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The Final Fantasy Wiki is an encyclopedia, not a publisher of original thought. As such, information is required to be verifiable and attributable to released media or another reliable source. The wiki is not a place to share opinions or speculation, and the burden of proof relies on the editor adding the original claim to properly demonstrate it, using citations and sources.

The wiki uses a reference system that makes it easy to cite sources, which strengthen the validity of the content. Although all data is required to be accurate and attributable to subject material, not all data requires citations.

Reasons for citingEdit

Citations are important for the following reasons:

  • To strengthen the validity of claims, providing proof, reducing likelihood of disputes and augmenting the authority of the encyclopedia.
  • To credit a source which provided the original claims, avoiding plagiarism.
  • To demonstrate that the material is not original material.
  • To provide users with other reliable information on the topic.

When to sourceEdit

Although everything is required to be attributable, not everything is required to be sourced. An easy guide for this is that information readily available in the media (i.e. game, book or film, including the game's code) does not require sourcing. Otherwise, any material added risks being original material (content that may or may not be true, but cannot be credited to a reliable source) or unsourced material (content that is true, and can be sourced, but is not).

The following lists situations in which sources should and should not be used:

Do cite
  • Information from supplementary material (such as Guide Books, official websites or videos) that is not found accessible within the media.
  • Information from third party material (interviews, social media posts, publications).
  • Facts likely to be challenged, or has been challenged in the past.
  • Facts discovered in-game after careful and indiscriminate investigation (with no presuppositions, to avoid confirmation bias). This includes information such as glitches, and often requires either an in-line video reference or simply a video depicting it next to the glitch.
Do not cite
  • Any information readily accessed within the media. This includes any research found through accessing the games' codes.
  • Any truism or simple observation.

If information meets one of the criteria for requiring a citation, the following sources are deemed acceptable and unacceptable for citations:

Acceptable sources
  • Official Square websites. These are the most reliable references in the anticipation of a game's release.
  • Respectable online gaming journalism sites. Articles in this classification should be formally written and directly reference material revealed by Square Enix. Examples include Famitsu and IGN.
  • When the information in question refers to a particular person, such as a voice actor, confirmation by that person in terms of an official website or announcement.
  • Other press that reviews a Square Enix publication. This is most often sourced for reviews or effects on popular culture, for use in Trivia sections.
Unacceptable sources

Sources that are not acceptable include, but are not limited to:

  • Wikipedia, IMDB, or other similar sites that can be edited by anyone. These are secondary sources.
  • Online forums or speculation websites. This does not include instances when forum posts were made by Square Enix developers.
  • Online stores are not acceptable sources for release dates, due to frequent usage of placeholder dates.
  • Play4Real - it's satire, not actual news. Similar sites are also not acceptable.

SyntaxEdit

When adding an in-line, it should be put in <ref> tags, like so:

<ref>[reference information]</ref>

In this tag, a template should be placed, based on the different media from which the citation is derived.

References can be assigned a name attribute, which allows the same source to be used multiple times in an article. This would be used as follows:

  • On the first instance of the citation: :<ref name="[citation id]">[reference information]</ref>
  • On following instances: <ref name="[citation id]"></ref>

Every page that has references on it should have a "References" header at the bottom containing {{Reflist}}, to list citation used.

Book/guideEdit

To cite a book, the {{refbook}} template should be used. It requires the title of the book (put in an internal link if there is an article for it) and the zero-padded page number or page range. The specific part does not need to be quoted, and scans and translations are not necessary even for Japanese-language books.

The syntax is:

{{Refbook
| title = ''book title''
| page = ''zero-padded page number''
}}

{{Refbook
| title = ''book title''
| first page = ''zero-padded number of first page in range''
| last page = ''zero-padded number of last page in range''
}}

As an example:

{{Refbook|title=[[Final Fantasy IX Ultimania]]|page=020}} -> Final Fantasy IX Ultimania, p.020

{{Refbook|title=[[Final Fantasy IX Ultimania]]|first page=021|last page=023}} -> Final Fantasy IX Ultimania, p.021-023

MagazineEdit

To cite a magazine, the {{refmagazine}} template should be used. This requires the magazine name and its volume/issue number, the page number or page-range with zero-padded numbers, and a link to an on-site image of the magazine extract.

The syntax is:

{{Refmagazine
| title = ''magazine name and issue number''
| page = ''zero-padded page number''
| file = ''file page name''
}}

{{Refmagazine
| title = ''magazine name and issue number''
| first page = ''zero-padded number of first page in range''
| last page = ''zero-padded number of last page in range''
| file = ''file page name''
}}

As an example:

{{Refmagazine|title=Famitsu no.1259|page=05|file=File:Wiki.png}} -> Famitsu no.1259, p.05

WebsiteEdit

To cite a website, the {{refwebsite}} template should be used. This requires the URL of the page, the name of the page, the URL of the website, the name of the website, and a timestamp of the date the website was accessed.

When citing a website, you should generally should first access the Internet Archive and copy the URL into the "Save Page Now" textbox and submit it. This ensures a web archive of the page exists if the page ever goes down, and it is preferable to ensure one is added. If the page cannot be crawled (for example, pages on 1UP.com), a screenshot of the relevant section of the page should be uploaded to the wiki. If the page referenced has no archives and the URL breaks, and a different source cannot be found, the claim sourced will be removed.

Five tildes do not convert to a timestamp when used inside of <ref> tags, so the easiest way to reference a website is to use this syntax:

{{subst:Refwebsite
| page url = ''URL of the referenced page''
| page name = ''page name of url, from title found in tab/window, or title found on page''
| site url = ''URL of site home page''
| site name = ''Name of site from title found in tab/window or somewhere on site''
| screenshot = ''optional, if page not archived''
| name = ''optional, ref tag name attribute value''
}}

An example:

{{subst:Refwebsite
| page url = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy
| page name = Final Fantasy
| site url = http://en.wikipedia.org/
| site name = Wikipedia
}}

When editing an existing reference, it will appear as ollows:

<ref>{{Refwebsite|page url = | page name = | site url = | site name = | screenshot = | access time = 00:18, November 07, 2017 (UTC)}}</ref>

Details can be changed, but the access time and the page url should remain the same. It can be edited to fit the last time a page was archived (if the page is no longer available); due to the archive, a broken URL link does not need to be fixed, However, if the page has been relocated, the citation can be updated, although it will need to be archived.

VideoEdit

To cite an online video, the {{refvideo}} template should be used. This requires the URL of the video, the title of the video, the URL of the site, the name of the site, a timestamp of the relevant part of the video, and a screenshot (or short audio clip, depending on the nature of the source) from the video. If the video is from a user generated site, such as YouTube, then the URL of the uploader and username of the uploader should also be included.

When citing an online video, first you should take a screenshot or audio clip of where the relevant information is, and make a note of the timestamp. This should be uploaded to the wiki. The timestamp should be included in the reference template in the format "{minutes}:{seconds}".

Five tildes do not convert to a timestamp when used inside of <ref> tags, so the easiest way to reference a website is to use this syntax:

{{subst:Refvideo
| page url = ''URL of the referenced page''
| page name = ''page name of url, from title found in tab/window, or title found on page''
| user url = ''optional, URL of uploader if on user-generated site''
| user name = ''optional, Username of uploader if on user-generated site''
| site url = ''URL of site home page''
| site name = ''Name of site from title found in tab/window or somewhere on site''
| timestamp = ''m:s timestamp of place in video being referenced''
| screenshot = ''screenshot of video at timestamp''
| name = ''optional, ref tag name attribute value''
}}

An example:

{{subst:Refvideo
| page url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt4NDbyKv_o
| page name = 100 Things you didn't know about FF7 
| user url = https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCccqMJ9H0dGi1X44LtK2FqA
| user name =  NEroNeRoNerON
| site url = http://www.youtube.com/
| site name = YouTube
| timestamp = 37:06
| screenshot = File:FFVII-Damage-Overflow.png
}}

When editing an existing reference, it will look like this:

<ref>{{Refvideo|page url = | page name = | user url = | user name = | site url = | site name = | timestamp = | screenshot = | access time = 00:18, November 07, 2017 (UTC)}}</ref>

Details can be changed, but the access time and the page url should remain the same. In the case of a broken URL, the screenshot or audio clip means the link does not need to be fixed, although if it has been relocated, users may choose to update the reference, but they will need to add a different access date.

A video used as proof does not have to be an in-line video reference in the above format. For instance, information about a bug where the video of the bug is already contained within the {{video}} template on the page does not need an additional reference.

Unsourced claimsEdit

The {{cite}} template can be used next to any unsourced claim, indicating that the claim requires citation to be included on the article. However, the claim can in other situations require outright removal.

Users should generally not add the template next to their own claims. If they intend to find a source later, it is preferred to wait until a source can be found before adding a claim.