Every article should start with an opening line. The first line in the intro should be about the subject of the article, and the subject has to be written in bold. This is only for the first sentence about the subject. Please note that the first line should be written with the definite article and the topic is regarded as a singular entity, except for certain cases.
The definite article (the) and indefinite articles (a/an) should be avoided in article titles except if they are used in an official title/name.
The Japanese term should be included in the intro after the bold subject term within parentheses and included with the romaji, written in italics, e.g. Pixie (ピクシー, Pikushī). Pages that use infoboxes are exempt of this since the infoboxes already have sections for the Japanese term.
Game titles should be written in italics, e.g. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey & song titles should be with "quotation marks", e.g. "Poem for Everyone's Souls".
Articles created should be limited to the Megami Tensei sphere. Creating real world articles must have roots in the Megami Tensei series and/or be entirely Megami Tensei centric.
Use third person; write "the player" instead of "you", aside from dialogue and such.
The language of the wiki is American English; spelling and grammar must be concise and clear.
Use extreme discretion when referencing media outside of the Megami Tensei franchise (ex. x element is like y element in the z series).
Wikilinking is limited to the first occurrence of the word or phrase, and within the body content. Avoid wikilinking headers.
The Spoiler template should only be utilized outside of mainspace articles. Articles are written as an encyclopedia and will contain as much information as possible. The Spoiler template should be used in blogs or forums where such information isn't likely to be expected to appear.
Write professionally and be as succinct when possible
Whenever you can combine two relevant pages together without it becoming too big, do so.
An Appearances section doesn't apply to every page. Pages regarding game mechanics should be absent of them, as well as pages that pertain to a specific game, e.g. List of Persona Q Requests. If the page details how the topic might have changed from game to game, create headers with the game title as well as a redirect to said game title like so: ==''[[Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey]]''==. Whether you use two or three =s depends on the needs of the article and what will best organize the information.
Sometimes, a Strategy or Battle section may apply to dungeon or enemy pages to detail successful tactics. Use extreme discretion when writing these sections—admins may remove bogus strategies on site or take democratic action. Due to the nature of tactics being open ended, separate different strategies should be sectioned out.
Trivia is trivial knowledge that is fact or at least can be alluded to or implied to be as such. Editors must explain thoroughly why that Trivia is valid within the Edit Summary. If one provides a citation with <ref>citation link</ref>, then even better. If not, the edit is at higher risk of being undone. Due to the nature of this section, it is not always cut and dry as to what is considered trivia. Whenever dispute arises on the part of the original editor, please take it to each other's talk pages, the forums, or to an admin or moderator to settle it.
Appearances of Megami Tensei characters in media other than the Megami Tensei franchise should be considered trivia, and written under a subsection "Appearances in Other Media". The appearances should be written in a bullet list with a succinct description of their role e.g. "Cameo" or "Player character". An image gallery describing their appearance is optional but recommended.
Edits that are firmly not considered trivia are:
Restatement of plot/details/character traits that are prominent in the plot
Allusions to characters inside and outside the Megami Tensei franchise that are paper thin. In other words, allusions that rely on similarities centered around:
Personality, especially if they don't focus on characteristic traits
Visual appearances, especially if they don't focus on distinct and unique traits
Common plot elements
Voices, even if the characters share the same voice actor unless the editor is able to make it insightful (ex. voicing x character helped to voice y Megami Tensei character).
The official English names should be used for articles in all cases Ex. 1. The exception to this is when there is no official English term which will then be substituted for the romanized version of the official Japanese term/name Ex. 2.
Ex. 1: The game "Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Abadon Ou" should be named "Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha Vs. King Abaddon", while Japanese-exclusive games such as "Shin Megami Tensei Debiru Chirudoren Kuro no Sho" should be named "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Black Book".
Ex. 2: "Kotowari" should be "Reason". "Kagenuki" should not be "Shadow Extractions" or "Shadow Pulling".
In the case of multiple character names, titles, or otherwise, the most recent English incarnation should always be used.
e.g. Kei Nanjo is known as Nate Trinity in Revelations: Persona. In 1996, Nate Trinity would be used per Revelations: Persona. In 2000, Nate Nanjo would be used instead per Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. Since the 2009 remake, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, refers to him as Kei Nanjo, he will be referred to as such.
No abbreviations except for terms that are commonly used in the source material (ex. COMP) or if one is entering information in an infobox such as age.
e.g. Eriko Kirishima is age 17 in Persona but age 20 in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. For her infobox, it is acceptable to input the age value: "17 (P1), 20 (P2:EP)".
For help on creating Tables, please refer to Help:Table
Some information in an article may be attributed to a certain game. These information can be contained in tabulated form that use color swatches to indicate which game the information applies to. Below are a list of class codes that are used for certain games:
Plot - Synopsis of the main storyline. If sections need to be added to explain any of the side story, use subsections.
Characters - The name of every major character that links to each respective characters' pages, along with a short summary of who each character is, particularly including their role in the game in question by being as brief and succinct as possible.
Gameplay - Explanations of gameplay elements, especially those that deviate from the norm (in the context of the series that the game is associated with). With a sharp focus on the latter, this section may alternatively be renamed Gameplay Changes or have a subsection under that name as well.
Etymology - An analysis of why the subject in question is named the way it is.
Gallery - showcasing box art, promotional art including screenshots.
Each character gets an article. Characters with alter egos get their own article if the information is too large to be contained within the same article even if they only appear in one game.Ex. 1 Otherwise, if said information can be contained within the same page without getting out of hand, it should be.Ex. 2Ex. 3
Appearances - A list of all appearances the character has made, including cameos. Please note their role (with discretion), especially if the character is in fact a cameo.
The character must make a physical appearance or have a 'talking' part to be entered into this section. Being mentioned by another character or being a palette swap does not qualify.
Profile - This section is synonymous to a Biography section and thus, should be a synopsis of the relevance, actions, and portrayal of the character in the game(s), denoted by subsections. These subsections are named based on "Game Title" and they should never be wikilinks. A bullet list of things like Age, Initial Persona, Weapons, and Arcana should not be included as such information should be relegated to the character infobox instead.
Social Link - This subsection should only appear on Social Link characters. It should detail the technical information on the social link, such as which days the character is available, what level a romantic relationship becomes serious, and which persona is unlocked by the completion of the Link.
Battle - If the character is fought against, include a synopsis of the battle flow of the battle as well as a subsection denoting the game. This section should detail battle information and useful strategies.
Stats - This section should contain stats on the character if such stats are initial, preset, or based around their appearance as enemies, if at all. If the character appears in more than one game, denote it with sub sections.
Skills - Regularly, this information is merged with the statboxes of the Stats section but if stats for the character in question do not exist for whatever reason, then this section exists as a repository for such information.
Strategy - Similar to the Battle section and used in lieu of it if the article is dedicated to an enemy that only has the potential of appearing once within the entire franchise. If the enemy ends up appearing more than once, move and replace with a Battle section.
The introductory paragraph/line can be as simple as "Pixie (ピクシー, Pikushī) is a recurring demon in the series" Additional information may be added to note the origin of the demon, it's common role in games, etc. without going too much in detail where such information belongs in other sections of the page.
Relevant navigational templates should be at the bottom where the demon in question is closely influential plot-wise. This does not necessarily count as appearances as NPCs, having roles in side quests, or being acquired specially.
Demons should always be added to their appropriate categories. Demons should bear the name of their Clan, Race, Class or Order in each respective game they have one. In the case of games with English releases, use the English Race or Clan. In the case of games without English releases, use the English equivalent terms where applicableEx. 1, otherwise, use the Japanese name of the Clan. Do not attempt to preemptively "localize" Races/Clans exclusive to games without English releasesEx. 2.
Ex 1. "Herald" is to be used for all cases of "Daitenshi" or "Shitenshi" unless specified differently by the English release of the game in question. (For example, Nocturne specifies "Daitenshi" as "Seraph" and "Shitenshi" as "Hallel".
Ex 2. Due to the games it appears in being Japan exclusive, "Kyojin" will be referred to as such and not "translated" into "Madman" or "Psycho".
History - A demon article should start with this section. This section should be about a demon's actual historical information and be paraphrased and/or cited by <ref>link</ref> right after the sentence that the citation refers to, with no spaces in between the punctuation and the tag.
Appearances - A list of all appearances the character/demon has made. Race, or any of its analogues, should always be included if such information exists as well as their role in the game, if it is noteworthy (ex. Boss, Major character, Ultimate Boss, Final Boss).
Profile - Subsections should exist for each game the demon appears in where critical information, substantial story roles exist for the demon, or simply information that expands upon the demon, revealed in or unique to the game in question. These subsections are named based on "Game Title" and they should never be wikilinks.
Battle - If the demon has a prominent battle in the storyline, include a synopsis of the battle flow of the battle as well as a subsection denoting the game. This section should detail battle information and useful strategies.
Stats - This section should contain stats on the demon. Always denote the stats by a subsection with the game title corresponding to the stats in question.
Skills - Regularly, this information is merged with the statboxes of the Stats section but if stats for the demon in question do not exist for whatever reason, then this section exists as a repository for such information.
Quotes - Dialogue from the game, or any variation of it belongs right before the Gallery.
Gallery - Image gallery of the different arts of various demons and characters.
Etymology - An analysis of why the subject in question is named the way it is. This is usually information that should embedded with the History section though, since names are often related to their origins.
all categories below are sorted according to the game a character appears in. Follow the full game title.
e.g. Category:Persona 3 Character Images
So, for example, Hidehiko Uesugi would have a category of Category:Megami Ibunroku Persona Characters without having Category:Characters. Category:Characters is reserved for the overall root for all characters on the wiki, not the characters themselves. Categories start with the specific article and work their way up to the root category. The same is true of images and other related material.
Images should be categorized in the same manner. Images should not be categorized in general article categories, such as Category:Chariot Arcana instead, it should be in Category:Chariot Arcana Images and Category:Persona 4 Persona Images
An article can carry as many categories as possible, they are not limited to one category only.
No fan art allowed in mainspace articles except for the ones in the Shin Megami Tensei Poster Book.
No images with watermarks.
Images must be scanned if they come from a real life publication, extracted from an emulator if it is from a game, or come high quality if it is from an animation.
Always insert pictures in "thumb" format. Use [[File:Random.jpg|thumb|]] which will align to right side of the line you add this code. If you want to align the thumbnail to left, add a new parameter "left" like this: [[File:Random.jpg|thumb|left|]]. When adding thumnail in the article, be sure to add a proper caption like [[File:Random.jpg|thumb|Caption goes here.]]. Caption tones should carry its weight in terms of information. Exceptions:
The image is (rarely) self explanatory, such as a portrait, a logo or a sprite for a demon who appears in only one or few games.
The picture is being submitted into an infobox, in which case it should not be in thumb format.
Generally, starting images should be placed at the right hand side of an article. Subsequent images should usually be placed right-left-right in zigzag sequence at the editor's discretion.
The punctuation period can be omitted if the caption is a not a complete sentence with complete verb.
For games, the English logo should be displayed at the topmost, right hand corner (default alignment of image thumbnail) of the page unless one of good quality does not exist. Otherwise, a clear photo of the latest English boxart of the game takes precedence unless there exists even better official art that depicts the game more accurately (ex. logoless boxart). Vertical pictures take precedence over horizontal. Other releases should be placed in a "gallery" format in the appropriate section.
For all other articles, the clearest, best image should be used at the top of the page and, more often than not, this is the official concept art from art books like the Kaneko Works. For Character pages with infoboxes, transparent images are preferred. Demon artwork should use the latest designs in the series. All other artwork should go in a section called "Gallery" at the bottom of the page. It is necessary that each image contains a caption worded "[demon's name] as he/she/it appears in Name of the Game artwork came from". Avoid wiki links and bold words, but game titles should be italicized.
Users may use article content images on their userpage freely.
Users my upload up to 5 personal images for use on their user pages only. These images must be categorized under [[Category:User Images]]. If a user wishes to upload more images they must mark old ones for deletion.
Embedding Video into the article can be done in two different ways.
Upload a Theora-encoded OGG video file directly to this wiki and then embed it in the article like adding thumbnail of image file with [[File:Random.ogg|thumb|CAPTION]]. Be sure to compress the video quality properly so the file size is below 10 Mb (Wikia official file size cap for all kinds of file formats.)
Even though .ogv is an acceptable extension of OGG video file, Wikia software is buggy to deal with this extension and your file should be renamed to end with .ogg like the Vorbis-encoded OGG audio file.
Embed the video from Youtube which supports off-site viewing with the following code: <div style="float:right><youtube width="250" height="220">YOUTUBE VIDEO CODE</youtube></div>
Exclude any extensive functional code after the video code itself.