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Part 1: Naming Convention
Part 2: Parts of Entity Names
Part 3: Naming Convention Guidelines
Part 4: Order of Methods & Handling Duplicate Names
Part 5: Handling the Name of Characters & People
Part 6: Review & Common Questions
Part 7: Final Examples

Part I: Naming Convention
The naming convention is the key to providing accurate information on the site and allowing other users to quickly identify entries within the database. It is important you familiarize yourself with the below terms before you continue.

Important Terms
Database – The primary storage space for all contributions to the site.
Entity – Describes the specific person, place, or thing that is being entered into the database.
Production – A specific listed piece of work. This work can be written, visual, or audible.

Part II: Parts of Entity Names
There are several important parts to an entity name. Below is an example of an entity with the different parts highlighted. It is important you familiarize yourself with these parts in order to understand the guidelines set by the naming convention.

Doraemons, The: Doki Doki Wildcat Engine (Nishikiori, Mar 4th 2000)

Entity name parts
Primary Identity – Relates the name to its origin, being Doraemon in this example.
Article – Words such as "a", "an", or "the" placed at the beginning of the primary identity.
Secondary Identity – A unique name that establishes itself from the primary identity.
Owner – Another entity(s) that provide the greatest contributions the entity. (i.e. director, writer, owner)
Vintage Date – The date the entity was first official premiered or declared as being its own entity.
Type Descriptor – Not Shown. Separate different types of entities. (i.e. Movie, Manga, Artist)

Part III: Naming Convention Guidelines
When naming an entity there are several guidelines you are required to follow in order to provide uniformed results across the site. Every entry you submit, no matter what the content, will always follow these rules.

Naming Convention Guidelines
1) Always use the official or most well known U.S. name.
2) Place beginning articles at the end of the primary identity.
3) Only use special characters when required.
4) Never include type descriptors.
5) Only include the owner and vintage date with duplicate titles.

Part IV: Order of Methods & Handling Duplicate Names
There are time when you will run into entities with the same name. It is important you know how to uniquely identify each of these entities. To do this we use a order of methods. The order of methods is the order in which entities with duplicate names are handled. To use the order of methods you try the first method and test if the names are uniquely identified. If not continue onto the second method and so on.

Order of Methods
1) Gakuen Heaven
2) Gakuen Heaven (Higuri, 2004)
3) Gakuen Heaven (Higuri, Mar 2004)
4) Gakuen Heaven (Higuri, Mar 10th 2004)

Example of Order of Methods
In this example we will use the same entity name used in Part II. We'll carefully go through each method step and explain when it should and should not be used.

Doraemons, The: Doki Doki Wildcat Engine (Nishikiori, Mar 4th 2000)

We’ll begin with method 1. Method 1 suggests only using primary and secondary identities. As a result using method 1 we will get the following result.

Doraemons, The: Doki Doki Wildcat Engine

In this case there are no other entities that exists that will share this name. At this point we have passed method 1 and accept it as the final result. But, in the case there were other entity names out there that matched this ours' we would have to go to method 2, which would present the following result.

Doraemons, The: Doki Doki Wildcat Engine (Nishikiori, 2000)

Again in this case it passed method 2 and 1. We would use method 1 if this was to actually be submitted. But in this example we'll say this method has also failed. We would then go onto method 3.

Doraemons, The: Doki Doki Wildcat Engine (Nishikiori, Mar 2000)

As you see, you simply continue down the list until you find a method that is uniquely identified. Once you have found it you stop.

Part V: Handling the Name of Characters & People

Naming characters & people is a little bit different from naming a production. In order to name a character or person you simply follow the exact same steps as explain in the last section, but instead use a slightly modified order of methods.

Order of Methods
1) Bosch, Johnny Yong
2) Bosch, Johnny Yong (1976)
3) Bosch, Johnny Yong (Jan 1976)
4) Bosch, Johnny Yong (Jan 6th 1976)

The entity name in this case is very similar to the pervious order of method. Though, we leave out the owner. This is true for characters as well as people. As well the family name is used as the primary identity, and the given name, followed by the middle name if applicable, for the secondary identify. The date of birth is used for the date.

Part VI: Review & Common Questions
When submitting an entry into a database, that entry is called an entity. You must follow the naming convention to ensure that your entity has a unique name that can quickly be identified and easily found.

The naming convention states that you will always place the article, if placed in front of the primary identify, at the end of the primary identify. This will ensure the entry can be found alphabetically without any problems. The article is separated using a coma. Following the primary identify is the secondary identify which is separated by a semi-colon.

In the case that there are more than one entity that shares the same name, you will use the order of methods to correctly name each entity.

Common Questions
If there is already an entity with the same name as mine, won’t that entity’s name have to be corrected?
Yes, you will need to report the older entity to an admin so the older entity can be corrected!

I'm not sure if there is an official production title or what the most common production title is. What do I do?
You’ll have to do some research. The best place to start is with a good search engine, such as Google. Try to find the official US site if available. You can also look up to see if the production title is licensed in the United States. If go to the site of the licensed owner and use their spelling. If all else fails you can either find the official title of another English speaking country, or go ahead find out which title gives you the most search engine results that uses English words.

English is not my primary language, and i have some difficulties knowing which production title to use. What do I do?
See the answer above and use the same methods.

If an entity is a movie based off another entity can I just add "The Movie" as the secondary identity?
No, you may only use terms like "The Movie" if it is part of the offical name, or is the most common U.S. term. It is rare that the title is not officialy called "The Movie" if a secondary identifier is not provided, but as the below example shows there are cases when this may not be the case.

Part VII: Final Examples

Correct Examples
- Lucky Star
- Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
- Pokemon: The First Movie
- Yu Yu Hakusho (Iijima, 1994)

Incorrect Examples
- Lucky ☆ Star
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion
- Pokemon (Movie)
- Yu Yu Hakusho (2nd Movie)