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One of the most common complaints about any wiki is that the information lacks authority/sources that verifies the content as legitimate. As such, this page attempts to address the issue: the following are guidelines on how to reference information added to the wiki.

Basic concept[edit]

Reference tags[edit]

When citing information, simply include the HTML <ref></ref> code at the end of the sentence. The basic concept of the <ref> tag is that it inserts the text enclosed by the ref tags as a footnote in a designated section, which you indicate with the this tag <references/>.

If you don't include <references/> at the end of the article, none of the footnotes will appear.

This page itself uses footnotes, such as the one at the end of this sentence.[1] If you view the wikicode of this page by clicking "Edit", you can see a working example of footnotes.

  • According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big.[2]
  • The Moon, however, is not so big.[3]

Multiple uses of the same footnote[edit]

To give a footnote a unique identifier, use <ref name="name"/>. You can then refer to the same footnote again by using a ref tag with the same name. The text inside the second tag doesn't matter, because the text already exists in the first reference. You can either copy the whole footnote, or you can use a terminated empty ref tag that looks like this: <ref name="name"/>.

In the following example, the same source is cited three times.

This is an example of multiple references to the same footnote.[4]

Such references are particularly useful when citing sources, if different statements come from the same source.[4]This text is superfluous, and won't show up anywhere. We may as well just use an empty tag.</ref>

A concise way to make multiple references is to use empty ref tags, which have a slash at the end. Although this may reduce redundant work, please be aware that if a future editor removes the first reference, this will result in the loss of all references using the empty ref tags.[4]

Columns[edit]

If you have a lot of references they can be placed in columns to save space and ease reading. Just add the following code: {{reflist|NUMBER OF COLUMNS}}

Format[edit]

In order to differentiate to improve citation methods, it is recommended that editors use the following format when citing a source for an article.

Published media[edit]

Here, published media refers to literature, i.e. novels, graphic books, magazines, but also includes but not limited to animation, films.[note 1][note 2] For those that have been reissued/republished, i.e. updated with new information or less mistakes, and is in conflict with the previous published media, use the second format under this section.

Default format[edit]

'''Title of media''', "chapter/section" (if needed), ''page number'' (''"Quote"'' (if needed))

Reissued/republished media[edit]

'''Title of media''', "chapter/section" (if needed), ''page number''; '''Date of new publish''', ''page number'' (''"Quote"'' (if needed))

Web content[edit]

Web content in this section refers generally news articles, i.e. IGN articles and Bungie Weekly Update. Also included in this section are video documentaries, trailers and YouTube videos. The citation format would be as so:

'''Title''': ''Title of article'' (''"Quote"'' (optional))

Gameplay content[edit]

For general information from a game or its expansions, cite as following from one of the formats below

'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2014/12/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Dark Below]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2014/5/19)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[House of Wolves (expansion)|House of Wolves]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2015/9/15)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Taken King]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2016/20/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Rise of Iron]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2017/28/3)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Age of Triumph]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''
'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard''</ref>

Mission Content[edit]

For information derived from a specific mission/raid/strike, cite as following:

'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2014/12/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Dark Below]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2014/5/19)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[House of Wolves (expansion)|House of Wolves]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2015/9/15)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Taken King]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2016/20/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Rise of Iron]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2017/28/3)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Age of Triumph]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard [[mission]]''
'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard [[mission]]''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[A Guardian Rises]]''</ref>

NPC[edit]

To cite information that comes directly from an NPC (or set of NPCs), the citation format would be as so:

'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2014/12/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Dark Below]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2014/5/19)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[House of Wolves (expansion)|House of Wolves]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2015/9/15)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Taken King]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2016/20/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Rise of Iron]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2017/28/3)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Age of Triumph]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quotes]]''
'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Name]]: [[Name#Quotes|Quote]]''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Master Rahool]]: [[Master Rahool#Quotes|Quotes]]''</ref>

Items[edit]

To cite information that comes from flavor text of a weapon or similar item, the citation format is as such:

'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2014/12/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Dark Below]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2014/5/19)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[House of Wolves (expansion)|House of Wolves]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2015/9/15)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Taken King]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2016/20/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Rise of Iron]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2017/28/3)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Age of Triumph]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''
'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description, [[Weapon]]''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Item Description: [[Gjallarhorn]]''</ref>

Lore entries[edit]

When citing an entry from Destiny 2 lore entries, the citation format is thus:

'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Lore entry]]''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Gensyn Knight]]''</ref>

Ghost Scan[edit]

When citing an entry from Destiny 2 Ghost Scans, the citation format is thus:

'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny 2]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Flavor text, [[Ghost Scans]]: Reference''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2017/8/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: PlayStation 4, Activision Blizzard, Flavor text, [[Ghost Scans]]: EDZ-SI-1''</ref>

Grimoire[edit]

When citing an entry from the Grimoire, a format would be as so:

'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''
'''Bungie (2014/12/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Dark Below]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''
'''Bungie (2014/5/19)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[House of Wolves (expansion)|House of Wolves]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''
'''Bungie (2015/9/15)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[The Taken King]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''
'''Bungie (2016/20/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Rise of Iron]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''
'''Bungie (2017/28/3)''', ''[[Destiny]]: [[Age of Triumph]] Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:sub-entry/subheading#heading|Heading]]''

E.g. <ref>'''Bungie (2014/9/9)''', ''[[Destiny]]: Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, [[Grimoire]]: [[Grimoire:Enemies/Hive#The_Hive|The Hive]]''</ref>

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The format under this section would be the de facto format for all citation.
  2. ^ "Do note that the main format of citation should focus on title of novels/magazines and page numbers. If relevant as to providing clarification, include the paragraph/section and quote."

References[edit]

  1. ^ An example source
  2. ^ E. Miller, The Sun, (New York: Academic Press, 2005), 23-5.
  3. ^ R. Smith, "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46 (April 1978): 44-6.
  4. ^ a b c Remember that when you refer to the same footnote multiple times, the text from the first reference is used.

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