Welcome everyone to this wiki thread. The reason I opened up this thread was that I'm unsure about the inclusion of guidebooks, artbooks, databooks, etc. After writing the Beginner Guide to Manga Wiki Editing, I was under the impression we didn't allowed them. We did have a few added in the database long before I was a user or mod. During my first year of wiki moderation, I had rejected artbooks and such because they weren't technically manga. I realized I may made a mistake on my interpretation.
Let's be honest, our wiki rules are outdated and unclear. With 4 wiki mods, we can't get policies through due to differences. For me, being very active and handling the wiki with editors on a daily basis, I need policies to be clear for me and the editors. Otherwise, I have to make judgements on the spot.
What we have here is a general rule of thumb. These rules are not set in stone. This thread will be receiving external wiki moderation not just from wiki mods but from wiki editors when you submit an guidebook/artbook. You are not sure if it belongs in our database. The grand purpose of this thread is to establish a general rule of thumb regarding artbook/guidebooks submissions in our wiki database as well as giving all wiki editors a place to receive feedback on guidebooks/artbooks they are unsure whether to add it or not.
General Rule of Thumb
- The guidebook/artbook must have significant or valuable information to add. These can be character notes, interviews from the author/cast, sketches that influences the final character designs, etc.
- Guidebooks must be from franchises whose original source material is anime, manga, light novel, manhwa, or anime styled. No video game, TV, or comic book based guidebooks and artbooks are allowed.
- If the franchise has only one artbook/guidebook, which doesn't have significant information that contributes to the franchise, it's not allowed.
- But if the franchise has a series of artbooks/guidebooks (at least 3), then allow them.
I thank Dekken and Yusuke52 for their input and response on the general rule of thumb section. Yusuke suggested to me to open a thread, so we all can work together.