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Part 1: Writing Guidelines
Part 2: Production Guidelines
Part 3: Object Guidelines
Part 4: Review & Examples
Part I: Writing Guidelines
There are several times you will be requested to provide written descriptions of entities when providing new submissions. When writing these descriptions is very important to remember the remember the following things that were presented to you during the introduction of this tutorial.
Things to Remember
1) You are submitting unbiased information.
2) You’re trying to inform the reader, not entice them.
3) You want to give a wide range of information in as few words as possible.
There are some additional guidelines that must be followed when providing written data depending on the type of entity.
Part II: Production Guidelines
When adding written about a production it is highly important you follow this vital guidelines. Failure to do so may result in your entry being removed or rewritten.
1) Never include spoilers, ever!
2) Do not summarize the entire production.
3) Try not to exceed 75 words in a paragraph for short descriptions.
4) Remember to always be unbiased, inform, and be to the point.
Other things to remember, but are not stressed, are to try to use words that are easier to understand. Remember the reader may or may not have seen the production yet. If you are unsure if the description is well written you can always show to a friend who has not yet seen the production and see if they understand it.
Part III: Object Guidelines
An object in our case is considered a person, place, or thing that is not a production. These include people, organizations, artists, bands, etc. Objects are the entities that create the production.
When submitting written information about objects it is important that you follow a few different guidelines as you would for productions. Below is a list of these guidelines.
1) Briefly summarize who or what the object is if providing a description.
2) Remember to not provide a biography or report in descriptions.
3) Try to limit the description to 3-4 paragraphs at most for descriptions.
4) Try not to exceed 75 words in a paragraph for short descriptons.
5) Libel will not be tolerated, and will likely result in ban!
6) Leave personal feelings out of any written information.
7) Do respect the individual and do not include gossip.
8) Always be respectful. It's best to leave certain personal information out.
Remember that the site is dedicated to providing quailty information and supporting the industries in a positive manor. If a person is added to the site they should feel a sense of pride and never betrayed.
Part IV: Review & Examples
The following examples will provide you with a basic understanding of what to look for when submiting written data.
The first example written is a synopsis for a production entity.
Example 1: Original
Shinji Ikari has received notice of his father's request for his appearance in Tokyo 3. On his way to NERV Headquarters he runs into a beautiful woman named Misato. The two set off on an hilarious joy ride full of suspense as an angel is attacking the town! Shinji has no clue what he’s up against, only that he has to think quickly! When the two finally arrive Shinji finally meets his father, it is not the type of welcome he was expecting. He’s told to pilot this strange robot that is supposed to save the world, but will Shinji agree to pilot it? On top there is a strange girl named Rei Ayanami who has suffered serious wounds. What will Shinji do? Watch the series to find out!
Right away you probably noticed a lot of problems with this entry. First off it does not provide unbiased information. Try not to provide opinionated words in your description. In this case words like beautiful and hilarious should be avoided. The general rule of thumb is, if it is stated by a character that she is beautiful then it is alright to use. Otherwise try to keep it out. Beautiful is implied in this particular case but it is unneeded and does not represent the series. Words like hilarious should almost never be used, since they are almost always strictly opinionated.
The next issue you notice is the synopsis drags on a lot and doesn’t foreshadow future events too much. While you’re not to entice the user, you are allowed to foreshadow some events that may occur. This will allow the user to understand the series without making a decision only based off the first episode. Finally never use phrase like "Watch the series to find out!" in any synopsis.
Keeping those things in mind let's look into the final result of a proper production description.
Example 1: Result
Shinji Ikari has received notice of his father's request for his appearance in Tokyo 3. When arriving at NERV Headquarters Shinji learns that his father has called upon him to pilot man's last hope for survival, the beast, Evangelion. Shinji reluctantly agrees to pilot after encountering the mysterious and badly wounded girl Rei Ayanami whom cannot battle the monstrous beings solely known as Angels. Shinji Ikari now must learn to tame the beast Evangelion Unit 1 by defeating his inner demons and understanding his enemy, the Angels.
This last example is far better. It's brief, doesn't drag on long, provides enough information to the viewer about that the series is about, foreshadows a little bit, and have any real bias. In this case the synopsis is 87 words. Which is over the 75 word recommendation, but in this case it is alright because by splitting would result in two extremely short paragraphs. Remember to use your best judgment and that unlike naming conventions, writing guidelines have more flexibility.
The final example is an object description. This will provide a basic description about a person. To do this example correctly we will be using a fake person named John Smith.
Example 2: Original
John Smith grown up in Central America in the year 1976 and was a great man. He loved his family and friends and had strong faith in his fellow man and provided contributions to the anime community, though he had a bit of a drinking problem, which cascaded during the production of John Smith’s Anime of America 2000 when he included several inappropriate images into the animation.
The guy won several awards and was even on the several well known talk shows! It was a shame that he died due to drunk driving. John Smith will forever be a great man in my mind and a strong contributor to the anime and manga community.
This entry is highly inappropriate for several reasons. First it digs into John’s personal life, second it provides specifics about his death. In order to respect the individuals added to the site, you are to never include information about a person’s private life, unless you feel it is absolutely needed. Also, in this passage it fails to provide details about what John actually did for the anime and manga communities.
Remember in this case the user used past tense words. It is alright to use past tense words, but do try to avoid future tense words, since the database may not be updated for a quite a while. As well, as with the last example, do not provide opinionated thoughts. Let the reader decide on what he or she thinks of the person. The following will be an appropriate entry for John Smith.
Example 2: Result
Born in Central America in the year 1976, John contributed to the advancement of the anime community in the United States. Amongst his greatest achievements he has won the J2Anime awards for best voice dubbing for 2004 and 2005. He has also worked on such productions as Gunny Gunny, Future Boys, and Monster Cage 3012. His career ended in 2006 due to his unexpected death.
The above example is much shorter, does not have any opinionated thoughts, and respects the death of the person by keeping his private issues out of the description. At the same time if a reader wants to find out why he died in 2006, he or she can easily look it up online and find the answers themselves. As well the final result sounds less like a report and more like a description.
Remember to keep these does examples in mind when providing written information to the site. If you want to add opinionated thoughts you can do so in the review section, or in the site's forums.