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This is the guideline for all the pages in the Mario Kart Racing Wiki. Please do not do any reorganization and cleanup of this page unless you are fixing things to follow this style guideline.

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Manual of Style

General article guidelines

Naming

For articles that can mean more than one thing, such as Bowser's Castle, Template:Disambig should be used. Each of the individual articles should be abbreviated to where it came from, such as Sherbet Land (GCN).

Headings

Headings should be in sentence case unless there are proper nouns.

Writing style

Proper English grammar should be used in all places. American spelling should be used everywhere unless when quoting a quote. As well, any uses of second person ("you") are not permitted.

Article titles

All titles should be in sentence case unless there are proper nouns in the title.

Categories

All articles must have categories related to the article itself. Category pages must have a short description about it, as well as categories related to it.

Guidelines for specific types of articles

Game articles

Game articles should contain an infobox at the top, as well as a short paragraph describing the game, the console it is on, any noteworthy features, and the average time of release.

Also, game titles should always be italicized and never be abbreviated. Listing the subtitle is permitted, however if the subtitle is short (i.e. Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, etc.)

Track articles

Track articles should use an infobox at the top, as well as a short paragraph saying what games is in and the cups, such as:

'''Mario Raceway''' is the final track of the [[Flower Cup]] in ''[[Mario Kart 64]]'' and the final track of the [[Shell Cup]] in ''[[Mario Kart Wii]]''.

Then, a level two heading titled "Layout" should be added and then a description of appearances in each title.

==Layout==
===''[[Mario Kart 64]]''===
*stuff
===''[[Mario Kart Wii]]''===
*stuff
==Gallery (note, if the gallery exceeds ten images, {{gallery}} should be used)==
<gallery>
Image.png|Caption
</gallery>
==Trivia (add only if there is sufficient trivia)==
*stuff

Then, the track browser should be used, found here, and the track navigator for the corresponding game should be used, found here. For categories, "Category:Tracks" should be added (although it is not necessary, as it is inside the infobox), then "Category:<Game> tracks" and "Category:<Blank> Cup tracks". For Mario Raceway:

[[Category:Tracks]]
[[Category:Mario Kart 64 tracks]]
[[Category:Mario Kart Wii tracks]]
[[Category:Mushroom Cup tracks]]
[[Category:Shell Cup tracks]]

This is essentially how to construct articles for tracks.

Item articles

Item articles should also use an infobox at the top, as well as a short paragraph saying what is the item all about, such as:

A '''Starman''' is a rare item in the ''Mario Kart'' series that turns a racer invincible.

Then, a level two heading titled layout and then a description of appearances in each title.

==Layout==
===''[[Mario Kart 64]]''===
*stuff
===''[[Mario Kart Wii]]''===
*stuff
==Gallery (note, if the gallery exceeds ten images, {{gallery}} should be used)==
<gallery>
Image.png|Caption
</gallery>
==Trivia (add only if there is sufficient trivia)==
*stuff
==Other Appearances (add only if there is anything worth mentioning)==
*stuff

This is essentially how to construct articles for items.

Vehicle articles

There should be an introductory paragraph with an infobox at the top. Below, a header should say "Statistics" and contain a table with applicable statistics for the kart or bike. The top of the table should contain the following code:

{| align="center" border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" class="sortable" style="border-radius:5px; background-color: #6c99f0; border: 1px solid #05296f; color:#05296f; width:500px; text-align:center;" 
    ! scope="col"|Stat Name
    ! scope="col"|Stat Value

All stat names in the table should be bolded and contain a link.

Racer articles

Racer articles should contain an infobox at the top, as well as a short paragraph describing the character, the games they appear in, and any noteworthy traits. A second paragraph should describe them completely, titled "Description". The third paragraph should be a listing of the character's appearances, in bullet lists and with links, titled "Appearances".

The titles should be bolded, and a description of the character in that game should follow. A fourth section, if applicable, should have subheadings with each of the games the character is unlockable in. It should be titled "Unlocking criteria".

A fifth section should be titled "Staff ghosts" and have a listing of all of the character's appearances as staff ghosts, with subheadings for each game. A sixth section titled "Gallery" should link to a page in the gallery namespace titled "Gallery:<blank>", where all of the images of the character by game should be listed under a level 2 heading. Below, there should be a final heading titled "Trivia" where relevant facts about the character should be placed. If necessary, references can be added to an eighth section. Then, "Category:Racers in <applicable game>" ("Category:Racers" is inside infobox) should be added.

Hazard Articles

Hazard articles should use an infobox at the top, as well as a short paragraph of what they are, such as:

'''Little Mousers''', also known as '''Squeeks''' or '''Mowz''', are a species of small, mice-like creatures who wear bandanas that obscure their faces.

Then, a level two heading titled "History" should appear and then a description of appearances in each title.

==History==
===''[[Mario Kart: Super Circuit]]''===
*stuff
==Trivia (add only if there is sufficient trivia)==
*stuff

For categories, "Category:Hazards" should be added (although it is not necessary, as it is inside the infobox), then "Category:<Game>". For Little Mouser:

[[Category:Hazards]]
[[Category:Mario Kart: Super Circuit]]

This is essentially how to construct articles for hazards.

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