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Style Guide

We’re telling stories of our past, like our ancestors told stories and passed the knowledge to us.

Target Audience

  1. We write our articles for our family, neighbours and friends, as we want them to be able to understand and grasp our content.
  2. This should not lead to simplification, though: we still want university students and academics to find our content useful, at least for a general overview of the subject.

Writing Style & Tone

  1. “Story” is the key part in the word “history”, and our content should reflect that.
  2. Make your text interesting, exciting and a pleasure to read. You can be funny (but not not rude)
  3. Avoid jargon and try not to sound overly academic; we are not lecturing.
  4. Focus on being clear and easily understood.
  5. Avoid long sentences.
  6. Be as neutral as possible, including using gender-neutral language,  and treat every culture or belief system with respect.
  7. Grab the reader’s attention from the beginning: your first paragraph should give the reader the most important information while encouraging him/her to read further. Tell the reader why he or she should care about your topic. Be straightforward.
  8. When appropriate, include a wrap-up at the end that discusses:  legacy; influences on later events, people, or ties to the modern world (what the site is like today or a popular movie in which the person is portrayed, for example).

Pictures & Photos

A picture paints a thousand word and can help our users understand the topic a lot easier. A featured image is the photo or painting that appears at the top of your article. Ideally this should be about 1920×1280 pixels, or 2000×1333 pixels. If you’re uncertain, just upload the best quality and biggest size you can and we can resize it if it’s too big.

If the picture is too small it can appear granular, pixelated and just doesn’t look good. Something we want to avoid.

Tags

Tags make is easier for our readers to find articles on certain topics. Please try to put at least two or three relevant topics on each article you submit.

Multiple Authors

Some topics, by their nature, will attract multiple contributions. We appreciate each effort to clarify and educate our visitors. If this happen we’ll do our best to acknowledge each contributor to the article. This may mean a page may not have primary author.