Warhammer 40k - Lexicanum:Allowed content
The Lexicanum is an encyclopedia mainly dedicated to the background of Warhammer 40,000 and the games and other products set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Game- and hobby-related content is allowed to a certain degree but Lexicanum is not intended to replace actual rulebooks and publications, therefore certain limitations have to be observed. Likewise certain specific activities can not be allowed. See also Forbidden content.
Please note that the following list is non-exhaustive and can be expanded or edited when necessary.
- 1 Background- or product-related information on which game systems is allowed?
- 2 Information from previous game editions
- 3 Allowed sources
- 4 Summaries and spoilers
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Images
- 7 Content from sources in other languages than English
- 8 Technical product information
- 9 References, inspirations, "real world" information
As long as the game or game system is official, relevant content is allowed on the Lexicanum. Please do note that for games and publications set in the Warhammer Fantasy world the corresponding Warhammer Fantasy Lexicanum has to be used.
Information from previous game editions
You can use all official material ever published as a source to create Lexicanum articles, no matter from which edition of the game in question. In the case of background conflicts with newer editions the conflicts should be explained and problematic information marked accordingly. For product information (e.g. miniatures, rule books etc.) specifying the year(s) of publication and edition is mandatory.
You can use all official material ever published as a source to create Lexicanum articles.
Summaries and spoilers
As long as the summaries are written in your own words or taken from an official source they are allowed. Information on how books, stories or other media end or which reveal any plot elements which threaten to give away important details should include a Spoiler flag. This does not apply to generally known facts about the Warhammer 40,000 universe (e.g. that the Emperor killed Horus).
Quotes from official sources are allowed if they are clearly marked as quotes, are not excessively long and are relavent to the article in which they are used.
Images from official sources are allowed if they are cropped to the relevant part of the image and have the proper Copyright disclaimer and if they are not used excessively.
Content from sources in other languages than English
If the publication exists in English, then only the English language edition of the source is allowed to be used. In the rare cases where official material was only published in a language other than English, an exception can be made. Do note that in these cases a disclaimer is to be used indicating the exact origin and circumstances and warning readers that the information in question might contradict established lore. The text for the Lexicanum itself must still be written in English.
Technical product information
The following information or image material is allowed when writing articles about specific products:
- Official product images. Do note that only images showing the relavent product should be used - so no group images.
- Private product images are only allowed if no official images are available. In this case the images should still show the product question in a state that is as close to its original state as possible.
- Detailed information on miniatures, like year of production, designer, material, rarity, packaging, prices etc. Do note that for example regarding prices the country, origin and date of the price have to be included (e.g. 3,99 GBP, June 1990, UK). Third party sellers and second-hand websites are not allowed, only offical sources.
References, inspirations, "real world" information
It is allowed and even encouraged to include information on possible references, inspirations etc. on article pages but only in the "Trivia" section of an article (see here for more detailed information). Unless it is unequivocally stated in an official source that the reference, inspiration etc. in question is such and such you should however formulate this section in a way that it reflects the speculative nature of the text, i.e. "could be inspired by" instead of "is inspired by", "might be a reference to" instead of "is a reference to" etc. Do also note that links to trustworthy and readily available sources (e.g. Wikipedia, book excerpts, newspaper or magazine articles) have to be provided (see also here for more information on the required formatting of the sources). It should also be explained in a succinct way why the included "Trivia" is considered relevant to the article.