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Feb 7th 2012 at 7:25:26 PM

No, I'm not talking about the already-existing Characters/ namespace for a list of characters from a certain show. I'm talking about a possible namespace for characters of great cultural significance. I've been seeing pages such as that for Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny for instance, and Main/ is pretty much for tropes, disambiguations and multimedia homepages IIRC. Perhaps it could be "Character/" or whatever would be a fitting equivalent word...

edited 7th Feb '12 7:26:29 PM by EarlOfSandvich

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LordGro from Germany
Mar 16th 2012 at 5:31:46 PM

Trying to give this thread a second chance.

I think a namespace for characters that appear in different types of media is worth considering.

Pages for Public Domain Characters (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster), Comic Book heroes (Superman, Batman), figures of folklore (Robin Hood, William Tell), and possibly Historical Domain Characters could go into that namespace.

I see two problems, though:

  1. The name Character/ is pretty similar to the already existing namespace Characters/
  2. We would need clear rules what kind of pages/characters can go into this namespace, as the potential number of fictional characters is approximately infinite.

edited 16th Mar '12 5:32:07 PM by LordGro

Let's just say and leave it at that.
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Mar 16th 2012 at 5:33:58 PM

There's also the question on how this would differ from a manual split of a character sheet. For example, Doctor Who Doctors is really only about one guy across many, many seasons.

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LordGro from Germany
Mar 16th 2012 at 5:37:04 PM

Isn't Doctor Who a character exclusive to the TV series?

Whereas characters like Robin Hood or Frankenstein's Monster are not exclusive to a single work; not even to a single type of medium.

Let's just say and leave it at that.
Apr 9th 2012 at 6:06:57 PM

Bringing this back... just in case.

Anyways, I do agree with the sorts of guidelines laid out by Lord Gro. It can't be just anyone of course.

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May 31st 2013 at 6:47:46 PM

This topic is interesting but keeps dying/getting cold. It looks like most of Historical Domain Character resides in Main/, which I don't think is right (Main/ being mainly for tropes, indexes, and disambigs?).

A possible name for the namespace could simply be DomainCharacters/ or, if that's too much like Characters/, either DomainFigures/ or PublicDomain/.

MikuruFan from Away
Jun 1st 2013 at 2:26:17 AM

I think pages about characters should be in Characters/ whether they are of one or multiple of them. There are already character sheets broken up by category.

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Jun 1st 2013 at 2:28:59 AM

You know, I would use HistoricalDomainCharacter/ for Historical Domain Character people as they are essentially examples of that trope.

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LordGro from Germany
Jun 1st 2013 at 4:30:43 AM

[up] I think that's actually a very good idea, and in line with established wiki practice.

I previously supported a Character/ namespace (obviously), but I've come to think it's an impractical idea. Most character-centered pages are perfectly well in the namespace of their original or primary medium, like Spider Man and Bugs Bunny are at ComicBook.Spider Man and WesternAnimation.Bugs Bunny. Mickey Mouse should probably be in Disney/ or WesternAnimation/.

As for Robin Hood, Dracula and other true Public Domain Characters which have left behind attachment to any particular medium, I guess treating them as tropes is okay.

Let's just say and leave it at that.
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