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I have noticed that there is not any consistency how short stories or articles are formatted in the appearances, sources, and references of articles. I have seen them italicized, in quotes, and as normal text. I was hoping that we could come up with a consistent way to treat the formatting.
For illustrative purposes, here are the three formats to avoid any confusion:
After around a week of discussion, I will take this topic to a CT. I am merely hoping to work out any issues here beforehand.--Exiled Jedi(Greetings) 16:24, September 2, 2013 (UTC)
Always liked the simple italics: Dining at Dex's. I mean, we use italics for movies, novels, TV episodes, RPG adventures, non-fiction books, card games, video games, action figure collections, comic books but not short stories? Why exactly? LOST-Malachi (talk) 17:24, September 2, 2013 (UTC)
The reason is because most real-world punctuation standards say to use italics for "short works," which include short stories, articles, song titles, poems, and whatever else, so some people have been adamant that we follow these real-world standards. However, it should be pointed out that this isn't even consistent in the real world. Many institutions adapt the "rules" to fit their own medium and style as they see fit. I have always contended that we have the liberty of creating our own standard for our own medium, and I absolutely agree that italics look better on Wookieepedia than do quotations, particularly in the Appearances/Sources/Notes and references when a source item is not used in a citation template. I have long been tossing around ideas in my head for the best way to handle this that would ideally appease everyone's interests, and this is what I've come up with: A) Use italics or quotations in in-line text according to proper real-world standards (we may even want to compile a list of every item that should be given quotes); B) Allow source items to use quotes in the Appearances/Sources/Notes and references provided they are encompassed within a citation template; C) Standalone source items in the Appearances/Sources/Notes and references not within a citation template should use italics in all instances. I believe this is the most best presentable way to do this. It keeps things "proper" according to real-world standards in the text, which is what most people read anyway, and it keeps things in the source lists looking uniform and neat. And we're not really changing anything anyway, since most quotation items in the source lists, such as TV episodes and magazine articles, already use citation templates. Toprawa and Ralltiir (talk) 18:14, September 2, 2013 (UTC)