Equestripedia:Manual of style
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The manual of style is the style guide used by Equestripedia to maintain consistent page structure when editing. If you have any questions regarding the editing techniques on the wiki that aren't gone over in the style, or that you feel aren't explained well, please feel free t contact User:Amelia about it instead.
There are individual guides for specific topics, such as characters, objects, places, etc.
Use of English
For consistency sake, American English is preferred, but a preference is not enforced. My Little Pony as a franchise is very strange in that it's an American property that was huge in Britain and now largely developed in Canada, so we don't really care which dialect you use. Unlike most wikis, we're okay with less-formal English and allow for jokey or sarcastic writing as long as it:
- Doesn't obscure the facts
- Contain profane, lewd or bigoted language.
This policy is a bit relaxed on articles for real people since the real-world isn't as G-rated as the show, for better or worse. Some people are far more known for their work on very adult works, such as Jose Gonzalez or Carla Speed McNeil, and some people have done horrible things that greatly affected their careers like Chris Savino, which is information worth noting though not covering extensively.
Articles on Equestripedia can be broken up into three categories, in-universe articles, real-world articles, and topical articles. The differences are the following
- In-universe (within reason) articles are written for fictional subjects as if they were real things. However, as the show 'breaks the fourth wall', so to will our articles if referencing real-world subject matter improves the quality of writing.
- Real-world articles are written for real-world subject matter, such as episodes, people, real-world events, etc.
- Topical articles are a bit more complex. They're written from a real-world perspective about fictional occurrences in the franchise to better illustrate a theme or narrative device in the series. For example, Racism in My Little Pony, recounts racist or bighted themes throughout the franchise, both as attempts by the writers to teach kids of these ideas, and potentially unintentional racism as well.