Hattrick:Naming conventions/Version 1

From Hattrick
This page is a proposed as a new Hattrick Wiki policy. The proposal may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption. References or links to this page should not describe it as "policy".

Naming conventions is a list of guidelines on how to appropriately create and name pages.

It is important to note that these are conventions, not rules written in stone.

Generally, article naming should give priority to what the majority of English speakers would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature.

If you wish to propose a new naming convention, do so on Hattrick talk:Naming conventions.

General conventions

Lowercase second and subsequent words

Convention: Do not capitalize second and subsequent words unless the title is a proper noun (such as a name) or is otherwise almost always capitalized (for example: "John Wayne", but not "Computer Game").

Due to technical limitations inherent to the MediaWiki software, the first letter in an article title always needs to be a capital letter. Ordinarily this isn't a problem, but it poses an issue when a proper noun's first letter is lowercase (for example, "eBay"). The first letter of an internal wiki link need not be capitalized and will direct the reader to the same page (for example, "computer game" or "Computer game" can be used interchangeably as needed).

Rationale and specifics: See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (capitalization) and Wikipedia:Canonicalization.

Prefer singular nouns

The word "always" appearing below is controversial; see Wikipedia_talk:Naming_conventions/archive5#SOME_article_titles_should_be_plural.

Convention: In general only create page titles that are in the singular, unless that noun is always in a plural form in English (such as "scissors" or "trousers"). Category names follow different pluralization conventions, see naming conventions Wikipedia:Categorization#General naming conventions.

Rationale and specifics: See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (plurals)

Redirect adjectives to nouns

Convention: Adjectives (such as "democratic") should redirect to nouns (in this case, "democracy").

Rationale and specifics: See Wikipedia:Naming conventions (adjectives)

Use gerund of verbs

Convention: Use the gerund of verbs (the -ing form in English) unless there is a more common form for a certain verb.

Rationale and specifics: See Naming conventions (verbs)

Use English words

Convention: Name your pages in English and place the native transliteration on the first line of the article unless the native form is more commonly used in English than the English form. Countries and region must be named with his hattrick name and which english name, if it is not the same, should redirect to his hattrick name.

Rationale and specifics: See: Naming conventions (use English)

Use common names of persons and things

Convention: Use the most common name of a person or thing that does not conflict with the names of other people or things.

Rationale and specifics: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (common names)

Prefer spelled-out phrases to acronyms

Convention: Avoid the use of acronyms in page naming unless the term you are naming is almost exclusively known only by its acronym and is widely known and used in that form ("laser", "radar", and "scuba" are good examples).

Rationale and specifics: See: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (acronyms)

Avoid the definite article ("the") and the indefinite article ("a"/"an") at the beginning of the page name

Convention: If the definite or indefinite article article would be capitalized in running text, then include it at the beginning of the page name. This would be the case for the title of a work such as a novel. Otherwise, do not include it at the beginning of the page name.

Examples: "The Hague", "The Old Man and the Sea" but: the "Netherlands".

Rationale, specifics and exceptions: See: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (definite and indefinite articles at beginning of name)

Do not use an article name that suggests a hierarchy of articles

Since "Transportation in Azərbaycan" could just as well be considered a subdivision of "Transport" as of "Azərbaycan", do not use a name like "Azərbaycan/Transportation" (the old Wikipedia software created a [subpage] when the article name contained a "forward slash"; this feature is discontinued for articles, but you may use it on user and talk pages).

Be careful with some special characters

Some special characters either cannot be used or may cause problems. For example you should not use a piping character (|), a plus sign (+), curly braces ({}), or square braces ([]) in a name.

Titles must not begin with an interlanguage link code followed by a colon. For example a page with the title FR:example will produce a "bad title" error. The same also applies to interwiki links.

For foreign names with accent marks, see Naming conventions (use English).

See Naming conventions (technical restrictions).

Avoid non alpha-numeric characters used only for emphasis

To maintain the functionality of alphabetical indexing and avoid needless redirect pages, page names should not begin with non alpha-numeric (A-Z,0-9) characters used solely for emphasis.

Non alpha-numeric characters may still be appropriate if a common term for the article is generally expressed as a non alpha-numeric phrase. In these cases the character(s) are not being used solely for emphasis. Although a redirect page may be helpful in those cases.

Other specific conventions

Articles about your own team

Note: The below "convention" is still under discussion and not yet the
standard way users are creating their team pages.

Convention: Create your Team namespace under your User namespace.

Rationale and specifics: See Help:Contents#Creating_Articles_about_Your_Own_Team