Help: Style - a guide for authors


October 28, 2021

For everyone This information applies to both the visual editor and the wikikod editor (What's the difference?) Writing an encyclopedic article is not difficult and you can always count on the help of other, more experienced users. Read the tips below, and better yet, bookmark them and reach out when needed. Go ahead and edit it, and when you don't understand something, ask. It's no shame. Even we - when we have doubts - ask colleagues who are better at dealing with a given topic. We invite you to read and ask questions. We are also here to answer them.

Featured Patterns

For every beginner, examples should include articles for a medal and good articles, i.e. those that the Wikipedia community has found worth mentioning. We advise you to read some of them, for example here. Remember that there may be different habits in different types of articles. If you want to write an article about the writer, check out a few biographies, in particular about people related to literature. If you want to write an article about a footballer, check out some of the articles about famous footballers. Remember that you don't have to add all the information at once. Wikipedia is collaborative. It will also be easier for you to start refilling your articles than writing from scratch. More about patterns and standards at: Wikipedia: Article standards.

Language rules

Written text

To create a good article, you need to be easy to write. You have to read a lot to achieve it. That is why we encourage you to reach for the most outstanding works of world literature. When editing in Wikipedia, we must remember that we are bound by the standard Polish language, i.e. one that has been adopted and approved by the Polish Language Council. It is the language in which all encyclopedias and scientific works are written. The encyclopaedic style should be devoid of regionalisms, as well as undeclared calc and other linguistic deviations. More about common errors at: Help: Common linguistic errors.

Simplicity of language

The language of an encyclopaedic article should be very precise. You should avoid confusion of thoughts and excessive coloration. As Wikipedia is, however, a specific encyclopedia, in place of sentences equivalents known from e.g. PWN, let's use sentences. These can be complex sentences, but not too long - for the sake of easier understanding of the text by the reader. In sentences that are complex many times, we should make sure that the punctuation is correct so that there is no room for different interpretations. You should also avoid excessive specialist jargon. Especially at the beginning of the article. These initial definitions should be as clear as possible to the layperson who reaches for them.

Avoid colloquial language

Wikipedia should be a linguistic model for its readers, drawing on the high standard of a national language. Therefore, let us not use: colloquialisms (e.g., don't use chajtom instead of getting married, getting married or getting married); redundant borrowings from foreign languages, if there is a contemporary Polish equivalent (e.g. do not use sophisticated Englishism instead of advanced, sophisticated or complex). forms perceived as exemplary, and in fact non-normative or colloquially colored (e.g. colloquial eat kebab instead of exemplary eat kebab, in a row instead of normative in a row, about something instead of in relation to something, perceive instead of normative perceive); forms existing in the language system, but practically never used (e.g. dead time has passed, triumph instead of more frequent triumph); essentially correct forms, but without historical and linguistic explanation, accepted by analogy to other forms (e.g.

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