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Hey Corellian, not sure if you're around (god knows I haven't been) but if you wanna pop back in at some point I'd love to have your input at Thread:11229. The franchise is changing (very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very slowly) and I think we should start changing how we cover stories.
I've noted that there's been some minor confusion on the Tertiary sources sub-section of pages over weather it should be treated as a separate section or as a subsection of 'appearances'. The obvious confusion is that I see the TS section as a list of reference text that the mecha appears in and you see it as a fancy version of 'External Links.'
In my opinion we're both right, as the link to the robotech.com link should go in the External Links section but the TS section should also be a sub-section of the appearances list. The obvious decision, in my mind, is to simply not include the robotech.com info in the Tertiary sources section as it's highly redundant. Most primary sources are -- err -- were covered there. Thus we include it as an external link alone.
The, er, Tertiary Sources list is is a list of references. The infopedia is one such reference work. And I disagree that it is redundant, it is simply another place where the information is collected. (and basically I'm just trying to save the information).
I also don't think that it should be a sub-section of appearances. Sources are separate from a narrative and should probably be listed on their own full-titled section.
The thing is that if we have a full 'sources' sub section then people think that means that we based our articles off of those non-narrative reference works, which I do not want people to think. I can see the point of view of keeping it separate from the narrative pieces, but I think that keeping them "together" is just the most logical approach.
Another thing worth discussing on these pages: I'm very strongly considering not having the sizes of Mecha listed in the template. It's worthwhile info to include, but it takes up so much room in the box that it totally flunks up the set up of the entire page. Also it rarely is sourced.
Basically the RPG mecha fall into neither 'Primary' or 'Secondary' canon because they haven't been used in media from either stories. They aren't non-canon, but rather Tertiary... Although, as we do not have a Tertiary canon template yet, non-canon will have to do. Good work on the pages tho!
Here's the reasoning: we're a tertiary source. We're a source based off TV episodes and comics, and other Tertiary sources are... Well, often wrong. They're a thing of the time, you can find inconsistencies with modern Media in every one, even in the latest. So cause we're a tertiary source, we cover the narrative media and use the books for names and stats at most.
Excellent work on the site. Keeping all of this in check is going to be especially key as Robotech.com is down and likely to be for sometime. They're apparently rebuilding it from scratch. The point is that we might get a bit more traffic because of this.
In a few months, I am planning on moving to make you an admin. I would do it right now, but sadly it's a power that I do not poses — instead another admin would have to.
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for staying on this site this long. I've been working on this wikia for some time, and while you do get the odd contributor for a short period, I've never seen someone stick on for as long as you or User:Chiissu. I really appreciate how you've taken it to yourself to learn the rules of the site, and I hope that our differences in some aspects of the wikia do not cause any personal distaste. Thanks for being here for the 30th, and thanks for being a good editor.