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This page describes one of Memory Alpha's policies and guidelines.
Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please post them on the talk page.

On Memory Alpha, we like quotes. We especially like quotes that add context or entertainment to our articles. These quotes are the ones that when you hear a single sentence or two, you instantly remember the scene.

Quotes can be used to enhance episode summaries and articles. The beginning of an article or section, the description of an image, or in a dedicated "Quotes" section is the best place add a quote. Quotes should be used to inform and entertain, or emphasize character traits about various people and species, good or bad.

Quote guidelines

  1. Short quotes. Keep them short and sweet. If it needs to be a full scene, or you feel the quote needs context, the quote is not exactly a good choice.
  2. On an episode summary, the "Quotes" section should preferably contain no more than six quotes, but that number is not written on an optolythic data rod and more quotes may be added if a particular episode calls for it. Keep in mind, the more participants involved in a set of quotes, the harder they are to follow.
  3. In a quotes section on an episode page, the quotes should be placed in chronological order of their use in the episode.
  4. On a character page, if the quote is to be used at the top, it should be at best, definitive and concise, one that describes a major quality of the character or sums up their persona. Quotes used in the Quotes section on character pages should try to only contain a quote by or about the character, without superfluous supporting quotes.
  5. Not every quote strikes everyone the same way. If you come across a quote you think should be removed or replaced, do not simply change it, but copy it to the article's talk page and discuss it there.
  6. Finally, a quote should not be used simply as a substitute for added fleshed out content. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Not all character articles need a quote. Not all deserve a quote. Talk about it on the article's talk page first.