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Unlike some other Wikis, Heroes Wiki is a fan site first and an encyclopædia second. This means that in addition to strictly encyclopædiac content like articles on episodes, characters, and actors, it includes speculative content such as fan theories and spoilers for unbroadcast episodes.

To keep the quality of the encyclopædiac articles high, all fan theories, speculation, and spoilers should be clearly marked as such and confined to the appropriate articles or article sections. For more information on what qualifies as "canon" information and what qualifies as speculation, see Help:Sources.

Fan Theories

Fan theories are just that: theories about unrevealed information from the show, created or espoused by fans.

Theories

The Theories article is the proper home for all fan theories. Centralizing all fan theories in one place provides an easy way for fans to access, compare, and evaluate all theories. Bear in mind that the Theories article is still an article, and not a free-for-all debate.

  • Follow the formatting conventions of the article.
  • Follow the normal style guidelines just as you would for any other article.
  • Do not add personal comments or sign entries on the Theories page.
  • Do not remove information from the theories article merely because you personally disagree with it or do not believe a theory is plausible.
  • Do not strike through theories unless they are conclusively disproved by a canon source.
  • If you have information that either supports or refutes a theory, add it to the appropriate column in that theory's entry.

Format of the Theories Page

To make information easier to access and understand, the theories article consists of a series of tables named to match an encyclopædiac article. For jump links from the main articles to work, the section of the theories page must be labeled exactly the same as the main article title. For example, for the jump link from Peter Petrelli to jump correctly to his section of the Theories article, the section must be labeled "Peter Petrelli", with that exact spelling, capitalization, and name order.

The format of each theory table should be the same:

  • The first column states the theory
  • The second column provides any canon-source information which supports the theory
  • The third column provides any additional information, such as canon information which refutes the theory or makes it less likely to be true, but also including non-canon source information which supports or refutes the theory.

Adding a new theory to a table

To add a new theory to an existing theory table, simply add a new row to the theory:

  1. Edit the Theories article and find the appropriate table
  2. Go to the end of the table, denoted by |}
  3. Insert a new line between the last row, denoted by |-, and the end of the table
  4. Add cells for the three columns:
    1. Type a single pipe followed by the theory
    2. On the same line, type a double pipe and the evidence
    3. On the same line, type a double pipe and any additional information
    4. On a new line, type a new final row mark consisting of a pipe and a dash
  5. Preview your changes, add an edit summary and save your changes

Your entry should look like the following (existing text is in blue, your entries are in red):

|-

| [[Peter]] is [[Sylar]] || None whatsoever || Sylar is revealed to be Gabriel Gray in ''[[Episode:Six Months Ago|]]''
|-

|}

Adding a new table

Adding a new table is like adding a new theory, but involves a few more steps.

  1. Edit the Theories article
  2. Find the appropriate location for your new section. Remember to alphabetize characters by last name.
  3. Skipping a line after the last table's end of table mark (denoted by |} ), add a section for your table
    • Type two equals signs, two left brackets, the name of the article the theory relates to, two right brackets, and two more equals signs
    • Your finished section heading should look like this: ==[[Peter Petrelli]]==
  4. On the next line, add the table:
    1. Open the table with {| class= "wikitable"
    2. On the next line, add a row with |-
    3. On the next line, add the table headers with ! width="40%" | Theory !! width="30%" | Evidence !! width="30%" | Notes
    4. On the next line, add a row with |-
    5. On the next line, add cells for your theory as above (single pipe, theory, double pipe, evidence, double pipe, information)
    6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for additional theories as needed
    7. On the next line, add a final row with |-
    8. On the next line, close the table with |}
  5. Insert a blank line after your table and before the next table's section heading
  6. Preview your changes, add an edit summary and save your changes

Your finished new section should look like this:

==[[Peter Petrelli]]==
{| class ="wikitable"
|-
! width="40%" | Theory !! width="30%" | Evidence !! width="30%" | Notes
|-
| [[Peter]] is [[Sylar]] || None whatsoever || Sylar is revealed to be Gabriel Gray in ''[[Episode:Six Months Ago|]]''
|-
|}


Finally, add a link to your new table from the page to which it relates:

  1. Edit the article your table relates to
  2. After the last section, but before any navigational templates, add the {{theories}} template to add the Fan Theories section and links
  3. Preview your changes, add an edit summary and save your changes

Here's a blank table you can paste into the Theories article:


==[[ ]]==
{| class ="wikitable"
|-
! width="40%" | Theory !! width="30%" | Evidence !! width="30%" | Notes
|-
|  ||  || 
|-
|}