American Girl Wiki
Article Creation, Editing Guidelines, and Style Guide

New articles are the way the Wiki grows and edits are how those articles flesh out. However, each and every article needs to be well done, hence the Article Creation and Editing Guidelines.

Every new article or edit should have a strong backbone and outline for new editors to come in and add information well. Information added should be clear and precise, and data should be helpful and informative. Articles and edits that don't do this make it so much harder for people to contribute, and frequently these edits must be removed or a whole new outline put in; the article or edit is essentially scrapped from launch. Furthermore, a fluff-written, overly flowery, elaborately written article is not informative as it uses too many words to convey necessary information. As one of the admins states: "I view substandard contributions as being worse than no contributions at all, since poor contributions means someone has to go and fix your mistakes."

Every part of this article matters, but long story short: It doesn't matter if you are the first to create or edit an article. It matters if you are the first to create a GOOD article and edit it WELL. Quality Over Quantity.

Basic Formatting and Writing Rules

  • All articles and uploaded pictures must have categories listed at the bottom of the pages. Most things on the wiki apply to a character, line, or release year; there is a category for almost everything. At the bare minimum, use the character name/brand line and, for items, year of release. Use [[Category:TYPE]] to locate categories.
  • Articles, character facts and descriptions, and descriptions of items on pages should never consist of one or two short lines, a short list of items, or only two or three sentences. "Ana's oldest son", "shirt and overalls and sandals and hairclip" or "Molly's green dress with white ribbons" is not helpful anymore than "blue dress with ruffles" is helpful. Write a good opening paragraph and do a good setup of the article; write full, proper descriptions.
  • Any article or edit that is only a copy-paste of any website descriptions or catalog descriptions will be deleted or reverted immediately. This is not intended to be a rehash of the website and doing so constitutes a copyright infringement. Furthermore, most descriptions from the catalog are not written neutrally; they are written like ads.
  • All new articles should have a basic layout in likeness to articles of a similar nature. If you're not sure, please look at other pages like the article (for example, if you are creating a character page, look at another character). While the article need not have everything, it should have sections if these are needed (and they are probably needed more than they aren't). Without this, the article will be deleted.
  • All articles need an opening line or paragraph describing the topic. Sections with no description don't work either.
  • Any article that is only uploading the picture to the page is NOT an article.
  • Keep your personal opinions OUT of articles.
  • Proofread your work. Nothing looks poorer than an article with poor spelling and grammar. Correct them as soon as you spot them. Absolutely don't use uncited abbreviations, "net" or "chat" speak, or poor spelling. Turn your spell check on. Use the preview button.
  • Don't remove an integrated link unless you know it's broken or unwritten (and unlikely to be written), incorrect, or pointing somewhere that no longer exists as it did.
  • Unreleased items are headlined with {{Unreleased}}. Such items are by their nature incomplete and caution is warranted before making any major edits or uploads. False Information can happen. Be cautious in editing pages on unreleased items, as false information and/or unauthorized leaks, hearsay, or rumor will result in blocks.
  • Make internal links. A page that doesn't point anywhere is a dead-end page; a page that is neither linked to nor linking to others is an orphan page. Both fail to do what a wiki does and connect topics.
  • If new items are added to a page, such as a list of books or items, create links using the link formatting: [[Article Name Here]]. This allows page creation by clicking through an uncreated link; without this, others have to go back in and add links to everything. Adding a bunch of items with no links is unhelpful.
  • Internal links should never be formatted as external links. If your link looks like Name with single brackets, you did it wrong. It needs to be formatted as [[Article Name]]. See the examples at the Sandbox.
  • If the article is short or incomplete, please put {{stub}} on the page. If an article has been filled out, please remove.
  • Any article or category that is an unnecessary isolated topic (such as full pages for extremely minor characters, a list of "ethnic dolls" or character birthdays, an article of all released ballet outfits, or tagging which items are related to a specific holiday or belief) will be deleted and/or removed swiftly. There's no need for these kinds of lists or categories on the wiki, as they do not do anything to add to content we already have. If you want to list these kinds of minutiae, get a blog.

Required, Suggested and Preferred Article Formatting

We have a professional style here to be concise, clear, and crisp. Too much bloat extends articles unnecessarily, and too little detail is falling short. Articles should be active and present, even for older items no longer available or characters.

  • Only one link is generally needed in article per item. e.g. the first time a character is mentioned in a book summary, a link should be present to their article; after that, the article should remain unlinked.
  • Character pages should relate to the primary character of a series, rather than other characters. For example, Juan Montoya's page shows his connection to Josefina as her nephew; while Ana Montoya is his mother, she should not be the headlining connection and should be discussed later on the page and/or in the character infobox. Furthermore, full names should be typed out at the start of the article; the information should, without links, be clear and precise. (e.g. truncating the link to only say "Ana is Josefina's sister" is unhelpful; the more proper way is "Ana Montoya is the oldest sister of Josefina Montoya.")
  • If a character has a name cited, use it in descriptions and summaries. There is no use in saying that "Samantha's grandmother" is strict or "Molly's brother" teases her when we have their names documented.
  • Data in character bios needs to be broken up, such as with <br> to make paragraph breaks. Do not group characters together if possible. Make sure that formatting is done correctly; if there is a solid paragraph in info boxes, then data cannot be edited easy.
  • Full text of stories, articles, or full booklets is a copyright violation and will be removed from our site immdiately. We only do summaries of stories, and we never endorse any method of book, movie, or text access that violates publishing copyright. While small scans of items for details in product are allowed, full text scans of things such as play books, magazine articles, and/or book text is a violation of copyright.
  • Character lives, character facts, story summaries, and item descriptions (and items themselves) are to be made in the active, present tense. e.g. Addy's birthday is April ninth, not was; Nanea's friends are Lily and Donna, not were; Josefina asks her father to learn to play the piano, not asked; Molly's rollerskating shorts are plaid print, not were plaid; an item has Velcro closures, not had; Felicity's Marbling Kit is a craft, not was, Makena posts an outfit every day, not will post; American Girl releases new items, not will release. Items exist forever and ever, even if they're retired and you can't buy them direct anymore, so a product should never be referred to as "was". Future tense should be used rarely. Some noted exceptions:
    • Former retail cost after an item is retired should be "was."
    • Dress Like Your Doll components listed on the main page should be stated in the past tense after retirement e.g. "The Children's version was available."
    • Characters who are deceased prior to any books or other media should be referred in the past tense, such as Lydia Parkington or Marie-Grace's mother. Characters who die during the course of a series such as Felicity's grandfather or Auntie Lula should be referred in the present tense until their passing and then in the past.
    • Events prior to a series start can, as needed, be referred to in the past tense; do not overuse this. This is also true with future tense. Active present is likely better.
  • There is no need to state that persons, locations, doll food, and/or items are fictional, doll-sized or "pretend". We know. None of us should be confused about the fact we're writing about toys and fictional characters. The Xbox Series X isn't on sale for $60. Cite, instead, if a specific person/place/item is real or based on a real object, (preferably with a proper Wikipedia citation or official website) or sized for a person. Except books. We know books are for people.
    • Exception: If a character's stories are located in a fictional town (such as Samantha's town of Mount Bedford), this should be stated.
  • Descriptions of text on items should be italicized over placed in quotes. Do not write in all caps even if text is written that way on the product, as this makes it harder for screen readers for the visually impaired to read articles. Do not put extraneous quotes around text as these result in scare quotes.
  • Do not use scare quotes anywhere in descriptions e.g. calling a plastic molded spoon "wooden" or simulated navigation links on a tablet screen "navigation."
  • Bold and italic text should only be used at the top of a page if a book or publication title is being cited; bold text should only be used as necessary such as for titles, with the title of article always in bold.
  • Use bullet text over extended paragraphs. The latter makes the page read longer than it needs.
  • Write book summaries, metadata, and all references to people--especially characters--in third person. "You" don't buy AG things, "consumers" do. "You" don't do events in the My Journey Books or Innerstar University Game books, "the protagonist" or reader does. "I" do not have a little sister, Corinne does.
  • Refer to left and right using proper left and proper right; that is, according to the doll's left and right and not the viewer's (e.g. if the doll is facing you, their left hand is on your right side). This includes clothing, as the proper left facing a reader is the right side.
  • Spell out all numbers below ten (zero-nine). This is mandatory for our style guide, though under one hundred is preferred. All numbers that begin a sentence are to be spelled out. In two-in-one sets, spell out both numbers, even in the article title. Spell out all ordinals (first, third, twelfth, etc.) Spell out all ages.
    • Exceptions:
      • In dates, a digit is acceptable e.g. January 7/January 7th or seventh of January/January seventh. This includes centuries, such as the 19th century.
      • Series books (such as Mini Mysteries 2) may have the number in the title.
      • Page numbers should be in numerals only; Page 9, not "Page Nine."
      • Prices of items should only be listed in numerals with the US Dollar symbol, e.g. retail cost is $9, not nine dollars.
      • Measurements and product dimensions should be listed numerically, with US Standard measurements (and metric following if cited).
      • Descriptions of an item text with numerals (such as a 5 on the front of a doll's jersey) should retain the numerical.
  • All prices are to be listed in US dollars only.
  • Do not use the ampersand (&) in any article text or titles: type out the word "and." If the item has the ampersand in the image, use the word spelled out with square brackets, e.g. fish [and] chips.
  • Make sure not to use curly or "smart" quotes and apostrophes in articles or categories. These damage the formatting, especially in articles and links, and in the case of categories will not link to the proper category. If you are writing articles offsite using a word processor, make sure to turn off all smart quotes.
  • Be as gender neutral as possible for items such as outfits and Dress Like Your Doll sets. Rather than say that clothing is for "girls," just say children; after all, not all children with a femme style or who play with dolls are young girls.
    • Consequently, when mentioning purchasers of items, say "customers", "consumers" or "purchasers"; don't say, for example, "mothers," as not all purchasers are women buying items to give to their children.
  • Descriptions--character and items--need to be precise. Do not say something is "possibly", "sort of/kind of," "can be", "is mentioned", "seems to be" or "is maybe" X. A character isn't "maybe" upset or "sort of" brave or "is mentioned" or "shown to be" cooking or dancing; she is upset or brave or cooks or dances. Words like "something" or "anything" are imprecise. A shoe isn't "kind of" blue or a shirt "mentioned" to be red, it either is or isn't. This is especially true with items. If you don't have active access to the item you're describing or the book you're using to summarize a book or discuss a character, don't make an assumption based off the images or text on the website or catalog descriptions. The company has described things wrong. If you are not sure something is a notebook vs. a notepad, a hair clip verses a comb, displayed or not, a tomato instead of an onion, made of plastic or glass, or made of a specific fabric, we'd rather it be left blank than having to correct a mistake from your wrong assumptions or remove unspecific data.
  • With few exceptions, articles and pages about real-world persons and fully named characters should have the DEFAULTSORT tag, so that they would be categorized by their surnames in category lists. Make sure to add {{DEFAULTSORT:Lastname, Firstname}} at the bottom of the page before the category tags, e.g. {{DEFAULTSORT:Abbott, Caroline}}. Articles that start with A or The should also be sorted to make sure the article is not classified by those words, e.g. {{DEFAULTSORT:Dozen Delicious Days Countdown Set, A}} or {{DEFAULTSORT:Crystal Ball, The}}.
  • Alternate pictures left and right so that they display evenly or, if pictures are in a section of description, use {{Clr}} to push next section down clear. Both techniques can be implemented.
  • Use {{clr}} to leave a space after a section if needed.

Good Descriptions and You!

When describing items, we require sufficient details. As stated above, "green dress with white ribbons" is not a detailed enough description. However, "the fancy holiday dress is a deep forest green and reaches to the knees, made of a low pile velveteen fabric of soft drape to flow around the doll's body" is going way too far.

Being descriptive without being extraneous is important and a good writing skill. While articles should never be written too simple, they also should avoid being too superfluous and confusing with multiple obscure words; that kind of writing makes text harder to understand. Some tips and rules are as follows:

  • Do not use possessive pronouns/nouns in item articles to state who "owns" anything. It's not "Luciana's jacket has patches on the sleeves showing her space camp achievements," it's just "Jacket has patches on the sleeves about space camp." It's not "Kit's clutch purse has a velcro closure" it's "clutch purse with velcro closure."
  • Do not break a phrase apart by script or font design. If a sign reads Home Sweet Home in brush script for home and separate cap lettering for sweet, keep the phrase together and describe the design lightly.
  • Capitalize only and always the first letters of each text and describe as lowercase/in all caps, rather than typing in all caps or all lowercase. Don't yell at or confuse the screen readers!
  • Avoid opinionated words such as "cute," "soft," "gentle," "gorgeous," "stunning," or "pretty." Even for colors. Just the Facts.
  • In descriptions there is no need to state articles e.g. "a pink velvet dress" rather than just "pink velvet dress."
  • Start at the top, front, or left side of an item and work your way describing its look in one direction, closing with whatever fastenings are present on clothing if any not already discussed (e.g. there is no need to repeat that a jacket has a zipper closure if it's already been cited as a functional zipper). Clothes articles should be described top to bottom. Don't describe the sleeves of a dress, jump to the skirt, and then jump back to the bodice. Descriptions are done in one direction.
  • Don't add more words than needed to describe items, especially if they can be a lot more "encyclopedic." Be descriptive without being extraneous. If describing a dress, there's no need to pad it out and say "the dress color is X, and it is made of Y fabric, and with Z embroidery across the fabric." Saying something is "mauve lilac-colored rose of sheer fine fabric" is extraneous. Use only as many words as are needed to describe. The neater way is to say "X, Y, dress embroidered with Z." or "lilac fabric rose." We're not Charles Dickens; the wiki doesn't go up in rank the more words you use to talk about a single thing.
  • Don't use a twenty-dollar word when a five dollar will do. We're not your SAT test or your High School English Vocabulary Quiz. Don't say "amber golden hued" when you can just say "light yellow." No one is more impressed that you used an obscure or more elaborate word. We just have to go in and clarify.
  • Avoid stating how to use things such as hair clips, hair products, purses or bags, and storage items. Use generic names when needed. "Two red elastic ponytail holders" is preferred rather than "Two Scrunchie-Os for putting a doll's hair in pigtails." "Five pink sponge rollers with white closure clips" is preferred rather than "five soft hair rollers for giving your doll "American Curls"."
  • Playsets with large amounts of components should start with the largest component and any decor and items for it, then any furniture, then followed by items grouped by type as much as possible (i.e. all the tableware together, all the included food together, all the included paper products such as stickers.)
  • If a large playset has multiple angles, e.g. Blaire's Family Farm Restaurant, work in sections. Describe the set as a whole, then the external, then internal. Do not go from one wall to another, for example. Describe a single wall from top to bottom on one side before moving to the next one.

Character Trivia and Fact Citation Policy

When citing character facts, events, and/or trivia (such as in <ref> tags) please cite/handle conflicts in the following ranked order:

  1. Core Character Books (Non-Abridged): The unabridged core books--Central Series for Historicals, main books for Girls of the Year and Girls of Many Lands, etc.--are the highest definitive source of character data and facts. This includes chapter books for the WellieWishers. With few exceptions, core character books rank at the top. Books that present information earlier should be cited first (e.g. Lula and Solomon's last name of Morgan is first cited in Addy Saves the Day, so this should be the cited reference). Additions from the combined volumes can also be cited at this level, such as the additional sections of A Heart Full of Hope that explain Ben's trip to attempt to locate their family and Sam's employment.
  2. Secondary Books: This includes secondary but canon books such as Short Stories, e-books, and Historical Character Mysteries. These are fully integrated into the canon of a character's core books and cover additional events. In a conflict between a Secondary Book and a Core Book, the Core Book takes precedence.
  3. Tertiary Books: These include books that only cite casual or passing facts such as historical activity and craft books, craft sets, Welcome to World Books, My Journey Books, books by other publishers such as Random House Books, and authorized American Girl encyclopedias or fact books such as those by DK Publishing. For example, while not fully canon with time travel, there are facts given in the My Journey Books that may not be cited in the Central Series, and there is information presented in American Girl Teacher's Guides that is not in the books.
  4. Product Inserts/Data: This includes items listing facts that are part of character collection items; side items such as puzzles, board games, or character craft kits; or pamphlets and cards that come with collection items. e.g. the report card that states Molly's middle initial is J; the included pamphlet with Courtney's Nightgown that discusses Courtney's sleepovers.
  5. Contact with AG/American Girl Website/AG Social Media: E-mails, website facts, and/or social media data from American Girl can be cited as a firm source.
  6. All Other Factual Sources: This includes verified factual details given from other sources or businesses, such as formal press releases and factual citations/data from sources or people verified to have worked with American Girl in formal interviews.

If there are conflicts between sources, higher sources take precedence as ranked. For example, An American Girl's Family Album claims that Kirsten's last name is Larson because her father is named Lars, but Kirsten's Surprise states that her father's name, Anders Larson, is written on the trunks. Therefore, her father's name is Anders and the album's facts can be considered wrong.

An example of how to rank and cite data would be that both Meet Julie and A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie cite that Julie's apartment is located at the corner of Redbud and Frederick. The Central Series data outranks the My Journey Book, so it should be cited instead as the source of the fact.

The notable exception is when a source erroneously softens sensitive data for young readers or uses inaccurate and outdated terms. The most prominent example is that Felicity's central series calls Rose a "servant" of the Merriman family, but Felicity's Cookbook accurately states that Rose is enslaved. It is clear from the context of the books that Rose and Marcus are enslaved persons to the Merriman family and should be called as such properly.

For the following two sources of facts and trivia, they should be referenced as follows:

  • Significantly Abridged Character Books: Significantly abridged or changed versions of books, such as those that that add all new scenes, do not override any other factual data--especially earlier, complete publications of Central Series books or Short Stories. For example, the new abridged and rewritten version of Samantha's first book, Samantha: The Gift, removes major story events (e.g. Jessie resigning) and moves events around (e.g. the date and time of Gardner's and Cornelia's wedding); one such edit implies that only Nellie attends school and her younger sisters never do so. These can be cited on character pages, but should be in a separate section below how events occur in original, unabridged Central Series books.
  • Movies/Live Action Media/Video Games: Movie, game, or live action data does not at any time override any other factual data. Due to various changes in the transition to live action or games that are often large or significant enough to completely change characters, any differences between these sources and more primary ones should only be cited for reference on non-main character pages and not taken as facts above any other higher source. For example, Anna-Sophia Robb's eyes are blue and were not changed or covered, but this does not change the fact that Samantha Parkington has brown eyes. There should be no references on her character page to have blue eyes; this should be mentioned in Character Changes on the movie page alone. In Felicity's movie, Felicity and Elizabeth meet prior to their first lesson, but this should not be stated on either Felicity's or Elizabeth's main page. Furthermore, Grandfather's death occurs with Felicity present and before the jailing of Mr. Cole; thus, he cannot speak on behalf of Mr. Cole's freedom and Edward does so instead. This does not change the facts in Changes for Felicity but should be cited on the movie page and on Grandfather's and Edward Merriman's character pages underneath their character pages. Another example is that Melody in Melody 1963: Love Has to Win wears glasses (as the actress does and needed them in order to perform) and is the only child of a single mother--but in the books she does not wear them, both parents are alive, and she is the youngest child of four. Therefore, none of these movie traits should be cited for Melody outside of citing the contrasting character data on the movie page.

Do Not Include: At no point should fandom data, opinions, unverified data or guesses/assumptions from collectors or purchasers, fan theory or fan fictions, or personal opinion pages/"clickbait" articles ever be cited as fact or even so much as referenced. Sources such as those are not considered reliable and are defined here as hearsay. (Admin has read too many nostalgia articles claiming that the American Girl of Today line was customizable at release or still is.) While there may be cited sites such as customizing sites for references or instructions for personal repairs, these have been vetted and are being used sparingly. If you haven't been vetted by admin, the data is not for here. And chances are good admin hasn't vetted you. Your tumblr blog (or worse, reblog) is not a source. Nor is your personal research on individual clothing inspirations. While it is likely true that historic items are inspired by real world items, we do not cite that here.

This is especially true for fan theory. Fan theory is just that--fan theory, and we are not a place for such shenanigans and misinformation. Caroline is not, for example, the same woman that helps Addy to freedom; Courtney isn't Maryellen's daughter; and all the mental gymnastics and desire will never prove that Marie-Grace somehow grows up to be Grandmary. You're not Captain Picard. You can't make it so.

Fan theory is considered inserting false information and will get you blocked or banned immediately.

Trivia Policy

Trivia adds facts and little details about items and characters that don't always fit in an article text. However, not every little detail is trivia. Some is just trivial--or worse, pointless. Tips on good vs. poor trivia are as follows:

Trivia should be interesting facts about the item or character in question and add to an article without repeating what's already been stated. They may only be tangent to the actual nature of the page in question, but should have a direct relation nonetheless. Examples:

  • Good trivia: Kaya's books are set in a time and place that is not technically part of America yet; at the time, some European contact had been made but the Pacific Northwest was still unclaimed by any European nation. The area did not officially become part of the US until the Oregon Country was given to the US as part of the Oregon Treaty of 1846. (From Kaya's character page)
    • What makes this good trivia?: This item is not about Kaya herself, but expounds on the time period of her stories. It is interesting but has no place in the rest of Kaya's article, and as such, is placed in the Trivia section.
  • Poor trivia: The doll is similar in looks to Just Like You 37. (Removed from Just Like You 53.)
    • What makes this poor trivia?: This item is not about Just Like You 53 herself, but how she resembles another modern-line doll. As the modern line dolls are intended to reflect various races and ethnicities and while some dolls may have passing resemblance to other dolls for various reasons (ex: JLY 33's release and resemblance to the retired Nicki Fleming doll), the piece of trivia listed in this example was not noteworthy to JLY 53's article and was removed. This type of trivia should only be implemented for a significant reason (ex: JLY 51's resemblance to JLY 3's looks after JLY 3's retirement).

Trivia should be interesting and/or helpful. This can be tricky since definitions of "interesting" and "helpful" are somewhat subjective terms. In general, trivia that displays a non-noteworthy example of something and/or whose relation to the page is tenuous at best will be considered uninteresting. Trivia should give a reaction similar to "Wow! I did not know that!" from the reader. If most readers' reactions to the fact is similar to "Meh, who cares?" "I saw this already," or "why does this matter?" then it is likely not a good piece of trivia. Examples:

  • Good trivia: Felicity's low cut outfits resulted in the body fabric of the first three dolls being changed from white to skin-colored. (From Felicity Merriman (doll).)
    • What makes this good trivia?: This item is of great interest to people who are unaware that Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly were originally white-bodied rather than skin-colored and it gives a simple and succinct explanation for the change.
  • Poor trivia: [Nellie] was also the very first BFF (best friends forever) doll. (Removed from Nellie O'Malley (doll).)
    • What makes this poor trivia?: In addition to being unprofessionally written and using a slang term, Nellie's character article already mentions she was marketed as the first Best Friend doll by American Girl. This makes this piece of trivia redundant on Nellie's doll page (thus leading to its removal).

Trivia should clarify unique data about items, characters, releases, and other aspects that would be bulky if integrated into an article, and should not repeat or include data that is obvious or ineffective. Trivia that shows bias towards racial, ethnic, and/or cultural expression will be removed immediately. Examples:

  • Good trivia: As of 2016, Melody is the only character in any product line from American Girl to have a book released before any items in the collection were available. (From Melody Ellison.)
    • What makes this good trivia?: This is of significant note for character releases, citing a previously unprecedented event of having a book and story out before the option of purchasing any collection items.
  • Poor trivia: This outfit is not labeled "Kaya's" because Kaya would not have worn something like this in her time period. (Removed from Modern Fancy Shawl Outfit.)
    • What makes this poor trivia?: While the item is not labeled with Kaya's name (a trend that was started later in releases; earlier ones did not add possessives to character items), it is clear that the outfit is tied to and relevant to her collection and perceived to be exclusive to her collection. Furthermore, the note that "Kaya would not have worn something like this in her time period" implies a past-only narrative of Native people. "Modern" things are added to Kaya's collection to provide examples of modern indigenous clothing, as it would be insensitive to portray inaccurate indigenous apparel. Furthermore, items such as "general" native clothing that would not ever be worn by a girl of Kaya's culture, such as a Plains tribe dress, implies that all North American Indigenous people are interchangeable and this is a form of racist thought.

Image Policies

See: Good Article Images and You!
  • Catalog pictures are best in the long run, and override personal images.
  • Images taken personally are to be clear, focused, and only of the item in question with a minimal of background clutter. Clothing should be complete sets without other sets and taken on a doll who is neatly and fully dressed. Accessories and items should be taken alone. A good personal image can be seen on the Jacket and Cap article.
  • If you can locate good pictures of items or unique images, please upload them. However, do not take pictures that have been watermarked from other sites, such as AG Playthings. Theft of another site's images is a violation of policy and all images of such nature will be deleted.
  • Filenames should be descriptive and relevant to the contents of the picture, i.e. File:KitTypewriter.jpg. A randomly-named file or a file with gibberish/checksum characters or the date and time, like File:727f2a590028b2bcd20de972d99b1d3a.gif, File:Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 2.16.26 PM.png, or File:Image1.jpg makes it too much of a hassle for administrators and other users to use the images as it leaves them guessing what the image looks like and increases the probability of duplicates.
  • Much like articles, every picture needs to be categorized; furthermore, images need to be described.
  • Do not upload leaked images. Unless American Girl chooses to upload or distribute pictures of unreleased products, leaked images have no place in the wiki.

Non-Compliant New Articles and Pictures

Any new article that does not follow the basic rules is subject to be deleted or purged immediately with no warning.

Any edits that violate this policy are subject to immediate reversion, revision, or total removal. Edit wars will result in page locks.

Images that do not comply will be removed. Images taken from other sites will be removed and the violator will be given a one week ban, minimal.

After multiple "short" articles, bad edits without corrections, or improper images by a user, they will be warned and/or given a block relative to the time to do correction or remove errors; should a lack of self-correction or continued issues arise such as further poor edits/counter productive edit wars/poorly created articles, blocks will escalate and can mean permanent removal.

This policy is effective immediately and continuously, including any changes.