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Several authors, including Ed, have been doing Ask Me Anything sessions (as I'm writing, one with Philip Athans has just begun) and posting tidbits of Realmslore on Facebook lately, however, they have only been doing so within closed groups. In order to see what they've written, you MUST be a member of said group. Obviously, this means that if we were to try referencing these things using Wikia's normal referencing tools, even if every editor here was a member, links will not work for the many thousands of visitors who, potentially, would want to check the veracity of our source. Would a database of screenshots work as a solution to this problem or do you guys have any better ideas?
-hashtalk 19:08, January 28, 2017 (UTC)

Would transcribing these sessions in a Candlekeep thread be kosher? We could then cite the thread, plus the information would be available to more Realms enthusiasts.
Ir'revrykal (talk) 19:49, January 28, 2017 (UTC)

I could ask Alaundo or Wooly Rupert for their permission/opinion.
-hashtalk 21:32, January 28, 2017 (UTC)

I would say no, we shouldn't bother. Per our Canon policy, we only accept the word of Ed Greenwood as canon, which excludes all other authors except to resolve a discrepancy or oversight or they specifically confirm something is canon. We've also restricted online sources to those that readers can easily be linked to to confirm for themselves; closed Facebook groups are inaccessible to the average reader or editor, and I'm not sure you can even link to an individual post. They can be easily deleted, moved, or lost. We don't accept things said in conversation at cons for that matter, and I feel Facebook conversations are closer to that anything.
Personally, call me a media purist, because I am, I dislike the Twitter/Facebook feeds of Realmslore. Citing all these different sites will be a strain for the wiki, and the lore is mostly aimless. Ed Greenwood is a master of coming up with interesting lore on the spot, and is free to then contradict himself later. It's all just fleeting ideas, none of this is yet set in stone. I feel the wiki should focus on more permanent sources of lore before this ephemera.
— BadCatMan (talk) 01:19, January 29, 2017 (UTC)
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