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This is a list of rules on how to appropriately create and name articles. Generally, article naming should be derived from a canonical source and be easily recognizable for the majority of English speakers, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity.

General rulesEdit

Be precise when possibleEdit

When naming an article, please abide the following procedure:

  1. Use a canonical name whenever possible.
    See Forum:CT Archive/Article naming conventions
  2. Whenever alternate names are used in canon, use the name under which the subject was known during the later time period (example: Kanan Jarrus instead of Caleb Dume; Rebel Dream instead of Tyrant) or, for characters, at the moment of the character's death (example: Grievous instead of Qymaen jai Sheelal; Darth Caedus instead of Jacen Solo).
    • Whenever two or more names were used by the character simultaneously (adopted names included), use the most commonly known of those names (example: both Palpatine and Dooku were commonly known under their official names, which they continued to use alongside their Sith titles, so those names are preferred for the respective articles).
    See Forum:CT Archive/Article Names: Real vs. Adopted
  3. If no canonical name exists, use the in-universe nickname or call sign (such as Shadow Seven), but put {{Nickname}} on top of the article.
    • Whenever the official name of the character is known, do not add the nickname to the article's name (example: Obi-Wan Kenobi instead of Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi).
    See Forum:CT Archive/Naming conventions: Stage names?
  4. If no in-universe designation exists, use a conjectural name with {{Conjecture}} on top of the article.
    • When using a conjectural name, use "Unidentified" instead of "Unknown" or "Unnamed" (example: Unidentified Sullustan Jedi instead of Unknown Sullustan Jedi or Unnamed Sullustan Jedi).
    See Forum:CT Archive/Unnamed, unknown, nameless

Lowercase second and subsequent wordsEdit

Do not capitalize second and subsequent words unless the title is a proper noun (such as a name) or is otherwise always capitalized (example: Han Solo, but Video game).

Due to the technical limitations inherent to the MediaWiki software, the first letter in an article title always needs to be a capital letter. Ordinarily, this isn't a problem, but it poses an issue when a proper noun's first letter is lowercase (example: t'landa Til). The first letter of an internal wikilink need not be capitalized and will direct the reader to the same page (example: Lightsaber or lightsaber can be used interchangeably as needed). Also, the magic word {{DISPLAYTITLE:name}} can be used to display the article's name with the first letter in lowercase. (DISPLAYTITLE has advantages over {{Title}} in that the former is a native MediaWiki function as opposed to a JavaScript hack, takes effect as soon as the page comes up instead of after it finishes loading, and also works in your browser's title bar and history.)

Prefer singular nounsEdit

In general, only create page titles that are in the singular unless that noun is always in a plural form in English (such as electrobinoculars or MagnaCuffs). Note that category names follow different pluralization conventions, and the proper category name would look like Category:Black Sun members.

Avoid the definite and the indefinite article at the start of the page nameEdit

Except in titles of works (The Approaching Storm, The Truce at Bakura) or in official names (The Force, The Maw), avoid the definite ("the") and indefinite ("a"/"an") articles at the beginning of a page name. This applies even if the subject of the page is usually preceded by the definite article "the" in speech or writing: Thus, for example, Death Star is preferred over the Death Star. However, the definite article should be used when it's needed to distinguish a specific instance from the general term: Galaxy describes what a galaxy is, whereas the galaxy describes the particular galaxy in which Star Wars takes place.

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy: minor change to definite/indefinite article usage

Prefer spelled-out phrases to abbreviationsEdit

Use the full name of the subject instead of its abbreviation (example: Commission for the Preservation of the New Order instead of COMPNOR).

Redirect adjectives to nounsEdit

Adjectives (such as Imperial) should redirect to nouns (in this case, Galactic Empire).

Use English wordsEdit

Name articles in English and place the native in-universe transliteration at the beginning of the article unless the native form is more commonly used in canon than the English form (for example: Resol'nare instead of Six Actions).

Be careful with special charactersEdit

Some special characters either cannot be used or can but cause problems. For example, you should not use a piping character (|), an asterisk (*), an ampersand (&), a plus sign (+), a number sign (#), curly braces ({}), or square braces ([]) in a name.

DisambiguationEdit

Articles with identical competing titles should typically be disambiguated via a parenthetical descriptor, and the central title should then become a disambiguation page (example: Dono serves as a disambiguation page for Dono (Onderonian) and Dono (Squib)). The following exceptions apply:

Article titles shall avoid the parenthetical descriptor unless there is another article subject with an identical competing title.

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy amendments

Specific rulesEdit

Animals and other organismsEdit

Refer to all creatures of Star Wars as creatures and not animals (for example: Bear (creature) instead of Bear (animal)).

See Forum:CT Archive/Creatures vs. animals?

Canon and LegendsEdit

In the instance a canon article requires the use of an article title currently occupied by a redirect to a Legends article or a Legends disambiguation page, the canon article should be created at that title, overwriting the redirect or disambiguation page. The canon article and the Legends version of that article should then use the "legends" and "canon" parameters in the {{Eras}} template to correctly link the two article tabs. For example, Ackbar should not redirect to Gial Ackbar but should instead be the article title for the canon version of Ackbar.

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy and titles

Redirects that apply to both Canon and Legends versions of an article subject will redirect to the Legends version by default (example: Tarkin will redirect to Wilhuff Tarkin, not Wilhuff Tarkin/Canon).

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy amendments

CharactersEdit

Clone troopersEdit

When provided in canon, use clone troopers' numbers instead of their nicknames in article titles (for example: CC-5052 instead of Bly).

See Forum:CT Archive/Clone trooper names vs. numbers

Twi'leksEdit

For Twi'leks, use Galactic Basic Standard names instead of Twi'leki names (example: Aayla Secura instead of Aaylas'ecura).

See Forum:CT Archive/Twi'lek names

Unidentified charactersEdit

Conjecturally-titled character articles shall use "Unidentified" at the beginning of the title unless a title uses a possessive or relationship (example: Judder Page's father, Meetra Surik's Jedi Master).

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy amendments

Comics and magazinesEdit

Do not include the number sign (#) in article titles, in-line text, the Appearances/Sources lists, or any other instance when referring to comic book or magazine issues, including comic trade paperbacks and collections. Although some comic book and magazine issues may use the number sign in their published titles, such use of the number sign creates technical and applicable issues for Wookieepedia in certain instances.

See Forum:CT Archive/Number sign in comic issue titles

LanguagesEdit

If a language has been given an official name, then that name should be used as the article's title, with the parenthetical "(language)" if there is a naming conflict (example: Cerean (language) instead of Cerean language). If a language has not been given an official name, "Species language" should be used as a conjectural title for the article.

See Forum:CT Archive/Language naming

ListsEdit

The list of Xs should be titled as list of Xs, rather than Xs, famous Xs, listing of important Xs, list of noted Xs, list of all Xs, etc. Before ever creating a list, consider making a category instead: categories are easier to maintain and lists are generally discouraged by the Wookieepedia community.

Literary worksEdit

Use the title of the work as the article's title, following all applicable general conventions. To disambiguate, add the type of literary work in parentheses, such as "(novel)", "(short story)", etc. You may use "(book)" to disambiguate a non-fiction book.

Whenever the book has several different editions, list them after comma when the edition is a part of the formal title, and in parenthesis if it is not literally a part of the book's title. (For example: Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition, but Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope (First Edition)).

See Forum:CT Archive/How to name publication edition, redux

Novels and booksEdit

Do not include "Star Wars" in the article title of novels, junior novels, novellas, eBooks, young reader stories, storybooks, roleplaying adventure books, or any other print or digital book that would normally be considered an in-universe "Appearance." The following exceptions apply: film novels and film junior novelizations (examples: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (novel), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (junior novelization), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (novel)), and subjects with "Star Wars"–specific titles (examples: Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine, Star Wars Missions 1: Assault on Yavin Four, Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice, Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear, LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (book)).

Applicable books from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: The Old Republic series will be shortened to "The Clone Wars" and "The Old Republic," respectively (examples: The Clone Wars: Wild Space instead of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Wild Space, The Old Republic: Revan instead of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan). Applicable books from Star Wars Rebels will not include the series title.

If the book is part of a series, include the series name as part of the title (examples: Galaxy of Fear: Eaten Alive, Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice, Fate of the Jedi: Outcast). Do not include the series name as part of the title if the series is not typically included in the book's title (examples: Heir to the Empire instead of The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Ambush at Corellia instead of The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia).

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy: Novels

Real-world peopleEdit

Always list main author articles under the chosen, publishing name of the author, be it their real name or a pseudonym. Likewise, title all real-world actors, artists, crew members, production people, etc., according to their actual credited name in a Star Wars work(s) (example: Billy Dee Williams instead of William December Williams). If a real-world person is credited as two different names between multiple Star Wars works, use the most recent credited name and turn the alternate name into a redirect (example: Steve Blum instead of Steven Jay Blum).

Initials in people's names should be written with full stops (periods) after them, with a space between the initials and the name, and between initials (for example: R. A. Salvatore, A. L. Singer). Whenever possible, use people's credited names instead of initials.

See Forum:CT Archive/Author's real names
See Forum:CT Archive/Naming policy amendments

StarshipsEdit

To disambiguate individual starships, add the ship class in parentheses to the vessel's name (example: Relentless (Pellaeon-class)). When using a conjectural name or when the class is unknown, use starship instead of simply ship (example: Jabitha (starship) instead of Jabitha (ship)).

See Forum:CT Archive/How to name conjectural ship articles

TitlesEdit

Titles are generally not considered to be part of a character's name (example: Dooku instead of Count Dooku). The notable exception is the Sith title "Darth," which is considered to be part of the Sith Lord's name (example: Darth Talon instead of Talon).

See Forum:CT Archive/Naming Conventions for Nobility and Royalty
See Forum:CT Archive/About those naming conventions...

Video gamesEdit

To disambiguate video games, use "(video game)" instead of simply "(game)" (example: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (video game) instead of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (game)).

See Forum:CT Archive/Video games

Years and plain numbersEdit

Plain numbers (like 1138) can be used for any purpose, with a small exception of numbers between 1970 and 2020, which are reserved for the real-world year articles (when new articles outside this range are created, the range may be extended in five-year increments as needed without need for full CT discussion).

For in-universe year articles, omit the comma for years 1000-9999 BBY/ABY (example: 5000 BBY, not 5,000 BBY). Do include the comma for all years 10,000+ BBY/ABY.

See Forum:CT Archive/Commas in year articles

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