The Naming of Names

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:

  1. 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:
          1. "Walt Willis", not "Willis" or "Walter A. Willis" (less ambiguous, but also much less used) or "WAW"
          2. "E. E. Smith", not "Doc Smith" or "Edward Elmer Smith, PhD"
          3. "LASFS", not "Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society" (Everyone calls it "LASFS".)
  2. When using initials, use periods and put spaces between them. (Punctuation, however, is ignored by Wikidot in page names.) So "E. E. Smith", not "EE Smith".
  3. When you are dealing with an ambiguous reference, create a link using an unambiguous form. So of the reference was "When Walt got back to Belfast," you would link it as "When [[[Walt Willis|Walt]]] got back to Belfast,".
  4. When multiple forms of a name exist, add redirects from the lesser-used forms to the main page.
  5. 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
[[module Redirect destination="E. E. Smith"]]
on the page.

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

References to Publications

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 fanzines and convention publication references.

  • To refer to a fanzine as a whole (that is, not to a specific issue) use //[[[<name>]]]// where <name> is the fanzine's Fancy 3 page. E.g., //[[[File 770]]]//.
  • To refer to a specific issue of a fanzine, use //[[[<name>]]] #<nn>// where <name> is the fanzine's Fancy 3 page and <nn> is the issue number or date. E.g., //[[[File 770]]] #23//.
  • To refer to a specific page of a fanzine, use //[[[<name>]]] #<nn>// p<p> where <name> is the fanzine's Fancy 3 page, <nn> is the issue number or date and <p> is the page number. E.g., //[[[File 770]]] #23// p4.