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As we all know there are episodes that share a similar topic. Sometimes a connection between those is established by a common keyword (e.g. "pon farr"). On the other hand there are similarities that are rather loose (e.g. "death of a close friend" or "criticism of religion"). My idea is to include a new section in the episode articles just for this ("If you like this episode, you might also be interested in..."). I mean, that's what makes hypertext really interesting. What do you think? Lal 23:22, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

I think someone else suggested categorizing the episodes based on plot type and the idea was rejected. Perhaps you could come up with a list of categories you intend to use, as people would perhaps be more open to negotiation. Weyoun 23:21, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Hm, I see your point. It sure is somewhat hard to categorize episodes by plot type if not impossible. Also I won't try to come up with categories because this will at best lead to in an endless discussion about the categories itself. On the other hand cross references are already being given here and there. So for instance VOY: "Renaissance Man" refers to VOY: "The Raven" and TNG: "Brothers". This is fine, but my suggestion is to have such links in a separate section rather than in background information -- it really isn't "background information" at all, IMHO. Having a "You might also like this episodes" section would serve two purposes. First you could list more episodes withouth cluttering up the background information. Second a separate section would encourage others to come up with cross references and it would establish them as some kind of standard information. Lal 22:29, 27 February 2006 (UTC)

If you are talking about specific episode pages, you could always post "Related Episodes" (or "Related Topics") above or below "Links and References", I think I've seen that done before
Why not just put in the "background information" something like 'This episode of TNG has a surprisingly similar plot to the episode 'blah blah' from the TOS.?--Matthew 01:39, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

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