LNDB.info Policies and Guidelines
30-01-2015, 08:19 PM (This post was last modified: 21-02-2015, 07:49 PM by SamZ.)
Post: #1
This thread will serve as a guideline for the addition/editing of authors, illustrators, and light novels.

The first post of this thread (this post) will contain a comprehensive list of guidelines, and will be edited as needed later on.

General

  1. To be able to add authors, illustrators, and light novels you'll need to register in the main LNDB.info website. Registration in the forum is a separate process and will not allow you to log in the main LNDB.info website.
  2. Registration requires a valid e-mail that's needed for account activation. Once registration is done, you'll be sent an e-mail with a link to activate your account. Make sure to click this link within 24 hours or the account will be deleted. Please contact us at this e-mail if you are having any registration issues.
  3. Logged in users can add Person (author/illustrator) or Light Novel by clicking on the "Create new content" under the "User Login" menu, and choosing the type of content to be added (Person/Light Novel).
  4. To avoid duplicates of the same content. Please search before you add anything to the database. Use the search box on the left top corner of the website to search for a specific author/illustrator/light novel. The search box will autocomplete (word completion) whatever you write, and will show you several results for people (authors and illustrators) and light novels. To be sure that the author/illustrator/light novel does not exist in the database, just hit the enter key (return key) in the search box to get all the results for the input you supplied.
  5. Concerning naming, the person's name, and light novel characters' names should be in the following order:
    In English the order should appear as: personal name and then followed by family name.
    In Japanese the order should stay as is, in other words: family name and then followed by personal name.
    (This does not include pen names, where in both Japanese and English the order should stay as the author/illustrator intended it to be).
Person (Author/Illustrator)

Light Novel

  1. Please only add titles that are light novels. If you are not sure, please check if the title is published under any of these light novel labels, if so then go ahead and add it. If it's not published under any of those labels, please check if the title appears on the Japanese light novel listing website Ranobe no Mori, if it appears there, go ahead and add it.
  2. Please follow the following for the addition/editing of light novel volumes'/covers' images and info:
    a) Images of covers shouldn't be blurry or have artifacts.
    b) Images shouldn't include white spacing, borders, or any extra area surrounding the cover.
    c) Images of covers should only be of the front side, and should not include the back and/or side of the volume.
    d) Images should be of the final published volume, and not a work in progress cover (which could be missing title, publisher, label, author/illustrator, or the image itself is still not finalized).
    e) Images should be without an obi (it hides part of the front cover).
    f) In case the light novel volume is a republication, the cover should not be added in case the illustration/art on the cover is the same as before. The publisher/label and start/end publication dates should be mentioned though under the "Publication Labels" section.
    g) The release date of any light novel volume should be according to an official source (the publisher), if no official source exists (for example, for pretty old light novel volumes, the official release date might have gone lost with time), please use the earliest release date mentioned on Japanese online shops.
    h) The volume number of the light novel volume should be according to its title. If Arabic/Indian/Greek/Roman/... numerals are in the title, it should be mentioned as is under volume number. If the title does not include a volume number, then the volume number should not be added.
    i) The following light novel volume information: number of pages, ISBN-10, ISBN-13, Height (cm), Width (cm), and Thickness (cm) are not usually available via official publisher source, in that case go ahead and use various Japanese online shops to obtain this info.
For reporting any edits/additions that do not follow these guidelines:
Authors, Illustrators & Light Novels Modification/Removal Thread
Images, Covers & Characters Removal Thread

While this thread is not meant for discussion, but at the same time it will not be locked/closed, so that anyone can suggest a change/modification/addition to the guidelines.

Note: once satisfactory policies and guidelines have been "built" in this thread, the main website (LNDB.info) will be linking to this thread. This post will be heavily edited/revised before it is deemed good enough to be linked to.
30-01-2015, 08:23 PM
Post: #2
This thread is still in its infancy, still lots of missing general guidelines, and no Person/Light Novel guidelines added yet, but hopefully by the end of February/start of March it will contain a comprehensive list of guidelines for the users to follow.

I'll keep updating this thread in the following days/weeks to complete the list of guidelines.
17-02-2015, 02:12 AM (This post was last modified: 17-02-2015, 02:15 AM by SamZ.)
Post: #3
The list of guidelines in the first post was updated with more guidelines.

The following guideline was added under Person (author/illustrator):

The person's name should be in the following order:
In English the order should appear as: personal name and then followed by family name.
In Japanese the order should stay as is, in other words: family name and then followed by personal name.
(This does not include pen names, where in both Japanese and English the order should stay as the author/illustrator intended it to be).

The following guidelines were added under Light Novel:

Light novel characters' names should be in the following order:
In English the order should appear as: personal name and then followed by family name.
In Japanese the order should stay as is, in other words: family name and then followed by personal name.

Please follow the following for the addition/editing of light novel volumes'/covers' images and info:
a) Images of covers shouldn't be blurry or have artifacts.
b) Images shouldn't include white spacing, borders, or any extra area surrounding the cover.
c) Images of covers should only be of the front side, and should not include the back and/or side of the volume.
d) Images should be of the final published volume, and not a work in progress cover (which could be missing title, publisher, label, author/illustrator, or the image itself is still not finalized).
e) Images should be without an obi (it hides part of the front cover).

More guidelines to be added in the next days/weeks.
21-02-2015, 07:10 PM (This post was last modified: 21-02-2015, 07:42 PM by SamZ.)
Post: #4
The following guidelines were added under section 2 of Light Novel:
f) In case the light novel volume is a republication, the cover should not be added in case the illustration/art on the cover is the same as before. The publisher/label and start/end publication dates should be mentioned though under the "Publication Labels" section.
g) The release date of any light novel volume should be according to an official source (the publisher), if no official source exists (for example, for pretty old light novel volumes, the official release date might have gone lost with time), please use the earliest release date mentioned on Japanese online shops.
h) The volume number of the light novel volume should be according to its title. If Arabic/Indian/Greek/Roman/... numerals are on the cover, they should be mentioned as is under volume number. If the title does not include a volume number, then the volume number should not be added.
i) The following light novel volume information: number of pages, ISBN-10, ISBN-13, Height (cm), Width (cm), and Thickness (cm) are not usually available via official publisher source, in that case go ahead and use various Japanese online shops to obtain this info.
21-02-2015, 07:25 PM (This post was last modified: 21-02-2015, 07:43 PM by SamZ.)
Post: #5
The naming section (under both Person and Light Novel) was moved under General, since it applies to both Person and Light Novel content:
Concerning naming, the person's name, and light novel characters' names should be in the following order:
In English the order should appear as: personal name and then followed by family name.
In Japanese the order should stay as is, in other words: family name and then followed by personal name.
(This does not include pen names, where in both Japanese and English the order should stay as the author/illustrator intended it to be).


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