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Walnut This page in a nutshell:
  1. To keep articles consistent with one another, they should generally follow the same format as one another.
  2. If this page confuses you, just go ahead and edit! We will help you clean up.

In order to keep articles neat, tidy, and coherent, The Last Stand Wiki enforces a Manual of Style to create a standard feel for its articles.

Note that this page is not a "must-follow-or-else!" page, as the manual of style can be overridden in certain circumstances. However, articles should roughly follow this guideline whenever they can.

This page uses Wiki-markup text. Consider seeing this page if you are confused or cannot interpret the markup language.

Naming conventionsEdit

See also: The Last Stand Wiki:Page Titles

The titles of pages should always match the ones provided in-game, capitalization included. Each word in the title and headers should be in lowercase, with three exceptions: if it is the first word, of it is always capitalized (such as a proper noun).

Article layoutEdit

Having a template that all pages follow help keep the wiki clean, tidy, and organized, and allow readers to easily find what they're looking for.

Each article should begin with an intro. The intro introduces the object to readers, as well as state what type of object it is and which game it came from.

For example:

The '''Flying Zee''' is a [[blunt]] weapon featured in {{TLS:UC}}.

This turns out as:

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The Flying Zee is a blunt weapon featured in The Last Stand: Union City.

There are six headings available in the editor, which, in source mode, shows up as:

=Heading 1=

==Heading 2==

===Heading 3===

====Heading 4====

=====Heading 5=====

======Heading 6======
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Heading 1Edit

Heading 2Edit

Heading 3Edit

Heading 4Edit

Heading 5Edit
Heading 6Edit


Heading 1 and 6 are typically not used in articles in the main namespace (Heading 1 is used as the page title, and Heading 6 is too small), so technically there are only four (4) headings to choose from. Usage of headings are "layered" into sections, sub-sections, sub-sub-section, and so forth. It basically should follow a hierarchical structure.

For example:

INTRO. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

==Section==
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

===Sub-section===
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

====Sub-sub-section====
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Weapon articlesEdit

Weapon articles are somewhat complex, though they are not impossible to understand.

If the weapon is in The Last Stand, The Last Stand 2 or The Last Stand: Union City, they should follow this format:

<GUNBOX>
The '''<NAME OF PAGE>''' is a(n) <WEAPON TYPE> featured in <NAME OF GAME + LINK>

==Description==
<In-game description, if available>

==Background==
<Short description/summary of weapon>

==How to obtain==
*<VARIANTS> (if applicable) can be obtained by <METHOD OF OBTAINING>
*repeat until possibilities are exhausted

==Tactics==
<Weapon tactics and in-game tips>

===Pros===
*Pros of the weapons
*repeat until all pros are listed

===Cons===
*Cons of the weapons
*repeat until all cons are listed

==Notes==
<references group="n" /> <!-- Only if applicable -->

==References==
{{reflist}} <!-- Only if applicable -->

==Gallery==
<GALLERY> <!-- Only if applicable -->

<NAVBOX>

Weapons in The Last Stand: Dead Zone are similar, but have a few extra sections:

<GUNBOX>
The '''<NAME OF PAGE>''' is a(n) <WEAPON TYPE> featured in {{TLS:DZ}}.

==Background==
<Short description/summary of weapon>

==How to obtain==
*It can be [[Scavenging|scavenged]] during <LEVEL>+ [[missions]].
*<LEVEL> <VARIANTS> (if applicable) can be obtained by <METHOD OF OBTAINING>
*<LEVEL> <VARIANTS> (if applicable) can be [[Crafting|crafted]] using <REQUIRED CRAFTING ITEMS> at a <LEVEL> [[Weapons Bench]] for <CRAFTING FUEL COST> after [[scavenging]] or purchasing the required [[schematic]] for <SCHEMATIC PURCHASE FUEL COST> (if applicable). Also requires a <LEVEL> <SURVIVOR CLASS> (if applicable).
*repeat until possibilities are exhausted

==Recycling products==
<Items that would result from recycling this weapon>

==Tactics==
<Weapon tactics and in-game tips>

===Recommended gear===
<List of [[Gear]] that works well with this weapon>

===Pros===
*Pros of the weapons
*repeat until all pros are listed

===Cons===
*Cons of the weapons
*repeat until all cons are listed

==Notes==
<references group="n" /> <!-- If applicable -->

==References==
{{reflist}} <!-- Only if applicable -->

==Gallery==
<GALLERY> <!-- If applicable -->

<NAVBOX>

Weapon pages are divided into which games they appear in - see TLS:NAME for details. If a weapon appears in more than one game, each game will receive their own article regarding the weapon, and an overview page is created that provides links to all pages.

The overview page should look like this:

The <WEAPON NAME> is a(n) <WEAPON TYPE> featured in <GAMES FEATURED>

==Common traits==
<LIST COMMON TRAITS SHARED BY ALL GAMES>

==Versions==
===<WEAPON TYPE>=== <!-- If there is more than one weapon type, such as [[SV-SMG Mk II]] -->
<MAIN ARTICLE: Links to individual pages>
<BACKGROUND>

===<OTHER WEAPON TYPES>===
<MAIN ARTICLE: Links to individual pages>
<BACKGROUND>

<GALLERY>

Pages that are dependent on an overview page (e.g. Police Baton (TLS:UC)) should follow this format:

:''This page is about the version in <NAME OF GAME>. For other versions, see <Links to any other games that have the same weapon>. For an overview, see <link to overview page>''
<GUNBOX>
The <NAME OF WEAPON AS IT APPEARS IN THE GAME> is a(n) <weapon type> in <NAME OF GAME>

==Background==
:''See [[<link to overview page>|overview page]].''

<ANY REMAINING INFORMATION GOES HERE>

<NAVBOX FOR THE GAME IT APPEARS IN>

Clothing and Gear articlesEdit

Clothing only appears in The Last Stand: Union City and The Last Stand: Dead Zone, and gear only appears in The Last Stand: Dead Zone.

If the article is about clothing that only appears in The Last Stand: Union City, use the following layout:

The '''<NAME OF ITEM>''' is a type of [[clothing]]/accessory/pants/shirt/set/headgear/glasses featured in {{TLS:UC}}.

==Description==
<IN-GAME DESCRIPTION>

==Background==
<BACKGROUND>

==Effect==
<IN-GAME EFFECTS, ANY TIPS AND TRICKS, WHAT THE ITEM DOES, ETC>

==How to obtain==
*<ITEM> can be obtained by <METHOD OF OBTAINING>
*repeat until possibilities are exhausted

==Gallery==
<GALLERY>

{{UC Clothing}}

Clothing articles in The Last Stand: Dead Zone follow a similar layout:

The '''<NAME OF ITEM>''' is a type of [[clothing]] featured in {{TLS:DZ}}. It is a <What the object is>

==Effect==
In addition to altering a [[survivor]]'s appearance, it also provides <ANY ADDITIONAL BONUSES>

==How to obtain==
It can be found <HOW TO OBTAIN>

==Recycling products==
* <RECYCLING PRODUCT>

==Gallery==
<GALLERY>

{{DZ Clothing}}

Gear articles in The Last Stand: Dead Zone follow this format:

==Description==
Specialized ammunition designed for greater impact.

==Background==
<background>

==Effect==
<Effect>

==Recycling products==
<List recycling products here>

==How to obtain==
*<ITEM> can be obtained by <METHOD OF OBTAINING>
*repeat until possibilities are exhausted

===[[Crafting]]===
====Regular====
<How to obtain>

====Subtypes====
<How to obtain> <!-- Only if applicable -->

==Available conditions==
<List any available conditions of the item>

==Subtypes==
<SUBTYPES>

==Tactics==
<TACTICS>

==Gallery==
<GALLERY>

Clothing and Gear articlesEdit

Sometimes, clothing in The Last Stand: Union City is a gear item in The Last Stand: Dead Zone. Sometimes, clothing appears in both games.

In such cases, level 2 headings are used to divide the article up by game, and lower-level headings to divide those sections up. It should follow a hierarchical structure, as it should.

<INTRO>

==[[The Last Stand: Union City]]==

===Description===
<in-game description>

===Background===
<Background>

===How to obtain===
<How to obtain>

===Effects===
<EFFECT>

===Gallery===
<GALLERY>

==[[The Last Stand: Dead Zone]]==
<INTRO>

===Description===
<In-Game Description>

===Background===
<BACKGROUND>

====Effect====
<EFFECT>

===Recycling products===
*<ITEM> x <QUANTITY>
*<ITEM> x Variable (dependent on item quality) <!-- Only if recycling products are affected by item quality -->

====How to obtain====
*<ITEM> can be obtained by <METHOD OF OBTAINING>
*repeat until possibilities are exhausted

====Available conditions====
*<CONDITION NAME>, which increases/decreases <STATISTIC> by <VALUE>.
*repeat until all available conditions are listed

===Tactics===
<TACTICS>

===Gallery===
<GALLERY>

{{UC Clothing}}
{{DZ Gear}}

Location articlesEdit

Only cities, towns, and villages in The Last Stand 2 are covered. The individual buildings that can be searched are not covered.

Location types in The Last Stand 2 go by this format:

<Intro> <!-- Introduce the location to readers - state its population and some of its physical features -->

==Weapons==
*<list weapons that can be found at this location>

==Trivia==
*<list Trivia and other facts here>

{{Locations}}

In The Last Stand: Union City, both city districts and individual buildings are covered. City district pages also include information from The Last Stand: Dead Zone as well.

A page on an individual building should look a little bit like this:

<Intro> <!-- Give the name of the building (found at the top-left when you pause the game), and a brief description of it. Also be sure to mention which district the building is found in -->

==Contents==
*<list the items that can be found in here. Junk items are normally not included unless they are always found there. Do not list lucky finds as they will not drop for all players - only items that are definitely going to be there for each player should be listed>

==Trivia==
*<list any Trivia or miscellaneous information>

==Interior==
<Gallery - add pictures of all the rooms inside the building>

{{Locations}}

Searchable location types in The Last Stand: Dead Zone follow this format:

The '''<NAME OF PAGE>''' is a type of [[:Category:DZ Locations|location]] that can be searched in {{TLS:DZ}}.

==Description==
<In-game description>

==Background==
<Background, can be real-life>

==Possible finds==
*<list any finds that are MOST LIKELY to be found>

==Level calculation==
The level of a <location name> is <number> levels <higher or lower> than the area it is in <!-- For bridges, it should be "The level of a Bridge is 3 levels higher than the highest-level area it connects to." -->

==Tactics==
<in-game tactics for the map>

==Gallery==
<Gallery>

{{Locations}}

Union City District pages appear in both The Last Stand: Union City and The Last Stand: Dead Zone. So they should follow this format, to accommodate both games:

<District name> is a section of [[Union City]] in {{TLS:UC}} and {{TLS:DZ}}.

==The Last Stand: Union City==
===Street name=== <!-- The street name can be found by pausing the game and looking at the top-left of the screen -->
*<list any buildings on this area, as well as any notable objects>

<Repeat until all streets are named, and all buildings are listed>

==The Last Stand: Dead Zone==
===Sub-district name=== <!-- Only when applicable, for example: Brookvale South is a sub-district of Brookvale as a whole. A redirect should be created that redirects to the specific section. For example, on the Brookvale article, the page "Brookvale South" should redirect to the appropriate section -->

It is unlocked when the [[Leader]] reaches Level <level number in which the location is unlocked>

*<list all locations in the area, providing the quantity and a link to the location page>

===<repeat until all sub-districts are listed>===

{{Locations}}

ImagesEdit

There is no policy on where images should be placed on an article, though editors are encouraged to use their judgment. For example, weapon articles should have an image of the weapon in the inventory (i.e. not in use) in the {{Gunbox}} template. Throughout the body of the article, images may be added to the side, near the text that they generally explain. If there are lots of images, it may be appropriate to create a slideshow or gallery to house them.

Image categorizationEdit

Images should be appropriately categorized, based on the articles they appear in. Category:Union City and Category:Dead Zone are used in images that are found in The Last Stand: Union City and The Last Stand: Dead Zone, respectively. Do not add these categories to an image of a real life weapon - we use Category:Real Life Images instead. For something like the icon for a book in TLS:DZ, that icon can be categorized into Category:Dead Zone because that icon is found in-game - for example, File:Bull in a China Shop.PNG belongs in Category:Dead Zone as well as Category:Books. There currently is no category for The Last Stand 1 or The Last Stand 2.

Images of food and drink do not need to be added to Category:Resource or Category:Feature. They must be added at Category:Food and Drink and Category:Dead Zone or Union City, depending on the above.

Images of weapons, regardless of them being in-game or not, should be included in Category:Weapons, and then the weapon category, such as Category:Pistol or Category:Automatic. Then add Category:TLS Weapons, Category:TLS2 Weapons, Category:UC Weapons, and Category:DZ Weapons, depending on which game it came from. For UC and DZ, remember to add Category:Union City or Category:Dead Zone, as usual. If the image is not found in any of the games, add Category:Real Life Images, but only if it's actually a real life image (Images from L4D2 shouldn't be placed in either category - just add Weapons and the weapon type category).

All images of gear items should have Category:Gear, as well as Category:Passive Gear or Category:Active Gear, in addition to Category:Dead Zone.

Images of schematics should be included in Category:Schematics, as well as the weapon/gear categorizing scheme mentioned above. Remember to add Category:Crafting for images of schematics. If the image is of a normal weapon and it can be crafted, the image doesn't need to have Category:Crafting.

Images of clothing should always have Category:Clothing. Category:DZ Clothing should be used for clothing found in The Last Stand: Dead Zone. Clothing worn on the head (i.e. hats) go in Category:Hat. As usual, they should be placed in Category:Union City and Category:Dead Zone as appropriate.

Image captionsEdit

The image caption should provide a brief description of the image. If the article contains content from more than one game, it should have a brief tag at the end of the caption indicating which game the image is located in - namely (TLS), (TLS2), (TLS:UC), and (TLS:DZ). If the article only describes content in one game, it does not require this tag. If the image is not found in-game, it should not have a tag.

LanguageEdit

The Last Stand Wiki has two language wikis - the English Wiki (this wiki) and the Spanish Wiki. As this is the English wiki, it must be written in English. Interwiki links exist to connect the English wiki to the Spanish wiki, and vice versa. The Spanish Wiki is a separate entity from the English Wiki.

There are many different dialects of English, each having their own set of punctuation, spellings, and grammatical constructions. Thus, where possible, the preferred use of English on The Last Stand Wiki is "U.S. English" for spelling.

Note: When leaving dates in numerical format, the standard format in the U.S. is "MM-DD-YYYY". However, not everyone follows this format. Some people use "DD-MM-YYYY". For instance, 02-05-2014 is read as February 05, 2014 for people in the U.S., and May 02, 2014 by others, confusing readers. Because everyone uses a different numerical format, ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD) or regular format, such as "24 September 2013", should be used instead.

Template usageEdit

Templates are commonly used in articles to aid the reader, provide information (i.e. infobox), or used as maintenance tags to encourage readers to help improve the article if they can.

StubsEdit

Articles that are stubs (missing content, too short and has potential for more information, etc.) are tagged with {{stub}}. The tag should be added at the top of the page, not at the bottom like some wikis do.

Needs imageEdit

Articles that require an image (and have one available) are tagged with {{Needs-image}}. They go below the {{stub}} template if the former applies as well. Again, they should go first - readers want to know whether they can help out or not first.

GunboxesEdit

The gunbox is designed to appear on the top-right of the page, so that's where the gunbox is located. In source mode, it appears below the {{stub}} or {{Needs-image}} templates, as well as any "See also" or "This article is about..." messages.

NavboxesEdit

Navboxes should be placed at the very bottom of the page. They are used to direct the reader to other pages once they're finished reading the page they're on.

References templatesEdit

Templates such as {{reflist}} or variables such as "<references />", are placed above the gallery but below other page content, including the "Trivia" section.

Deletion tagsEdit

The template {{Delete}} is used to tag pages that need to be deleted. These templates should be placed at the very top of any page, above any and all text. They override all other MOS recommendations. Templates should only be used on pages that actually need to be deleted. The template automatically adds pages to Category:Candidates for deletion - the category should not be added manually.

Merge request tagsEdit

The template {{Merge}} is used to request and nominate pages for merging (merging two pages into one). They are placed above any and all text, much like {{Delete}} tags. However, if a page subsequently has a {{Delete}} tag, {{Merge}} goes underneath {{Delete}}.

HatnotesEdit

Hatnotes are little notes, written in italics, at the top of articles. They typically inform users of articles with a similar name, and links to such articles. This can be beneficial to readers that have are looking for an article but came across the wrong one, likely because the two names are similar or share the same name.

Hatnotes may look like this:

For the weapon, see Hands.

Or...

Not to be confused with Scavenging.

Or...

This article is about the attachment. For the organization, see Military (organization).

Hatnotes should have one indent (accomplished by adding a colon in front, or by using the respective tools in VisualEditor, and should be in italics. They should always be at the very top of the page, above any images and text. If readers have come across the wrong article, they should know that immediately.

CategoriesEdit

Categories help readers find articles, and helps organize the wiki. Categories can be added by adding [[Category:CATEGORY NAME]] to the page, or by using the "Categories" section on the right-panel of the Rich Text Editor. They can also be added using the "Categories" section at the bottom of articles. Categories should be used sparingly - the target page in question needs to be related to the category. For example, the The Last Stand: Dead Zone, M-24 (TLS:DZ), and Alliances pages all belong in Category:Dead Zone because they are related to that category. However, The Last Stand Wiki (the main page) does not belong in Category:Dead Zone, even if it contains content relating to that category.

LinksEdit

Links should be used where they will be beneficial to the reader. Make links only when they will be helpful in the context. For example, "The player must build a compound that will sustain survivors" is considered disruptive, unhelpful, and pointless. The Last Stand Wiki does not need pages about "The", "must", "build", "a", "that", "will", and "sustain". Also avoid adding too many links to the same page in the same paragraph. The general rule is "One link to the same page per each paragraph". Of course, editors are encouraged to use their own judgment. If an article has many short paragraphs, then one link per several paragraphs is desirable.

Examples of good and bad use of links:

Bad: Injuries can occur if a survivor gets hit by zombies or by other survivors (whilst raiding) too many times and the survivor's health drops below 50%. Once a survivor is injured, they will need medical items to treat it - it cannot simply be healed by a medic or Leader while a mission is still running. Injuries also heal by themselves over time.
Good: Injuries can occur if a survivor gets hit by zombies or by other survivors (whilst raiding) too many times and the survivor's health drops below 50%. Once a survivor is injured, they will need medical items to treat it - it cannot simply be healed by a medic or Leader while a mission is still running. Injuries also heal by themselves over time.

CitationsEdit

There is no official policy requiring that all additions be supported by a citation, however, editors are encouraged to cite sources whenever possible.

Citations are different from footnotes, see below.

Adding and using citationsEdit

Citations can be included in articles via the cite extension. For example:

Jon Bon Jovi is awesome!<ref>http://www.jonbonjovi.com/</ref>

==References==
{{reflist}}

This produces:

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Jon Bon Jovi is awesome![1]

ReferencesEdit

Note the {{Reflist}} template. The template displays all the footnotes for the page. You can also use <references/>, depending on the situation.

You can give references a "unique identifier", which is useful when an article cites the same source multiple times. This is an easier alternative to "ibid", which becomes difficult to maintain when new citations are added.

For example:

Jon Bon Jovi is awesome!<ref name="jonbonjoviwebsite">http://www.jonbonjovi.com/</ref>. However, some people don't think so.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks">http://www.example.com/</ref>.

However, fans of him say otherwise.<ref name="jonbonjoviwebsite" /> And yet his haters repeat their argument.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks" />.

==References==
<references />

Which produces:

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Jon Bon Jovi is awesome![1]. However, some people don't think so.[2].

However, fans of him say otherwise.[1] And yet his haters repeat their argument.[2].

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.jonbonjovi.com/
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.example.com/

Notice how, when a "ref name=jonbonjovi" is given footnote text, the text does not need to be rewritten for each instance of the footnote. They do not need to be in order either: This...

Jon Bon Jovi is awesome!<ref name"jonbonjoviwebsite" /> However, some people don't think so.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks" />

However, fans of him say otherwise.<ref name="jonbonjoviwebsite">http://www.jonbonjovi.com/</ref> And yet his haters repeat their argument.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks">http://www.example.com/</ref>.

...has the same effect as this...

Jon Bon Jovi is awesome!<ref name="jonbonjoviwebsite">http://www.jonbonjovi.com/</ref>. However, some people don't think so.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks">http://www.example.com/</ref>.

However, fans of him say otherwise.<ref name"jonbonjoviwebsite" /> And yet his haters repeat their argument.<ref name="jonbonjovisucks" />.
Cite errors

If there is a glitch in the syntax of the citation, the MediaWiki software will usually display a "Cite error", either at the problem footnote or at the bottom of the page. A list of cite errors can be found here. Often, the majority of errors can simply be solved by adding a missing bracket. Stay cool, and carefully check the article for bad syntax.

On The Last Stand Wiki, pages that contain a cite error are automatically listed in Category:Pages with citation errors.

Citation stylesEdit

The Last Stand Wiki does not use "MLA" or "APA" style citations, nor does it use any kind of "formal" citation style. Bare URLs are acceptable and are better than nothing, though not ideal.

For online sources, use this format:

Last name of author, First name of author. TITLE OF PAGE, ALONG WITH A LINK TO THAT PAGE. (Published DD-MONTH-YEAR) ''Publisher''. Retrieved DD-MONTH-YEAR

For offline print sources, use this format:

Last name of author, First name of author (Month and Year published). BOOK TITLE (if possible, provide a link to an online PDF or Google Books entry). ''Publisher''. Retrieved DD-MONTH-YEAR.

FootnotesEdit

Footnotes are typically used to add "sidenotes" into the article. Information that doesn't necessarily need to be in plain sight but is somewhat useful nonetheless goes into a footnote.

Footnotes should typically be separate from citations. They should use <ref group="n">Footnote here</ref>.

For example:

I like pie.<ref group="n">But I don't like cake.</ref>

==Notes==
<references group="n" />

Produces:

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I like pie.[n 1]

NotesEdit

  1. But I don't like cake.

Notice how the footnote has an "n" in front of the number. Also note how <references group="n" /> was used instead. This ensures only footnotes with "ref group="n"" are displayed there.

See alsoEdit

The Last Stand Wiki Policies
Article policies Item Stats Policy · Manual of Style · Page Titles Policy · Vandalism Policy
Behavioral policies Assume good faith · Be Bold · Chat Rules · Forum Rules · Please don't bite the newbies
General Wiki policies What The Last Stand Wiki is not
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