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Like all Wikis (and indeed fansites and blogs), if someone cites wookieepedia as if it's a primary source, you should feel free to use the comments and, if needs be, the downvote button to express that real primary sources (such as book or film quotes, for example) are strongly preferred around these parts. Part of the problem is that a lot of users are ...


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How to cite a book passage is a bit like how to format a quote: on this site, there's no single standard for doing so; different people have different styles, so don't worry too much about it. A couple of general common-sense tips: Be consistent. At least within a single post, once you've chosen a particular style for formatting your citations, stick to it....


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1. The question asker decides what sources are acceptable The user asking the question can specify whether they're looking for concrete evidence for something. If the asker doesn't make any stipulations on what sources they're looking for, then users should be free to answer with whatever sources they may find. These sources can include wiki/wikipedia/etc. ...


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No* wiki sources should *ever* be considered as a primary source. This includes things like Wikipedia, Wookieepedia, HP Wikia, Buffy Wikia, Marvel Cinematic Wikia, and IMDB. Talk to any educator, and you'll hear about students trying to use Wikipedia or similar sources as references for their papers. As these students are told, resources like Wikipedia ...


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I'll chime in here, since I brought up the edits in chat. The original answer was posted. Personally, I think it's wrong, but that's neither here nor there. Your additions, while full of good intentions, actually went too far trying to back up the answer with citations. Particularly It also was not entirely black, and glowed with a dark purple hue: The ...


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I agree with the others' answers, but one point I consider is how extensive the other answer is. Even if it is correct, accepted, and upvoted, yet the answer only consists of "yes, starwars.wikia says so: " (of which I have seen several), even if this really does answer the question, I'd add another answer with the better material. If in the same case, he ...


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If all you've done is use their own post to research the actual cites, then you should just add them to the earlier post with good grace and consider it a job well done as a member of the community. On the other hand, if your own research has lead you to a brand new conclusion then you need to create a new post and maybe consider crediting the earlier ...


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