This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments should be made in the Senate Hall or new Consensus Track pages rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. The result of the debate was not to legislate how Wikipedia and Wikia links are to be used on this wiki. Graestan(Talk) 01:58, 18 January 2009 (UTC)
This Consensus Track was inspired by this Senate Hall thread. What it boils down to is this question: If a wiki exists for a specific fictional universe, should we create links to articles on that specific wiki if a link is warranted, or should we link to articles on Wikipedia only?
Now, I see a couple of potential issues with links to specific wikis.
First, what would we do in cases where more than one wiki exists for the subject (I can't think of any examples of this right now, but I'm sure I've seen them in the past)? How would we decide which of those wikis gets our 'endorsement' as being the correct wiki?
Second, what if the wiki in question has few contributors, thus making it potentially less reliable, and possibly less informative?
Third, I think it would probably be a major pain to go through and change Wikipedia links to specific wiki links. I guess some clever bot programming may be able to take care of that, though. DolukTalk 01:54, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
Never link to specific wikis - use Wikipedia insteadEdit
Create a list of 'approved' specific wikis to be linked toEdit
This is the option that requires the most work, and will be most likely to lead to continuing debate, but I think it's the best one. I don't feel that strongly about it, though, and I could be convinced otherwise. DolukTalk 01:54, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
It's really up to the editor, and anyone else can end up going in there and changing it. This would be nearly impossible to implement and regulate. I also strongly oppose "approving" any other wikis, Wikia or otherwise. Graestan(Talk) 04:36, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
As much as I love having rules for everything, I think this is better. I wouldn't be averse to adding new interwiki link prefixes, but I don't think anyone should be forced to use them. -- Darth Culator(Talk) 13:52, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
Rather than have to "approve" each wiki for maybe even just one link on some random page, let editors decide on individual pages what's best. Which is actually what we'd be doing with the "approve" option, except this way we wouldn't have a Wookieepedia-wide vote every time some new user wrote a link, which would seem like overkill to me. Wildyoda 17:08, 5 January 2009 (UTC)