Hello again. Was just working through some articles and noticed big inconsistencies with tensing. Portions of the bigger articles are written in present tense, particularly the biography, although smaller articles all use past tense.
Such forces me to ask, what is our stance on tensing here? I always presumed it was past, as is pretty much all other wikias and wikipedia itself, yet some of our biggest articles use present tense. Is there a reason for this? If not and its simple editing errors, shall we go ahead and fix such by converting them all to past tense?
Particularly, my view is that anything that is alive should use present tense and anyone that's dead uses past tense. I would imagine things like chapter summaries be written in present tense and things like weapons be written in past tense. I'm personally not that knowledgeable about this sort of thing so whatever works best for the wiki. I'd imagine M67PattonZippo would have a better input on this.
I mostly agree with what Ninja said, with using present tense for characters and things that are still alive/intact/active, and past for things that are dead/destroyed/inactive. But other than that, I mostly prefer past tense.
In fact, I have one more query. What about real world pages. So for instance, The Last of Us and the other game pages? Should they be in past tense - since they have been released - or should we report them in present tense as Wikipedia does?
It's cool, I'm just trying to formulate something a little more concrete. Given lots of users will arrive when Part II releases, I feel we need solid grounding on a policies. Don't want us to look like dictators going "X in present tense, Y in past tense" without us giving a sufficient reason is all.
Of course, I get what you mean. Sorry I've been inactive lately and unable to help you out, I've just been very busy lol. I appreciate the effort you're putting into all of it. It's shaping up for sure.
Side note: I noticed we actually don't have our policies linked on the nav bar at the top of the page. I recommend they be added there ins some way to ensure users have easy access to them. This also helps prevent users from claiming they didn't know about policies because they could not find them; nearly every user checks the nav bar, especially when first browsing a wiki.