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This is the manual of style for Encyclopedia SpongeBobia. Please do not do any reorganization or cleanup of wikitext on the wiki unless you are fixing things to follow this style guideline.

Writing style

  • Articles should be written in present tense, not past or future tense. The only exception to this rule is when referring to something in-universe that happened in the past.
  • Articles should be written in an in-universe style and not refer to the reader or viewer in any way when talking about events.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: If you look closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: If one looks closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: If the viewer looks closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • Keep.png Correct: After SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.

Punctuation

  • 1. Under no circumstance should you ever use more than one exclamation point (!), nor should you use all-caps to highlight shouting.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Overtime!!!!!
  • Remove.png Incorrect: OVERTIME!
  • Keep.png Correct: Overtime!
  • 2. Use apostrophes in contractions.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: wont
  • Keep.png Correct: won't
  • 3. Always put commas, periods, and exclamation points inside quotation marks.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: This is revealed in the episode "Help Wanted".
  • Keep.png Correct: This is revealed in the episode "Help Wanted."
  • 4. Put question marks inside quotation marks when the quoted words is a question. Put question marks outside quotation marks when the entire sentence is a question.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: SpongeBob asks "I how do that"?
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob asks "I how do that?"
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Does SpongeBob say "I'm ready?"
  • Keep.png Correct: Does SpongeBob say "I'm ready"?
  • 5. Always put colons and semicolons outside quotation marks.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "I'm losing my footing!;" "Yay, life insurance!"
  • Keep.png Correct: "I'm losing my footing!"; "Yay, life insurance!"
  • 6. Do not put a comma before the name of an episode, unless you specify exactly which SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: The Krusty Krab first appears in the episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: The Krusty Krab first appears in the pilot episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Keep.png Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the episode "Help Wanted."
  • Keep.png Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Keep.png Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "Help Wanted."
  • 7. Always use a comma before an "and" when listing more than two things. In other words, always use the Oxford Comma. The only exception to this rule is quoting written work where the author did not use the Oxford Comma.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: I bought bread, milk and eggs.
  • Keep.png Correct: I bought bread, milk, and eggs.
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob wrote "I bought bread, milk and eggs." (This is only correct if this is how SpongeBob wrote it.)
  • 8. Always use a comma before an "or" when listing more than two things. In other words, always use the Oxford Comma. The only exception to this rule is quoting written work where the author did not use the Oxford Comma.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Did you buy, milk, eggs or bread?
  • Keep.png Correct: Did you buy, milk, eggs, or bread?
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob wrote "Did you buy, milk, eggs or bread?" (This is only correct if this is how SpongeBob wrote it.)
  • 9. Always use double quotation marks and then single quotation marks if there are quotations within quotations.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: My friend told me 'SpongeBob says "Overtime!" with a ridiculous face.'
  • Keep.png Correct: My friend told me "SpongeBob says 'Overtime!' with a ridiculous face."

Word usage

  • 1. It's is the contraction of "it is" or "it has" and its is used for the possession of "it."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: This cheese is past it's expiration date. Its time to get rid of it.
  • Keep.png Correct: This cheese is past its expiration date. It's time to get rid of it.
  • 2. Then is a transitional word and than is a comparison word.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: I went to see a movie, than I went to the mall. The mall was more fun then the movie.
  • Keep.png Correct: I went to see a movie, then I went to the mall. The mall was more fun than the movie.
  • 3. When writing an article, particularly a character article, refer to the character by the most common name to which the character is referred.
  • 4. Whenever you refer to something that people wrote, use the word "wrote."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Tom Kenny said, in his official synopsis on his website, "This was a good episode."
  • Keep.png Correct: Tom Kenny wrote, in his official synopsis on his website, "This was a good episode."
  • 5. When one is writing about words that are on the screen, one should use "read" or "reads" instead of "said" or "says."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: The sign says "Delicious Krabby Patties!"
  • Keep.png Correct: The sign reads "Delicious Krabby Patties!"
  • 6. Do not use opinion words, unless you are giving a review, quoting a character, writing a transcript (only in the vocal part or if a written thing says an opinion word), or giving a written thing that has an opinion word in it.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Krabby Patties are a delicious and popular burger at the Krusty Krab.
  • Keep.png Correct: Krabby Patties are a popular burger at the Krusty Krab.
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob says "Krabby Patties are the best thing in the whole sea."
  • Keep.png Correct: The sign reads "Delicious Krabby Patties!"
  • 7. When you write articles, always use present tense. The only exceptions to this rule are transcripts/quotes that use past tense and when things are known to have ended. For example, since Glove World was shut down in "Glove World R.I.P.," everything associated with it must be in the past tense.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Lamps was a magazine that appeared in "Sponge-Cano!"
  • Keep.png Correct: Lamps is a magazine that appears in "Sponge-Cano!"
  • 10. Don't use "time" to describe the occurrence of an event in the series.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: This is the first time SpongeBob says "I'm ready!"
  • Keep.png Correct: This is the first episode in which SpongeBob says "I'm ready!"

Title case

  • 1. The following are to be quoted and not italicized:
  • Individual episode names
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Help Wanted
  • Keep.png Correct: "Help Wanted"
  • Individual short names
  • Remove.png Incorrect: The Endless Summer
  • Keep.png Correct: "The Endless Summer"
  • Songs
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Campfire Song Song
  • Keep.png Correct: "Campfire Song Song"
  • Associated production music
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Hello Blues
  • Keep.png Correct: "Hello Blues"
  • 2. The following are to be italicized and not quoted:
  • Movie names
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"
  • Keep.png Correct: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  • Computer games and computer-game applications
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "SpongeBob Moves In!"
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob Moves In!
  • Books
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "Hooray for Dads!"
  • Keep.png Correct: Hooray for Dads!
  • Magazines
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "Toxic Waste Monthly"
  • Keep.png Correct: Toxic Waste Monthly
  • 3. The following are not to be quoted nor italicized:
  • Rides
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast"
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
  • Keep.png Correct: Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
  • Applications
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "Facebook"
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Facebook
  • Keep.png Correct: Facebook

Common or other spelling mistakes

  • 1. SpongeBob SquarePants should always have the words "Bob" and "Pants" capitalized.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Spongebob Squarepants
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 2. Mr. Krabs and the Krusty Krab do not have the letter "c;" they have the letter "k."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Mr. Crabs
  • Keep.png Correct: Mr. Krabs
  • Remove.png Incorrect: The Crusty Crab
  • Keep.png Correct: The Krusty Krab
  • 3. All characters with "Mr." "Mrs." or "Ms." must have a period (full stop) after their person title abbreviations.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Mrs Puff and Mr Krabs like to date with each other.
  • Keep.png Correct: Mrs. Puff and Mr. Krabs like to date with each other.
  • 4. The word "okay" should always be spelled out and should never be abbreviated.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Sandy asks SpongeBob if he is ok.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Sandy asks SpongeBob if he is OK.
  • Keep.png Correct: Sandy asks SpongeBob if he is okay.
  • 5. The word "whoa" is commonly misspelled as "woah." The correct spelling must always be used.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: SpongeBob exclaims "Woah!"
  • Keep.png Correct: SpongeBob exclaims "Whoa!"

Other grammar mistakes

  • 1. "You're" is short for "you are" and is a conjunction. "Your" is used for a belonging, or anything else that isn't an abbreviation for "you are."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Your a great editor here!
  • Keep.png Correct: You're a great editor here!
  • Remove.png Incorrect: I love you're userpage!
  • Keep.png Correct: I love your userpage!
  • 2. "They're" is short for "they are" and is a conjunction. "Their" is used for a belonging. "There" is for anything else.
  • Remove.png Incorrect: There house is very nice!
  • Keep.png Correct: Their house is very nice!
  • Remove.png Incorrect: I can't choose between SpongeBob and Patrick. Their both equally amazing!
  • Keep.png Correct: I can't choose between SpongeBob and Patrick. They're both equally amazing!
  • Remove.png Incorrect: They're was a crazy story on TV recently!
  • Keep.png Correct: There was a crazy story on TV recently!
  • 3. "Who's" is short for "who is" and is a conjunction. "Whose" is used for a belonging, or anything else that isn't an abbreviation for "you are."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Whose coming to the chat party tonight?!
  • Keep.png Correct: Who's coming to the chat party tonight?!
  • Remove.png Incorrect: Yes, I've heard of that user who's edits really helped the wiki!
  • Keep.png Correct: Yes, I've heard of that user whose edits really helped the wiki!
  • 4. When referring to a date, use "on this date," not "in this date."
  • Remove.png Incorrect: "Squid Defense" is the first episode to air in the United States in January 1.
  • Keep.png Correct: "Squid Defense" is the first episode to air in the United States on January 1.

Wikitext style

  • Headers should be in the form ==Header==, not the form == Header ==. This only applies to articles, image pages use == Summary == automatically and talkpages are free form and no changes should ever be made to header style.
  • Things like [[Gary|Gary]] and [[Gary|gary]] are pointless, only [[Gary]] should be used.
  • Don't bypass redirects using things like [[SpongeBob SquarePants|SpongeBob]] make use of the redirect properly with [[SpongeBob SquarePants]].
    • It is recommended to use linking templates rather than redirects. See ESB:Links for more info.

Common improper style changes

  • Do not add last names to links unless you have a valid reason to do so (full character name has not been used earlier in the article). Full names should not be abused to bypass redirects.
  • Do not change page numbers in ref tags to have a leading zero. Going around the wiki and changing 3 to 03 despite most pages sticking to 3 does not improve the wiki at all and just adds pointless edits, just stick with 3.
  • Do not place logic into humor, examples are: "How can fire be underwater?"
  • Do not write SpongeBob's name with a lowercase "B." The "B" should always be capitalized.
  • Do not list an episode, short, song, book chapter, or game level without including quotation marks around the title.
  • Do not list a movie, book, comic, or game without italicizing the title.
  • Do not place punctuation outside of quotation marks. The correct placement is inside. Example: "Help Wanted."
  • Do not use more than one question mark or exclamation point in a row. One is all that is ever needed.
  • Do not add captions to images in gallery pages.
  • Do not use British English spelling or grammar. SpongeBob SquarePants is an American series, so therefore American English spellings and grammar conventions should always be used.

Specific article guidelines

Episodes

Main article: ESB:Episode articles

Characters

Each character article must include:

  • An infobox with all known information.
  • A character biography.
  • Trivia - Trivia items. Organized in list format using * at the start of the line.
  • Quotes - Character quotes. The character's catchphrase shouldn't be on the list of quotes.
  • References - Just the ==References== section with a {{Reflist}} template below it to collect the <ref></ref> tag info in the page. Individual bits of info should be tagged with specific citation other than just the general sources section.
  • If the character's biography consists of just a few sentences, please do not create an article for them. Instead, put the character's information on the character list, List of characters.
  • Every character article must be categorized with this category: Category:Characters.

Video games

Each video game article must include:

  • An infobox with all known information
  • A description of the video game
  • Every video game article must be categorized with this category: Category:Video games.

Songs

Each song article must include:

  • A description of the song, including the writer(s), performer(s), and episode(s) featured in
  • The lyrics
  • Every music article must be categorized with this category: Category:Music.

Books

Use the following infobox template on articles about SpongeBob books:

{{Book
|title = 
|cover = 
|author = 
|illustrator = 
|country = 
|language = 
|publisher = 
|pub_date = 
|pages = 
|isbn = 
}}

People

Use the following infobox template on articles about people involved with SpongeBob, including cast members and crew members.

{{Person
|name = 
|image = 
|birth = 
|death = 
|gender = 
|credits = 
|portrays = 
|years = 
|cast = 
|crew = 
}}

Use this template at the bottom of people articles:

{{People}}

See also

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