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  Green check This page documents an official LyricWiki policy, a widely accepted standard that all users should follow. Before editing this page, please make sure that your revision reflects proper standards. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.
  Walnut This policy in a nutshell:
Artist, song and album pages should be named as close as possible to the original name, with the first letter of each word capitalized and with the artist name separated from the rest by a colon.
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Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to have pagenames that are as uniform as possible. LyricWiki is a site that has songs, artists, and users from many different nations, which have rules for capitalization that may vary. (At times, the Artist may creatively change capitalization as well.) By breaking the capitalization rules of every nation, it is hoped that the creation of multiple variations of a page will be minimized. This way, the site won't have one group of editors working on one variation, while another group works on another and work can be more collaborative. Also, because LyricWiki is incorporated into other projects, a uniform method of creating pagenames is also necessary for coding purposes.

Example Titles

Capitalization

All words, regardless of whether the artist capitalize that letter or the language's grammar says it should be lower case, must have their initial letter capitalized.
The artist's name in this example is kept all in capitals, because that is the closest to the original's format as per the Swedish and English Wikipedias.
In this example, the first letter is made capitalized for LyricWiki's purposes, but the remainder of the artist's name remains in its official format. So, if an album was named OdDly CaPiTaLIzeD, the name should be capitalized exactly as shown, not changed to Oddly Capitalized.
If an album lists a song as being in all capitals, it is often the case that it shouldn't be placed under a page name with all capitals, although exceptions are likely to exist. This is very common with Japanese artists (such as Abingdon Boys School) who will use all capitals for those songs with English titles, such as with the example. The page name should follow the normal initial letter capitalization, followed by the capitalization that the word would normally have. (So MCDONALDS should be McDonalds, for example.) The display portion of the link, however, can follow the capitalization used on the album. (Example: # '''[[Abingdon Boys School:Strength.|STRENGTH.]]''' would display as STRENGTH., although it links to the correct page name.)

Names Beginning With An Article

Articles such that would normally follow a name in an index (A, An, and The) should remain at the beginning of the artist's name.

Punctuation And Symbols

In this example, the quotation marks are used because this is the punctuation that the artist officially uses (following the official artist website).
Words should not be substituted with their equivalent symbols if the word is an official part of the name (& for And, @ for At, etc.).
Symbols should also not be substituted with their word-equivalent if the symbol is an official part of the name. (A few exceptions exist, see Technical Restrictions below for more information.)
Stylized artist names should be kept where possible.
Keep apostrophes in contractions such as, ain't, don't, can't, won't, etc. (unless the official spelling of the artist/album/song omits them as well).

Non-Latin Character Sets

For Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other languages written in non-latin based scripts, artist names should have the romanized version of the name added in parenthesis (with given name first and family name last), with a single space between the native name and the opening parenthesis.
The album and song parts of page names should use only the title written in the native script, with no romanized version of the title added. The romanized version and the translation of the title can be provided by adding the {{TransTitle}} template to the top of the page.

Stage Name Vs. Real Name

Artist names should be the popular ones, those the artists refer to themselves on album covers or the official websites.

Common Misspellings/Incorrect Tagging

  • When you think that an artist or band will be searched for under a technically incorrect name, (ELO or E.L.O. instead of Electric Light Orchestra, for example) you may create a redirect to point to the correct name. A redirect is created by adding #REDIRECT [[Correct Artist Name]] to a blank page.
  • When you find an artist page to be under an incorrect name, you may move it by using the Move tab at the top of the page.
    • If the artist page contains subpages (such as album and/or song pages) please do not move it yourself: this would be a lot of work since all subpages would have to be moved manually and would likely break a lot of links. Instead, add {{move|to=Correct page name|reason=Reason for moving}} to the page source by using the Edit tab at the top.
  • These same conventions hold for Album and Song names.

Artist Pages

On occasion, there will be more than one artist with the same name. Whichever artist is the most major (usually whichever has the most releases) should keep the primary location, with no parenthetical add-on used.

The other artists should have a addition notation added to the Artist name. This add-on should be brief, but descriptive enough to clearly distinguish the differences between the artists. Using the country the artist originates in or the type of music played is usually a good way to do this. These add-ons should be placed within parentheses, such as (UK) and (Hip-Hop).

A {{WrongPage}} template should be placed at the top of all of the similarly-named Artist pages with a link to the disambiguation page.

Album Pages

Album pages should be named as follows: Artist:Album (release). For example: Green Day:American Idiot (2004). Notice that a space should be placed in between the album's title and the release year inside the parentheses.

Adding the release year should always be done, but is especially important when the album contains a song by the same name, for example: The Corrs:Forgiven Not Forgotten (1996) (album page) vs. The Corrs:Forgiven Not Forgotten (song page). If the release year is unknown, four question marks should be substituted for the year: (????).

On a rare occasion, an additional parenthetical notation such as (EP) or (Demo) may be necessary to differentiate between two albums. For this to be necessary, the two albums must have the same name and have been released in the same year. This is mostly due to an identically-titled demo album or EP being released in the same year as a full-sized album release. An add-on should not be used, however, for releases from different countries. Any album differences due to various regional releases, deluxe editions, or limited editions are best noted on the regular album page.

Song Pages

Song pages should be named in the same way: Artist:Song.

  • Added song notations (such as featured artists, live performances, bonus tracks, hidden tracks, etc.) that are not part of the song's title should be left off of the song's name whenever possible, and added parenthetically after the link.
EXAMPLE: Fergie:Fergalicious (featuring will.i.am) instead of Fergie:Fergalicious (Featuring Will.I.Am)
  • A song may use an added notation to distinguish a version that has different lyrics from the original.
EXAMPLE: Fergie:Fergalicious (Radio Edit) and the original Fergie:Fergalicious

Technical Restrictions

If a page name would contain a character that is impossible to use due to technical restrictions (for example, a # symbol) replace it by a suitable equivalent (whatever the symbol represents when the item would be said aloud) and use the {{WrongTitle}} template (or a more specific wrong-title template).

Full List of Restrictions

  1. # should be "Number " (notice the space at the end) or "Sharp" (however, in the case with albums or songs that start with a Twitter hashtag, the number part should be removed completely since it doesn't refer to a number in this case)
  2. < should be "Less Than"
  3. > should be "Greater Than"
  4. [ and ] should be ( and )
  5. { and } should be ( and )
Examples

& \ Bug

There is a bug that sometimes causes pages to break if there are both ampersands and slashes, or ampersands and semicolons, in the title. This is not to say that there is a hard and fast rule in place, but rather that if there is a title that might need these, that you try to avoid it using 'And' instead of '&'. Otherwise, take the chance.

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