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RitchieWiki StyleGuide

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Who Can Contribute

Anyone can contribute and no expert knowledge is required as long as the content provided is reliable and factual. Articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet, including the site’s monitors and editors. Anyone is allowed to add content to an article, cross-reference, and cite references as long as the added content adheres to the policies and guidelines provided by RitchieWiki. All articles must be devoid of promotional marketing, plagiarism, and incorrect, invalid, and insupportable information. As well, none of the content submitted should infringe on copyright. RitchieWiki is licensed through Creative Commons.

Advisories to Include

  • When an article does not contain verifiable sources to support the content, an advisory requesting this or other pertinent information should be included on the article page; 
  • Content disclaimer: advisory that new articles have not been verified for true and accurate content and sources;
  • Deletion policy page: link to nominate an article for deletion or immediate edit;
  • Stub advisory: when a new article is created. It should contain a short message noting the content of the stub and inviting others to expand it;
  • Include tags for articles that need to be altered for: poor writing (cleanup), expert attention, pages written in foreign languages, pages containing bias, lack of verifiability, small articles which can be merged into one.

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Writing

  • Market speak
  • Self-promotion
  • Advertising
  • Keep within a feasible writing limit for the topic. Do not link words and definitions within an article when they can be allocated a separate article and placed under the See Also section.
  • No personal opinions within articles—these should be limited to discussion boards. 
  • No breaking news content included in the original article
  • No gossip or soapbox content
  • Do not speculate on future events or circumstances, although future prospects, projects, and proposals can be included as long as they are not opinion.
  • Avoid topics that have already been written about.

Style and Format

See AP Style Guide.

Additional information:

The RitchieWiki currently follows the style of the AP Styleguide but has been adapted for website use. Here are some additional information which might prove useful when writing or editing an article.

  • Present factual content supported by reliable resources.
  • Although articles should all start with a definition, they should not contain only a definition. Content should be vast enough to be able to expand.
  • Do not use jargon or suggestive language.
  • No original thoughts, theories, or ideas are to be posited. Everything must come from a primary or secondary source, including terms and inventions.
  • All statements must be neutral and unbiased.

Deletion Policy

  • The Delete and Undelete functions are for main monitors only (not users).
  • Tag options for requests for speedy deletion and deletion nomination pages.
  • Deleted pages cannot be viewed by users.
  • Courtesy blanking: blanking information that might cause invasion of privacy, libel, and emotional distress.

Items Targeted for Removal or Editing

Articles that contain any of the following will be removed or edited.

  • Vandalism
  • Material that violates copyright
  • Sub-standard or disputed material
  • Items that read like instruction manuals
  • Items that contain biased content
  • Poorly written content may be rewritten
  • Articles with false sources


Although all articles will be thoroughly edited for content, grammar, and style, here are some tips to get you started.

  • The lead of the article should establish the context of the articles and summarize essential points.
  • Leads should not include hints or teases of information that is relayed elsewhere in the article.
  • Articles should adhere to basic grammar and the guidelines posited in the RitchieWiki Guide.


Lists are used to organize information and can be formed in different ways.

  • A stand-alone list is one that must contain a lead section describing the list with a subsequent list to follow. It should briefly describe what the list is in the title, but if this not possible, it should be clarified in the lead paragraph.
  • Other types of lists include: glossary, references, embedded lists (within an article topic), and navigational lists.
  • The preferred method for lists is in bullet format, but alphabetical, numerical, and chronological listing should be used if more appropriate.
  • If there are only a few items to list, streamline them.
  • No punctuation marks should be used in listing unless the list contains sentences.
  • The first word of each listed item should be capitalized.

Article Stub

An article stub occurs when a new topic or subject has been posted but there is not enough information to warrant subheadings. In this event, a stubbed article will not necessarily adhere to the template policy.

  • Use a stub template (with stub advisory).
  • Article stubs must start with a definition or description.
  • Anyone may create a stubbed article.
  • Stubbed articles should contain more than just an initial definition or description and should have information that can be expanded upon.
  • Avoid unnecessary linking of words and, if applicable, use the relevant words or See Also section.
  • Include sources for stubbed content.
  • Save the stubbed content for others to add to it.
  • Once enough information is added to the stub, it can be made into an individual article.

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