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 page. You can create a pairing page for canonical or non-canonical couples (or triads, etc.) of any gender, as well as for platonic friendships.
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 pairings can vary from fandom to fandom, so just use the punctuation/portmanteau/name order your fandom favors.
Pairing pages should be top-level pages. However, because many pairings 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 pairing pages as subpages.
Which templates and categories should I add?
RPF pairings may not always belong to a clear-cut fandom that has its own categories; 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 pairing. For example, you could:
- list popular fanworks about the pairing
- discuss trends in fanworks about the pairing
- describe significant meta discussions about the pairing
- include a history of how the pairing 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 pairing
You can also provide a brief overview of relevant canon background information. (See also What Fanlore is not.)