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What is original research? I've recently come into minor conflict of opinions with a couple of other wookieepedians about what constitutes original research, specifically in regards to "circa" dates.
Gara Petothel was born in the first few years of the New Order. We know that the new order occurred at 19 BBY with the formation of the Empire. A few is an imprecise measure, meaning anywhere from 2-4 but that still gives a narrow range for her birth.
Would it be logical/correct to write "c. 17 BBY" or "c. 16 BBY"?
Would it be logical/correct to write "c. 17 BBY–15 BBY" to cover the range?
Dhar Bullwin in the sourcebook explicitly lists his age as 62 however the sourcebook itself is ambiguously defined as just being early New Republic Era. We know the New Republic Era spans 5 ABY - 25 ABY.
Would it be logical/correct to write "Before 37 BBY"? This is technically correct and emphasizes the fact that an age was explicitly given but unfortunately there is still missing information about the exact time.
Fable Astin was born around the formation of the Empire. Again we know when the Empire was formed.
For Gara, we can't assume that term "few" means any specific length of time, regardless of what a dictionary might define it as since it may be used in a colloquial manner outside of its dictionary definition. So all we can put for her is "After 19 BBY". For Dhar, it would be best to use "Between 57 BBY and 37 BBY" to cover both ends of the range, if we indeed know that the sourcebook is New Republic era. For Fable, "c. 19 BBY" is indeed correct; "circa" dates are commonly used here when a source says "around" a certain event for which a definite date is known.