The standard format for making reference citations is taken from Wikipedia, with a few less formal styles (like Wikipedia suggesting that names always go Last Name, First Name). Using the standard citation format is not strictly necessary, but it is a great way to keep an article looking clean & official while being very informative.
Our citations do not need to be rigorous. Partial information is perfectly fine. Perhaps you can only provide a username instead of the Author's name, or only the year instead of a full date. What's more important is having enough info to leave a paper trail of sourced information that anybody else can use in the future.
Use this template when you are citing text from a tweet. The pull quote is optional. The link to the tweet should go around the word "(Tweet)". Be aware that this template is meant for Source Editor, however the only part of it that uses Wikitext is the URL link to the tweet. In Visual Editor, you can simply highlight and create a link around the word "(Tweet)".
Author [@username] (DD Mon YYYY). "Optional pull quote." [URL (Tweet)] - via Twitter.
This template is flexible enough to fit any social media citation. For instance, if you need to cite something from Instagram, all elements would remain the same except perhaps:
(Post) - via Instagram.
- The Commissioner [@blaseball] (15 Jul 2020). "it's pronounced ... blaseball" (Tweet) - via Twitter.
- The Game Band [@thegameband] (20 Jul 2020). "Introducing BLASEBALL..." (Tweet) - via Twitter.
- Randy Weed's Biggest Fan [@RandyFan__420] (20 Apr 2020). (Tweet) - via Twitter.
Use this template when you are citing text from a Discord message. The pull quote is optional. The link to the Discord message, if available, should go around the word "(Message)".
Author [username or display name] (DD Mon YYYY). "Optional pull quote." [Optional URL (Message)] - via #channel, Servername Discord.
- Umpire Sunman [ump_sunman] (31 Jul 2020). "WHEN A TEAM IS MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED THEY ARE IN PARTY TIME" (Message) - via #announcements, Blaseball Discord.
- Groundskeeper Orb [keeper_orb] (26 Aug 2020). "The blood is glistening." (Message) - via #bloodhouse, Blaseball Discord.
- Umpire Husky [ump_husky] (20 Jul 2020). Via #watchparty, Blaseball Discord.
Use this template when you are citing text from a website. It does not involve a pull quote.
Author (DD Mon YYYY). [URL "Page Title"] Website Name. Retrieved DD Mon YYYY (optional).