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Do you think we should have categories that seperate characters by creator? Like Category: Characters created by George Lucas or Category: Timothy Zahn characters. What do you think? .... 01:56, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Interesting idea, but no. I think characters should be seperated by affliction and era. user:Darth Vatrir

  • I'm talking about the categories down the bottom of the page...they can still be categorised by era and affliction...this is just an alternate option .... 03:24, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
    • I think that while some characters, such as Thrawn, would be quite easy to determine who created them, there would be others that would not be so clear-cut. Does anyone know who created Thracken Sal-Solo, or Kyp Durron? I know that information can be interesting, but I think that verifying some of it would be difficult, especially in the case of comic book characters, and it could be confusing to some fans. I mean, just because they appeared in the movies, does that mean that Lucas created them, or were the cantina aliens, such as Momaw Nadon, Muftak and Kabe created in source material and the Tales books? Chervil JaingHead 03:44, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Technically, it would be whoever wrote, or created their first appearance. Thus: Kyp Durron - Kevin J. Anderson (shudder), Thracken Sal-Solo - Roger MacBride Allen. Momaw Nadon - George Lucas, Ailyn Vel - Beau Smith. .... 03:47, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Maybe not a category, but we do have a list... StarNeptuneTalk to me! 04:02, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Categories for in-universe articles are in-universe (we recently had a big thing where a lot of categories labeled "___ characters" were moved to "___ individuals" because of that). I see a problem with this idea, besides: what counts as "creating" a character? Take Momaw Nadon: George Lucas created the movie where he first appeared, but he's just an extra there; technically, all Lucas made was an extra called "Hammerhead" or "Ammerha" (truly technically, John Berg made him). The actual character of "Momaw Nadon" was made by Grant Boucher. Or Ailyn Vel, as in your example: Beau Smith created an unnamed child of Fett in a single panel; the first person to make a character of it was Abel Peña. And with Abel's retcon, her actual first appearance was in a book by Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Modesta, even though they were writing about Boba Fett. And what about the characters of Shadows of the Empire? That was a project with a lot of people on it. You mention the first person to write about them as one possible way, but that's not necessarily the one who created them; Lucas created Darth Bane, but Terry Brooks was the first to write about him. Even if it weren't for the out of universe category problem, I think the idea is impractical. - Lord Hydronium 04:11, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Oppose. Bad idea, for the reasons listed by Hydro above. Seriously, I think the brief notes in an individual characters' "BTS" section suffices. QuentinGeorge 06:04, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
      • Yeah, I can see the complications now. .... 06:56, 20 October 2006 (UTC)
      • I suggest that we just handle this issue by improving the list that StarNeptune linked to. - breathesgelatinTalk 05:46, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
        • Good idea. I've already done some work with the list (added Jude Watson and Nancy Richardson for example), but it's a hopeless job for one person. The more the merrier. :) --Tinwe 09:01, 22 October 2006 (UTC)