Len'en Wiki:Guidelines

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This page is to list all possible editing guidelines that should define how editors go about creating certain kinds of pages, as well as other information pertaining to editing this wiki.

Should any of these guidelines be changed, please update this page. Use the talk page to discuss these guidelines.

If you're new to Wiki editing, please check out this helpful guide on Wikipedia.

The Simplified Ruleset

  • BE BOLD! in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki!
  • When in doubt, take it to the talk page. If you discuss changes on the article's talk (or discussion) page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster.
  • Decent edit summaries and clear, transparent explanations are appreciated.
  • Assume good faith in edits.
  • Sign your posts on talk pages using ~~~~. This gets replaced by your username and timestamp when you hit Save.
  • Use the preview button. It helps prevent edit conflicts and mistakes.

General guidelines

General editing guidelines

  • Use material from official sources to write summaries and such. This includes but is not limited to Dialogue, Scenario, Omake.txts, Official Profiles, etc. Keep any and all speculation off pages and inferences to a minimum.
  • If a new page, headline or bullet point is added, be willing to commit to adding information to it. This is to prevent too many pages, headlines or bullet points containing barely any information of worth.
  • Posting of any and all derivative works are welcome. This includes but is not limited to fangames, fanfiction, comics, and music CDs. Keep it obvious that it is a derivative work. This is easily done by adding the "Fangame", "Fanfiction", or "Arrangement CD" category.
  • As Wikipedia follows, make sure to add italics on media titles and "Quotations" to music titles.
  • Different varieties of the English language should be kept in mind. See Touhou Wiki:Guidelines/English Varieties Thwiki.png for more details.

Gender Neutrality

Since the majority of characters in the Len'en Project (and even JynX) are intentionally gender-ambiguous, this wiki makes use of gender-neutral words and forbids gender-specific words when referring to characters of unknown gender. As such, try to avoid any words that are considered to be gender-specific, such as 'man/woman' or 'boy/girl' and use 'person' or 'child', as well as using 'sibling' over 'brother/sister'. There are many obvious gender-specific examples (e.g. waitress/chairman), and most should be in one way or other gender-neutralised whenever possible (e.g. craftsperson).

When wanting to use third-person pronouns such as 'he/she' or 'him/her' in direct reference to a known person however, there are no neutral words widely accepted in English, but in Japanese, it is easy to avoid indicating a person's gender. There is however: the common singular they, which this wiki uses. Here's the list of the pronoun forms:

  • Nominative: they (Meaning "he/she", e.g. They are okay. I think they are going home.)
  • Accusative: them (Meaning "him/her" e.g. I tried to give them something. They called them.)
  • Pronominal possessive: their (Meaning "his/her" e.g. I gave their thing back.)
  • Predicative possessive: theirs (Meaning "his/hers" e.g. I think it's theirs.)
  • Reflexive: themself (Meaning "himself/herself" e.g. They proved to themself how good they are.)

Other notes:

  • Honorific titles also have this problem. At least in the UK and apparently the US, the title Mx (meaning "Mr", "Miss" or other honorific titles, e.g. Mx Iyozane or Mx. Iyozane) is gaining high acceptance, and is included in the Oxford Dictionary. Use this if you can.
  • When using the word 'blonde', spell it as 'blond', because even though usually the former is feminine and the latter is masculine, it's also common to treat 'blond' as a neutral, especially in the US.
  • Shinto priest, despite being specifically masculine, is an exception to treating it as gender-neutral word since there is no neutral equivalent to this and feminine shrine maiden.

We don't expect you to pronounce or spell these words correctly since some are neologisms (e.g. 'Mx' is 'mix' or 'mux'); rather, you could use your interpretation to whether you think a character is male or female, just like how JynX intended for this to happen.[1]

If someone is known to officially be of a particular gender (e.g. Taira no Iwakado), then by all means be gender-specific.

Don't worry too much about this rule; if you use any gender-specific words, someone will gender-neutralise them accordingly. However, there are exceptions where you don't have to follow this rule of neutrality on this wiki, whether you want to spell it 'blonde', use other pronouns (he/she/they/xe/ze/etc.), use any other gender-specific word, etc.; these places are:

  • User pages
  • All talk pages

References

It is important to verify that the information you write into an article is true, so that other people can check that the information comes from a reliable source. Depending on the context, even if you are sure that something is true, it must be verifiable before you can add it. As such, you need to add citation (See Wikipedia:Citing sources for thorough explanation). However for this wiki, it is simple. You can use the {{Ref}} template or the <ref>...</ref> tags to cite your source inline along the content in question, and have a {{Reflist}} template as the footnote to the source. Example:

Lorem ipsum.{{ref|Citation stuff}} Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.<ref>Citation stuff</ref>

==References==
{{Reflist}}

And that's it! The "Citation stuff" could be whatever you want to add into it, as long as it links to the original source. We don't want citation to be complicated like Wikipedia's cite web template. See Tsurubami Senri as an example.

Other notes:

  • If you see unsourced content and you're not sure whether it needs citation, add {{Citation needed}} next to the content in question.
  • If you want to use this for making notes rather than citations, use the {{Note}} and {{Notelist}} equivalents.

Translations

  • This wiki uses Hepburn romanisation; e.g. sha (instead of sya), chi (ti), ji (zi), shi (si), etc. This applies even when Kunrei-shiki is used in an official spelling (Fujiwara instead of Huziwara).
  • Preserve obsolete kana (e.g. Tewi Thwiki.png instead of Tei)
  • Character names are to be written in Western naming order unless there is a "no" in the middle, e.g. Yabusame Houlen, but Adagumo no Yaorochi. Note that, even for Western names, such as Lumen Celeritas, JynX uses Japanese naming order when writing the names in the games.[2]
  • If you see a mistake in translation or writing, do not be afraid to change or debate it. More correct translations should be preferred over incorrect "established" ones.
  • Just because a translation appears in a game patch does not make it 100% correct. Translations do change and become more accurate over time. Games may also have inherent limitations such as maximum length of text per line, an issue that occurs when translating between languages.

Subpages and Linking back to previous pages

Subpages are used to organise content under the main article (e.g. Evanescent Existence/Story/Yabusame's Scenario). See Evanescent Existence as an example of how subpages are implemented.

Linking back is a strange inclusion not found anywhere else. Remove linking back lines if pages become subpaged. Please discuss this on the talk page.

Spoiler Policy

Spoilers should only be used to conceal information regarding game endings for a period of one month after the game's release. After that, they should be removed.

"Additional Information"

  • Make sure Trivia is original and unique. Trivia cease being "fun" when it turns into "Character A is the Nth character with feature X".
  • For Fandom, be able to back up your claims. While it is plausible that character A may be crossed with character B from series C, if there isn't any/very little evidence that they are, it's not a fact.
  • Do not post any speculation unless it has already gained reputable status. Otherwise, it's just forcing your views onto other people.

Community-made materials

Due to this wiki's focus on official content, fan-made content should only be documented if it has any particular significance, such as being a publicly-released fangame, music album, etc. Pages for fan characters are not allowed unless that character is either part of some other derivative work or particularly noteworthy in their own right. Furthermore, this wiki is also not the place for gag translation projects.

Date

Throughout the wiki, dates are written in the order of day-month-year with the month written out and no ordinal suffix on the date, e.g. "30 October 2017".

For short forms, YYYY/MM/DD is used (alternatively, YYYY-MM-DD may also be accepted), e.g. "2017/10/30". If the day or month are less than 10, they're written with a leading zero.

Specific article type guidelines

General Game Article Outline

See: Evanescent Existence for example

  • The first thing on the page should be Template:Infobox Game. Please fill out as many of the fields as possible, adhering to the documentation given on the template page.
  • After that, before the first heading, should be a general description of the game. Details can include a literal translation of the game title, when it was released, where it was released, and any other information that fits into a general description.
  • The first heading should be Gameplay. Briefly outline what makes the game unique from other Touhou games, but refrain from going in detail too much. The complete gameplay mechanics description should be linked to using Template:Main.
  • After Gameplay, there should be a Concept section, detailing the "concept" of the game - such things as its theme, design elements, and the like.
  • The third heading should be Story. Do not go too in-depth with it: don't simply detail the entire story, give a summary. The main translation page for the game should be linked to using Template:Main.
  • The fourth heading is Music. General information about the music should be placed here, though aside from Evanescent Existence, there probably won't be too much to say.
  • Finally, there may or may not be a Press section underneath that.
  • The final section is the External Links section. Separate it into an Official section and an Unofficial section. Prefix all link names with the name of the game
  • After that, place the navigational template for the game. Please avoid using horizontal lines.
  • Categories: An official Touhou game should be placed in the category with the same name. It should also be placed under the Official Games category.

If anything is unclear, please use the Evanescent Existence page as an example.

High score page guidelines

Main: High scores/Updating guidelines Thwiki.png

Template page guidelines

Please transclude template documentation from nameoftemplate/doc. For reference, see Template:MusicRoom and Template:MusicRoom/doc.

Character article guidelines

Please see Touhou Wiki:Guidelines/Standardization of Character Pages Thwiki.png for an example of the layout.

Spell Card guidelines

  • When making a spell card page, use the {{SubpageNav}} and {{Spell Card Info}} templates. See Evanescent Existence/Spell Cards/Stage 1 for an example.
  • The file names of spell card images should adhere to the following naming format: LexxSCyyy.jpg.
    • xx is based on the filename for the game's .exe file in the numbering series of the Len'en games, so Evanescent Existence is 01, Reactivate Majestical Imperial is 03, and so on.
    • yyy is the spell card's number. While there isn't a definite number order officially, the numeration involves the character's stage appearance, the spell card, then the difficulty.
    • The file extension must be in lowercase. Use .jpg, not .JPG.
  • For spell card images of most games, images must represent the danmaku well. Additionally, they should...
    • ...be at native resolution and cropped to the exact size of the playing field (384×448px for Le01-03, but 398×438px for Le04).
    • ...be saved in a .jpg file format set at the highest quality possible.
    • ...have the correct font, which requires the use of AppLocale for most users, and not use an English patch.
    • ...preferably Yabusame Houlen as the character.
      • Characters other than Yabusame may be used for character-specific spell cards (e.g. Le03 Stage 4).
    • ...have no visible shots coming from the player, or visible upgrades in Le04.
    • It does not matter if the player shows a clear hitbox, especially on Unreal/Absurdly Extra modes due to immense difficulty, but it is appreciated if it can be avoided.

Editing

  • Never use Level one headings = =
  • Never edit someone else's User page unless given express permission.
  • Ask administrators for site related problems such as protection and blocking. The staff at Shoutwiki may need to be contacted for other back-end issues.
  • Ask Users for community related issues such as logos, categorisation of pages, and other issues directly related to the actual content.
  • Before starting a project, make sure there isn't something similar already made. If that is the case, make changes there.

Page naming standards

  • Game articles
    • The main game article page should not contain a "the" at the beginning, even if the game itself appears to be named that way.
    • The main translation page should be named <game>/Translation, but all story-related pages such as the prologue translation, extra story, and stage translations should be under the /Story subpage. Example: Evanescent Existence/Story/Main Stages
    • The main spell cards page should be named <game>/Spell Cards, and all stage-specific pages should be a subpage under it. Example: Evanescent Existence/Spell Cards/Stage 1

See also

References

  1. JynX Twitter: "You may choose whichever you like! :D"
  2. JynX twitter: "'Lumen' is the first name~ I'm using Japanese naming order. But I guess it's an inherently weird name. (lol)"