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This Manual of Style outlines a standard of clean, consistent formatting for articles on this wiki. The formatting described here is a guideline and can be overridden where circumstances warrant it. These guidelines will never be unerringly perfect for every situation. However, please try your best to keep to the advice outlined in this article so others may use your edits as an example when creating and editing their own articles.

These guidelines are a summary of the most important guidelines for this wiki, but a more expansive set of style guidelines can be found on Wikipedia at the Wikipedia Manual of Style.

General article and category rules

  • Please refer to the pronoun guidelines for pronoun usage. Note that these guidelines are not applied for strategies.

Plain English

  • Only English is allowed. This wiki is an English wiki, and not everybody will understand other languages.
    • Plants vs. Zombies is an American game, so you must use American English in articles, except for strategies, whereas people who do not use American English, such as the United Kingdom or Australia, would spell words like "color" and "favorite" as "colour" and "favourite."

Names

Grammar

  • Use proper grammar. Do not use informal terms (words in their contracted forms for example), except for strategies.
  • Please italicize all games (such as Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time) along with linking them if needed. This is proper grammar.
    • However, do not italicize the game version (for example, Nintendo DS), which is incorrect and unneeded.

Capitalization

  • For names, use those given by the game:
    • Capitalize the first letter.
    • For words with a hyphen, the first letter behind it must not be capitalized (Puff-shroom, Tall-nut, Giga-gargantuar) unless it is officially capitalized after the hyphen.
    • Unless referring to Plants vs. Zombies Heroes plants, do not use a capital on the letter after the dash.
      • When referring to Plants vs. Zombies plants, Puff-shroom is correct.
      • When referring to Plants vs. Zombies plants, Puff-Shroom is incorrect.
      • When referring to Plants vs. Zombies Heroes plants, Puff-Shroom is correct.
    • Do not shorten names (do not use "Relic Hunter" instead of "Relic Hunter Zombie").
    • Use "zombie" for zombies in general. However, use "Zombie" when referring to any specific type of zombies (including normal Zombie).
  • In every other case, only capitalize with titles. Particular cases include "Almanac entry," "Level 1-1," and "Plant Food upgrade."

Numbers

  • When using numbers, use English words if the number is zero to ten.
    • If the number is 11 or above, or if you are using numbers in infoboxes or tables, you can use figures or words (about five million people; 16 or sixteen; 84 or eighty-four; 200 or two hundred; but 3.75, 544, 21 million). Ensure consistency when using words or figures. Words may be preferable when using approximations.
    • For plants and zombies Overview section and Level/Day X, please use digits for all numbers.
  • Render comparable quantities, mentioned together, either all as words or all as figures (5 Sunflowers and 25 Peashooters or five Sunflowers and twenty-five Peashooters, but not five Sunflowers and 25 Peashooters or 5 Sunflowers and twenty-five Peashooters).
  • Render differently (with words or figures) adjacent quantities that are not comparable (thirty-six 6.4-inch rifled guns; not 36 6.4-inch rifled guns).
  • When mentioning the quantities of uncountable nouns, state it as "[number] units of [item]" (4 units of 1-star Chlorophyll; not 4 1-star Chlorophylls)
  • If you want to describe a radius or an area of a plant or zombie, please use numbers.
    • 3x3 is correct.
    • three-by-three is incorrect.

Punctuations

  • Use of serial commas in articles is optional; therefore, unless it conflicts with the intended message, do not change it unnecessarily.
  • To comply with the American English style, commas and periods should go inside quotation marks, unless for certain cases where another punctuation is already inside the quotation marks. This does not apply on strategy pages.
    • Her name is a portmanteau of "Penelope" and "pea." is correct.
    • Her name is a portmanteau of "Penelope" and "pea". is incorrect.
    • There are two mini-games with the name "Can You Dig It?". is correct.
    • There are two mini-games with the name "Can You Dig It?." is incorrect.

Polls

  • Pages should have a poll at the end of the page asking the reader to choose a difficulty instead of showing a specific difficulty in the infobox.
    • The difficulties include: Very easy, Easy, Somewhat easy, Medium, Somewhat hard, Hard, Very hard. All of these should be shown in the poll and use the exact capitalization.
  • Always be careful when making polls in Plants vs. Zombies Wiki:Polls, as all of the above rules are applied here. Be sure to check your grammar multiple times, by going to source mode to see if there are any errors, and most browsers have a spelling-check function. Fix it by checking dictionaries and Google for the correct spelling, since polls' votes are removed after an edit.
    • Polls on the main page must be about recent topics.
  • Others than those mentioned above, you are not allowed to make polls anywhere else on mainspace.

Information

  • In articles, only use facts, not opinions.
  • Any information about not publicly released content (such as coding) of the games must be removed from mainspace. Instead, it will be placed in beta or concept pages.
  • Assumptions related to references should be kept off unless mentioned directly by developers or in the games.
  • Please avoid sentence fragments or run-on sentences. ("The Peashooter. Shoots peas." is a sentence fragment, and "The Peashooter shoots peas peas can kill a regular zombie in ten hits." is a run-on sentence. "The Peashooter shoots peas. Peas can kill a regular zombie in ten hits." is valid.)
  • Do not refer to any Plants vs. Zombies game as "the game." There are multiple Plants vs. Zombies games and thus, this is ambiguous. This does not apply if the game's name was already specified.
  • Do not use phrases to state name of levels.
    • Ancient Egypt - Day 1 is correct.
    • The first day of Ancient Egypt is incorrect.
  • In the main Plants vs. Zombies series, do not use any unit to measure damage other than damage per shot.

Editing

  • There is no need for multiple hyperlinks of the same thing on a single section.
  • Use the PvZHLink template for plants or zombies with "(PvZH)" at the back of the title.
  • Do not add article management templates to archived articles.

Galleries

  • If a gallery's number of images exceeds 25, a separate page for that gallery can be made.
  • All gallery, strategy and walkthrough pages do not need extra categories about the subject.
  • You only can make a gallery for your photos if there are two or more.
  • Periods are not required in image descriptions unless there are two or more sentences.

All of the above rules are ignored if you are adding in-game words such as descriptions and almanac entries; copy them completely.

Page layout

  • For disambiguation pages, please use the following layout:
{{Disambig}}
'''Subject''' may refer to:
*Item 1
*Item 2
etc
  • Level articles go in the following order:
Dialogue
Difficulty
Waves
Strategies
Gallery
Trivia
Walkthrough
  • Card articles go in the following order:
Origins (if the card originates from somewhere or something)
Statistics
Update history (if the card has changed over time)
Strategies
Gallery
Trivia
  • Anything along the lines of "X's desc is an excerpt of their (game)'s description" goes to the Origins section.
  • Mentions of puns and portmanteaus go to the Origins section.
  • Changed content in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes throughout updates moves to an "Update history/Balance changes" section. For other games, it should be directly mentioned at the top of the article or the Trivia section.

Strategy rules

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Wiki:Manual of Style/Strategies

Image rules

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Wiki:Manual of Style/Image policy

Trivia rules

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies Wiki:Manual of Style/Trivia policy