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The Manual of Style is not intended as an ironclad set of rules, as much as guidelines to help make our pages more uniform and our information easy to understand and edit.

Marking for Real World, In-Mythos, et alEdit

Because of the varied and myriad works that comprise the Mythos as it exists today, and the extreme range of articles in the wikia, it is importatnt to clarify for readers what information they are reading and from what sources.

Real WorldEdit

Historic and factual information regarding authors, publications, etc. should carry the {{realworld}} template tag at the top of the article, and will look like this:

Tiny portrait

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - H.P. Lovecraft

This article is written on a topic in the real world and reflects factual information.

In-MythosEdit

Articles about fictional people, places, entities, should carry the {{inmythos}} template tag at the top of the article, and will look like this:

Cthulhu header

"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming..." - English translation of Aklo verse

This article is written on a topic within the Greater Cthulhu Mythos based on information from works in the Mythos. By default, all information is to be assumed to derive from the Lovecraft Myth Cycle unless otherwise marked.

This clarifies that this is based on the Lovecraft Myth Cycle by default, but that exceptions should be marked. The information should be checked against the original sources, and refer to the Cthulhu Mythos (wikia classifications) article for correct markings. If the article as a whole or sections contain information outside of the Lovecraft Myth Cycle, they should be marked as follows:

The "Lovecraft Circle" Myth CyclesEdit

Articles and sections about fictional people, places, entities, that derive from sources in the "Lovecraft Circle" should carry the {{lovecraftcircle}} template tag at the top of the article or section, and will look like this:

Lovecraft circle Seal

If a notation is needed in an infobox, the following markup text can be used:

**[[Cthulhu_Mythos_(wikia_classifications))#The_.22Lovecraft_Circle.22_Myth_Cycles|<span style="color:blue">The "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles</span>]]**

This yields: **The "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles**

The Derleth Cthulhu MythosEdit

Articles and sections about fictional people, places, entities, that derive from sources in the Derleth Cthulhu Mythos should carry the {{derlethmythos}} template tag at the top of the article or section, and will look like this:

Derleth Elder Sign Seal


If a notation is needed in an infobox, the following markup text can be used:

**[[Cthulhu_Mythos_(wikia_classifications)#The_Derleth_Cthulhu_Mythos|<span style="color:green">Derleth Mythos</span>]]**

This yields: **Derleth Mythos**

The Expanded Cthulhu MythosEdit

Articles and sections about fictional people, places, entities, that derive from sources in the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos should carry the {{expandedmythos}} template tag at the top of the article or section, and will look like this:

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If a notation is needed in an infobox, the following markup text can be used:

**[[Cthulhu_Mythos_(wikia_classifications)#The_Expanded_Cthulhu_Mythos|<span style="color:yellow">Expanded Mythos</span>]]**

This yields: **Expanded Mythos**

Other Style ConsiderationsEdit

Use of Language/PerspectiveEdit

This wiki was conceived to be a reference for the literary worlds of the H.P. Lovecraft "Cthulhu Mythos", as well as the people that made it, and the creating that continues. As such, it should be written from a "real-world" perspective. This is to say that the person writing the article first establishes whether or not they are describing a fictional person/place/thing or a real life person/place/thing, then continues the article to describe the role that it plays in the Cthulhu Mythos and its writings.

For example, DO WRITE:

"Cthulhu is a fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos. He is described as an ancient entity of immense power that manipulates the minds of human beings from his sunken island of R'lyeh. He first appears in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu", but remains a recurring presence and force throughout the stories in the titular mythos."

DO NOT WRITE:

"Cthulhu is an ancient entity of immense power that manipulates the minds of human beings from his sunken island of R'lyeh."

Article TitlingEdit

Article titles, when possible should be a person/place/thing in its singular form, (i.e. Deep One, rather than Deep Ones). Exceptions to this are when the proper name or group name is naturally pluralized, (i.e. The Dreamlands).

Additionally, as with The Dreamlands and The Necronomicon, while the common usage is to add the article "The" in front of the nouns, the article titles should not contain these. Exceptions should be made in the case of real world story or book titles, (i.e. "The Festival")

It is very simple to correct this type of problem so that it corrects for any misusage elsewhere in the wiki.

1. In the incorrectly named article, enter the edit mode and copy the entirety of the article, and its code
2. Create a new article with the correct name
3. Paste all of the original content into the new article and publish
4. Return to the original incorrectly named article and delete all the content and replace that with the "#REDIRECT [[New Article]]" command

DisambiguationEdit

At times it may be necessary to distinguish between articles of the same apparent name. For example, Dagon the character/deity, should be distinguished from Dagon (short story), and Dagon (2001 Film).

Parentheticals should be added only when necessary and a disambiguation article and link should be placed at the beginning of the articles.

Images and image usageEdit

When at all possible images should be added to articles in their original and unedited form with proper attribution to the creator of the piece.

Efforts should be made to correctly identify the work, and properly give its information in the image file entry.

Images should not be modified in any way unless permission is so given by the artist, (i.e. permission has been given in some cases to blur regions of images that might be considered offensive). They should not be cut out from backgrounds, or otherwise modified.

Efforts should be made to contact the artist in question if the work has not otherwise been published. Do to the unofficial and "fan made" nature of this site, "Fair Use" remains a gray area that remains legally questionable. Thus some interpretations of the law may allow for the usage of imagery on the wiki, but may still violate the individual rights of an artist to withhold their work. All decisions defer to the artist, and a reasonable efforts should be made to contact the artist and secure express written communication when possible.

Sub-ManualsEdit

For the obvious reasons of keeping this page cleaner and easier to use, below are a list of Manuals pertaining to specific categories:

Manual of Style/Character or Entity

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