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Raising an issue encountered between myself and Raven's wing. It has come to my attention that my articles are tagged with the "Real Life" corner-box thing. I've sporadically removed them where I see them placed inappropriately, but it seems that the majority of articles with real life counterparts have been tagged as RL.

As far as I understand, the RL box is reserved for articles that are actually about real life, such as Infinity Ward, Activision and other real-life topics. However, articles like Viet Cong and United States Marine Corps are also tagged as RL even though the articles contain no RL information, but rather have a RL counterpart.

I therefore ask the community what the appropriate use of the RL box is. --Scottie theNerd 11:25, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

Generally, I believe it is to mark the existence in an article of real-life information, whether or not it appears in the CoD universe. Therefore, if any article is presumably based on a subject that happens to both be real and appear in the CoD universe, it should have an RL box. Though I don't understand why most weapon articles don't have RL boxes. Lightning bolt 2Tsunami VoltTalkLightning bolt 14:31, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

Our weapon policy dictates that we assume all weapons are fictional. This was in response to editors constantly putting up RL information and conflicts with in-game renditions. Otherwise, almost every article would have a RL tag since most content is, in some form, based on a real-life place, object, person or event. Also, you state "real-life information", but the articles contain little or no real-life information, so why should they be tagged for RL? The RL icon is that of (I imagine) a developer's face, and I assume that's the sort of content that needs to be tagged. We implemented the boxes so that users can easily identify which games the article pertains to. It doesn't make sense for us to recognise whether or not an article has real-life counterparts. --Scottie theNerd 15:45, July 13, 2011 (UTC)
Scottie's completely right. All of these guns must and are considered fictional. The Wikia Contributor T | C | E | Q03:50, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

Well, only developer-related articles really need to have them; everything else in the CoD universe is entirely fictional.Personal AdvancedRookie Sig2 14:58, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

I don't see why we shouldn't put it on faction/army articles, like Spetsnaz, SAS, and NVA. USAM170TalkUSA 16:35, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

We shouldn't put it on those articles because those articles about the fictional portrayals of those factions and contain no real-life information. --Scottie theNerd 17:29, July 13, 2011 (UTC)

The RL box should only go in real-life articles, like Treyarch and Robert Bowling. Personal Conqueror of all Zombies Ireland flagCoaZTalkPersonal Conqueror of all Zombies Ireland flag 01:07, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

Well then shouldn't we get rid of the link to Wikipedia at the beginning of the article? If we have that, then we should have the RL Box. USAM170TalkUSA 12:18, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
I don't see where you're going with that...  FANMADE_Animated_Derpy_Hooves_desktop_ponies_sprite.gif Sig1.png Sig2.png  13:20, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
::I mean that, alot of articles have a link to Wikipedia at the beginning (MP40, T-55). If they have links to Wikipedia, then they must be real. I say that either we get rid of this link, or we add the RL box. USAM170TalkUSA 14:36, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
Well the links to Wikipedia does not make it real. They are there just in case for some reason a user was looking for real weapon info and looked it up on the Wiki, they see the link and it provides accessibility. The Wikia Contributor T | C | E | Q 18:41, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
Not everything on wikipedia is real. There are articles for Zombies, Werewolves and Vampires on wikipedia. Also, per TWC. Personal Conqueror of all Zombies Ireland flagCoaZTalkPersonal Conqueror of all Zombies Ireland flag 02:17, July 17, 2011 (UTC)

It's only for articles which solely contain IRL information, this is articles about companies, and the people behind the game.  FANMADE_Animated_Derpy_Hooves_desktop_ponies_sprite.gif Sig1.png Sig2.png  13:20, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

^This is the assumption I'm making and will act upon it unless others see otherwise. --Scottie theNerd 14:29, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
What about real characters (JFK, Sarah Michelle Gellar etc.) and locations? - Spetsnaz Logo MW2 MLGISNOT4ME [Talk] - 22:29, July 14, 2011 (UTC)
They're not real. They are fictionally portrayed in the Call of Duty universe. Unless the article is about Sarah Michelle Gellar's career and personal life, it's not an RL article. --Scottie theNerd 07:27, July 15, 2011 (UTC)
I would have thought that was a rule, there's really no two ways about it, the RL template is for pages which only pertain to RL. Everything else is counted as fictional. Are we really going to stick RL gameboxes on every weapon, character who has an IRL equivalent, location etc.?  FANMADE_Animated_Derpy_Hooves_desktop_ponies_sprite.gif Sig1.png Sig2.png  13:00, July 15, 2011 (UTC)

As Scottie pointed out, our weapon policy dictates that we should assume all weapons don't exist at all. Major Rank MarinesReznov115TalkTactical Nuke inventory icon MW2 21:39, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

(One of these cases where I can't say anything that's not already said) As per Reznov. - Spetsnaz Logo MW2 MLGISNOT4ME [Talk] - 22:29, July 14, 2011 (UTC)

Closed - This wiki treats everything inside the games as fictional. As such, the RL gamebox may only be applied to articles which solely pertain to RL. This includes articles such as the people behind the games, and the companies themselves. Just because something has an RL counterpart does not mean it deserves the RL gamebox.  FANMADE_Animated_Derpy_Hooves_desktop_ponies_sprite.gif Sig1.png Sig2.png  22:08, August 1, 2011 (UTC)

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