Cats Wiki

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This manual of style for the Cats Wiki explains the aspects that must be taken into account when writing an article. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that articles are of a high quality, correct and organized. If you have any questions, please contact one of our administrators.

Writing conventions


  • Content should be written in a formal writing style appropriate for an encyclopedia. Descriptions should be clear and precise.
  • Paragraphs should be short and to the point, preferably no more than 10 lines and ideally with at least a reference at the end and an illustrative image every few paragraphs (see Images and References below).
  • Use a neutral point of view when writing. Any opinion or bias should be expressed in the Discussions forums, not in the article itself.
  • Quantity does not mean quality, and not every detail is important. Articles should be written focused on the topic in question, extracting the relevant facts and avoiding unnecessary and unrelated information.
  • Use full sentences.


  • Both American English and British English are acceptable on this wiki since editors may come from any English speaking country, and will likely write using the spelling, vocabulary and grammar they are familiar with.
  • The use of contractions (ie: it's, could've, aren't, etc.) are not acceptable. The full forms, it is, could have, are not, etc., must be used.
  • Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are not acceptable



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  • Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
  • Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.


  • Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.


  • Do not use all caps.
  • Avoid using quotation marks for emphasis.
  • Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
  • Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
  • Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.


  • Use only simple wikitext in articles, avoid complex and unnecessary detail like <span style="color: #F0F0F0; font-weight: bold; line-height: 3em;">A calico is a domestic cat with a tri-color coat.</span>
    That is only allowed for templates (other tags like <br /> are allowed to avoid squeezing in articles and only if they are strictly necessary).
  • Headers should be in the form ==Header==, not the form == Header ==. Also, lists and indentations should be in the form:
And not in the form:
* Item
# Item
: item
|Option 1 = Something
|Option 2 = Something
And not:
| Option 1 = Something
| Option 2 = Something}}


Usage in articles

  • Images should be of highest quality possible. Every image that is of low quality should be reuploaded with a higher quality version or deleted in case of multiple image policy violations.
  • Images should be at 250px, unless they look too small or the space in the article or other circumstances do not allow it.
  • The side of placement should alternate from left to right (or right to left, depends on the article organization).
  • The description of the image (in the thumbnail) should not end in a full stop.


  • Do not overlink. A page should be linked from a given article only once, on its first occurrence.


  • References must be done using the {{Reflist}} template.
  • Do not put any space between the text and the reference.
  • Every fact should be referenced in every section of the article.
  • If a point in an article states A tabby is a cat with a distinctive coat that features stripes., there is no need for reference; but if it says The tabby pattern is a naturally occurring feature that is related to the coloration of the domestic cat's direct ancestor, the African wildcat., then it needs to be referenced.