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This is the Manual of Style for Encyclopedia SpongeBobia, please do not do any reorganization and cleanup of wikitext on the wiki unless you are fixing things to follow this style guideline.

Writing style

  • Articles should be written in present-tense, not past or future tense.
  • Articles should be written in an in-universe style, and not refer to the reader or viewer when talking about events.

WikiText style

  • Headers should be in the form ==Header==, not the form == Header ==. This only applies to articles, image pages use == Summary == automatically and talkpages are free form and no changes should ever be made to header style.
  • Things like [[Gary|Gary]] and [[Gary|gary]] are pointless, only [[Gary]] should be used.
  • Don't bypass redirects using things like [[SpongeBob SquarePants|SpongeBob]] make use of the redirect properly with [[SpongeBob SquarePants]].

Common improper style changes

  • Do not go adding last names to links unless you have a valid reason to do so (full character name hasn't been used earlier in the article). Full names should not be abused to bypass redirects.
  • Do not change page numbers in ref tags to have a leading zero. Going around the wiki and changing 3 to 03 despite most pages sticking to 3 doesn't improve the wiki at all and just adds pointless edits, just stick with 3.
  • Do not place logic into humor, examples are: "How can fire be underwater?"

Specific article guidelines


Main article: ESB:Episode articles


Each character article must include:

  • An infobox with all known information.
  • A character biography.
  • Trivia - Trivia items. Organized in list format using * at the start of the line (Stylistically a space after that * would be nice.)
  • Quotes - Character quotes. The character's catch phrase shouldn't be on the list of quotes. However if there are multiple languages please consider making a list of the quote in various languages
  • References - Just the ==References== section with a <references/> tag below it. To collect the <ref></ref> tag info in the page. Individual bits of info should be tagged with specific citation other than just the general sources section.
  • If the character's biography consists of just a few sentences, please do not create an article for them. Instead, put the character's information on the character list, List of SpongeBob SquarePants characters.
  • Every article must be categorized with this category: Category:Characters

Video games

Each video game article must include:

  • An infobox with all known information.
  • A description of the video game.
  • Every video game article must be categorized with this category: Category:Video games


Each song article must include:

  • A description of the song, including the writer(s), performer(s), and episode(s) featured in.
  • The lyrics
  • Every music article must be categorized with this category: Category:Music


Use the following infobox template on articles about SpongeBob books:

|title = 
|cover = 
|author = 
|illustrator = 
|country = 
|language = 
|publisher = 
|pub_date = 
|pages = 
|isbn = 


Use the following infobox template on articles about people involved with SpongeBob, including cast members and crew members.

|Name = 
|Image = 
|Birth = 
|Credits = 
|Portrays = 
|Years = 

Use this template at the bottom of people articles:


See also

Original source of Manual of Style written by Dantman

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