In Apocrypha we do have standards for the kinds of discussions MATTOMPHI wish to feature as articles. Before we begin, we must first make the distinction between Articles and Discussions. As a group focused on the lore not just in Skyrim but the entirety of The Elder Scrolls series, we like to encourage lively discussions as well as insightful pieces of work.
That said, MATTOMPHI reserve the right to delete any comments which are offensive, distasteful or generally not conducive to the mature discussions to be found here.
To begin it's generally a good idea to tag your article or discussion. Not only does this make it easier to find your work later, but it allows us to sort all articles together by type.
In keeping with the current organizational structure of many groups on The Skyrim Blog, we request that articles be tagged in the following way: “Lore: Category”. You may have up to three tags on any article. The categories for articles correspond those found in the Table of Contents, but for the sake of convenience, I will list them here.
To use a tag, the simplest thing to do is copy and paste the tag from this page, exactly like it is with the quotes, into your tag list for your post. Each tag is separated by a comma. This way, you don't have to worry about format, it's right there in front of you, no muss, no fuss. The first tag will then be the primary tag used to decide an article's place on our shelves.
1. All articles must cite the references used throughout the body of the work, especially when quoting or paraphrasing. When you cite a reference, please write the name of the book or source you are referencing in parentheses or brackets, and if possible, include a link to the document. If you are referring to in-game events, you need only reference the game or DLC in which the event occurs.
2. Each piece must be at least 500 words long, but no greater than 3000. However, consider this as a guideline. The upper cap on the word count is more of a suggestion in order to avoid intimidating readers. The lower cap, on the other hand, is a requirement. This is done to avoid articles that do not provide enough information or are little more than a paragraph. Most reasonably sized articles range between 1500 and 2500 words with longer topics taking place over several articles.
As a reference: 500 words is approximately two-thirds of a page in Microsoft Word, single-spaced, composed of 3-4 paragraphs.
3. Proper grammar and spelling is required. We will, of course, guide you in correcting your article, but do not expect us to become your English teacher. We understand that not everyone speaks English as a native language and we will be sensitive, but we do have our limits as to how much time we can devote to this matter.
4. Articles must stick to the canonized literature as much as possible.
Canonized literature includes:
It does not include:
However, this does not preclude speculation on the part of the article author. In fact, we encourage insightful and logical speculation when encountering subjects that have not been properly detailed in The Elder Scrolls. All we request is that such speculation be labeled as such and not introduced as fact and be based off of as much canonical information as you can manage. (In short, it needs to make sense.)
5. Exception: Non-canonical Articles
In spite of the request above, we do provide a section for articles referring to non-canonical sources and events. We understand that these references and theories are often very interesting and fun to talk about, but we will keep these articles sequestered to their own category.
For Articles referring to non-canonical information, you are allowed one tag, “Lore: Non-Canon”. This is to avoid confusion with other canonical articles.
1. All discussions must be specific. Please do not post a discussion in which the original post is less than a paragraph or does not clearly state the intent of the discussion at hand. We would like to have all discussions be started with a detailed opinion or perspective on a particular topic. Consider your opening post like the opening statement in a debate.
2. Ask leading questions. A great way to get a discussion started, especially if it’s regarding a bit of a general topic, is to ask specific “lead” questions that allow participants a place to begin the discussion. Many debates fall short because no one knows where to begin discourse. By asking a few questions, people are more naturally going to try to answer them, and then rapidly branch off into related tangents. This is the most effective way of creating discussions not only within the Lore Group but elsewhere on the site.
3. Be courteous. Any personal insults, offensive statements, intentionally bombastic comments, or out-of-control unrelated tangents are subject to grounds for deletion. A little straying from the topic is okay, but veering way off into "What Nazeem had for lunch" in a discussion about Solitude's Breton architectural and cultural influence is too much.
Ask a Lore Question:
This is less of a rule and more of a note on our frequented “Ask a Lore Question” page. Because of the consistency of repeated questions, we will be drafting an FAQ featuring the answers to our most asked questions. When future games arise, we may split the FAQ between different periods, games, or topics.
Secondly, many times when a question is asked, an entire discussion within a discussion follows that reveals significant details and theories about the topic involved. If a question generates enough responses, especially if the participants effectively write an article or discussion of their own, we may pull the replies from Ask a Lore Question and reformulate these replies into an article or start a new discussion. All participants will be credited for their contribution, of course.
This effectively lets you participate in writing articles if you are active in Ask a Lore Question or other general discussions!
As hosts, we reserve the right to delete any content we find does not meet our standards. We will make every effort to help you revise your article or discussion. You will be given every chance to make revisions. If you fail to comply after a reasonable time period, however, your content will be deleted and you will be notified when this occurs.
We encourage all of you to experiment and post discussions. Please, do not be intimidated or feel like if you don't know the lore, you can't post in this group. It doesn't take much time to fact-check what you wish to post, and we're more than happy to point you in the right direction if you're not sure.
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