Thanks for the good points and discussion, everyone!
masoud wrote:The only thing I would suggest is getting rid of the numbers. [...] It can be debatable who should be Batman II, III, etc. And Dick Grayson listed as Batman 8 just seems wrong to me.
I put the numbers in the example based on first appearances by publication date. Personally, I prefer going by story continuity (so Dick Grayson would be numbered 3 or 4), but will of course go with the decided policy on that.
spid wrote:How would switching around the order improve the idea in your mind?
Having the number between the Publisher/Name of Unifying Universe and Secondary Descriptor, and the same number for alternate versions of the same character (i.e. Bruce Wayne) would list the characters in order of the "root" characters' appearances rather than whatever letter happens to be next in the Secondary Descriptor. It may just be my OCPD (which is why I like this Database over the others out there...
), but I feel it would make the entries more organized and easier to search. (I also like the idea of using "Earth-0, post-Crisis" and "Earth-0, post-Flashpoint" as opposed to "New Earth" as Secondary Descriptors to keep with the numbered Earth theme for DC characters.)
mikebo wrote:Yeah, we have to work within a 50 character limit.
Oops. I forgot about the character limit for Aliases. I suppose you could get around that with abbreviations for DC characters (E1 for Earth-1, E2 for Earth-2, etc.) but i can definitely see how that could get confusing.
Chris wrote:I don't think I realized there was an issue where the Alias field was running out of characters. I can probably increase that maximum limit if it needs to be done without any problems.
I like that idea.
spid wrote:[...] you would have to do a lot of typing before you would get to an additional selection point. So you would have to type Batman (DC)(01 - Bruce Wayne) before you get a decision point.
Wouldn't the first decision point, overall, be at Batman (DC)(
? After that, typing a number would narrow it down pretty quick. If numbering characters is ever abandoned, you'd just type Batman (DC)(
then the first couple letters of the real name. About the same amount of typing as you would have to do now to enter a specific Batman.
A compromise would be to just number the characters that are from the "Earth-0" realities and their alternate counterparts. So, only Batmen named Bruce Wayne (01), Jean Paul Valley (02), Dick Grayson (03) would be numbered, and the rest would just use (DC)(Secondary Descriptor), as is done now.
Again, these were all just suggestions. I'll, of course, abide by majority rules and the site's policies. I wouldn't go changing things based on my personal whims.