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A style guide is a set of standard formats for presenting information and unifying some common grammatical issues across a set of common writings. If you've written research papers your teacher has probably asked you to use a specific style guide over another. My favorite is Strunk & White's The Elements of Style.

In an effort to make this wiki look as professional and polished as possible, please try to follow this style guide when editing pages. These guidelines focus mostly on site-specific issues; for help with more general grammatical concepts, check out The Elements of Style.

NOTE: Underlining, when used in this page, refers to the format that text should take. The underlining should not be used when applying this format to a page on the wiki.

New Episode Pages

Because episode pages tend to get linked to many times, it is unadvised to create pages before the episode order, title and air date has been confirmed by ABC. As was the case in season three, when early rumors said that "The Glass Ballerina" would be the third episode of the season, sometimes the producers or ABC can make the choice to move around the order of episodes to better tell the story. ABC issues press releases on Monday with the information for the episode that will air in a few weeks. Because this is confirmation, at that time is generally when the episode page can be created. The title should be in this format: 0.00 "Title" and the "Episode Guide" page template should be used. Keywords entered at the time of page creation are the episode title and the rumored flashback character. A moderator will usually do this page creation; this helps prevent multiple users creating the same page.

Citing Sources

When including information from articles, websites or podcasts, it is useful to cite your source. The format should run as follows:
Speaking of Locke, Carlton Cuse recently stated "The character of John Locke is just the very heart of the show." ("Locke still holds the key to 'Lost,'" Los Angeles Times, 03/31/07)
Including a link to the article (if available online) should be done as a link to the article's title. The minimal amount of information you should provide with a quote is:
a. The person who stated your quote.
b. Where you found this information.
c. The date the information became available. If there is no date showing on the site you got a quote from, the date format should instead read accessed 03/01/07.
If you do not have a source to cite for your information, it should be clearly labeled as "unconfirmed" or "unverified."

Common Site-Specific Formatting

  • When using the title of a television show (like LOST or Heroes), please use italics. When using the title of an episode (like "The Other 48 Days" or "Walkabout"), please use quote marks around the episode and link to the episode's page. The same rules go for referencing magazines or newspapers: "Locke still holds the key to 'Lost'" is the article's title while Los Angeles Times is the title of the publication. The larger entity is italicised, the portion of the entity is in quote marks. The exceptions to this rule are when (as above) you are quoting something else who uses a different formatting or in comments, where formatting is not possible. In the case of comments, please use quote marks for both show title and episode title. Book titles (A Brief History of Time) should be italicised.
  • When using a character's name in an article, it is a good idea to link to their page. However, it is not necessary to link every mention of that name. Once or twice an article is a good idea.
  • When creating pages, try to be concise with the name. "The theory about atlantis, which is an undersea colony" is not a good page name. "Atlantis Theory" is better. If the page name you want to use already exists, think about adding your content to the existing page rather than making a new one covering the same topic.
  • Please do not create pages simply to add a comment to them. Try to find a page your comment fits under, and if there is not one existing, create a fully fledged page with information that would relate to your comment.

General Formatting Issues

  • Some things not to do:
    • Underline every word in a paragraph. Likewise, bolding and/or italicizing and/OR USING ALL CAPS FOR LARGE SECTIONS OF TEXT. Such formatting is intended to be used for emphasis and is extremely difficult to read when over used. Before using emphasis formatting, please ask yourself if the section you are using it on needs to be stressed in order for the sentence to be properly understood.
    • Try not to link to too much text. A few words is best (unless you are linking to a magazine article, as above in Citing Sources).
  • Since this site is a US-based site, please try to use US spellings: rumors vs. rumours, analyze vs. analyse, etc. Your moderator, Lulamae, breaks this rule frequently, although she tries not to. Feel free to point it out to her when she does it and maybe she'll stop.

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