Rules and Key

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This Rules and Key page should help you understand the rules that we use to assemble these timelines, as well as the key to understand colors and terms used on the site.

The Purpose of AllTimelines.com

The purpose of AllTimelines.com is to provide fans with an interactive, easy-to-follow guide to their favorite fandom or series. We do this by providing chronological (by default) lists of these series, and allowing users to sort/filter the lists at their discretion. Users may filter specific platforms or columns, or they can sort by name, year, author, platform, etc. With this interactive capability, we hope to engage die-hard fans and inform casual fans.

Color Key

We have a specific color scheme on the site. Each color represents a different platform, as follows:

Films

Television Shows and Episodes

Comics and Graphic Novels

All Games

Novels and Novellas

YA and Junior Novels

Short Stories, Short Films, or Anthologies

Web Series, Audio Dramas, and Other Media

Column Order.

This is the definition of each column found in every timeline:

  • #: The chronological order number. Sort by this column for the chronological order of that timeline. Sorted by this column by default.
  • Time/Series: This column will either list the internal story date or the name of the specific series that each story belongs to.
  • Buy: Lists a link to buy each story on Amazon.com. AllTimelines.com  is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn referral fees by linking and driving traffic to Amazon.com. No other form of advertising is permitted on the site.
  • Name: The name of the story itself.
  • Type: The medium or platform of the story, usually one of the platforms listed in the color key above.
  • Author/Director: The primary person/people responsible for creating the story. For group collaborations the primary director or production company is listed.
  • Year: The year the story was published.
  • Notes: Any other information worth mentioning.

Any deviation of this format will be explained individually on a timeline’s individual page.

Rule: Group by Core Platform

Many, if not most, of the timelines on this site contain multiple platforms. That makes sorting each timeline difficult. However, most cross-platforms stories have a core medium, something that provides the backbone of the story. For Star Wars it’s film; for Halo it’s video games. We sort each timeline by this core platform, even when other platforms exist in the narrative.

Rule: Canon Guidelines

Many franchises (with some exceptions) try to create a canonical chronology within the different media. This means that each work of media exists on the same timeline with little or no contradictions. Basically it’s the idea that the fictional world has a “true” history, and the canonical media fits in this history. This is true of the Star Wars timeline and most newer video game franchises, such as the Halo timeline. Some franchises are selective on which media they consider canon, and others (especially superheroes) have multiple canons (Gold Age, Silver Age, etc). On this site I try to list just the canonical media, with a few minor exceptions which I will point out individually. And if there are multiple universes, each one gets its own timeline, they don’t mix. There will be some exceptions that we will point out individually (like the Dune timeline)

Rule: Placement

Each story is placed on the timeline based on where it ends, and not where it begins. When two or more stories cover the same space in the timeline, the one published first comes first. Additionally, frame stories determine the position of stories that jump back and forth between a frame story and the main story. That means that a timeline will not sort stories by the chronological placement of flashbacks or flash-forwards. Instead, we list any exceptions on individual timelines.

Rule: Media Splitting

We do not split media. We build each timeline to be easy-to-follow, and reading fragments of a book or sections of a film only adds confusion. Therefore, each story stands on its own. As mentioned above, when a story covers a long time-span, we list it chronologically based on where it ends.

Other Standardized Styling

Each timeline page also contains the following:

  • A header image with these dimensions (1024×212)
  • A featured image that consists of a 100×100 icon.
  • A short introduction that outlines what’s on the timeline and where you should start.
  • Buttons that allow you to filter out specific platforms if you don’t want to see them.
  • A button that allows you to remove columns if desired.
  • Buttons that allow you to print or save a copy of the timeline.
  • The actual timeline, with columns listed above.
  • A list of related pages.

Additionally, each page is optimized for SEO purposes to help people find exactly what they’re looking for when they click on our links.

Thank you for reviewing this Rules and Key page. Let us know if anything confuses you, and we will try to clarify.

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