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This page contains the Fallout Fanfiction and Roleplaying Wiki's reference formatting guideline. It describes how references for certain materials should be structured within articles.
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Dialogue

Dialogue between characters is a great way to tell readers more of the story without using a novel-length article to tell the reader about your characters, location, etc.

General guidelines

  • The reference should include the names of all involved characters, followed by a colon (:) and their respective dialogues. Character names should be displayed as their full name and link to the character's page. Dialogue should be italicized and placed inside of quotation marks.
  • A link to the dialogue file of the character(s) should be included if you have created .txt pages for them.
    • The link should describe who the dialogue belongs to; for example, instead of simply [[Harold.txt]], one would write [[Harold.txt|Harold's dialogue]]." This is to avoid redirects or confusion when the file name does not match that of the speaker.
    • Some dialogue pages have the ability to link to individual dialogue lines. When possible, the page link should also include an anchor (i.e. specific line link) to the first-occurring line of the reference.
      • For example, to reference lines 12-15 of Abbot's dialogue file, one would write "[[Abbot's dialogue|Abbot.txt#12]]" instead of simply "[[Abbot's dialogue|Abbot.txt]]."

Therefore, a standard dialogue reference should be presented in the following format (with an included example):

Product Code
Character name #1: "What is being said by them"

Character name #2: "Their response to the prior prompt"
(Character name #1 and Character #2's dialogue)

<ref>Character name #1: ''"What is being said by them"''
<br />Character name #2: ''"Their response to the prior prompt"''
<br />([[Link to dialogue file|Character #1]] and [[Link to dialogue file|Character #2's dialogue]])</ref>
Nolan McNamara: "Veronica. I hope-"

Veronica Santangelo: "I brought you a present. We unlocked the secret of HELIOS One."
McNamara: "What? Wonderful news!"
Veronica: "No. It's not. ARCHIMEDES II is an orbital laser. Effective only outdoors in a limited radius and requiring a long recharge."
(Veronica Santangelo and Nolan McNamara's dialogue)

<ref>[[Nolan McNamara]]: ''"Veronica. I hope-"''<br />[[Veronica Santangelo]]: ''"I brought you a present."''<br />Veronica Santangelo: ''"We unlocked the secret of HELIOS One."''<br />McNamara: ''"What? Wonderful news!"''<br />Veronica: ''"No. It's not. ARCHIMEDES II is an orbital laser. Effective only outdoors in a limited radius and requiring a long recharge."''<br />([[Veronica.txt|Veronica Santangelo]] and [[NolanMcNamara.txt|Nolan McNamara's dialogue]])</ref>

Mimed dialogue

  • Rarely, a character may "mime" dialogue or perform gestures. These actions are to be italicized and placed into square brackets ([ ]).
    • Since these actions are not technically dialogue, quotation marks are not to be used.
  • Apart from the performed actions, the rest of the reference is to be formatted in the same manner as standard dialogue.

A standard mime dialogue reference should be presented in the following format (with an included example):

Product Code
Character name #1: "What is being said by them"

Character name #2: [Their response to the prior prompt]
(Link(s) to dialogue file(s))

<ref>Character name #1: ''"What is being said by them"''
<br />Character name #2: ''[Their response to the prior prompt]''
<br />([[Link to dialogue file]])</ref>
The Courier: "You need a battery... a Fission Battery... and Scrap Metal? And you can counterfeit the chips?"
Christine Royce: [She nods, impressed. Then she points at you, then her and makes a circle.]
(Christine Royce's dialogue)
<ref>The [[Courier]]: ''"You need a battery... a Fission Battery... and Scrap Metal? And you can counterfeit the chips?"''
<br />[[Christine Royce]]: ''[She nods, impressed. Then she points at you, then her and makes a circle.]''
<br />([[NVDLC03Christine.txt|Christine Royce's dialogue]])</ref>
  • Sighs, growls, or other noises should be put in parenthesis.

Holotapes, notes, and terminal entries

Holotapes, paper notes, and terminals are also commonly used to prove support for claims.

General guidelines

  • If referencing the entire source, simply list the name of the holotape or note. Note that terminals have different referencing conventions than holotapes and notes.
  • If only a very specific portion of the source is valuable, then the text may be directly quoted in the reference.

A standard holotape/note reference should be formatted as follows (with an included example):

Product Code
Link to text article
[[Link to text article]]
Note for Ted
[[Note for Ted]]

Terminal entries

  • Terminal references should include the terminal's main page name followed by a semicolon (;). Next, the reference should include the terminal name itself and the name of the specific entry, separated by a comma.
    • Note that, while the terminal name is not capitalized as it is in-game, terminal entry names are. This is because entries are considered part of the terminal transcripts.
  • Terminal entries should link directly to the entry being referenced. This can be achieved by appending a pound symbol (#) and the entry's name to the link of the main terminal page.
    • Rarely, a whole terminal may be referenced. In such cases, simply link to the terminal without including any specific section.

A standard terminal entry reference should be formatted as follows (with an included example):

Product Code
Terminal location article; Terminal name, Terminal entry name
[[Terminal location article#Terminal entry name|Terminal location article; Terminal name, Terminal entry name]]
Fort Independence terminal entries; research terminal, Critical Components
[[Fort Independence terminal entries#Critical Components|Fort Independence terminal entries; research terminal, Critical Components]]

Portions of a text source

  • Once again, if only a very specific portion of the source is valuable, then the text may be directly quoted in the reference.
  • The reference should include the name of the source followed by a colon (:) and the quoted text. The text must be italicized and placed inside of quotation marks.

A portion of a holotape, note, or terminal entry should be referenced as follows (with an included example):

Product Code
Link to text article: "Quoted text"
[[Link to text article]]: ''"Quoted text"''
Dorsey's diary: "Greg was this guy I met on the road in Virginia. Old RobCo technician, back before the bombs fell. Used to work on Protectron units, going out to corporate customers and doing on-site maintenance, fixing broken motivators and that kind of thing."
[[Dorsey's diary]]: ''"Greg was this guy I met on the road in Virginia. Old RobCo technician, back before the bombs fell. Used to work on Protectron units, going out to corporate customers and doing on-site maintenance, fixing broken motivators and that kind of thing."''

Images

Images can often be used to refer to scenes or scenarios that are better understood visually. Depending on the complexity of the image content, images may have shorter or longer descriptions.

  • Image references should always link to an image and have some amount of description or context.
  • More complex images or contexts may need a longer description, clarifying the nature or context of the image in regards to the reference.

An image reference should be formatted as follows:

Product Code
Short description of image
[[:File:ImageName.png|Short description of image]]
Rocket appearance
[[:File:Fo3 Delta XI Rocket.png|Rocket appearance]]
50-star flag on the dynamite stick
[[:File:Dynamite50starflag.jpg|50-star flag on the dynamite stick]]
Decal found above the trigger on the weapon's right side
[[:File:Survivalist Rifle detail.png|Decal]] found above the trigger on the weapon's right side

Adding a reference section

If references are included in an article, the correct template must be used to ensure they properly load on the article itself.

  • At the bottom of the article under the "References" section, include the {{References}} template.
  • Do not use the {{RT}} template version. This is because it lacks the individual "edit" option on the article.
Code
==References==
{{References}}
In front of duplicate citation, or a citation that will be used more than once in an article. Must be given a unique name that is not solely numerical.
Instructions Code
The code will look like this in the article:
The Mariposa Military Base was newly completed in January 2077.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" ''[[Fallout Bible 0]]'': "2077 January 7  ''Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."''</ref>
In the reference section, a duplicate article will appear like:

2.0 2.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 7 Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."

Reference box format

When articles contain a significant number of references, there are several ways to improve readability.

Instructions Code
How to create a reference box with two columns.
{{references|2}}
Instructions Code
Another option is to place all references in a scrolling reference box.
{{ref box}}
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