Fringepedia:Theory Policy

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  1. Theories about what was seen, or suggested, during an episode will be generated and deliberated on the associated theory page for that particular episode/plot, character, concepts, etc... see the list theory pages.
  2. New & Additional data from recent episodes, about existing theories from older episodes, should be used to prove, or disprove the standing theory on the older episode theory pages. (example. info during Ep 202 supports a previously proposed theory from Ep 112.)
  3. New & Additional data from recent episodes, will not be used to generate NEW theory about older episodes. (example. info during Ep 202 helps me create a new theory about Ep 112.) That is after-the-fact theorizing. If the data is just recently presented to develop a theory, associate it with the more recent episode, supporting it with the older information.
  4. Some theories may span multiple episodes, or become too complex to remain associated with a single episode. Those theories should be developed at the associated content pages. (examples. Olivia and Cortexiphan at the Olivia Dunham/Theories page, Massive Dynamic is corrupt at the Massive Dynamic/Theories page, etc...)
  5. Authors and contributors will use their signature after each bullet they add; Hypothesis, pros or cons.

Theory Style

  • State primary position and supporting/contrary information concisely.
- Write with an active voice, not a passive one.
- Write as if it is already accepted fact.
  • Avoid stating as open-ended question or possibilities.
- Avoid question marks, "maybe", "perhaps", "I think", "what if", etc...).
- If it feels more like a question than a fact/theory, start a discussion on the talk page to see if there is any support for the concept.
  • Illogical argumentation and self-satisfying reasoning.
- Avoid using false premises.
- Avoid using poorly deduced extrapolation.
- Avoid hearsay, innuendo and humor to interpolate.
- Avoid the previously disproven.
- Avoid contradicting canon sources.
- Avoid the speculative when there is no evidence to support it.

see also Help:Theory Shell