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. Note that it is not appropriate to use Fanlore to explain why your OTP is totally canon and those other fans are so wrong. However, it is very appropriate and desirable to describe fannish debates over whether or not your OTP is canon/is going to be canon and explain the differing points of view. Links to existing essays explaining why your OTP is totally canon are also fine. See also PPOV and What Fanlore is not.