These are the guidelines by which we form our articles. They will help explain how and why the Wikia has its own particular style of doing things.
After a list of characters on the episode page, some are followed by either, "(does not speak)", "(cameo)", "(mentioned)", or "(not seen)". In the past, there has been some confusion as to what this means. A "cameo" appearance is a minor appearance where a character is seen, but doesn't speak nor is it referred to. A "does not speak" role is where a character appears and is referred to by name by either the narrator or another character. When a character does not physically appear, but is mentioned by a character or the narrator, that is classified as a "mentioned" role. The "not seen" tag is when a character speaks, but isn't seen in any part of the episode. A speaking role is, obviously, when a character actually speaks.
Additionally, there is an order in which we list the characters. This goes as follows:
- Standard gauge steam engines
- Standard gauge diesels
- Other standard gauge vehicles
- Skarloey Railway steam engines
- Skarloey Railway diesels
- Arlesdale Railway steam engines
- Arlesdale Railway diesels
- Rolling stock
- Road Vehicles
- Non-rail vehicles
Galleries should have no borders and should be in the "center" position.
Trivia and Goofs
The trivia section is strictly for unique information about the episode. This may include fun facts about episode production,cultural significance, or relation to a real Thomas episode.
The goofs section is mainly for production errors.
Providing an edit summary is not essential, but it does make an admin's job easier to review your changes. Some things you may think are right which an admin does not, so use the edit summary to explain why you changed an article. If an edit is reverted multiple times by an admin, don't keep adding it back as that could earn you one or more "strikes". What you should do is explain, in detail, the changes on the relevant talk pages. Please make an effort to read edit summaries as well, because an admin may be giving you warning and telling you to stop making a particular edit.
The Stub Template
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