TechWiki talk:Manual of Style/Archive 1
We need a Tech Wiki style guide
The Wikipedia manual of style is fine as far as it goes, but of course it does not address a single issue unique to the LDS Church. If we want to have usage that is both internally consistent and matches Church-mandated styles where they exist, we need to address many issues directly.
The LDSClerks style guide was a pretty good start at this, although it is clearly only a start. An example of an issue that is missing from that style guide is references to the Church Handbook of Instructions. The Church has a specific style for such references. But how are wiki users to know what that style is? The obvious answer is that we describe it in a style guide.
It appears that the intent of this Manual of Style article is that we would extend the article to include new specifics under the heading Exceptions. What we need is really not an exception, but rather details on a variety of topics that the Wikipedia MoS is silent on.
I would propose that we change the heading to "Additions," move the LDSClerks style guide content to this page, and then add a topic for CHI references. -- Aebrown 16:38, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
- Since there were no responses to my proposal, I went ahead and drafted style guidelines, based on the LDSClerks style guide but significantly revised and extended to match my understanding of the style guidelines used in the LDS Tech wiki. Please feel free to discuss questions on this Talk page or to make needed adjustments to the text. -- Aebrown 06:01, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
- Looks great to me! Thanks for all of your hard work on this Wiki, Alan. This is becoming an amazing resource! -- Mike Murray 14:43, 7 April 2009 (UTC)
LDSTech or LDS Tech?
Maybe this is a very minor point, but I like consistency. The Manual of Style currently says The Church's technology website should be referenced as LDS Tech, or by its full name, "LDS Technology Web Site", however a recent edit by Tom was to change "LDS Tech" to "LDSTech". Some clarification would be appreciated, thanks. --Steve 10:24, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
- It's certainly an appropriate question, particularly in the Manual of Style. When I wrote this point in the MoS, I relied on a forum post by TomW at Thread on the Tech Discussion Forum in choosing to include a space. But the recent edit you mentioned, as well as several others on the wiki main page seem to indicate that Tom no longer prefers a space. Yet even the home page of http://tech.lds.org is quite inconsistent in its usage.
- I guess we'll wait for guidance from Tom, since there are many instances of both usages. The "LDS Tech" usage is a bit more readable, so I lean towards that, but "LDSTech" is more clearly a unique reference to this particular site, so I can see its virtues as well. Let's decide on the correct style and then work towards using that style everywhere. -- Aebrown 11:09, 16 April 2009 (UTC)