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This page documents an official policy.

It is a widely accepted standard that should be followed by all editors.

The Manual of Style is a guide regarding proper writing technique for all Wiki articles and documents. It is a set of standards designed to aid editors in the production of articles with clear, consistent, and precise language and formatting. It is imperative to maintain consistency in style to promote an experience that has both clarity and cohesion.

Perspective

There are two types of perspectives: in-universe and out-of-universe. In-universe refers to things existing in the world of Frozen, while out-of-universe describes things that exist in the real world. For example, Elsa exists in-universe, but Idina Menzel exists out-of-universe.

Note that all articles should be written as objectively as possible.

In-universe

The things featured in in-universe articles should not be treated as fictional constructs but rather as if they existed in the real world. An in-universe article should never contain out-of-universe content (e.g. "Anna is the protagonist of Frozen"), unless it is placed within the "Trivia" section.

In-universe articles must employ the past tense to describe past events or people who are deceased. Present tense must be used if the the previous guideline is not met.

Out-of-universe

Out-of-universe articles are written from a real life point of view, and the past, present, and future tenses are used wherever appropriate.

Spelling

American spelling should be used on all articles to reflect the American origin of Frozen. This does not extend to comments, user profiles, blogs, or forum posts.

Dates

Similarly, dates used on the Wiki should follow the American format, MM/DD/YYYY. However, to remove ambiguity, the month should be written out (e.g. November 27, 2013 NOT 11/27/2013).

Grammar

Dashes

Please refrain from using dashes (-) in articles, as this is not proper grammar. If an en dash is used (–), a space must be used between the dash and the words around it. There is another type of dash, an em dash (—), which is placed directly between words. It is preferred that an en dash is used on the wiki.

Parenthesis

Parenthesis, otherwise known as curved brackets, should not be used in article to insert information. If this occurs, the sentence should instead be rewritten to include the information without parenthesis.

For example:

Elsa and Anna (her sister) have a complicated relationship.

Could be rewritten to be:

Elsa and her sister, Anna, have a complicated relationship OR
Elsa has a complicated relationship with her sister, Anna.

Contractions

All contractions should be written out. This is an encyclopedia, and thus should reflect encyclopedic style.

Anna wasn't happy that Elsa didn't spend any time with her.
Anna was not happy that Elsa did not spend any time with her.

In this instance, the first should be rewritten to reflect the second.

Article titles

An article's title is a label for the article, so as to distinguish it from other articles. Some important things to keep in mind when formatting titles:

  • Unless the article title contains a proper noun, only the first letter should be capitalized (e.g. Hans' sword, NOT Hans' Sword).
  • Refrain from using a character's rank in the title (e.g. Elsa, NOT Queen Elsa).
  • If there are articles with similar titles, it is necessary to add disambiguation tags (e.g. The North Mountain location as opposed to the score track).

Article layouts

The layout of articles within a similar category should be consistent. Every article should have a brief summary at the top and the appropriate infobox if it exists.

Characters

The following headings should be used for character articles where applicable:

  1. History
  2. Personality
  3. Abilities
  4. Relationships (Should provide a link that leads to a separate page detailing all of a character's relationships)
  5. Appearances
  6. Trivia (Organize in list format)
  7. Gallery
  8. References

Relationships

The following headings should be used for character relationship articles where applicable:

  1. Relatives
  2. Love interests
  3. Allies
  4. Neutral
  5. Enemies
  6. References

Locations

The following headings should be used for articles pertaining to locations where applicable:

  1. History
  2. Description
  3. Trivia
  4. References

Bolds, Italics, and Quotes

Bold

Bold text should only be used once when the article's name is mentioned in the introductory paragraphs.

Italics

Italics should be used to designate a film or television show's name (Frozen, Once Upon a Time). Italics should also be used for emphasis, as opposed to capitals.

Quotes

Quotation marks should be used around the names of episode titles and songs. They are also used when quoting a source in exact words. When using quotation marks to quote a source, double quotations are used; single quotation marks should only be used for quotes within a quote.

Punctuation marks should be placed within quotation marks when they are part of the quote and placed outside when they are not.

Files

Images

Usage and quality

Images should not be used excessively on articles and should only be used as supplements to the text. As such, all images uploaded to the Wiki must be used on an article; any other images are subject to deletion. Uploaded images should be of the highest quality available and images with poor quality are subject to replacement by a higher quality version.

File extensions

The most common file extensions are .JPG and .PNG, but the latter is preferable due to its lossless data compression. Animated .GIF files are not allowed due to their distracting nature.

Further guidelines

  1. The shortest side of an image should be resized to 250px prior to upload.
  2. All images in an article should have a description, either explaining what is in the image, or how the image is relevant to the point it is backing up.
  3. In general, thumbnails in an article should be 200px.
  4. A screenshot may be cropped to allow for concentration on a particular subject, when the other elements of the image are at risk of deviating from that subject.
  5. Galleries should only contain images on the subject matter, e.g. no images of Hans on Elsa's gallery.
  6. No fan art of any kind should be uploaded. You do reserve the right to post such images onto your own user page via a Photobucket or Imageshack link.

Videos

Due to the Wiki's focus on text, videos should not be used on articles except in circumstances in which the content is exceedingly difficult to transcribe.

References

As an encyclopedia, all information present must be verifiable by a reliable source. As such, speculative remarks may not be added to any article. If there is a likelihood that a presented point may be disputed, a citation must be added.

References should appear at the end of every article.

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