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General guidelines

Non-canon references must be marked clearly using the following formatting. Anything that is not derived from Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 should be referenced in the following format:

Single citation
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In front of a single citation, or a citation that will only appear once in an article, replace <ref> with:
<ref group="Non-canon" >
The code will look like this in the article:
A man named Angus founded the Hub.<ref group="Non-canon" >''[[Fallout Bible 0]]'': "2093 ''The Hub is founded by a man named Angus''".</ref>
The citation will look like this in the article:

A man named Angus founded the Hub.[Non-canon 1]

In the reference section, a single referenced article will appear like:

Fallout Bible 0: "2093 The Hub is founded by a man named Angus.

Duplicate citation
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In front of duplicate citation, or a citation that will be used more than once in an article, give a descriptive name and replace <ref> with:
<ref name="name" group="Non-canon">
The code will look like this in the article:
The Mariposa Military Base was newly completed in January 2077.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon">''[[Fallout Bible 0]]'': "2077 January 7  ''Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."''</ref>
The citation will look like this in the article:

The Mariposa Military Base was newly completed in January 2077.[Non-canon 1]

For subsequent, identical references, instead of the full reference, replace it with:
<ref name="name" group="Non-canon" />
The code will look like this in the article:
Barnett decided to move all FEV research to Mariposa.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon" /> The scientists objected to the orders.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon" />
The citation will look like this in the article, the same after each reference:

Barnett decided to move all FEV research to Mariposa.[Non-canon 1] The scientists objected to the orders.[Non-canon 2]

In the reference section, a duplicate article will appear like:

2.0 2.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 7 Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."

End of the article
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If there are only canon references in an article, the following is placed at the very bottom:

==References==
{{References}}
If there are non canon references also, the following must be added:
==References==
{{References}}
'''Non-canon'''
{{References|group="Non-canon"}}
The citations will look like this in the article:

References
1. ↑ Alice McLafferty: "The Crimson Caravan Company has been in business for over 130 years. We're partially responsible for the progress in the NCR."
(Alice McLafferty's dialogue)

Non-canon
1. ↑ Fallout Bible 0: "2093 The Hub is founded by a man named Angus.
2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fallout Bible 0: "2077 January 7 Major Barnett orders transfer of all FEV research to the newly-constructed Mariposa Military Base."

Reference box format
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Another option is to place all references in a scrolling reference box.
{{ref box}}
To use the reference box with non-canon sources.
{{ref box|Non-canon}}


External links

External sites contain information about the Fallout series that we want to preserve. If the site containing the information becomes defunct in the future, called "dead links," the information can still be accessed and verified via these archive links. We do so by archiving (saving) via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine at web.archive.org.

Functional link

If you find an external link that is not archived, recognizable by the link not beginning with web.archive.org, follow the steps below to save it to the Wayback Machine, and then add the new archived link to Nukapedia. Follow this step if the external link is still functional.

  • Start at the Wayback Machine save page.
  • Copy paste the link into the "save page now" bar. The checkboxes are optional, such as saving outlinks. Click save page.
  • Depending on the options chosen, this takes a short period of time and is displayed during the process.
  • When complete, a link will be provided after "a snapshot was captured." Click the link after "visit page."
  • The archived link will be in the browser, copy this link and paste it to Nukapedia after the unarchived link.
  • Format it on Nukapedia as followed:
Reference format
Details Code Displays
Original link and archived link

<ref group="Non-canon">[https://fallout.bethesda.net/en/article/4nMJ3QEIKoK16nZ0A8P7Ec/fallout-76-inventory-update-notes-january-26-2021 Patch notes] - [https://web.archive.org/web/20220308024950/https://fallout.bethesda.net/en/article/4nMJ3QEIKoK16nZ0A8P7Ec/fallout-76-inventory-update-notes-january-26-2021 Archived]</ref>

Patch notes - Archived

<ref group="Non-canon">[http://www.formspring.me/JESawyer/q/181620031291956956 Formspring] - [http://web.archive.org/web/20130209011941/formspring.me/JESawyer/q/181620031291956956 Archived]</ref>

Formspring - Archived

Dead link

If you find a link that is not functional, it is called a dead link. The Wayback Machine can be utilized to search back in time to find a point in which the link was functional. This is the link that should be added to Nukapedia.

  • Start at the Wayback Machine main page.
  • Copy paste the link into the url search bar. Click "browse history."
  • If the link has been saved in the past, a timeline and calendar will appear.
  • Search through the calendar dates to find a functional archived link.
  • If one exists, copy this link from the browser and paste it to Nukapedia after the unarchived link.
  • Whether or not a functional archived link can be found, add {{icon|dead}} after the unarchived link to signify that it is a dead link.




Policy vote forum overview
GuidelineReference formatting guideline
Proposal discussionDraft: Reference guidelines
Proposal voteVote: Basic reference formatting guidelines
Date and result8 December 2020 · 14-1-1
Amendment 1Developer statements · Discussion · Vote · 10 November 2021 · 12-0-0
Amendment 2Publications and dialogue · Discussion · Vote · 10 February 2022 · 11-1-0
Amendment 3External links · Discussion · Vote · 22 March 2022 · 10-0-0
Related topicsDeveloper statements · Dialogue · Holotapes and notes · Publications · Terminals and images
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