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Policy:BattleTech Essays

BattleTech Essays should not be confused with BattleTechWiki Essays!
Book icon blue.svg Official BattleTechWiki Policy
This page documents an official BattleTechWiki policy, a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all Editors.
Any edit to it should reflect consensus. Consider discussing potential changes on the talk page first.

Nutshell.png This page in a nutshell: BattleTech Essays seek to explain Canon, not to add to it.

See also: Policy:Fanon and Policy:Notability

On the Sarna BattleTechWiki, BattleTech Essays are articles that seek to explain or investigate certain aspects of the BattleTech universe that have not been directly covered in official publications.

They should not be confused with BattleTechWiki Essays which deal with administrative matters on the BattleTechWiki instead of the BattleTech universe.


BattleTech Essays seek to explain Canon
In accordance with our Policy:Notability, BattleTech Essays should be used sparingly and only for informative content. The notability of any given BattleTech Essay may be challenged at any time, and is ultimately subject to user consensus, to be decided on a case-by-case basis.
BattleTech Essays do not seek to add to Canon
While BattleTech Essays may contain or point out information that is merely inferred from official publications, or even fill in blanks with educated guesswork, they are neither intended to add original content to BattleTech Canon nor are they in any position to do so. In this sense, BattleTech Essays can be regarded as meta-sources that are not canonical themselves, but exist as compilations of canonical information with added analysis of the data.
BattleTech Essays are not ongoing discussions
Typically, a BattleTech Essay should cover its subject matter completely and comprehensively. They are not the place for ongoing debate.

Writing Essays[edit]

When writing BattleTech Essay articles, make sure to give the article name the prefix "Essay:" and put the {{BattleTech Essay}} tag at the top of the article to clarify its nature. Also, include the article in Category:BattleTech Essays by adding [[Category:BattleTech Essays|ESSAY NAME]], where "ESSAY NAME" should be the name without the "Essay:" prefix (otherwise, all BattleTech Essay articles would be sorted under the letter "E" in the category as the article names technically all start with "Essay:").

Authors are encouraged to include references where possible, and to cite as much proof and evidence from canon as possible for any inferences or educated guesses made throughout the work.

If the original author permits it, Essays may be taken from forum entries or other external sources. In this case, please make sure to credit the original author.