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Manual of Style, the goal is to outline the agreed upon layout and formatting, to produce consistent articles and help out new editors.
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Manual of Style, is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving our wiki consistent look and feel. intended as a handy reference for editors. Feel free to suggest or discuss guidelines, over at the [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/forum/29-wiki-of-ice-and-fire/ forum] or on the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}|discussion tab]].
  
 
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=General rules=
==General rules==
 
 
* Use the '''Preview''' button.
 
* Use the '''Preview''' button.
 
* Follow the format of existing pages as much as possible.
 
* Follow the format of existing pages as much as possible.
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* Indent your post with a colon (:) when replying to a previous post.
 
* Indent your post with a colon (:) when replying to a previous post.
  
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==Canon==
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* The Books of [[A Song of Ice and Fire]] are considered fully cannon.
  
==Articles==
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===Sources and Copying===
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=Article layout=
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An article should begin with an introductory lead section, that provide an overview of the topic, followed by the rest of the article divided into sections, each with a section heading. If there are at least four section headings in the article, a navigable table of contents is generated automatically and displayed between the lead and the first heading.
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==Tense==
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* Articles that cover ... ???
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==External links==
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* Do not use external links in the body of an article. Articles can include an external links section at the end as further reading, the following sites should be linked: Official sites (that majorly relate to the topic), articles about the subject of article on other encyclopaedias or vast resources that contain neutral and accurate information that has not been mentioned in the article.
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=Sources and Copying=
 
Information for the content of pages comes from a lot of different sources. If the source of your contributions is something other than the books, please state your sources. <br>
 
Information for the content of pages comes from a lot of different sources. If the source of your contributions is something other than the books, please state your sources. <br>
 
Copying from wikipedia is ok; the content of wikipedia is free but there are some rules. They are stated in Copying from Wikipedia.  
 
Copying from wikipedia is ok; the content of wikipedia is free but there are some rules. They are stated in Copying from Wikipedia.  
 
In short you have to refer to the original article. This is a must!  
 
In short you have to refer to the original article. This is a must!  
 
* A good way to do this is using the template <nowiki>{{EnWP|<article from wikipedia>}}</nowiki>
 
* A good way to do this is using the template <nowiki>{{EnWP|<article from wikipedia>}}</nowiki>
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=Images=
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* Uploaded images must be related to [[A Song of Ice and Fire]] and it's derivative works, the one exception being if you want to upload an image for your userpage, of yourself or for a [[Categoty:Userboxes|userbox]].
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* Always tag the images you're uploading with copyright information, for this you can use [[Template:copyright tags|copyright tags]] template.
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* It's prefer that any primary image used (be it a photo or an artistic depiction) is one that does not deviate too much from how the character is described, and a good artistic depiction over a photo when one is available. <ref>[[User:Linda]], [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/50947-for-some-reason-this-really-annoys-me/page__view__findpost__p__2681674 forum post].</ref>
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=Categories & Templates=
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* Add your page to a category or more if appropriate. You can find a list of existing categories here: [[Special:Categories]] and an overview of the existing structure here: [[Help:Categories Overview]]. <br>
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* You can find a list of templates here: [[:Category:Templates]] and an overview of the most common ones here:[[Help:Templates Overview]].
  
  
==Categories==
 
Add your page to a category or more if appropriate.  This makes searching easier.<br>
 
You can find a list of existing categories here: [[Special:Categories]]. which are explained here [[Help:Categories Overview]]. <br>
 
Place the code at the very bottom of the article.
 
<pre>[[category:categoryname]]</pre>
 
  
==Templates==
 
You can find a list of templates here: [[:Category:Templates]]. which are explained here [[Help:Templates Overview]].
 
  
 
[[Category:Editing_Resources]]
 
[[Category:Editing_Resources]]

Revision as of 11:32, 21 September 2011

Manual of Style, is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving our wiki consistent look and feel. intended as a handy reference for editors. Feel free to suggest or discuss guidelines, over at the forum or on the [[{{TALKPAGENAME}|discussion tab]].

General rules

  • Use the Preview button.
  • Follow the format of existing pages as much as possible.
  • Please use our sandbox to test code.
  • Add a descriptive summary when editing a page.
  • A "minor edit" is a fix to a typo or small change that does not affect the page. No summary required.

Discussion

  • Sign your name at the end of your post by adding 4 tildes (~~~~)
  • Indent your post with a colon (:) when replying to a previous post.

Canon


Article layout

An article should begin with an introductory lead section, that provide an overview of the topic, followed by the rest of the article divided into sections, each with a section heading. If there are at least four section headings in the article, a navigable table of contents is generated automatically and displayed between the lead and the first heading.

Tense

  • Articles that cover ... ???

External links

  • Do not use external links in the body of an article. Articles can include an external links section at the end as further reading, the following sites should be linked: Official sites (that majorly relate to the topic), articles about the subject of article on other encyclopaedias or vast resources that contain neutral and accurate information that has not been mentioned in the article.


Sources and Copying

Information for the content of pages comes from a lot of different sources. If the source of your contributions is something other than the books, please state your sources.
Copying from wikipedia is ok; the content of wikipedia is free but there are some rules. They are stated in Copying from Wikipedia. In short you have to refer to the original article. This is a must!

  • A good way to do this is using the template {{EnWP|<article from wikipedia>}}

Images

  • Uploaded images must be related to A Song of Ice and Fire and it's derivative works, the one exception being if you want to upload an image for your userpage, of yourself or for a userbox.
  • Always tag the images you're uploading with copyright information, for this you can use copyright tags template.
  • It's prefer that any primary image used (be it a photo or an artistic depiction) is one that does not deviate too much from how the character is described, and a good artistic depiction over a photo when one is available. [1]


Categories & Templates

  • User:Linda, forum post.