The Article Creation Policy is the criteria used for determining the inclusion of an article for a subject. This solely concerns the creation of an article for the subject, and does not define its notability or coverage. The wiki aims to cover everything within the Final Fantasy universes, and within their backgrounds, defined by the Scope.
The criteria for creating pages is based on its number of appearances within first-tier scope and the type of subject. Subjects which appear in more releases may eventually require pages if they did not in the past.
When a page for a subject is not created, the would-be title for it becomes a redirect to where it is covered, or is placed on a disambiguation page. In many cases, these link to a specific entry on a table on list pages.
Each release typically gets a set of core list pages: characters, locations, jobs, enemies, items, a number of equipment (usually divided into weapons, armor, and accessories), abilities (sometimes divided into command abilities and support abilities) and enemy abilities. Though timeline, allusions, translations, and concept art pages do not follow the same naming format, they are also lists.
Lists have general rules on when to create them, but the core types have more specific rules.
Recurring feature pages refer to articles on subjects appearing in multiple entries in the series, or a subseries. They can be used as "parent pages" to link to the more specific pages on a subject in the context of a single appearance, and act as an upgrade to disambiguation pages. Examples of recurring feature pages include Potion (item), Cid and dungeon.
Typical types of recurring feature pages include recurring characters, locations, jobs, enemies, enemy species/type, items, abilities, equipment, statuses, elements, stats and summons. Other recurring feature pages are created on a case-by-case basis, and follow no strict rules other than notability. Many of these things can overlap. Note that if a page should be created for a single appearance, this means that if it then makes a second appearance, the second appearance will be added to the same page, rather than another single-appearance page be created for this additional appearance.
A second appearance of the same thing in another release can easily be determined by whether it shares its name in Japanese (which can be checked through Translations Pages) and whether it shares its type/function. Alternatively, two things which are deemed to have many similarities in function/appearance/role after a discussion could be counted as two appearances of the same thing. Many things can overlap; summons which have also appeared as non-summons can be counted as additional appearances of the same thing in a "creature" page (such as Bomb (creature), while abilities named after weapons can be counted as additional appearances and included on the same page (such as Chef's Knife).
Gets a page if
There is an agreed upon notability for the subject, and it has made many appearances throughout the series.
A character with multiple releases not confined to one sub-series and no easily defined main release, handled on a case-by-case basis.
It is a weapon that appears in 4 releases, with similar functionality/appearance throughout.
It is a piece of armor and/or an accessory in 4 releases with similar functionality. Note that even if it is an accessory in some appearances and a piece of armor in others, due to overlapping nature and functionality, these two are processed together.
It is a series of equipment with a specific theme/idea (material, elemental-affinity, etc.) that appears 4 times.
It is a top-command ability in at least 1 appearance.*this is not including a summon unit's ability, which follows the same rules as other summon abilities
It is command ability in a magic skillset or one of the main skillsets of the game in 1 appearance.
It is a command ability learned from enemies (such as Blue Magic) in 1 appearance.
It is a command ability in a non-magic skillset in 2 appearances.
It is a support ability in 2 appearances.
It is an enemy ability in 5 appearances.
It is a summon ability in 5 appearances.
It is a recurring character-associated ability*including as a boss, guest character, summon or otherwise in 3 appearances.
Stats, elements and statuses
It is a stat/element/status in 2 appearances.
It appears in 1 release (and does not have a release-specific summon page).
It is a lore/gameplay significant term that is not self-explanatory in 2 appearances (from different sub-series).
It is a justifiable glitch not intended by the developers in 2 appearances (this does not depend on the exact name, but the exact nature of the glitch).
Specific feature pages, or single-appearance pages, refer to a page specifically on a subject within a single appearance or a single sub-series. In this case, any additional appearance is treated as secondary to the subject of the article, often in an "Other appearances" section. It is often linked to by a parent page or a disambiguation page, if it also represents a recurring subject. Examples of specific feature feature pages are Kefka (final boss), White Magic (Final Fantasy IV) and Balamb Garden.
Gets a page if
If not given a specific page
It appears in any release with sufficient content and notability, and has an easily defined main release.
It is not simply covered in identical detail on a larger page.
Covered on a recurring feature page, or a table on a list page.
It is a playable character.
It is a character directly tied to or helping progress the main storyline or a sidequest.
It is a named character in a non-game release.
Featured on a location page, or the release' list of characters.
It is a large location from a game easily accessed from a World Map or otherwise featured on a top-level location menu.*often not a single-room world map location
It is a sub-location of a larger area in a game with enough of its own areas and enough content/importance to have its own page.
It is a named location visited or strongly referenced within gameplay or lore.
Featured instead on the page for the location hub it is accessed from.
The job features in a release with the job system, which is available from a selection of many possible jobs.
Covered on a relevant character page.
An enemy that has stats and its own unique name. Additionally:
Unlike in-universe content, there is no guarantee an out-of-universe subject will definitely be covered on the site, as only subjects within the Scope and the Fandom criterias will be created. Most subjects covered will receive pages, though many only warrant sections on pages (such as specific covers of single themes, or merchandise for specific characters).
Gets a page if
It is any release within first-tier scope.
It is a single release within second-tier scope, but not a series.
It is any series within first or second tier scope.
Music release*Compilation album, official soundtrack
It is an official release featuring music from one or more in-scope releases.
It is a fan-made album featuring music/covers primarily from in-scope releases.
A track with 3 appearances outside the official soundtrack of its original release. Valid appearances include in appearance in a release or its OST (excluding unchanged appearances in the same sub-series), or an appearance in a remix/cover album.
It is a developer who is a lead/major contributor to 1 official release (such as Hiroyuki Ito).
It is a musician who worked on any 1 music release (including vocalists).
It is a voice actor who either voiced a recurring character in multiple voiced appearances (such as Rachael Leigh Cook) or voiced multiple characters in several games, including minor ones (such as John DiMaggio).
It is any subject recognized or acknowledged by Square Enix.
It is any subject recognized or acknowledged by notable third party videogame publishing outlets.
Subpages are attached to one base page for a subject as a supplement to it. They are created in order to contain larger amounts of content that would otherwise clutter the base page, to improve usability and loading times. They should be created when it is more convenient for the reader, though if too much content is too split up, it may require too many clicks from readers and be counter-productive. This is why subpages should only be created when their purpose is specifically defined.
Subpages are always located at <base page name>/<subpage name>.
Gets a page if
The information it will contain was important to include, but not the primary purpose of the base page, and thus, not what the majority of readers of the base page would be looking for.
It contains a large amount of images that can be divided up into many sections (case-by-case).
It is a playable character, and will contain multiple large data tables or templates that would otherwise clutter the base page.
The information can be summarised in a paragraph or two on the base page.
The subject of the base page has made appearances in 5 releases outside of its own (including non-Final Fantasy guest appearances).