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User talk:Lost Soul/Template:Twelve

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So, yeah...

  • Thought I'd make this template for if we ever need it... what do you guys think? Will we ever need it?--  Lost Soul   talk  contribs  12:17, 24 October 2007 (EDT)
    • I really like it. It looks fantastic. On the other hand, most of the characters/elements/items on this will end up with two or three series bars: this, the Company, and often Linderman's ops, and then they'll have a navbar for their category as well. That's a lot of big blue boxes at the bottom of one article.--Hardvice (talk) 12:33, 26 October 2007 (EDT)
      • Hmm... never thought of that. You have me stumped.--  Lost Soul   talk  contribs  12:38, 26 October 2007 (EDT)
        • I'm not sure if that's too much of a problem or not. But we have in general kind of been getting away from article series of late for just that reason. We used to have a template for Isaac's artwork, and it was kind of subsumed into Category: Artwork. I have a feeling the same is going to happen with template:Research and Category:Research soon enough, since they overlap 100%.
The deal with the article series is that, once upon a time in the very early days of the Wiki, our category structure was much simpler. In fact, pretty much everything that wasn't a character, episode, or place was dumped into one big "plot points" category. As that got larger and larger, series bars became an easy way to link like articles. We didn't really have standardized navbars for everything yet, so there wasn't any duplication.
Eventually, we started splitting things into more workable categories, and once we added the portals, we really started getting specific, making a lot of the series pretty superfluous. So now they're pretty much just relics. I think they still can be useful in some contexts, but they've largely been replaced by categories, and in fact the few remaining series bars are all (I think) tied to categories now.
Which is not to say we can't or shouldn't have a series bar for this--it's just a brief overview of the history of the series bars. In any case, whatever we decide about a bar, a list of articles related to the group is probably still a good idea.--Hardvice (talk) 13:08, 26 October 2007 (EDT)