Brief guide to contributing

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Do not be afraid to edit or create pages, even if you have no prior wiki experience! Other editors will come along and fix up your formatting. To edit a page, simply click the Edit This Page button. (You don't have to be a member to make edits!) Each page also features a discussion page which allows you to discuss past and future changes and a history page that lets you see what changes have been made in the past.

To create a new page, you'll (unfortunately) need to join this space. You can do so by creating an account, then clicking "Join this Space" on the navigation bar to the left. Once you've been approved, you'll be able to create new pages from the nav bar. If you make a new page, remember to add it to one of the lists so that people can enjoy it! To create links, use the link icon in the edit bar. To cite a source from the main text (strongly recommended), simply put "[x]" where x is the chapter number. For other sources, see the detailed guidelines.

For inspiration for material, simply browse the site and fill in any details, or start pages from broken links that you find. Here's a list of wanted pages (linked to but nonexistent; create these! (but start your own new pages, since the list does not capitalise properly)), a list of orphaned pages (existent but not linked to; link to these!) and a list of all pages (existent; edit these!). For an excellent resource on where references to various characters, spells, objects, etc. are located in the book, take a look at the JS&MN Lists Google Doc (further details at this site).

Style guide

Here is an unorganized list of style points:

  • The focus of our site will remain on the book (and related writings) of Susanna Clarke, but references to the BBC series are welcome if clearly marked as such. This can be accomplished, for instance, by starting a new section on a page, but shorter additions referencing the series are acceptable as well.
  • Cite chapters from the main text (JS&MrN) with "[x]", where x is the chapter. This chapter number should appear inside the period, but outside of any quotation marks; for example: "quotation from text" [x]. For other sources, like short stories, use the acronym of the title, like "[LoGA]" for "The Ladies of Grace Adieu". (By the way, it seems, on the whole, acceptable to include LoGA as a valid source for information for this wiki.)
  • Write as if the fiction was real history. The assumed time frame is the end of JS&MrN, e.g. Honeyfoot was a magician, while Norrell is. In some instances, it's okay to assume that a little time has passed (e.g. so that we can refer to Segundus' The Life of Jonathan Strange, which was published 3 years after the last chapter's events. However, I don't want to say that we should always write from that perspective, because then everything would be speculative. (We'd have to say, we think Norrell is still alive, or we suspect magic is still thriving, etc. In those cases, just assume whatever was true at the end of JS&MrN is still true.)
  • Use as many interwiki links as possible. If you put a link, you can get away with only explaining the subject very briefly. Do not repeat the wikilink in the article, unless you start a new section.
  • Try to direct all links to the "official" page, i.e. "John Segundus" rather than "Mr Segundus", "Segundus" or any other alias. Redirects are possible, but they can only be made by Organizers, so it's impratical. If you think there is a good reason for a particular redirect, post a message in the discussion board, and we'll consider it. (For example, "Raven King" redirects to "John Uskglass", because the former is as common if not more so.)
  • Write in an encylopedic manner, like Wikipedia.
  • Page names should have all proper nouns capitalised, as well as the first word. Other words should not be captialised, e.g. "The stones of York".
  • The name of a page should be its proper name, without any titles or unnecessary words. Some examples: "Arthur Wellesley" (not "His Grace Arthur Wellesley", "Duke Wellesley", or anything else), "Honeyfoot" (not "Mr Honeyfoot"), and even just "Raven King" (instead of "The Raven King"). If the "The" or whatever is actually part of the title, like "The Friends of English Magic", then keep it in.
  • Try to place all new articles in one of the lists right away, so we don't lose track of it.
  • Don't title your pages in the body (since they are already titled in the page name), just start the article. However, you should boldface the first mention of the subject of the article.
  • Sections should be of the "==" type, and should have a horizontal line "----" immediately after, followed by the text immediately after (no new lines). See, e.g., John Segundus.
  • For a longer article, the first untitled section should contain a brief summary, and the subsequent titled sections should reiterate in detail.
  • If an article has multiple sections, then it should have a table of contents (use "toc" inside of "[[#]]"). Each section should be somewhat self-contained (at the very least, repeat the interwiki links once), although this rule is not set in stone. See, e.g., John Segundus.
  • If the subject of the article is real, then add a the bottom something like this: "The Cathedral also has a Wikipedia article, although it's involvement in English Magic is inexplicably left out."

Bottom line:

  • Generally follow the Wikipedia guidelines, except where the conflict with the ones we've explicitly mentioned.
  • However, this is not Wikipedia, so feel free to be more artistic.
If you have suggestions for more style points, either post them in the discussion page, or just add them (and we can discuss it later if necessary).