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===Choosing an article to create===
 
===Choosing an article to create===
Firstly, search the wiki to see if an article already exists, if not consider if the article is relevant to Lana Del Rey - is it Lana Del Rey's song, is it Lana Del Rey's album, is it an issue of a magazine that prominently featured (i.e. front cover) Lana Del Rey? These are good questions to keep in mind before starting an article. If the subject of the article is real and not rumour or speculation, if there is enough to say about it to justify a whole article and if the article is relevant, you're good to go.
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Firstly, search the wiki to see if an article already exists, if not consider if the article is relevant to Lana Del Rey - is it Lana Del Rey's song, is it Lana Del Rey's album, is it an issue of a magazine that prominently (i.e. front cover) featured Lana Del Rey? These are good questions to keep in mind before starting an article. If the subject of the article is real and not rumour or speculation, if there is enough to say about it to justify a whole article and if the article is relevant, you're good to go.
   
 
===Structuring an article===
 
===Structuring an article===
 
Articles should, where possible, begin with a lead paragraph that consisely delivers facts or an explaination about the article's subject. More in-depth information is usually included later on in the page under relevant headings. For example, films, songs, albums and other projects often will have a "Background" heading, which covers information about the early stages of a project.
 
Articles should, where possible, begin with a lead paragraph that consisely delivers facts or an explaination about the article's subject. More in-depth information is usually included later on in the page under relevant headings. For example, films, songs, albums and other projects often will have a "Background" heading, which covers information about the early stages of a project.
 
===References===
 
===References===
There is never a bad way to have references in an article, although it's not always necessary. If something would be obvious to and uncontested by the main body of the audience reading the article, such as the statement "Lana Del Rey is a singer", it isn't necessary to include a reference. For more contentious facts, such as Del Rey's album before ''Born to Die'' being called ''Lana Del Ray'', there should be a link to a non-fan source. Fan sources are often discredited as they are notoriously unreliable. Articles and interviews from magazines, social media messages from Del Rey, her team or label and visual or audio interviews (such as from TV, radio, podcasts etc.) are all good sources to reference.
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There is never a bad way to reference in an article, although it's not always necessary. If something would be obvious to and uncontested by the main body of the audience reading the article, such as the statement "Lana Del Rey is a singer", it isn't necessary to reference anything. For more contentious facts, such as Del Rey's album before ''Born to Die'' being called ''Lana Del Ray'', there should be a link to a non-fan source. Fan sources are often discredited as they are notoriously unreliable. Articles and interviews from magazines, social media messages from Del Rey, her team or label and visual or audio interviews (such as from TV, radio, podcasts etc.) are all good sources to reference.
   
 
If, when creating a page, a large body of text is being taken from Wikipedia, it is important to use the [[Template:Wikipedia|Wikipedia template]] so as to credit the original authors.
 
If, when creating a page, a large body of text is being taken from Wikipedia, it is important to use the [[Template:Wikipedia|Wikipedia template]] so as to credit the original authors.
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===Naming articles===
 
===Naming articles===
The name of an article on songs, albums and other projects should first be written as close to the official format as possible. For example, "[[Gods & Monsters (song)|Gods & Monsters]]" was released with an ampersand (&) in place of "and" whereas "[[Guns and Roses (song)|Guns and Roses]]" simply uses "and" - reflecting how they were titled when they were released. For songs or albums that do not have an official release, they are written in [https://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/capital_letters_title_case.htm title case] , and the use of "&" or "and" is decided by fan prevalence and what it was first leaked as, this is often subjective and can be contested by anyone.
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The name of an article on songs, albums and other projects should first be written as close to the official format as possible. For example, "[[Gods & Monsters (song)|Gods & Monsters]]" was released with an ampersand (&) in place of "and" whereas "[[Guns and Roses (song)|Guns and Roses]]" simply uses "and" - reflecting how they were titled when they were released. For songs or albums that do not have an official release, they are written with every first letter of each word capitalized, and the use of "&" or "and" is decided on fan prevalence and what it was first leaked as, this is often subjected and can be contested by anyone. All articles on songs end with (song), all articles on albums end with (album), all articles on films end with (film), all articles on EPs end with (EP), this is because some of these articles will share titles ("[[Born to Die (song)|Born to Die]]" and ''[[Born to Die (album)|Born to Die]]'') and thus all other articles follow suit for consistency. Articles about people use capitalization and spelling as they do. Articles which have no official title or name should be named with sentence case - the first letter is capitalized and then only proper nouns start with capitalizations (such as [[List of unconfirmed songs]] and [[List of unreleased songs]]).
All articles on songs end with (song), all articles on albums end with (album), all articles on films end with (film), all articles on EPs end with (EP), this is because some of these articles will share titles ("[[Born to Die (song)|Born to Die]]" and ''[[Born to Die (album)|Born to Die]]'') and thus all other articles follow suit for consistency. Articles about people use capitalization and spelling as they do. Articles which have no official title or name should be named with sentence case - the first letter is capitalized and then only proper nouns start with capitalizations (such as [[List of unconfirmed songs]] and [[List of unreleased songs]]).
 
   
 
===Formatting and layout===
 
===Formatting and layout===
 
Headings, like articles with no official name or title, should be written in sentence case. Articles on albums and songs should make use of the infobox template. If applicable, the lyrics section should be precede the credits section which should precede the references section. Internal links (links in an article that links to another page on the wiki) should be formatted as <code><nowiki>[[Article Name|text you want to be displayed if applicable]]</nowiki></code>, use the "Add link" button in the visual editor to do this quickly. The name or subject of the article should be mentioned in the first line or so of the page and '''emboldened''' the first time.
 
Headings, like articles with no official name or title, should be written in sentence case. Articles on albums and songs should make use of the infobox template. If applicable, the lyrics section should be precede the credits section which should precede the references section. Internal links (links in an article that links to another page on the wiki) should be formatted as <code><nowiki>[[Article Name|text you want to be displayed if applicable]]</nowiki></code>, use the "Add link" button in the visual editor to do this quickly. The name or subject of the article should be mentioned in the first line or so of the page and '''emboldened''' the first time.
   
===How to refer to individuals and using internal links===
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===How to refer and linking===
 
After the first mention of a persons full name, it is usual to start using their last name to refer to them (Lana Del Rey is later called "Del Rey", Mark Ronson is later called "Ronson"). Exceptions apply if people have the same last name and only using a last name would cause confusion - in this case use the full name. If the person is known by a mononymous name or doesn't have a clear last name, refer to them by what is most popular.
 
After the first mention of a persons full name, it is usual to start using their last name to refer to them (Lana Del Rey is later called "Del Rey", Mark Ronson is later called "Ronson"). Exceptions apply if people have the same last name and only using a last name would cause confusion - in this case use the full name. If the person is known by a mononymous name or doesn't have a clear last name, refer to them by what is most popular.
   
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===Lyrics===
 
===Lyrics===
If a song has official lyrics, sourced from Del Rey's website or an album booklet, refer back to these where possible. Occasionally, officially released lyrics will be clearly incorrect; use discretion in these cases and correct any mistakes there may be. If there are no official lyrics, it is up to the community to decipher and transcribe them. If the community cannot agree on a single interpretation, the interpretation of the majority should be used.
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If a song has official lyrics, sourced from Del Rey's website or an album booklet, refer back to these where possible. If there are no official lyrics, it is up to the community to decipher and transcribe them. If the community cannot agree on a single interpretation, the interpretation of the majority should be used.
   
It is preferable to have no sign of uncertainty in lyrics, and lyrics can always be edited if and when they become clearer. If lyrics are unintelligible, mark the unintelligible passages with "[...]". For songs with multiple recordings, all versions' lyrics should be transcribed unless the lyrics are exactly the same. Remixes do not need transcribing unless additional lyrics are used. Lyrics should only be featured on the relevant song page.
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It is preferable to have no sign of uncertainty in lyrics, and lyrics can always be edited if and when they become clearer. For songs with multiple versions, all versions' lyrics should be transcribed unless the lyrics are exactly the same. Remixes do not need lyrics. Lyrics should only be featured on the relevant song page.
   
In terms of formatting lyrics, sections of the song - such as verses, choruses and bridges - should be separated by a line break. Each section should be separated into lines which naturally follow the melodic and rhythmic phrases within the song. Sections should not be labeled and, if a section repeats, the repeats should be written out in full, not marked with "x2" or similar. Punctuation use in the transcription of lyrics is neither desirable nor undesirable unless the punctuation is necessary to the meaning of the song, such as quotation marks or question marks. If an editor has used minimal punctuation when transcribing lyrics, generally, other editors shouldn't edit the page solely to add extra punctuation. Similarly, if a transcription has added punctuation, there is no need to edit the page for the singular reason of removing it. There will always be exceptions and grey areas, but, as a guide, if the transcription is formatted correctly and most agree the words are accurate there is no need to edit the lyrics on a page.
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In terms of formatting lyrics, sections of the song - such as verses, choruses and bridges - should be separated by a line break. Sections should not be labeled and, if a section repeats, the repeats should be written out in full, not marked with "x2" or similar. Punctuation use in the transcription of lyrics is neither desirable nor undesirable unless the punctuation is necessary to the meaning of the song, such as quotation marks or question marks. If an editor has used minimal punctuation when transcribing lyrics, generally, other editors shouldn't edit the page solely to add extra punctuation. Similarly, if a transcription has added punctuation, there is no need to edit the page for the singular reason of removing it. There will always be exceptions and grey areas, but, as a guide, if the transcription is formatted correctly and most agree the words are accurate there is no need to edit the lyrics on a page.
   
 
Lyrics for songs with multiple versions should be ordered with the lyrics for the official or latest version first on the page, followed by any other versions in ascending order (Demo 1 first, then Demo 2 and so on - see the article "[[Diet Mountain Dew (song)|Diet Mountain Dew]]" for reference).
 
Lyrics for songs with multiple versions should be ordered with the lyrics for the official or latest version first on the page, followed by any other versions in ascending order (Demo 1 first, then Demo 2 and so on - see the article "[[Diet Mountain Dew (song)|Diet Mountain Dew]]" for reference).
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