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Is there a consensus already on whether we should be using American or British spelling? It seems, from looking around, that it's up to the individual editor, but I think that spelling conventions should be chosen and adhered to. As an American show, set in the U.S., I would advocate for American usage. Feel free to kick me if this has already been discussed, but I didn't see it in the style guide. -Randy 07:21, June 7, 2010 (UTC)

I think it is pretty much based on the editor. Because I'm from the UK I spell things how I would write them in any other context without thinking about it because obviously it never would normally come to me as a good idea to write in the American style. We can see what other editors think about how this should be tackled, and of course I can only speak for myself, but personally it doesn't bother me. --SignorSimon (talk/contribs/email) 10:26, June 7, 2010 (UTC)
In the past, any time there's been a conflict, we've reverted it to the American version, as it's an American show. Being Canadian, I'm used to spelling many words the same way as the Brits, however I always try to make a conscious effort to use American spelling when editing articles. I don't think it's ever come up as a topic before, but perhaps we should add it to the Manual of Style. --proudhug 15:13, June 7, 2010 (UTC)
I think it would give the wiki a cleaner look to have standardized spelling. Maybe I'm the only one who'd notice, though. -Randy 20:26, June 7, 2010 (UTC)
I do agree that US spelling would certainly look more consistent, but also hope that it wouldn't seem intolerant to European visitors. If we put this in the MoS, I think it's appropriate that we stipulate if someone changes UK spellings to US ones, they simply cite "MoS" and don't use quick reverts or potentially offensive edit summaries with words like "changing to correct spelling" or worse, "rv vandalism". The whole point being that the preference to the US spellings is a matter of consistency, and nothing else. Blue Rook  talk  contribs 02:53, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
Those are good concerns; I hadn't thought of those. I'm fairly new to the world of wikis. Your stipulation seems totally appropriate. For what it's worth, I also think that if we were having this conversation on a wiki for Dr. Who, we would need to go with British conventions. -Randy 09:47, June 8, 2010 (UTC)

100% agreed across the board. --proudhug 14:58, June 8, 2010 (UTC)

I've automatically changed some British spelling to American spelling a few times. Like Proudhug said, it's an American show and that has been my basis when doing so. I hope nobody took it the wrong way. Anyway, I do agree that a standard should be set, whatever it is. Thief12 03:02, June 15, 2010 (UTC)
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