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I've been working on something for a few weeks now that I thought might be a good idea to add to one of our pages for newcomers. When I first joined, a lot of the slang was fairly confusing the first few weeks. I've already talked with a couple people in IRC about it, but I wanted to see what everyone else thought. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Wookieepedia:Glossary of termsEdit

  • Admin, or Sysop, or Mod: Cabal member Administrator. Again, fairly self-evident, but a full list can be found on this page. Administrators have a number of technical powers, are all experienced members of the site, and are generally happy to answer questions on site operations, provided it's done in a civil manner.
  • Anon: Anonymous user, or IP address.

At first, the slang used by Wookieepedians can be quite daunting.

  • Ban. also Block, Banhammer, or even Modsmack: Fairly self-explanatory. This results in an IP or username being blocked from editing Wookieepedia. Given out by admins only. Grounds for blocking can be found at this page.
  • BTS: "Behind the Scenes". Generally listed as a separate section on a Wookieepedia article and used to document background material, author/actor/artist comments, interview material, concept development, creators/inventors, non-canon appearances, and other miscellany.
  • Bureaucrat: An administrator voted worthy of deserving additional powers, including the ability to grant administrative powers to others who pass the voting process.
  • Cabal: Does not exist! Ever!
  • Canon: The official Star Wars universe as defined by Lucasfilm. Some material licensed by Lucasfilm is not officially recognized as canon, however its license earns this material a mention in Behind the Scenes sections.
  • Cannon: When used properly, a term describing a form of weapon. It is not an acceptable substitute for canon. Cannons shoot things. Canon doesn't shoot anything but other canon . . . never mind.
  • Consensus: The term used to describe when a general agreement has been reached among Wookieepedias. Described on Wookieepedia:Consensus, it is applicable not only in the Trash Compactor and Consensus Track, but also on talk pages, senate hall forums, etc.
  • CT or Consensus Track: The policy-making forum on Wookieepedia where specific site-related issues are discussed and debated until a consensus is reached. New policies are often crafted in the fiery crucibles of Consensus Track threads.
  • Copyedit: When someone looks over something you wrote, primarily checking for grammar, flow, readability, spelling, and overall quality of the prose.
  • Edit war: To engage in a repeated series of reversions with another person/people over which revision is better. Edit warring is not condoned on Woookieepedia and, should the administration become involved, blocks may be given out. The proper way of resolving a difference is a civil discussion on the talk page.
  • External link: A link to a web address not on Wookieepedia. Hard to believe, no?
  • FA: Featured article. Denoted by a star in the upper-right hand corner of the article.
  • FAN: Featured article nominations, where candidates for featured articles are proposed.
  • Fanon: Star Wars material not officially recognized by Lucasfilm. Such content is prohibited from Wookieepedia articles. Particularly, this means material you invented yourself.
  • GA: Good article. Denoted by the check-box in the upper-right hand corner.
  • GAN: Good article nominations, where candidates for good article status are proposed.
  • Infobox: A Wikicode template that displays a number of facts about a topic in an aesthetically pleasing form. Infoboxes are generally placed at the beginning of an article.
  • Intro: Introduction of an article.
  • Inq: The Inquisitorius. A group of users dedicated to defining the cutting edge of article quality and who are endowed with oversight of the Featured Articles of Wookieepedia, as well as Featured Article nominations.
  • IRC. Internet Relay Chat, of which Wookieepedia has a channel (#wookieepedia). See WP:IRC for more information. The channel always has people in it who are usually able to assist with questions.
  • IU: In-universe. The perspective of treating the Star Wars universe as if it was real. A corollary to this is to treat all events of the Star Wars galaxy as real, but having happened in the distant past. I.e. "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . . . " This perspective should be used on virtually all Wookieepedia articles, except for the Behind the scenes sections and real-world articles.
  • Knowledge Bank: A place to ask general questions about Star Wars. Follow ALL of the rules when using this, please, or your thread will be pwned deleted without warning.
  • Mofference: An irregularly scheduled meeting of Wookieepedians sometimes described as Consensus Track on speed or as a bunch of arguing with no results, depending on whose perspective you ask. A list of Mofference topics and times can be found at WP:M. These always occur on IRC on the #wookieepedia channel.
  • Namespace: A designated prefix for a segment of Wookieepedia that defines the purpose and jurisdiction of a Wookieepedia page. A number of namespaces exist, such as Forum, (i.e. Forum:Senate Hall) User, (i.e. User:Atarumaster88), Talk (i.e. Talk:Main Page), User talk (i.e. User talk:Atarumaster88 and Wookieepedia (i.e. Wookieepedia:FAQ). Other namespaces include Template, Template Talk, Wookieepedia Talk, Image, Image Talk, and Forum Talk. The "Main" namespace, which includes all Wookieepedia articles, does not have a prefix. As such, articles such as Luke Skywalker do not contain a prefix in their title.
  • Noticeboard: More formally the Administrators' noticeboard, a place to place notes that the administration will read and deal with accordingly, whether that be notification of harassment or requests for protection/un-protection/deletion. Please place vandalism alerts on the appropriate page though.
  • NPOV: Neutral Point of View. The idea that Wookieepedia does not exist to exhibit a particular bias or slant and must treat all Star Wars topics with neutrality in our reporting. Similar to the cherished ideal of journalist non-bias (smart comment removed) and, yes, Jar Jar Binks, Tumble bunny trainer, and all Star Wars authors fall under this policy. Actually, every Wookieepedia article does.
  • OOU: Writing from the perspective of the real world. This is used, unsurprisingly, for discussing real-world aspects of a particular character, battle, location, etc. or for real-world topics such as George Lucas. It should not be employed in articles.
  • P&T: Personality and traits section for a character article. Describes, creatively enough, the personality and traits of a character.
  • P&A: Powers and Abilities sections for characters who are Force-sensitive or particularly notable for their skills.
  • Page moves: When a given page on Wookieepedia is moved to a different title; in essence re-naming the page. A redirect (see below) is created from the original page name to the new one.
  • Piped link: Linking to something without displaying the actual title of the page. Piped links are produced in this format: [[Wookieepedia|Some other text]]. This will link to the Wookieepedia article.
  • Protection or Shield: A term used when an administrator blocks access to an article with one of two choices: Semi-protect, which blocks new and anonymous users from editing the page, and sysop-only-protect, which allows only administrators to edit the page.
  • QOTD: Quote of the day. A place where the quotes that appear on the Main Page are discussed.
  • Queue: In reference to Featured Articles, the list of upcoming Featured Articles set to appear on the Main Page.
  • RC: Recent changes, a location where the most recent edits to the wiki are displayed.
  • Redirect: A link that exists only to point to another article. For example, Darth Vader redirects to Anakin Skywalker. The code to do this is

#REDIRECT [[Article name]]

  • Redlink: A link to a location that does not exist yet.
  • Ref: The equivalent of a footnote on a Wookieepedia article. A general rule of thumb is to reference virtually all content on Wookieepedia articles. The exceptions and exact rules can be found on Wookieepedia:Sourcing.
  • Restore: The opposite of speedy. An admin power that allows the instant resurrection of a deleted article.
  • Retcon: A term used in the Star Wars universe to indicate that part of canon has been retroactively changed after it was introduced.
  • Revert: Changing an article back to a previous revision. In general, anyone can do this, but causing an edit war over the article may lead to a ban.
  • RFA: Requests for adminship. A weighted vote to determine if a user is worthy of receiving administrator powers. See WP:RFU.
  • RFB: Requests for bureaucratship. A weighted vote to determine is an administrator is worthy of receiving bureaucrat status. See WP:RFU.
  • RFR: Candy-like award Requests for rollback power, determined by vote on WP:RFU.
  • RFU: Requests for user rights. The page where discussions over user status are held.
  • Rollback: A MediaWiki power that allows a user to more quickly make reversions. Not a default user ability; it must be awarded.
  • Sandbox or Jundland Wastes: A place for you to test edits without actually saving them into Wookieepedia articles. It is not a free place to insert vandalism and is emptied regularly.
  • Senate Hall: The general discussion area on Wookieepedia for overall site issues. It is not a discussion board about Star Wars or a substitute for article talk pages.
  • Sig or Signature: The text displayed upon typing ~~~~ and clicking save. By default, this produces a username linked to your userpage and a time stamp. Custom signatures can be made at "My preferences" by checking the "Use raw signatures" option and entering your own code. Please ensure your signature follows policy.
  • Signing your posts. Like this: ~~~~ Do it on all talk pages, votes, Senate Hall posts, forums, etc. and it will go well for you. Always.
  • Sockpuppet, puppets or sock: A user who possesses multiple accounts. These will be banned on sight, regardless if it is your brother, or your friend, or your friend's brother who is allegedly using the computer.
  • Speedy or Speedy-delete: Admin power that allows the instant destruction of an article. Generally used on fanon, vandalism, and userpages that consistently violate user page policy.
  • TC or Trash Compactor: A place on Wookieepedia where the worthiness of articles to exist is debated.
  • Template: A piece of code that is essentially an abbreviation for a larger piece of more complicated code. When in "edit mode", templates are denoted by curly braces. Hundreds of these are used on Wookieepedia and have their own namespace. It is possible to link to a template without displaying by using this format: {{Tl|TEMPLATENAME}}.
  • Troll: Someone who feels that arguing over an essentially trivial matter endlessly is a good thing to do on Wookieepedia. The best thing to do is ignore trolls and let the administration ban them.
  • Userbox: Small boxes that display a small nugget of information about the user and are employed by some users to showcase tidbits of their personality or interests on their page. Official Wookieepedia userboxes can be found at this page.
  • Vandal: An individual who makes bad-faith edits to Wookieepedia and/or inserts nonsense, often in the form of vulgar or obscene content and/or blanks pages and/or moves articles to ridiculous titles. Vandalism should be reported at Wookieepedia:Vandalism in progress and is a sure way to get oneself banned from Wookieepedia. It is not funny. Ever.
  • Wookification or Wookify: To transform information from another format, i.e. Wikipedia's style, to be consistent with Wookieepedia form and practice. See Wookify for more information.
  • Wikicode: The programming language of wiki pages, including Wookieepedia.
  • Wookiepedia: An unacceptable substitute for Wookieepedia. Failure to use the appropriate amount of letters in this form may result in mild derision from other users.
  • Wookieepedia: The best Star Wars site ever. More complete than the Databank. A fascinating repository of all things Star Wars. Less egotistically, the free-edit online Star Wars encyclopedia hosted by Wikia.
  • Wookieepedian: A user on Wookieepedia.
  • WOTM: Wookieepedian of the Month, an award given out based on popular vote here to a deserving Wookieepedian each month. Please read the instructions before voting.
  • WookieeProject: A collaborative effort of Wookieepedians to improve a particular aspect of Wookieepedia. See Wookieepedia:WookieeProject for more information.


  • Do we want this? If so, where? Are there things that should be added? One of the definitions needs altered? I also had in mind that future revisions/additions to this document would be made along the same lines that we propose userboxes-i.e. someone submits a new term and definition, and people vote on it. Another thought would be to make all of the terms subsections, allowing us to link to them individually. All that can be worked out later, I suppose. And I have no idea why "bureaucrat" and "cabal" ended up next to each other. Pure coincedence. ;-) Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:57, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
    • I remember when you first showed this off on IRC... been a while, pretty much forgot it existed. As for suggestions on additional entries, I'd make Wookiepedia have its own slot, rather than be bunched together with the Cannon entry. In that vein, Maybe a Wookieepedia entry added as well - something simple, like a link and short description. I'd also like to see something about Consensus and Page moves, and possibly a link to our naming policy somewhere (if we have a naming policy page). An edit to the Fanon entry in the last sentence there to make it more grammatically correct would be appreciated as well: "Particularly material you invented yourself" should probably be "Particularly, this means material you invented yourself." JorrelWiki-shrinkableFraajic 19:27, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
      • Took care of the grammar part. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 20:06, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
        • Hey, I like it! It took me forever to figure out what WOTM means. ~Roger Roger~ Battledroid Home of the B1s 11:47, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
          • I like this. Good work Ataru! Although I will never completely understand the cabal stuff. Chack Jadson (Talk) 11:59, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
            • Great idea. I'd also suggest that "retcon" gets added to the glossary --Eyrezer 10:38, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Well, okay, but we do have an article for it. With the exception of canon, I didn't really want to explain a lot of things that we already explain, if you catch my drift. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 15:21, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Does anyone else use edit summary abbreviations like "rv" for revert, "rvv" for revert vandalism, or "rm" and "del" for remove or delete? Are they worth adding? —Silly Dan (talk) 02:51, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Sometimes I do . . . definitely the "rv" one. jSarek 04:40, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
  • I personally use rmvd a lot. The others are probably good to have. —Xwing328(Talk) 03:16, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Did anyone know we actually have a glossary page already? A few of these are on there. —Xwing328(Talk) 05:04, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Uh, no. I went looking for it before I started making all of this and apparently it doesn't come up easily in the search and it's not linked to a lot. In that case, I'll just update the glossary with all the new terms, including the new suggestions and we can archive this thread. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 13:19, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
    • Is the glossary page located anywhere on the Welcome template {{w}}? If not, it'd probably be a good idea to put it on there. JorrelWiki-shrinkableFraajic 16:42, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
      • It is now. I also linked it from our Welcome Newcomers page and the FAQ. Atarumaster88 Jedi Order (Talk page) 16:45, 4 June 2008 (UTC)