Almost every single Wiki community has its own Manual of Style or editing guidelines, these help a Wiki to establish its own editing style, specially suited to fit the needs of each individual Wiki topic.

The goal of an MoS is to help us keep our articles, layouts and formatting consistent, clear, and as faithful to the Hitchhiker's universe as possible. Following an MoS unites our Wiki community and promotes communication and discussion - key factors in the long-term success of a Wiki.

These style guidelines were created with the help of a group discussion on a blog post, and are here to benefit our Wiki and community. Underneath many of the guidelines are an incorrect and correct example. Please do your best to follow our MoS and understand that if you repeatedly fail to follow them, you may be issued a warning or temporary ban. For more information about following guidelines, please see our Guidelines.

If it would help you to see an example given on a style guideline that does not currently have any examples, please let an admin know, or comment below this page.

When in doubt: always refer to the source material for information, spellings, quotes, etc. 

Contents

Grammar

  • All articles on the wiki should be written in British English, not American English, as this was the language that Douglas Adams and Eoin Colfer primarily wrote in. Unless repeatedly referred to by the American English spelling, words should be written in British English.
    • Arthur Dent is known for wearing his pajamas.
    • Arthur Dent is known for wearing his pyjamas.
  • Do not use any slang words or abbreviations on articles, unless the official name of an article is abbreviated (such as Genuine People Personalities also being called GPPs in the source material).
    • Slartibartfast is first introduced in THHGTTG.
    • Slartibartfast is first introduced in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Note: A shortened version of a title may be used if the full title has already been used in the article, and if it is easily identifiable from this shortened version, such as using "the Guide'" instead of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" for the travel guide, or referring to the book "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" simply as "Restaurant".

  • When writing a date, please make sure you use the full date, year included if possible. Do not include an ordinal indicator.
    • The Quandary Phase was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 3/5/05.
    • The Quandary Phase was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 3 May 2005.
  • Do not capitalise every word in a sentence. Conjuctions, prepositions and definite articles shouldn't be capitalised either, unless the source material capitalises them.
    • Life, The Universe And Everything Is The Third Book In The Series.
    • Life, the Universe and Everything is the third book in the series.
  • Mentions of the titles of the radio shows, television show, books, video games, and other forms of media should be capitalised accordingly and italicised. Episodes, fits, chapters or phases do not need to be italicised, only the title form of media (if in doubt, see if it is italicised on the Hitchhiker's Wikipedia pages). Punctuation should go outside of the italics, such as full stops/periods.
    • In the secondary phase of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio series Arthur and Ford are stranded on pre-historic Earth.
    • In the Secondary Phase of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series Arthur and Ford are stranded on pre-historic Earth.

To italicise an article title in accordance with the rules for forms of media, go to the very top of the page in Source Editor and, between two pairs of curly brackets ({ }), type DISPLAYTITLE: then type the part of the title you wish to be italicised between double apostrophes (').

Quotes

When inserting a quote, try to avoid quoting from memory and instead copy the quote from the scripts, novel, etc. 

  • Use speech marks around the quote to highlight it as such, and please use straight speech marks (" ") instead of curvy ones (“ ”). If your sentence ends on a quote, then include the punctuation within the speech marks.
    • The ships “hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t”.
    • The ships "hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t."
  • Do not change the spelling of a direct quote unless the quote is incorrect. If the quote has a spelling mistake, simply add the note sic in square brackets next to the quote, so that readers know it is a mistake from the original quote, and not your own spelling error.
    • “The use of multiple penns [pens] to write a text”.
    • “The use of multiple penns [sic] to write a text”.
  • In conjunction with the above guidelines, information added to a quote to clarify something should be contained within square brackets.
    • “It took him fifteen years to compile information on it.”
    • “It took [Ford] fifteen years to compile information on [the Hitchhiker's Guide].”
  • Try to keep quotes concise and relevant. When you omit words from a quote, write three dots (an ellipsis) and between each of the dots, put a space. When you remove an entire sentence from the quote, write four dots, the first dot being a full stop. 
    • “Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it.”
    • “Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. . . . If that means sticking all sort of spikes . . . all over it then so be it.”

Writing style

Tone

  • The tone of articles should be kept the same as that of a Wikipedia article: informative, concise, and mostly formal.
  • The Hitchhiker's Wiki is an encyclopedia, and articles should be written from a neutral point of view, avoiding personal opinions and judgements on subject matter.
  • Please avoid writing in the style of Douglas Adams or mimicking the style of the Guide. The aim of this Wiki is to be factual and documentary, not an imitation of Adams' works. 
  • The exception to this rule is when including direct quotes and on image captions. See the "Article layout" section below for more information on captioning images and videos.

Tenses

  • When writing or editing an article the rule of thumb is to write events from the Hitchhiker's world in past tense, as they have already occured and been written or otherwise told. 
    • The Vogons are an alien race from the planet Vogsphere.
    • The Vogons were an alien race from the planet Vogsphere.
  • Please refrain from writing articles from the viewpoint of a first-person perspective. The aim of the Hitchhiker's Wiki is not to write as though we are living in the universe of the stories or writing for the Hitchhiker's Guide, but from the perspective of readers and listeners of the stories. 
    • Arthur Dent is a fairly nice man and one of the kindest people to Marvin.
    • Arthur Dent was often polite and was shown on several occasions to be one of the kindest people to Marvin, compared to the rest of the crew on board the Heart of Gold.
  • Articles about real world people, items, creations, etc. should be written in the appropriate tense of whether they exist currently in our world or not.
    • BBC Radio Four was a radio station on planet Earth before it was destroyed.
    • BBC Radio Four is a radio station which broadcasts from the UK.

Note: Real world things that also exist within the Hitchhiker's universe and are being written about from that perspective do not adhere to this rule. This rule is about real world topics being strictly written from a perspective outside of Hitchhiker's canon (such as articles on actors).

  • Image captions should be in present tense, illustrating what is shown in the image.
    • Zaphod Beeblebrox enjoyed a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
    • Zaphod Beeblebrox enjoys a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Templates

Article message boxes

We currently only have two ambox templates, however more will be created in future and added to this section. A quote can be placed in the same way an ambox would be; see the Template section on Quotes below.

  • Amboxes (article message boxes) should be placed at the top of articles, above any images or infoboxes.
  • For articles about a real world topic, such as an actor or object that exists in our world, the ambox {{Nothhu}} should be added.
  • For articles that seem unneeded or irrelevant, add the ambox {{Delete}} to make it a candidate for deletion. An admin will then review the article and possibly start a discussion with other users to see if it can be improved or if it is worthy of deletion.
  • Should you wish to add an ambox to the top of a page without the use of a template, simply add a ":" in front of the text in the source code to indent it. This is useful for adding possible redirection messages such as “This page refers to [insert topic here]. If you are looking for [insert similar topic here] see [insert link here].”

Infoboxes

  • Infoboxes should be placed right under amboxes, unless there is no ambox, then the infobox should be placed at the top of the article.
  • Make sure that every that every field of an infobox is filled out on an article. If the field is inapplicable then leave it blank instead of writing N/A or filler text.
  • If there are multiple answers to a field, use bullet points (insert an asterisk) instead of using commas or "and" or any other variation thereof.
  • Please try to keep images 200px. To do so, use this template for images: 
    • Image:imagename.jpg|200px  (with double [ around it)

Available infoboxes

If more infobox templates are created, they will be added to the list below and can also be found at the Infobox Templates category. Please add infoboxes to articles when possible to keep information clear and easy to find.

  • For articles about novels/books in the real world use {{Book}}.
  • For articles about novels/books that exist in the fictional world of Hitchhiker's use {{Book In Story}}.
  • For articles about characters in the Hitchhiker's universe use {{Character}}.
  • For articles about a language, or a word or phrase specific to Hitchhiker's use {{Language}}.
  • For articles about locations (including planets) use {{Location}}.
  • For articles about objects, technology or machines use {{Object}}.
  • For articles about radio shows use {{Radio}}.
  • For articles about real world people use {{Real Person}}.
  • For articles about a group of beings or species use {{Species}}.
  • For articles about television episodes use {{Television}}.

References

  • If you wish to insert a reference, simply click 'insert', and then 'reference' and type in the reference before pressing 'insert' again to add it to the article.
  • References should be added immediately after the text you are referencing. If there are speech marks, add the reference just after them without adding a space.
  • Insert references using the Wikipedia format, including source information such as the author, year of publication, publication name and chapter or page names, if known.
    • From Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.
    • Adams, Douglas (1982). Life, the Universe and Everything. p. 118.
  • Once your article contains references, under the header "References" or "Notes and references" (if there are also notes) use {{Reflist}} which will produce a list of references that have been added to the article.
  • A reference list can be added easily by pressing "insert" and then clicking on "references list" and pressing "insert".

Quotes

  • Most articles include a formatted quote above the introduction to an article, placed in the same way an ambox would be: above the infobox and introduction.
  • If you wish to insert a formatted quote, simply click "insert", and then "template" and click on the template named "quote", then fill it in and press "insert" to add it to the article.
  • Quotes do not need speech marks as these are added automatically.
  • The second line of information should include information about where the quote is from, or who it was said by. Keep the text concise; just say who the quote was said to (if applicable), and which adaption it is from. Link any characters mentioned.
    • Something Ford said to Arthur in the book Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.
    • Ford to Arthur, from Life, the Universe and Everything
  • The third line of information is a reference for the quote. This is usually an internal link to the article page on the book from which the quote has been taken. If the souce is not from a book, a link to the article/publication or Wikipedia page about the publication is added.
  • The reference doesn't need square brackets as these are added automatically.
  • Any other quotes using the template should be spread out throughout the article, avoid having one quote above another.

Article titles

  • Sentence case is used for article titles. This means that the initial letter of a title is capitalised; otherwise capital letters are used only where they would be used in a normal sentence.
  • For creatures and races, the plural form is used. For example, the page for Vogons is titled “Vogons” not “Vogon”. 
  • For objects, the singular form is used. For example, the page for sofas is titled “Sofa” not “Sofas”.

Links

  • When linking another article on the Wiki, do not use a full URL and instead use the article name.
  • Once an article has been linked, avoid linking it again. Do not link it every time the article is mentioned.
  • An article can be linked again if it is also in the "Appearances" section of an article.
  • Do not link a page to itself as this is unncessary.
  • Try to link as many other articles as possible to improve navigation on the Wiki. If you are unsure if there is an article for the topic you are trying to link, search it in the link search bar just in case it can be added.

Images and videos

  • Try to add at least one image to the article, as this helps to space out walls of text and adds more varied content to an article. Please try to keep all images 200px or nearest size.
  • You can also add videos to articles, please go to the video settings and place videos in the centre of articles.
  • Make sure that images and videos are relevant to the article topic.
  • Please use only official images, such as promotional material, illustrations from source material, scenes from film/tv adaptions, etc. Fanart should not be used, even with permission from the artist, unless there are no official or source images, and only if members of the community have discussed and agreed with the decision to use fanart in place of official art.
  • Sharing your own fanart with the community is welcome, but please keep it to blog posts, unless it has been agreed to represent a page topic (see above).
  • Unless a video is from a public hosting website such as YouTube, make sure to get permission before including it on the Wiki.
  • Do not upload any fanart or other artwork that has not been given permission by the artist to be shared elsewhere.
  • Do not upload whole episodes or films, this goes against copyright rules and could get the Wiki in trouble.

Image and video captions

  • Image and video captions should only end in punctuation if they are a complete sentence. If any complete sentence occurs in a caption, then all sentences and sentence fragments in that caption should end with a full stop/period. 
    • Fenchurch in the Rickmansworth café (sentence fragment)
    • Fenchurch in the Rickmansworth café. This is the only time she appeared in the television series. (complete sentence)
  • Image captions should be concise and informative, giving a few words of factual description of the image. Try to cut out unnecessary filler words and keep the caption under twenty words.
    • This image shows Trilian in the kitchen making food, maybe for Arthur or Zaphod
    • Trillian in the kitchen on board the Heart of Gold
  • A quote can be used as an image caption, as long as it is short and relevant to the image. This can be a good choice if the image is a scene where the quote is being said.
    • “Hello. Excuse me not getting up, just having a quick bath. Oh, well. Gin and Tonics all round! Look in the fridge there, Number Three.”
    • “Excuse me not getting up, just having a quick bath.” The Captain in his bath, from Episode 5 of the TV series
  • The guidelines for tone on image captions are more relaxed, and fan commentary is allowed, if kept concise and relevant, and not replacing more informative captioning that may be required such as information on the source of the image.
    • Ford is having a good time getting drunk with his mates in this episode
    • Ford enjoys perhaps a little too many Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters in Milliways. From the BBC TV series, 1980
  • When adding images from different forms of media (television, film, etc.) try to add the source of the image in the caption, if a similar image from the same form of media has not already been added and captioned accordingly earlier in the article.
    • Arthur Dent in his dressing gown
    • Arthur Dent in his dressing gown, as seen in the 2005 film
  • Video titles are the title of the video. These are usually concise, so will not need shortening.
  • Video captions are the summary of the video in quotation marks. Follow this with the name of whoever uploaded the video, and where the video is hosted. Try not to quote the whole summary if it is lengthy, only quote a sentence or two.
    • “DON'T PANIC! One drink has been mentioned in the comments over and over again. That drink is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and is most certainly one of the most popular cocktails in all of scifi literature history. While quite impossible to recreate the Zaphod Beeblebrox's famous cocktail with earthly ingredients, Mitch shows you today how to create his own version of the PGGB. Drink... but very carefully.”
    • “While quite impossible to recreate the Zaphod Beeblebrox's famous cocktail with earthly ingredients, Mitch shows you today how to create his own version of the PGGB. Drink... but very carefully.” From Geek & Sundry Vlogs on Youtube

Separating information for adaptions on articles

  • There are several different adaptions of the original radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: novels, television series, film, LPs and video games.
  • When adding information, try to separate them according to the information given in each different adaption. The order in which to list these adaptions is according to date. Here are the different adaptions in order of date:
    • Radio
    • Novels
    • Television series
    • Video game
    • Film
  • This list may not always be applicable, depending on which forms of media the article topic appeared in. If the article topic appeared in the novels before it appeared in a later Phase of the radio series, then the novel section will go first.
  • Once a form of media has been mentioned, keep all information from that adaption under that heading. Do not start another radio section after the novel section for more recent radio shows. All information from all radio shows will go under the radio heading, etc.
  • If there is no information for the first media, then skip to the next one. For example, when writing Physical Appearance sections in order of adaptions, there may not be any mention of appearance in the radio series. In this case, move onto the novels, and so on.

Categories

  • Every article needs to be organised under at least one category.
  • This can be done so by going to the category section at the bottom of the article and adding any appropriate categories, or by entering a category in the source code. Categories always appear at the very end of an article.
  • Categories can only be removed by using the source code.
  • Try to stick to using existing categories instead of starting new ones. Familiarise yourself with the categories by visiting Category:Content.
  • Do not misuse the category section and do not add more than three categories. 
  • Do not use the category section as though it is a tagging system. It is not for personal commentary or irrelevant comments.
  • Note: many templates already include categories in them, so don't add categories that are already in any templates used on the page.

Article layout and contents

This section explains each part of the contents of an article, listing the layouts for several main article topics. When editing or writing an article, please consult this section for guidelines on structuring an article and in which order to list the contents of an article.

When editing an article, if you are unsure about a section, move onto the next one, trying to include as much information as possible. Sometimes a new header is needed, specific to the article topic, such as adding in a "Recipe" section for articles about food or drink. Include new headers when necessary, otherwise keep them as sub-headers under main sections. 

If you are editing an article on a different topic, or one which contains only a small amount of information, refer to these templates to help you structure your article. For example, if your article topic is a race or species, then the contents for articles on characters will be a useful template to refer to.  Article sections and their headings should largely stay consistent across broadly similar article categories. An Appearances section is always necessary, as the article topic must have appeared in some form of Hitchhiker's media, and all articles should contain an article text or introduction to summarise the page topic, and the applicable infobox template if one exists.

The headers are in bold and are required unless the topic doesn't have enough information to warrant them. Please try to keep these headers in the same order across all pages to keep them consistent.


Contents for articles on characters

For articles about characters, creatures, beings and races, refer to this template for a list of contents to add. Please remember to put a space between each header when adding a new section to an article in order to keep the contents evenly spaced. The infobox {{Character}} should be added to character pages, along with an image if possible, unless only one section or less of the infobox can be filled.

Article text/introduction

  • This is the text at the beginning of an article, after the infobox and before the table of contents.
  • The article text should begin with the name of the article in bold (and any subsquent names it is also known as should be listed after this and also bolded), however it only needs to be bolded once, when first mentioned.
  • The introduction to an article should be kept short, a few sentences which introduce the article, give a basic description, and explain its connection to the Hitchhiker's universe.
  • For character pages, the basic information to put here includes: occupation, home planet/country, anything they are known for, and any brief information on their connection(s) to main characters.
  • Sometimes an introduction may need to be longer, or sometimes if the article is short the introduction may contain the majority of the article information.
  • When first introducing a person or character, use their full name. After this you should use only their first or last name, and use the same name each time you reference them. Do not switch between using their first and last names in the same article. Usually the first name is preferred for characters, and the last name is preferred for real world people.

Physical description

  • This section requires a description of the appearance of the article topic. If the topic is fictional, quotes from the source material are often included.
  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

Personality and traits

  • This section is where to add descriptions of their personality and habits; how others viewed them, what they liked or disliked, what their dreams and needs were, and anything else pertaining to what made them who they were.
  • The sub-section "Abilities and skills" may be added here, if necessary.

Biography

  • This is where to tell the story of what happened to the character(s), according to the events in Hitchhiker's.
  • Biography sections can be split up in many different ways, but the most common is to start with a sub-section of "History" or "Early life" - detailing anything known about them that occured before the events of the stories, such as their childhood and education.
  • After this, the biography section can be split up into whichever sub-sections are deemed appropriate. For example, the article on Ford Prefect has a biography split up into the following sections: Early Life, Work on the Guide, Adventures with Arthur Dent, and Later Life.
  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

Relationships

  • This section is where to list the article character's relationships with the other characters they interacted with. 
  • The relationships section should be split up into sub-sections according to the names of each of the characters they have relationships with. 
  • The sub-section "Family" may be added here before listing family members, if necessary.

Etymology

  • This section is where to detail the origin of the character's name. This section is often not required, and is only really necessary if the history behind the name is especially relevant to the character, such as being chosen for a particular reason or meaning.

Appearances

  • This section is where to list all known appearances of the character in the various adaptions.
  • Split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media, in the order as follows:
    • Radio
      • Phase
        • Fit(s)
    • Books
      • Book name
        • Chapter
    • Television
      • Episode(s)
    • Video game
    • LPs
    • Film
  • Each different form of media, Phase and Episode should be linked accordingly. 
  • Under each media section, the actor who played the character in that adaption should be added, if known. For example: "Featuring David Dixon as Ford Prefect".
  • If the sub-section isn't known, move onto the next form of media. This can be added later, if found.

Behind the scenes

  • This section is where to add background information on the creation of any of the forms of media concerning the character. It comes just after the "Appearances" section as a commentary on these appearances in different adaptions.
  • Information for this section is often sourced from interviews or "making of" documentaries and provides additional information behind the creation of the character.
  • The sub-section "Author's comments" may be added here, if necessary.

Cultural references

  • This section is where any references to this character in popular culture may be added. This is usually done in the form of a bullet point list.

Quotes

  • This section is where to list quotes from this character, adding information or a reference next to each quote of which form of media it originates from.

Trivia

  • This section is somewhat similar to behind the scenes and cultural references, and is where to add any extra relevant trivia that hasn't already been added, such as fun facts.
  • Do not add any obvious facts or knowledge, or repeat trivia that has already been mentioned in previous sections.
  • This section is always found near the end of the article.

Notes and references

  • Any notes are added first in this section, providing information that hasn't been added under the trivia section, usually relating to references or quotes.
  • References that have been included are listed here using the template "Reflist". (see References sub-section in Templates for more information).

See also/External links/Further reading

  • This section is where to add links relating to the main article. Choose whichever of the three section headings is most appropriate, then add the links beneath it in a bullet point list.
  • Internal links that are part of the Hitchhiker's Wiki should be added before any external links.


Contents for articles on real world people

For articles about actors, authors, or other real world people, refer to this template for a list of contents to add. Please remember to put a space between each header when adding a new section to an article in order to keep the contents evenly spaced. The infobox {{RealPersonBorn}} or {{RealPersonDied}} should be added to real people's pages, along with an image if possible, unless only one section or less of the infobox can be filled.

Article text/introduction

  • This is the text at the beginning of an article, after the infobox and before the table of contents.
  • The article text should begin with the name of the article in bold (and any subsquent names it is also known as should be listed after this and also bolded), however it only needs to be bolded once, when first mentioned.
  • The introduction to an article should be kept short, a few sentences which introduce the article, give a basic description, and explain its connection to the Hitchhiker's universe. 
  • For pages on real people, this section and the infobox are where biography information is written, due to an entire biography section not being relevant enough to Hitchhiker's to be warranted.
  • The basic information to add here includes: occupation, a selection of other known works/roles, information on their current situation i.e. where they live, their most recent work, or information of their passing. Please keep biography and filmography information brief.
  • Sometimes an introduction may need to be longer, or sometimes if the article is short the introduction may contain the majority of the article information.
  • When first introducing a person or character, use their full name. After this you should use only their first or last name, and use the same name each time you reference them. Do not switch between using their first and last names in the same article. Usually the first name is preferred for characters, and the last name is preferred for real world people.

Legacy

  • If the person had a major role in the Hitchhiker's series then this section is where to include information of their involvement and continued legacy in connection with the series. 
  • The 'Legacy' section on the Douglas Adams article is a good example of this.

Appearances

  • If the real world person appeared in any Hitchhiker's media, this section is where to list all their known appearances in the various adaptions.
  • Split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media, in the order as follows:
    • Radio
      • Phase
        • Episode(s)
    • Novel(s)
      • Book name
        • Chapter
    • Television
      • Episode(s)
    • Video game
    • LPs
    • Film
  • Each different form of media, Phase and Episode should be linked accordingly. 
  • Under each media section, their role in that adaption should be added, if known. For example: "Featuring David Dixon as Ford Prefect".
  • If the sub-section isn't known, move onto the next form of media. This can be added later, if found.

Behind the scenes

  • This section is where to add background information on the creation of any of the forms of media concerning the person. It comes just after the "Appearances" section as a commentary on these appearances in different adaptions.
  • Information for this section is often sourced from interviews or "making of" documentaries and provides additional information behind the creation of the character.

Quotes

  • This section is where to list any relevant quotes from this person, adding information or a reference next to each quote of which form of media it originates from.

Trivia

  • This section is somewhat similar to behind the scenes and cultural references, and is where to add any extra relevant trivia that hasn't already been added, such as fun facts.
  • Do not add any obvious facts or knowledge, or repeat trivia that has already been mentioned in previous sections.
  • This section is always found near the end of the article.

Notes and references

  • Any notes are added first in this section, providing information that hasn't been added under the trivia section, usually relating to references or quotes.
  • References that have been included are listed here using the template "Reflist". (see References sub-section in Templates for more information).

External links

  • This section is where to add links relating to the main article. 
  • If known, the person's Wikipedia, IMDB page and personal website should be listed here, along with any other optional links, such as to online biographies or social media.
  • Internal links that are part of the Hitchhiker's Wiki should be added before any external links.


Contents for articles on places

For articles about places, planets or other locations in the Universe, refer to this template for a list of contents to add. Please remember to put a space between each header when adding a new section to an article in order to keep the contents evenly spaced. The infobox {{Planet}} should be added to pages about planets and the infobox {{Location}} should be added for other places, such as countries and buildings, along with an image if possible, unless only one section or less of the infobox can be filled. 

Article text/introduction

  • This is the text at the beginning of an article, after the infobox and before the table of contents.
  • The article text should begin with the name of the article in bold (and any subsquent names it is also known as should be listed after this and also bolded), however it only needs to be bolded once, when first mentioned.
  • The introduction to an article should be kept short, a few sentences which introduce the article, give a basic description, and explain its connection to the Hitchhiker's universe.
  • For pages on places, the basic information to put here includes: any places it is situated near or within, the use or function of this place, anything this place is known for, and any brief information on its connection(s) to main characters and when it was visited or mentioned in the Hitchhiker's series.
  • Sometimes an introduction may need to be longer, or sometimes if the article is short the introduction may contain the majority of the article information.
  • When first introducing a person or character, use their full name. After this you should use only their first or last name, and use the same name each time you reference them. Do not switch between using their first and last names in the same article. Usually the first name is preferred for characters, and the last name is preferred for real world people.

Description

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  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

History

  • This is where to tell the story of what happened to this place, according to the events in Hitchhiker's.
  • This is where to detail anything known about this place that occured before the events of the stories, such how it was created or came to exist, the history of the area, or any important events which occured there.
  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

Etymology

  • This section is where to detail the origin of the place name. This section is often not required, and is only really necessary if the history behind the name is especially relevant, such as if the place is fictional and the name was chosen for a particular reason or meaning.

Appearances

  • This section is where to list all known appearances of the place in the various adaptions.
  • Split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media, in the order as follows:
    • Radio
      • Phase
        • Episode(s)
    • Novel(s)
      • Book name
        • Chapter
    • Television
      • Episode(s)
    • Video game
    • LPs
    • Film
  • Each different form of media, Phase and Episode should be linked accordingly. 
  • If the sub-section isn't known, move onto the next form of media. This can be added later, if found.

Behind the scenes

  • This section is where to add background information on the creation of any of the forms of media concerning the place. It comes just after the "Appearances" section as a commentary on these appearances in different adaptions.
  • Information for this section is often sourced from interviews or "making of" documentaries and provides additional information behind the creation of, or inclusion of, the place.
  • The sub-section "Author's comments" may be added here, if necessary.

Cultural references

  • This section is where any references to this place in popular culture may be added. This is usually done in the form of a bullet point list. This is only relevant if the place is fictional and was created specifically for the Hitchhiker's series.

Quotes

  • This section is where to list quotes about this place, adding information or a reference next to each quote of which form of media it originates from. This is only relevant if the place is fictional and was created specifically for the Hitchhiker's series.

Trivia

  • This section is somewhat similar to behind the scenes and cultural references, and is where to add any extra relevant trivia that hasn't already been added, such as fun facts.
  • Do not add any obvious facts or knowledge, or repeat trivia that has already been mentioned in previous sections.
  • This section is always found near the end of the article.

Notes and references

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  • References that have been included are listed here using the template "Reflist". (see References sub-section in Templates for more information).

See also/External links/Further reading

  • This section is where to add links relating to the main article. Choose whichever of the three section headings is most appropriate, then add the links beneath it in a bullet point list.
  • Internal links that are part of the Hitchhiker's Wiki should be added before any external links.

Contents for articles on objects and technology

For articles about machines, technology, posessions, and other items which feature in the Hitchhiker's universe, refer to this template for a list of contents to add. If the technology is considered an AI or character, such as Marvin or Eddie the computer, please refer to 'Contents for articles on characters' instead. Please remember to put a space between each header when adding a new section to an article in order to keep the contents evenly spaced. The infobox {{Object}} should be added to object pages, along with an image if possible, unless only one section or less of the infobox can be filled. 

Article text/introduction

  • This is the text at the beginning of an article, after the infobox and before the table of contents.
  • The article text should begin with the name of the article in bold (and any subsquent names it is also known as should be listed after this and also bolded), however it only needs to be bolded once, when first mentioned.
  • The introduction to an article should be kept short, a few sentences which introduce the article, give a basic description, and explain its connection to the Hitchhiker's universe.
  • For pages on places, the basic information to put here includes: when the object was created/manufactured, any important characters who owned the object, its connection to any main storylines, and any brief information on its connection(s) to main characters and when it was used or mentioned in the Hitchhiker's series.
  • Sometimes an introduction may need to be longer, or sometimes if the article is short the introduction may contain the majority of the article information.
  • When first introducing a person or character, use their full name. After this you should use only their first or last name, and use the same name each time you reference them. Do not switch between using their first and last names in the same article. Usually the first name is preferred for characters, and the last name is preferred for real world people.

Description

  • This section requires a description of the appearance of the article topic. If the topic is fictional, quotes from the source material are often included.
  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

History

  • This is where to tell the story of what happened to this object, according to the events in Hitchhiker's.
  • This is where to detail anything known about this object that occured before the events of the stories, such how it was created or came to exist, the history of the object, or any important events which are connected to it.
  • If there is enough information from different adaptions, split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media. The best way to do this is to fill out as much information for the original media form as possible, then list the differences in the subsequent forms of media that follow.

Etymology

  • This section is where to detail the origin of the object name. This section is often not required, and is only really necessary if the history behind the name is especially relevant, such as if the object is fictional and the name was chosen for a particular reason or meaning.

Appearances

  • This section is where to list all known appearances of the object in the various adaptions.
  • Split this section up according to different forms of Hitchhiker's media, in the order as follows:
    • Radio
      • Phase
        • Episode(s)
    • Novel(s)
      • Book name
        • Chapter
    • Television
      • Episode(s)
    • Video game
    • LPs
    • Film
  • Each different form of media, Phase and Episode should be linked accordingly. 
  • If the sub-section isn't known, move onto the next form of media. This can be added later, if found.

Behind the scenes

  • This section is where to add background information on the creation of any of the forms of media concerning the object. It comes just after the "Appearances" section as a commentary on these appearances in different adaptions.
  • Information for this section is often sourced from interviews or "making of" documentaries and provides additional information behind the creation of, or inclusion of, the object.
  • The sub-section "Author's comments" may be added here, if necessary.

Cultural references

  • This section is where any references to this object in popular culture may be added. This is usually done in the form of a bullet point list. This is only relevant if the place is fictional and was created specifically for the Hitchhiker's series.

Quotes

  • This section is where to list quotes about this object, adding information or a reference next to each quote of which form of media it originates from. This is only relevant if the object is fictional and was created specifically for the Hitchhiker's series.

Trivia

  • This section is somewhat similar to behind the scenes and cultural references, and is where to add any extra relevant trivia that hasn't already been added, such as fun facts.
  • Do not add any obvious facts or knowledge, or repeat trivia that has already been mentioned in previous sections.
  • This section is always found near the end of the article.

Notes and references

  • Any notes are added first in this section, providing information that hasn't been added under the trivia section, usually relating to references or quotes.
  • References that have been included are listed here using the template "Reflist". (see References sub-section in Templates for more information).

See also/External links/Further reading

  • This section is where to add links relating to the main article. Choose whichever of the three section headings is most appropriate, then add the links beneath it in a bullet point list.
  • Internal links that are part of the Hitchhiker's Wiki should be added before any external links.

Online resources for references

As this is a Wikia/Fandom for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a basic understanding of the main story is reccommended. However, it is understandable that the books, television show, radio episodes (or "fits"), film and other forms of related media are not always easily accessible. References and direct quotes help our articles and Wiki to be more official and reliable.

Here are some websites that can be helpful when sourcing or locating quotes and information:

Free versions of the audiobooks are also available quite easily online, such as on YouTube. Please be aware that there are spelling errors on some of these pages. If you are looking for a direct quote then please double check the quote found against physical or digital copies of the books/scripts, the quotes found on Goodreads (which tend to be more exact), or copies of the books/scripts found on Google Books. The Wikipedia pages for the various Hitchhiker's adaptions are also useful, however please do not directly copy and paste text from the Wikipedia. 

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