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Today we will dive in and learn all the ins and outs of canon, to understand what it means, the policies surrounding it, and how it applies to our editing here at Nukapedia.

Canon

You will hear a lot about something being "canon" or not as an editor. Canon refers to what is reliable information that we know about the world of Fallout. Reliable means that it comes from one of the currently licensed games that the current intellectual property owner, Bethesda Softworks, has acknowledged as canon.

A big part of editing is making sure that everything we add to the wiki is something that can be independently verified and that we reference it correctly. We must be rigorous, steadfast, and bold in removing unverified information, or relegating it to the correct section of an article. Information directly from within the following games is considered canon:


Anything included within these games is canon and everything outside of these games is not. This includes characters, locations, events, dialogue, notes, holotapes, inscriptions, and anything else you may happen upon in the games. Bethesda's Creation Club and Atomic Shop items are treated as out of game, since they require a purchase.

You may hear things like "supplemental canon" or "dependent canon" or other ways of phrasing it, but as long as you remember that anything included within these games is canon and everything outside of these games is not, you can help to make the wiki a more trustworthy, transparent, accessible, and verifiable source of information for everyone.

Referencing

Since there is more information outside of the canon games that may be applicable and valuable, whether it be game guides or developer comments or other behind the scenes information, we can still make references in our articles to these sources of information, but we must differentiate between non-canon and canon information by special reference formatting.

Anything that is not canon should be referenced with the following:

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

In front of duplicate citation, or a citation that will be used more than once in an article. Must be given a unique name that is not solely numerical.
Instructions Code
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/game">
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/game">''[[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/game 2]

For subsequent, identical references, instead of the full reference, replace it with:
<ref name="name" group="Non-canon/game" />
The code will look like this in the article:
Barnett decided to move all FEV research to Mariposa.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon/game" /> The scientists objected to the orders.<ref name="BibleMariposa2077" group="Non-canon/game" />
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/game 2] The scientists objected to the orders.[Non-canon/game 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."

At the end of an article where any non-game reference is used, after the canon references.
Instructions Code
If there are only canon references in an article, the following is placed at the very bottom:

==References==
{{References}}
If there are non canon/game references also, the following must be added:
==References==
{{References}}
;Non-canоn/game sources
{{References|group=Non-canоn/game}}
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/game
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

When articles contain a significant number of references, there are several ways to improve readability.

Instructions Code
How to create a reference box with two columns.
{{references|2}}
Instructions Code
Another option is to place all references in a scrolling reference box.
{{ref box}}
Instructions Code
To use the reference box with non-canon sources, you can add the reference groups.
{{ref box|Non-canоn/game}}
Instructions Code
For an article with both canon and non-canon information, the following is an example of how to format the reference section using reference boxes.

==References==
{{ref box}}
;Non-canоn/game
{{ref box|Non-canоn/game}}

Quiz 20 (Canon)

Now we will go to the quiz, so you can show off your knowledge of all the things we learned about canonicity.

Quiz time!
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