Chinese TV Show Article Formatting

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DramaWiki Policy


The one simple goal of DramaWiki: Become the number-one resource of user-contributed Asian drama information on the Internet. In order to meet this goal, all information on DramaWiki must have consistency. Consistency brings credibility. Credibility is an asset, giving the reader the assurance that the information provided by DramaWiki is clean, accurate, un-biased and verified.

In order to achieve the goal of being number-one on the Internet, DramaWiki must maintain a strict policy on how the content is validated, written and presented.

General guidelines

For TV show-based articles, all editors must keep these general guidelines in mind:

  • Validate all information before posting.
  • Follow romanization guidelines.
  • Keep the focus on the TV show, and make sure the weight of the article tilts towards the TV show, with the other elements (casting, production crew, other notes, etc.) taking a backseat.
  • The information does not reflect a personal POV (point of view).

Formatting specifications


The idea behind setting formatting specifications is to give all Chinese-related TV show articles a consistent look and feel. Consistency allows for frequent readers to become familiar with the organization of information provided by DramaWiki, and therefore allows the readers to basically spend the least amount of time on a given article, but still walk away with the information needed. It has been proven in various studies that an article with un-organized information, or an article with too much information can cause the reader to suffer from reader fatigue.

In order to provide the reader with information and also provide a reader-friendly experience, it is very important that the editors stick with the formatting specifications. Through experimentation and feedback by the moderators and frequent editors of DramaWiki, the formatting specifications have been designed with consistency in mind. There are reasons behind the defined sections, the order in which they are displayed, and the content of each section. The specifications are based on the following scenario:

  1. Reader looks to see what the TV show is about (genre, synopsis, etc.)
  2. Reader looks to see who the cast of characters are.
  3. Reader looks to see what others think about the TV show.
  4. Reader looks to other resources for additional information.

Changing the order of the sections and/or changing the contents of each section will have an effect on both the reader experience and the goal of consistency DramaWiki strives to enforce.

Details section

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*'''Title:''' <written in hanzi> / <hanyu pinyin>
*'''Cantonese/Mandarin title:''' <cantonese> / <hanyu pinyin> (for HKdramas)
*'''English title:''' <English title>
*'''Also known as:'''
*'''Viewership ratings:''' <rating>[], <rating>[]
*'''Broadcast network:'''
*'''Broadcast period:'''
*'''Air time:'''
*'''Opening theme song:''' <song> by 
*'''Ending theme song:''' <song> by 
*'''Related TV shows:''' 
  • The title should be the name of the TV show provided by the TV network, in Hanzi(chinese characters) with the hanyu pinyin right beside after a slash. For HK articles, see below.
  • For Hong Kong articles, the hanyu pinyin should instead be placed in the Cantonese/Mandarin title line after the cantonese romanization. This is done to prevent the title line from becoming "overloaded".
  • The english title is for the official title of the TV show in English, a Singapore and Hong Kong drama and some Taiwan dramas will usually have one. Unofficial translations of the title should be placed in the also known as line instead.
  • Images should be limited to:
    • One image for the header image or banner.
  • Videos allowed are Teaser/Trailers that have been officially released by their respective productions. Do not upload videos to DramaWiki, use these supported services. Learn how to embed videos with tag hooks.
    • One image for the correlation chart (correlation: displaying the relationship between two objects)
  • All date references should use the form YYYY-MMM-DD. Months are {Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec}
  • All times should reference to their respective local times (UTC +8). All times should be formatted using the 24-hour time format, which is known as continental time in the UK, or military time in the US and Canada. Format also conforms to the International Standards Organization standard. Example: 8:00pm should be displayed as 20:00, 12:00 midnight should be displayed as either 24:00 or 0:00.
  • If viewership ratings are included, please list the source of rating beside the rating. Only viewership ratings from the Drama's origination should be included(Example:Hong Kong ratings for HK Dramas).

Synopsis section


==Episode Titles==
  • Citing synopsis source is required unless it is written by the editor himself.
  • Keep synopsis very brief, limiting the size to one or two paragraphs at most.

User/Viewer Ratings

==User/Viewer Ratings==

Use the following shortcode: <vote type=1 /> which outputs five voting stars.

Example ↓

(0 votes)

It allows users/visitors to rate the Drama, or simply view ratings given by other users/visitors.

Cast and production credits sections

DramaWiki tracks only the following information about a given TV drama:

*[[name of artist]] (<hanzi>) as <character name> (epXX)

==Production Credits==
*'''Original writing:''' [[name]] (<hanzi>)
*'''Screenwriter:''' [[name]] (<hanzi>)
*'''Producer:''' [[name]] (<hanzi>)
*'''Director:''' [[name]] (<hanzi>)
*'''Music:''' [[name]]
  • Do not add any other information other than what is given above (cinematography, production companies, etc.) DramaWiki tracks only artists, writers, producers, directors and theme song singers.
  • Hanzi are placed in parenthsis ONLY if artist page does not currently exist. Once the artist page is created, remove the (<hanzi>) from the article.
  • Quick translation of each production-related position when translating Chinese-written content (in Simplified/Traditional format if forms vary):
    • 原著 – Original writer
    • 监制/監製 or 出品人- Producer
    • 编剧/編劇 - Screenwriter
    • 编审/編審 – Editor or Story editor
    • 导演/導演 - Director
    • 主演 or 演员/演員 – Main actors, or actors
    • 友情客串 – Guest appearance
    • 主题曲/主題曲 – Theme song
    • 插曲 – Insert song
  • Note: Usage may vary between regions and production companies, but above are the most commonly used terms.

Reviews, notes, and external links sections



==External Links==

[[Category:CDrama]] [[Category:CDrama<year>]] [[Category:<TV network>]](for Mainland China Dramas)
[[Category:HKDrama]] [[Category:HKDrama<year>]] [[Category:<TV network>]](for Hong Kong Dramas)
[[Category:SGDrama]] [[Category:SGDrama<year>]] [[Category:<TV network>]](for Singapore Dramas)
[[Category:TWDrama]] [[Category:TWDrama<year>]] [[Category:<TV network>]](for Taiwan Dramas)
  • For reviews, please cite all reviews. Create a new page if one does not exist for the drama you want to review. New subpage link should be {Drama Name}/Reviews. Then create a section with your username "Reviewed by User:User."
  • For external links, keep the focus of the links to primary and secondary sourced sites, or sites are known to be credible throughout the TV show community.
  • Types of sites to avoid linking to:
    • Sites that are purely fan-based. Doing so is considered link spamming in the wiki world.
    • Any sites that contain adult-oriented information and images.
    • Any sites that contain downloading of motion or still media, such as video streaming or direct downloads, peer-to-peer download links (BT, ClubBox, etc.), or bulk image downloads (photobooks, etc.)

See also