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The problems

First of all, I would like to note a few problems concerning the Gallery Templates. They are not uniform, random, some of them are different from each other and it seems like there is no model from which each of them can be derived and so there is no uniformity.

Template:Alvida Pirates Gallery and Template:Arlong Pirates Gallery for example. In the Alvida Pirates, Coby is only marked as a former member with "(former)" whilst in the Arlong Pirates, Nami, Mohmoo and Hatchan are under a section that shows they are former members! Also, just like in the case of the Alvida Pirates, Template:Bounty Hunters Gallery also has former characters of that occupation marked with "former" and nothing else. It should either be a whole section or all characters should just have tags like those beside their name.

Then there is the problem of the Arlong Pirates and Alvida Pirates being crews that basically don't exist anymore. The Template:Roger Pirates Gallery is also a template for a former crew and so is Template:Sun Pirates Gallery. In the sun pirates, it says nothing about Hatchan being a former member, although it says that in the Arlong Pirates template. So the problem is how we define someone to be a former member.

There is the filler and movie problem. The bounty hunter template has a section for that called "Anime Only" and so does Template:Foxy Pirates Gallery, but [[Template:Marine Members Gallery]] has "Non-canon" as the name of the section. It should be one of those two and not different section names for each different template. That way it can even be "Filler" and there would be no uniformity, each template would be different from another. Template:Slaves Gallery is a place where the first note I have made appears and also there's even the word filler there. So we have 3 versions on how to define the non-canon characters, but that is basically the problem.

I would like to also note the existence of the unnamed characters appearing in groups. In Template:Bonney Pirates Gallery there are way too many unnamed characters. The same goes for some other supernova crews and groups that appear in One Piece. I understand that because we don't know their names yet, but they are clearly part of the group, they should be added, but that is ridiculous. In Template:Nobles Gallery, the amount of unnamed characters is reasonable, but in other places, it's simply too much. There is a need of a method to decide which unnamed characters are allowed to appear in the templates and which are not.

I would also question on the order of which characters are shown in the templates, but that would be way too complicated for a generality. This would mean that there is no uniformity to a certain extent in this situation as well.

The solutions that I came up with

I would like to see the existence of certain sections and subsections in the gallery templates. I would like to see an order like this

--Group Name--

--Canon characters--

[Characters]

--Former--

[Former characters with reason why they are not part of that group anymore tagged beside their names]

--Non-canon characters--

[Non-canon characters]

--Former--

[Former non-canon characters with the reason tagged]

This is a solution to the 1st and 3rd problems I have mentioned. I believe that there should exist sections in that basic order. There should be two main sections of Canon and Non-canon if necessary. For both sections there should be former subsection, again, if needed.

My suggestion comes from the structure of [[Template:Marine Members Gallery]]. It is the best example for how I believe the structure of all gallery templates should be like.

Also, I believe that the most fitting term for the non-canon, anime only or filler characters is non-canon. It says it all. It's the most general term and it allows 100% uniformity for every gallery template.

My suggestion on how to define former members is by taking a case. The Arlong Pirates case is the most fitting. The moment the group was disbanded/captured it ceased to exist, so the template should portray the group as it was just before it was disbanded or ceased to exist. Template:Tom's Workers Gallery is a great example, it portrays the group as it was before it stopped being active.

Regarding the character that are unnamed, I believe that the best solution for them to be kept or not is to search if they had at least a dialogue line in the whole canon series. If they said at least one thing in the whole series, they are good enough to add, if not, then they should not be added at all.

Final note

You should be careful when discussing these problems, as there are 114 gallery templates and I was only able to give some of them as examples, you should think about certain cases and then formulate your opinion. So you should do your best to give out examples for your arguments.

In the end, do you agree or not to the solutions I have come up with or not? If you have something else to suggest, please do so.   リ チ ャ ー ド   Strong Fist «ℑ» «ℜ» «✩» «☯» Mornin'! ™18:43/29/May/2012 (UTC) 

Discussion

I totally support Rici's initiative and the solutions he proposed. It's likely that there be special cases where these principles cannot be applied, but well, special cases are not a big deal. I'm in favor of writing some sort of simple guidelines for these templates.

(On a related note, I once wrote a parent template designed to ease the creation and maintenance of gallery templates. Here's the code for the Alvida pirates gallery using this parent template:

{{User:Sff9/T2
  |title=[[Alvida Pirates]]
  |cs=AlvidaPiratesColors
  |cols=5

  |Alvida\BigFatAlvidaPortrait.png
  |Coby (former)\PlumpCobyportrait.png\Coby
  |Heppoko\Heppokothumbnail.PNG\Heppoko, Peppoko, and Poppoko
  |Peppoko\Peppokothumbnail.PNG\Heppoko, Peppoko, and Poppoko
  |Poppoko\Poppokothumbnail.PNG\Heppoko, Peppoko, and Poppoko
}}
Compare with the current code of the template… Other examples of the parent template's use can be found here.) sff9 19:58, May 29, 2012

A parent template such as that is brilliant! It will ensure a basic uniformity for all other templates. I was thinkin of asking Levi or trying myself to create such a template since it would make things much easier. The possible changes from this forum will be much easier to be achieved. We're talking about more than 100 templates with lots of complicated code to check so thanks a lot Sff!   リ チ ャ ー ド   Strong Fist «ℑ» «ℜ» «✩» «☯» Mornin'! ™20:20/29/May/2012 (UTC) 

Well, some of the inconsistencies you mentioned are necessary. Like Coby. One person does not merit their own section on a template. Think about how much empty space that creates. It only makes sense if there are multiple people who belong in a section like former (I'd say 3-4 minimum). As for unnamed characters, it's all or none, and we like to be thorough with them. If they're identified as part of the crew and are close enough to the foreground with a good facial shot, then they're in the template. Some crews simply will have a lot of unnamed crew members for a while, like the Bonney or Firetank Pirates. Question marks look a lot better than a blank space, and there is no rational way to decide who gets put in and who doesn't. I realize there are inconsistencies, but sometimes there just have to be.DancePowderer Talk 20:22, May 29, 2012 (UTC)

I think that one character in "former" could easily make his own section. Do you throw out crew members because there are blank spaces on the chart and to make it "even"? No. I don't like the whole "unnamed crew members" thing, but I think that we could have only the reoccurring members, not the nameless faces in the Firetank Pirates that all look the same to me. This is a more touchy subject that I think we can afford to be more inconsistent on, like DP said. PX15.. 16:16, May 30, 2012 (UTC)

This was one of the thousand of things I always wanted to bring up, but since my HD just decide to broke and other problems I had I wasn't really active in the last weeks. About the galleries, I'd like to split the discussion in two part: one regarding the guidelines, basically make standards to uniform the templates, and a more technical one regarding the code and the template themselves.

  • About the guidelines, I generally support Rici's idea, the main problems are when and how create sections, the additional infos (anime only...) and the unknown characters. There was once a forum regarding the dead characters I believe. I don't have a clear organization in mind right now, but I like how things are going here. Last thing, we may also thinking of renaming the templates, since they use random names which may be mistook for the navigation templates, I talking about instead using {{Alvida Pirates Gallery}} (which is similar to T) we should call it "Alvida Pirates Gallery", the same goes for the navigation templates.
  • About the coding, some times ago I developed a mother template for the gallery templates with the idea to make life easier for editors, here the template. Looking at some examples like w:c:it.onepiece:Template:Imperatori or w:c:it.onepiece:Template:Ciurma di Rufy, you will notice that if you hover the mouse on the images, a link to the picture will appear, this is to make easier updating the portraits (I don't know you, but I find it really bothersome now). Also, in the top-left there are some links to the template itself, to easily edit it without trying to figure out how it's named. Making a gallery should be quite easy, and so moving an element. The gallery's width will adapt accordingly to the space available, you can see it in monobook. Now, my template use CSS and make HTML tables which are a little differnent from the standard tables we use, there are also some tiny differnces between browsers, hence Sff9's version is more stable, I think. Also, mine uses CSS colorschemes, not template colorschemes (the colorschemes is another thing I wanted to brought up), since on the Italian wiki I already converted all colorschemes in CSS classes. After said that, I think with Sff9's help we can make a compromise, so first let's decide some galleries guidelines. leviathan_89 18:02, 30 May, 2012 (UTC)

I like your suggestions Levi and as you said, someone should create guidelines and I guess that someone is me. I'll work on the guidelines till Monday, then I'll post them here and I'm waiting for some corrections. BUT

I want to see more discussion regarding the unnamed characters. We should at least try a little to avoid inconsistencies. By the logic that DP mentioned, we would have to add an uncountable amount of unnamed marines to the Marine Gallery. I still go with my suggestion of the characters having AT LEAST one dialogue line in the manga.

Also as Levi said, the templates should be renamed to one pattern. The pattern that Levi suggested is perfect, in my opinion. (Couldn't come up with anything better)   リ チ ャ ー ド   Strong Fist «ℑ» «ℜ» «✩» «☯» Mornin'! ™13:00/1/Jun/2012 (UTC) 

Just put (former) after each name of a former member. SeaTerror 15:53, June 1, 2012 (UTC)

I think the former section is a solution more elegant. leviathan_89 16:27, 2 June, 2012 (UTC)

I have a question! You have most certainly seen that Sunny and Merry are part of the SH's crew gallery template, but does that mean that all ships of the specific affiliations or occupations will have to be included in the templates as well, or should we just keep Sunny and Merry there, because they are considered as being part of the crew?  リ チ ャ ー ド   Strong Fist «ℑ» «ℜ» «✩» «☯» Mornin'! ™8:34/4/Jun/2012 (UTC) 

I think that's the only case where we have ships in the gallery template, I guess the reason is because the ships are more characters rather then simply ships, though I'd make a section for them. leviathan_89 12:35, 4 June, 2012 (UTC)

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