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I've seen some inconsistency in this area. Are we supposed to use present tense or past tense? I'm guessing the latter, but I just want to make sure. BrickfilmNut


I don't think this has been discussed for date articles, so starting a forum (please correct me if I'm wrong). Personally, I'd go for past tense for things in past years (eg "2011: Lego Star Wars III was released"), present if it refers to something on the current day ("2013: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is released"), and future for things in the future ("2014: LEGO Star Wars V will be released"). Although, I doubt present would be used, since it'd only be valid for one day... NightblazeSaber 03:03, January 29, 2013 (UTC)

  • Support. It really seems like common sense, but I just wanted to make sure there was no reason that I was ignorant of. :P -- BrickfilmNut Productions!
  • I'd say just past and future. Jag 04:07, January 29, 2013 (UTC)
    • Per Jag. -Konicle2 16:30, January 29, 2013 (UTC)
  • Support per Jag. Jeyo Lord VladekTalk The Forge 05:14, January 29, 2013 (UTC)
  • Sure. ~ CJC 16:28, January 29, 2013 (UTC)
  • Per Jag. -Legoboy 16:44, January 29, 2013 (UTC)
  • ^ --Berrybrick (Talk) 20:03, January 29, 2013 (UTC)

So, it seems we have a consensus. Is it safe to implement this now? -- BrickfilmNut Productions!


Not really date articles, but one think I don't understand is why we use past tense in backgrounds when it is referring to an ongoing condition. Could someone explain why? Maybe I am just missing something, but I thought it should be brought up. --Berrybrick (Talk) 20:03, January 29, 2013 (UTC)

Present tense? '200 Jedi come to the arena, and rescue the three prisoners. However, Dooku unleashes his Super Battle Droids. Yoda arrives with a clone army.' Jag 01:11, January 31, 2013 (UTC)
(That one Super Battle Droid must be really super if it's going to take on 200 Jedi and a clone army by itself :D). Umm, do you have an example with the "ongoing condition"? (not completely sure what you mean) NightblazeSaber 01:15, January 31, 2013 (UTC)
I guess it could be 'Yoda is a Jedi', rather than 'Yoda was a Jedi'- he never stopped being a Jedi. Jag 02:13, January 31, 2013 (UTC)
Kind of, but I meant more in a universe that still has an ongoing story where a state/condition is still valid at the present. Star Wars is, Yoda did stop being a Jedi when he died. For example, Eris and Laval being best friends or Mr. Freeze's condition. --Berrybrick (Talk) 02:18, January 31, 2013 (UTC)
(this is a joke, not a serious point) "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away..." :P - nxt