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Forewarning

This article is meant as a guide and only expresses the opinions of the author(s) as a means to assist the growth and development of the Lexicanum.

Introduction

What is an in house source, you ask? No, it's not whatever your big brother says. An in house source is a source that has its own definite article on the Lexicanum, from which all other articles can reference as a valid citation source. This includes any and all Games Workshop approved books, articles, novels, games, pictures and materials which can enhance the content of the Lexicanum.

Where's the Beef?

What sets us apart from the Wikipedia is that we have a definite focus: Warhammer 40k. Therefore, nothing Games Workshop approved is considered superfluous and subject to deletion at the whims of Wikipedia purists. It was this latter fact that brought me full circle to the Lexicanum in the first place, annoyance of the ego some people possessed to wipe out the work of dozens of fans because they believed it was too niche to belong on the Wikipedia.

All I've to say to them is in the words of Ciaphas Cain, "Frak off!"

Speaking of such quotations, it's time to go back to the original point of this article. Some examples of an in house citation include articles such as where Ciaphas Cain originates from. Rather then relying on static information, the Lexicanum has its own article about the source material itself- the books of Sandy Mitchell.

Why Bother?

The advantages of in house sources such as this are as follows:

1) It's easier to add a link to the source's article then it is to dig around and find all the relevant information about it each time you write about the subject material.
2) Very often, you will find that in house sources are more often correct than on other Wikis. The reason for this is due to the number of fans who watch dog and know the genuine facts from grox dung. If you want to know something, ask someone who knows.
3) It makes the Lexicanum more attractive and less capable of being challenge on the facts, since we possess not only valid citations, but even have articles written to back up our very words.

Better Safe then Frakked

Now, just because what we say maybe correct doesn't mean we can't get in trouble for what we do. Since Warhammer 40k and all its respective content is the intellectual property of Games Workshop, we have to be careful at all times to respect this. Although Games Workshop gives fans a fair bit of lateral freedom with their property, there have been instances where fans have unintentionally crossed the line, as (and correct me if I'm wrong) the unfortunate producers of Damnatus discovered when German copyright laws made it impossible for them to release the movie.

To protect the Lexicanum, we make use of special templates which mark images and materials as the property of Games Workshop. The tag for this template is {{copyright}}. Know it, breath it in and above all, use it. Mark it on pictures, stamp it where ever you see it lacking. Respecting the rights of Games Workshop is crucial to the Lexicanum's continued existence.

The Skinny

As of this writing, the English Lexicanum is alright source wise. We possess valid and usable articles about our sources, such as the variety of Codex articles, coverage of publications like Index Astartes. However, there is still work to be done. Novels are always being published by the Black Library, and staying on top of the content by adding novel articles for relatively new novels like Red Fury.

One of the biggest projects to undertake is the article writing of as many of the previous publications of White Dwarf as possible (for the English Lexicanum). The Games Workshop approved magazine has outlined an incredible amount of the Warhammer 40k universe over the years. Sadly, the regular Wikipedia has proven not to be the most trustworthy source of this material, sometimes (dare I say often) mixing up their citations and sources. The Lexicanum should stand taller then its big brother in this regard.

Conclusion

In house sources are what make the Lexicanum complete, networking every article and neatly tying the content to the Warhammer 40k universe together. Adding the information not only helps you, but helps every Lexicanum author out there, a significant boon to our efforts.

You can help by two ways. The first is to look at existing articles and add more source articles whenever you see them lacking. The second is to go into existing content driven articles, and change the sources to links of source articles.

The Omnissiah insists you do not touch his Eggos...

-Techpriest Lygris

Sources and Mentioned Material

All examples of in house sources, of course...