Endpoint Manual

Endpoint Manual

§ Introduction

Endpoints are actors, costume designers, editors, publishing companies, etc.
It are the people and companies behind the thing.
Without those people and companies the thing would not exist.

Imagine a thing as a flower and see the Endpoints as the petals.

Obviously we detail things with a very high level of detail, but we also pay a lot of attention to those Endpoints.  Those people made it happen and therefore they all deserve a place in our database.

We don’t ask if someone is ‘important enough’ to get a personal page: if they are credited they are!

They are called Endpoints because they define the boundaries of the thing. This is where the thing ends (and where Wikipedia starts).

§1 What Endpoints do we add?

We add every person, brand and company listed (in small print) on the thing.
For a book or comic that will be the people listed on the cover and ‘page 3’, for a movie or video game that will be those listed on the back of the wrapper or the box, and for a magazine you will find one or more sections in the magazine listing all those people.

§2 Where do we find information about these Endpoints?

Wikipedia is our preferred source, as a lot of famous people and companies will already be detailed on Wikipedia.
Notice that we are not affiliated or in any way officially connected with Wikipedia and that there is nothing wrong with using parts of the information they provide as long as you state where you found the information and under what license.
There is no need to copy complete Wikipedia pages. Most often they will provide a summary at the top of the page that is sufficient for our purposes:  we want to detail briefly but clearly who the person or company is, and if someone wants to get more detailed information on the subject, we refer to Wikipedia by always adding a link to their page.

§3 What if people or companies are not listed on Wikipedia?

In many cases, especially with credits in magazines, comics and books there will not be a Wikipedia page. The same will occur with people involved in film that are not ‘famous’:  line producers, make-up department, actors from non-English speaking countries, art directors, …
The idea is to give those people a page just like Wikipedia would do it if they were a bit more famous.
That means we try to create a short biography and will look for a photograph and/or YouTube movie we are allowed to use.
We don’t use commercial language but we try to be as neutral as possible.
Make it a beautiful page for that person!

$4 What if multiple variations exist of the same name ?

Especially for Asian names there is a whole variety of writing methods. The actor “Chow Yun-fat” is written as “Yun-Fat Chow” on IMDB, as “Chow Yun-fat” in Wikipedia and as “Chow Yun Fat” on a DVD release … What do you choose?

It is very important that there is only one (!) way of writing the name of an artist. If not we would end up with multiple entries for the same person!
So here is the rule for movies: for people in movies we choose the IMDB (!) syntax, NOT the Wikipedia syntax. The reason is that Wikipedia lists far less people than IMDB does. Again, we are not affiliated with IMDB, nor Wikipedia.
And what with music?: for people in music we choose the Discogs (!) syntax, NOT the Wikipedia syntax. The reason is again that Wikipedia lists far less people than Discogs does. Again, we are not affiliated with Discogs, nor Wikipedia.
And for people in magazines, books, and all the rest?
We use Wikipedia, and if no Wikipedia entry exists we use our own oldest entry as default.

And what with companies  and brands ?
Nobody seems to care about the difference between a company and a brand name or business name, so we cannot rely on exiting databases like WIkipedia.
We take this difference very seriously as the many variations in company and brand names will all have different entries in our database.

In short: a company ALWAYS has some kind of suffix at the end defining the legal type of company: ,Inc., Ltd., LLC; SA, SAS, GmbH, etc.
If there is no such suffix, it is NOT a company.
Coca Cola? NOT a company, it’s a brand
Time Warner Interactive? NOT a company, it’s a business name used by a company
Time Warner Interactive, Inc.? Yes, that’s a company!