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  • Don't write entries describing events as current or future ("is currently", "in a forthcoming"), as they will become confusing with time. The exception is conventions that can say "will be held".


We use mediawiki Templates to collect structured data. For example Template:Person or Template:Convention which should be included with {{person | born=????}} or {{convention}}. The template pages give documentation on the arguments, all of which are optional, though you might get nag messages if obvious things, like the year of a convention, are missed.


We have a more-or-less standard approach for people entries. (Notes are in <pointy brackets>):

(1932 -- July 31, 1999)

Blah, blah, blah. Lorem ipsum...<ref>says me</ref>
<The biography goes here. It may be short or it may occupy hundreds of lines.>

{{fanzines}} <skip this section altogether if empty>
* [[Fanzine 1]] [1973-77]
* [[Apazine 2]] [1988-95] (for [[FAPA]])
* [[Fanzine 3]] [1994] (with [[Another Fan]])

{{recognition}}  <skip this section altogether if empty>
* 1989 -- [[Fantasticon 3]] <a GoHship>
* 1990 -- '''[[1990 Best Novel Hugo|Best Novel Hugo]]''' for ''Waterworld''  
* 1991 -- [[1991 Best Novel Hugo|Best Novel Hugo]] nominee for ''Fireworld''  
* 1992 -- [[Filk Hall of Fame]]  
<Award winners only. Only mention nominations for Hugo Awards, where nomination itself is notable>

<references />
{{person | born=1932 | died=1999}}
[[Category:US]] <or whatever>
[[Category:Filk]] <as appropriate>



* 1990 -- '''[[1990 Best Novel Hugo|Best Novel Hugo]]'''

<references />
{{publication | year = 1978}} or {{publication | start=1978 | end=1992}}
[[Category:Fanzine]] <or whatever>
[[Category:US]] <or whatever>

Page titles[edit]

Mediawiki titles are case sensitive (unlike Wikidot), so we need to be consistent in page names. They should be in title case (IA), which keeps conjunctions and prepositions in lower case. Read up on it here (IA)

If uncertain about a phrase, type it in (IA) which reports for AP-style:

Use lower case: a an and at but by for in of on or the to up

Capitalize: Above About Across Against Along Among Around As Before Behind Below Beneath Beside Between Beyond Down During Except From Inside I Into Is It Like Near Off Since Toward Through Under Until Upon With Within

We will create redirects in Mediawiki as necessary to redirect different usage to the standard, titlecase forms, e.g. "SF writer" will redirect to "SF Writer".

Acronyms/Initialisms should be in ALL CAPS

The Naming of Names[edit]

Names are important, since we want all references to a person or place or thing to go to that P/P/T's page. For that reason we have a simple set of rules for links:

  • Pages should be created under the most commonly used form of a name, and where two versions are comparably commonly used, we will use the less ambiguous version. Examples:

# "Walt Willis", not "Willis" or "Walter A. Willis" (it is less ambiguous, but also much less commonly used) or "WAW" # "E. E. Smith", not "Doc Smith" or "Edward Elmer Smith, PhD" # "LASFS", not "Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society" (Everyone calls it "LASFS".)

  • When using initials, use periods and put spaces between them. So "E. E. Smith", not "EE Smith".
  • When you are dealing with an ambiguous reference, create a link using an unambiguous form. So if the reference was "When Walt got back to Belfast" you would link it as "When Walt got back to Belfast".
  • When multiple forms of a name exist, add redirects from the lesser-used forms to the main page.
  • Use redirects only where the form being redirected is reasonably unique. So, we would not redirect "Walt" to "Walt Willis" because there are other well-known Walts in Fancy. But we would redirect "Willis" in spite of their being other Willises -- none of the rest would likely be referred to by last name alone.

A redirect makes a page just a pointer to another page. If we've written up a page named "E. E. Smith", we also want references to "Doc Smith" to point there. We do this by creating a "Doc Smith" page and redirecting it to the "E. E. Smith" page.

A redirect is done by putting the line

#REDIRECT [[E. E. Smith]]

on the page.

(Feel free to ignore this -- the editors will be scurrying around behind the scenes adding redirects as necessary.)

Clashing Names[edit]

How do we handle more than one page with the same name? This is pretty complicated, alas, and we have a page devoted to just this topic.

References to Publications[edit]

Fancy has the hope of -- eventually -- automatically linking from references to publications in its articles to the publication itself on its companion site, To prepare for that day, we have a simple standard for a very few fanzines and convention publication references. Currently only File 770, Ansible, Ratatosk, and The National Fantasy Fan (TNFF)

To refer to a fanzine as a whole (that is, not to a specific issue) use

[[File 770]]

To refer to a specific issue use

{{File770 | issue=23}}

To refer to a specific page, use

{{File770 | issue=23 | page=4}}
{{Ansible | issue=23 | item=4}}
{{Ratatosk | issue=35 | page=2}}
{{TNFF | volume=5 | number=6 | page=12 | text=description}}

The template adds leading 0s as required.

Is there already a page for that?[edit]

Don't create pages for "X, someone who does Y", just create a redirect X that points to Y. If something has no independent existence, like awards only given at a particular convention, or someone's pet, add detail to the parent page. The site is about fandom, don't create pages about they things fans do in the rest of their lives

So, for example, "Con runner" redirects to "Con Fandom". Note that we make a point of using the term "Con runner" in the Con Fandom page and we make it bold. This helps the reader who expected a definition of "con runner" to understand find it.

Year links[edit]

Use links to year pages very sparingly. Any years in the bottom templates will become links automatically, don't duplicate the links in the article body.

Year links should be avoided in tables or lists.

You may come across year of death as a link in the top line, this is being phased out in favour of died=XXXX in the person template. If you don't know the year, either omit or use ????

The exception for using year of publication is for fan-fund trip reports and fanhistory articles, when the dates the events occurred should be used.


To provide links forward and backwards in a sequence of conventions, awards etc, use:

{{convention | series=Picocon | before=Picocon 32 | after=Picocon 34 | series1=Eurocon | before1=Eurocon 10 | after1=Eurocon 12}}

Future proofing external site links[edit]

External website links are fickle, so we want a way to use the Internet Archive as a backup. Use:

{{link | website=}}


{{link | website=|text=Excellent Website|capture=2018}}

to give (IA) and Excellent Website

A link going dead is not a reason to remove it. Please avoid using url shortening services, as that introduces another point of failure, and negates the use of using the Internet Archive.

The key website for an entry should go in the template line as a '| website=http...' rather than using a separate link template. This builds up a better controlled database.