Fringepedia:Manual of Style

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Basics

FringePedia utilizes FRINGE (bold,caps,itals) as the primary visual method of referring to the show on major article pages.
Language
  • Use standard United States vocabulary, grammar, spelling, acronyms, government/military nomenclature, etc... when editng content articles. Limit the use of contractions on main articles, and avoid excessive abbreviation - FringePedia is widely translated and contractions and abbreviations are typically the first casuality of the process. Foul language is not permitted on personal pages, talk pages, descriptive pages, or in files. Cussing that occurs, in context during the course of an episode, may be accurately reproduced in the transcript for that show.
Tense
  • Episode Synopsis. Use the literary present style of writing when detailing the events and action seen during the show. Artistic creation (the show) is assumed to exist in an eternal present - writing about it in present tense allows fellow readers to imagine the show as if they are watching it in real-time. Historical events described by a character can be written in past tense, as long as the character is described in present terms.
  • Other Synopsis. Topic/Summary page content that reflects bulleted information from episode pages should reflect the tense used on the source page. Information that compiles factoids and concepts from several sources should be written in a tense that best conveys the writer's point.
  • History On Non-Episode Pages. On personal and talk pages, using simple past tense is the preferred method of discussing events witnessed from the characters' past.
Titles
  • Page titles, and the headers and subheaders on those pages, should use capital lettering for the first letter of each word.
Examples: And Then There Were None - or - The Same Old Story
  • Page titles about individuals should reflect their first and last name only. Do not incorporate professional, military, political or social titles into page names. Any information about characters' personal titles, or prominent third/middle name will be added to the content on the page. Administrators will utilize an alternate naming plan when more than one "Instance" of a character is introduced.
Dates
  • Cardinal numbering, versus ordinal, is the preferred method: September 9, 2008, versus September 9th, 2008.
Templates
  • Use templates {{ep|###}}, {{crossref|###}} and {{See Also|(page name)}} when writing about an episode, cross-referencing a fact from an earlier episode, or if you want to direct readers to additional sources. Examples: ep template with 114 entered = Ability, crossref template with 101 entered = (Pilot), see also template with Thomas Newton entered = See Also: Thomas Newton . Use the transcript template {{transcript|###}} in the same fashion as the episode template. These templates save time and effort by eliminating the need to type out an entire episode title, by reducing errors in linking and by make it easier for follow-on editors to repair and/or update the content.

Episode Pages Elements

Episode Infobox

A table aligned to the upper right of the page with summary information about the episode.

Table Of Contents

A software generated list of the headers and subheaders on the page when they exceed three. Can be aligned LEFT, RIGHT or erased, depending on page size and presentation objectives. User personal preferences may be adjusted too.

Introduction

A concise summary identifying when the episode originally aired, including which episode and which season, followed by the broad theme of the plot and pivotal key characters. Enticement to read further should be the impact of the paragraph, without revealing outcomes or links away.

Synopsis

A detailed summary of the Prologue and subsequent Acts. Official recaps are an interim measure only - they provide a high volume solution immediately following an episode. A primary objective at FringePedia is that registered users collaborate to establish a much more thorough synopsis of an episode based on image review, audio review and user discussions of major themes.

  1. Prologue. Normally just a paragraph or two. Mood and tone are important, use powerful adjectives. Like the first few minutes of the show, the first thing the synopsis does is ‘Set The Hook’ – the reader should want more.
  2. Acts. Write the high points of the story, keeping the paragraph tight, don't give every little detail of the scene. Include: Actions, Reactions and Decisions.
  3. Expand on main and episodic characters only when they ‘influence’ the plot. Individual and group ‘Motivation’, ‘Conflict’, and ‘Goal-setting’ are some of the major ‘influences’ worthy of elaboration.
  4. Avoid excessive detailed physical description of the banal. Ensure that anything ‘compelling’ is adequately described.
  5. Contrast issues/problems with their resolutions, once the resolution is discovered. A standalone answer is of little value when the question is not next to it for comparison.
  6. Share the characters' reactions as they happen and don't keep the reader guessing.
  7. Use fitting adjectives and verbs, and always write in the present tense.
  8. Be succinct and make every word count.
  9. Who are the heroic and non-heroic? Ensure noble, honorable and chivalrous actions, are identified - even if they are failed/fatal actons. They are key plot points and subtext that speak to motivation and personal value systems. Villainous and evil warrant notation too.
  10. Romantic and emotional story arcs shouldn’t be explored beyond the fact that they exist. Character pages are the place for expanded analysis.
  11. Secondary characters are only mentioned as they affect the internal/external conflict in the episode.
  12. Highlight positive and negative moments of realization and self-actualization by characters.
  13. Tone, particularly humor, is difficult to express in writing since much of it is expressed in body language. If the tone in a scene is uniquely poignant, or profound, use adjectives indicative of the apparent emotion or body language expressed.
  14. Write salable content. Answer questions about the obvious subtext embedded in the content, not the extreme extrapolation you personally fancy. If you are having trouble believing what you yourself are writing, chances are no one else will either.
  15. Build on, and enhance, information already provided higher in the article. If evidence points A, B and D are explained well in Act II, when point C is discovered in Act V (solving the case) - ensure the point is equally well explained.
  16. Write synopsis content in a manner that allows the reader to pause, ponder and reflect. Content should be easy to reread and mentally clarify.
  17. Simple and straight forward content is the goal in the synopsis. Evocative, more complex, content is acceptable only when wordy, verbose and flowery writing techniques can be avoided.
  18. Plot thickening. A story is told by the development of it’s plot, and ultimately by it’s resolution. Thickening the plot, or adding your own personal spin based on unsupported content/subtext, should be avoided.
  19. The Synopsis is not a blow-by-blow detail of the episode. Linear action is identified in the Transcript.
  20. Brevity. State the essence of a particular action in no more than two or three sentences.

Trivia

Minor details associated with an episode that are (or appear) unrelated to the major activities in the episode. There are subcategories; see the format reference page.

Episode References

Trivial, or vague, references to events in previous episodes. Specific references to previous events will be incorporated in the Synopsis.

Plot Relevant Questions - PRQ's

PRQ's are user-generated questions about specific topics, relationships, conditions, etc... that are presented as "plot relevant", but are not addressed, or rectified, in the course of an episode. Questions deemed valid about an episode that are listed on that episodes page will remain listed as Unanswered on that page. This allows newer viewers/readers to enjoy the same entertainment value as those of us who saw originally aired episodes. If answers to PRQs are revealed in later episodes, reflect in the synopsis, or trivia, section of that episode page that a PRQ from an earlier episode was answered. Character and topic specific questions that are developed over a span of episodes should not be added to a single episode page, they should be added to that character/topic page. Anytime a PRQ on a character/topic page is answered, the answer should be reflected in the main/synopsis portion of that page before it is removed from the PRQ section of the page. Do not add PRQs that are so broad that they can not be answered satisfactorily. Do not add PRQ's that have so many conditions and qualifying statements that they can only lead to one answer - usually the one you wanted to hear when you wrote the question. The Admin team will typically be the final voice in determining the validity of a PRQ, and that it was satisfactorily answered. Some PRQ's are the product of an active mind, positive viewing experience and/or spoiler awareness. These types of PRQ's are better suited for the associated Theory Page. Many questions can be answered before ever being posted on main article pages... asking for thoughts and opinions on the Discussion Page is a good method of informal problem-solving.

External links

Links outside the wiki. Note: Wikipedia is an internal link.

Character Pages Elements

Character pages are generally created by copying the Character Shell to the empty page and filling in the different sections. The shell includes the different templates required to format the page according to the desired style. If the information added is only a stub and needs to be expanded, add a {{character-stub}} to the page. A message will be added inviting users to expand on the topic.

Infobox Character

Summary information about the character, including a picture and a link to the corresponding Cast page. The infobox also tracks appearances of the character and must be updated accordingly as they appear in new episodes.

About

Summary of the character's involvement in the plot.

Background

Background information on the character, if known.

Quotes

Quotes from the character, if applicable.

Appearances

Episodes where the character appears.

Trivia

These are the small things that count.

Plot Relevant Questions - (see above)