This Manual of Style for Amberpedia is a guide for editors on how to properly format Amberpedia articles.
For more general information, see the Wikipedia Manual of Style.
- Please categorize articles and insert navigational templates appropriately to ensure that Amberpedia is a more orderly compendium of The Chronicles of Amber knowledge.
- Please do not insert a heading, such as == Summary ==, if there is only a single heading within the article. Just don't put a heading until you feel the need to insert two, and then you may create two.
- Whenever inserting pictures in "thumb" format, please include a caption
- Refer to the Amber universe from a third-person perspective.
- List all references at the end articles.
- Refrain from using slashes whenever possible. Instead, work the word "or" into the sentence, or figure out some other way of stating it.
As a corollary to the above, if you're making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "This is a minor edit" button below the Summary box before saving the page. Again, this will make things easier for the rest of us.
Use the Preview ButtonEdit
The preview button is right next to the save edit button, and is there for a reason. It's your own personal spell checker, link checker, whatever-else checker. Use it. Users that purposefully do not preview edits as to inflate their edit count are not well regarded amongst editors, and you may find yourself in trouble with an administrator.
In other words, a page should not link to itself. If it is attempted, the link will simply turn into bold text.
A given page should only contain one link to any other page. If a page links to Corwin in one place, then that should be the only link to Corwin on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article.
Don't use conversational styleEdit
This is an information site. It should read like Wikipedia, not like your diary.
- Check your spelling and grammar. Don't use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you're not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google or Dictionary.com. If you know that you're not the strongest speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word or use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome which has spell-checking built in.
- Don't use "smileys" or "emoticons".
- Don't "reply" to content others have posted. If you think a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's Discussion page. If you're 100% sure that something should be changed and don't think a discussion is necessary, just change it. Dialogue goes only on articles' Discussion pages or the forum.
- Never abbreviate the names of characters, places, or anything. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned.
If you don't know enough information on a topic, or you know there's more, add a stub to it. To do so, try this:
And people will know that it's a stub by looking at the stub category. Generally the stub template is put at the bottom of the page.
Don't sign your editsEdit
All contributions are appreciated, but if every user left their mark on every contribution they made, the Wiki would be nothing but signatures. If you've made an edit that you're particularly proud of (such as a transcript or screenshot), the correct place to take credit is on your own user page. If you do not have a user account, we respect your anonymity, but your edits will remain anonymous, too.
Do sign your Talk postsEdit
If you make a post on a discussion page, please sign it. If you have a user account, this is as easy as typing Orange shadow 19:49, August 12, 2010 (UTC) at the end of your post. If you don't have a user account, just sign it with your name or nickname so everybody can tell who's who when reading long conversations. Even better, create an account anyway and use the signature method described. There really is no reason not to if you're going to stick around.
External links are links that point to sites other than the Wiki. The links should be in the form of a bullet list. External links typically look like this:
Headers/Headings as LinksEdit
Never make a header title as links. Instead, utilise the Main Redirect Template and add it under the header. Additionally, avoid adding the the Ref Tag to the header.
Regional Differences in Grammar/SpellingEdit
Please refrain from basing edits on the correction of English grammar or spelling as your society sees fit. There are many variations and all are correct. For example, "color" and "colour", "center" and "centre". Note that American English users use "-ize" or "-yze" whereas the British English users use "-ise" or "-yse".