Help:Pairing pages

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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.

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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.

See also Help:Naming Conventions and Help:Starting a new page.

Which templates and categories should I add?

Copy and paste the pairing template into the edit window. The template will automatically add the page to the pairing category.

You will also need to add the appropriate fandom category. For example, Buffy/Faith would get the Buffy the Vampire Slayer category.

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.

See also Help:Templates and Help:Categories.

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.)

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