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I want to remind everybody about the Layout Guide. Every Wookieepedian should know what's in it.

While everyone should read the whole thing, I want to point out a few bits of importance:

  • When a character only appears in, say, two issues out of a five-issue comic story arc, you cite the story arc, not the issue. You only cite the issue if it is a single-issue story (like Star Wars Republic 49: Sacrifice).
  • Headers: only capitalize the first word and any other proper nouns. "Behind the scenes", NOT "Behind the Scenes." "External links," NOT "External Links." And speaking of that, it is always called "External links," even if there is only one link.
  • Pay attention to the order of the sections. "See also" goes after "Sources" and before "External links."
  • Categories should always be alphabetized.
  • When citing sources, all you need to put is the title in italics. Author, publisher, and year are not necessary.

And lastly: this one isn't in the Layout Guide, and it shouldn't have to be pointed out, but I'm afraid I must. Folks, there are two E's in "Wookiee." It's in the name of the website and it's plastered all over every page. I don't know how anybody can miss this one, but they do; I corrected a handful of articles just today. Please, people, think of the Wookiees. ;-)

-- Ozzel 04:50, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

  • Just wanted to remind everybody again: categories go in alphabetical order. I know I'm a stickler, but somebody's gotta do it. -- Ozzel 01:28, 30 April 2006 (UTC)
    • And again, remember not to capitalize the "s" in "Behind the scenes." If you see it capitalized, please fix it. -- Ozzel 02:26, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

"When citing sources, all you need to put is the title in italics. Author, publisher, and year are not necessary."

  • Short stories should go in quotation marks. — SavageBob 16:18, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
    • As should magazine or newspaper articles. jSarek 20:18, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
      • Maybe it would be a good idea to mention that in the Layout Guide as well. Right now there's no guideline given for citing short stories or articles. I didn't know that they are supposed to go in quotation marks, and I assume I'm not the only one. --Tinwe 16:44, 7 May 2006 (UTC)
        • Agreed. I've always used italics, and I kinda prefer that way. I say we bring it up in the Consensus track. -- Ozzel 05:52, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
          • Why? It's customary in English-language publications to put quotes around things that are smaller units of larger things. A short story is a larger part of a magazine or a journal or a compilation, so the bigger unit gets the italics, and the smaller one the quotes. — SavageBob 12:59, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
            • Not that I care, but where does the border lie? - Sikon [Talk] 15:50, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
              • This is a good place to start! — SavageBob 16:55, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
                • Well I know quotes are the proper way to go normally, but I think for our purposes here we should just stick with italics for everrything. I'm thinking more from a "story" point of view. Some stories are 2 pages, some are 600 pages, but each is equally important. Plus, if we seperate these, what about comics? Again, some are 4 panels are some are 6 issues. According to the rules, comics are always italicized. But it just doesn't seem right to italicize a 4-panel comic but not a 100-page short story. -- Ozzel 19:03, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
                  • Do you mean a specific strip of, say, a webcomic vs. the whole series? I'd say that's something akin to Rookies: Rendezvous (whole comic is cited) vs. Rookies: Rendezvous #32 (one strip is cited). For a daily, it might be Star Wars newspaper strip, 11/4/79, or something. Or is there some teeny-tiny one-shot comic I don't know about? — SavageBob 20:11, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

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