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The current standards for the Lemony Snicket Wiki are as follows.

Editing standards

Before clicking publish

As a corollary to the above, if you're making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "Minor edit" button above the Summary box before saving the page. Also be sure to give a brief summary of your edit; this is incredibly helpful. There is now a choice of standard edit summaries in a dropdown to make this even easier.

Finally, use the "Preview" button. This is right next to the "Publish" button, and is there for a reason. It's your own personal spell checker, link checker, whatever-else checker.

Don't use conversational style

This is an information site. It should read like Wikipedia, or any other encyclopedia, not like your diary.

  • Check your spelling and grammar. Don't use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). If you're not 100% sure about the way a word is spelled, type it into Google or Dictionary.com. If you know that you're not the strongest speller, compose your edits in a word processor like Microsoft Word or use an Internet browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, which have spell-checking built in. We prefer US spelling here, given the series' origins.
  • Don't use "smileys" or "emoticons".
  • Don't "reply" to content others have posted. If you think a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's Discussion page. If you're 100% sure that something should be changed and don't think a discussion is necessary, just change it. Dialogue goes only on articles' Discussion pages or the forum.
  • Never abbreviate the names of characters, places, or anything. Wherever possible, use the full name of a character the first time they are mentioned. After the first mention, you may refer to "Violet Baudelaire" as "Violet" or "Count Olaf" as "Olaf" and so forth.

Point of view

We have two types of article: those about narrative elements — like characters, buildings and devices — and those about production and publishing elements — actors, directors, writers and stories.

In-universe perspective

Because of the nature of our sources for in-universe subjects, we write our articles from the perspective of the time Lemony Snicket supposedly wrote the books. Thus, we're not speaking from the end of the universe as at w:c:tardis, and we're not writing in a constant present tense, either, as if we were simply giving plot summaries.

To be more specific, if you are describing Briny Beach, it can be assumed that in the present state of things at the time of writing, the layout and buildings are still the same. Briny Beach will be described in the present, but if you talk about what Violet, Klaus and Sunny did at Briny Beach, it is very important to use the past tense.

From the perspective of the articles, these things have happened at some point prior to Snicket's writings, and they have been recorded by researcher and writer Lemony Snicket. We are giving descriptive and biographical information.

Out-of-universe perspective

These articles, too, should generally be written in the past tense, as present tense statements can get outdated fast.

We also employ an out-of-universe perspective in "Behind the scenes" sections, which can be found at the bottom of some otherwise in-universe pages. These should employ present tense as much as possible.

On the subject of canon

Here at the Snicket Wiki, any lone work or series not written by Daniel Handler and/or Lemony Snicket at least in part is outside the scope of "canon". That is to say, it doesn't count on in-universe articles, except in Behind the scenes sections.

What does count is:

  • The ASOUE books by Lemony Snicket (including spin-off prose material by Snicket)
  • The ATWQ series by Lemony Snicket
  • The ASOUE Netflix series, as many episodes are written directly by Daniel Handler, and he is one of the executive producers of the show.

The 2004 ASOUE film falls quite short, as Handler's screenplay was scrapped by the new oncoming director, and his creative involvement in the project stopped right there. It is also an unfaithful adaptation.

The Netflix series is a very faithful adaptation, and though valid, it is considered a secondary source to the original novels. That is to say: any additional information not included in the originals is perfectly valid, while any elements that expressly contradict the text of the original novels may be considered "according to another account", at best. Either way, ASOUE television stories are absolutely allowed as sources for in-universe subjects.

Links

Don't link to the current page. In other words, a page should not link to itself. If it is attempted, the link will simply turn into bold text. A given page should only contain one link to sn individual page per section. If a page links to Violet Baudelaire in one place, then that should be the only link to Violet Baudelaire until a new section in the article is reached. Also, never place links in a header. Instead, use the {{main}} template to place a link right below it.

References and citation

To add sources to an article, click after a statement, and add the necessary citation like so:

{{r|TBB|The Wide Window}}

Those are just two examples. Follow the following table to find all acceptable forms of a given story. They all produce the same thing.

Series Accepted names Resulting source
Book series (1999-2006)
P
R
O
S
E
A Series of Unfortunate Events {{r|TBB}} / {{r|The Bad Beginning}} PROSE: The Bad Beginning [1]
{{r|TBBRE}} / {{r|The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition}} PROSE: The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition [2]
{{r|TRR}} / {{r|The Reptile Room}} PROSE: The Reptile Room [3]
{{r|TWW}} / {{r|The Wide Window}} PROSE: The Wide Window [4]
{{r|TMM}} / {{r|The Miserable Mill}} PROSE: The Miserable Mill [5]
{{r|TAA}} / {{r|The Austere Academy}} PROSE: The Austere Academy [6]
{{r|TEE}} / {{r|The Ersatz Elevator}} PROSE: The Ersatz Elevator [7]
{{r|TVV}} / {{r|The Vile Village}} PROSE: The Vile Village [8]
{{r|THH}} / {{r|The Hostile Hospital}} PROSE: The Hostile Hospital [9]
{{r|TCC}} / {{r|The Carnivorous Carnival}} PROSE: The Carnivorous Carnival [10]
{{r|TSS}} / {{r|The Slippery Slope}} PROSE: The Slippery Slope [11]
{{r|TGG}} / {{r|The Grim Grotto}} PROSE: The Grim Grotto [12]
{{r|TPP}} / {{r|The Penultimate Peril}} PROSE: The Penultimate Peril [13]
{{r|TE}} / {{r|The End}} PROSE: The End [14]
Netflix series (2017-)
T
V
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Season 1
(2017)
{{r|TBB1}} / {{r|TBB 1}} /
{{r|The Bad Beginning: Part One}}
TV: The Bad Beginning: Part One [15]
{{r|TBB2}} / {{r|TBB 2}} /
{{r|The Bad Beginning: Part Two}}
TV: The Bad Beginning: Part Two [16]
{{r|TRR1}} / {{r|TRR 1}} /
{{r|The Reptile Room: Part One}}
TV: The Reptile Room: Part One [17]
{{r|TRR2}} / {{r|TRR 2}} /
{{r|The Reptile Room: Part Two}}
TV: The Reptile Room: Part Two [18]
{{r|TWW1}} / {{r|TWW 1}} /
{{r|The Wide Window: Part One}}
TV: The Wide Window: Part One [19]
{{r|TWW2}} / {{r|TWW 2}} /
{{r|The Wide Window: Part Two}}
TV: The Wide Window: Part Two [20]
{{r|TMM1}} / {{r|TMM 1}} /
{{r|The Miserable Mill: Part One}}
TV: The Miserable Mill: Part One [21]
{{r|TMM2}} / {{r|TMM 2}} /
{{r|The Miserable Mill: Part Two}}
TV: The Miserable Mill: Part Two [22]
Additional works
P
R
O
S
E
A Series of Unfortunate Events (cont.) {{r|LSTUA}} / {{r|Unauthorized Autobiography}} / {{r|Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography}} PROSE: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography [23]
{{r|TBL}} / {{r|Beatrice Letters}} / {{r|The Beatrice Letters}} PROSE: The Beatrice Letters [24]
{{r|Horseradish}} / {{r|Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid}} PROSE: Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid [25]
{{r|TDD}} / {{r|The Dismal Dinner}} PROSE: The Dismal Dinner [26]
All the Wrong Questions (1999-2006)
All the Wrong Questions {{r|WCTBATH}} / {{r|WCTBATH?}} /
{{r|Who Could That Be at This Hour?}}
PROSE: Who Could That Be at This Hour? [27]
{{r|WDYSHL}} / {{r|WDYSHL?}} /
{{r|When Did You See Her Last?}}
PROSE: When Did You See Her Last? [28]
{{r|SYBIS}} / {{r|SYBIS?}} /
{{r|Shouldn't You Be in School?}}
PROSE: Shouldn't You Be in School? [29]
{{r|WITN}} / {{r|WITNDFAON}} / {{r|WITNDFAON?}} /
{{r|Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?}}
PROSE: Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? [30]
{{r|13 Suspicious Incidents}} /
{{r|File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents}}
PROSE: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents [31]
Miscellaneous
Other works by Lemony Snicket (not VFD) {{r|TBITM}} / {{r|The Baby in the Manger}} PROSE: The Baby in the Manger [32]
{{r|TCID}} / {{r|The Composer Is Dead}} PROSE: The Composer Is Dead [33]
{{r|TLWCSC}} / {{r|Latke}} /
{{r|The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming}}
PROSE: The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming [34]
{{r|TLOC}} / {{r|The Lump of Coal}} PROSE: The Lump of Coal [35]
{{r|TD}} / {{r|The Dark}} PROSE: The Dark [36]
Non-canon
F
I
L
M
2004 film {{r|LSASOUE}} / {{r|LSASOUE (film)}} /
{{r|ASOUE film}} / {{r|2004 film}} /
{{r|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events}} /
{{r|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (film)}}

FILM: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events[non-canon] [37]
G
A
M
E
Video game {{r|LSASOUE (video game)}} / {{r|ASOUE video game}} /
{{r|Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (video game)}}

GAME: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events[non-canon] [38]
See Template:R for more information.

Make sure to also add the following:

== Sources ==
{{reflist}}

To the bottom of every article with a citation.

This will produce the following (with far fewer references, of course):

Sources

Stubs

If you don't know enough information on a topic, or you know there's more, add a stub to it. To do so, simply add {{stub}}, and people will know that it's a stub by looking at the stub category. Generally the {{stub}} template is put at the bottom of the page.

Don't sign your edits

All contributions are appreciated, but if every user left their mark on every contribution they made, the Wiki would be nothing but signatures. Your contributions can still be seen on the "History" page for a given article, and under "Contributions" on your profile.

Always sign your Talk posts

If you make a post on a talk page, you must always sign it. This is as easy as typing ~~~~ at the end of your post.

Article standards

Main ASOUE books

Main article: Lemony Snicket Wiki:Standards/bookpage

Other books

Main article: Lemony Snicket Wiki:Standards/book2page

Characters

Main article: Lemony Snicket Wiki:Standards/charpage

Image standards

When uploading an image, be sure to give it a descriptive name. Don't worry about adding Licensing Information or a Summary. Be sure, though to add categories to your image, like "Movie Images," "Illustrations," "Characters," "Locations," etc.

Fan art should not be uploaded to the Wiki, as it is not canonical. If you would like to share your Fan Art, please do so in the forums at 667 Dark Avenue.

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