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This page documents an Encyclopedia SpongeBobia guideline. This is an accepted standard that editors must follow for purposes of improving the quality of content on the wiki.

This page provides the details into the layout and formatting used in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode articles. For the assessment, click here.

Naming scheme

Help Wanted
Help Wanted (transcript)
Help Wanted (gallery)
Help Wanted, Reef Blower and Tea at the Treedome (credits)
Help Wanted (discussion)


Upper navigation

The upper navigation, the tabs template, is within the Infobox template.


The infobox includes the following:

  • Title of the episode
  • An image of the title card (without any logos or extra black/white space)
  • The season #
  • The episode #
  • The original U.S. air date. All other air dates will go in the "Release" section (see below)
  • The sister episode(s)
  • All credits that appear in the opening credits will be listed; the other credits will be listed on their own sub page.
  • All guests will be listed from all sources, which includes:
  • All recurring and "one appearance" characters that are significantly important for the episode
  • Everyone that is strictly specified as a guest in the pre-episode cast or in credits
  • All music composers and people that appeared as themselves
  • The chronology (succeeding and preceding episode)
  • The full list of episodes and their links

All other information currently on the template will gradually be placed in other, more relevant sections. Do not remove any information because we changed the format. Be sure to move the new information to the correct location on the new format.

Table of contents

There will be no table of contents.


The head of the article is generated from the Infobox template.

Character list

The character list will be in this format:

*Character 1
*Character 2
*Character 3 <small>(debut)</small>

All characters will be listed in order of their appearance (even if a narrator speaks first, they will be listed first). Also, we will only include characters relevant to the episode to be listed. All other characters will have their mention in the transcript and their respective character articles. In order to figure out if a certain character qualifies to be listed, ask yourself this: "if this character was taken out of the episode, would it change the plot?"

Section 1: Synopsis

The first section is called "Synopsis," formally called "Plot." It will be a summary of the episode. Do not over link. Only link place names once.

Section 2: Production

The second section is called "Production" and will be broken down into four subsections.

Section 2a: Development

This subsection will cover the development of the episode. It can include how the episode was made and how certain voice actors were cast. It can also include behind the scenes and details regarding the episode's deleted scenes.

Section 2b: Music

This subsection will list the music in the episode. It will have maximally three parts.

Featured music

If any significantly important music plays in the episode, it will have a paragraph explaining it.

Chronological list

There are three different templates for three different kind of music:

Associated production music (‣):
{{APM|first letter or #|name|artist(s)|stage direction or a "quote"}}

Original music (•):
{{OM|name|artist(s)|stage direction or a "quote"}}

SpongeBob music (◦):
{{SB|name|artist(s)|stage direction or a "quote"}}

This part will begin with the Template:MLegend which explains the bullets of all three diferent types. The template will be followed by a chronological list of all music used in the episode. Here is the usage example of the most common lines in the list:

{{APM||||Patrick at the door}}
{{APM|h|Heroes Win|Gregor F. Narholz|"Oh, yeah? Watch this!"}}
{{APM|r|Rock-a-Bye Baby|''traditional''|title card}}
{{APM|d|The Drunken Sailor||patty gadget buried underground}}
{{OM|Leaf Blower|The Blue Hawaiians|plays throughout}}
{{OM||Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield|ending}}
{{SB|He's Flying|Eban Schletter, Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne}}
{{SB|Ripped Pants (song){{!}}Ripped Pants|Peter Straus, Paul Tibbitt}}
{{SB||Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley|Squidly sings}}
 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? [Patrick at the door]
  Heroes Win - Gregor F. Narholz ["Oh, yeah? Watch this!"]
  Rock-a-Bye Baby - traditional [title card]
  The Drunken Sailor - ? [patty gadget buried underground]
  Leaf Blower - The Blue Hawaiians [plays throughout]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
  He's Flying - Eban Schletter, Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne
  Ripped Pants - Peter Straus, Paul Tibbitt
  ? - Steven Banks, Zeus Cervas, Erik Wiese, Andy Paley [Squidly sings]


If music line requires additional information, you will need to put one or more asterisks (*) at the end of a artist(s) parameter and explain them using Template:Note. The template(s) needs to be devided from a chronological list by an empty row in the source code. Here is the usage example on the tracks from Employee of the Month:

{{APM|a|Agent Woodrow|The Woodies*|SpongeBob spying on Squidward}}
{{APM|m|Mavericks|The Woodies**|they race to the Krusty Krab}}

{{Note|1|on the Season 1 DVD, this is replaced with "Hercule Poirot" by Gerhard Trede}}
{{Note|2|on the Season 1 DVD, this is replaced with "El Dementia" by The Surfdusters}}

  Agent Woodrow - The Woodies* [SpongeBob spying on Squidward]
  Mavericks - The Woodies** [they race to the Krusty Krab]

*on the Season 1 DVD, this is replaced with "Hercule Poirot" by Gerhard Trede
**on the Season 1 DVD, this is replaced with "El Dementia" by The Surfdusters

Section 2c: Release

This subsection will cover the release of the episode, pre-release and post-release. This includes the advertising and marketing of the episode, the air dates (domestic and international), and number of viewers.

Section 2d: Reception

This subsection will cover how the episode was received by viewers and critics. This will include ratings (short term and long term) and reviews (summary of fan site reviews and critical reviews). This subsection will also include any awards the episode received, and the legacy. The legacy may include the fan following, product derived as a result of the episode popularity, and internet phenomenon, all of which will need sources.

For the Best Day Ever and SpongeBash marathon ranks, use Template:Rank but omit "#" when filling parameters:

  • {{Rank|title|BDE=|SB=}}

Section 3: Trivia

The third section will consist of trivia. All general trivia will be listed in a bulleted list. This bulleted list will be followed by a section for cultural references and a section for errors (not goofs).

Section 4: References

A list of references.

Section 5: External links

A list of external links, including:

  • A link to
  • A link to IMDB
  • A link to Wikipedia (if the article exists)


The following table is the assessment scale used for episode articles.

Rating Description Details
F Poor articles A poor episode article does not qualify for a "D" rating, thus the article will automatically fall to an "F" rating.
D Okay articles
  • 1. The article has an Infobox with all the complete information
  • 2. The article has a completed synopsis section
  • 3. The article may or may not follow the required layout
C Descent articles

Follows #1 and #2 from above and:

  • 4. A completed list of music used in the article
  • 5. A completed relevant character list (in order of appearance)
  • 6. The article follows the correct layout
B Good articles

Follows #1, #2, #4-6 from above and:

  • 7. Contains all recommended sections, including production section, if the details exist.
A Excellent articles

Follows #1, #2, and #4-7 from above and:

  • 8. Follows all guidelines completely (it is okay if there are no known production details)
  • 9. Free from spelling and grammar mistakes
  • 10. All information outside the series contains references
  • 11. Involves no disputes regarding content


Reviewers must be an admin or at least qualify to be one, with regards to spelling and grammar. Those interested in being a reviewer, contact AMK152. There are currently 3 reviewers. The reviewers will use the above assessment scale to give a grade to each episode article.


Use the link above to see the able for the assessment of episode articles.


  • 1. Once all reviewers have given the article an "A" rating on the assessment, there will be discussion as to protection (either semi or full), for things that require little change. Articles such as episodes, transcripts, books, and events may be protected if contributors feel there is little need to change. This would divert attention to articles that need work, prevent vandalism on "A-rated" articles, and move vandalism patrol to focus on other articles.
  • 2. If there is very little need for protection, there will be no protection (for example, characters, as there is always new information)
  • 3. Once an article has been given the full "A-rating," those who made significant contributions will be rewarded with specific "Project Cleanup awards." (to be decided upon)
  • 4. Protection will be limited, perhaps for a 6-month or 1-year period. After that expires, the article will be open to all contributors for editing. Of course, during the time of protection, contributors can request a change.
  • 5. There will be a reassessment after the period of protection, and if the article fails to reach "A" status, the article will remain open for editing until we can achieve that status again.

Enforcement of Guidelines

The following has now taken effect.

It is important that we must do everything we can to keep these articles of the highest quality. Since everyone had a chance to see the article requirements and know what is required and everyone was able to voice their opinion as to the guidelines, we now enforce the guidelines to ensure the highest quality:

  • If anyone contributing to an episode article tries to revert changes that were made to follow the guidelines or try to establish their own rules will be given a warning, and if they keep violating the rule, a block:
  • A first violation will result in a warning
  • A second violation will result in a 3 day block
  • A third violation will result in a 2 week block
  • A fourth violation will result in a 1 year block
  • A fifth violation will result in an infinite block

All violators will be placed on a list to keep track of those we have to look out for/remind that there are formatting guidelines.



An example of an article that follows these guidelines very well is "Help Wanted."


|title = <!-- Name of Episode -->
|titlecard = <!-- Title Card -->
|seasonnumber = <!-- Season number (numeral) -->
|episodenumber = <!-- Episode number -->
|airdate = [[DATE]], [[YEAR]]
|sisterep = <!-- Episodes this one is tied with -->
|BDE Rank = <!-- Best Day Ever rank -->
|SB Rank = <!-- SpongeBash rank -->
|guests = <!-- Guests (if any) -->
|writer = 
|storyboard artist = 
|supervising producer = 
|director = 
|director-storyboard = 
|director-animation = 
|director-creative = 
|director-technical = 
|briefsummary = <!-- summarize the episode in one sentence -->

*List the characters from the cast here, in order of appearance

Type the plot of the episode here.

Describe the production process of this episode. Include distribution and media.

Describe the animation process of this episode, if any

*[[Link to song]]

*List associated production music

|date        = date
|IMDBid      = IMDB ID #
|IMDB        = rating
|IMDBreviews = # reviews at IMDB
|TVid        = link
|TV          = rating
|TVvotes     = # votes at
Describe additional details on how this episode was received by fans/critics. Include ratings and viewers.

List time/date of events, if any
List time cards, if any
*List trivia here, if any.
;Cultural references
*Cultural references go in their own subsection
*Errors go in their own subsection

<!--Please try to incorporate trivia into the rest of the article instead of listing it here-->

<!--Notes are listed here; Use <ref>NOTE</ref> after the place you are noting.-->

==External Links==
<!--Put links to where this episode can be watched online here-->

<!--do not worry about categories; the article categories are already generated from the data entered in the Infobox-->

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