This is an instruction manual that addresses the editing rules used by the Bendy and the Ink Machine Wiki in writing, titles, pages, and linking. Please read it before you edit any pages. However, make sure to observe current trends as well as these rules.
This manual will address all editing rules in an objective manner, though there will be cases where editing rules are subjective. If there are any unresolved disputes over what best applies to the editing rules of Bendy and the Ink Machine Wiki, please contact GJ-Lewis X, KingAlex105X, or CastAway.
This wiki is for the official game created by theMeatly Games, so anything Bendy and the Ink Machine that is published by the said company may have an article on this wiki.
Fanart, fan fiction, fan theories, and anything fan-related should be kept to an absolute minimum. However, fanarts from the fanart contest winners are only allowed as long as they are not duplicated.
Every article should use the name "Henry" instead of "we" or "you" to avoid confusing the readers.
|"It is required for Henry to wipe out all of the Searchers before continuing his journey."||"It is required for you to wipe out all of the Searchers before continuing your journey."|
|"It can be assumed that "Bendy" is created when activating the Ink Machine."||"We can assume that "Bendy" is created when we activate the Ink Machine."|
Another note that you should always avoid writing in the first-person when writing articles, especially in character pages. Examples - "I found Sammy's voice hot", "Fighting against the Searchers is kinda difficult for me.", etc.
"Pie eyes" vs "Pac Man-styled eyes"
From toon characters' articles, we use "pie eyes" instead of "Pac Man-styled eyes" to describe their eye details. About the "Pac Man eyes" origin, the word "pie eyes" is an actual description on cartoon characters' eyes from the 1920-1950's.
Always make sure to use words in articles like "going to", "want to", etc, instead of "gonna", "wanna", etc.
|"Bendy is going to appear in the next chapter."||"Bendy is gonna appear in the next chapter."|
|"Henry has got to go and find some ways to escape the workshop."||"Henry has gotta go and find some ways to escape the workshop."|
|"Sammy wants to sacrifice Henry in order to please Bendy."||"Sammy wanna sacrifice Henry in order to please Bendy."|
The purpose of Trivia sections are to add interesting notes that cannot be placed anywhere else in the article. You would not put something like "The axe is very useful for fighting against the Searchers" in a Trivia section because it would fit better in the main article.
Information in Trivia sections should still be notable enough, as well as pertain to the article's subjects.
Allusions outside Bendy and the Ink Machine are allowed as long as there are enough substantial comparison and strong similarities (For example, the "Butcher Gang" enemies are based on the "three wise monkeys" because Piper may represent "see no evil" due to mutilated eyes, Fisher possibly represent "hear no evil" due to lack of ears, and Striker could represent "speak no evil" due to the mouth sewn shut). The reason for this is because allusions and similarities can provide insight and value to knowledge of storytelling and characterization.
However, if the similarities are too weak (an example of this would be comparing Alice Angel to Circus Baby on the facts that they are both characters in horror games that can "dance and sing"), then it should be removed.
Since Bendy and the Ink Machine is heavily influenced to Disney and 1900-1950's cartoons, characters' appearance having strong similarities with Disney or Fleischer characters is acceptable.
If there is confirmation from the developers where they discuss about the game's (even characters, locations, etc.) inspiration, please use the reference template.
Made in USA
This wiki is written in professional modern English, created from the United States of America (USA).
Cultural slang should be avoided. For example, instead of using 'chap' which is British slang, use a more universally acceptable word such as 'man'.
Use "among", not "amongst". Never use "whilst" - instead, use "while". Whilst is a word that is becoming increasingly archaic, similar to how "thee" "thou" "thine" "hast" "hath" are rarely used. Using "singular they" is also perfectly acceptable on this wiki.
Try not using British or other different accent-style terms. Use the Americanized "color" and "honor", not "colour" and "honour", use "center" instead of "centre" and "theater" instead of "theatre" and so on.
Be succinct with your words, for example, "uncertain" instead of "not certain", "exhaling" instead of "breathing out", etc.
Changing texts are very common to use, even for comments. Even though, please read the following steps carefully about using different texts for the articles.
Make sure that every games' titles from the articles are in italic text by either clicking the bent-shaped "I" button (which is between the bold-text button and the link button) or adding two upper commas (') on both sides.
|Bendy and the Ink Machine||Bendy and the Ink Machine|
|Chapter 1||Chapter 1|
All articles' names should be in bold text by clicking the capital B button or adding three apostrophes on each sides.
|"Bendy is a character..."||"Bendy is a character..."|
Please avoid making two or more links to the same article. For example, if you already have a link to the page Bendy in an article, do not add another link to the same page later in the article.
Linking "the" or "a"
When linking, keep unnecessary words such as 'the' and 'a' out of the link itself.
|"Henry can collect all of the Bacon Soup."||"Henry can collect all of the Bacon Soup."|
Color coding character names
We use the name "Bendy" and "Alice" for two different respective characters along with colorizing their names to prevent confusion with other original characters who share their own same name. Use the proper coding to colorize their own name. "Bendy's" name color is black and "Alice's" name color is light yellowish-tan.
<span style="color:#000000">"'''Bendy'''"</span> = "Bendy"
<span style="color:#D1A039">"'''Alice'''"</span> = "Alice"
The rules for page titles dictate that all proper nouns are capitalized, as are all locations, and names unless specifically not capitalized. Titles are not written like book titles with most words capitalized (unless the page is about a Template:Infobox character); note the title of this page as Manual of style, not Manual of Style.
Consistency in the titling of pages is desired in that it makes for a much more professional looking wiki with regards to the public perception of the wiki. Any page title that has a name in it should not be stored in a biographical format; i.e., "Mike Mood", and not "Mood, Mike" as the page title for Mike Mood. For pages where only a first name (Bendy) exists, or where another character is known by a title (such as Boris the Wolf) more than their proper name, those should be used as the only title of the page. As for Boris the Wolf, redirects from "Boris" and "Boris the Wolf" may be used.
Also, only add links once within a given part of a page; if you say "Henry" more than once in a section, only link it the first time it appears. Instances further apart from each other may be linked more than once, it is your decision on how far apart to place repeat links. For consistency, if most parts of a list are links, then link to an page as many times necessary in that list.
The bracketed terms used to disambiguate pages with titles that would otherwise be the same page should be a single short word and lowercase, except when proper nouns or in-game terminology are involved.
Nouns, capitalization, and in-game terminology
Characters and all words in pages should always capitalized; they are considered proper nouns for the style of the Bendy and the Ink Machine Wiki. "Joey Drew Studios", "Ink Machine", "Bacon Soup", or "The Lighter Side of Hell" are all correct as written; a page would not be titled "Joey drew studios". Phrases should match to the in-game text, such as "For our lord is calling to us, my little sheep." and not "For our lord is calling to us, my little Sheep."
Remember that consistency with the rules above is quite important, and your cooperation is always appreciated.
Style of writing: editing, bias, and opinion
Note that the Bendy and the Ink Machine Wiki is designed to be a resource for encyclopedia, and as such should have the best possible level of literary style. Also as an encyclopedia, please do not use the second person view in descriptions, as this is unprofessional: "You can get the axe from the end of this chapter" is incorrect, while "The axe is located at the end of this chapter" is correct.
Check for spelling and grammatical errors before editing a page; if you notice factual or spelling errors on a page other than the ones you have created, feel free to correct the problems, as this wiki is an open project. In order to avoid arguments over factual accuracy, it is best to provide source references for controversial statements. Furthermore, personal opinion (e.g: "Bendy is a worst character") should not be added to articles, no matter how popular said opinion is. Speculation should also be avoided, unless it makes a lot of sense to the game or directly confirmed by theMeatly.
Images are often a useful visual addition to the content of pages. However, in some cases, it is questionable what images are appropriate for pages.
- Please save in-game screenshots or texture rips in .png format, and not .jpeg format.
- If there is official artwork, such as the art done by theMeatly, this is always the preferred image.
- If there is no official artwork, such as screenshots from the game or complementary side-material, ones created by contributing users are preferred over images taken from outside sources. There will inevitably be arguments about which user-created image is proper, as there is no exact rule on such; however, the image should generally be the highest quality available and the most informative image.
- Replacing existing images is acceptable, since the wiki favors the image with the better quality, not the greater seniority. However, please avoid disputes by talking about the change with the original uploader before re-uploading the image's new version.