This policy article is made from a desire to standardize articles and their format as well as possible. Until it gets some recognition and concensus, feel free to change it.
I recommend that we abide by Wikipedia's policy, with regards to preferring internal links. By this I mean instead of using the very templates I've created — namely, tzone, item, npc, and spell — we should link all items to an article, and that article should contain even nothing but a stub marker and perhaps an appropriate link to thottbot or Allakhazam or something. Someone could come behind and fill out that article if they have more time and experience. This, I think, would be better than consistent external linking. It would improve the look and feel of the wiki, too. We would then need also a prominent and consistent naming convention. -- D. F. Schmidt talk 01:31, 29 Aug 2005 (EDT)
In articles with many links — such as those covering professions and all those that in like manner have several mentions of each item or NPC or zone or such — should have all of the links appropriately categorized either near the top or near the bottom of the article, so as to consolidate them. -- D. F. Schmidt talk 02:28, 29 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Conglomerating smaller similar articles together
I recommend eliminating small articles by gobbling them all up. One example of articles we don't need is all the different metal articles: such as Copper, Copper Ore, Copper Bar, and Copper Vein. We could easily enough combine them all into simply Copper, and it would be nicer for everyone involved, because there would be fewer links flying around. Would anyone mind if I do so? (Assuming I have the time to do so.) There are also many other articles that could be combined likewise. -- D. F. Schmidt talk 03:14, 31 Aug 2005 (EDT)
- As for the metals, I did combine them all into copper, tin, bronze, etc. See template:metals for the whole list. There are probably others that should be combined too. -- D. F. Schmidt talk 13:02, 6 Sep 2005 (EDT)
I recommend also adopting Wikipedia's naming conventions, but this might be seen to some as problematic. The convention there is to keep everything lowercase (except, of course, the first letter) unless the term is almost always seen as capitalized, such as Magna Carta and United Nations. This would make it so One-Handed would become one-handed and Linen Cloth would become linen cloth. (When, in any text, do we capitalize one-handed or linen cloth?) This would make it easier to write text, and you'd need fewer pipes to format. (And capital letters bother me — imagine if I spoke German! Haha.) -- D. F. Schmidt talk 03:14, 31 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I suggest that zones, classes, races, professions, and other such things should perhaps have their categories, but the main article of each item should be a proper article; the category should be only a container.
The zone's article, for example, Elwynn Forest would have in it
[[Category:Zone:Elwynn Forest| Elwynn Forest]] to keep it up at the top of the list, but Stormwind would have in it
[[Category:Zone:Elwynn Forest]] with no sort key.
Instead of such a heavy use of categories, we should use templates. These templates need not have a category associated, either.
- Good examples are
- On this wiki, equipment | herbs | metals
- On Wikipedia, template:ConstellationsListedByPtolemy | template:Sailing vessels and rigs | template:jew
None of these templates listed above have categories associated with them. The goal of this is to uniformalize article names. With a setup like this, there can be better categorization: Instead of all potions going under category:potions, for instance, they'd be (as example) listed in template:potions. The advantage? They could be ordered under "Health Potions", "Mana Potions", etc., instead of "Lesser", "Minor", etc. (which are the first words in each potion name). Although, now, it'd be best to simply link to potion, since that list is nearly if not completely comprehensive.