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We seem to have resolved the issue of internal links during our last discussion and vote on quotations, but there are still a few discrepancies between articles, specifically on the quote labels. Here is one classic quote, as it appears in the blaster article:

1)
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
Han Solo to Luke Skywalker[src]

2) In contrast, a few other articles have everything but the speaker in parentheses:

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
Han Solo (to Luke Skywalker)[src]

3) Or this version with smaller parentheses, which is not quite as popular:

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
Han Solo (to Luke Skywalker)[src]

I personally feel that the parentheses versions are more elegant, but that may be only my opinion. I wonder if most people actually prefer the plain "Person A to Person B" format, or if it's just routine. Also, I was curious if we have a set standard for two-line dialogue quotes. This one, from the Form V article, is different from most:

1)
"I prefer more straightforward methods."
Anakin Skywalker[src]
"Master of understatement."
Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

2) Most of them appear in this format:

"I prefer more straightforward methods."
"Master of understatement.
"
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

3) And rarest, though there is a template for it, is this version that is generally used for dialogues that have more than two lines:

Skywalker: "I prefer more straightforward methods."
Kenobi: "Master of understatement."
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Again, I prefer the first version here for similar reasons (avoiding a cluttered quote label), but with this case there is a small precedent. Those who own the book Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina can find before the title page a quote exchange between Obi-Wan and Luke, using the format of two separate quotes. Also, we've seemed to be cutting down to a single quote for each article section, so a quote-counterquote format might be more aesthetic than it was before, when sections had a handful of quotes unrelated to each other. Thoughts? -BaronGrackle 22:36, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

  • For single quotes, I prefer option number 3 because that format is somewhat cleaner and easier to decipher at a glance. For conversations, I rather like option 3 as well, but I think that the attribution field should probably be made optional.–SentryTalk 23:59, 2 December 2006 (UTC)
  • I'll take Option 1 and Option 2, respectively. jSarek 01:25, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Option 1 for single quotes and Option 2 for two-line dialogue quotes. —Mirlen 01:32, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Option 1 at top. The smaller font and/or parathenses stuff are just clutter, imo. For 2 people use option 2 or dialogue form for 3 or more lines. -Fnlayson 20:51, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 and 2 as well. Havac 03:47, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Should this be moved to CT? —Xwing328(Talk) 04:16, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
    • Well, so far 5 out of 7 are in complete agreement. There may be no need. :-) -BaronGrackle 09:48, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • 1 and 2 again - \\Captain Kwenn// Ahoy! 19:57, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
  • Continued at Forum:Quotations. Jasca Ducato 10:19, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

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