Disclaimer: These are not meant to be guidelines, but rather a discussion :/
I’ve been thinking for a while now that we have a lot of different entries in the database, many of which are written by awesome writers, but its not exactly standard on how we should do meme write-ups before confirmation.
Diversity in writing is good, but plain inconsistency is weird.
So prepare for a tl;dr list that is basically my annoying opinions:
For the lazy writer:
About/Description/Usage: What is the meme, when was it popular, where was it popular.
Origin: If you can find it.
Links: Not only helping Entry Moderators figure out what you are talking about, but also helpful since we can build upon those links with more research.
Images/Videos: Yes, they waste space, but it looks more interesting.
That should take you like 5 minutes. 10 minutes tops.
Doing just those is already amazingly helpful.
But you already knew that.
Now for the more technical stuff.
For the not so lazy writer:
Evidence of Spread: You don’t need links, but we need something (gained popularity on reddit, popular among video-sharing sites, etc.)
Evidence of Popularity: Can be addressed when you talk about spread, but numbers are pretty nice too (500,000 views).
Cite Sources: Link to them sources.
But those are pretty obvious too.
So now here’s where I get super technical and show i have too much time on my hands.
For the paranoid writer:
Objectivity: Humor is okay, bias is not.
Good English: Good writing still applies here.
Background Information: If the reader might not understand it, explain it or link to a relevant KYM entry.
Translations: If possible, and if not possible- try to at least provide context.
Earliest Instance: If the origin cannot be found.
Describing a meme entry as a “meme:” You are on a website about memes. You don’t provide anything by telling the reader your entry is about a meme (instead: image macro, YouTube poop series). Although I think the use of the word, “meme” is fine outside of the description section.
Aftermath/Response/Reaction: If it’s important.
NSFW warnings: yea.
Analysis/Editorials: Of course not necessary, but can be pretty cool (like Amanda B’s Epic Quitting: A History section)
Charts: Quantcast, Alexa, etc.- if it fits in with the entry
Google Insights: (and I am really guilty of this) We should probably tone down on the Google Insights charts unless 1) You have something interesting to say about it or 2) You are doing a comparison of different terms in the same meme or different memes.
Blockquotes: They look cool. or something.
References in Pop Culture: yea.
Uhm. so. My writing isn’t great in comparison to say, the staff or many other users, but that’s why I think some standards would be good? :|
Anything else that should be standard? Is it necessary to have standards? Am I being too technical? Thoughts?