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Section Style

Just wondering if the section style shud be changed to having, the Abilities Section, after the Part In Story section...Most of the articles go by that, and having the Abilities section before part in story might be a bit of a spoiler for those who started watchin...but the main reason wud be that most articles dont follow this style but rather the Abilities after Part in Story...AlienGamer | Talk 08:52, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

No, that part of the order was something long discussed. Basically Personality, History, Abilities, and Background are basically "aggregate" sections, ie: ones that encompass a sub-topic for the entire series, and the Part in the Story is a full plot. The aggregate sections are smaller and we try to group them together. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) May 27, 2009 @ 16:45 (UTC)


Why should we not use Hyuuga? Geijustu wa bakuhatsu da (talk) 11:28, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

"Other info" section

It says we should put things like "Naruto's history with the Demon Fox", yet Naruto's article does not have an "Other info" section in the first place. So I ask two questions:

1. What exactly is the purpose of the "Other info" section, and what can/should be put in it?

2. Are there any articles that actually have an "Other info" section?

Thank you. MarqFJA (talk) 21:20, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

"Naruto's history with the Demon Fox" is an example of an "Other info" section. In other words, it's a section present in only a limited number of articles . The "Legacy" section present for a couple characters (Minato, Sasori, etc.) would be another example. ~SnapperTo 00:35, February 18, 2010 (UTC)

Arc update/mishap?

Ok, I'm confused. Lately, I've seen groups of seasoned users changing the "arc" in section titles from lower to upper case and back. Even bots were used. Now, has there been a change or a discussion I didn't know about? Because if there was, something should be here in this talk, at least for reference, and the manual of style should be updated accordingly if the upper case is now the standard. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 23:58, July 28, 2010 (UTC)

I think the bot's involvement was strictly because of the switch to title case. ~SnapperTo 03:04, July 29, 2010 (UTC)
I used a bot because I was under the impression that title case was the new standard, meaning the word arc in titles has to be capitalised as well now. If I did something wrong, I apologise, but I do believe it is simply the manual of style that has to be updated here. --ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 08:46, July 29, 2010 (UTC)

Tense Use

Given how we are supposed to write articles relevant to any point in the series, it would be a lot more logical to write them in the present tense, instead of the past tense. Of course, events that happened before the series started should still get past tense.


When Naruto was born, the Nine-Tails was sealed into him by his father. Twelve years later, Naruto uses the chakra of the Nine-Tails to defeat Haku. Later Naruto defeats Gaara with the help of Gamabunta.


After training with Jiraiya for two and a half years, Naruto returns to Konoha.Soon thereafter, he leaves with Kakashi and Sakura to help rescue Gaara, who has been appointed Kazekage during Naruto's absence.

I continue to agree. I think this is a bad habit being carried over from other wikis. ~SnapperTo 16:19, September 28, 2010 (UTC)

UK English VS. US English

I was hoping that someone would bring this up by now, but seeing that no one has, I guess I have to. I've been meaning to ask this since we switched to using UK English. So, to begin this conversation: Can someone tell me how this whole thing started? I mean, seriously. Suddenly we switched from using US English to the UK English out of the blue? It doesn't make any sense to me. Shouldn't we use the US English because that's how, for example, the Naruto episodes are written as?

For at least two months, users who are newcomers to the wiki having been repeatedly changing all of the UK English back to the US, the English spelling that wiki originally started with. And I'm quite uncomfortable with using the UK English, mainly because I have absolutely no idea who started this whole switching thing.--NinjaSheik 21:05, July 25, 2011 (UTC)

The most recent thing was here (I knew it would be good to keep following this page). There's some earlier talk about it somewhere, but I don't have that page followed. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 21:08, July 25, 2011 (UTC)

I see now. Though Suki-senpai did list very reasonable explanations, don't you think it's only fair if we have a majority vote? I don't really care about how we spell it, but anonymous users and newcomers have been repeatedly switching the UK to the US spelling. Doesn't that indicate that most of the people who reads the Narutopedia prefer American English? I just think it'd be better to stick the US spelling since everyone seems most familiar with it, and it would save whole lot of editing wars around here.--NinjaSheik 21:23, July 25, 2011 (UTC)

Since when did we ever decide anything on majority vote? We aren't a democracy. We decide things by consensus and eventually my arguments seem to have won through.
The reason so many new and anonymous users have been changing British English to US English is because on the whole, people from outside the United States are more familiar with the fact that there are two major variants of English spelling. (Not that I mean to say that people from the US are ignorant or anything. It's just easier for them to get through life without coming into contact with enough British English to make them take note of it. Even books written in British English often get 'translated' into US English for distribution in the US. This hardly ever happens vice versa.) US English users are also more likely to consider British English spelling a mistake, even if they know of the existence of British English — The Internet is, after all, still quite US-centric.
I gave my arguments and you're more than welcome to give your own. I just hope they're better than 'a random poll was more in favour of it' and 'some random users that are obviously unfamiliar with the wiki keep changing it'. As for your argument that US English seems to be the form most people are familiar with, well, it's nonsense. As I said on the page linked to above, only about a quarter of our visitors are from the US and, thus, actually familiar with US English outside of the Internet. —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 17:44, July 26, 2011 (UTC)
I'm fine with the UK English, it's just that the newcomers and anonymous are really starting to me think about changing to the US again. I was just trying to be fair to everyone. And besides, I seriously don't want to change back to the US when we're still in the process of changing everything to the UK. I just wanted to ask, that's all.--NinjaSheik 17:49, July 26, 2011 (UTC)

Citation suggestion

Right now you've got two issues: Episode titles don't indicate the episode number (making the categories hard to navigate), and citations to chapters and episodes don't name the title (making it hard to keep track of whether you're searching for the right one).

I understand why this might be done: correcting refs all across the wiki would be annoying when the official translation comes out and is inevitably different, but I think it can be handled more easily.

  1. For episode/chapter articles, the infobox should categorize the page by the episode/chapter number.
  2. For citations, they could use a switch-type template in which you input the title, episode/chapter number, opt. page, and the template matches the episode/chapter number to the current consensus title for that periodical, outputting something like, {Naruto anime, "One Worth Betting On" [239]} within the citation. This way, when a translation is updated you can just revise the main template, and the citations will update themselves automatically.(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (ಠ_ೃ)Bully! 00:03, November 2, 2012 (UTC)
...I could whip up a starting template using the titles of chapter 1/episode 1, if that would help illustrate what I'm suggesting.(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (ಠ_ೃ)Bully! 07:37, November 3, 2012 (UTC)

  • On browsing categories. Are you talking about just browsing the overall Episodes category or some sort of filtered category? We have a complete auto-generated List of Episodes with the titles and episode numbers.
  • On searching. Does searching for "Naruto 239", "Episode 239", etc... not work? If so theoretically it should actually be possible to hook into the go feature of MW's search and make those work. (Unless of course Wikia broke that.)
  • Categories are a horrible way to deal with attributes like episode number, etc... you might not know but infoboxes already annotate pages with that kind of information. We put it inside of Semantic MediaWiki attributes (eg: Special:Browse/Jiraiya: Naruto's Potential Disaster!). We can query this information from anywhere on the wiki and even make whole lists out of it.
  • Putting titles inside of a #switch in a template is a freaking horrible way to do things. That said, that's a side topic because we already have all the information we need to do all this without doing that.
  • Though we probably do need some sort of {{cite anime|...}} template.

~ Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (Local TalkAnimanga Talk) 06:24, November 4, 2012 (UTC)

I was talking about the episodes category: with everything just using the chapter title (which is fine), it's kind of hard to tell what order things are meant to be in.
Searching does not work, no; at the very least, the desired title is not in the suggested searches, nor in the first few results.
No, I didn't know that, and I don't understand how it works. Do you have a guide on how to use it, and if so, could you make it more visible on how to browse these?
To clarify, the switch would have input of chapter number, and output the title. Right now, the bulk of citations just say "Naruto, chapter 149", with no links. This means I then have to go to a list of chapters or something, peruse that, and then find the right one to get to what I want. A simple template like <ref>{{cite|m|149}}</ref> => <ref>''Naruto'' chapter 149, "[[The Ninja-ness of being a Ninja!]]"</ref> would be pretty easy to remember how to use, and actually pretty easy to implement with AWB using regex.(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (ಠ_ೃ)Bully! 04:27, November 23, 2012 (UTC)

The category is just a category to attach things to. It's best to use the list pages and other representations of the data we already have. Namely the episodes/chapters lists.

I may have to poke Wikia as far as the search stuff goes. It looks like they've been screwing with the search system.

We don't need a switch. We have all that data in SMW. For example with {{#ask: [[Category:Chapters]] [[Chapter number::5]] }}</code> you can get Unpreparedness is One's Greatest Enemy!!. A link to the page. And with various other options you can pull out other data like chapter number, various names, arc, etc... And you combine that with the template.

Also rather than <ref>{{cite|m|...}}</ref> a {{cite chapter|<number>}} would be better. And without having to wrap it in ref. ~ Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (Local TalkAnimanga Talk) 04:54, November 25, 2012 (UTC)

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