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Alrighty. Moving right along, the results of User blog:The Gunny/Weapon overview and disambiguation pages revamp, take II. were pretty conclusive. To recap changes to the weapon article, weapons overview pages and weapon disambiguation pages will include:

  1. All disambiguation pages will be named in the singular per policy. This will require the renaming of most existing weapon overview pages, since they already have been named with the names reserved for disambiguation pages.
  2. Disambiguation pages will include all similarly named articles.
  3. All weapon overview pages will be named in the plural, with existing pages moved and new ones created conforming to policy.
  4. All existing weapon overview pages will be edited to conform with the consensus on using weapon sub-types as the basis for determining the content they will hold, and new overview pages will be created for those sub-types that do not yet have one.
  5. As of now, every single weapon sub-type will have its own overview article, regardless of the number of distinct models on the page. More on this further down.
  6. All content on disambiguation and overview pages will be presented in canon order first, alphabetical order second, with all subsequent occurrences of like-named weapons from later games being listed with the first occurrence.
  7. All links in {{Gamearticle}} and {{Gamearticlelist}} templates will follow canon order and will be disambiguated article names. Add-on content will be listed, when possible, with their own {{Abb}} shortcuts.
  8. Each distinct model will be listed under its own level-3 section header using <make><model> when known. If make and model is not known, weapons will be listed by the disambiguated article name without modifiers.
  9. Unique, cut, npc and non-canon weapons will be listed on overview articles with appropriate cut content and non-canon templates in a bulleted list under the level-3 section header of the base weapon they are the same model as. When there is no canon base model, these weapons will be listed in normal canon-alpha order under their own level-3 section header.
  10. On overview pages, an article leade will briefly summarize the content of the article. A background section shall be written with the intention to transclude the first summary paragraph of that section in the background section of the articles listed, when applicable. Each model listed under a level-3 section heading should have a separate leade summary in the first paragraph of the section, written with the intention to transclude that into the characteristics section of the articles listed, when applicable.
  11. The lower part of the Weapon page, after being renamed Weapons will have the individual article links removed and list of weapon overview pages instead.

Examples

I have created a couple of example pages using all of the above conventions. Please check them out before we move along.

Disambiguation page

Overview page with only one model (level-3 section heading)

Overview page with multiple models, including unique, npc and non-canon models

Overview page with tons of models, including unique, npc and non-canon models

Overview page with sub-types that have only one model listed on a type page

Overview page for sub-types linked from type page

Further questions

While doing these example pages, a couple of other questions arose:

Question #1

For cut, test and/or non-canon models listed within a level-3 section heading of a base model, I had previously considered using only disambiguated links, e.g. Combat shotgun rather than Combat shotgun (Van Buren). I'm now not certain which I prefer. Here's two examples:

Heckler & Koch CAWS

Fo2 H&amp;K CAWS
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Heckler & Koch HK CAWS (H&K CAWS) is a prototype automatic shotgun—designed as a combat shotgun—co-produced by Heckler & Koch and Winchester/Olin during the 1980s. It was Heckler & Koch's entry in to the U.S military's Close Assault Weapon System program.

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
  • For the version that appears in Fallout Tactics, see: H&K CAWS
Mini-FOT LogoEnd of information based on Fallout Tactics.

Heckler & Koch CAWS

Fo2 H&amp;K CAWS
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Heckler & Koch HK CAWS (H&K CAWS) is a prototype automatic shotgun—designed as a combat shotgun—co-produced by Heckler & Koch and Winchester/Olin during the 1980s. It was Heckler & Koch's entry in to the U.S military's Close Assault Weapon System program.

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Mini-FOT LogoEnd of information based on Fallout Tactics.
For weapon article links in bulleted lists within a level-3 section heading, I prefer:
 
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The poll was created at 20:14 on February 8, 2015, and so far 15 people voted.

Question #2

I'm still not crazy about the idea of having overview pages with only one level-3 heading representing a single model. I, personally, believe that does not constitute enough content for a page. I'd like everyone to look at an overview page for a sub-type with only one model listed: Lever-action shotgats. Also, take a look at what might be an overlong page: Submachine gats. One way to avoid both overly long and overly short overview pages is to have an overview page for a weapon type, listing those sub-types that don't have the content to merit their own page, and then break out the sub-types that do into their own sub-type overview page. You can see an example of that on the page: Shotgats, where I list all sub-types of shotguns, but break out all autoloading shotguns into Autoloading shotgats. There's probably enough content to break out break-action shotguns and also pump-action shotguns. Remember, it goes category (ballistic weapons) > class (firearms) > type (shotguns) > sub-type (lever-action shotguns, pump-action shotguns, etc.)

After looking at the above examples, I feel that the minimum number of distinct models listed in level-3 section headings that merit their own page is:
 
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The poll was created at 19:50 on February 8, 2015, and so far 9 people voted.

Next step

After these last few questions gets nailed down, the next step will be to start the actual work. Part of that is to determine who is doing it and how we coordinate, so let's do this:

This is a big project and I think we should:
 
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The poll was created at 20:10 on February 8, 2015, and so far 10 people voted.

If you would like to look at the different categories, classes, type and sub-types as I have outlined them, please see: User:The Gunny/sandbox#Weapon types. If you would like to see a list of all the weapon articles, their current status and which sub-type they are currently listed under (work in progress), see: User:The Gunny/sandbox#Current status. If you would like to see a list of all disambiguation pages needed (work in progress), see: User:The Gunny/sandbox#Disambiguation.

As always, ask any relevant questions in the comments and I will attempt to answer them. If anything is unclear at this stage, speak now or forever hold your peace. Once we (I) start the actual work on pages, I don't want to make changes to the process halfway through. If you're willing and able to help out, please note so in a comment.