The Vault:Article layout guideline/Location article

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This page contains The Vault's article layout guideline for locations. It describes the standard layout for articles about locations.
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  • 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 location pages is {{Infobox location}}. For details on its usage, please refer to the template page itself.
  • A location page is only categorized in one category. The category depends on the game it appears in (e.g. Category:Fallout 2 locations). A further distinction should be made if it is an unmarked location, i.e. a location which does not have a marker on the world map (e.g. Category:Fallout 3 unmarked locations).

Location article layout

There are two standard layouts for locations: one for settlements or districts of large settlements and one for all other locations.

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 location 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 location article should include this layout item.
    No in the "required" column means that not every location article needs to include this layout item.
  • "Zone" refers to an enclosed portion of the location. In Fallout 3, this corresponds to cells.

Standard layout

This is the layout for all locations except settlements or districts thereof.

Standard layout items (top)
Layout 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.
Location-specific layout items (standard)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Lead section No Yes Small paragraph which contains the following bits of information:
  • location name (and alternative names) in bold.
  • type of location (building, factory, metro tunnel etc)
  • size (small, medium, large); for buildings inside towns, this is replaced by the owners/inhabitants
  • faction (wastelanders/ghouls/Outcasts etc) which inhabits it
  • number of interior zones it consists of
Background Yes No If there's any background story/history for the location.
Layout Yes Yes Describe the layout for each section: what it looks like, connections to the other sections, how many and what type of enemy can be found here. Make a subsection for each zone of the location, titled with the ingame name of the zone. Start with a section called "Exterior" where you describe the entrance area. The basic premise is that the section should give someone who has not seen the location an idea of what it looks like and how it is set up.
Notable loot Yes No List unique and rare loot here with a short description of where to find it. See Help:Notable loot.
Related quests Yes No If there are quests which start or take place in this location, list them here (just link them, no need to go into detail).
Notes Yes No For interesting things about the location which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.
Appearances Yes Yes Which games this location appears in.
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.

Settlement/district layout

This is the layout for settlements or districts thereof. The latter should only have own articles if the settlement is sufficiently large.

Standard layout items (top)
Layout 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.
Location-specific layout items (settlement/district)
Layout item Headline Required Explanation
Lead section No Yes Small paragraph which contains the following bits of information:
  • type of location (settlement)
  • size (small, medium, large)
  • faction (wastelanders/ghouls/Outcasts etc) which inhabits it
  • number of interior zones it consists of (if applicable)
Background Yes No If there is any background story/history for the location.
Layout Yes Yes General description of the location's layout. If the settlement/district is split into multiple zones, describe each of them here and which buildings are located in each. Describe what it looks like, connections to the outside world, how many and what type of enemy can be found here (if there are any). Make a subsection for each zone of the location, titled with the ingame name of the zone. The basic premise is that the section should give someone who has not seen the location an idea of what it looks like and how it is set up.
Buildings Yes Yes Buildings/other locations in the settlement/district which can be entered (list)
Inhabitants Yes Yes The town's inhabitants (list). For districts, this only needs to be present if there are named non-hostile NPCs living in the area. Hostiles should be described in the "Layout" section.
Notable loot Yes No List unique and rare loot here with a short description of where to find it. See Help:Notable loot.
Related quests Yes No If there are quests which start or take place in this location, list them here (just link them, no need to go into detail).
Notes Yes No For interesting things about the location which do not fit into the other categories. Try to keep this section to a minimum.
Appearances Yes Yes Which games this location appears in.
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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