- Moved from User talk:Renegade54.
Hi there, I did indeed see that Google searches used the term "RF energy," and when I heard the term that is what I figured the spelling would be, but the script used "R-F" (with a hyphen) twice in "The Alternate" and then again in the next episode "Armageddon Game" when refering to an R-F oscillator. Thoughts? -Rhinecanthus rectangulus 13:04, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
- Bleah, I hate it when I'm wrong! :P -- Renegade54 13:37, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
- Well, keep in mind that scripts are first and foremost written for the actors. Especially when it comes to "uncommon" abbreviations, it may simply be written in a way that ensures a correct pronounciation. Another explanation could be a simple error/"misspelling" by the writers. What it boils down to - script spelling is not always authoritative. -- Cid Highwind 14:33, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
Thought about the pronunciation, that is a valid point. But what is the official stance? The scripts clearly use "R-F" in multiple instances, and IMO we should use that in the encyclopedia, otherwise we are making an assumption that may not be correct. -Rhinecanthus rectangulus 15:14, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
- (Sorry, Renegade, for hijacking your talk page - feel free to move this at any time...).
- As far as I'm aware, in the past it has been common practice to use "standard" spelling for everything that isn't one of Trek's own inventions. "RF energy" surely isn't, so whatever the "standard" is in this case should be the article title here. Everything else, especially if it was used in a script, should be a redirect to that article, just in case someone uses that as a search term. -- Cid Highwind 19:09, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
Which is how it stands right now. -- Renegade54 22:27, 24 July 2007 (UTC)