As I read the articles on Wookiepedia I notice that they are all written in the past tense. But should that be? For example the short article "Palm tree" says:
"Palm trees were a variety of tree that could be found on a number of planets. They were a source of carbon."
This seems a bit odd to me as.. shouldn't they still be a source of carbon? And still be found on a number of planets? Same goes to many other articles.
Maybe it is considered that everything is in the past because of: "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" ..
I'd like to know as to what the general opinion is on this. Thanks. --Titan 20:23, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
- See the Manual of style. Uxviii 20:55, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
- You hit the nail on the head Titan. We write everything in past tense because of the "A long time ago" prefix for Star Wars. Regardless of whether the article is basically the same thing in our universe. Cull Tremayne 20:58, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
- We write everything in past tense because it is policy. - Sikon 07:33, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
- The long time ago is the main reason for using past tense. It also makes things consitent. But, for somethings like that past tense does not seem appropiate. Gravity existing is another example. -Fnlayson 21:02, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
- For all we know, palm trees could have gone extinct and no longer exist in the Star Wars universe. And who knows, maybe gravity and physics decided to go kaboom! —Xwing328(Talk) 00:23, 6 April 2007 (UTC)
- Exactly. Whether they still exist in our galaxy or not, we don't know if they still exist in the Star Wars galaxy, and as we are writing IU articles, that's the only way to be absolutely correct. Palm trees were a source of carbon at some time whether they still are or not. In fact it is absolutely true that my username was Wildyoda. -Wildyoda 15:41, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
- Yeah, if we draw a line somewhere, we always have to think about it. It's easier to just have everything be past tense. -LtNOWIS 21:28, 7 April 2007 (UTC)