Wikipedia:WikiProject Spiders/Style guide

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The hints presented on this page are merely suggestions on how to best create a new page for the spider project. Read them, but write the pages the way you like. If you disagree with suggestions proposed here, please discuss this at the talk page.

Page title[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Tree of Life#Article_titles for suggestions on naming pages dealing with a species, genus, subfamily or similar.

Common name capitalization[edit]

Use sentence case for spider common names (rather than title case). For example, "black widow", rather than "Black Widow".


Every page of a species, genus, subfamily, or other clearly defined taxonomical grouping should have a Taxobox. Here are two templates for the most common hierarchy layers:

When choosing a picture to use for a species-level taxobox, choose the picture that would be most useful for identifying the species.

Species describers[edit]

You can use the List of Arachnologists to easily wikify the describers of taxa.

If you don't find the describer in this list, try if to find them in one of these:

If you do, please enter it into the above list. There are also sometimes wiki pages about people that do not appear in any of these three lists.

To wikify the describers has several benefits:

  • it helps to find out who this person was
  • it provides (even if it's a redlink) an easy way to find all taxa described by this person (via What links here).

Distribution maps[edit]

It's easiest to work with a layered template for entering range information into a world map. At the moment, pure green (#00FF00, (0,255,0)) is used, (example). I use such a template for the gimp, call me if you can use it. --Sarefo 15:11, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Distribution maps.


Suggestion on how to insert references:

The year is in parentheses behind the author's name, species, genera and journal name are in italics.

Tools make citations fairly easy, in a standard output format, and provide a checklist of items needed for each of type of citation (journals, books, news, web pages)

  • Magnus' citation builder runs in a different page than the article, and it is usually easier to run it in a different tab. The builder outputs the ref on its own page and citation as text rather than in the Edit Box, but you can use the hotkey copy in the builder's output and then paste into the article's Edit Box. Table of keyboard shortcuts lists hotkeys for common operating systems.

If a URL dies, Internet Archive's Way Back Machine often contains archived copies of web pages that have gone offline - including some older spider journal articles! It's easiest to supply the original URL, but the Archive also has a Search box into which you can paste the title. When citing archived copies: parameter accessdate= is still required, and you must also add parameter archiveurl=... for the link provided by Internet Archive (as well as the normal "url=..."), and add parameter archivedate=... giving the date when the archived copy was made (the Way Back Machine shows a calender, and click the archivedate to see the archived content)

FIST is good for finding images you can use, but check the license in every image you find - some have licences that are not usable on Wikipedia.

Add categories[edit]

When creating a species page, check the category for the (scientific) family name first; if it's not crowded, just place the page into the family category (example: Mopsus mormon). If you don't know the family, or don't know the scientific name, just put it in category Spiders; somebody else will categorize it then.

Mark stubs[edit]

If you think an article is not yet useful for most people due to it lacking information, consider adding one of the following templates to the end of the article:

This way it's easiest for other editors to find articles that need be taken care of.

Mark Talk page[edit]

If you enter this template:

at the beginning of a talk page, people will be directed to this project. It is also good practice to grade the article (by importance, and by quality), see Article Classification. This is actually quite important; this way we can stay on top of more than a thousand articles related to spiders.