Originally Posted by Fat Rising_Dusk
- Use RBY as an abbreviation for the Red / Blue / Yellow generation.
- Use GSC as an abbreviation for the Gold / Silver / Crystal generation.
- Use ADV as an abbreviation for the Advance Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald generation.
- Use DPP as an abbreviation for the Diamond / Pearl / Platinum generation.
- Use BW as an abbreviation for the Black / White generation.
I recommend calling each of the generations either "generation n" or "Generation n". So the current generation is generation 5. I would favor generation 3 over ADV, generation 2 over GSC, etc. This is especially important with the new generations, as some people call generation 4 as a whole DPP, which would suggest that it excludes changes made in HeartGold and SoulSilver. I would say generation 4, and refer to the early gen 4 metagame as DP, then DPP (or something along those lines).
- For unbracketed asides, use the em dash (—) and no spaces (Mareep—that is to say, the entire evolution family—is extremely cute.).
I recommend the en dash (–) with spaces. There are a few good reasons for this. First, the em dash without spaces looks like it's connecting things, when it's usually used for something aside from the main point or an interruption. The em dash with spaces takes up a lot of space ("I have something I want to — Hey! Are you listening to me?"). The en dash with spaces suffers from neither of those two drawbacks and is attested to in a variety of modern writings.
- You may use the pronoun "who" instead of "which" or "that" and use "he" or "she" to refer to Pokemon as people if you so desire. It must be consistent for the entire article or analysis if this is done, however.
What is the status of "they" as a third-person singular gender neutral pronoun? I favor this solution over "he / she" or similar constructs as well as a generic "he". Is there a preference between "they" and "it" for Pokemon?
If you need to mention a short list, just use the list rather than describing the list and giving an example. Instead of
"Players cannot use moves that have a chance of instantly KO opposing Pokémon. For example, Horn Drill is an illegal move to have on a Pokémon's move set."
"Players cannot use Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold."
The second example leaves no room for confusion and is actually shorter anyway.
What is the preference between STAB and Same Type Attack Bonus? I am in favor of STAB, as are a few people in #C&C. The abbreviation is so much more common than what it originally abbreviated that I think it's more well understood.
Which form is preferred: 1/8 or 12.5%