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This Layout Guide is an official guide as to how an in-universe article should be structured. Generally this guide is to be used for character articles, but can be adapted to almost any in-universe article by leaving out sections that are impertinent. By adhering to this layout guide we will add more uniformity across all the pages. This will create a more professional look for The Vampire Diaries Wiki. In addition, if you are unsure of how to start an article use this guide to provide a starting point. If you have any questions or comments feel free to discuss the Layout Guide on the talk page. This layout guide was adapted from Wookieepedia's Layout Guide.


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Title tag

Example:

{{Title|''{{PAGENAME}}''}}
  • Used to alter the appearance of the article's title at the top of a page.

Youmay tags

Example:

{{Youmay|Caroline Forbes from the novels|[[Caroline Forbes]], a character from the television series}}
  • Generally used when it is possible that a user has found one article when they were actually looking for another of a similar or same name.

Infobox

Example (for an article about Damon):

{{Character
|image = DAMON-HI-RES.jpg
|name = Damon Salvatore
|birthdate = <nowiki>
* 1840 (age 24/171)
|family = 
* Unnamed Mother
* [[Giuseppe Salvatore]] (Father,deceased)
* [[Stefan Salvatore]] (Younger Brother)
* [[Zachariah Salvatore]] (Deceased)
* Unnamed Half-Brother (deceased) 
* [[Zach Salvatore]] (Distant Nephew,deceased)
* [[Joseph Salvatore]] (Cousin,deceased)
|job = 
* Confederate soldier <small>(1864)</small>
* Head of the [[Founder's Council]] <small>(Present)</small>
|species = 
* [[Vampire]]
|transfiguration date = 
* 1864 by [[Katherine Pierce]]
|killed by = 
* [[Giuseppe Salvatore]] (as a human)
|significant sires = 
* [[Isobel Saltzman]] <small>(2007)</small>
* [[Vicki Donovan]] <small>(2009)</small>
* [[Caroline Forbes]] <small>(2009)</small>
* [[Abby Bennett Wilson]] <small>(2010)</small>
|significant kills = 
* [[Darren Malloy and Brooke Fenton]] (first seen victims of season 1)
* [[Zach Salvatore]]
* [[Samantha Gilbert]] (revived by Gilbert Ring)
* [[Crow]]
* [[Lexi]] (as a vampire)
* [[Bree]]
* [[Samantha Gibbons]]
* [[Jeremy Gilbert]] (revived by Gilbert Ring)
* [[Alaric Saltzman]] (revived by Gilbert Ring, twice)
* [[William Tanner]]
* [[Mason Lockwood]]
* [[Jason Harris]] (Web-series)
* [[Elijah]] (1st time)
* [[Logan Fell]] (as a human)
* [[Rose]] (mercy kill at her request)
* [[Jessica]]
* [[Luka Martin]] (unknowingly torched)
* [[Vicki Donovan]] (as a human)
* [[Isobel Flemming]] (as a human)
* [[Greta Martin]]
* [[Maddox]] (With help of [[Matt]]
* [[Abby Bennett Wilson]] (as a witch)
|status = 
* Undead
|cause of death = 
* Shot in the chest (as a human)
|actor = 
* [[Ian Somerhalder]]
|first = 
* ''[[Pilot]]''
|last  = 
* ''[[The Murder of One]]''}}

</nowiki>
  • The image may not be larger than 250px
  • For the first occurance of each information make it a link, e.g. link the year for the birthday/deathday and link all family members, jobs, etc.
  • Wherever there is more than one "answer," seperate them by a line break (<br />)
    • Do not put a line break after the last entry in that field
  • Leave unknown fields blank

Opening quote

Example:

{{Character Quote|I`ll do whatever it is you need me to do, Elena. No one`s going to hurt you. Especially not my brother.|Damon to [[Elena]] in [[Smells Like Teen Spirit]]}}
  • An opening quote is welcome for almost any type of article.
  • Quotes can be said by the article's subject, or said by someone else about the article's subject.
  • Do not use links within a quote, unless it is the only mention in the article of a certain subject.
  • If the speaker is another subject please include a link.
  • Please include a source

Article body

Example (for an article about a Character):

'''Damon Salvatore''' is... (insert introductory sentence or paragraph)
 
==Early History==
...
==Season One==
...
 
==Season Two==
...
 
==Season Three==
...

==Relationships==
...
==Physical Appearance==
...
==Personality==
...
==Powers and Abilities==
...
==Weaknesses==
...
==Appearances==
...
==Novels==
..
==Trivia==
..

{{DEFAULTSORT:Salvatore, Damon}}
{{VD Characters}}


  • Start headings at the second level (==)
  • Headings and subheadings are usually not required for very small articles.

Images

Example:

[[File:Stefan_and_Damon_3.jpg|thumb|200px|Damon and Stefan]]
  • Images should be placed where they are most relevent and should not interrupt the flow or the aesthetics of the article.
  • Images should have some sort of description.
  • Images should be placed before or after paragraphs or sections of text, not right in the middle of them.
  • Placing them immediately underneath a heading or subheading usually works quite well.


Notes and references

  • List of sources for information in the "Trivia" section.
  • Items are added to the list by placing <ref>Source goes here</ref> after the information tidbit in question.
  • These citations also need to be made outside of the punctuation (ie after the period and outside any quotation marks).
  • To get the references to show up in this section, insert the following code:
==References==
{{Reflist}}

External links

Example:

==External links==
...
  • It's called "External links" even if there is currently only one link
  • Links to other unofficial sources, e.g. fan sites, Wikipedia articles

Stub

Example:

{{stub}}
  • Used at the bottom of the article body when the article is too vague or brief, AND when there is clearly more information that can be added

Category

Main article: The Vampire Diaries Wiki:Category Policy

Translations

Example:
[[de:Damon Salvatore]]
  • If there is a translation of an article available please place the proper code here.

Episode

At the end of each episode page add
 {{DEFAULTSORT:312}}
  • If it's 12th episode in season 3. (First number is the season number (in this case 3 ), and the other two are the episode number.. (01,02,03...14..19..)
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