Style Guide

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This is the style guide for creating pages on the Minute Hour Wiki. Please try to follow all of the guidelines here so that we can keep the wiki consistent as well as easy to use and understand. If you want to suggest any changes or additions to this page please use the discussion tab.

Formatting Guides

Use these guides to format different sections

General Formatting Tips

A sample image
  • When in the body of an article episode names and album names should be put in quotation marks and the name of the show should be in italics. Season names should be written in bold. If they are in a list or an infobox there is no need to use this formatting, only if they are mentioned in a sentence.
  • In the overview paragraph at the top of the page the first mention of the subject of the article should be in bold.
  • To link an article use double brackets, like this: [[Episode Name]].
    • If you don't want the article name in your link write the correct article name followed by a pipe symbol ( | ) and the words you want to appear. [[Episode Name|this]] would look like this.
    • To link an external website use single brackets with the URL followed by a space and the words you want. [http://theminutehour.com this] would look like this.
  • Spice up articles with relevant pictures, but make sure to get the creator's permission first if you didn't create the picture.
    • First upload a picture using the link on the sidebar if it isn't already uploaded
    • Use double brackets and pipes like you would for a customized link.
      • The first part should be the file name, and the last part should be the caption
      • Other modifiers can be used to change the size (like "300px"), make the image a thumbnail ("thumb", this adds the box around the image), or anchor it to the side of a page ("left", "right", or "center")
      • Make sure to link all pictures at 300px or below so that they don't take up the whole article.
      • The code for the image to the right looks like this: [[File:RelayPartOne.png|300px|thumb|right|A sample image]]
  • Link relevant articles at the end of the article in the "See Also" section.
  • If the article is about an episode, album, artwork, or animation that isn't hosted on the wiki, link to the work in the "External Links" section.

These are just some of the basics, for more formatting help see the MediaWiki formatting guide.

Colors

If you need to use color (for example if you are creating a new navbox), here are the color codes to use:

  • Yellow: #fef200
  • Red: #ed1b24
  • Purple: #b9519e
  • Blue: #00adef
  • Green: #00a652
  • Dark Blue: #2e3192

Infoboxes are color coded to their respective seasons. For reference, the seasons are currently associated with these colors:

  • Purgatory: Yellow
  • Judgement: Red
  • Trials: Blue
  • Relay: Green
  • Season 5: Purple (subject to change)

Transcripts

Before writing transcripts out by ear check the YouTube video of that episode/album. Many of the episodes have closed captions, which can be downloaded using third party utilities, so all that is needed is minor formatting.

All transcripts should be formatted the following way for readability and consistency:

  • Character names should be BOLDED AND IN ALL CAPITALS by using three apostrophes before and after ('''LIKE THIS''')
  • Sound effects, music cues, stage direction, pre-recorded lyrics, and other notes should be {bracketed and italicized} by using curly brackets and two apostrophes before and after (''{like this}'')
  • Character names and music/sound effect cues should be indented one level by using :
  • Character dialogue and stage directions/other notes should be indented two levels by using ::
  • Feel free to use punctuation and capitals to convey emotion, but avoid using bold or italics in dialogue. Major emotions should be noted with brackets, as described above.

As an example, the following:

{sound effects}
CHARACTER 1:
Character dialogue
{music begins}
CHARACTER 2:
{yelling} Character 2 dialogue!
{pre-recorded song lyrics}
CHARACTER 1:
{singing} Character 1 lyrics

would be coded like this (feel free to copy this to use as a template):

: ''{sound effects}''
: '''CHARACTER 1:'''
:: Character dialogue
: ''{music begins}''
: '''CHARACTER 2:'''
:: ''{yelling}'' Character 2 dialogue!
: ''{pre-recorded song lyrics}''
: '''CHARACTER 1:'''
:: ''{singing}'' Character 1 lyrics

Alert Boxes

These boxes tell other users the current status of unfinished pages.

Empty Articles

The following alert box is used for articles that have been created but do not have any content. Include them at the top of any page that you are unable to work on by putting "{{EmptyArticle}}" at the very top of the page.

Articles Currently In Progress

The following alert box is used to alert other users that you intend to write an article. Before doing any work, remove "{{EmptyArticle}}", replace it with "{{ArticleInProgress}}", and then immediately save the page. You are now free to work on the article without having to worry about other users inadvertently working on the same article. If you need to stop working, be sure to replace the alert box with either of the two boxes below to let others know whether they should finish the article.

Unfinished Articles

This box indicates that an article is not yet complete and that other users are free to complete it. To add this alert box use "{{UnfinishedArticle}}"

Unfinished Articles That You Intend To Complete

This box indicates that an article is not yet complete but that you intend to complete it yourself at a later time. Only use this box if you have a plan for the rest of the article and are certain that you will be able to finish it soon. To add this alert box use "{{UnfinishedArticleClaimed}}".

Incomplete Sections

This box indicates that a section that may appear complete is not actually complete. Example use of this box would be if you started a transcript but were unable to finish it. To add this alert box use "{{SectionIncomplete}}"

Default Page Layouts

Use the following default layouts for each page type. Include a short one or two paragraph summary or plot synopsis at the top of the page, above the first section.

Episodes

A blank template for episode pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Transcript
  2. Album Version Changes (for changes that occur in the album release. If the changes are minor just list them with bullet points. If there are major changes use the transcript format. Remove section if not applicable)
  3. Behind the Scenes (for notes about how the episode was made or if it was released on a different platform such as Patreon beforehand. Also list any music used in the episode. Use bullet points for this section)
  4. Trivia (if the episode references any established characters, locations, or plot points, or if the episode references real-world things. Also if there is any plot point that is confusing clarify it here. Note that this section is not for speculation on what something might mean, for that use the discussion tab. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  5. Adaptations (if this episode has been animated or if any fan art has been made. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  6. See Also (include links to related episodes, character pages, or topics. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove section if not applicable)
  7. External Links (link to the episode on YouTube and SoundCloud. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item)

Albums

A blank template for album pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Overview (give a brief synopsis of the overarching plot of the album and a list of which segments are from previously released episodes and which segments are new. Make a subsection for each new segment and give a brief plot overview and character list for each one)
    1. New Segment 1
    2. New Segment 2
    3. New Segment 3
    4. etc.
  2. Transcript (break the transcript up into subsections for each segment)
    1. Segment 1
    2. Segment 2
    3. Segment 3
    4. etc.
  3. Episode Changes (make a subsection for each previously released episode and list the changes made to the album version. If the changes are minor just list them with bullet points. If there are major changes or new sections added use the transcript format. Remove section if not applicable)
    1. Episode 1 Changes
    2. Episode 2 Changes
    3. Episode 3 Changes
    4. etc.
  4. Behind the Scenes (for notes on how the album was made or if any segment was released on a different platform such as Patreon before being included in the album. Use bullet points for this section)
    1. Music (list the music used for each segment. Use bullet points for this section, one for each segment)
  5. Trivia (if the album references any established characters, locations, or plot points, or if it references real-world things. Also use this section to explain any confusing or ambiguous parts of the album, but don't use this section for speculation or theories, use the discussion tab for that. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  6. Adaptations (if any part of the album has been animated or if fan art has been made. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  7. See Also (include links to subject or character pages if they are the main theme of the episode. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove section if not applicable)
  8. External Links (link to the episode on YouTube and SoundCloud. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item)

Seasons

A blank template for season pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Overview (give a brief summary of the season, start and end dates, and any overarching themes of the season)
  2. Episodes (list all episodes of the season, with links to the episode page. Use bullet points for this section)
  3. Albums (list all albums from this season, with links to the album page. Use bullet points for this section)
  4. Behind the Scenes (for any notes about the season or its production. Be sure to list who did the album art for this season in this section)

Characters

A blank template for character pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Biography
  2. Appearances (list all episodes or albums in which the character has appeared, in order, with "(first appearance)" after the first appearance of the character. Use bullet points for this section)
  3. Behind the Scenes (for any notes about the creation of this character or other information that does not appear in the main show. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  4. Adaptations (list any adaptations of this character, such as animations or fan art. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  5. See Also (for other characters or albums that are relevant. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove section if not applicable)

Locations, Objects, or Other Topics

A blank template for location pages can be found here. A blank template for object pages can be found here. A blank template for other topics featured in the show can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Description
  2. Appearances list all episodes or albums in which the subject has appeared, in order, with "(first appearance)" after the first appearance. Use bullet points for this section)
  3. Behind the Scenes (for any behind the scenes notes or other information that does not appear in the main show. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  4. Adaptations (list any works based on the subject, such as animation or fan art. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not applicable)
  5. See Also (include links to related pages. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove section if not applicable)

Adaptations

A blank template for adaptation pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Description (give a summary of the adaptation, and include what it was based on and when it was released)
  2. Behind the Scenes (for any information about the making of this adaptation, or technical details about the process or tools used. Use bullet points for this section. Remove section if not needed)
  3. See Also (include links to episodes, subjects, or character pages if they are the main theme of the adaptation. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove section if not applicable)
  4. External Links (link to the adaptation if it is hosted somewhere. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item. Remove this section if not applicable)

Creators

Creator pages should only be written by the creators themselves unless you have their permission. Similarly, do not upload fan art to the wiki unless you have permission from the creator.
A blank template for creator pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Biography (optional, just give a brief overview of what the creator does and what medium they use)
  2. Works (list the works that the creator has produced. Use bullet points for this section)
    1. Works in Progress (optional, to be added only at the creator's discretion. List any ongoing or unfinished projects. Use bullet points for this section)
  3. External Links (include any links to the creator's work or public profiles. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item)

Musicians

A blank template for musician pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Biography (optional, just give a brief overview of what the does and what they are known for)
  2. Appearances (link the episodes that have featured songs from this musician, followed by the name of the song(s) in parentheses. Use bullet points for this section)
  3. External Links (include any links to the musician's public profiles. List each item on its own line and separate them by including "<br>" after each item)

Categories

A blank template for category pages can be found here. Click "View Source" (or "Edit" if you are an admin) to copy the code for the template.

  1. Overview (a brief description of the category)
  2. Episodes (link all episodes in this category. Use bullet points for this section)

Infoboxes

Infoboxes are boxes aligned to the top right of certain page types in order to make navigation simpler. At the moment these must be edited manually for each page, but if you know of a way to automate the process please let us know.

Episode Information

Season One: Purgatory
TMHLogo.png
"Episode Name"
Season X Episode X (XXth Episode)
Run Time X:XX
Release Date Month DD, YYYY
Characters Character 1, Character 2
Music "Song 1" by Artist, "Song 2" by Artist
Album Album Name or None
Category Category 1, Category 2
Previous Episode Next Episode
Episode Name Episode Name

The box to the right must be included on every episode page. Use the album art from the section in which the episode aired, even if the episode was not included in the album. If the album has not yet been released use the Minute Hour logo. "Episode XX" refers to the overall release order, not counting bonus episodes or albums. Link to character pages if they exist or if the character is important enough to have a page, but if it is a minor character just write the name without a link. Characters with no name should just be described, and if there are many singers or speakers use the term chorus. Category refers to musical, sketch, monologue, and advertisement. An episode can match more than one, and feel free to create a new category if you need to. If this is the most recent episode, replace the "next episode" link with a question mark.

  • EpisodeName: the name of the episode, with no formatting or quotation marks
  • SeasonNumber: the number of the season, written in numerals (i.e. 4)
  • SeasonEpisodeNumber: the episode's order within the season, written in numerals (i.e. 10)
  • OverallEpisodeNumber: the episode's order in the entire series, written in numerals with suffix written in letters (i.e. 25th)
  • RunTime: the run time for the episode.
  • ReleaseDate: the release date of the episode. The month should be spelled out, but the day and year should be numerals (i.e. January 1, 2017)
  • Characters: list all characters from the episode. If the character is important enough to have their own article link to it, if not just write the character's name or description.
  • Music: list all songs used in the episode. The title of the song should be in quotation marks, and link to the artist's article if they have one (i.e. "American Odyssey" by Sam Spence)
  • Album: The name of the album in which this episode appeared. If the episode did not appear in an album write "None"
  • Category: list any categories that this episode falls under. Make these links to the category page, but reformat them to be singular rather than plural (i.e. [[Musicals|Musical]]
  • PreviousEpisode: the name of the previous episode
  • NextEpisode: the name of the next episode. If this is the latest episode use a question mark
  • AlbumArt: this line is only used for episodes that are not included in an album. If the episode was not in an album include this line with the name of the album that covers the time period this episode is from.

If this is a bonus episode, use the same template with these differences:

  • Remove the "SeasonEpisodeNumber" line
  • On the "OverallEpisodeNumber" line write "Bonus".
  • Make sure to fill in "AlbumArt" with the album that covered the time period that the episode is from

Code

Copy and paste this code at the top of the episode page and then replace the placeholder text with the information for that episode.

{{EpisodeInfobox
|EpisodeName=
|SeasonNumber=
|SeasonEpisodeNumber=
|OverallEpisodeNumber=
|RunTime=
|ReleaseDate=
|Characters=
|Music=
|Album=
|Category=
|PreviousEpisode=
|NextEpisode=
|AlbumArt=
}}

Album Information

Season X: Name
TMHLogo.png
Album Name
Run Time XX:XX
Release Date Month DD, YYYY
Track Listing
1 0:00 Segment 1
2 X:XX Segment 2
3 X:XX Segment 3
4 X:XX Segment 4
5 XX:XX Segment 5
6 XX:XX Segment 6
7 XX:XX Segment 7
8 XX:XX Segment 8
9 XX:XX Segment 9
10 XX:XX Segment 10
Previous Album:

Album Name

Next Album:

Album Name

The box to the right must be included on every album page. Each segment that was its own previous episode should link to the episode page, and each segment that was created for the album should link to the relevant part of the article (to get this link click on the segment in the table of contents, it will look like the main article URL with the addition of a # and some words). If this is the most recent album replace the "next album" link with a question mark.

Code

Copy and paste this code at the top of the album page and then replace the placeholder text with the information for that album.

{| class=wikitable style="float:right; margin-left: 2em; width:300px; border-collapse:collapse; border-width:2px; border-color:#00a652;"
! colspan="4" style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; background-color:#00a652" | [[Season X: Name|<span style="color:#eeeeee">Season X: Name</span>]]
|-
| colspan="4" style="text-align: center;" | [[File:TMHLogo.png|286px]]
|-
| colspan="4" style="text-align: center; background-color:#00a652" | '''Album Name'''
|-
| colspan="3" style="text-align: right; width: 50%;" | Run Time
| style="width:50%" | XX:XX
|-
| colspan="3" style="text-align: right;" | Release Date
| Month DD, YYYY
|-
| colspan="4" style="text-align: center; background-color:#00a652"| Track Listing
|-
| style="text-align:right; width:10%" | 1
| style="text-align: right; width:20%" | 0:00
| colspan="2" style="width:70%" | Segment 1
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 2
| style="text-align: right;" | X:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 2
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 3
| style="text-align: right;" | X:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 3
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 4
| style="text-align: right;" | X:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 4
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 5
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 5
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 6
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 6
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 7
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 7
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 8
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 8
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 9
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 9
|-
| style="text-align: right" | 10
| style="text-align: right;" | XX:XX
| colspan="2" | Segment 10
|-
| colspan="4" style="background-color:#00a652" | 
|-
| colspan="3" | Previous Album:
[[Album Name]]
| style="text-align: right;" | Next Album:
[[Album Name]]
|}

Adaptation Information

Type of Work
TMHLogo.png
Name of Work
Run Time X:XX (remove line if unneeded)
Release Date Month DD, YYYY
Type Type of Work
Creator Name of Creator
Subject Character Name or Subject
Source Episode Name (remove line if unneeded)
Category Category 1, Category 2

The box to the right must be included on every page about a media adaptation (such as animations). The top line refers to what media the work is in (animation, drawing, game, etc) while Category refers to genre (musical, sketch, or monologue). This one is a bit of a work-in-progress, so the style and sections may change in the future.

Code

Copy and paste this code at the top of the adaptation page and then replace the placeholder text with the information about the adaptation.

{| class=wikitable style="float:right; margin-left: 2em; width:300px; border-collapse:collapse; border-width:2px; border-color:#00adef;"
! colspan="3" style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold; background-color:#00adef" | [[Name of Work|<span style="color:#eeeeee">Name of Work</span>]]
|-
| colspan="3" style="text-align: center;" | [[File:TMHLogo.png|286px]]
|-
| colspan="3" style="background-color:#00adef" |
|-
| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; width:50%" | Run Time
| style="width:50%" | X:XX (remove line if unneeded)
|-
| colspan="2" style="text-align: right;" | Release Date
| Month DD, YYYY
|-
| colspan="3" style="background-color:#00adef"| 
|-
| style="text-align: right; width:25%" | Type
| colspan="2" style="width:75%" | [[Type of Work]]
|-
| style="text-align: right;" | Creator
| colspan="2" | [[Name of Creator]]
|-
| style="text-align: right;" | Subject
| colspan="2" | [[Character Name]] or [[Subject]]
|-
| style="text-align: right;" | Source
| colspan="2" | [[Episode Name]] (remove line if unneeded)
|-
| style="text-align: right;" | Category
| colspan="2" | [[Category 1]], [[Category 2]]
|-
| colspan="3" style="background-color:#00adef" | 
|}

Categories

Categories help organize pages on the wiki. Any page that includes a category tag will automatically be added to the appropriate category, which helps make it easier to keep track of episodes, genres, and subjects. Include a category tag at the very bottom of each page. For episodes, category tags must match the "Category" section of the episode infobox, every episode must have at least one category but some may have two or three. The primary purpose of tagging pages with categories is to create an automatically-sustaining list of all episodes in each category, to make it easier to fill out/edit pages and navboxes, so ideally every article of any type should contain at least one category if applicable.

Below is a list of all category tags that can be copied and pasted. If you feel that there should be an additional category please feel free to create one, but make sure to check just in case the category already exists but hasn't yet been added to this page.

Genres:

<noinclude>[[Category:Sketches|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Musicals|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Songs|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Monologues|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Conversations|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Interviews|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Lectures|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Advertisements|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:News Reports|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>

Other Topics:

<noinclude>[[Category:Characters|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Locations|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Things|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>
<noinclude>[[Category:Music|{{PAGENAME}}]]</noinclude>

Navboxes

Navboxes are boxes at the bottom of the page that link to relevant articles. All you need to do to link a navbox is put the name in double curly brackets ( { } ) and it will show up automatically. Make sure to put two blank lines (write "<br>" twice) and a horizontal rule (----) before the first navbox to separate it from the end of the article.

The following navboxes are currently in use:

{{Episodes}}
{{Characters}}
{{Locations}}
{{Things}}
{{Musicals}}
{{Sketches}}
{{Monologues}}
{{Advertisements}}
{{Songs}}
{{Adaptations}}
{{Creators}}
{{Music}}
{{Merch}}

And this is how they look: