Will expand message later but right now i am thinking of concrete rules for citing material. Since we are doing a bit of a reorganization in the future I think it is best to get this stuff out of the way now. keep in mind these are for the advanced wiki editors that will be going over the wiki and tweaking material over the casual editors we rely on to tweak and perfect the wiki in their spare time. They generally do not have to worry about this material.
Quotations should mostly be posted as is from the source, without bolding or italicization so that that there will not be confusion when people follow links to check it for themselves.
Adding links within the quotations themselves is permissible if certain subjects are being obliquely referenced within the quoted text. The wiki is about clearing up mysteries rather then adding to them. Do not hyper link for every character mentioned however as this can get distracting.
The arbitrary preferred format for quotes from Worm, as it currently exists as an online web serial is:
<ref name="1.5">As a tool against Lung… I wasn’t sure if it would explode like regular dust could when exposed to flame, but fire didn’t hurt him anyways. Scratch that option. - [https://parahumans.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/gestation-1-5/ Excerpt] from [[Gestation 1.5]]</ref>
There are numerous smaller rules to be added but that can be for a later time, for example using ... whenever a quote gets too long, or even using <ref name="1.5e1"> and <ref name="1.5e2"> when quoting from diffrent parts of the same chapter. as well as <ref name="1.5c1"> when using a comment that appeared in that chapter. To say nothing of PRT Quest and quoting from various google docs or space battles archives.
These pedantic and frankly boring arguments are in the future and will only effect the Wiki admins curating the site, which we knew when going in. Thank you all for editing the Wikia!
PRT quest citation template
<ref name="PRT82">“A little bit. Depends on who you’re talking to, and where you find them. Different subsidiaries, different branches, each led by one of the head members. The Gentleman, Agnes Court, Blueblood, Regis Rex, Bastard Son… and the others, a bit of shuffling in the works, while we decide what happens when Uppercrust passes. Nothing you need to concern yourself with. Each group has their own style, and that’s alright, so long as it doesn’t interfere with the rest of us.” - [[PRT: Department Sixty-Four|Department Sixty Four]], [https://forums.spacebattles.com/posts/14750253 PRT Quest thread ii p82]</ref> <ref name="Wildbow PRT">[https://docs.google.com/document/d/18xcEYRK0Ts-k6--ZOuDFh-ILK9hLzcgkDTIf6L_G90s/edit Wildbow PRT Quest Archive]</ref>
Spacebattles and reddit citation template, exact citations can be left to admins.
<ref name="SB1">Some people have very little connection to their shards. Look at Leet - his shard actively sabotages him. Look at Echidna, or Sveta. You end up with disconnects, and stuff starts to stand out as the shard's behavior becomes more distinct, either in 'episodes' or a pattern of the power not cooperating. - [http://forums.spacebattles.com/posts/12852536 Worm Web Serial Discussion III : After the End] ([[Wildbow]], SpaceBattles.com, 2014-01-15)</ref>
EDIT 2: DAUGHTER of EDIT:
Glow-worm citation template.
<ref name="P.7 e1">Cap: C was saying he had to go get lunch soon.<br>
Cap: I think that’s why he left<br>
Cap: A is eating too. she practically living at library now I think.<br>
Cap: but she has to leave it to eat. - [https://parahumans.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/glow-worm-p-7/ Excerpt] from [[Glow-worm P.7]]</ref>
I find myself agreeing with this, but that might be because I do it this way already.
"Adding links within the quotations themselves is permissible if certain subjects are being obliquely referenced within the quoted text. The wiki is about clearing up mysteries rather then adding to them."
I think this is a pretty good guideline :-)
"using <ref name="1.5e1"> and <ref name="1.5e2"> when quoting from diffrent parts of the same chapter."