Recently, I've been going through my collection of WWII historical texts and became frustrated by the fact that much of the text is not and cannot be made into what one may call a 'Standard' article. Many of the articles on the wiki are 'Standard' just because they are easily defined. An article about the 'P-47 Thunderbolt' will describe exactly as its title states. However, historical essays allow editors to delve into more abstract topics about the war. For example, the tactics used by American troops during the combat in Eastern France in the various urban environments of old cities to open farmland were never given a specific name, nor were they ever strictly followed as if they were fixed rules, yet they are an equally important aspect that I feel should be discussed.
A while back, this is why we created historical essays, to fix these issues. Be that as it may, I feel that simply leaving historical essays as blog posts in a specific place does not do them justice, it makes them seem as having less quality than a standard article. What I am proposing is to add historical essays as standard articles as long as they meet a quality check-list and follow certain guidelines. Those that do not can be kept as blog posts and revised until they do.
Proposed Historical Essay Guidelines:
- Maintain the same quality of writing as per the wiki Manual of Style
- Have an objective and 'to-the-point' title (e.g. The Development of the Flakpanzer ––> German Flakpanzer Development)
- Be well cited and use reputable sources of information
- Be tagged as [[Category:Historical Article]] at the bottom
- Use logical H2, H3, H4, and H5 tags to create structure
- If possible, use wiki templates to link to other historical articles or standard articles (e.g. Special navboxes with titles like "Allied Pacific Island Tactics")
This will not be the only major hurdle that I will be adding as a community notice soon, I have also noticed that the category system that the wiki uses is fairly vulnerable to collapse once too much content is added and may become confusing if work is not done to fix its core structure and work outwards. Once we decide if we want to go ahead with this idea or not, we can have a better idea of how to fix the category system. As always, please reply below.