Style guide

From MAP Wiki

This is the style guide for pages on this wiki. It describes the stylistic standard for articles.


In the beginning of each article, highlight the key concept you are writing about in bold and provide a brief description.

Capitalization of words

Titles and subtitles

Only the first word is capitalized, unless the title includes words that are typically capitalized in everyday speech.



Most abbreviations are capitalized. Exceptions are made for the following: map, nomap, aam, yap, myap, due to their common usage as whole identities rather than shortenings.


Quotation marks

This wiki uses double quotation marks for the main quote and singular quotation marks for a quote within the main quote.


  • H.E. Peterson recalls that she has brought it up on a pedophile forum BoyChat on October 19, 1998: "So what do you think of the term 'minor-attracted adults'? It sounds a bit silly to my ears, but maybe that's just because I hate neologisms. It certainly says what I'm trying to say. It's more accurate than 'child-attracted adult' because there's a lot of dispute over what constitutes a child, and though it does leave teenage boylovers out of the picture, one could always use the term 'minor-attracted person' if one wanted to include them."

Commas, periods, and similar are placed outside of the quotation marks unless the quote is a full sentence, in which case they are placed inside[1].


  • This term replaced a slightly older version, "mapphobia", spontaneously created by several bloggers analogously with "homophobia" and "transphobia".
  • The official Twitter page of B4U-ACT, a map mental health organization, states: "We started using the term MAP around 2007. The late Michael Melsheimer, our co-founder, introduced 'minor-attracted person' as an alternative to 'minor-attracted adult,'[2] to reflect that most MAPs realize these attractions before they are adults themselves."


  1. According to the British standard.
  2. In this case, the comma within the quote is preserved as a part of the original punctuation used in the post. The same concerns capitalization.