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These are the editorial guidelines for the Knightfall ATL. That being said, make sure to read and familiarize yourself with these rules before making any edits/adding new pages to the timeline.

Canon

Canon articles are articles accepted as a part of the Knightfall timeline by members of the community. Canon articles must be plausible, logical, and an accepted part of the lore. Before an article is canon, it should be marked with the Knightfall proposal template. To graduate an article to canon, you must bring it to the attention of the contributors at Talk:Knightfall, which is the discussion page for the ATL.

For further understanding of the idea of canon, proposals, and probability read QSS and QAA. It is also recommended that you familiarize yourself with the timeline so you have an idea for the current canon.

Proposals

YuanEmperorAlbumOgedeiPortrait This Knightfall page is a Proposal.

It has not been ratified and is therefore not yet a part of the Knightfall Timeline. You are welcome to correct errors and/or comment at the Talk Page. If you add this label to an article, please do not forget to make mention of it on the Main Discussion page for the Timeline.


When you create something new, it should be tagged as a proposal. This is done by adding {{kfProp}} to the top of the page. This adds the article to Category:Proposals (Knightfall). It is also helpful to add a note about your new page to the bottom of Talk:Knightfall#CURRENT ARTICLE PROPOSALS.

Tagging the page as a proposal indicates that the entire group has not yet had a chance to discuss, debate, and possibly recommend changes to it. If you feel your article is ready to be recognized as canon, then say so on Talk:Knightfall. If nobody raises any objections to your page, you can remove the Proposal tag after a certain amount of time - we have started to call this process "graduation". After that, the page will be considered a part of the Knightfall canon.

Important note: the fact that a page or idea has been accepted/graduated does NOT mean that it is "finished". All of Knightfall's pages are undergoing constant updates and expansion. The graduation process simply means that what has been written - the essentials of the idea - are part of the TL's canon.

Obsolete

YuanEmperorAlbumOgedeiPortrait This Knightfall page is Obsolete.

Events in this article are no longer part of the Knightfall timeline, but the page has been saved for reference purposes. You can comment on this page's talkpage.


Sometimes, articles are not graduated into canon. This is because they either contradict canon or are too implausible to be a part of the timeline, and no one (neither the article's original creator or another editor) is willing to revise the article. To prevent these articles from remaining proposals forever, we have developed a procedure to archive them in case someone wishes to revise them in the future. In Talk:Knightfall#CURRENT ARTICLE PROPOSALS someone moves to mark the article as obsolete. If this passes the {{kfObso}} template is added to the top of the article and all reference to the article is removed from the timeline. In case anyone wishes to revise the article, the only thing they have to do is add the proposal template to the article again.

Review

YuanEmperorAlbumOgedeiPortrait This Knightfall page is under Review.

Even though it is part of the Knightfall Timeline, there is debate about whether this article conflicts with older canon or is to improbable to remain as is. See the Talk Page for more details. If you add this label to an article, please do not forget to make mention of it on the main discussion page for the Timeline.


Sometimes, articles are graduated into canon even though they contradict current canon or are improbable. We have a procedure for dealing with that as well. If you feel an article should not be in canon, mark it with the {{krRefiew}} template and give your reasons why on the article's talk page and at Talk:Knightfall#CURRENT REVIEWS. If consensus is that you are correct, the article will need to be changed in order to remain in canon. If it is changed the proposal template is removed once someone moves to graduate it back into canon. If the article is not changed in 30 days, the article will be marked as obsolete. If consensus is that you are wrong, however, the proposal template will be removed without having to change the article.

Invitation Process

Though we started with just a few, dedicated users, as the canon begins to expand, we will need more and more editors- albeit trusted ones- to help fully flesh out this Timeline. As a result, beyond the founding members, we will have an invitation process to accept newer members. 

Firstly, in order to join, you must be invited by a current member. You CANNOT apply by yourself; you MUST have a sponsor.

Following that, the Knights Extant (the members) shall hold a vote, lasting for a week. If more than 1/2 of the members abstain, the vote automatically fails. Only if more than half of the members vote, and 2/3 of those voting vote "aye", will the new member be accepted.

Emeritus Process

Sometimes editors become inactive. They, for whatever reason, either cannot or will not post. In such a case, these editors will leave the Knights Extant, and instead enter the Knights Emeritus.

In order for a member to be considered Emeritus, they must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Must not have edited in the past month.
  2. Must not have stated when they will return from their hiatus.
  3. If both of the prior two are fulfilled, they cannot be considered for Emeritus until 6 months after they said they would return.
  4. If the editor said they would return, but did not give a rough date as to when, they may be considered for Emeritus, but will automatically be moved back to Extant as soon as they come back.

If the above stipulations are fulfilled, the editor may be moved to Emeritus immediately; however, if they return, they shall automatically be returned to Extant status, unless they specifically request not to be.

Alternatively, a user may request that they be placed in Emeritus. In such a case, to be considered Extant, they must undergo the Invitation procedure themselves.

Plausibility

Please try to keep things to a plausible level. Despite changes in the timeline from ours, the real world works in the same way in this ATL as it does in OTL. Generally, things that couldn't possibly happen in our timeline shouldn't happen in this one. Please do not insert aliens, magic or supernatural elements - as this ATL is already quite fictional on its own. Also remember that even if certain things are possible for people or nations, they should remain at least somewhat practical and achievable for them to have it happen. Unlikely but possible things can be allowed, as long as there is a good explanation as for why it happened over a more likely thing or outcome.

Adopting articles

Sometimes, real life causes editors to go missing, leaving their articles with no one to update them. Due to the nature of the timeline, its unrealistic to allow articles to remain unchanged while the history of this world marches on. So, if an editor has been missing for three months, another editor can adopt his articles. We ask that the adopting editor make an attempt to contact the missing editor by leaving a message on his or her talk page. If the missing editor does not respond in one week, the adopting editor can safely become the new caretaker of the article in question.

Another way to adopt an article is to find one with the adoption banner and remove, thus making you the new caretaker. But remember, RESPECT CANON!

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