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Why is all the in-universe content written in past tense? It would make much more sense to write in present tense as this would contribute to a more realistic feeling.
Especially articles on lasting things like systems, planets, certain places etc should not be written in past tense. Reading an article like that makes one think that all those things do not exist anymore.
One would have to pick a certain point in time - preferable at the end of the known timeline - and write from this perspective. Many places, systems, technology and even people would still exist.
This would result in much more realism, 'immersion' and believability of the star wars universe.
If you want to write in the present tense, write up an article on source material. Summaries are to be conjugated as such. NaruHinaTalk 19:32, February 21, 2011 (UTC)
Actually time is a little tricky in the universe. The line 'in a galaxy far, far away' implicates an universe and consequently the existence of multiple galaxies.
Due to the distances in (a) universe potential civilizations looking at other galaxies would see them as they were millions of years ago. So it all depends on what is here and when. Furthermore it is not clearly stated from what point in time ( and space ) it is a long time ago. Anyone familiar with issues such as the fermi paradox an the like will know that in the history of (the / a ) universe multiple civilization may have arisen and vanished at different points in time.
That is of course assuming that the star wars universe is based on at least the most basic principles of science.
Rw2011 15:09, March 21, 2011 (UTC)
Applying our universe's scientific laws to that of a fictional universe where something like the Force exists is pretty funny. At any rate, the events of Star Wars happened in the relative past. Coming up with theories against this is not encouraged or wanted here on Wookieepedia. OLIOSTER(talk) 15:14, March 21, 2011 (UTC)
Rw2011, what would be the present time? We can't say "Han Solo is a Human" and at the same time say "Revan is a Sith" because they didn't exist simultaneously. Therefore writing everything in past tense is much more clearer. 1358(Talk) 15:21, March 21, 2011 (UTC)
Olioster, i can come with any theories i want and talk about them so don't give me crap like 'not encouraged / wanted'.
To the other guys who responded: I see your point and i get that the scientific laws of our universe may not be applied to the star wars universe. However most laws are simply there. Lucas didn't set out to create an entire new set of scientific laws. he simply added some fantastic elements.
But returning to the issue at hand: i suggested the past/present tense writing style because i am a fan and love the franchise and i think it would create said 'immersion' better than the past tense.
Rw2011 09:06, March 22, 2011 (UTC)
Even disregarding the "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...", we are writing a history of the Star Wars universe, and therefore should write in the past tense. Also, note that all Star Wars novels are written in the past tense. It is more professional and is simply correct. Grunny (talk) 09:11, March 22, 2011 (UTC)
I think your point on galactic distance might be a bit flawed. Let's say the Star Wars galaxy were real, and all of its events we observed through an insanely accurate telescope. If the Star Wars galaxy were indeed "far, far away" (let's make up a number of 10 million LY, which is actually pretty close) AND happened in the past, from our perspective (let's say the Battle of Yavin was observed 150 years ago) then the events of Star Wars happened 10 million 150 years ago. We saw events that were in the distant past. There is no possible way to argue that events in another galaxy observed TODAY happened TODAY. I understand your point of civilizations rising and falling at different times, but by that same rationale, everything we perceive MUST be in the past. Another factor to consider is that depicted events (outside of sourcebooks and essential guides) span a range of 5,138 years. What is "present"? You cannot simultaneously say "Darth Malgus is a Sith Lord" and "Han Solo is a smuggler." One might be present, but the other is either past or future. Frankly, you can't even say "Han Solo is a smuggler" and later in the same article say "Han Solo is a General". Only one was true at a time. The only way it appears the slightest bit logical is that the entire biography is written in the past tense. Taral, Dark Lord of the Sith-Just shy, not antisocial: You can talk to me!- 14:54, March 22, 2011 (UTC)
And, Rw2011, please stay civil. Calling other people's arguments "crap" won't get you far. Imperators II 15:01, March 22, 2011 (UTC)
To the original author of this forum: You have clearly stated your opinion on the matter, and other members of the community have explained to why the system stands as it is. At this point, you're doing nothing but propagating antagonism and incivility because people aren't agreeing with you, and this discussion has nowhere further to go. For that reason this forum is hereby closed. If you would like to see Wookieepedia change its stance on this matter, you are welcome to initiate a Consensus track forum at any time to try and change the site's policy. Toprawa and Ralltiir 18:03, March 22, 2011 (UTC)