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A while back, I noticed that the "Citing a source" section in the Wiki Attribution Policy is outdated, and barely anyone follows it. In effect, there're inconsistencies in the sourcing of articles - it seems best to vote on an official format now, and not just have an unspoken, generally accepted one.

If any changes need be made, I'd be happy to update the policy. Whether you agree with me or not, or even want to propose something completely different, I'd appreciate the votes. Thanks. =GuardDog 13:25, August 10, 2012 (UTC)

Reviving one more time, then will update the Policy into Subtitle Format if the proportion of votes remains 1:5 within the next few weeks. =GuardDog 02:10, September 4, 2012 (UTC)


Currently, the policy says that the reference must be written as:

<ref name="Assassin's Creed III">''[[Assassin's Creed III]]''</ref>
<ref name="Assassin's Creed: Lineage">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>

However, most commonly, I've seen editors using the "acronym format", which is much easier to write, and is already likely the established norm. To clarify, the format is written as such:

<ref name="AC3">''[[Assassin's Creed III]]''</ref>
<ref name="ACL">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>

However, I worry about confusion with media that have similar acronyms, such as Brotherhood and Bloodlines, or Revelations and Renaissance. (Though this might be excusable if we decide on standard acronyms, such as those used in the Era Template.)

Because of this, the format I usually use is something between the above two, the "subtitle format", which is shorter than the current, and less prone to ambiguity than acronyms:

<ref name="AC3">''[[Assassin's Creed III]]''</ref>
<ref name="Lineage">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>


Current Format

Example: <ref name="Assassin's Creed: Lineage">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>

Acronym Format

Example: <ref name="ACL">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>
  1. Using the Era terms would make it much quicker to edit, so it gets my support. Slate Vesper (talk) 15:23, August 10, 2012 (UTC)

Subtitle Format

Example: <ref name="Lineage">''[[Assassin's Creed: Lineage]]''</ref>
  1. For reasons stated above. =GuardDog 13:25, August 10, 2012 (UTC)
  2. Makes sense and avoids ambiguity for things like between Lineage and Liberation, etc. My vote goes here. ~ GI Auditore Comms Channel 13:29, August 10, 2012 (UTC)
  3. Short to write, and easier than writing the whole name. -- IlMualim Wanna Chat? 13:34, August 10, 2012 (UTC)
  4. I don't do that kind of editing much, but this makes sense to me. The Crimson Eagle (talk) 15:31, August 12, 2012 (UTC)
  5. My vote is on this one as it is both short to write and creates no ambiguity. Though I have to ask weather AC, AC2 and AC3 will be written with roman or arabic numerals? Auditore7 (talk) 17:54, August 16, 2012 (UTC)
  6. You got my vote, Guard. Stormbeast The Helpful Place 02:17, September 4, 2012 (UTC)
  7. Well, I've been following something of the era Acronym format from the beginning and well, I vote for this but I don't know how much it'll be on my mind while citing references..I just use whatever unused easy names there can be.--OdranoellutaTalkSig.png 06:35, September 4, 2012 (UTC)


  • @Auditore7: I assumed Arabic numerals, as it's shorter that way, but would Roman be better? =GuardDog 01:47, August 17, 2012 (UTC)
    • I don't really mind either but I just thought it would be nice to clear up which one it would be Auditore7 (talk) 08:29, August 17, 2012 (UTC)
  • Although subtitle format seems to be gaining approval, I've seen a lot of users sourcing with acronyms. Maybe we can allow using both formats and avoid re-formatting the article to match policy.. --70px-SigN1v.png (30px-SigT1v.png35px-SigG1v.png) 02:55, September 5, 2012 (UTC)
    • True, that is much less time consuming. Would it be acceptable to list one format as the preferred (which is to be used for all new articles/sources) and the other format as an acceptable alternative (and need not be replaced if they've already been used). Or did you think both formats should be interchangeable equals? =GuardDog 04:58, September 5, 2012 (UTC)
      • I'd suggest both formats. Avoids edit wars and we can keep the page historyshort.. --70px-SigN1v.png (30px-SigT1v.png35px-SigG1v.png)
        • Well, you're the boss, mentor :p And I really do see the sense in that. In respect to the majority of voters who picked Subtitle Format though, I'll just list that one first, followed by Acronym Format; though the two will be equal. =GuardDog 01:28, September 7, 2012 (UTC)
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