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This thread was archived on 5 August 2018 by Liquidhelium.

Currently our style guide is vague on how numbers, including ordinal ones should be presented in articles. The choice is either between word and non-word form, for example: first/1st or four/4. For general writing (outside of wiki), smaller numbers are written in their word form, while the larger numbers vary from guide to guide.

Therefore, for consistency's sake, I propose two/2 options:

  1. Smaller numbers (1-9) and single-word numbers (10, 20, etc) in word form, and the rest in non-word form
  2. All numbers in non-word form

The selected rule would also be applied to ordinal numbers.


Support 1 - Would personally prefer to see this as it otherwise, it can look weird, such as on The Codex. Talk to Kelsey 18:48, July 17, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 - Just fits better to the articles. Srylius (talk) 19:08, July 17, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 - Per Kelse and Sry. Farming-icon.png Salix of Prifddinas (Talk) Prifddinas lodestone icon.png 19:21, July 17, 2018 (UTC)

Comment - I do have to comment though, that verbatim stuff, like achievement descriptions, should stay verbatim, e.g. literally the text from in-game. Farming-icon.png Salix of Prifddinas (Talk) Prifddinas lodestone icon.png 21:02, July 17, 2018 (UTC)
Hadn't thought about this, but I'd agree that verbatim would override this rule Talk to Kelsey 11:43, July 20, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 --Iiii I I I 20:34, July 17, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 - Obviously keep some stuff as it is eg floor numbers should be 1st/2nd not first/second. HaidroH rune.pngEagle feather 3.pngCandle (blood red).png 1XqyDNM.png Crystal triskelion fragment 3.pngHazelmere's signet ring.png 04:38, July 19, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 - I agree with all of the above comments. Pernix cowl detail.png MAGE-KIL-R (Talk)Zaros symbol.png 02:35, July 20, 2018 (UTC)

Support one - You guys are already breaking the rules --dDbvitC.pngScuzzy Betahib8CAd.png 21:09, July 22, 2018 (UTC)

It's not a rule yet! :P Pernix cowl detail.png MAGE-KIL-R (Talk)Zaros symbol.png 17:12, July 28, 2018 (UTC)

Support first - Jr Mime (talk) [VSTF] 21:12, July 22, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1 - Except fer verbatim and flooring, those should remain as is What I've done Ciphrius Kane Talk 21:16, July 22, 2018 (UTC)

Support both - When referring to a number, non-word form should be used. When referring to a quantity with a number in full sentences, word form should be used as per suggestion 1. This is the widely used convention about everywhere in the world. Thingummywut (talk) 23:52, July 22, 2018 (UTC)

Comment - what qualifies as a "one-word" number? At least one of the examples given, "100" (one hundred), doesn't fit my definition, so I'm not sure what it means -- F-Lambda (talk)

Just me being stupid, and not realising it's "one hundred", rather than "hundred". Have removed it. Talk to Kelsey 17:10, July 28, 2018 (UTC)

Support 1/CommentJust as a personal thing I was taught in 11th grade, 1-10 should be word form, and 11+ numbers format. Just my 2 cents. --Bronze dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze daggerElven CoreRSDragon dagger.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon dagger 14:56, August 2, 2018 (UTC)

Comment - What I've always used is: single-digit numbers in prose always in word form, everything else in non-word form including single-digit numbers inside tables and infoboxes. I decided to comment because I've recently noticed some users changing everything into digits in text, and it looks really bad. 5-x Talk 09:12, August 5, 2018 (UTC)

Closed - Numbers in paragraph text should be written out (one, two, three, etc) if they are small (1-9) or one word (ten, twenty, thirty, etc). --LiquidTalk 16:32, August 5, 2018 (UTC)