MYSTAges:Manual of Style

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The Manual of Style (MoS) provides details of how pages should be styled on MYSTAges. Please familiarize yourself with the MoS before editing or creating pages on the wiki. Also see Help:Editing for help with basic MediaWiki editing.

The Manual of Style (with the exception of the general rules) is intended to serve as a set of guidelines, rather than as a set of immutable rules – this is a community driven project, after all. They should be followed in general, but they need not always be followed to the letter, if one of the guidelines seems unreasonable in a particular situation. If you are unsure of something, ask an administrator.

General rules

  1. All MYSTAges articles should contain correct spelling, punctuation, capital letters and language structure.
  2. Inappropriate language is not permitted anywhere on MYSTAges, any edits with inappropriate language will be undone, and the editor will be warned. If inappropriate language is still used after two warnings, the editor will be blocked for one month.
  3. Tips, speculation, and opinions should not be in articles, even if they are stated as such. The userspace is exempt from this rule.

Third person vs first person

On MYSTAges, it is important to remain in a third person point of view when editing.

In cavern (IC) vs out-of-cavern (OOC)

As MYSTAges is a primarily lore-centric wiki, all articles should remain in-cavern as much as possible, with the exception of articles about real-world merchandise.

The OOC template should be placed at the top of all articles presented from an out-of-cavern perspective, and can also be used to clarify that a section of an otherwise IC page is OOC.

The IC template can be placed at the beginning of articles concerning subjects where it may not be immediately obvious whether or not the article will be written from an IC or an OOC perspective. For example, the template is used on the timeline page (as a page titled 'Timeline' could concern either IC events or OOC events), on the D'ni language page (as the D'ni language is also something that exists in real life, as a creation by RAWA), and on all explorer pages (as the articles concern the fictional explorers, rather than their players, directly).

Notability

MYSTAges is, generally speaking, fairly lenient with regards to what could be considered 'notable', and what deserves its own article on the wiki; that said, if articles on minor aspects of a common subject seem like they could benefit from being merged, that is also accepted; for example, the pages on D'ni Time Units and D'ni displacement units – there need not exist pages for each individual measurement unit, as that would only serve to obfuscate information and frustrate readers of the site.

All articles must be related in some way to the Myst franchise or its lore. Articles on fan-created content are not permitted, with the exception of fan-created content which is known to be planned for inclusion in Uru Live via the fan content pipeline.

Explorer pages

While MYSTAges welcomes pages for explorers, we require that they meet at least one of two qualifications:

  1. The explorer has made a widely recognized contribution that is part of the enduring historical record. (Such as any explorer who plays a significant role in the Heritage Documents, is a member of the Intangibles, began some tradition, or organized a long lasting Guild or recurring event)
  2. The person is known for creating a significant new concept, theory or technique (as in skydiving, marker games, or understanding of the D'ni)

Since articles of this type contain information on representations of real individuals, the explorers themselves have more or less the final say on what is [not] included on their own explorer page, if they meet the above criteria. Likewise, if an explorer documented on the wiki wishes for their page to be removed, it should be removed.

What pages not to make

  1. Reviews about the games. You can create them under User:(your username)/Reviews, or elsewhere in your own userspace.
  2. Pages for your character in Uru. While we do have pages for several explorers, most of them have made some important contribution to the Myst community. See the explorer pages section above for more details to see if your explorer qualifies.

What all articles should contain

All articles on MYSTAges should contain:

  1. Any appropriate notice box templates.
  2. An appropriate infobox template, if applicable, filled out and with a good image of the subject, if an image is possible to obtain. Additional images of the subject should be included in a gallery section or in the rest of the article, if appropriate. If available, infobox sub-templates (such as Template:Age, Template:Character, etc.) should be used instead of the basic infobox.
  3. A relevant quote, if one exists.
  4. A one to three sentence introduction. A lang template should be placed in parentheses after the name of the subject, if appropriate.
  5. If possible, a gallery of images.
  6. If needed, a trivia section.
  7. An appearances section, with a list of games and novels in which the article's subject appears.
  8. Navigation templates, if applicable.
  9. A categorization template, if applicable.
  10. Other applicable categories.

Other common sections

These sections are also commonly used in articles of applicable types.

  • Transcript – in articles on journals, memories, notebooks, notes, recordings, and speeches. A transcript of the article's subject.
  • History – in articles on Ages, characters, events, explorers, locations, and technology. A history of the article's subject, in as much detail as possible.
  • Geography – in articles on Ages, and sometimes locations. Details the Age's general geography and layout.
  • Role in the franchise – in articles of any type. An OOC section detailing how the subject fits in to the franchise as a whole.
  • Non-canon – in articles of any type. A section detailing non-canonical aspects of the article's subject, where the subject is otherwise canonical. For example, mentioning how the subject's fate would have been different in the 'bad endings' of any of the games in the franchise. This section is also always OOC.

Articles are of course not limited to using these sections, and any article can have any type of section which seems pertinent to the subject of the article.

Formatting specifics

Titles

Article titles should follow the same standards as article titles on Wikipedia; only the first word of the title, along with any proper nouns, should be capitalized. The obvious exception to this is if an article's title is the name of a work, in which case the formatting should be identical to the source material. This also applies to the titles of sections within pages.

Articles ('the', 'a', 'an') should generally not be included in page titles, though 'the' can be included if the page's subject is always referred to with a definite article (eg. The Stranger, The Watcher, The Gathered). This rule also of course does not apply if the article is part of the name of a work (eg. The Book of Nemiya, The Lost Tunnel).

Names of works

All names of works (literature, games, novels) should be italicized, and should be formatted as they are usually formatted (eg. realMYST, not RealMyst). This applies both to inline mentions of works, and to article titles.

Generally speaking, the full names of works should be used, though they can be shortened to their subtitles in specific situations; if the full name has already been stated, or if the names of a large number of works are being stated in short succession (not including bullet-point lists).

For specific works, on MYSTAges the following spellings/formattings should be used:

  • Myst (not MYST)
  • Riven: The Sequel to Myst (not Myst II: Riven. Riven can be used in some situations; see above)
  • realMYST (not realMyst)
  • Uru (not URU, Myst: Uru, or any variation thereof)
  • realMyst: Masterpiece Edition (not realMYST: Masterpiece Edition)
  • realRiven (not realRIVEN)

If Uru Live is being referred to generally, that name should be used, instead of that of any specific iteration of the game.

American English vs British English

For all spelling differences between British English and American English, the American English spelling should be used (e.g. "color", not "colour").

Capitalization

There exists some terminology that has varying forms of capitalization. On MYSTAges, specific capitalizations should be used.

  • The term 'Age' should always be capitalized, when referring to Ages.
  • The terms 'ink' (referring to the ink used to write Ages) and 'books' (as in linking books or descriptive books) should generally speaking be lower-case, though this may vary.

See also the sections on titles and names of works above.

Dates

On MYSTAges, CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) should be used, if necessary to distinguish dates from those in the D'ni calendar. AD and BC should not be used.

Dates prior to January 1, 1900 CE should be given in D'ni Time Units where possible, using Template:dnihahr, Template:dnihahr2, Template:dnidate, or Template:dnidate2. Refer to the timeline for specific notable dates.

If an article concerns a (relatively significant) D'ni observance or anniversary, the Template:NextDates template should be placed in a section on the page.

D'ni transcription

All direct transcriptions of D'ni language words and phrases should be given in the Revised Transcription Standard. Things with D'ni names that already have commonly-used and/or official transcriptions should be referred to using said official transcriptions (eg. Regeltavok Oorpah rather than Regeltahvokh Oorpah; Atrus rather than Eytrus; Demath rather than Dimahth).

Articles on D'ni texts and speeches should contain a 'Transcript' section, a 'Transliteration' section, and a 'Translation' section. The transcript section should contain the text in the D'ni script, using the D'ni template. Transliterations should be given in OTS, RTS, and NTS, using the Transliteration template. Unknown and unconfirmed words in translations should be placed in square brackets.

Images

On MYSTAges, we only allow photos related to Myst games or books. You are welcome to upload your own screenshots of any Myst game. We ask that you do not take photos from other sites. We also ask that you do not upload inappropriate photos. Any copied or inappropriate photos will be deleted.

Myst vs realMYST images

Although we accept photos from the original Myst, Myst: Masterpiece Edition, and realMYST on MYSTAges, we generally prefer images from the latest version of realMyst: Masterpiece Edition, due to their higher quality.

Uru Live images

Screenshots of Uru Live should be taken at a 4:3 resolution; this is because the 16:9 resolution options all incorrectly distort the field of view. The exception to this is if the screenshots are taken on the Gehn Shard, which has fixed the issue.