Here on Alien Species Wiki, we have articles about literally hundreds of alien species. And like any big database; in order to keep all of this in an organized consensus, a few nomenclature policies are needed. We also have dozens of collaborators and newcomers arriving all the time, so we've prepared a nice, clear introduction to these naming conventions. After all, the name of an article is the first thing readers will see in it, so it better be named properly
- Use the Most Popular Name - Many fictional species have been given more than one name. Commonly there is a name in their native language, and one in our own language, and typically the later is more frequently used. If you're in doubt about which name should be used for your article, ask yourself what name the readers are most likely to type when searching for this species. Sure there are exceptions: casual readers looking for Xenomorph information are very likely to type "Alien", but our article is named "Xenomorph" because "alien" is not considered an appropriate name for a species, especially in cases like this in which the creature does have a (nevertheless obscure) official name. In cases like this the word "alien" might be turned into a redirect, so that when readers type "alien" in the search box it will automatically lead them to the Xenomorph page.
- Avoid Ambiguity - When a species' name is a real (but not-particularly-obscure) word or the name of a real location, it is recommended to put the work of fiction it appears in inside parenthesis, so to avoid confusion (e.g. Orion (Star Trek), Shadow (Babylon 5), Charon (Doctor Who), etc...). This also holds true for cases in which two or more species share the same name. If there are only two of them, a link to each other might be placed on the top of their pages (e.g. "this page is about the Star Wars species; for the Star Trek species of the same name go to Quarren (Star Trek)"). If there are more than two species with this name out there, a disambiguation page should be created. Disambiguation pages aren't about any specific alien, but provide a complete list of species known under said name, sometimes also providing background information about the popularity of said species type (e.g. Martian, Venusian, Blob)
- Use Singular, Not Plural - Like Wikipedia and others, ASW favors singular names for species articles (eg. Chthonian and not "Chthonians"). There are a number of exceptions, though. In some cases, the plural name will be better suited than its singular form (e.g. Little Green Men instead of "Little Green Man", Pod People instead of "Pod Person", Worm Guys instead of "Worm Guy"). Also, there are cases of unnamed species which are known simply as "aliens" (e.g. Aliens (Independence Day)). In these cases too the plural form is preferred and the singular form may be turned into a redirect.
- Avoid Using the Word "The" - Putting the word "the" before a species' name is usually unnecessary. A few exceptions have been made, however (e.g. The Flood, The Blob, The Thing)
- Always Capitalize - Most written text dealing with alien species tends to capitalize the name of sapient species (except for humans) and leave non-sapient species not capitalized. On Alien Species Wiki however we prefer to capitalize all species names, including Humans, in order to make things easier and create a nice feeling of equality among our fictional yet so fascinating galactic neighbors. Also, the existence of hundreds of semi-sapient beings and creatures with unknown or unclear sapience level should be enough to justify this decision.
- Dealing with Unnamed Species - Finding an appropriate name for an article is particularly hard when you're dealing with unnamed species. If the species has no name in canon, non-canon named are valid. If it has never had an official name whatsoever, an "official nickname" might serve, that is: a nickname used by people involved with the creation of this species, or which is used widely among fans. Often, at least one member of the species will have been named, allowing you to name the species after this character (e.g. Yoda's species). If none of this works you can still attempt to find out to what this species is called onscreen or in other websites. Also, remember that you might create an appropriate name based on the species' homeworld, the place where it was originally found or even its most notable characteristic.
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