FAMEPedia:Manual of Style

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The Manual of Style (MoS or MOS) is the style manual for FAMEPedia articles. However, accessibility guidelines apply across the entire project. This primary page is supported by further detail pages, which are cross-referenced here and listed at FAMEPedia:Manual of Style/Contents. If any contradiction arises, this page has precedence.[1]

MoS presents FAMEPedia's house style to assist its volunteer editors write and maintain articles with precise and consistent language, layout, and formatting. Since using plain English makes the encyclopedia easier and more intuitive to read, editors should avoid ambiguity, jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording.

Where more than one style or format is acceptable under MoS, one should be used consistently within an article and should not be changed without good reason. Edit warring over optional styles is unacceptable.[2]

New content added to this page should directly address a persistently recurring style issue.

Retaining existing styles[edit | edit source]

Sometimes the MoS provides more than one acceptable style or gives no specific guidance. The Arbitration Committee has expressed the principle that "When either of two styles are acceptable it is inappropriate for a FAMEPedia editor to change from one style to another unless there is some substantial reason for the change."[3] If you believe an alternative style would be more appropriate for a particular article, discuss this at the article's talk page or—if it raises an issue of more general application or with the MoS itself—at FAMEPedia talk:Manual of Style.

Edit-warring over style, or enforcing optional style in a bot-like fashion without prior consensus, is never acceptable.[2][4]

Article titles, headings, and sections[edit | edit source]

Article titles[edit | edit source]

A title should be a recognizable name or description of the topic that is natural, sufficiently precise, concise, and consistent with those of related articles. If these criteria are in conflict, they should be balanced against one another.

For formatting guidance see the FAMEPedia:Article titles § Article title format section, noting the following:

Subject both to the above and to FAMEPedia:Article titles, the rest of the MoS, particularly § Punctuation, applies also to the title.