This article concerns writing standards for all English articles. The writing standards for translations can be found in the translations of this page.
All English articles must use plain English.
Translations are subject to strict content parity with their English article, in the sense that they must have the same message, regardless of grammar and syntax. Any changes to the translations' meanings must be accompanied by equivalent changes to the English article.
There are some cases where the content is allowed to differ:
There are two language registers on the wiki: neutral and informal.
The neutral register is the default on the wiki.
For both registers, all rules in this part of the article style criteria must be followed. Exceptions for either register will be noted.
British English spelling variants must be used when there are conflicting spellings of English words. For example, use:
Article names, when written in a paragraph, must not be capitalised, unless it is a link that points to the article or it is a proper noun (e.g. BanchoBot). The following is an example:
If you want to know more about chat, refer to [Chat Console](/wiki/Client/Interface/Chat_console).
Game modifiers must have the word
mod after the mod name to reduce ambiguity. These must be spelt as seen below (letter casing and spacing must match):
These game modifiers are no longer being used by osu!; however, if needed, these must be spelt as seen below (letter casing and spacing must match):
When writing out game modifiers for tournament articles, they must instead use upper camel case (omit the space and keep the letter casing as seen above).
Gameplay elements must not be capitalised, unless they act as a title for a link that points to the article. The following is an example:
In the osu! game mode, beatmaps are composed of three different gameplay elements: hit circles, sliders, and spinners.
Language names must be capitalised. The following is an example:
The `#spanish` chat channel is for those who speak Spanish.
Proper nouns must be capitalised. The following is an example:
Dean Herbert (also known as peppy) created osu! back in 2007.
For rules regarding osu!, see: osu!
The following trademarks must be spelt as follows (letter casing must match):
Trademarks must not be followed by the trademark or registered trademark symbols.
The formats found in Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers § Formats are all accepted date formats. Date formatting should be consistent throughout the entire article.
YYYY-MM-DD date format should only be used in tables.
Time formatting must be done using the following format:
Time is written in 24-hour format and any single digits must be prefixed with a zero. The timezone must be written immediately after the time and should be in UTC+0 for global events or in the timezone of the event for smaller events. Use
UTC instead of
3:30 PM UTC 22:30 (UTC+7) 11:30
15:30 UTC 22:30 UTC+7 11:30 UTC-4
UTC (without an offset) is implied to be
UTC+0. Either one may be used, but usage must be consistent. UTC with an explicit 0 offset must use a plus symbol (
When both date and time are used together, the date must be written first, followed by the time. The time must be in between parenthesis (
October 25, 2016 at 11:45 UTC October 25, 2016 11:45 UTC
October 25, 2016 (11:45 UTC)
Game modes must be written as follows:
Referring to the old game mode names (i.e.
Catch the Beat,
Mania) may be done if discussing said game mode's previous name.
The name of the game, osu!, must not be capitalised or italicised. The osu! official branding must not use any spaces. Examples include:
User titles that include
osu! as part of the title name must be capitalised. Examples include:
For all other terms, osu! must be treated as a qualifying noun. This means adding a space between osu! and the noun it modifies. Examples include:
osu! should not end a sentence. If it does, use a full stop (
.) or question mark to get
osu! must not be followed by an exclamation mark (i.e.
osu!!). The sentence must be rewritten to ensure that this will not occur.
These words must be spelt as follows (spacing must match):
Kudosu(to be treated as a proper noun)
Some words have variants. Their preferred spelling must be used and is as follows:
Beatmap Nominatorswhen referring to the Beatmap Nominators.
sign ininstead of
log in, unless the name of a button or link says otherwise.
sign outinstead of
log out, unless the name of a button or link says otherwise.
sign up, unless the name of a button or link says otherwise.
These words must be spelt as follows (spacing must match):
Abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms must have their meaning written out upon their first occurrence. Other occurrences are optional, but done only when necessary. The following is an example:
The NC (Nightcore) mod is similar to the DT (Double Time) mod because both NC and DT increase the speed of the music by 50%. However, NC will change the pitch of the music and add a clap and finish to the beat.
Abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms must be capitalised, with exception. The following are examples:
e.g. for "for example" and
i.e. for "that is".
Abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms should not be pluralised. The following is an example:
Avoid: BNs can nominate your beatmap. Prefer: Beatmap Nominators can nominate your beatmap.
creator should be used when referring to the reader or another person.
theirs may be used when needed.
your should be avoided.
I must not be used.
her must not be used (see above for other terms).
Articles with informal registers may ignore this section; however,
I in paragraphs should be avoided.
Articles should prefer using simpler American grammar and syntax.
Contractions must not be used.
Articles with informal registers may use contractions; however, usage should stay consistent throughout the entire article.
For number formatting, see Wikipedia's Manual of Style on Number formatting
Articles with informal registers may ignore this section; however, usage should stay consistent throughout the entire article.
Articles with informal registers should avoid using semicolons (
The serial comma, also known as the Oxford or Harvard comma, must be used.
Em dashes (
—) must be used without spaces around them. Hyphens must not be used in their place.
From Wikipedia's Manual of Style:
Include terminal punctuation within the quotation marks only if it was present in the original material, and otherwise place it after the closing quotation mark. For the most part, this means treating periods and commas in the same way as question marks: keep them inside the quotation marks if they apply only to the quoted material and outside if they apply to the whole sentence.
Written pronunciation must use the International Phonetic Alphabet.