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Dealing with WoW events

I think an addition to the lore policy on how to deal with WoW events would be helpful. Currently there are several approaches, including:

  1. The Nefarian approach: describe the background lore revealed in WoW but do not include any player-driven events like Nefarian's death.
  2. The Aliden Perenolde approach: integrate player-driven events into the storyline, describing the actions taken by the player in terms of "an agent of the Horde", etc.
  3. The Eranikus approach: describe the actions taken by the player in explicit terms, e.g. "The player and his or her raid party are required to defend Keeper Remulos from Eranikus."

Approach (1) simply leaves out too much information in my opinion. We do want to capture not only the background lore revealed in the game, but the significant events which take place in it.

Approach (2) is, to my mind, somewhat confusing and a little presumptive. Confusing, in the sense that unless the reader knows that "agent of the Horde" is code for "a Horde player character", the article simply seems vague and unclear. Presumptive, in the sense that I don't think we can presume as to exactly how events in WoW will be integrated into the lore in future games. If we look at Warcraft I and II, there were similar contradictory potential storylines, and the next game described a history which didn't always match one or the other.

Approach (3) is my personal favourite, as it conveys exactly what we know and nothing more, and makes it clear to the reader the source of the information being described. It makes no assumptions as to how questline lore will or should be treated by future developments in the series. It also avoids conflicts between Horde and Alliance versions of quests, or between different quests where the same character dies, such as the  [Corrupted Ashbringer] Scarlet Monastery event, and the Horde and Alliance quests there.

Any thoughts?--Aeleas 14:09, 17 September 2006 (EDT)

I agree. Approach (3) seems to be the most reasonable one. Concerning approach (2) it must also be considered that not every reader of WoWWiki has done all of the quests. So, if someone reads the article about Aliden Perenolde saying that he was killed by an "agent of the Horde" and then suddenly finds the NPC in the online game, he will probably be like "Wha..?! WoWWiki said he was dead. Guess the article was wrong." It is far to unclear that something like "was killed by an agent of the Horde" really means "there is a Horde quest in the game where you have to kill him". Why not just say it like it is? --Foogray 13:16, 25 October 2006 (EDT)
The  [Corrupted Ashbringer] example brings up a good question: is Renault Mograine (a.k.a Scarlet Commander) canonically dead?
There are quests for each faction to kill him, but as discussed before this certainly does not constitute canon. However, by triggering the Cathedral event with Corrupted Ashbringer, Highlord Mograine kills Renault. The player indirectly causes Renault to die. Is this canon? I would have to argue yes; the direct actions of NPCs against other NPC's should be considered canonical.
However, this would mean that Onyxia, Ragnaros, Nefarian, etc. are not canonically dead because players kill them without the assistance of other NPCs. Rend Blackhand would however be considered dead because the player can summon Vaelastrasz using  [Seal of Ascension] to assist in killing him. I read an official article on the WoW site a few months back summarizing all events that have taken place right up until the release of the expansion. I'm having difficulty locating it, but it clearly stated that C'Thun, Nefarian, etc. were outright dead. --Tyrsenus t c 04:06, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
Just because a player kills a boss themselves doesn't mean they won't be canonically dead- we're not going to know until Blizzard publishes any post-WoW material. It's possible that Blizzard will say something like "Nefarian, son of Deathwing, slain by Alliance and Horde agents" or somesuch. This is why all major bosses are listed as "killable" in infobox status. --Ragestorm (talk · contr) 09:10, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
Just a clarification, there are no quests with  [Corrupted Ashbringer]. It's merely an event. I think this (and similar events) should require different treatment than quests because it's not player-driven in the same fashion that quests are. --Tyrsenus t c 23:52, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

In Patch 2.1.0, Sinestra describes Nefarian as "fallen." I think it's safe to say that he's canonically dead, and was killed by players. As far as I know, this is the first time that players have been acknowledged to have an effect on canon. --Tyrsenus t c 21:25, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

Actually, fallen doesn't necessarily mean he died, but that he has been defeated and lost his position of power. It can also mean the character assumes the person has died (perhaps Nef has gone missing, and she heard about him being attacked, and assumed she has died). Also it doedsn't mean that "players" killed him, or defeated him. The story of who actually defeated him hasn't been told. In anycase until a published source specifically mentions his outcome, we can only speculate on the outcome, we can't write it down in stone. Even if a source mentions he has died, that doesn't necessarily mean he is actually dead. Its not the first time characters were assumed dead, only to be resurrected in future sources (maiev, magtheridon, etc). Additionally, TBC is not on a specific and linear timeline. Some of the quests and ingame events that can be witnessed may be what will happen, but haven't happened yet in the published history. There are way too many factors, in knowing what has and hasn't occured yet.
Also we avoid terms like "canon", thank you. Baggins 21:43, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
Can we decide on this? I favor what Aeleas called Aliden Perenolde approach, from the angle that lore articles should be written from an in-universe perspective. --Ragestorm (talk · contr) 23:23, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
I'm for 3. Eranikus. We should definitely include events that happen during quests. Using the Aliden Perenolde approach leaves ambiguity whether articles are referring to player-driven events or simply lore. Let me also clarify what I consider within the scope of "canon." Things considered canon should be game manuals, authorized novels, material posted on the official website, and story information mentioned by NPC's that is NOT revealed as part of a quest. IMO, events that occur as part of a quest fall within the category of lore (for lack of a better term, I suppose you could call them "quest stories" :P), but not canon. An exception to this could be where two unrelated quests reveal the same information or arrive at the same conclusions. --Tyrsenus t c 00:43, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

The infamous Appendix III

Continued from User talk:Baggins#Manual of Monsters Appendix III.

My preference for dealing with the dubious information in Appendix III (which I don't have access to, but understand to include Celestial, Hope, Leprechaun, and some other D&D-based characters which are more or less grafted into the Warcraft universe, would be to:

  1. keep the articles,
  2. give them a new disclaimer banner separate from the regular RPG banner, and
  3. make a policy against including any of the information in other articles, such as Holy Light. Incorporating it into speculation articles would be fine, e.g. Holy Light speculation.--Aeleas 12:01, 15 January 2007 (EST)
I strongly agree. There's a difference between information taken solely from the RPG books that says something about Azeroth (such as the population of Zul'Aman, or something like that), and information taken from Appendix III, which explicitly states that it combines elements of the Warcraft and D&D settings.
I don't see any harm in making a second template to straighten out this distinction.--Flamestrider 16:57, 15 January 2007 (EST)

I agree that they should be able to keep an entry, but that it needs to be different from the standard RPG one. And also the suggestion that they not be linked, or forcefully incorporated into other entries should be looked at. The actual disclaimer used in Appendix III is "Creatures from other d20 sources can add an exciting element to a Warcraft campaign. This appendix details monsters from the MM v3.5, Creature Collection Revised, Creature Collection II: Dark Menagerie, and The Tome of Horrors". As well as stating that they are from other d20 sources, they also list exactly where they are taken from. For example Daemons are listed as being taken from Dark Menagerie. Oahkoah 17:07, 15 January 2007 (EST)

That sounds fair to me, a modified RPG template sounds good for the Appendix III section, User:Kirkburn/Sig 17:12, 15 January 2007 (EST)
I do not agree with this, and through the discussion at SoL(read from [1] onwards), you might have a better understanding the position we should be taking on this.
The wiki has a need to remain neutral on the topic, brandishing a banner saying we don't think this is canon is not neutral. To the wiki, canon and cannon do not exist, as Blizzard has never said what is and isn't canon, and likely nor will they ever do so. Kirkburn has started to add mentions on the page that it is a controversial peice of lore to users and linking to Appendix 3, avoiding any stance other than neutral on the matter. If we could have a template for this, it would be fine. We do not however need a template the likes of the speculation to replace the RPG header on the page.
We can certainly not do point 3, as several of these things have later made it into other lore sources, and are also refrenced throughout the entirity of MoM. Doing so would undermine MoM as a source of lore, no longer be a neutral stance and suggest the lore, while easily having the possibility of existing in sources in the future, is not and will not ever be official. We don't have the right to make such claims, only Blizzard do, so until such an unlikely day takes place that they do make a statement on that, we should not be taking any active roles to discredit anything from that source. --Zealtalkcontrweb 17:18, 15 January 2007 (EST)
It is not our job to say the articles as a whole or in part is canon or not canon to remain neutral POV, not until we have a valid and verified quotation from an official published source. But we can at least make an additional RPG heading marking it as "Appendix III" for anything that only shows up in Appendix III (and no refrences in other sources of lore in any form).
As well as before we will continue to point out that a controversy exists. Additionally holbeinheim is working on a brand new citation method which may include a disclaimer notice of some sort, where citation to information can be made if there is some relation within other articles. But the material will not be removed.Baggins 17:26, 15 January 2007 (EST)
But why should Appendix 3 have a new header? The implication we consider it a suspect source is then applied (This is exactly why those source headers existed before and were later changed to not be that as it was biased, we shouldn't be going back to bad practices). It should be no different in the eyes of the wiki, and i think Kirkburn's previous method is plenty. If anti-wiki critics have an issue with that, it is there fault for not understand what neutrality is and having biased opinions on sources. --Zealtalkcontrweb 17:31, 15 January 2007 (EST)
It may not be our job to judge what is canon, but we should certainly provide the reader with the ability to make that distinction. If a reader wants to discount all Appendix III material as non-canon (and there is certainly a strong argument for doing so), he or she would need to be able to identify it. If it's interwoven throughout the wiki, as with Holy Light, we've made the decision for the reader.--Aeleas 17:45, 15 January 2007 (EST)
"it's interwoven throughout the wiki, as with Holy Light, we've made the decision for the reader."
Again this will hopefully be addressed in Holbenheim's new refrence policy. Where quotes from material that may be considered "controversial" will have a special citation style. Not sure how he'll implement as of yet though. The only difficulty is that we don't take it too far. The new refrence policy will also be affecting how we cite material from any source, to try to avoid confusion from people who don't have access to one or more sources of info, removing refrences. In the new system a refrence will refers to an entire paragraph or section if it comes from a specific source, and not appear to be a citation for just individual sentences. This way people don't question individual portions and delete them thinking they weren't fact checked or made up.Baggins 17:50, 15 January 2007 (EST)
No, existinace in an article does not make it canon just official. Yes it can be marked that Appendix 3 info is controversial, yes it can be marked where Appendix 3 info is used. But there should not be a header saying "this is Appendix 3 info it is controversial".
The secondary issue is Appendix 3 info is found throughout MoM, so infact, it should not be pointing at Appendix 3 at all, but MoM. It is MoM itself that is controversial, not Appendix 3.
You then have the next issue of future sources then taking Appendix3 info and expanding upon it, which then means the wiki has to decide, is this source also controversial or it's existance in another source making it less controversial. If you haven't picked up what's wrong about that straight away, then it's because the wiki is then disrediting MoM as a source and making it less canonlike compared to others. Only way around this is to make a heading for every single source to balance it, which is ridiculous, the existing ones are bad enough.
In summary, we can not do this for the sake of remaining neutral, simple. --Zealtalkcontrweb 17:56, 15 January 2007 (EST)
Also want to add that MoM is no different to any other source in this. It's only controversial because of narrow sighted people. We don't say WoW is controversial for Night Elves using the Holy Light, we don't say novels are controversial because authors are allowed to make up their own events and characrters to certain extent. Both of these, mechanics and author elaboration exist in all RPG books, and according to Metzen, are to be all considered part of Warcraft lore (he's impled they are all canon, shock horror). Metzen himself is credited and works closely on all sources, he allows the authors to go wild in places, it's created much of the lore we know and love, aswell as lore we hate. There is no reason for the wiki to single out MoM Appendix 3 for this, otherwise we must do it for everything. --Zealtalkcontrweb 18:08, 15 January 2007 (EST)
"This way people don't question individual portions and delete them thinking they weren't fact checked or made up." Why on earth would we want a reference policy that discourages people from checking individual facts?
Regarding MoM, count me among the narrow-sighted. Whatever effort has gone into making it mesh with the overall lore, in my view, it simply does not. The novels do, and even the previous games, aside from some rather clear retcons. But Celestial, Leprechaun, and Centaur (Eastern Kingdoms) simply do not.
My interest in the wiki is as a reliable and useful resource for World of Warcraft, which is I suspect what the vast majority of our potential audience would be interested in. I have no objection to RPG information having a place here, but when it becomes inextricably interwoven through all of our articles, the wiki ceases to be a reliable source for information on WoW. When that happens, the pool of interested readers and potential editors is reduced to a small fraction of what it would be for a WoW-focussed site.--Aeleas 18:35, 15 January 2007 (EST)
Well a refrence to centaur in the eastern kingdoms made it into the Horde Player's Guide, btw. Oddly the concept existed in one of the Warcraft 3 multiplayer maps as well for the Blasted Lands. I'm sure no one is going to weave leprechauns across all the articles... No reason for it. As for your wow-only outlook its not this wiki's policy.Baggins 18:40, 15 January 2007 (EST)
The refrence dicussion doesn't have much place here, but i know Baggins is generally speaking from a result of what i've discussed with Kirkburn about citations and refrences. From what you've said Aeleas i think you misunderstood Baggins.
Anyways, i suggest you read the newer mission statement. WoWWiki is not a WoW resource. Also you view of the lore does not make it so, the wiki must remain neutral unless Blizz discredit a source themselves. People seem to have trouble understanding this is practically the number one rule for a wiki, NPoV, and we should not stray from it, ever. --Zealtalkcontrweb 18:44, 15 January 2007 (EST)
The mission statement specifies a focus, though not priority, on WoW. To me, that does not conflict with the current lore policy, which specifies, "While this wiki serves as a repository for all Warcraft lore, there is an emphasis on the World of Warcraft game. Information which focuses on aspects of lore which do not match the version presented by the game should be clearly labeled."
Being NPoV certainly doesn't prohibit providing context for information, just the opposite. As I suggested above, include the information, but let readers know where it is coming from so that they can judge for themselves, and ignore it if they choose to.--Aeleas 18:54, 15 January 2007 (EST)
The lore policy gravelly needs a rewrite, but here and now is not when to talk about it :p
The thing is Aeleas, providing a disclaimer is not the way to go about it, simply refrencing and citing it as a source is more than enough. The controversy is user issue, and is available for people to read when looking at that source. We should not be running around throwing that disclaimer on everything from the source, as that would be bias. It's not an issue the wiki should be even recognising in it's policy on writting lore, it's simply an issue to list as criticims of the source by lore fans. --Zealtalkcontrweb 18:59, 15 January 2007 (EST)
"The lore policy gravelly needs a rewrite, but here and now is not when to talk about it" We're on the lore policy talk page for a reason. If you think the disclaimers on non-WoW lore are biased, please propose a vote to change the policy. It would be easier to debate with a more concrete proposal for change.--Aeleas 19:08, 15 January 2007 (EST)
I know what page we're on.. ¬_¬ My point is it needs a seperate discussion, not in this one. The changes i wish to propose will appear soon enough, i have far too many policy proposals to write as it is. --Zealtalkcontrweb 19:15, 15 January 2007 (EST)

Policy Addition

Vote results archived at WoWWiki talk:Policy/Writing/Lore/Archivevote --User:Adys/Sig 06:39, 15 February 2007 (EST)

The following is an addendum for the Lore policy to be appended at the end of the current policy.

The Policy

As stated above, WoWWiki considers all official sources of lore to be valid and worthy of inclusion. However, when there is a valid question as to whether a source would reasonably be considered canon by the reader, WoWWiki will endeavor to present the information in such a way as to permit the reader to properly evaluate the information from that source.

Sources which fall under this policy include:

  • Sections of the RPG books which incorporate beings from the Dungeons and Dragons universe (including, among others, hopes, celestials, leprechauns, demodands, devils, and the D&D variants of wyverns).
  • On-line strategy guides not written from an in-universe perspective, such as Mojo Stormstout's Warcraft III guide.
  • Holiday-themed content, such as the Warcraft III Bunny map.
  • Other sources, as agreed upon through discussion and general consensus of editors.

The following shall apply to all articles dealing with information from the sources identified above:

  1. The information will be limited to separate articles, and speculation articles. Do not integrate it with information from other sources.
  2. Such articles will clearly identify, in the text of the lead sentence, the specific source of the material (e.g. "Manual of Monsters Appendix III," "a Warcraft III holiday map," etc.). In addition, they should be tagged with the general disclaimer banner for non-World of Warcarft sources, as described above.


The above discussion pretty much covers it. Inclusion is fine, but there are some things which the reader should be able to choose to disregard as dubious canon. The above policy aims to give the reader that choice.--Aeleas 12:08, 16 January 2007 (EST)

Infobox arts

Unsure where to put this - talked recently on IRC a few times about making official the priorities on the kind of images used in the Infobox.

My proposition would be:

  1. Cinematic Screenshot
  2. Ingame model (only if the NPC has a special unique model for itself - example: Yes for Lady Vashj, no for Tyri)
  3. Official colored art, followed by official B&W art
  4. Ingame non-unique model screenshot

No fan art (belongs to user pages), no modelviewer-generated images (Though having transparency is nice, a shot of a character in its environment is better).

If the character has a specific NPC page for itself (Example, a major boss character such as Illidan), the page describing anything concerning the game should only have an ingame screenshot, the rest wouldn't belong to the page.

Comments? --User:Adys/Sig 10:59, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Good ideas, although on second thought Lady Vashj has some a really nice promotional artwork tied to World of warcraft (the artwork currently being used on the page) that shows her with excellent detail, and interesting pose, and dynamic composition. So in that case, I'd still choose artwork over in-game model.

I'd go with;

  1. Cinematic Screenshot
  2. Official colored art, followed by official B&W art (exception being if B&W is of higher quality, or better detail. This comes down to whichever is more aesthetically pleasing, and best accuracy to source material.)
  3. Ingame model (including models from previous games) (only if the NPC has a special unique model for itself)
  4. Ingame (WoW) non-unique model screenshot.

I'd also suggest trying to keep pictures within a certain dimensions, to avoid infoboxes that are super tall, or super wide, or super squat. Baggins 11:17, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree with Baggins, though I am quick to point out that different people have different ideas of what are aesthetically pleasing. --Ragestorm (talk · contr) 11:44, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Cinematic > Official artwork (Color > BW) > in-game screenshot > Transparent image of subject > Fan-recolored official artwork (never, but less never than complete fanfic) > fan art (never)

My thoughts, unless this discussion is just for admins.--SWM2448 20:16, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Upcoming revamps

This policy is going to get a few revamps in the upcoming weeks so that it is more in-line with certain policies mentioned in other policy pages, as well as internal policies of the book keepers/admin staff. A good example is the "retcon" section. It has been deemed that retcons and discussions of retcons tend to contain much more speculation than confirmed truth. This is in part because for many of the things we assumed were retcons, Blizzard has been known to go back and utilize the older material as flavor lore, or in some cases further explained to show how it fits within certain contexts.

This change won't happen today, but be prepared for edits by Admin staff.Baggins 19:57, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

I've discussed the revamps with Kirkburn and others on irc, and the changes have been made. It would be helpful if anyone could point out any left over refrences to the older policy that may exist on other pages.Baggins 23:47, 1 December 2007 (UTC)


While most people right now do this it isn't policy, and I've seen a few too many people inform us that something happened "in the third War of the Ancients novel," instead of "in the latter stages of the War of the Ancients." I propose that we make it lore policy to write lore articles from an in-universe perspective, with the exceptions of "this character starts the following quests" and the appearances section we're talking of implementing. --Ragestorm (talk · contr) 14:14, 24 June 2008 (UTC)


How do we deal with spoilers? I plan to spend some time updating the plots of several novels.

I would prefer that there be spoiler tags just because they can be helpful, and I don't really see any reason not to. I think there is some issue on other wikis of "sounding serious" so that reading a spoiler alert ruins that conceit, but I think that isn't really necessary here.

The only issue is where to put them. Some things, things which are common knowledge or announced by Blizzard, like the basic premise of cataclysm are obviously not spoilers. Therefore, I would argue that most lore issues that fall into the category of in-game are not spoilers just because the vast majority of this community has probably incidentally come into contact with any new content. Not much to spoil. But I'd like to hear thoughts.

On the other hand, for novels and manga, which is mostly what I'm concerned about, I've found that the majority of players have not experienced this content, and there is a much larger chance of giving things away if they see it here by accident. I don't see the harm in letting them know they may not want to scroll down too far. -- Dcb2124 (talk) 14:15, September 3, 2010 (UTC)

Spoilers are not used here, per that "seriousness" argument, which is fairly mischaracterizing the argument, actually. Update the plots as you wish. The other thing about pages here is that people shouldn't be reading them if they have spoilers, and with particular works, it's easy to make a heading (generally "Plot") which people will know contain spoilers. It's an encyclopedia: people come here to read/learn comprehensive topics, and such topics will always have spoilers. --Sky (t · c) 14:32, September 3, 2010 (UTC)

Proposal recall vote: spoiler policy

Per what Sky said above, I propose to remove the spoiler policy. I personally think that:

  1. Spoilers are not an excuse to delete valid information as part of our ongoing effort to document up-to-date Warcraft lore.
  2. The policy has been used inconsistently at best (for example, new lore from WoW itself is apparently exempt, as the Lich King ending cinematic transcript was added immediately after the encounter went live),
  3. For those who are new to the Warcraft universe, or to its particular works, or those who haven't done certain WoW quests etc., reading Wowpedia is one big spoiler.

I suggest either removing spoiler warnings whatsoever, or do what Wookieepedia does: add the information and temporarily add a spoiler warning at the top of the page. - LucidFox (talk) 05:20, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

  • I agree, just go with what wookiepedia does, they know what they are talking about when it comes to spoilers. MilesRout (talk) 05:25, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Votes 1

  1. Recall LucidFox (talk) 05:14, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (Spoilers should not be used as an excuse to delete information.)
  2. Recall MilesRout (talk) 05:23, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (I think if we really care about spoilers we can always mark them, and keep information there for those who want to see the information. No point deleting good information just for the sake of not including a spoiler tag.)
  3. Recall Dark T Zeratul (talk) 07:21, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (I don't even feel individual spoiler tags are really necessary. If you're coming to this site, prepare to be spoiled.)
  4. Recall g0urra[T҂C] 09:02, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (no comment)
  5. Recall Revrant (talk) 17:52, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (Just had my novel information deleted over this, I had no idea such a ridiculously silly rule existed, if people don't want to know the story they really shouldn't be reading a wiki on that very subject.)
  6. Recall PcjWowpedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 17:54, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (no comment)
  7. Recall Ressy (talk) 18:00, 26 October 2010 (UTC) - (no comment)
  8. Recall IconSmall Deathwing.gif Joshmaul, Loremaster of Chaos (Leave a Message) 05:24, 27 October 2010 (UTC) - (I was the one who deleted Revrant's citations regarding Cairne and Baine Bloodhoof, enforcing this particular rule. I didn't like it, either. DTZ is right - this whole website is one big spoiler, and at the end of the day, isn't that why people come here?)
  9. Recall SWM2448 00:07, 2 November 2010 (UTC) - (I forgot what this policy was for. Ragestorm might know if he was around, but he is not.)

Comments 1

Spoiler policy II: the revenge

With the release of Thrall: Twilight of Aspects, comes again the spoiler debate, I propose this vote only as a test to see how many users are "interested" in a discretion delay.

Proposal: Should a Spoiler Policy be used?

Wowpedia is a great lore database, when someone comes here to read or contribute, he knows that he is likely to find informations he may not have specifically asked for (ex: the end of the Lich King plot). As a consequence, and to prevent a massive and useless spam, no spoiler template should be created or used in any article.
For any published book, a two week discretion delay (starting at the release date) is observed, thus giving time for people to read the book and keep on editing articles without risking to stumble upon the end of the plot.

The First Point is only there to prevent a mass spam.

The Second Point explains itself (I guess).

IconSmall Hamuul.gif Loremaster A'noob, Arch Druid of the Noobhoof Clan (talk/contribz) 14:20, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Votes 2

Yes, use a spoiler policy
  1. Yes IconSmall Hamuul.gif Loremaster A'noob, Arch Druid of the Noobhoof Clan (talk/contribz) 14:20, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (no comment)
No, do not use a spoiler policy
  1. No Revrant (talk) 16:13, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (This is an encyclopedia, not a fan site, it is assumed you will find spoilers, that is, after all, one the primary reasons the site exists, to catalog the goings on of the lore, story, and its characters)
  2. No --Ashbear160 (talk) 16:55, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (This is a wiki it should have information as early as it gets, and you can't complain about spoilers, but all info from early shipping should be kept hidden, until the release date.)
  3. No Dark T Zeratul (talk) 17:27, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (See my comments from the first vote above.)
  4. No PcjWowpedia wiki manager (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 18:02, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (no comment)
  5. No SWM2448 19:26, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (Nah.)
  6. No Snake.gifSssssssssssssssssssssssss Coobra sig3.gifFor Pony! (Sssss/Slithered) 19:34, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (I'd like to correct Revrant, this is an encyclopedia and a fan site. But I agree with the rest of his points.)
  7. No TherasTaneel (talk) 21:19, 22 July 2011 (UTC) - (no comment)
  8. No --LemonBaby (talk) 07:51, 25 July 2011 (UTC) - (no comment)
  9. No Cemotucu (talk) 14:10, 25 July 2011 (UTC) - (Agree with the posters above. It seems silly to have an spoilers policy. I mean, many didn't played W2 or W1. For they, the articles related to those games are spoilers. So... please, don't make a lore policy. We should add the info as fast as is it released. Even, i'm against that policy of waiting two weeks. The people that care bout being spoiled will not search info until they read or play the products.)

Comments 2

As a note, it looks like A'noob is proposing something which we were pretty solid on as a grandfathered rule. We reduced it to 2 weeks of discretion->2 weeks of warning sometime in past couple of years. I've been back and forth on the issue myself, but think it's time to end the rule. --Sky (talk) 06:40, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

It was a written-down grandfathered rule for a while, and then the above vote officially killed it.--SWM2448 19:08, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
The rule was ended in the vote above this one, unless I'm mistaken, which was quite a while ago. this vote is about instituting it again, which has been voted down almost unanimously(again). Revrant (talk) 20:05, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

"Canon" section

Should the section still say that the term is rarely used? We (i.e. the admins) have known for a while (i.e. before cdev round 2) that Blizzard does keep tabs on what is or is not canon. I think we should simply remove the section, as we do not document Warcraft from an out-of-universe view i.e. we never use the word anyway except on talk pages. --Sky (talk) 20:43, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

In fact, we have the word "canonical" in the very first section of the policy! --Sky (talk) 20:47, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
That should be rewritten and it should note that the rpg is not canon and should be in their own section in the respective page.--Ashbear160 (talk) 20:50, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Remove the section completely. This section isn't true at all with the RPG template changes: "While we cannot stop the use of the term "canon" in talk page discussions, the term is not allowed in articles." --g0urra[T҂C] 20:52, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
What about this?
Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.
The last word--Ashbear160 (talk) 21:03, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, that's the point Gourra made. Lol. --Sky (talk) 21:08, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
D'oh. completely misunderstood him.--Ashbear160 (talk) 21:10, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Source header templates

Per common sense and recent discussions like Forum:Removal of T:RPG and T:Cat and Forum:Novel articles, should we really be endorsing the various source header templates on a Wowpedia policy?--SWM2448 18:20, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Sources of lore - RPG discussion?

This section says, "An ongoing discussion about the implications of this is currently underway." It's been 3 years since the RPG ruling and the main discussion died down. This section of the lore policy should be updated to reflect whatever, if any, consensus was reached. --Aquamonkeyeg (talk) 05:28, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Done. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 18:36, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

GM ticket/CSR contact validity

Per Forum:Game masters and lore, it seems that the validity of referencing what GMs (or other Blizzard customer service reps) might say as a point of lore needs cleared up. Based on the comments in that thread (including my own reasoning) I propose the following line be added after "Comments by authors, artists, and Blizzard Entertainment employees may also be of interest, but should always be clearly cited as such.":

Unless otherwise corroborated through other sources of lore, comments made by Blizzard GMs or other customer service representatives who are not directly related to the creation of Warcraft lore are deemed to be unreliable. Such statements should be separated from other content - most likely in a Speculation section - and clearly cited as such. Any such comments which are contradicted by more reliable sources of lore should be removed entirely.

Any thoughts? --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 20:20, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

Votes 3

  1. Yes PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 20:20, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (Originally proposed)
  2. Yes Xporc (talk) 20:30, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (This edit war needs to stop.)
  3. Yes WarGodZajru (talk) 20:36, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (Unless Blizzard officially announces that what a GM and etc may say can be regarded as canon/official, I don't think it should be until that happens.)
  4. Yes Snake.gifSssssssssssssssssssssssss Coobra sig3.gifFor Pony! (Sssss/Slithered) 21:00, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (no comment)
  5. Yes Cannibeans (talk) 21:03, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (As those sources currently stand, being noted and heavily clarified that it may or may not be true, is perfectly fine to me.)
  6. YesSurafbrovWowpedia's wiki representative T / C 21:09, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (no comment)
  7. Yes PeterWind (talk) 21:27, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (Sounds good to me.)
  8. Yes Dark T Zeratul (talk) 21:28, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - (no comment)
  9. Yes X59 (talk) 02:29, 11 October 2017 (UTC) - (optional comment)
  10. Yes SWM2448 02:38, 11 October 2017 (UTC) - (See previous comments.)
  11. Yes -- IconSmall TrollDeathKnight Male.gif DeludedTroll (talkcontribs) 15:09, 11 October 2017 (UTC) - (no comment)
  12. Yes Mordecay (talk) 19:48, 12 October 2017 (UTC) - ()

Comments 3

I'm not sure this goes far enough: are we going to include speculation entries for every screenshot of GM ticket responses? — foxlit (talk) 21:53, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

Without a full-blown notability policy I'm hopeful leaving it to editor's best judgment will do. I'm open to suggestions to revise it though. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 21:56, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Since we can't verify the authenticity of GM-sourced information, treating any speculation based solely on GM responses as "unsourced speculation" per WP:DNP and keeping it out of the main namespace entirely might be an option. The current version of the lore policy does require that "all ideas must have factual backing," but I'm not sure what that would mean in the context of for example the "Rokhan is now the unofficial leader of the Darkspear tribe, in replacement of Vol'jin (based on File:GM lore ticket.jpg)" line: if we recognize that the source is unverifiable (and/or non-authoritative), does that idea have factual backing? — foxlit (talk) 22:35, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
The speculation section of the lore policy allows for rumors (in speculation sections), which I'm personally fine with treating unverifiable GM communications as. Those screenshots are unreliable in part because they are unverifiable. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 23:20, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Setting the verifiability concerns aside, I don't think a GM's statements on lore are any more reliable than those of a well-informed player (at least, that's the impression that I get from this Vrakthris response). Using them as sources of new information and calling that speculation or rumors seems problematic: something like "Here's a screenshot of @ThatGuyOnTwitter saying Rokhan is the new Troll racial leader (but we know @ThatGuyOnTwitter isn't involved in creative development, has been directly contradicted by developers in the past, and the tweet isn't public, so the whole thing could be complete fabrication)" seems unreasonable to include even under a speculation/rumor banner. — foxlit (talk) 21:05, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
I'd have to disagree. I don't think a CSR's response is even close to a player's idea, because according to Vrakthis, "they are liaisons to our Dev team and therefore have a better shot at talking to the right folks to get the answers." The CSR even mentions speaking to "the right people" and in an earlier ticket, referenced the "Office Lorewalkers". I'd certainly say even speculation via CSR is far, far above speculation via player. Cannibeans (talk) 21:48, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
You need to stop mis-quoting that. CSRs in this context are not the same as community managers. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 21:50, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
The actually relevant portions of that post are "[Game Masters] really aren't in a position to provide an official response, Cannibal. Nor is the person they are talking to likely an authority either." and "[If] you are looking for confirmation of canon lore you'll need to talk to one our Devs." — foxlit (talk) 22:32, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Foxlit, I tend to agree with your view on that, especially on the particular incident in question (which of course is already conflicted out by the comments of one of the developers). But I don't see any problem with presenting GM comments which aren't conflicted out as speculation, clearly tag them as unreliable GM comments, and let the reader decide. Hopefully we won't have an influx of such rumors, if we do we can address it at that time. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 22:01, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
In so far as they contribute anything new, those comments are essentially GM-written fan fiction. Giving them credence while also attempting to keep player-written fan-fiction out of speculation sections seems rather inconsistent. Of course, waiting to see if this becomes a larger headache is an option -- it might easily be the case that we simply see no further GM-sourced "speculation", in which case the lore policy is entirely academic. — foxlit (talk) 22:32, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Why are you guys so mad at Blizzard people contradicting themselves? How did you survive since Burning Crusade? :D Xporc (talk) 07:08, 13 October 2017 (UTC)


Just to say it. Taking screenshots of just GM chats that you had to verify about something and now we are having this argument whether or not GMs can or cannot be considered liable on the lore. These screenshots are taken within a browser, on Blizzard's support site (ticket) and, hopefully we all know that you can change the text in the browser like so within the browser, but won't actually affect it on the server of the site (refreshing the page will show the original text). These screenshots whether or not the person who took it can't be considered a source as such person could have changed the text.

Here is a demonstration of what I mean:

Using this article as an example. Now here is the screenshot of the same article that I took and uploaded here to Wowpedia. Now with that screenshot, you can do the exact same thing to those tickets, etc. Screenshots of such source should never be accepted and should also be considered WP:DNP, instead of link to such should be available which means it would need to be publicly available to everyone.

So before we even agree (or possibly disagree) to say GMs can be considered, the information (or the post from the GM) must first be publicly available and not a screenshot from a ticket or whatever of some sort. Now if this talk with the GM was in-game, then of course this isn't about that. It is about within your Browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.).

— — SurafbrovWowpedia's wiki representative T / C 07:50, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

I think maybe this is important to be a separate proposal that what kind of references are valid even beyond GM communications. --PcjWowpedia admin (TDrop me a line!C207,729 contributions and counting) 12:39, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Yea, I suppose so since this is mainly dealing with screenshots entirely related instead of just the GM chats and all. This is why the Web Archive exists, to be used against this. — SurafbrovWowpedia's wiki representative T / C 12:45, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
The situation for screenshots of in-game conversations is no different, really. — foxlit (talk) 22:32, 13 October 2017 (UTC)