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- Proper grammar and spelling are essential to provide a credible article.
- Brand names should be capitalized, but not underlined or italicized.
- Make sure to use dashes and commas where appropriate.
- Avoid using the ampersand (&) unless stated in a quote or brand name, etc.
- It is recommended to download the Grammarly plugin for your browser.
- Spell out State and Province names, as opposed to abbreviations.
- Classification of time (example: years) should not be capitalized if a number appears before it.
- Similarly, spell out units of weight.
- If using the metric system, abbreviations such as "m" should be used, as the words tend to get long.
- When listing height in feet and inches, only use an apostrophe to specify the number of feet.
- Please do not add quotation marks (") after the inch specification.
- Do not include a "0" if the subject is at an even number of feet/meters tall.
- If the height and weight are not known, please leave the infobox sections blank.
- Avoid using "to" in regards to a range (such as age). Please use an endash (-) instead.
- At this time, this is an only English-language website.
- Please use the specific variation of English according to the country a case originates from.
- Use "month, day, year" format for American and Canadian cases.
- Use "day, month, year" format for British, Australian and non-English speaking countries.
- The beginning of the article should state the individual’s name (or the article title) in bold text.
- If the individual used a different name than what they were born with, specify it in quotation marks after the middle name (if known).
- The lifespan of an individual is optional to add following the inclusion of their name in parentheses.
- All articles (with the exception of disambiguations) should have an Infobox.
- See the "creating a page" guide for additional information.
- When adding a notice to the page (after identification, for example), the Infobox will need to be moved to the top of the page.
- This is done by dragging the box upward in the visual editor
- In source mode, the template can be cut and pasted to appear first.
- "Discovery": describing the circumstances of finding the unidentified person.
- "Background": for missing and identified persons which would provide details of their lives before they disappeared or died.
- Sometimes, the heading "life prior to disappearance" appears but the section titles should remain short.
- “Case”: which details the details of the discovery, disappearance and investigation history.
The next three sections should be detailed as a bullet list, to highlight defining information about a currently unidentified or missing person. Resolved cases may state these details in prose, as they may not need to be highlighted.
- “Characteristics”: physical description of the subject, including hair/eye color, tattoos, etc.
- “Clothing and accessories”: describing the clothing and personal items an individual was found with or wore when they disappeared.
Please use a bullet list for the same reason as the “characteristics” section.
- "Sources": listing where the information for the article was obtained
- Formerly known as "links" but has been changed to be more inclusive for inline citations to support major details about a case.
- Be sure to use the templates available for sources such as NCMEC, NamUs, etc.
- Other websites can be sourced by adding the URL enclosed by a left and right bracket.
Naming the source in the link can be typed just before the right bracket, with a space to separate it from the URL.
- Experienced users could also use inline citations.
- Only available to include via source mode. Be sure to enclose a named URL between reference tags, appearing as "<ref>[www.unidentified.wikia.org Unidentified Wiki]</ref>"
- In order for a reference to appear on the visible portion of the page, “<references />” must appear below the list of sources.
- It is also recommended to use proper citation formatting (MLA), which can be entered in various websites to be copied for referencing an article.
- Inline citations can be important to verify a major detail of a case, such as the manner of death.
- Using inline citations and footnotes will interfere with each other, so only use one or the other.
- If you wish to add footnotes (to clarify pronunciation or a disputed element in the case, use the same tag for inline citations.
- If using footnotes, please create another section beneath “Sources” titled “Footnotes” with <references /> beneath it.