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For the general guideline, see The Vault:Article layout guideline.
This page contains The Vault's article layout guideline for factions. It describes the standard layout for articles about factions.
  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit this page to improve its readability as long as the essence of the article remains unchanged.
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  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

Infobox and categories

A few additional pointers regarding the applicable infobox and categories:

  • The applicable infobox for faction pages is {{Infobox faction}}. For details on its usage, please refer to the template page itself.

Faction article layout

Each layout is composed of three tables. The top and bottom tables are standard layout items found in every article; they are only included here for completeness and are collapsed by default. The middle table contains the actual specifics for faction pages.

  • Yes in the "headline" column means that the article should have a headline of that name if you want to include such a layout item.
    No in the "headline" column means that this layout item should not have a headline.
  • Yes in the "required" column means that every faction article should include this layout item.
    No in the "required" column means that not every faction article needs to include this layout item.
Standard Faction items (top)
Faction item Headline Required Explanation
Page management boxes No No Page management templates are used if you notice that something is out of order with a certain article or section and want to bring it to the attention of other editors or administrators. If the issue affects the whole article, these boxes should be placed at the very top of an article; if only a section is affected, they should be placed just below the headline of the respective section. The only exception are stub templates; see Stub templates below.

For a list of page management boxes, please refer to our template overview or directly to Category:Page management templates.
Project tags No No Projects are joint efforts of editors who work together to improve a set of articles that cover a certain area of interest. Some of these projects have tags or boxes which are placed on the pages which the project affects; these should be placed below the article management boxes.
"For" template No No {{for}} is used to make a reader aware of other articles they may have been looking for when entering the title of the current page.
Infobox No Yes The purpose of infoboxes is to summarize data relating to the article. Infoboxes should appear in the top-right corner of an article. For a list of infobox templates, please refer to our template overview or directly to Category:Infobox templates.
"Games" template No Yes {{Games}} should be placed just below the infobox (if there is one). It produces small icons in the top right corner of an article which allow the reader to see "at a glance" what games or sources the article relates to or is based on. The template should be used in every article; almost no exceptions exist.
Faction-specific layout items (standard)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Lead section No Yes A sentence or small paragraph which contains the following information:
  • the faction name in bold
  • a brief description of the faction
  • when they exist (2161 for Fallout, 2241 for Fallout 2, etc.). If the faction exists in multiple games, this information is not required.
Background or History Yes Yes Any background information presently available on the faction.
Background is to be used for small factions; History is to be used for larger, more prominent factions.
Beliefs Yes No If a faction is a religious group, include what the adherents put their faith in and the world views that define their religion.
Organization or Society Yes No How the faction is organized. This includes any government, hierarchy, economy and/or culture that the faction possesses, as well as any locations they control.
Organization is to be used for small factions; Society is to be used for larger, more prominent factions.
Military Yes No A description of any armed forces this faction may have, as well as the composition and capability of these armed forces.
Outside relations or Foreign relations Yes No Any alliances or hostilities this faction has with other factions or peoples. If applicable, Interactions with the player character should be a subheading of this section and describe how the faction interacts with the player character, if at all.
Outside relations is to be used to small factions; Foreign relations should be used for larger more prominent factions (usually nation states or countries)
Technology Yes No The amount and quality of technology this faction possesses. This includes weapons, armor/clothing, and scientific, mechanical and/or medical capabilities.
Notes Yes No For interesting things about the faction which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.
Appearances Yes Yes In which game(s) this faction appears.
Standard layout items (bottom)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Behind the scenes Yes No "Behind the scenes" is the place for information relating to game development and cultural references. See The Vault:Content policy#Behind the scenes for additional information.
Bugs Yes No Game glitches, short "bugs", relating to the article subject should be here. See The Vault:Content policy#Bugs for additional information.
Gallery Yes No If an article contains a lot of images, it is often better to place them in an own gallery section than to have them clutter the article. Please see Help:Gallery on how to use galleries and our image policy.
Videos Yes No If an article contains embedded videos, they are to be placed here. See our video policy for which kind of videos are eligible to be placed in articles.
See also Yes No The purpose of this section is to list links to related topics on this wiki which may not have been linked within the article content.
External links Yes No Links to external (i.e. off-wiki) sites which are not references should be just above "References".
References Yes No If references have been used in an article, {{references}} should be placed here.
Stub template No No A stub template marks an article as being too short to provide more than rudimentary information about a subject.
Navboxes No No Navboxes are navigational aids which allow easy access to other articles in a group the current article belongs to. They should be placed at the end of an article, just above the categories. The most article-specific navboxes should be highest and the least-specific lowest.

A list of navboxes can be found in Category:Navbox templates. New navboxes can be constructed with {{Navbox}}.
Categories and interwiki links No Yes Categories and interwiki links should be added at the very end of an article. A full list of categories can be found on Special:Categories. For additional information, please see our categorization guideline.

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