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Lore policy discussion

See WoWWiki talk:Policy/Writing/Lore

Concise Articles and Source Text

This ratified proposal was moved to WoWWiki talk:Policy/Writing/Lore and implemented. --Mikk 05:29, 7 June 2006 (EDT)

Filling in this policy

Although Aeleas (17:12, 18 March 2006) bypassed the proper policy process, it can be considered policy unless someone decides to vote to recall it. --Fandyllic 3:12 PM PST 19 Mar 2006

It had received tenative approval prior to the coming-into-force of the new system, despite having never been moved to the main policy page. I thought it would qualify for grandfathering, given the absence of any other policy in this area. --Aeleas 23:18, 19 March 2006 (EST)


What's required to unstubbify this policy? (And, on a related note, how much can really be added/changed before it actually requires a new vote? Policy stubs can only be "fixed" to clarify and explain the already-established rules, imo.)) --Mikk 17:45, 7 June 2006 (EDT)

Race name case

  • Also note that this proposal necessitates a change to WoWWiki:Policy/Naming for articles named after race names.

Race name capitalization

Race names in WoWWiki will not be capitalized, as per the predominant modern Blizzard standard. This includes blood elf, draenei, dwarf, eredar, gnome, high elf, human, kaldorei, naaru, night elf, orc, tauren, troll, and undead.

Specific groups or organizations within each race, such as the Forsaken or Wildhammer dwarves, are capitalized.


See previous discussion at WoWWiki_talk:Policy/Naming#Capitalization_of_Races

There are two competing English rules within the fantasy genre regarding the capitalization of race names. They can either be treated as species names in standard English, and not capitalized in normal text, or treated as ethnic groups, and capitalized.

Blizzard itself is far from consistent on this issue. In earlier games, all race names were capitalized. On the current website, race names are sometimes capitalized. However, in the novels, and in the in-game text, they are uniformly not capitalized.

"I trusted a blood elf." "The undead threat must be thwarted!" "The ilk of Cenarius and the kaldorei druids."

Specific groups within a race, such as the Bloodscalp trolls or the Forsaken, are capitalized. I think this is the standard we should adopt. Despite Blizzard's lack of a clear standard, some form of consistency is needed, otherwise we end up with pointless back-and-forth edits, and inconsistent articles that look terrible. -Aeleas 20:30, 20 August 2006 (EDT)

== Policy ratification vote ==
  • The Yes votes are currently winning by 5 to 1, and this policy will become ratified on 2 Sep unless the situation changes.
  1. Yes ~~ ~~ - (Makes sense)
  2. Yes Aeleas 20:39, 20 August 2006 (EDT) - ()
  3. Yes Mikk 05:37, 21 August 2006 (EDT) - ()
  4. Yes Pzychotix 01:17, 23 August 2006 (EDT) - ()
  5. Yes Emerez 16:27, 23 August 2006 (EDT) - ()
  6. Yes Kirkburn 08:13, 26 August 2006 (EDT) - (How did I miss this? How? It's like my main aim!)



  • Once this is implemented, I'll have a field day sorting all the articles out :P PC Gamer has already annoyed me today by referring to the 'Draenei' as demons ... grrr -- Kirkburn 08:25, 26 August 2006 (EDT)
    • In addition, checking the screenshots of the expansion ... I can confirm that ALL race names are now un-capitalised (except Forsaken, of course). In addition, class names are most certainly NOT capitalised. Blood elf with crazy hair! -- Kirkburn 08:58, 27 August 2006 (EDT)

Implementation checklist

  • [ ] Add appropriate text to WoWWiki:Policy/Writing
  • [ ] Add appropriate text to WoWWiki:Policy/Naming (i.e., "according to writing policy, ...."; writing policy is governing, naming simply follows)
  • [ ] Find and correct names of all articles including race names (remember templates!)
  • [ ] Find and correct links to these articles
  • and obviously change everything else throughout the wiki, but that's beyond the policy implementation scope

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Talk pages

→ moved to WoWWiki talk:Guidelines 05:42, 23 August 2006 (EDT)

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