Wikipedia:WikiProject Big Brother

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This is the project page for Big Brother, in hope to improve and standardise Wikipedia articles about Big Brother.

Parentage[edit]

Members[edit]

Please feel free to add your name in here.

Seasons that are currently airing[edit]

Structure of articles in general[edit]

Navigational boxes[edit]

These templates should be used at the bottom of an article, and should be updated accordingly.

Article talk pages[edit]

All talk pages of all articles that are in some way related to Big Brother should have the template {{WikiProject Big Brother}} inserted at the top. This will create a box at the top of the talk page to identify the article as part of this WikiProject and help with article assessment.

Structure of Big Brother articles[edit]

Articles about a country's Big Brother series should use the official name of the series, or Big Brother (country) if it isn't known.

Structure of series articles[edit]

A note: Articles for a series of Big Brother should not be created until there are promos on television. This, and only this, should be taken as a sign that Big Brother will be happening, and is good enough a reason to create an article. Anything else, unless it can be confirmed by some high up-there television executive guy, is not enough reason to create a series' article, and is most likely speculation. Another reason not to create an article so early is that there will most likely be no information in it. Lack of information, or information that's already in other articles, is pointless. Any articles about a Big Brother series that has not been confirmed should be nominated for deletion via WP:AFD.

Templates usage[edit]

Infobox[edit]

  • Articles that are about a Big Brother series should include {{Big Brother housemates}}. This template creates a table where quick housemate information can be read. The table, when housemates' names are added, automatically creates links to each housemate's section; so the names of the sections should match the names used on the template.
  • After a series has ended, the template should be replaced with {{Big Brother endgame}}; this can be done by changing the third word in the template from "housemates" to "endgame", so that the first line of the template reads "Big Brother endgame". At the moment, this template requires that sections are linked to manually.

All usage instructions are on individual template pages.

Formatting[edit]

Naming articles[edit]

  • Articles about a Big Brother series are named Big Brother (country series number)
  • Big Brother America articles, which should be named Big Brother number (U.S.)
  • Big Brother UK articles, which should be named Big Brother year (UK).
  • Big Brother Australia articles, which should be named Big Brother Australia year.
  • Pinoy Big Brother (Big Brother Philippines) articles, which should be named Pinoy Big Brother (season number) (for regular seasons) and Pinoy Big Brother: (Edition)(season number) (for special editions), e.g. Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2.

Formatting of Big Brother-sensitive words[edit]

  • The word Day, when referring to a specific day by its number, should always be capitalised.
  • Any Day numbers or eviction figures should be written in numeric form.
  • On Big Brother Australia and Big Brother UK articles, the word House, when referring to a Big Brother House, should always be capitalised.
For Big Brother Australia articles[edit]
  • Any references to the three-point twist should be written as Three Point Twist, and should be italicised at all times. Whenever it's seen to be appropriate, it should also link to Big Brother Australia#Nominations.
  • The word Intruder should always be written as a proper noun, and should be written as Intruder(s) or Intruder housemate(s). It should link to Big Brother Australia#Intruders whenever deemed appropriate.
  • The word Insider should be written as a proper noun, and should be written as Insider(s) or Insider housemate(s).
  • UpLate should be spelt like this, as a single word with the U and the L capitalised. It should always be italicised, and should almost always link to Big Brother Australia#UpLate.
  • Any references to Network Ten should be written as Network Ten; not Channel 10, The Ten Network, or Ten.
For Big Brother U.S. articles[edit]
  • Head of Household, when written in abbreviated form, should be written as HoH, and be italicized when not used in a normal sentence.
  • Power of Veto, when written in abbreviated form, should be written as PoV.
For Big Brother Africa articles[edit]
  • Head of House, when written in abbreviated form, should be written as HOH, and be italicized when not used in a normal sentence.
For Pinoy Big Brother articles[edit]
  • Two-in-One Housemate, when written in abbreviated form, should be written as 2-in-1, and written as 2-in-1 (letter) in the HM infobox where the letter indicates the pair considered (see Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2 for an example).
  • Head of Household, when written in abbreviated form, should be written as HOH, and be italicized when not used in a normal sentence. By extension, Team of Household should follow the same rules but instead it is TOH.
  • BBN (or public nomination), should be written as BBN, and be italicized when not used in a normal sentence.

Section headings[edit]

This section includes the sections that should be included in a Big Brother series article if possible and necessary.

Housemates[edit]

Each series article should have a level two section named Housemates or Houseguests, and every housemate that did, or was meant to, participate in the game, should be listed afterwards in their own level three section.

Information to include in the section includes:

  • Full name
  • Any nicknames or aliases
  • Date of birth, but not the person's age
  • Where they're from. Sections in Big Brother Australia and Big Brother America articles should not use abbreviated state codes, but should instead use full state names. Where they're from should be written as [[Suburb]], [[State]]; or when necessary, [[Suburb, State|Suburb]], [[State]].
  • The day they entered the house
  • How and when they left
  • Any birthdays the housemate had while in the House, including the real date, how old the housemate was on the day, the party theme, and any major events that occurred as a result of the birthday.
  • Any major events that occurred in the house; that were due to, or involved, the said housemate.

Any information relating to housemates that hasn't or doesn't change because of their presence in the Big Brother House should be written in present tense.

Weekly summary and highlights[edit]

Weekly summary and highlights sections should be written in past tense. They should be short; not a detailed description of every event that occurred during the season. It is recommended that a Weekly summary section be split into one-week sections using level 3 or level 4 headings, with regular housemate evictions the last thing in each section. There is no agreement upon what should be included in a Chronology section, but the following seems to be acceptable:

  • Who is up for eviction, before and after any twists, and what that twist is.
  • Who is evicted; the day number; real date; and the percentage of votes, or merged votes, that they received.
  • Tasks, but not too much information. How much of the budget is wagered on the task, what the task involved, any major events that occurred as a result of the task, and whether or not the housemates passed or failed the task is enough information.
  • Birthdays: The person whose birthday it is, real date, how old they were on that birthday, the party theme, and any major events that occurred as a result of the birthday is enough information.
  • Strikes and warnings.
For Big Brother Australia articles[edit]
  • The theme of any Friday Night Live events, who won, who they took to the Rewards Room, which box they chose, and what was in each of the boxes.
  • For nominations: the eviction line-up before the Three Point Twist is used, who the Three Point Twist is used on, and the final eviction line-up.
For Big Brother U.S. articles[edit]
  • The term HouseGuests is used instead of the term Housemates.
  • Who gets the Power of Veto.
  • Who wins Head of Household.
For Pinoy Big Brother articles[edit]
  • The table for weekly tasks shall include number, day given, description, and result in a table.
  • The following colors shall likewise be used for the result:
"Pending": #C0C0C0
"Passed": #99FF66
"Failed": #FF6666
  • In a two-house setup, the articles must use the colors that distinguish the two houses used in the broadcast.

Use of tables[edit]

The need for a large amount of tables has been eliminated with the integration of colours in the infobox, but the use of one or two as a way to clearly and easily provide information is not a bad thing.

Housemates summary table[edit]

A small table can be made that needs only have two rows, and if implemented effectively, can provide information easily. These tables should be put on the article in their own level two section, and should look something like this:


Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Day 57
Week 8
Day 59
Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
Day 83
Week 12
Day 85
Final
Day 86
Up For
Eviction
Aphrodite,
Igor,
Terri
Elle,
Igor,
Terri
Ashalea,
Krystal,
Paul,
Terri
Elle,
Paul,
Terri
Bree,
Catherine
Merlin,
Terri
Ashalea,
Bree,
Terri,
Wesley
Ashalea,
Bree,
Kane,
Wesley
Monica,
Violeta
All
HMs
All
HMs
Catherine,
Paul,
Ryan
Bree,
Paul,
Ryan,
Trevor
Bree,
Paul,
Trevor
Bree,
Trevor
Evicted Aphrodite Igor Krystal Elle Merlin Terri Kane Violeta Wesley* Monica,
Ashlalea
Catherine Ryan Paul Bree

^Note 1 : Bree was evicted on Day 63 (Week 9), and re-entered the house the next day after votes were deemed incorrectly calculated. Wesley, the housemate that should have originally been evicted, was evicted on the following Thursday.

Nominations table and Voting history table[edit]

Nominations tables and Voting history tables, should be included either on a separate page or as part of the main article page These tables should be adapted to the country and series that they will be used for. Housemates should be listed in order of leaving, with the first housemate to leave at the bottom of the table. For current series, the housemates that are still in the House should be listed above the evicted housemates in alphabetical order.

Each cell of the table should contain the names of the people nominated by each housemate each week. This should be in the order that they nominated them or, if this is unavailable, in alphabetical order. At the bottom of the table, a row is added for the housemates who are up for eviction and for the housemates who were evicted that week. If housemates ever leave the show for other reasons, a row can be added to list their names. Some of the cells used should be shaded in colour - these colours can be obtained from looking at the examples listed below and from other tables. In the event of a nominations twist, extra colours may need to be used to clarify what happens, as shown in the table below.

Example Meaning Background colour Notes
If a housemate is in the House at the time of nominations, the cell should describe who they nominated or why they did not nominate.
Ian,
Tango
When a housemate nominates another housemate through the standard nominations process. (default colour) The people should be listed in the order that they nominated them or, if this is unavailable, in alphabetical order.
Exempt The housemate cannot nominate or be nominated. #FBF373
Ian,
Tango
The housemate can nominate but cannot be nominated. #FBF373
Head of Household This housemate is the Head of Household. #CCFFCC For use in the American, Philippines, Brazilian and African versions only. For examples of use see Big Brother 8 (US), Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2, Big Brother Africa 2.
Banned The housemate cannot nominate as a punishment. #959FFD For US Big Brother articles, this color should be used with text reading "Nominated".
Ian,
Tango
The housemate can nominate but was nominated before due to multiple reasons. #959FFD
Not
eligible
The housemate cannot nominate for a miscellaneous reason. #CCCCCC This should be used when at least one other housemate can nominate that week.
No
nominations
None of the housemates can nominate that week. #CCCCCC
If a housemate is not in the House at the time of nominations, the cell should describe how they left.
Not in
house
The housemate has not yet entered the House at the time of nominations. #FFFFFF This should not be used if the housemate was previously in the House but then left (see below). This cell should span across the row for all of the weeks that it applies.
Walked
(Day n)
The housemate left the House voluntarily. #FFCCFF This cell should span across the row from when they walked across to the end of the row or, if they returned to the House, the week of return.
Ejected
(Day n)
The housemate was removed from the House for any reasons. #FFE08B This cell should span across the row from when they were ejected across to the end of the row or, if they returned to the House, the week of return.
Evicted
(Day n)
The housemate has left the House as a result of a public vote or other standard procedure that results in the removal of a housemate. #FA8072 This cell should span across the row from when they were evicted across to the end of the row or, if they returned to the House, the week of return.
Re-evicted
(Day n)
The housemate has left the House as a result of a public vote or other standard procedure that results in the removal of a housemate, for the second time. #FA8072 This cell should span across the row from when they were evicted across to the end of the row or, if they returned to the House, the week of return.
Some more complex nominations twists use separate colours to describe what happens. These may vary between articles.

Articles that have been created for the sole purpose of having a nomination history table in it should be named Big Brother (country series number) nominations table; except for Big Brother America tables, which should be named Big Brother (USA season number) voting history.

Examples of nominations tables and voting history tables for specific countries can be found at Big Brother Australia 2006 nominations table, Big Brother 2006 (UK)#Nominations table, and Big Brother 7 (US)#Voting history.

Image usage[edit]

No more than three fair use images should be used on any Big Brother article. Images from websites, especially random ones, should not be used. They will most likely be removed from an article and will be tagged as orphaned fair use images or deleted immediately. Users that repeatedly upload nonfree images that can not be used under fair use risk being blocked from editing Wikipedia. See Wikipedia:Example requests for permission to see how you may ask a copyright holder to release their image (s) under a free license, which is usable on Wikipedia. While a TV network would never release such a photo (don't even try), a private person with a candid photo of a contestant (outside the show), may opt to.

Criticism[edit]

Any criticism should be in its own section, and every claim needs to be backed up with references from a reputable source.

Categories[edit]

Stub tag[edit]

Stubs should have a {{tv-prog-stub}} template at the bottom of the article.

Structure of Housemates' articles[edit]

Housemates should only have their own articles if they are notable for having done something outside the House before or after their involvement in Big Brother. They should not have their own article if their "notability" is their involvement in Big Brother. Information about their time in the Big Brother House, unless it was controversial or received media attention, should not be in such articles. Articles about former Big Brother housemates have been merged and redirected to relevant season articles or deleted in the past through WP:AFD because of non-notability outside of Big Brother. An incomplete list of Big Brother-related AfDs are here.

Categories[edit]

Sourcing[edit]

  • Articles should be based on independent reliable sources. That means, an article should not merely recap a show, but should cover what's independently written about it. It should cite the sources it uses. This means, it should be possible for anybody to verify every statement in an article, without actually watching the program. If you see something on the show that's never been written about anywhere else, it probably doesn't warrant inclusion. Each person's recollection of a show, may be slightly different, so we need to use sources that anybody can review.
  • When including information that is negative to the character of a contestant (or show producers), an extra high standard of sourcing is required. It is never acceptable to include such negative claims based on message board postings, blogs, personally watching the show (or internet feed), or other weak sources. Per Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons, any such negative unsourced (or poorly sourced) claims can be removed immediately from any article.
  • See Wikipedia:Footnotes for details on using footnotes to cite sources.

Community discussions[edit]

Deletion debates[edit]

Articles for deletion[edit]

Templates for deletion[edit]

Images and media for deletion[edit]

Categories for discussion[edit]

Redirects for discussion[edit]

Deletion review[edit]

Archived peer reviews[edit]

The following articles need sections for housemates and events that occurred in the House:


The following articles need proper chronology sections:

Project pages[edit]

External watchlist[edit]