The Manual of Style is a style guide for all BaCeleb articles. It was created to help editors produce articles with consistent, clear, and precise language, layout, and formatting. The goal is to make the Site easier and more intuitive to use. Consistency in language, style, and formatting promotes clarity and cohesion. Writing should be clear and concise. Plain text works best: avoid ambiguity, jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording. Style and formatting choices should be consistent throughout BaCeleb as a whole.
The title of all BaCeleb articles is the name of the person in subject. While the article title should generally be the name by which the subject is most commonly known, the subject's full name should be given in the introduction, if known (including middle names, if known, or middle initials). Many cultures have a tradition of not using the full name of a person in everyday reference, but the article should start with the complete version.
Good articles start with a brief lead section introducing the person. The introduction should establish significance and should be written in a way that makes readers want to know more. Normally, the introduction summarizes the most important points of the article. It should clearly explain the subject so that the reader is prepared for the greater level of detail that follows
It is recommended to attach pictures for your articles. Ensure to attach your main article picture from the "Image" tab in editor, this image will apear together with your content introduction aligned right in order to preserve the Site Uniformity. Additional images may be uploaded through the editor itself.
Articles should be kept relatively short. Say what needs saying, but do not overdo it. Articles should aim to be less than 30KB worth of prose.
Information style and tone
Two styles, closely related, tend to be used for BaCeleb articles. The tone, however, should always remain formal, impersonal, and dispassionate.
Check your facts
- Write material that is true: check your facts. Do not write material that is false. This might require that you verify your alleged facts. Remember this is a crucial part of writing a good biography.
- Be careful about deleting material that may be factual, consider each fact provided as potentially precious.
- Stay on topic
- The most readable articles contain no irrelevant information. While writing an article, you might find yourself digressing into a side subject.
- Just because you honestly believe you are right, it doesn't mean you are. Do not write overly positive impressions about yourself.
BaCeleb articles may include links to web pages outside BaCeleb (external links), but they should not normally be used in the body of an article. Articles can include an external links section at the end, pointing to further information outside BaCeleb as distinct sources. Please add external links with discretion; BaCeleb is not a link repository.
By citing sources for BaCeleb content, you enable users to verify that the information given is supported by reliable sources, thus improving the credibility of BaCeleb while showing that the content is not original research. You also help users find additional information on the subject; and you avoid plagiarising the source of your words or ideas by giving attribution.
For an image or other media file, details of its origin and copyright status should appear on its "Item image caption"/"Item image credits" or when uploading via content editor, the"Alternate Text" text areas before picture upload.
Information should be accessible to all. Do not use color alone to mark differences in text: they may be invisible to people with color blindness. Also, black-and-white printouts, older computer displays with fewer colors, and monochrome displays (older PDAs and cell phones) cannot show such distinctions.
Choose colors that can be distinguished by the readers with the commonest form of colorblindness and also mark the differences with change of font or some other means.
Pay attention to spelling
- Use free Internet dictionaries like Ask Oxford, Dictionary.com, Google Define and a spell checker such as SpellCheck.net.
- Articles may also be spell-checked in a word processor before being saved. A free word processor may be obtained from OpenOffice.org.
- Some browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox, Konqueror, Safari or Opera, have the ability to highlight misspelled words in text boxes.
Here are some thought experiments to help you test whether you are setting enough context:
- Imagine yourself as a layperson in another English-speaking country. Can you clearly understand the biography?
- Did you include relevant information? Would you, as reader want to read your biography with interest?
If an article is based on third-party, published source, the article must contain obligatory a footer paragraph (which is clearly identifiing the source) and respects BaCeleb Copyright laws. Never use materials that infringe the copyrights of others.