Naming conventions is a list of guidelines on how to appropriately create and name articles.

It is important to note that these are conventions, not rules written in stone. As WikiSCUM grows and changes, some conventions that once made sense may become outdated, and there may be cases where a particular convention is "obviously" inappropriate. But when in doubt, follow convention.

Generally, article naming should give priority to what the majority of Santa Cruz people would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature.


Band article names should reflect how the band names itself on released recordings and/or flyers.

Album titles and band namesEdit

Convention: In titles of songs or albums, unless it is unique, the standard rule in the English language is to capitalize words that are the first word in the title and those that are not conjunctions (and, but, or, nor), prepositions (to, over, through) or articles (an, a, the). When necessary, disambiguation should be done using (band), (album), or (song) (such as Comets of Fire for the band and Comets of Fire (album) for their album of the same name).


Venue article names should mimic real or imaginary telephone greetings of that establishment. For example, if you telephone the Red Room, employees will answer with Red Room, not The Red Room. Whereas, if you telephone the Cube, someone would more likely answerwith The Cube than Cube. In the case of similar names, such as the two Vets Halls, article names should reflect the common usage to discern them, 7th Avenue Vets Hall vs. Santa Cruz Vets Hall. See also : Wikipedia:Naming conventions.

File names of flyer imagesEdit

To keep a consistancy for uploaded flyers, please use a MMDDYY format for its name, reflecting the date of the show it advertises. For example, use 080602.jpg for a flyer for an August 6, 2002 show. Be sure there isn't already an uploaded flyer by that name. If there is, then use 080602a.jpg.

Lowercase second and subsequent words Edit

Convention: Do not capitalize second and subsequent words unless the title is a proper noun (such as a name) or is otherwise almost always capitalized.

Due to technical limitations inherent to the MediaWiki software, the first letter in an article is forced to be a capital letter. Ordinarily this isn't a problem, but it poses an issue when a proper noun's first letter is lowercase (for example, eBay).


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