Help:Mechanics of Style

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Unrevised Style Guide Section
This section of the Style Guide has not been revised from early drafts. As a result, this information is disorganized (as you can see) and possibly not representative of current wiki policies. While you may find useful guidance here, it should not be taken as gospel nor used to settle disputes without wiki mod confirmation.

This section will dictate the proper presentation, spelling, or syntax of terminology on this wiki. Unless otherwise noted, the overall style of the wiki follows standard English mechanics.



Internet League Blaseball/the ILB Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, etc.

Team abbreviations


Follow these rules (from APA Style) for title case: The principal words of a title include the first and last words of that title, which you should always capitalize. You should also capitalize all verbs (including infinitives and forms of “to be”), nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and some conjunctions. Finally, capitalize every word that is more than three letters long. Don’t capitalize articles, prepositions or conjunctions that have fewer than four letters.



Capitalize the first word after a colon only if starting a complete sentence, or in any heading, regardless of other capitalization rules for that heading level. Colons should always be used to set a subtitle off from a title (not a dash).


Be careful not to overuse dashes when commas, parentheses, or a colon might do. Note the difference between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes, and ensure the correct symbol is used. Never use a dash to offset a subtitle or instead of bullets in a list.


If a measurement comes before the noun, it needs a hyphen: 12-in. strap. Compound modifiers should be hyphenated (single-word, well-known, long-awaited, short-haired), with the typical exception for -ly adverbs whose intended meaning is clear (harshly critical). Try to avoid needing to use hyphens at line breaks. Never use a hyphen to offset a subtitle or instead of bullets in a list. Never use a hyphen instead of an en dash as a subtraction operator.


Use American English conventions for quotes. Double quotes are used for quoted speech, to denote a word as the word and not its meaning, or for the titles of short works, such as articles and TV shows. Italics should be used for books, magazines, & websites. Single quotes are used for quotes within quotes and RARELY, if ever, to denote a contrary meaning of a quoted word. Use italics for quotes when the sentence is a thought: Mary told herself, I can do this! Use quotation marks when it is a quote: I told Larry, "Catch that fish!" If the quote is large enough, set off, with no quotes or italics, using the Block Quote wikitext format. Never use quotes for emphasis.


Note the correct rules for semicolons, especially for sentences with two main clauses, with or without a conjunctive adverb joining them. In most cases, it will be more suitable to use periods instead of semicolons. As such, we recommend using them sparingly.