This is the Manual of Style for the Laura Joh Rowland Wiki. This page is meant to explain what we look for in regards to content. We strive for articles that are concise, easy to read, and are of high quality. The points below are here to guide users while editing any given article. If you have any questions or comments about anything on this page, do not hesitate to contact one of our administrators.

Canon Edit

Canon is a term relating to any official material. This means anything from the novels or Laura Joh Rowland, the creator, is considered factual. Anything outside of either of the sources given is considered non-canon and is therefore not allowed on any articles.

Writing Edit

Perspective Edit

Any page describing fictional events, characters, etc. within the world of any of Rowland's books should be written as if they actually happened in the real world. This point can be broken if there is not a simple work around, but in general, phrases such as "in [this book]" shouldn't be used. Articles about living people are excluded from this rule.

Formality Edit

Contractions such as "it's", "he's", "didn't", etc. should be excluded from sentences. Use their full forms instead (i.e. "it is", "he is", "did not", etc.).

  • "Its" is the possessive for "it" and can be used.

Neutrality Edit

All pages must be written from a neutral point of view. Any personal opinions can be expressed through blog posts or the Discussions feature.

American English or British English Edit

Both forms of English are allowed on this wiki as along as they are constant within an article.

For Example
The colour of her hair was blonde while the colour of her eyes was brown.
The color of her hair was blonde while the color of her eyes was brown.
The colour of her hair was blonde while the color of her eyes was brown.

However, British terms/phrases/etc. are not allowed.

Level of Detail Edit

  • Novel articles: Copying the text verbatim is prohibited. As such, events and conversations should be summarized.
    • This rule can be broken if summarizing a conversation is unavoidable or if what is being said is very important in some way.
  • Character articles: Events including the character should be summarized as if they are the only one experiencing them. The only time another character can be mentioned is if there is an interaction. This should also be related quickly.

Presentation Edit

  • Paragraphs should be short and to the point, preferably no longer than ten (10) to fifteen (15) sentences.
  • References are required and encouraged. See References for more details.
  • Mentioning a character's death at the beginning of their article is unnecessary. The infobox and tense used throughout the article is more than enough to prove their status.

Wikitext Edit

  • Simple wikitext such as apostrophes, brackets, <br /> etc. is allowed. Span, div, style, etc. isn't allowed.
  • Links to other wiki pages should use their full name and not a redirect. For example, [[Okubata|Cherry Eater]] is the correct format, not [[Cherry Eater]].

References Edit

See also: Help:Cite
  • References should be placed after all punctuation, except the em dash (—).
  • References should be from the novels. Third party sources (such as official websites) are allowed, but need to be linked to.
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