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Style guide

This page details the style, i.e. how news articles, band pages, release pages and reviews should be structured. It is used internally by the moderation team. If you want to make our lives a bit easier, try to make the content you submit adhere to these guidelines as much as possible.

You can propose additions and amendments in the moderation forum.

General style rules
Do not use all caps for headlines, titles or names of bands and albums.

All content should be in (well-written) English. Correct grammar and spelling are absolutely crucial. Whether you follow the British/Australian/American standard is up to you really, but just be consistent.

Never use the tag 'djent', as it applies to all content on this site.

News articles
News articles should be about fresh news - posting stuff that is older than a few weeks is generally no good. Always check if we haven't posted about it before!

The usual format of a headline is: 'Bandname: something has happened'. The colon is only there when it's appropriate, i.e. not 'Textures: release new track' but 'Textures release new track'.

There should be no capital letters after the colon, unless for names of bands, tracks, etc., so 'Uneven Structure: rehearsal footage available' is correct, but 'Uneven Structure: Rehearsal Footage Available' isn't.

The headline should not be too long, so it doesn't wrap on the home page for small resolutions. Most of the time this can be avoided, and it looks a bit clumsy otherwise. Don't try to mention everything in the headline.

No punctuation! A headline is a headline, not a full sentence. Commas are okay to separate multiple parts, but periods and especially exclamation marks are a huge faux pas.

Always put names of releases and songs in single quotes, but not bands.

The tag 'djent' is forbidden. It applies to all content on this site (or at least it should).

Tags should be separated by commas, else they end up as one huge tag.

Band names should not be added as tags in most cases, but as 'related bands'.

Post body
The writing style should be sober and objective. Pretend you are a journalist. Too often submissions looks like forum posts, and this is not the idea.

The post body can be divided into 3 sections: the description, the content, and the links. Not all of them are present at all times, but the description almost always is.

The description goes at the top and describes what the post is about (some band uploaded a new video, live footage is available, a tracklisting was revealed, ...).

Especially when there is no content section, the description should be at least 2 lines long on a fairly wide screen, which usually means at least 2, often 3 sentences. This can usually be accomplished by referring back to older posts about the same band, or adding something about their latest album (when it was released and by whom), .... be creative!

Do not put every other sentence on a new line. Write in full paragraphs.

Always include plenty of links in the description. Word groups like 'Myspace page' or 'SoundCloud page' should always be links. Punctuation (like the period at the end of a sentence) should not be part of the link.

Always link bands and releases that are in our database! Often you can use the [band] and [release] shorthand tags for this, but if not, use regular links ([url]).

Always put names of releases and songs in single quotes, but not bands: Meshuggah's song 'Rational Gaze' off their 2002 album 'Nothing'.

Content encompasses embedded videos, track listings for albums or artwork for example.

Images and videos should be centered. For videos this happens automatically, for images youshould use the [center] tag.

Content usually goes below the description. There is no further description after the content.

In the description itself, refer to the content as soon as possible, usually as (part of) the first or second sentence: "watch it below" or "view it below".

There should always be a couple of links to relevant pages at the bottom of the post. These should be full sentences, so contrary to the links in the description, these should include the punctuation. For example:
Listen to 'Sentient Glow' on Myspace.

Each link goes on a separate line.

Links go at the bottom of the post body.

It doesn't matter if a page was already linked in the description, it should be linked at the bottom as well. People usually only skim the description part and go straight for content / links.

Related bands
Only link bands that are directly related to the content of the post. A post about Periphery usually shouldn't have 'Bulb' linked to it for example (unless, say, Bulb uploaded something to his SoundClick page). This is a bit ambiguous, I know, but as a general rule try to limit the number of related bands to a minimum.

Do not forget this.

Updating news articles
Sometimes it's better to update an existing news article than to post a new one. In that case, you should change the headline and append '(updated)'. Make sure to disable automatic URL generation (see the modding handbook) cause else the URL of the post will change!

You should add the additional information below the description and the content, but above the links. Like this:
UPDATE: in the meantime, the video has been taken offline.

It is also allowed to change the other sections of the post to reflect the update, but including an 'UPDATE: ...' part clearly indicates that the post was modified, so it's important.

Never update the authoring date on a post that has already been published, not even when you have updated the contents. This bumps the post to the front again, which is unfair to other posts, and it causes problem with the Twitter/Facebook synchronisation.

The band name should be just that: the name of the band / project and nothing else. Do not add nouns like 'band' or 'project', or stuff between parentheses.

List one member per input field in the 'members' section. Do not put them all in one field. If no member information is known, inserting a question mark '?' is allowed.

Facebook pages, YouTube channels, Myspace pages, official websites, ... should be added to a band page as links. Don't add them in the band bio. Enter a title and an URL for each link. Each set of input fields corresponds to one link. Don't enter two URLs (one in each of them). This happens surprisingly often.

Use descriptive but non-redundant link titles: 'Facebook page', 'Myspace page', 'YouTube channel' are okay. 'The band's Facebook page' or 'Meshuggah's official website' are not okay.

The Location should be formatted from 'small' to 'large'; put the city first, then the state / region, then the country. Only the country is compulsory, if it is known.

Only use the 'logo' field to upload a band logo. Any other type of picture will be removed. The 'picture' field can be used for a band logo, or some related artwork.

Do not submit every new track as a 'single' type release. This is not what our release database is for.

The release name should be just that, the name of the release. Don't include suffixes like 'EP' or 'album', and don't include the artist name (unless the release is self-titled of course).

If the band does not have a label, enter 'unsigned' in the 'label' field. If nothing is known about the band's label, enter 'unknown'. Try to stick to these two designations and don't use synonyms (like 'self-released' for example).

A free download link preferably leads to a direct download of an archive (zip, rar, ...) or a Bandcamp page. Linking to a SoundClick page or some other page where each track has to be downloaded separately is strongly discouraged.

Reviews should be well-written and avoid extreme bias. Try to be critical and fair. They should be reasonably long (one paragraph does not constitute a review), but not too long either.

Reviews must not be copied from other sites, unless by the author of the review himself (he owns the copyright).

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