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.

Year links

To avoid overloading the year links, aim to only have one per article. For a convention series (Picocon, for instance), have a year link for the general Picocon article, but not any individual convention like Picocon 1. The start of important convention series should have a manual link in the table at the head of the year page. Worldcons and major national conventions should have year links each time.

For fanzines and publishers the year it was first published/founded (and restarted if significant)

For a person, their year of death.

Year links should be avoided in tables or lists.

Don't have year links before 1900.


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

[[[Picocon 32]]]<<<<@@ @@>>>>[[[Picocon 34]]]

which will appear as

Picocon 32«« »»Picocon 34

Future proofing external site links

External website links are fickle, so we want a way to use the Internet Archive as a backup. If a link is still valid use:

[[include WebsiteRef url=]]
[[include WebsiteRef url=|text=Excellent Website|capture=2018]]
to give (IA) Website (IA) Excellent Website

The link will be shown in hover text with the Internet Archive as an optional extra (IA)

If the link is known to have gone after a certain date, use:
[[include InternetArchiveRef url=|capture=2014]]
[[include InternetArchiveRef url=|capture=2014|text=Excellent website]]
to give as of 2014 Website preserved by the Internet Archive as of 2014 Excellent website preserved by the Internet Archive

Just the Internet Archive link will be shown, together with the original url and the capture date

If this is all too confusing, just use the standard wikidot links, and others will fix it