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Style guide

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Please obey the following rules in this style guide when editing content at this web site. For issues not discussed below, consult the Wikipedia Manual of Style.


Words should be spelled as shown in the current edition of TWL. Where variant spellings are given, use the more common and note the choice you made below. When given a choice between American and British spellings, use the American.

  • EMAIL, not E-MAIL
  • LIGHT, not LITE
  • “the NSA” but no article before NASPA or NASPAWiki

Punctuation and Typography

  • Use multiple levels of headings appropriately.
  • Use boldface (entered by surrounding the text by triple primes like this) to emphasize the first appearance of the article title in the first paragraph of an article, when applicable. Where possible, write the first paragraph so that it does include the article title.
  • For general emphasis, use <em>, not <i> or <b>.
  • Use <i> for roman text in book titles when not linked: Long List.
  • Single quotes: use &lsquo; and &rsquo; (like ‘this’), not the plain ' symbol.
  • Double quotes: use &ldquo; and &rdquo; (like “this”), not the plain " symbol.
  • Use double quotes for the first level of quotation, single quotes for the second (nested) level.
  • Use &rsquo; and not ' for an apostrophe.
  • Use &ndash; (–) and not - for numerical and date ranges or elsewhere where endashes are called for.
  • Use &mdash; (—) and not -- where emdashes are called for.
  • Use &minus; (−) and not - to denote subtraction.
  • Use &times; (×) and not x to denote multiplication.
  • Notwithstanding the above, do not use HTML entity names (such as &rsquo;) in article titles, as some browsers do not render them correctly as browser window titles. So, for example, use a typewriter apostrophe ' in World English-language Scrabble Players' Association.
  • Do not use serial commas.

Linking and Article Titles

  • Link (only) the first occurrence of each phrase in a section to the appropriate internal wiki page.
  • Where possible, avoid direct external links in unrelated pages by providing an intermediate internal page explaining or summarizing the external page. For example, link NSA rather than NSA.
  • Contact information for committee members should be placed only in their individual pages, so that if it changes, only one page needs to be edited.
  • Create redirect pages rather than using alternate labels for inflections or base forms of internal page names (e.g., the “committee” page redirects to “commitees” to save inexperienced editors having to write [[committees|committee]].
  • Article titles should be unabbreviated nouns or noun phrases. Create redirect pages from acronyms to fully spelled out names.


The NASPA logo is available in the following formats:

Wiki (135×112 pixel GIF)
200×100 pixel GIF as used in the NASPA home page
high-resolution PDF


  • Always write SCRABBLE, never Scrabble.
  • Always use SCRABBLE as an adjective, not as a noun.
  • Add the ® symbol to the first or more prominent use of the trademark on each page; do not add it to subsequent uses.