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I have a bit of a dilemma when it comes to the electronic versions of Dungeon magazine and Dragon magazine because we have templates, namely {{Cite dungeon}} and {{Cite dragon}}, specifically for citing the printed versions. Using {{Cite web}} for the majority of articles in the digital editions might be a bit futile because they won't be accessible to the general public, rendering a URL rather pointless to anyone except subscribers.

Having said that, these links might be useful to subscribers, and the alternative is not having any links at all, which would benefit nobody. What would everyone think to the idea of altering the Cite dungeon and Cite dragon templates so that if they contain a URL, it switches to a digital version of the citation template? That way, we could retain one template for each magazine, but retain a method of differentiating between the printed and digital editions.

Fw190a8 20:16, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Was the final decision to use {{Cite web/Dragon Features Archive}} instead of {{Cite dragon}} or {{Cite web}} for Dragon magazine content?

I'm a little unclear as to what we should use for citing a normal article in the new online-only Dragon magazines. Are these digital Dragon articles "Dragon Features", or was that referring to something else (such as D&DI Dragon magazine content that doesn't get added to the actual "Dragon" magazine pdf at the end of the month)?

If the {{Cite web/Dragon Features Archive}} is supposed to be used for regular digital Dragon articles, would anyone mind if I included the Dragon magazine number in the citation template?

SkyeNiTessine 03:34, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
At the time of writing my original post above, it was not clear that the magazines would always be released as PDFs, which are effectively electronic versions of the magazine, but otherwise the same as they always were, with page numbers and sections, etc. Now that this is known, I added a url parameter to the {{Cite dragon}} and {{Cite dungeon}} templates, so continue to use these as normal, and if the article is available free online, this can be used to link to it.

That said, I'd always suggest creating a subtemplate like those found in Category:Dragon_citation_templates, so that it's easy to cite that specific article again in the future.

Thanks, and sounds good. I've updated the citation template for {{Cite dragon/373/Ecology of the Sharn}} article and taken advantage of your change.
SkyeNiTessine 19:02, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
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