This is a proposal to allow for divergent formatting for tales pages.
As of this proposal's release, the pages in question are already using variant formatting (two out of five pages in the tales category do not have episode infoboxes,) though staff intends to establish consistency by placing episode infoboxes on all tales, based on a precedent of three pages written by one user.
The Manual of Style is currently unclear about ways to format tales pages. It is my personal belief that the nature of some of these pages is to experiment with different styles and techniques when writing, and I believe that a case-by-case method of arranging these pages serves that purpose best — It allows for the artist to present their work in a way they feel adequately fits.
The amendment I am proposing would be to allow omission of templates such as the episode template (used to dictate an episode's placement within a season,) apart from the tales category template at the bottom of the page, as well as the omission of opening statements (X is a tale about Y. It features Z) and summaries.
Clarifying edit: The usage of templates will be decided by the author of the tale.
This proposal will last for one week and end on April 17th, 2022 at 11:00pm CST.