This help page provides instructions for how to create, organize and develop articles about character relationships.
Fans' engagement with the relationship between two or more characters can be documented on a pairing or ship page. You can create a page for canonical or non-canonical couples, triads, etc. of any gender. You can also create pages about platonic/nonromantic relationships between characters.
This page template includes wiki markup and sample sections for starting a pairing page from scratch.
How do I name the page?
Naming conventions for ships can vary from fandom to fandom, so just use the punctuation/portmanteau/name order your fandom favors. / or x are common punctuation marks for designating ships; & is often used for gen relationships.
Ship pages should be top-level pages. However, because many ships are denoted by a slash between the names of the characters (e.g. Kirk/Spock), these pages will be interpreted as subpages by the wiki software. (Subpages are created automatically when you add a slash (/) to the page title.) In practice, this hasn't been a problem; we simply ignore the wiki software's treatment of ship pages as subpages.
Which templates and categories should I add?
Copy and paste the correct template into the edit window.
For pairings, use Template:PairingProfile. For moresomes or three+ pairings, Template:Moresome is preferred. For gen relationships, use Template:RelationshipGen. The template will automatically add the page to the appropriate relationship category. Be sure that all 3+ ships are included in the Category:Moresomes, no matter which template you use.
Please also add:
- a fandom category (or relationship subcategory if one exists). For example, Xena/Gabrielle would get the Xena: Warrior Princess category. Harry/Hermione would get the Harry Potter Relationships category.
- a genre category. Currently we have:
- Crossover Relationships
- Femslash Pairings
- Het Pairings
- Non-Binary Pairings
- Slash Pairings
- Uncategorized Pairings
- Yaoi Pairings
- Yuri Pairings
RPF ships may not always belong to a clear-cut (easily named) fandom that has its own categories, and some RPF relationships may constitute their own fandom. In these cases, add one of the generic subcategories under Celebrities & Real People: Actor RPF, Music RPF, etc.
What content should I add?
Anything you fancy. Or, specifically, anything about how fans engage with the relationship. For example, you could:
- list popular fanworks about them
- discuss trends in fanworks about them
- describe significant meta discussions about them
- include a history of how the relationship became popular
- list conventions and other relevant fan activities
- document controversies
- add links to archives, journal communities, mailing lists, ship manifestoes, and other online resources for the relationship
You can also provide a brief overview of relevant canon background information. (See also What Fanlore is not.)