Guidelines

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Foreword

This wiki belongs to the Anglish Discord, which has developed its own style of Anglish that we expect contributions to conform to. Join us on the Discord for more in-depth discussion, and to be granted additional rights here on the Wiki.

You Must

  • Respect: Do not edit other people's work without their permission unless you are fixing something which is indisputably a mistake, or adding something the owner would almost certainly agree is worthwhile.
  • Content & Translations: Articles must either be about Anglish or written in Anglish. Translated works must be in the public domain (not protected by Copyright). The content must also be of high quality. Examples include: folk tales, folk songs, and books in public domain. Examples of content that should not be translated: Pop songs under copyright, film and tv show transcripts, fan fiction, or copies of Wikipedia articles.
  • Wordings: Do not make up words on the spot unless their definitions are so obvious that they are not likely to be misunderstood. See the Anglish Wordbook for words that have been settled upon by the fellowship.
  • Proper nouns & foreign concepts: As a broad rule with occasional exceptions, do not attempt to translate loanwords which refer to foreign places (like 'Tokyo'), people (like 'Mark Antony'), concepts (like 'karma'), or objects (like 'kimono'). Our kind of Anglish is meant to have a natural feel, and it is strange for a natural language to reject these kinds of loanwords.
  • Pre-Norman borrowings: Do not be afraid to use foreign influence from before the Norman Invasion. This influence was borrowed willingly and usually for good reasons.
  • Word Compounding: Be aware that Germanic languages often make compound words where Italic languages use adjectives. If you find yourself using -y constantly, that is a sign that you are aping French. Instead of directly translating 'glorious victory' as 'woldry sye', consider making a compound like 'woldersye' (glory-victory).
  • Sources: Be skeptical of everything on Wiktionary. Recommended sources include: Etymonline and the Oxford English Dictionary

You Can

Please write your articles in a way that is easy for people to read. That means writing in Plain English when possible, keeping paragraphs short, and making good use of Miraheze's formatting for sections, dot points, and tables. See Wikipedia's help article for detailed information on how to format text.

  • Alternate Text: You can put alt-text, or hover-text into your writs, to give context to an Anglish word that is not also English. It will show alt-text when your cursor is hovered over the word. Beware that the hover text does not work on all devices. To do so, write out the following without the spaces between the consecutive curly brackets:
    { {over|english word|anglish word} }
    So that it will read like this: anglish word
  • Accessible Headers: Use Headers with appropriate titles. This is especially helpful for those using Accessibility tools, like, screen-readers. Format a header by putting your main section headers on a new line between two consecutive equals signs on either side, like this:
    == Header 1 ==
    and put your sub-headings between three consecutive equal signs on either side, like this:
    === Header 2 ===
  • Spelling and Phoneme Instructions: If you're writing about how to spell and sound something out, please stick to the format of ⟨l⟩ and /l/, where the former is for the written letter, and the latter is for the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbol which represents the actual sound. Specifically, please use the following angle brackets, and not the default US International keyboard brackets, as the default ones can break the Wiki's formatting: ⟨ ⟩
  • Wiki Tables: The following web tool can be used to convert spreadsheets into valid Wiki tables: https://excel2wiki.toolforge.org/index.php