Grammar Patrol Standards and Guidelines Any questions or comments about these guidelines or GP in general should be directed to me. Most of the following has been taken from the old guidelines found here. Introductory Notes 1) Make sure that you have read and understand the grammar standards below. 2) Using a text editor such as Notepad++ when editing is recommended as it allows you to save as you go. 3) Post all grammar checks in spoiler tags. In one tag, post the final draft so that the writer can easily copy and paste it into the OP. Additionally, you can post a version showing the edits made, which can be done using this tool. You may also include a comments section if you so choose. As an example of the general format: Spoiler Final Draft Spoiler Final draft goes here Changes Spoiler Changes in BBCode go here if supplied Comments (Optional): Any additional comments you want to put regarding your changes 4) Articles will typically need two grammar checks for the article to advance to [Final], so when your check is complete, state "GP Approved 1/2" or "GP Approved 2/2". Guidelines That Apply to All Articles Pokémon-related Guidelines 1) Pokémon should be capitalized and spelled with an "é". If you don't know how to type the é, copy / paste it. 2) The plural form of Pokémon and any species of Pokémon is the same as the respective singular form. 3) Use "it" or "its" to refer to Pokémon without a set gender. 4) "OHKOes" is a verb while "OHKOs" is a plural noun. 5) Type names are capitalized. 6) When a type name is directly followed by the word "type", separate the two words with a hyphen (Normal-type). 7) When saying that a Pokémon has "some typing", do not use a hyphen. For example, "Latios's Dragon typing allows it to excel in OU." 8) Do not shorten item names. Never use initials to refer to items. As an example, don't use "LO" over "Life Orb", regardless of how common it may be. 9) Capitalize partial terms when used to refer to a set of official terms. Examples include "Choice" for Choice Scarf, Specs, and Band and "Orb" for Flame and Toxic Orb. 10) Capitalize and spell out the names of the major stats (HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed). 10a) Exceptions to this are when the stat is part of a full EV spread (which can be taken from an importable) or in damage calculations (which can be copied from the calculator used). 10b) When not referring to a stat, do not capitalize the term. An example is the Special Attack stat versus "Thunderbolt is a special attack". 11) Pseudo-stats are not capitalized (accuracy and evasion). 12) Use "formes" and not "forms" for Pokémon with forme changes such as Rotom or Deoxys. A short list of forme abbreviations follows: Spoiler Wormadam-G / S (Ground / Steel formes) Shaymin-S (Sky forme) Deoxys-S / A / D (Speed / Attack / Defense formes) Giratina-O (Origin forme) Rotom-C / H / W / F / S / A (Cut [Grass] / Heat [Fire] / Wash [Water] / Frost [Ice] / Spin [Flying] / Altered [Any forme that isn't part Ghost as of Generation VI]) Meloetta-S (Steppe [Fighting] forme) Keldeo-R (Resolute forme) Kyurem-B / W (Black / White) Pumpkaboo-S / L / Super (Small / Large / Super) Gourgeist-S / L / Super (Small / Large / Super) Meowstic-M / F (Male / Female) Tornadus-T, Landorus-T, and Thundurus-T (Therian formes; do not use a suffix for Incarnate formes unless comparing them to the Therians, in which case use the suffix -I) Arceus-type Zygarde-C (Zygarde Complete) If a Pokémon is not listed, you can use PO's teambuilder to find the abbreviation. 12a) Exceptions: For Wishiwashi (Solo Form and School Form) and Lycanroc (Midday Form and Midnight Form), use Form instead. 13) Use "switch-in" as a noun and "switch in" as a verb. Example: "Scizor is a common switch-in to Latias" vs "Gyarados can switch in on Mamoswine". 14) Use a hyphen when using "early-game", "mid-game", and "late-game" to refer to the point in a battle when a Pokémon typically fights. 15) If a move combination is commonly shortened as one word, then it is acceptable. Examples include RestTalk, BoltBeam, VoltTurn, and SubSeed. 16) Do not capitalize or shorten status effects (paralysis, sleep, confusion, etc.). 17) Capitalize clauses and tier names (Sleep Clause, OHKO Clause, Ubers, OU, etc.) 18) Do not capitalize weather conditions (sun, rain, etc). 19) Do not capitalize roles Pokémon play in a battle (sweeper, tank, special wall, etc.). 20) Moves and abilities should be written according to the spelling, hyphenation and capitalization of the generation the for which the article is written. For articles that cover multiple generations, use the newest form. 21) When discussing Z-Moves, use "Z-Move" instead of "Z Move". 22) Pokémon sets should be in the format that the PO teambuilder uses. Other Guidelines 1) An article may use either American or UK English as long as it is consistent throughout. This applies to both spelling and punctuation. 2) Use the serial / Oxford comma in lists of three or more items. 3) Avoid changing actual content. If problems with the content are found, make note of the problems and offer solutions if possible. Guidelines That Apply to Formal Articles Only The following list displays the articles that are considered formal and informal. The following rules only apply to articles classified as formal. Spoiler Formal: - Pokémon Spotlight - Cool Sets to Use - PO News - Core Breakdown - Move Showcase Informal: - Player Interview - Pokémon Through the Generations* - Campfire Talk *While the PTtG articles that we've had so far have been a type of story-telling satire, I don't think this is necessarily an obligation, but it can make the longer articles more interesting. 1) Avoid personal language (I, we, my). "You" is okay but should not be overused. 2) Subjective information should reflect widely held beliefs and consensus rather than the thoughts of any single editor. 3) While articles don't have to be excessively formal, they should not be so casual as to contain expletives or slang. 4) When referring to a generation, use a format like Generation 6, Generation VI, or ORAS (if the context is metagame specific and would not apply to XY). The abbreviation, Gen, should not be used in formal articles.