions that fall outside of the scope, including but not limited to what is outlined above, will be deleted.
Articles that deal with in-universe topics should be written in an in-universe perspective as if the Battle Angel Alita universe was the real world. These articles include all character, location, martial art, and technology articles. Basically, any article that has information that is based around the contents of the site is an in-universe article.
Articles that deal with real world subjects, e.g. Yukito Kishiro, are a little different. If the subject encompasses other topics that go beyond the scope of its involvement with Battle Angel Alita, these can be briefly discussed or a brief general overview can be given, but the primary subject of the article must be the subject's relation to Battle Angel Alita. In cases like these it may be helpful to link to the subject's Wikipedia article if a corresponding article exists for further reference.
The content of this wiki is expressed in British English unless the original source material indicates otherwise. This is an English language wiki and all edits are expected to be made in English, with the exception of content that is named in other languages as determined by the content of the series, e.g. Panzer Kunst techniques, which are in German. This includes articles, forum posts, blogs, and talk pages. If a user's second language is English and they are not apprised of correct grammar and sentence structure, we can only ask that you have someone help you with the content you wish to provide here as editing will be extremely difficult if you cannot properly understand or converse with others in the community. Such edits would likely end up being undone as they cannot be understood. Persistent edits to the wiki in any language other than English may be seen as disruptive.
All in-universe articles, with the exception of those on chapters, should be written in past tense. A caveat to this is when discussing a subject in the lead section of its article if the subject still exists and has not died or been destroyed. E.g., the lead section of Alita's article primarily discusses her in present tense because she is still alive (despite having been resurrected more than once). However the Zapan article is with some exceptions, all in past tense because he is dead.
As a general rule, in the body of an article, single-digit whole numbers from zero to nine are spelled out in words; numbers greater than nine are commonly rendered in numerals, or in words if they are expressed in one or two words (16 or sixteen, 84 or eighty-four, 200 or two hundred, but 3.75, 544, 21 million). This applies to ordinal numbers as well as cardinal numbers. However there are frequent exceptions to these rules.
- In tables and infoboxes, quantitative data is expressed as numerals; numerals will also fit better in limited space. Numbers within a table's explanatory text and comments should be consistent with the general rule.
- Comparable quantities should be all spelled out or all figures: we may write either 5 cats and 32 dogs or five cats and thirty-two dogs, not five cats and 32 dogs.
- Numbers that begin a sentence are spelled out, since using figures risks the period being read as a decimal point or abbreviation mark; it is often better to recast the sentence than to simply change format, which may produce other problems.
The Era Sputnik (ES) dating convention is used for all articles on in-universe subjects. Do not use the previous Anno Koyomi dating convention which it superseded. It is not necessary to convert ES dates into Gregorian calendar dates.
Do not speculate on the article or talk pages. There is a fine line between speculation and what is implied or suggested, but in general if it is not stated or shown and cannot be properly referenced it is not a fact. Refer all speculation to the Watercooler.
New article creation
- Main article: Battle Angel Alita Wiki:Layout guidelines
Before creating a new article, please refer to the Layout guide and follow the relevant layouts outlined there.