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This Change I've Made

Yeah, I did this to conform with other wikis, and also to make it easier for new users to notice particular policies. The 888th Avatar (Talk) 09:11, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

No quotes on nation pages

I object to this. Why is this? I thought Iroh's quotes about the nations was a great addition. What is the reason for this rule? -- Dudewaldo4 Kuruk-sprite My stories 17:02, July 17, 2010 (UTC)

Punctuation and quotes

I don't know if this should go in the War Room or not, instead of here, but I just noticed this policy and I just want to know why this is the policy. I don't want to start a war over this, but I just noticed it and almost had a kitten. Is this how it's done in some other part of the world?Lord Hyōga Water Tribe emblem Tree of Ages 17:32, May 25, 2014 (UTC)

Having "logical punctuation" is known as the British style of punctuation and is common in English-speaking countries except for America. Even though this wiki applies American spelling, we use the British, more logical form of punctuation (my use of logical being a reference to the common name of "logical punctuation" and not as a stab at American punctuation and those who are used to it -just to be perfectly clear).
As a random note: a talk page is indeed the place where you can ask stuff like this, though if you ever want to have a discussion to adopt a policy (and the MoS falls under that), then the War Room is the place to be. Lady Lostris vstf (talkHotN) 17:41, May 25, 2014 (UTC)
Okay; I used to do it this way (because it was logical), but a few years ago I broke a lot of my "incorrect" habits and started doing it the right way. So this is going to be hard to unlearn when editing here...was there a specific reason why this method was chosen over the American way?Lord Hyōga Water Tribe emblem Tree of Ages 19:15, May 25, 2014 (UTC)
I'm not sure whether there was a forum where it was originally decided (I had a quick look, but I couldn't find anything), but this forum from last year sums up reasonably well the main points for having logical punctuation. HAMMEROFTHOR 19:41, May 25, 2014 (UTC)
Seems unconventional to pick and choose the language rules we use, to say the least, haha. I say if everything else is American, the grammar should be too, to remain consistent and not confuse the readers, who I would argue are mostly Americans. But it's an argument of convenience versus logic, and the only reason I would side with one side over the other is because I was brought up in the American tradition. Not to mention a majority of native English speakers use it and using British seems a little biased, since all native English-speaking countries have their own divergent variations, so British English isn't necessarily more "international." In fact, I'd say that's a full-on myth, given that American English is more commonly used worldwide, since it is the norm in schools in China, Japan, the Philippines, and Latin America, whereas everything in between East Asia and Europe (India or Africa, for example) use the "British" way. So in terms of population...we're talking about roughly 1/2-2/3s of the world's population using American English. :P Lord Hyōga Water Tribe emblem Tree of Ages 20:56, May 25, 2014 (UTC)
I'm no fan of inconsistencies, but I do like having the logical punctuation rule. Sometimes, the way I see it, you just have to go with what makes more sense than what may be grammatically correct. I was born and raised American myself but I personally have no problem with the quote/punctuation rules being British. PSUAvatar14 Want to have a word? Katarasprite1Ty Lee KW 21:05, May 25, 2014 (UTC)

Just pointing out that the current punctuation system is grammatically correct as well ^^. Lady Lostris vstf (talkHotN) 21:09, May 25, 2014 (UTC)

Lol, yeah, but depending on where you live, it might not be. ^_^Lord Hyōga Water Tribe emblem Tree of Ages 21:18, May 25, 2014 (UTC)