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This page is one of Battlestar Wiki's many projects.
This page serves to coordinate discussion on a particular aspect of this Wiki. The formal recommendations of a project may be treated as policies.

The Battlestar Wiki is a "living" dictionary and episode guide to the Battlestar Galactica television series and its spin-offs (1978, 1980 and circa 2003-Present). It is a "living" website, because it can be changed and amended by users. You can add pictures, information, and external links to websites in support of information contained within the Battlestar Wiki. Each entry such as those on, let's say, Galactica herself or Admiral William Adama, are like dictionary/encyclopedia entries on that person/item/topic.

For an idea of what the Battlestar Wiki can be with YOUR help, visit the Wikipedia and the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 for ideas and inspiration.

What is this Wiki About?
The Battlestar Galactica Wiki (a.k.a. Battlestar Wiki) is a free online encyclopedia and episode guide covering the Science Fiction series, the original Battlestar Galactica, Galactica 1980, the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

The Battlestar Wiki is aimed to cover everything related to the Battlestar Galactica series. From Apollo to Tom Zarek, to Aerelon to Virgon, and also from Frak to Zak, the Wiki covers and continues to expand coverage on all things Battlestar.

This site maintains a strict spoiler policy, but please read it so that you know what should be expected. Please refrain from engaging in acts of vandalism. Violations may result in being blocked by a chief or senior chief.

For ideas about how you can help feel free to check out the projects that are being worked on. If you need any help or have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask a chief on their talk page or post your question to the Chiefs' noticeboard or the Wikipedian Quorum.

Getting started
In order to be able to contribute files to Battlestar Wiki, you need to be logged in. You can register at the "Log in / create account" link in the upper right corner and enter a user name that will be used at all of your contributions.
Present Day
We presently cover all aspects of the Battlestar Galactica series, spanning the Original Series to the re-imagined version by Ronald D. Moore. You'll find -- and can add -- information on such items as terminology seen, events that occurred, and characters introduced & developed.

We will also furnish a complete and thorough episode guide, a la Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5, to analyze and dissect the episodes from this series. Unlike the Lurker's Guide, contributions are immediate and can be edited without the tedious process of emailing corrections and awaiting the webmaster for an update. Battlestar Wiki is part of the Frak Media Productions Network.

How to Utilize
Utilization of this Wiki is fairly straight forward.

For starters, you need a means to identify yourself. Therefore, you'll have to create a user account, which is fast, easy, and, of course, free.

Any hyperlink without an icon next to it, such as this one on the term Naturalistic science fiction, leads to an entry on this website about that term. Above it, you will find a list of tabs. In this group of tabs, you'll find the "Edit" tab. Click it, and you'll be able to add, correct, or remove content. The Editing Help portion of the site will cover the essentials in editing entries, but it'll be like posting to a message board, and you'll see your results immediately.

You'll also be able to discuss the topic by clicking the "Discussion" tab. So, if you want to question on the merit of a piece of information in that entry, or spur discussion, you can do that there without including it in the "official" entry. (Thus presenting information and not back-and-forth bulletin board type commentary.)