Lately I've been going through and trying to add pages for each of the Pokemon which have yet to be covered by the site, or edit the pages of those with less information by others. The main thing that's come to my attention is that with a whopping 493 different dudes to cover, and with so many different people adding new Pokemon pages or editing existing ones, it's hard to keep the format and content of the pages standardised. So I basically felt like discussing what format should be used for most/all of these pages just to keep them consistant, what information should and shouldn't be included... you know, that sort of thing.
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Back to business. So far, here's the format I've been using for any new pages I've been adding right now which has allowed me to punch in a bunch of new information for each of the different species without babbling on about nothing:
DataNational Pokedex No: #XXX
Classification: Such and Such Pokémon
Type: Fire, Water (example)
Ability: Clear Body (example)
Weight: XXX.X lbs
Route 2 ( Yellow)
Evolves at: Level 20
Evolutionary ChainX (Level 20) -->Y (Level 45) --> Z
I feel like there are other categories which could be added, but I haven't had the time for them yet. I'm thinking of having these included in the articles too in the future, though.
- Male/Female ratios, gender differences
- special abilities of the species (if applicable)
- Pokedex Entries for each game (already used on some articles)
- Egg Type
- EVs given? (competitive crap)
- Base Stats (more competitive crap)
- maybe learnable moves?
- additional trivia
The problem I have is drawing the line between where Giant Bomb stops as a general gaming wiki and where it becomes something like Bulbapedia which is dedicated to stockpiling all sorts of knowledge on the games that most average fans aren't going to bother with. So I ask which features should these articles contain, which features should they avoid and perhaps whether we could agree on a single format to use for all of their concept pages.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. :)