This page contains the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Wiki's Content organization guideline. It describes in which way content should be divided into articles, i.e. what content should have own articles, when articles should be merged, when and how to disambiguate, how articles and categories should be named as well as how content should be categorized.

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On content organizationEdit

Much like article layouts, content organization is one of the most important parts of wiki editing. How content is organized and distributed across articles decides how easy it is for readers to find the content they are looking for. A wiki should aim to make access to its content as easy as possible - after all, there is not much use in creating content which nobody can find and read.

Categorization and overview pages help readers find content in case they do not know the exact name of what they are looking for. Although categorization helps and is necessary, it should not be relied upon too heavily for navigating the wiki. Generally, readers should be able to reach pages by following links in articles or navigational aids rather than having to search through categories. Of course, some people prefer the direct method of using categories; others are put off by having to use them. For this reason, it should always be possible to find a given article through both methods. Overview pages, i.e. pages which list and summarize groups of related articles, are a good way to provide easy access to pages as they offer the possibility for more structured listings than categories which only list the name of their members.

In addition, content organization helps improve the overall quality of a wiki. If the content is not properly organized, repetition and redundancy will occur. While that may not seem bad at first glance, it inevitably leads to conflicting and/or incomplete information found in the various articles instead of complete and correct information in one place. In turn, this is detrimental to the wiki's reliability and its reputation.

Redundancy and repetitionEdit

  • Redundancy and repetition should be avoided. There should only be a single article (or section of an article) where a given topic is presented in full detail. Other pages should link to the page with the details instead of repeating them.
  • Only information that is directly relevant to the subject of a given article should be included in that article.


  • Article and category names should be as precise and at the same time as short as possible.
    • For characters, titles and occupation should not be included in the article title. For example, if a character is called "Director XYZ", the article should be named "XYZ". Full names are preferred if possible. The names should be written in Western format ("[given name] [surname]"), e.g. "Nanoha Takamachi", not "Takamachi Nanoha". No redirects should be created for alternate name orders.
    • To avoid unnecessary spoilers, the character articles should be named after the character upon her or his first introduction in the series, even if her or his name changes over the course of the story. Redirects should be created for each alternative name. E.g. "Fate Testarossa" is the article title, because she went by that name in the original series and A's, but "Fate Testarossa Harlaown" (by which she is known in StrikerS et seq.) is a redirect.
    • Articles about unnamed Devices should have the titles reflecting how they were referred in the ending credits (if applicable), e.g. Zest's Spear. Otherwise, they should be titled after their masters, e.g. Scaglietti's Device.
  • Article names should not be overcapitalized. Proper names, such as Nanoha Takamachi should be capitalized, but common words should not.
    • If it's not clear whether a name is a proper name or a common one, naming should be discussed and decided on a case by case basis.
  • Names should generally be singular.
  • Names should not generally start with an article ("The", "A"). If it is unavoidable, however, the {{DEFAULTSORT}} magic word should be used to enforce proper category sorting. E.g. in The Saint's Cradle: "{{DEFAULTSORT:Saint's Cradle, The}}".
  • Category names should generally be plural unless this is impossible or awkward to do.


  • If a given term can refer to multiple articles (i.e. if it is "ambiguous"), the articles should be moved to non-ambiguous (or "disambiguated") titles. A disambiguation page, i.e. a page which links to all possible articles this term may refer to, should then be placed at the ambiguous title.
  • In absence of other possibilities to disambiguate the titles (like a surname for a common first name), a term in brackets should be appended to the end. The terms should be chosen from the following list; the first characteristic in which the subjects differ is to be used.
    • type of subject (e.g. "character" or "item")
    • other characteristics of the subjects
  • If an anime episode or manga chapter is named after a character, organization, etc., the article about the latter always takes precedence in titles. E.g. the titles should be "Einhard Stratos" and "Einhard Stratos (chapter)" rather than "Einhard Stratos (character)" and "Einhard Stratos".
  • The template {{disambig}} should be placed on top of all disambiguation pages.


  • All content pages (articles and files) should belong to at least one content category. Content categories are Category:Content and all its sub-categories. Disambiguation pages and redirects are not considered articles in the sense of this rule.
  • A content page should be placed in all the categories to which it logically belongs.
  • A content page should be placed only in the most specific category (or categories) out of a given branch of the category tree.
  • Because Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Wiki implements the Semantic MediaWiki extension, there is no need for content-specific subcategories (such as "Category:TSAB members", "Category:Cyborgs", or "Category:Deceased" under Category:Characters), as these are replaces with the much more flexible semantic properties. Therefore, new categories should not be created unless a major content reorganization is in order.
  • In character articles, the tag {{DEFAULTSORT:Surname, Given Name}} should be used so that articles are sorted by surname within the category and semantic queries. It should only be used if the article title contains the surname to avoid reader confusion.
  • User pages should not be placed in content categories. They may be placed in certain categories which explicitly allow to do so, otherwise they should remain uncategorized.

Merging and splittingEdit

Main considerationsEdit

There are two main considerations for the organization of content across articles:

  1. Strength of an article: Every article should be "strong" enough to stand on its own. This means the subject provides enough content to write an article of decent length about it.
  2. Reader convenience and clear structure: Content distribution across articles should be clearly structured and convenient for readers. Simply put, this means information should be presented in a way that allows readers to easily find what they are looking for.

In detail, this means:

  • When creating a new article, it should always be considered whether its subject is too weak to carry an own article and whether it would be more convenient for readers if it were merged with another article. If the answer to these questions are positive, the article should rather be merged (if possible).
  • Accordingly, if the subject of an article is broad enough to supply enough content for multiple individual articles or if it would be more convenient for readers if the article was split, splitting the article should be considered.


  • "Named" subjects should always have own articles. For example, this applies to "named" characters or "named" locations. "Named" refers to a subject with a unique name (opposed to generic subjects).

See alsoEdit