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 add the proposed segment on starships and vehicles classes to the layout guide. Atarumaster88(Talk page) 18:08, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
After a bit of research into the wiki's featured and good articles concerning vehicles and vessels, I've noticed that a certain layout trend has been set for both types. A pattern has been found among a lot of the higher-quality articles in terms of the organization of such articles, and I'd like to give this precedent some recognition by adding templates for the articles to our Layout Guide.
Now, remember, this is just a proposal for guidelines for the different article types. No established FA or GA will be attacked over not conforming to the layout. It's basically what the other layout guidelines are: a reference for those who wish to GA or FA articles about ships or vehicles to look at. Graestan(Talk) 21:44, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
There are some guidelines for the organization of ship and vehicle class articles within Wookieepedia. Ideally, they are organized into three main sections, with subsections and extra sections where appropriate:
Characteristics includes any descriptive information about the class, as well as any statistical information provided.
Role encompasses the duties the vessel or vehicle type was designed and/or used for. Strengths and weaknesses in application are laid out here, as well.
History covers the known operational history of the class, arranged in chronological order. Ideally, all appearances of the type in canon are described here.
Each of these three sections may be further subdivided as appropriate. Note: if anything in particular is of overwhelming significance concerning the class, or a preponderance of information is available, a section of its own can be created.
Individual Starship and Vehicle Articles
There are some guidelines for the organization of individual ship and vehicle articles within Wookieepedia. Ideally, they are organized into three main sections, with subsections and extra sections where appropriate:
Description contains all the details of the design of the ship or vehicle.
History chronicles the known history of the craft in chronological order. Ideally, all appearances of the type in canon are described here.
Commanders and crew (or a similar title such as Owners and operators) provides brief summaries of any individuals of particular import that owned, commanded, or crewed the vessel or vehicle.
Each of these three sections may be further subdivided as appropriate. Note: if anything in particular is of overwhelming significance concerning the ship or vehicle, or a preponderance of information is available, a section of its own can be created.
This does a nice job of reinforcing what we already do for the most part without guidelines. I know I'm doing Executor like that by default as well. I think when users begin to adopt and perpetuate a certain layout for an article, it's time to accept it formally. Toprawa and Ralltiir 21:48, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
Before anyone jumps to oppose on a minor point, please feel free to make suggestions or ask questions. Graestan(Talk) 21:44, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
I further propose that the section which provides summaries of important individuals be required to be alliterative. "Commanders and crew," "Owners and operators," "Masters and men," "Captains and corps," "Skippers and scalawags" . . . okay, maybe not. :-p jSarek 01:16, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
lol, I'm with you there. —Xwing328(Talk) 03:46, 22 February 2009 (UTC)
Skippers and scalawags! Argh! Mecenarylord 12:41, 22 February 2009 (UTC)