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In order to keep our wiki providing the best information vehicles to the public there are set guidelines that should be used in order to create high-quality articles that ensure the best information and a convenient reading experience for readers. Standard rules such as "neutral point of view" and third-person perspective apply for editing for vehicle articles.

Format

The standard format that shall be used for all new vehicle articles created after 1st May 2013 is as follows. Under Heading 2 (heading 3 for insets), the following sections must be created in this order;

  • (No headings required for opening section). Necessary maintenance templates such as {{unreleased}}, {{stub}} or {{cleanup}} along with the vehicles infobox {{Infobox vehicles}} containing a front quarter image (where available). Beside the infobox should be a single sentence introducing the vehicle; it's full name, body style and the title(s) that it appears in.
  • Design
  • Performance
    • Overview
  • Gallery
  • Special occurrences (if any)
  • Locations (no sub-headings)
  • Trivia
    • Cultural references
    • Notable owners (if any)
  • Navigation

Content

Each of these sections requires content, whilst maintaining neutrality and third-person perspective for content;

  1. Design sections should include, at the beginning a short paragraph outlining the vehicle's real life inspiration(s).  An individual paragraph for design of the front, side (including roof) and rear of the vehicle. Making a toal of four paragraphs. 
  2. Performance sections should include a headed overview, to give readers quick access to statistics about the vehicle. Prior to the overview, the section should include a netural review paragraph referring to how the vehicle handles, its speed/ acceleration and construction, in the context(s) that are relevant to the vehicle.
  3. Gallery sections should include images of the vehicle in 'stock' condition. Each exterior image should be a quarter view and only one quarter view is needed for the rear as the infobox will have the front quarter. An interior shot and engine shot will also be accepted, making a total of no more than three (four if a roadster version exists) images in the gallery. Each image must adhere to the image policy and not include watermarks or markings.
  4. Special Occurrences - these are commonly occurring versions of the vehicle that appear without player intervention; vehicles that are driven by other characters or appear exclusively in missions. A gallery with a front quarter view and link to rear quarter view in the caption should conclude this section. In the case that many permutations (x > 5) can be obtained from one mission or activity, only one example should be given.
  5. Locations are also in bullet-point format, including areas where the vehicle is driven by other characters and parked locations.
  6. Trivia sections are in bullet-point format and shall include radio information, errors or unique features that the vehicle may have. Cultural reference sections will be used if the vehicle has any connection to media, language or culture in any way.
  7. Navigation sections should include the relevant navboxes, but should only be added after text has been added to all of the lead infobox categories, (so that editors can easily add new categories to the lead infobox without wrecking it; the navboxes disable the visual editor).

Tips and advice

English varies between regions, as Grand Theft Auto is developed in Scotland, its origin it therefore European, however Grand Theft Auto is a globally-sold product. For vehicle articles, to avoid disputes and edit-wars regarding terms used, a simple solution is this; regional terms that have different words altogether (e.g. bonnet/ hood) should be written as they are in the bracket, however for words that are one letter different (e.g. tyre/ tire), the spelling shall be determined based on the origin of the vehicle. Vehicles that hail from NA will use NA region spellings and EU, AU and JP vehicles will have respective English spellings for such words.

Using regional spellings that are reflective of the vehicle's origin means that no readers are alienated and can still feel that their regions vehicles are being described in a natural manner. Using both region's words displays to readers that we are trying to cater to everyone.

When providing content for design and performance sections, any technical language should be linked to a wikipedia page (e.g. referring to carbon fiber as CFRP) so that readers have quick access to the meaning of any technical language or can gain better understanding if need be.

If there are any issues then the talk pages are always the first place to head to.

What to avoid

  • Opinions and biased information.
  • Speculation will be met with very low tolerance and will most likely be removed.
  • Adding images of custom vehicles (created by a player bringing a vehicle to a modification shop) to article pages, as the natural forms are all that is necessary.
  • Adding images alongside text in loose form. Images should only be in the lead infobox or one of the organised galleries.
  • "The sky is blue" trivia points; we would like to avoid the possibility of patronizing our readers.

Template

A blank template that contains the necessary formatting can be found here.

Notice

This manual of style is subject to change at any time (from admin or community-based decision), however new rules will not come into effect until the first day of the following month.

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