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24 November 2017

My Wikipedia playground, for playing with formatting stuff and collecting links to useful pages.


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Template for TV title cards: (Template:Non-free_use_rationale)

{{Non-free use rationale
 |Article           = High Hopes (TV series)
 |Description       = Screenshot of the title screen ''[[High Hopes (TV series)|High Hopes]]''.
 |Source            = Opening title of ''High Hopes''
 |Portion           = Entire frame
 |Low_resolution    = Lower than broadcast resolution.
 |Purpose           = To identify the television series.
 |Replaceability    = No.
 |other_information = © [[BBC]]

This is the title screen from the [[BBC Wales]] series ''[[High Hopes (TV series)|High Hopes]]''.

See: Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_(television)#Image

Grammar and layout checklist[edit]

  • The lead needs to adequately summarize the content of the article.
  • There should not be anything in the lead not mentioned in the rest of the article.
  • Only make wikilinks that are relevant to the context. Common words do not need wikilinking.
  • A word only needs to be wikilinked once within each section.
  • It is not recommended to specify the size of images. The sizes should be what readers have specified in their user preferences.
  • Text should not be sandwiched between two adjacent images.
  • All fair-use images need a fair use rationale.
  • Image captions should not end with a full-stop if the caption does not form a complete sentence.
  • Book references need the author, publisher, publishing date and page number.
  • Web references need the author, publisher, publishing date, access date, language (if not English) and format (if a PDF file).
  • Blogs and personal websites are not reliable sources.
  • Inline citations belong immediately after punctuation marks.
  • Each "notable resident" needs a reference.
  • Portal links belong in the "see also" section.
  • "Further info" links belong at the top of sections.
  • Include lists only if they cannot be made into prose or their own article.
  • Lists within prose should be avoided.
  • Unspaced en dashes are used for ranges. Unspaced em dashes or spaced en dashes are used for punctuation. The same applies to dashes in the footnotes. See WP:MOS#Dashes.
  • " " (non-breaking space) should be typed between numbers and units.
  • Imperial measurements should be accompanied by the metric equivalent in brackets, and vice versa. If possible, use a conversion template, eg. {{convert|5|mi|km|0}}.
  • Whole numbers under ten should be spelled out as words, except when in lists, tables or infoboxes.
  • Sentences should not start with a numeral. Either recast the sentence or spell the number out.
  • Usually, only the first word in a section heading needs a capital letter.
  • Short sections and paragraphs are discouraged.
  • The words "current", "recent" & "to date" should be avoided as they become outdated.
  • Ampersands should not be used, except when in a name, eg., Marks & Spencer.
  • Southeast is one word (and may or may not be hyphenated). This does not apply when it is the name of an area, eg. South East England.
  • In longer sentences, a comma may be needed before "and", "due to", "such as", "including", "as", "because" or "but".
  • "Past few years" has a different meaning to "last few years".
  • "Within" has a different meaning to "in".
  • Full-stops are needed after each initials in someone's name.
  • Hyphens should not be placed after words ending in ly, eg. widely-used phrase (except if the ly word could also describe the noun, eg. friendly-looking man)
  • Do not use contractions, such as "can't" and "they're".
  • "While" should only be used when emphasising that two events occur at the same time, or when emphasising contrast. It should not be used as an additive link.
  • Using "with" as an additive link can lead to wordy and awkward prose, eg. the town has ten councillors, with one being the district mayorthe town has ten councillors; one is the district mayor
  • Beginning a sentence with "there", when it does not stand for anything, leads to wordy prose, eg. There are ten houses in the villageThe village has ten houses. The same applies to "it".
  • Avoid weasel words, such as "it is believed that", "is widely regarded as", "some have claimed".
  • Avoid peacock terms, such as "beautiful", "famous", "popular", "well-known", "significant", "important" and "obvious".
  • Avoid informal or words, such as "carry out" and "pub".
  • Avoid overly-formal or archaic words, such as "circa", "utilise", "whilst", "upon", "commence" and "prior".
  • Avoid wordy terms, such as "the majority of" and "a number of".
  • Avoid vague words, such as "various", "many", "several", "long" and "almost"
  • Avoid phrases with redundant words, such as "is located in", "the two are both", "they brought along", "they have plans to", "they were all part of", "the last ones to form", "both the towns", "outside of the town", "all of the towns", "received some donations", "still exists today", "it also includes others", "many different towns", "available records show" and "in the year 2007".

(via Wikipedia:UKCOUNTIES#Grammar_and_layout_checklist)

Episode guide template[edit]


No. Title Writer Director Original airdate Recorded on
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No. Title Writer Director Original airdate Recorded on
1 "Episode 1: Saving Private Ryan" Boyd Clack & Kirsten Jones Gareth Gwenlan 2 October 2002 (2002-10-02)
Two homeless teenagers get more than they bargain for when they break into a council house on the valley's estate. The occupants, a middle-aged, agoraphobic master criminal and his elderly mother, are ready to exact an unexpected justice.