Tracking (Series Bond)

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  • Required field (if applicable)
  • This set of series links and notes is used to track numbering from one series to another. The following reasons are allowed:
    • Major series title change
    • Minor series title change
    • Publisher change

NOTE: The exact definitions of major and minor have not been set. General sentiment on policy to date (5 April 2015) lean towards:

  • Any shared words (other than "a", "the", etc.): Minor title change
    • All Winners to All Western Winners is a minor change, even though the content change was substantial
  • Anything else: Major title change

NOTE: It has not yet been specified what reason to give if both the title and publisher change. Just pick one.

  • Any other links not specified above are *not* valid in this field. Other links that have been discussed include:
    • Connecting series that change publishers (and are therefore considered separate by the GCD)
    • Connecting a series to subsequent volumes with new numberings
    • Connecting a series based on content (primary feature moving between series) when the numbers do not follow
    • UK series merges, on the side where the numbers do not continue (this is being addressed separately on the policy list)
  • Prior to early 2015, only the free-form text field was available. When possible, these should be migrated to links and the text removed.
    • The text field may be used for notes that do not fit well as link-level notes, for instance general background information about complex connections
  • Links can connect two series, an issue and a series (in either direction), or two issues.
    • Omitting the issue implies that the continuation is from the relevant end of the series.
    • If continuation is from or to an issue other than the expected end issue, the non-end issue should be specified in the link.
  • If the link is uncertain, check the relevant box (NOTE this has not been implemented- for now, leave such things in the free-form text field) Examples of uncertain links:
    • Link inferred from numbers and dates, but nothing else confirms it. Particularly if the series was published irregularly, making dates unreliable indications (while less of a concern now, before indicia publisher information was available for Timely/Atlas issues, some links were ambiguous).
    • There are numbering irregularities involved, but other evidence points to a connection (there's a Fox series like this involving a skipped number).
    • A new related title picks up the numbering of two canceled titles, without any indication of which was intended to be continued (the Superman Annual situation).
    • An example of an uncertain link is when one is inferred from dates and numbers, but the pattern isn't regular and there is no other way to confirm.

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