I was wondering if there might be any value in creating a Category:Paramilitary as a subcategory of Category:Military, for paramilitary groups and characters. In this category I would include independent ninja clans like the Foot Clan (IDW), private mercenary companies like Darkwater (IDW), and non-state militias like the Mighty Mutanimals (IDW). For the purposes of categorization, the definition would not necessarily include officially-organized police forces like the New York Police Department, no matter how well armed, because they are the career police authorized to enforce law in a jurisdiction. However, it might include paramilitary forces deputized into police operations, especially in settings where it is harder to enforce the rule of law, like in the Wild West or in After the Bomb scenarios.
I'm not entire sure where the distinction of military vs. paramilitary exists in settings like feudal Japan. Obviously, in the Edo period, there was a shōgun, the subordinate daimyō, and their bound samurai, all of whom could be considered state military forces. But I'm not sure how ninja clans of the era would have been classified. It is primarily for this reason that I decided to discuss this with you before I did anything.
Personally, I think it's okay if an artwork represents development art, concept art, or rejected or unused concepts, as these are notable steps in the development of an official work. For instance, on the DuckTales Wiki, I added this artwork by a storyboarder to Launchpad McQuack (2017), representing art that was prepared as part of character and episode development but was ultimately not portrayed on-screen. I think official artists deserve a bit of leeway in their artistic output if it can be justified as part of their output towards the development of an official work, even if some of it is published after the fact.
In this case, I would not reject that artwork by Christine Liu from Turtlepedia, but instead sort it as creator artwork alongside concepts, sketches and promotional artwork.
I've been thinking that perhaps the article Mezmer-Ron should be renamed according to his current name, Hypno-Potamus. Even though it is usually the practice that articles are named according to a character's canonical personal name (Jack Finney, Jess Harley, Jason (2012 TV series), etc.), there have been some notable exceptions to this.
Slash (IDW) was originally called Specimen 6. But that was a name he was given as a laboratory animal. Slash is a name he later accepted and was called by people he knew and loved. This is because Specimen 6 was not a name—it was a designation. Before being called Slash, he effectively had no name.
Seymour Gutz (IDW) was originally called Mutagen Man. But, like Slash, Seymour was born in captivity, with Mutagen Man being more of a project name than a personal name. Also as with Slash, this meant Seymour had no real name before Mondo gave him one. It was an important moment in recognizing Seymour's dignity as a person.
Where Hypno-Potamus is concerned, my reasoning is that neither this name nor Mezmer-Ron can reasonably be considered his original name—they're stage names which he has also become known by casually. It's not that Hypno doesn't have a real name, but that we don't know what it is, so we're only left with his stage names, which leaves us in a similar position as him not having an original name. We can consider that Mezmer-Ron was an old stage name, and Hypno-Potamus is a new stage name. In the absence of his real name, it seems more reasonable to primarily refer to him by his current stage name rather than his previously known stage name, considering that his professional, social and romantic lives all now seem to revolve around the name Hypno-Potamus. But as soon as we learn his original real name not used on stage, his article should be renamed to that. I know my reasoning involves a certain degree of conjecture ("what's to say Mezmer-Ron wasn't his birth name or previous legal name?"), there's also certain amount of conventional wisdom involved ("what kind of person is born with the name Mezmer-Ron?").
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I just wanted to say thank you. Sometimes I have these OCD-driven inner monologues that are unrelentingly pedantic in their pursuit of wiki perfection. And this is not necessarily bad, most of the time, as it drives me to help expand the wiki and keep it tidy. Problem is, sometimes it's not just that there are certain areas of extreme completion that aren't such a good idea (Category:Laurasiatherians, anyone?), but sometimes I push on even when I find the subject material very unpleasant. For instance, this drive pushed me to create useful content like File:Bodycount violence.png, even though I found the original page absolutely disgusting—I did it because it still genuinely improved the article it appears in, because sometimes people have to do things they don't like doing if it will help the wiki. But with that, (ahem,) one comic, I think I felt shut in by a perfect storm of the apparent officialness of the materials (enough to convince the German-language Turtlepedia affiliate to keep a full article covering it) and the unusual acridness of its contents—it was really quite terrible, even for the thing that it was. I found myself relieved when you intervened. To be perfectly honest, I still don't know if I completely agree with the criteria for exclusion for the simple matter that it puts some other officially-produced but informally-released materials into the crosshairs of that same nagging OCD voice. (Ultimately, it's convinced me that Turtlepedia needs to be clearer about what materials it considers official, and whether official production alone, even without normal sale or methods of distribution, should be considered sufficient enough to warrant inclusion on Turtlepedia.) But I think that, in this one case, it was a decision I needed to have taken out of my hands. The material in question was just too capital-W Weird, and a big part of me just wanted out and to forget about the whole thing.
Our friend Luis 106 Lincoln is once again spamming the comments. I was late to see it (because I've been busy getting ready for school and other commitments to even notice), but they didn't respond kindly to you blocking them for a week. And they pulled the "I have cystic fibrosis" card yet again. Should we just ban them for failing to listen to us?
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Importantly, when Palladium allowed their TMNT license to expire without renewing it, they discontinued materials like TMNT&OS itself (along with Transdimensional TMNT, etc.), but continued publishing the After the Bomb scenarios stripped of their already sparse direct relation to TMNT. So even though After the Bomb was originally conceived as a supplement for TMNT&OS, its later editions are not published or promoted as TMNT-related works.
I find this fascinating as what is effectively an anti-crossover, where material originally conceived as part of TMNT continues to live on as a non-TMNT franchise. In any event, I think it would be fair to treat the After the Bomb scenarios as a subseries in its own right.
I gave it some thought to that too, but I don't think it's too much of an integral thing to make a decision on immediately, especially since, like, the only character who has any overlap is Raph, and that's just in a comic.
Honestly, everything as far as I was concerned was pretty straightforward, but it might be a bit of cognitive bias clouding my sight. I've made some adjustments to a couple of categories that you may find useful. Please do let me know if they need further clarification, and just ask if you have questions on any specific categories.
On the Intimidator Suit article, just to be clear, didn't need an Unfinished tag because it was essentially, well I wouldn't say complete, but at least structured soundly enough to stand, and the data you noted would be useful would have actually taken less effort to add than it did to add the tag and notate it.