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According to our Layout Guide, all Appearances must be listed in in-universe chronological order. However, there are some books that jump around in chronology, which causes some confusion as to where they should be listed. Some books have lengthy flashbacks, while others tell stories that take place over a course of a long period of time. The most dramatic example that I can find is Crosscurrent, which begins in 5000 BBY of the Old Republic era, then jumps ahead in time to 41 ABY in the Legacy Era. Where should these stories be listed in the Appearances section? Should it depend on what time frame the majority of the novel takes place in? Should it be automatically be placed at the earliest flashback? Should it be placed at the latest point in the story? Where the story ends? Should each book be treated as case-by-case? I tried looking at various random articles to see where those articles place the story in their Appearances section. I looked for some kind of pattern, but I couldn't find one.
Crosscurrent: As mentioned, Crosscurrent begins in 5000 BBY but jumps ahead in time to 41 ABY. When I look at random articles, they seem to place it at 41 ABY. Is this because the majority of the story takes place then?
Legacy of the Jedi: Legacy of the Jedi Part 1 (chapter 1 onward) takes place during 89 BBY. Part 2, "Dooku and Qui-Gon Jinn" (chapter 7 onward) takes place during 76 BBY. Part 3, "Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi" (chapter 14 onward) takes place during 44 BBY. Part 4, "Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker" (chapter 20 onward) takes place during 22 BBY. When I look at random articles, most seem to place it at 22 BBY, but a couple put it towards the 89-76 BBY time placement.
The Wrath of Darth Maul: This story takes place in c. 21 BBY, with flashbacks to 51 BBY, 48 BBY, 44 BBY, 41 BBY, 39 BBY, and 32 BBY. Random articles seem to favor the flashback placement of 51 BBY.
The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi: Flashbacks take place beginning at 44 BBY, 32 BBY, 22 BBY, 19 BBY, 17 BBY, 7 BBY, and 0 ABY. The "present" story takes place in 3.5–4 ABY. The epilogue takes place in 9 ABY. I've seen random articles place this story at either 44 BBY or 4 ABY.
Just a thought, and probably my only one in contribution to this, but could it be placed based on which timeline the article's subject appeared in? Manoof (talk) 09:22, January 14, 2015 (UTC)
That certainly makes sense, and I was thinking of that too. However, it might be quite challenging to figure out where exactly in the timeline of a book the subject appeared in, as some books cover up to 8 different time periods. Moreover, I wonder if it would be better to simply decide that a book should be placed at a set time period and keep it there. This would make its placement in the Appearances section uniform across all articles. Sometimes, when I want to add a new Appearance, I look at an article's list of Appearances to see where I am in the in-universe chronology. Then I use that as a guide to help me know where to put the new Appearance. If a book keeps bouncing up and down in the list of Appearances across articles, that could be distracting to those who use this method.--Richterbelmont10(come in R2!) 17:56, January 14, 2015 (UTC)