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I'd like to ask the opinion of others on this topic. I've noticed that the History section on some of our articles have been changed from a paragraph coversational format to a more structured list of dates. The latter, while perhaps best used as a reference, does not appear to lend itself well to reading. When I read history books, they tend to use the paragaph format. In WotC's sourcebooks, they also use a paragraph conversational style, and then occasionally also provide a list of dates and events in addition.

For instance, see this recent change to the Yuirwood's history section, which is now a list of dates and events, and compare it to its previous format or better yet to Cormyr's current history section.

What I'm suggesting is that we match and follows WotC's example of primarily using a paragraph conversational style to describe history, and then optionally also provide another section that acts like a reference with a list of dates and events. Thoughts?

SkyeNiTessine 17:42, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
I agree. It's more work admittedly, but take a look at other wikis and their method of doing history articles. Typically they present history articles in the form you advise, which comes off as more professional and encyclopediac. The current method looks like a high school student's notes for a history quiz. For those with access to the appropriate sourcebooks, please keep this in mind.
Niirfa-sa 19:34, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
As the originator of the list style, I explain my reasoning. WotC are using both styles and they both work for certain types of reading. My intension is that we keep a short paragraph section in the main body of the artical and and add a see also: History of XXX which is in list form. If we do a "high shool notes" section first, it will allow us to better see what points were importantant to allow us to write a brief but important section in the main body of the artical. We need to keep the list style sections in context. It is a quick way of seeing, what happened, when.
Hurtzbad 20:58, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Wikipedia recommends using prose rather than lists and I would recommend we follow this guideline. I would suggest using prose within history sections of a specific article, for example, in the Second Crown War article, but then if notable enough, provide a link to a separate article called List of events in the second Crown War where a list is present. I feel that the reasons on the Wikipedia guide make sense in this regard.
Fw190a8 23:43, 8 October 2008 (UTC)
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