|Unbeliever Wiki Policies|
|Layout Guide • Style|
|Spoilers • Rules|
This is the main article for the Manual of Style for this Wiki.
This is a work in progress. Please make changes as required or discuss ideas/proposals on the talk page.
- 1 Layout guide
- 2 Maximum widths
- 3 Writing style
- 4 Very short articles
- 5 Theme
- 6 Standard abbreviations
Main article: Layout
Because of the limitations of particularly the Oasis skin, but also in MonoBook there are constraints on how wide inserted items can be on various parts of the page.
- Maximum widths of text, tables, divs, etc on a page is
650px. After that it will start to overlap other parts of the page or, in the case of tables, a horizontal scroll bar will appear on the table.
- Maximum widths of individual images is
680pxas they can be slightly larger without creating a problem however, images of that size are used only in exceptional cases. For images on article pages that need to be large (e.g. diagrams) set a maximum width of
- The IOTW has a maximum height of
- Slideshows on artist's pages are set to
- Infobox images are automatically set a maximum width of
Images within content pages
- Add the thumbnail code
thumbto all images
- In addition, for portrait images add a width code of
Using only thumbnails will automatically set a maximum width of
250px, which is ideal for landscape images, however, in some cases due to image properties, you may need to add an individual width code
?px, to adjust to other images on the page. See editing history for Silchas Ruin for examples of standard thumbnails. Where there are only one image one or two images on a page, they may be set slightly larger but not exceeding 300px.
Our main aim is to accurately reflect the information given in the books. Thus, if the book is ambivalent about something the writing needs to reflect this. All information needs to be presented as factual and objective as possible. For example: the phrase 'where able to do something' implies a lot of things which the phrase 'did something' does not.
Do NOT add information based on vague memory. All edits should be made based on the editor having just read the relevant information in the book. Add a minimum of book and chapter reference to your edit.
Both authors of the Malazan world are Canadian therefore Canadian English will be used as the baseline language of this wiki.
Articles are generally written in past tense because there is no omnivalent present time in the Malazan world from the various readers' point of view. However, for real World articles, which include authors pages, as well as all book and chapter summaries, present tense is used. Within those book/chapter summaries, past perfect progressive is used where a characters recollect events of another past (see NoK Chapter 1 for example). Other than that, we write like historians in the future of the Malazan world writing about its past.
The general rule is that the first time linkable text appears on that page it should be linked to and on each subsequent instance it is unlinked (infoboxes and navboxes are exceptions here).
Very short articles
A subject may have only a single piece of information about it that can be sourced from a primary reference. In this case it can still have it's own article.
|Main title||Subsequent titles||Background|
Links in titles need to be made white. Here is an example of how to do it:
[[Lord Foul's Bane|<font color=black>Lord Foul's Bane</font>]]
|Colour area||Hex code||Notes|
|External website links||#428EBD|
|Visited external website links||#3C57AA|
|Red-links (empty pages)||#BA0000|
Linking codes and written abbreviations
|Lord Foul's Bane||LB||LFB|
|The Illearth War||IW||tIW|
|The Power That Preserves||PP||tPtP|
|The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever||tCoTCtU (??)|
|The Wounded Land||WL||tWL|
|The One Tree||OT||tOT|
|White Gold Wielder||WW||WGW|
|The Runes of the World||RW||tRotW|
|Against All Things Ending||AE||AATE|
|The Last Dark||LD||tLD|
|The Atlast of the Land||AL||tAotL|
Using linking codes as written abbreviations is also acceptable (except for Assail). Using allcaps versions is also ok.
|Trade Paperback||UK TPB|
|Mass-market Paperback||UK MMPB|
|Trade Paperback||US TPB|
|Mass-market Paperback||US MMPB|
|Science Fiction Book Club||US SFBC|
|Numbered edition||Sub Press No.|
|Lettered edition||Sub Press Let.|
|Trade Paperback||PSP TPB|
|Mass-market Paperback||PSP MMPB|
|Various Hardcover editions||PSP HC|
Night Shade Books
|Bookclub Association||UK BCA|
|Epub Edition||UK EP|