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:TITLE:Editing guidelines
:INC:index


:SUB:Romanization
<p>
 The main audience of VNDB are the English speaking fans of visual novels. In
 creating the database, we assume the intended audience can't read or recognise
 anything not written in the roman script. Therefore, romanization is applied
 to many fields in the database: The main title of visual novels, releases and
 producers should all be properly romanized if they arent in roman script
 already.<br />
 To keep the database consistent, we have decided to use
 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepburn_romanization">Hepburn romanization</a>
 for all fields. This is also consistent with
 <a href="http://wiki.anidb.net/w/Romanisation">AniDBs romanization</a>.
</p>


:SUB:Capitalization
<p>
 Some Japanese producers use titles for their games that are already in the roman
 alphabet. However - as the disctinction in uppercase and lowercase characters
 does not exist in Japanese - these titles are often entirely in uppercase or
 lowercase. If there is no real reason for this choise of capitalization, these
 titles and names should be properly converted to normal English capitalization
 (as described <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalization">on
 Wikipedia</a>) for titles and names before being entered in the database.<br />
 This only applies to the romanized titles and the main title of a visual novel
 entry, the 'Original title' field of producer and release entries should still
 use the official capitalization.
</p>


:SUB:Name Order
<p>
 In most English speaking countries, names are given in a "given name, family name" order.
 This is called "Western Order".
 In English, you call someone using their given name if you know them well, otherwise use their title and family name.
 <br />
 In Japanese (and some other languages too), names are given in "family name, given name" order.
 We call this "Japanese Order".
 In Japanese you can call someone using either name with an appropriate suffix.
 <br />
 To aid English speakers, some resources (e.g. wikipedia) use Japanese names in Western order.
 Here on vndb.org, we prefer to use the order that the original game used.
 <br />
 That is, if it was originally a Japanese game with Japanese character names, use Japanese order.
 <br />
 If the game is originally English, or a character has a completely foreign name (Mary Smith), use Western order.
</p> 


:SUB:Edit Summaries
<p>
 Every edit to any page has an optional "Edit summary" box.
 <br />
 This allows you to explain yourself on what your edit is about without cluttering the main page.
 <br />
 You can say why you've modified the categories, changed a link, or show where you obtained some information (so that other contributors can verify it).
 <br />
 Perhaps you want to add a visual novel to the database but are unable to find more information for it.
 If you say so here, another contributor is bound to finish it off.
</p>


:SUB:Descriptions From External Sources
<p>
 It is possible to add a description or notes to visual novel, producer and release entries
 in the database. While original descriptions are preferred, using descriptions from external
 resources is allowed, provided the source is properly credited. The preferred form to credit
 external resources is by adding the following template to the bottom of the description:<br />
 [From [url=<b>URL</b>]<b>title or author</b>[/url]]<br />
 This would result in, for example, '[From <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/Wiki/Ever17">Wikipedia</a>]'
 for descriptions taken from Wikipedia. If the description is not literally taken from the
 source but has some modifications, the 'From' should be replaced with something similar,
 indicating that it's modified, e.g. 'Edited from', 'Based on'.<br />
 As it is not allowed to provide links to websites providing or promoting illigal downloads,
 the URL part should be left out for such descriptions.
</p>