Documentation style guide

This page contains the writing style manual for maintaining complete consistency throughout all of the documentation within our subjective effect index. It covers certain topics such as word choices, sentence structure, and general preferences. 

The goal here is to make our SEI easier to understand, more accessible to the general public, and more legitimate in its appearance, while also helping editors write articles with consistent and precise language, layout, and formatting. 

RUles of thumb

  • Use simplistic and easily understandable language over complex and obscure language wherever possible. This is to ensure that the SEI is as accessible to the general public as possible.
  • Do not make absolute or black/white assertions. For example "XYZ can creating the feeling that" should be used over "XYZ will create the feeling that"
  • Do not talk about the conclusions reached during these states as if they are inherently true, instead make it clear that you are simply describing the experience of them.

Levels of intensity

  • This effect is capable of manifesting itself across the x different levels of intensity described below:

    • Tiers:

      • At the lowest level, …

      • At this level, …

      • At the highest level, ...

Referring to the experiencer

  • “A person” is preferred

    • At this level a person experiences morphing

  • “One’s” is secondary and provides variety

    • “At this level one’s vision is completely encompassed by geometry”

Outro paragraph

"Effect is most commonly induced under the influence of low/moderate/heavy dosages of hallucinogenic compounds, such as type list. However, it can also occur under the influence of type list, particularly during phase [or as a result of x]"

Word preferences

  • To describe a given environment in its entirety

    • Scene

  • To describe the surface of a given object (like the surface of a wall in a video game)

    • Texture

  • To describe a given object

    • Object

  • To describe the experience of an effect of an illusion

    • Perception

  • To describe increasing intensity across multiple tiers

    • Progressive

  • To describe common sober experiences (to contrast with intoxicated effects)

    • Everyday (life)

  • To describe an illusion the subject recognizes to be false

    • Hallucination

  • To describe an illusion the subject cannot recognize as such

    • Delusion

  • To describe the lower bound of an effect range

    • Subtle

  • To describe the upper bound of an effect range

    • Extreme