RE: Screams of the Brahmin Edit
Hello, I saw your message on A Follower's talk page and I thought I'd drop you a line to explain the revert of your edit. When it comes to behind the scenes information, all information needs to follow the Fallout Wiki:Content policy, specifically the behind the scenes section. Your edit was reverted as it did not meet the criteria. If you feel that your edit was correct, I would suggest leaving a question about whether or not Beowulf was the inspiration for that Nightkin on J.E. Sawyer's Formspring. He's typically really good about responding promptly, and, with a developer citation, stating that Beowulf was the inspiration would be just fine. You can find J.E. Sawyers formspring here. (Also: Don't try to format messages on talk pages like letters, it screws up the formatting and creates these weird annoying little text boxes when you put in a bunch of spaces next to each other.) Richie9999 (talk) 15:05, June 29, 2014 (UTC)
Re: The Screams of Brahmin Edit
Hi there. Thanks for contacting me regarding your edit to the Screams of Brahmin page. While the quest does indeed bear some similarity to the poem Beowulf, there are a few reasons as to why that reference isn't allowed to stay on the page. Firstly, the quest much more closely resembles The Silence of the Lambs, chiefly because the nightkin in question is hearing nonexistent voices, much like Agent Starling from the film. Grendel, on the other hand, is disturbed by actual noises as opposed to imaginary ones, and retaliates against people and settlements as opposed to animals. These reasons are enough to make the reference questionable at best.
The second reason is far more simplistic: In accordance with our policies, we do not add any behind the scenes references that are not confirmed by developers of the game, unless they fall into the 'painfully obvious' category (an example being the "Bravo Bravo Charlie the Doctor is coming" message on the NCR emergency radio, an extremely obvious reference to Dr. Who and the BBC). Your reference, while holding some merit, has not been confirmed by developers nor does it share enough direct similarities with the quest to be included. I admit it is close, but the other reference is much more obvious and in our experience the developers tend to stick to a single cultural reference, rarely blending more than one.
In any case, I think you should take some time to take a look at our content policy as well as our editing guideline, which will go into greater detail of our policies than I can hope to achieve in a message. I hope that satisfies your questions. Feel free to message me if you have further questions. On a separate note, formal indentation tends to screw up formatting on the wiki, as you saw with your message on my talk page. Leaving out indentations will make everything look proper, and make sure you sign your name with '~~~~'. Thanks again! 22:34, June 29, 2014 (UTC)