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Not Canon Friendly is an official Halo Fanon Wiki policy for addressing articles that don't abide by the site's Canon Policy. Articles which don't meet Canon Policy requirements may be tagged with the Not Canon Friendly template. Reasons for tagging will need to be given by the tagger, then addressed and—if found valid—resolved by the article's author before the template can be removed by a mediating Administrator.

What is Canon Friendliness?

Main article: Halo Fanon:Rules#Canon Policy

Halo Fanon as a site was founded for the purpose of writing and sharing fan fiction and lore within the Halo universe. Therefore, articles and stories added to Halo Fanon need to abide by the established facts of the canon Halo universe. An article is Canon Friendly if the content on the page matches up and abides by all aspects of this existing canon. An article which breaks these established facts, intentionally or not, may be considered Not Canon Friendly, and thus subject to the NCF policy.

An NCF tag is not irreversible, however. The tagger must give reasons for the template's addition as described in the policy below. If these reasons are found invalid through discussion with mediating Administrators or other members of the community, the tag may be removed by an Administrator. If they are found valid, the tagger should provide suggestions for the author to change details in the article to make it Canon Friendly. After these corrections have been made, an Administrator may review the changes and⁠—if the changes have resolved the problem⁠—remove the NCF template.

Please understand, we as a site do not expect every writer to know all of Halo canon and the more than dozen games, score of novels, and myriad other short stories, comics, and films which make it up. Site members with knowledge of these different pieces of media, however, can read over one another's works and provide feedback to help their creations fit better into Halo canon. For learning more about Halo canon, we heartily recommend Halopedia as a resource.

Reasons for NCF Tagging

Please be aware that this list is non-exhaustive.

If an article contradicts something already stated in canon, then the article is considering as breaking canon.
Certain things happened at certain times in the Halo universe. Authors should make sure to check dates relevant to their article before posting.
The UNSC and Covenant have specific ways they name things. While there are exceptions in some fields, in others, there are not.
Rank and Position
Rank and position go hand in hand. Generals almost never see frontline combat, and Privates never lead regiments. When attributing a rank to a character, make sure that what they do makes sense in light of that rank. Make sure that the rank you attribute is from the correct branch of ranking. Both the UNSC and Covenant have a clear set of ranks for combat and for naval forces.
Certain groups are already well defined in the Halo universe, and when attributing a character to a certain group, authors should check to make sure the character meets the requirements to have been in that group.
While individual characters do not have to behave in a certain way, one should ensure that the UNSC and Covenant, as a whole, behave in the way they normally do when writing fan fiction. For example, the Covenant are imitative, not innovative, and so if a member of the Covenant invents something by meddling with a Forerunner artifact further than the San 'Shyuum deemed fit, other members of the Covenant would deem this as heresy.
God-modding is when an author's article is overpowering and/or has no real weaknesses. The article may also be unrealistic and may also have its canon friendliness disputed, due to the previously stated distinguishing reasons. Authors should avoid making their characters too powerful or without any weakness, as this is not only unrealistic, but also unfair to other users, especially when participating in Role Playing.
To see an unofficial but helpful and in-depth guide about God-modding, click here.
If an article is unrealistic for conventional matters not necessarily having to do with Halo itself, the article can be considered as breaking canon, since Halo operates in a universe that abides by realism.
Lack of Halo
Authors should make sure they are actually writing in the Halo universe. Articles that have nothing to do with Halo, while not necessarily a breach of canon, break a separate rule, Rule 3: Fanon should be Halo related. These articles should also be marked with a the NCF template and a vote to move them to the author's namespace started on the page's talk page if necessary changes to the page are not made after two week.
World War 2 Halo
As the name implies, this is when an article contains pictures or descriptions of weapons, equipment or technology that has no place in the 26th century. This can go from soldiers in uniforms of the 20th/21st century to a UNSC weapon article with a picture of say, an M1 Garand. This mainly applies to pictures that would look out of place within the Haloverse, and offending articles should be tagged with this template: {{WW2Halo}}
RvB, and other unofficial Halo Media
Fan-made media, such as Red vs Blue, Arby and Chief, SPV3, and other media that does not to conform to Halo canon, is not canon friendly, and any articles based on these is likewise not canon friendly.
Identifying breaches in canon include, but are not limited to the above list. Certain things that would seem to break one of the above problems might be explained in such a way as to make sense, and there are things that break canon that are not explicitly named here. These are just a general rule of thumb for identifying breaches in canon.

Exceptions to the Rule

Sometimes, articles break the canon of media that was not released when the article was created. If this happens, authors should try to fix the problem: of note is that in some cases there are exceptions, such as large alternative universes (i.e. Halo 3: Ascension). The canon policy will not be applied retroactively to articles rendered NCF by new content. As long as the article is not edited, outside of house cleaning edits, it will remain exempt.

Reacting to breaches of Canon

Not Canon Friendly

When any user sees something they believe breaks canon, they should put a {{NCF|NCF="reason here"}} at the top of the page, and then explain what the breach is in that page's talk page. This allows the author the chance to both attempt to justify the article and fix the article, if the mistake is not justifiable and was due to lack of knowledge. Users should keep in mind that not everyone can know everything, and should make sure to offer constructive criticism rather than insulting. Stepping over the line can be considered a personal attack. The addition of the NCF template will let administrators know to look at the page and talk page. If they agree with the user, they will say so, but if they agree with the author, they will remove the NCF template. It is important to note that only administrators may remove an NCF template. The removal of this template by the author or other users is not allowed, and may only complicate matters.

If an author refuses to or otherwise does not fix a legitimate issue with an article and chooses to delete the NCF template, the {{Remove}} template is to be added alongside a second warning to fix up their page. After a period of two weeks, a brief voting session takes place on the article's talk page where users nominate its removal to namespace.


Articles are almost never deleted on Halo Fanon, as we feel that it would be insulting to the author if we deleted their work, whether or not it belongs on the mainspace. The only times an article should be deleted are: author requests, if the page is blank, if the page is gibberish, if the page was created to be disruptive or for spam/vandalism, or if there is no user namespace to move the article to (such as when the article is created and maintained by an IP). Articles that break Rule 3 or Rule 4 should never be deleted unless one of the above reasons is true.


RULE ONE: Tagging a page as Not Canon-Friendly is not a "routine" thing and should not be taken lightly. For some, NCFing can be seen as a serious offence if used improperly or in bad faith. When tagging an article as Not Canon-Friendly, please do it with respect and courtesy to ensure that no arguments and flame wars occur.

RULE TWO: If you tag a page as Not Canon-Friendly, you must have written the reasons as to why you've done so on the article's talk page. In addition, you could also inform the author(s) of the article at their respective user talk page(s). If there is no reason posted within 24 hours or you fail to inform the author regarding their article being NCF, Rule 4 will be voided and the tag will be removed. For effect, use the Template:ProblemApp.

RULE THREE: All comments on article pages, especially in cases of NCF arguments, should abide by the following:

1. Be useful. Do not merely say that the article sucks, explain why it does. Offer pointers for making it not suck.

2. Be constructive. Instead of "your spelling sucks, this is NCF trash, you are wrong," try "you should run this through a spell checker, you should consider these canon contradictions before proceeding, and you should fix this." The article's writer should know what they have done wrong and how they should proceed to fix their page.

3. Be civil. This speaks for itself. Any comment with any sort of derogatory remark directed at the user's person or the rater's person will be looked upon as a civility infraction.

RULE FOUR: No NCF tag shall be removed, by an Administrator or otherwise, until any discussion on the talk page is considered settled. The only exception to this rule is obvious cases of flaming or vandalism. If an NCF tag is disproved, only an Administrator can remove the tag.

RULE FIVE: Any article that has been fixed post-namespacing can now be voted back onto mainspace by a community majority or by having the approval and permission of three or more Administrators.

RULE SIX: The deadline for article namespacing after an unresolved NCF tag is now reduced to two (2) weeks, to compel the author to make changes sooner and to reduce the chances of a flame war.

RULE SEVEN: Please do not tag a page as Not Canon-Friendly unless it has a significant reason to be addressed. Tagging an article as such for a mistake as minor as "Doctor Halsey didn't know about the SPARTAN-III's yet," or "John-117 was born on Eridanus II, not Earth," is overreacting. Instead we suggest that such issues be be addressed with a simple heads-up note on the talk page. Again, do not tag a page as Not Canon-Friendly unless it is absolutely necessary. The template should only be used when you are certain that the article needs immediate fixing due to major issues.

RULE EIGHT: There's no need to dogpile. It's been NCF'd, there's already enough on the author's plate. If there's more to be done, bring it up with a site patroller, or one of the admins.