|Forums: War Room → MoS capitalization for spirit characters|
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The Manual of Style "flora and fauna" section will be amended to reflect current practices.
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The MoS states that characters that are known by their species' name should be capitalized. This is exactly what the MoS says under the "flora and fauna" section.
Flora and fauna should be in lower case e.g. flying bison. An exception to this is if a character is known by the name of their species.
Incorrect (generic): Aang spoke to a Lion Turtle. Correct (generic): Aang spoke to a lion turtle. Incorrect (character): Aang spoke to the lion turtle. Correct (character): Aang spoke to the Lion Turtle.
I'm wondering if this policy should extend to spirit characters such as the dragon eel spirit. If this were the case, the pages would have to be renamed and links and sentences that use the characters' name, but that can be done by bot. Thoughts?
Incorrect (generic): Tokuga was attacked by a Dragon Eel Spirit. Correct (generic): Tokuga was attacked by a dragon eel spirit. Incorrect (character): Tokuga was attacked by the dragon eel spirit. Correct (character): Tokuga was attacked by the Dragon Eel Spirit.
- I'm more of the mindset that we should remove that bit of the policy altogether. Regardless of the fact that we don't apply it (not even with the lion turtle that's the case example), I feel like it would send the wrong message. We've moved years ago to use sentence case, only ever capitalizing names when they're proper name, the actual name of the subject at hand. If we were to start capitalizing certain fauna/spirit characters now just because we know them by their generic name due to lack of an actual name, I feel like we're sending the message that the capitalized name is their actual name when it's not. It would be like saying that a certain character is named Bob just because we don't know it's proper name, but everyone does know whom we're referring to when saying "Bob". Lady Lostris vstf (talk • HotN) 18:54, August 18, 2017 (UTC)