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We here at the Project Nephilim wiki like to try and keep things consistent so to help first time editors this Manual of Style is here to set things straight.

For information on the most basic writing techniques and styles, which are used here, please see Wikipedia's Manual of Style.

Below are some basic Project Nephilim formatting dos and don'ts. There is much to add to this. However, before adding your ideas, suggestions, or changes, please post your suggestions on the discussion page for this article.

Layout GuideEdit

In-universeEdit

All in-universe articles should be structured as follows:

  1. Main body of article
  2. Behind the scenes
  3. See also
  4. External links
  5. Category

For more details as to what each section of an article should contain, see the '.

Note: all articles should have a "lead" or introduction paragraph that sets the article in context. (For example: "Hence These Tears is an original stage play produced by Boston Actors Theater, which serves as a loose prequel to the web series Project Nephailim: Salvation"). Information included in the lead may be repeated (within reason) in the appropriate section. Articles lacking leads can be easily identified as they usually have no body text above the automatically generated table of contents.


Out-of-Universe articles about real peopleEdit

Write an encyclopaedic biography of the person, centred mainly on his or her contributions to Project Nephilim, but also include other notable work if known. Do not place items of trivia, such as date of birth, under their own headings or sub-headings, especially if such headings only contain the single word, "unknown." This makes the article hard to read and is actually somewhat annoying. Please also see "Articles on living people", below, for important information regarding content.

Naming of articlesEdit

There are some rules regarding how articles on the Project Nephilim wiki should be named.

  • Article names should be in singular form, not plural. An exception would be a group such as The Beatles, or an organisation such as the United Nations, as the official, legal names of these are in plural form.
  • The titles of articles about individual characters should be the name by which the character was most commonly known in the "Project Nephilim" universe, with later names preferred to earlier names, and full names preferred to partial names or nicknames. Titles, such as military ranks or titles of nobility, should be omitted.
  • Unless the name of the article contains a lowercase acronym, the first letter of each word should be capitalized.
  • The MediaWiki software which underpins this wikia has some limitations about characters which cannot ever be used in page titles. These characters are |, #, <, >, {, }, [, and ]. For advice about how to handle a page which should include one of these characters, like 2|entertain or Man #1, please see this discussion.
    • A related issue is that of page linking. The # character in a link tells the software to link to a section of an article. For instance, [[Category:Manual of Style#Naming of articles]] creates a specific link to this section of this article.

For more details, see the (below).

PerspectiveEdit

In-universeEdit

If something is in-universe, or is described as such, it belongs to the Project Nephilim universe exclusively and not in the real world. Characters are for example in-universe, but the actors who play them are not in-universe. Exceptions are persons, places, and organiations which appear or are referred to in the Project Nephilim universe which also exist(ed) in the real world, i.e., William Shakespeare, The Beatles, the United Kingdom. Pseudohistory is an integral part of in-universe treatment of canon material. Information given from a "real world" perspective (i.e. notes about the creation of a character, or actors, or other real-world trivia) should appear under a Behind the scenes subhead.

In case an entry might detail a subject of importance both to the real world and to the Project Nephilim universe, you may create a Real World section in the article.

Out-of-universeEdit

Out-of-Universe refers to the perspective in which an article is written; it is the opposite of in-universe. Something written from an out-of-universe (OOU) perspective is written from a real life point of view. It will refer, for example, to real life publications, actors, authors, events, and so on, acknowledging that its subject is fictional. In contrast, an in-universe perspective will strive for verisimilitude; that is, it will be written as though the author existed within the Project Nephilim universe. Articles about any in-universe things, such as characters, organizations, mythology, or events, should always be written from an in universe perspective. If a section in the article is not, such as the listing of a character's published appearances or behind the scenes details, it should be tagged as such. In contrast, articles about books, movies, games, or other real life Project Nephilim material should obviously be written from an out-of-universe perspective, but should still be noted as such. Basically, in-universe articles should never refer to Project Nephilim by name, or any other real life things such as publications, actors, or the like.

Use of material from WikipediaEdit

Use of material from articles on Wikipedia, up to and including copying of articles on Wikipedia (known as "forking"), is permissible if the following guidelines are observed:

"This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at "Name of Wikipedia article you used." The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with the Project Nephilim Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).

This gives proper credit to the original authors of the article and maintains compliance with Wikipedia's terms for use of material on the Wikipedia site.

  • Wikipedia articles on fictional persons, places, things, or events are written from an "Out-of-universe" perspective. Such articles should be edited to conform with the "In-universe" perspective used on our wiki. The article on Alexander Weir should not begin, "Alexander Weir is a fictional character on the supernatural drama Project Nephilim." (Being considerably more familiar with Project Nephilim than Wikipedia's more general audience, we pretty much already know this.)

It is preferable that articles be written for this wiki without heavily relying on Wikipedia in order to create a unique wiki, different and individual from the main Wikipedia site. Also, care should be taken not to import errors that may exist in Wikipedia articles.

HeadingsEdit

Use the == (heading) markup for headings, not the ''' (bold) markup. Example:

===This is a heading===

which produces:

This is a heading

If you mark headings this way, a table of contents is automatically generated from the headings in an article. Sections can be automatically numbered for users with that preference set and words within properly marked headings are given greater weight in searches. Headings also help readers by breaking up the text and outlining the article.

  • Capitalize the first letter only of the first word and of any proper nouns in a heading, and leave all of the other letters in lower case.
  • Avoid links within headings.
  • Avoid overuse of sub-headings.

Usage and spellingEdit

Though the readers and editors of the Project Nephilim wiki speak many varieties of English, we prefer standard AmericanEnglish spelling, punctuation, and word usage. This is the variety of English used in the Project Nephilim series and spin off material, as well as the fact Project Nephilim is an American-based franchise, where this form of English is used. In the event that an article (or category) uses spelling, punctuation, or word usage typical of British English, or some other form of the language besides American English, contributors who are native users of or otherwise fluent in American English standards reserve the right to edit articles to conform to those standards.

A frequently noticed example of American English vs. British English involves words that end in "or" vs. "our". In British English, for example, colour is spelled with "our", whereas American English spells it "color". The latter is the preferred style.

The notable exception to this is the ending of the word "theater", which can end in either an "er" or "re". The prefered style is the latter: "Theatre."

In keeping with the aforementioned standard, dates should place the number second, e.g. November 23rd, not 23rd November.

Please use complete sentences. "'An Unearthly Child' first broadcast" is not a complete sentence.

TenseEdit

All in-universe articles should be in past tense.

This is mainly because articles on the Project Nephilim wiki are presented as compendium reviews of various aspects of the series and are current with the most recent broadcast. As such, all details pertaining to the ongoing story focus on what has already happened. Keeping articles written in past tense provides consistency and creates a greater understanding of the growing mythology..

Avoid phrases like "His ultimate fate is unknown" or "what happened after that is a mystery" unless it is an actual plot point in a story.

Do not jump back and forth between tenses; this is confusing.

Do not include theories, speculation or hypothesis in any articles.

See also

Bold typeEdit

The article name, when first mentioned, should be bold, bolded and in italicised if it is a story title.

ItalicsEdit

Story namesEdit

Names of stories should be:

  • Capitalised
  • Italicised

e.g.;

Hence These Tears
Salvation

Spacing and formattingEdit

  • Generally there should be no more than one blank space between paragraphs, sections, etc. In most cases, a single carriage return is sufficient.
  • A single space after the end of a sentence is sufficient; the practice of adding two spaces after a period is not applicable to Internet.
  • Do not indent paragraphs.
  • Generally speaking, HTML coding is not necessary, as Wikia has its own coding for such things as italics, bold, links, etc. Some coding for things such as forced line breaks (i.e. the HTML code "br") may be used if the Wikia coding isn't allowing a section (like a chart or an infobox) to format correctly. Inserting HTML coding such as "ul" and "li" will more often than not completely mess up the formatting of a page or infobox or generate error messages.
  • Never underline text as this will confuse users with browsers configured to signify hotlinks with underlining. Likewise, never use colour text.

Naming conventionsEdit

Titles such as Mr, Mrs, Dr, Professor, religious ranks or military ranks should not be included in article titles.

  • If a character is widely known by a title, such as Lauren Westryn, then a redirect can be created under that name, pointing to the proper article title. This however should only be done sparingly and only with major characters.
  • For characters who only have one name given such as Repha'im, the story in which they appeared is added to the article name to disambiguate between articles.

Image useEdit

Use of images is encouraged on articles, with a few caveats (detailed below).

Images that should not be used in any articles include; amateur 'spoiler photos' and images that have been highly image-edited or had an overlay of text or colour placed over them.

In-universe articlesEdit

For in-universe articles images of an in-universe style can be used such as; screenshots, production photos or suitably cropped images from literary artwork.

Promotional images that have been specially photographed, posed or photo-manipulated to be used as a promotional image should not be used as the characters are often in a pose that is not of an in-universe style. Images that fall within this definition include images such as wallpapers that are available for download from a production company's website (such as Paracelsus Films).

Out of universe and story articlesEdit

For story articles promotional images also should not be used, instead a screenshot that captures a poignant scene from the story should be used.

Real world articles may use practically any other relevant images that have been properly sourced and tagged with the appropriate copyright tag.

QuotationsEdit

Quotations are not encyclopaedic in and of themselves and therefore should not be used as headers to articles or at the top of sub-headings within articles. Quotations can be used within the text body of an article to emphasis a certain point or highlight a certain issue of the article's focus, often a quote can explain things better than we can ourselves.

For example:

  • Alexander explained that "sometimes people make better friends than lovers." (SA: Sien Souhitent)

Real world articles and Behind the scenes sectionsEdit

The Quote template and quotes may be used within Real world articles or behind the scenes sections (including on occasion as headers), as quotes from the real world often are sourced from a wide variety of sources, that are often handled better by the template.

LinksEdit

  • There is no need to link a keyword every time it occurs in an article; this is redundant. The one exception is if the keyword occurs under two or more different headings, as some readers may only read one section of an article rather than the entire page. Avoid overlinking: mundane, everyday terms do not need to be linked (even though this is commonplace in Wikipedia), unless there is a specific Project Nephilim wiki article. For example, restaurant generates a redlink because there's no need at present for a Project Nephilim-related article on the subject, and thus a wikilink is unnecessary. However as there is an article on The Whispers, wikilinking that word is OK.
  • In some cases, however, it may be desirable to link to a specific Wikipedia article. This is primarily for topics such as TV shows, movies, individuals, and technical terms that otherwise do not have their own Project Nephilim wiki articles. In this case, the link should be formed this way: [[wikipedia:Angelina Jolie|Angelina Jolie]]. However always check to make sure there isn't actually an article on the subject on this wiki. As noted above, however, mundane terms do not need links, so there is no need to link to the Wikipedia article on, once again, "restaurant" as most readers will not need an explanation of the term.
  • Using links to redirect readers to another page is only necessary if a related topic cannot be covered in the original article without digressing too far from the article's main topic. There is no need, for example, to place the synopsis, viewer ratings, or uncredited cast for a television story on separate pages and redirect readers to those pages. This can contribute to too many red links in an article if those pages do not yet exist, and can be annoying.

CitationEdit

In-universe articlesEdit

Telling readers where a statement can be verified is important. It helps to focus articles and keeps the details in an article to only that which actually appeared in the various Project Nephilim narratives. Don't assume that your readers have the same level of knowledge about the Universe as you do. Cite often, cite accurately. Format your citations according to these guidelines:

  • When citing an episode, novel, short story, webcast, or any other story use brackets, the proper prefix for the series and then the name of the episode, and linked, e.g:
  • If you encounter a statement that obviously needs a citation, but you don't have the time or knowledge to correct it, type {{fact}}, which produces: Template:Fact


Out of universe articlesEdit

Telling readers a statement that can be verified is important. For out of universe articles (those about the Real World) we use the same system as Wikipedia; Footnotes. The sources must have reference tags around the <ref> source</ref> (see also Wikipedia:Citing sources for more info). A section at the base of the article entitled 'Footnotes' must also be placed with {{reflist}} (this will collect the cited sources at the base of the article).

Please use 'Footnotes' rather than 'References' as this term is associated with the in-universe References section.

If while editing you come across a cited piece of information which has no source you can place the {{fact}} tag beside it which will display the Fact tag like this; Template:Fact, which states a source needs to be cited.

RumoursEdit

Rumours may be added to articles concerning yet to be broadcast stories/series', these should only be placed within the 'Rumours' section of the article. Users must ensure the rumours are cited with a source so that they may be verified by other readers and editors.

Unsourced rumours should be removed.

Articles on living peopleEdit

Although all articles should be as accurate as possible, special care must be taken with regards to articles on people that are currently alive, as issues such as libel may arise if claims are made without sources being given, or unnecessary rumours sparked. A prime example occurred in a late-1980s encyclopedia of dolls that was published in North America, and which, in a section discussing Tom Baker, make the unsourced claim that Baker died of a drug overdose in 1982. As it happened, this was an unrelated actor of the same name. If you choose to include information of a potentially controversial nature, a source must be given, and preferably a "reliable source" such as an interview, newspaper or magazine article, etc. Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, not being peer reviewed, are not considered reliable sources. Nor are online (and, occasionally, print) sources that site Wikipedia and IMDb as their main sources.

Although this Wikia site is not considered part of Wikipedia, it is nonetheless helpful to review the Wikipedia Biographies of Living Persons policy. If you see an unsourced claim or comment regarding a living person, if a source cannot be located, it is best to play it safe and remove that material from the article.

SourcesEdit

Sources must be verifiable, please do not cite sources such as; fan forums, fan blogs, or other truly unofficial material, this is especially important when citing information regarding living people, upcoming stories, airdates, etc. Such sources are notoriously inaccurate and few if any are edited. Especially with regards to information about upcoming stories and other broadcast matter, Paracelsus Films announcements should take precedence among all other sources.

Avoid using non-peer-reviewed sources such as Wikipedia, the Internet Movie Database, or even the Project Nephilim wiki as cited sources for information such as airdates, casting, etc.

Styles for specific types of articlesEdit

to be added...


Contradictory evidenceEdit

Often on in-universe articles there will be instances of contradictory evidence. In cases where there are several accounts that cannot co-exist, both should be presented with a lead in sentence along the lines of

One account stated...

or

In one instance...

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