The Oracle II Policies
The following are policies to be followed on the Oracle II. These policies are subject to change.
Articles will be titled by their canon name if possible. Characters will be listed underneath their first and last birth name. If that is unknown, they will be listed under what they originally are known as. Some characters in their original appearance will have no given name but simply a code name while future incarnations of that character will be given a name. Because the new name of the character cannot be applied retroactively and is an anomaly rather than the other way around, the article's title will remain the code name. Some characters, like Sparkplug Witwicky, are better known by their alternate name and rarely have a consistent real name. Because of this, their name will remain as the alternate name. If two characters of the same species would have the same name with the same cluster, an ordinal number will separate them by seniority. This number will not be present for the first in the series. For example, Galvatron (Primax) would cover incarnations of Galvatron (not explicitly related to Megatron). Galvatron II (Primax) would cover the Galvatron of Beast Wars II (despite there already being a character partially known in-fiction as Galvatron II. This Galvatron II would be under the page Megatron (Primax) due to his original name being Megatron). If two characters with the same article title are of different species, they will be divided as such. An example would be Joseph Colton (Primax) and Joseph Colton (Dire Wraith) (Primax).
Dire Wraiths will be listed like Joseph Colton (Dire Wraith) (Primax) in the event that the Dire Wraith in question is not named before hand. If the Dire Wraith moves from individual to individual, they will be named after the first individual we see them infect or the first named individual we see them infect.
Clones will receive a separate article if the clone is deliberately meant to be a different character from its original. For example, Ironhide of Primax 1005.19 Gamma, despite effectively being a clone, is not meant to play the role of a clone of that character but a continuation of that character. On the other hand, the clone of Optimus Prime from Aurex 304.0 Epsilon is not. As his birth name is Optimus Prime, the clone receives his own page as Optimus Prime II (Aurex).
Characters, terminology, etc. will be named off of their American terminology due to the origin of the franchise. However, when the Japanese 'equivalent' is actually different from the original, it will be given its own article.
Authorial intent will be incorporated into the Oracle II if it meets all of the following criteria:
- The information from the authorial intent adds to the understanding of an element of the fiction.
- The information from the authorial intent does not contradict canon given in-fiction.
Even if authorial intent meets these requirements, if future in-fiction canon contradicts the authorial intent, it is the authorial intent that is eliminate with no worries for continuity as in-fiction given canon supersedes authorial intent.
The following boxes will be used:
Articles that do not meet standardization
Citations will be given as [Name of fiction] [episode/volume/#/whatever equivalent] [number]- [title] in most cases. In the case of things like blogs, it will be [title] [date (dd/mmm/yyyy)].
The Oracle II aims to cover content taking place within the borders of the Multiverse as established by canon fiction. Elements from the Megaverse and Omniverse will be covered from the perspective of the Multiverse, meaning that if something from these levels of existence are referenced from within the Multiverse, they will be covered based on information given there. If a character from the Megaverse or Omniverse plays a role in the Multiverse, their role will be covered along with an explanation as to how they entered or left the Multiverse based on information from within the Multiverse. For example, the role Death's Head played in the Marvel UK Transformers comics will be recorded, as will the method in which he left the Multiverse. However, additional information given about Death's Head in non-Multiverse Marvel publications will not be recorded.
Information within sections will be given in chronological story order rather than publication or air date order. This is particularly true for the original Transformers cartoon series.
Similar pages are divided by their in-fiction universal cluster of origin. Though a character may be more prevalent in a cluster not of their origin, their information will be recorded on the page for that cluster.
The Oracle II will take in to account things that are strongly implied as we subscribe to the theory that not everything needs to be explicitly said for it to be so. Due to the nature of plot and subsequent plot twists, implications will not be taken into account by recent ongoing fiction.
The events portrayed in the un-dubbed episode of Transformers Energon will be treated as if it happened in Aurex 802.23 Alpha.
In some cases, some universes may have different notations despite being part of an identical continuity. In this case, these notations given in the source material are altered to the primary notation. In other cases, no universal notation is given but one can make a notation based on the outline on how continuities are notated. This is more complicated by otherwise identical notations due to lack of information on the exact date of release for the first installment of the continuity. In this case, additional letters will be added though this is ultimately not a desirable outcome. Finding the exact release date of the content is crucial. It is also crucial to keep an eye out on official material for the release of a better listing for the continuity's notation.
If information on unpublished material that was meant to be published but for any reason was not published is available, that information will be treated as canon unless future published material contradicts it.