History:Prefer Specific Relationship Types Proposal

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Status: This page describes an active proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-Unassigned
Champion: Jeroen
Current status: Unknown

This proposal adds the following section to Advanced Relationship Style.

Prefer Specific Relationship Types

You should make an effort to make the relationship type as specific as possible. This means that you should avoid any of the generic types, if:

  • The liner or another source specifies which of the subtypes apply, or
  • You can easily deduce which of the subtypes apply.

In these cases you should use the specific relationship types, and omit a relationship of the generic type. If the liner provides no information on which of the subtypes apply, you should do a quick search for sources that provide more specific information.

If you feel the generic type is more appropriate - for example, if the evidence provides conflicting information, or if no specific information is available - then add your reasons and supporting information to the edit note and an annotation. This will help voters confirm your analysis and will make sure other editors are aware of the background when doing later edits.

Generic Types

The following relationship types are considered 'generic types':