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This is the Manual of Style for the Attack on Titan Wiki that explains the aspects that must be taken into account at the time of writing articles. Following these guidelines will result in articles of high quality, pleasant to read, correct and organized.
We hope this guide will help you make valuable edits in the easiest way possible. If you have doubts, do not hesitate to contact one of our Administrators.
Articles describing fictional events, characters and other stuff taking place into the universe of The Promised Neverland should be written using an in-universe wording; i.e., as taking place in real life. This means that phrases like "in Chapter 43" or "in the Jailbreak Arc" should be left out of sentences.
Occasionally, it may be necessary to mention the media though. This will be allowed, but only on a case-by-case basis.
Articles about stuff outside that fictional universe are excluded from this rule, as well as the sections Introduction, Anime and Manga Differences, Trivia, and Gallery.
Since this is an encyclopedia, we use a formal writing style. This means, for example, that we avoid the use of any contractions, such as "he's", "didn't" "could've", etc. Use the full forms "he is", "did not", "could have" instead.
- "It's" is a contraction, and should not be used. "It's" is short for "it is" and is not the possessive of "it"; the possessive form of "it" is "its" with no apostrophe.
Use a neutral point of view when writing. Any opinion or bias should be expressed on the forum, the Discord server or on the respective Talk Page, not in the article itself.
American English or British English
We use only American English on this wiki, since the official translations of the manga and anime by Kodansha USA and FUNimation respectively are provided in American English; plus Wikia is an American company which has its interface and documentation written in this localization of the language, and this wiki targets primarily an American audience.
Level of detail
Quantity does not mean quality, and not every detail is important. Articles should be written focused on the topic in question, extracting the relevant facts and avoiding unnecessary and unrelated information.
- Articles about media (chapters, episodes, movies, etc) should cover all main events but in a summarized way, not literally descriptive. Not "he opens the door, he enters the room, he finds a person, first person says this, second person says this...", but "he finds some person and they talk about something".
- In general for any page, transcribing literal conversations in the style of "this character says, that character responds" should be avoided, since just mentioning the topic is relevant in most cases. Only when it is really important to mention the words of a character or it can not be found a way to write the summary without using this style, this could be allowed; but this should be done as little as possible.
- Articles about characters should focus on the actions of that character. Actions of third characters should be mentioned only when they directly involve the one of the topic and are relevant to the subject; but preferably should be told just quickly.
- Paragraphs should be short and to the point, preferably no more than 10 lines and ideally with at least a reference at the end and an illustrative image every few paragraphs (see Images and References below).
- For deceased characters, do not reveal the details of their deaths in their introductions. The decease of a character can not be considered introductory information; and since character statuses are included in their infoboxes and the deceased ones can be easily identified by the past tense writing of their articles, even mentioning that the character is dead in the introduction is irrelevant.
- Use only simple wikitext in articles, avoid complex and unnecessary detail like <span style="color: #F0F0F0; font-weight: bold; line-height: 3em;">Izabella is the Mama of Grace Field.</span>
That is only allowed for templates (other tags like <br/> are allowed to avoid squeezing in articles and only if they are strictly necessary).
- Headers should be in the form == Header ==, not the form ==Header==. Also, lists and indentations should be in the form:
- * Item
- # Item
- : item
- And not in the form:
- | Option 1 = Something
- | Option 2 = Something
- And not:
- | Option 1 = Something
- | Option 2 = Something}}
The canon material is the content accepted as part of the same continuity of the original series, the manga.
Basically, only content made by series creator Kaiu Shirai and/or Posuka Demizu is accepted as canon, while derivative material from other authors is intended to take place in alternate continuities and therefore is considered non-canon; unless it is specifically adopted by the author and illustrator into the main continuity.
Sources of names
The Promised Neverland manga and most of its related media are originally produced in Japanese, but there are three major official translators that provide English spellings:
- Shounen Jump: Translator of the original manga.
These sources are the providers of spellings for the The Promised Neverland Wiki. Crunchyroll also provides translations for the main manga, and its spellings are only used if the ones from the primary sources have not been released or are unknown.
If no English spelling has been released by any official source, fan given names can be used, but they must be as accurate as possible, they should be used only in the title of the article, and the Unofficial Name template must be added to the page in question.
Use of names
- Articles should use the spellings given by the translator of the media they talk about. For example, for manga articles, Kodansha USA spellings are used; for anime articles, FUNimation spellings are used (consult the table of spellings).
- Spellings found in tankōbon volumes and Blu-Ray/DVD releases are preferred over the ones found in individually released chapters and episodes, respectively.
- If the same source provides different spellings, the latest given is the one preferred. For example, early official translations spelled the heathen's name as "Musica", but it was later changed to "Mujika", so the latter is the spelling used.
- If a spelling found in a certain volume/Blu-Ray/DVD is later changed in an individually released chapter/episode, the volume/Blu-Ray/DVD spelling is still preferred, until the chapter/episode in question is re-released in volume/Blu-Ray/DVD format.
- Characters are referred by a single primary name, aliases are not used unless relevant to the context of the paragraph (ie: use "Eren", not "Suicidal Bastard").
- All the versions of a name (English, kanji, romaji and alternate translations) and aliases should be listed in the infobox; and all of those, as well as some misspellings or shortened names, should be redirected to the page.
- Titles of works and Japanese names like The Promised Neverland, Yaku Soku No Neverland, Posuka Demizu, etc, should always be written in italics.
Usage in articles
- Articles must only contain images from official sources; i.e. the manga, anime or any other official material coming from the author himself or the related companies.
- Images should be of highest quality possible, without any heavy alteration of the size, colors and overall quality from the original source material. Very minor alterations are acceptable. such as removing a speech bubble from a blank background, as long as they do not alter Kaiu Shirai's original artwork. Every image that is of low quality should be reuploaded with a higher quality version or deleted in case of multiple image policy violations.
- Images should be generally put to 200px size, unless they look too small or the space in the article or other circumstances do not allow it.
- The side of placement should alternate from left to right (or right to left, depends on the article organization).
- The description of the image (in the thumbnail) should not be ended with a full stop.
- Images from manga should be generally single frames and they should get rid of the borders unless doing this interferes with the content. Multiple frames or entire pages should be avoided unless a single frame is not enough to illustrate the intended action.
- Screenshots from video sources (anime, movies, etc) must not include subtitles, while manga panels should be gotten rid of any text (from speech bubbles and from the image itself only if this does not damage the drawing).
- Chapter covers should only be gotten rid of text within speech bubbles and leave the rest of the text intact.
- Images should be added to every character's image category that appears in it. Example, if Ray and Norman appear in an image, said image must be added to any Ray and Norman related articles.
- The image should also be added to the corresponding characters' image galleries.
- Manga images should be of Japanese RAW manga chapters unless the RAW version is of lower quality. Any other manga images should be tagged with the Needs Replacement by RAW category and reuploaded as such when possible.
- References must be done using the reference code (<references />).
- Do not put any space between the text and the reference.
- Every fact must be referenced in every section of the article. The only exception is the Appearance section when is just describing the general appearance; but if it is citing a point in time, then it must be referenced too. For example, if it states Anna has blonde hair, there is no need for reference; but if it says Anna once hair long hair tied in twin braids, then it needs to be referenced.
- For written sources, do not just put the chapter/title of the source for a reference, specify the page or range of pages as well.
- In case the source is taken from an scanlation, do not consider the pages added by the uploaders and not present in the original material (for example, fanarts).