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Recently while browsing, I've noticed a large amount of people using many, many forms of referring to money. What really puts me off is how unproffesional it looks. As should be obvious, 277,100 coins is much better than '267.1k', yet many people on this wiki fail to acknowledge this. While in-game, many people call money "GP", though this seems only to be used as an effort to save time typing. As such, many wikians have adopted this habit. In my opinion however, this can pretty much destroy articles. In my experience, I've noticed that articles are much cleaner and sound much better by replacing 'gp' and 'gold pieces' with the standard form of "Coins." As you will find in-game, they have a name of "Coins." As I'm sure you will like to mention, Jagex does call them "gp" and "gold" in-game. However, they are called "coins" in the game, so I think we should keep this standard. As such, I propose we change the Style guide to include something similar to this:

  • When referring to money, all articles must use "Coins" to replace terms such as "GP", "Gold", "Gold Pieces", and "Cash." In addition to that, players should not use terms such as "K" or "M". When using fluctating prices, players should use the Grand Exchange Market Watch templates for prices.

Support - As Nom-Nominator. --

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00:44, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - Would this be added to the Abbreviations section or would it be under a new heading? --Iiii I I I 00:47, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

I think this should be in a different, possibly it's own, as it's a rather large problem with many articles, and if we just lump it with something else, then it's likely to get over-looked. --
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Strong oppose Neutral, light Oppose - I honestly think saying "gp" is better. All currencies have their official name, then a shortened version for when referring to an amount of money. Example: There is American Dollars, then you have US$200. In RuneScape's case, you have coins/gold pieces, then you have 200gp. Chicken7 >talk 01:29, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Neutral - Per Chicken7  —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ancient Blades (talk) on 02:25, February 4, 2010 (UTC).

Strong Support - Although saying "gp" is easier, saying "coins" is the correct method. The official in-game item name is coins, and that is what it should be referred to as. Gp is merely slang, a method that involves less work to produce the same result. However, it is not what the in-game item name, so it should not be used. For example, our articles refer to the Dragon pickaxe as a dragon pickaxe, and not a drag pick or a d pik. Coins should be no different from other items. --Liquidhelium 02:36, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Strong support The style guide in fact used to include this very example, saying that "gp" should be replaced with "coins", and therefore "10k" (for example) should be replaced with "10,000 coins", and "1.6m" should be replaced with "1,600,000 coins". I absolutely disagree with Chicken above, "gp" (whilst quoted in RuneScape) should not normally be used in articles. They are called coins! Gp, k and m should all be replaced with figures in terms of coins (though they can be rounded to an appropriate number of significant figures), and the first use of the word "coins" as a currency should be wikilinked (as in this paragraph). In my opinion, this example should be put back into the style guide for clarity - is discussion really required? Leevclarke talk Max_logo_mini.png bulldog_puppy.png 05:25, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - I agree on not using K and M, but gp is much better in my opinion. Chicken7 >talk

Oppose Coins just looks to ....idk, silly? Stuffy? Each various term is used by at least one NPC so technically all are correct. Although I agree using "K" in articles is bad form.--Degenret01 05:41, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - Per Chicken and Degen. gp looks just fine to me. I'm a regular user and I approve this message.  TLUL Talk - Contribs 05:56, February 4, 2010 (UTC) 

Oppose - I don't know anyone in the game that uses 'coins'. Most people just say 'gp', so why wouldn't we? Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 06:41, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - per oli4burggraa. almost no one uses coins  —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sentra246 (talk).

Support coins or gp - Leaving the Style Guide in its current form where nobody is sure which is the best term has no upsides for anybody. I get the feeling that the opposition really want to say "support Gp", not "oppose". Coins make just as much sense as gp to me, neither are bad. There is no chance of confusion over what is meant when you say them, unlike with gold. Unicorn horn dust.png Evil Yanks talk 07:06, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Per Yanks. Btw, 'gp' are referred as 'coins' in the Game Guide. FredeTalk 07:30, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - We have to remember that not even Jagex seem to have a style guide when it comes to the gp/coins/gold naming scnario (npcs say all different things) so which one would we pick? --Gold ore.png Mercifull UK serv.svg (Talk) 09:26, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support coins - per Liquidhelium and Leevclarke.   az talk   15:55, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Per all supporters. sig1.pngsig2.pngsig3.png 16:03, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support coins (or coin for one) - I believe we should endeavour to use the actual item name at all times, which in this case is coins. Quest.png Gaz Lloyd 7:^]Events!99s 16:58, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Consitency is always appropriate with the exception being that if an NPC says "---- gp" or anything that isn't "coins/coin", it should be left as is as a qoute should never be corrected when taken word for word. Otherwise user made comments/edits on monetary value should be consistent in all areas. As well, I dislike it (as other users do) from the use if monetary acronyms. These and other values should remain away from articles. Ryan PM 17:32, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support - I think in this case it's probably good to have a standard and since the in game name is coins, lets just use that. Air rune.png Tollerach hates SoF Fire rune.png 21:23, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Using acronyms in our articles does not seem very encyclopedic. "Coins" not only is the name in-game, but it also looks and sounds better than "gp."  Tien  21:51, February 4, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - I think it needs to be clear that a coin isn't necessarily an item, and should not be treated as one. It is a currency. Currencies have long official names, and acronyms. We use the long official name when talking/discussing the currency, so on the coins article, as an example. But then the acronym is used when stating an amount of money. In my honest opinion, using both of them in that context is A LOT more encyclopaedic than using just the word coins. Chicken7 >talk 04:50, February 5, 2010 (UTC)

Tokkul and trading sticks are both items and currency, so when stating an amount of tokkul or trading sticks would we say, "100 tkl" or "100 ts"? Speaking of acronyms, "gp" seems to be a player-derived term. Or did Jagex come up with it? If Jagex coined (no pun intended) it, then I might support the use of "gp," but I think the instances in which coins are referred to as "gp" in-game were just done by Jagex to add a personal touch to the game. I may be wrong, of course.  Tien  16:18, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
There is no common abbreviation for tokkul or trading sticks, so it wouldn't be wise as it may be confusing. Although "gp" is common and probably used more often than coins in NPC dialogues! I don't know the history, I'd presume it was a player derived term, made popular by Jagex's use of it. But I may be wrong too. Smile Cheers, Chicken7 >talk 01:06, February 6, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Per Tien. Quest point cape detail.png Brux Talk 16:55, February 5, 2010 (UTC)
Comment - "GP" is a matter of pure convenience. That said, who wants to constantly type out "Dollars" or "Euros" (if that's even the full name? Euro-dollars?), when we can type $ or € instead. Support for killing the "k" and "m" though, as my spreadsheets break out in a rash. 8-D TheLastWordSword 15:11, February 6, 2010 (UTC)

The full name of 'euro' is 'euro'. It's derived from Europe. It's not named after dollars. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 22:42, February 6, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Coins it is; per all supporters. Fishing.png NnK Oliver (600613) talk 04:11, February 13, 2010 (UTC)

Support - 'gp' sounds unoffical, it is not encyclopaedic, and 2.1m is far less accurate than 2145613 (or whatever). Construction-icon.png Matt is Me / Harmonising / Lvl 3 skils3 Talk Cooking cape (t).png 07:14, February 13, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - GP got invented when someone at Jagex got lazy and decided to use it instead of 'Coins'. Now tons of noobs can't bear to type out 3 extra letters and use GP. Anyone see the problem with this?--

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20:12, February 13, 2010 (UTC)

As somebody who played RS in the year it was released, I can tell you that you are absolutely, 100% wrong with your history. GP predates "coins" as the Runescape "standard" by years. Endasil

Comment - Runescape use GP so we should too, Herblore Supawilko 09:29, February 14, 2010 (UTC)

Where does RuneScape officially use GP? Player slang does not count. Construction-icon.png Matt is Me / Harmonising / Lvl 3 skils3 Talk Cooking cape (t).png 17:55, February 14, 2010 (UTC)`
NPC dialogues, official announcements, even videos I think. Chicken7 >talk 05:37, February 15, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Though I agree with Degenret01, a standard should be set.  Ranged-icon.png Zap0i TalkRune scimitar.png  01:17, February 15, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Per degen, Jack Spirall  —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jack Spiral1 (talk). (?)

Oppose - Per opposition. Abyssal whip.png Superplayer08Talk HS Log Dragon dagger (p++).png 18:45, February 15, 2010 (UTC)superplayer08

Comment - Gp is player-slang, and we are to keep that out of articles! We don't use 1337speak in articles, it's slang. We don't refer to items as DDS or D pl8 in articles, because they're player slang! --

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16:29, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Not completely. Some NPCs and letters and stuff also use "gp". So it's not all thought up by players. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 21:25, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Neutral per all. I usually support using the in-game names, but in this case, GP is even sometimes used in RuneScape. White partyhat old.png C Teng talk 16:52, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - There are much more important issues with langauge that should be prioritized, see the Style guide and its talk page for examples. Minimalism comes to mind as a common benchmark for efficiency, and therefore usability of this wikia's vast information banks. Unneccessary use of the word "you" or the term "the player" also comes to mind as more important than gp / coins Tortilliachp 17:31, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Neutral - 200gp looks nice, but coins seem sensible...Youdead00 18:54, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose - even ingame sources call them gp in some instances, and K saves space when you're writing a long message, due to the one-line text restriction by JaGEx, the same applying for M.Snowball (2006 Christmas event) 5.png Alex1496 Snowball (2006 Christmas event) 5.png 21:35, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Support - "Coins" used uniformly around the wiki would look professional, yes. I wouldn't want to be the random guy strolling around the wiki and being all "wut iz dis gpz??".  Panjy16  22:04, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - Just came across this discussion and wanted to give my 0.02gp. This is not a new debate, and arguing that one is "more official" than another is beating a dead horse. Both have been used by Jagex in enough contexts that they are both unquestionably "official" names for the same thing. If you want to use one over the other consistently, argue for it from a standpoint of style and consistency, but stop embarrassing yourselves by trying to rewrite history. I was there. Endasil 21:20, February 19, 2010 (UTC)

AMG, Hi Endasil! Also, I agree that none of them are more official than the other. "Coins" is the name of the item, not necessarily the name of the currency. Chicken7 >talk 01:18, February 20, 2010 (UTC)

Okay, I acknowledge that fact that Jagex has used both. And I know that this is not a new discussion. However, I think we should establish some sort of ground ruling so that there is limited variations. --

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17:19, February 24, 2010 (UTC)

Strong Support - This would make the wiki look far more proffesional, just because it's refrered to sproatically in game, doesn't mean that we have to do the same here. Farxodor Magic cape (t).png 04:26, March 6, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - When referring to a specific amount, such as the "200gp" example, "gp" makes sense, though "coins" also works. Virtually all other contexts, however, would be better as "coins" or "money", depending on if it's referring to the specific currency or just currency in general. As for using "K" and "M" in the amounts, that definitely needs to stop. --MarkGyver 21:22, March 10, 2010 (UTC)


Obviously, both sides have shown great arguments, and I acknowledge that both(all?) are official and used by Jagex. However, I think we should standarise the format. I know Jagex uses all of them, but I think we should just go with Coins. Anyone disagree? --

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18:12, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Plenty of people do - see above. :-p Leevclarke talk Max_logo_mini.png bulldog_puppy.png 18:44, March 11, 2010 (UTC)

Coins and 200gp - I think that using coins can never be incorrect, but saying "gp" for an amount would be fine too. Not "Bring some gp with you", but "This item costs 300gp". You can't argue that we shouldn't use any short forms, ever. Wikipedia frequently uses "$200", and clarifies which type of dollar. Pounds have their own symbol (not on my keyboard) which need no clarification, just as gp needs no clarification. I doubt if you will ever see Wikipedia using "Bring some $ with you", though. Just my 2gp overused joke (and don't go pointing to RS:NOT, you understand my point just fine). I'm a regular user and I approve this message.  TLUL Talk - Contribs 19:07, March 11, 2010 (UTC) 

Coins for sentences, gp for quantities - As said by tLUL above. Use coins in sentences (You will need a lot of coins) and gp in quantities (You will need 1000gp). But do not use K or M (You will need 1K). Cheers, Chicken7 >talk 04:43, March 12, 2010 (UTC)

Support Chicken and tLUL's suggestions - Yes, coins for sentences and gp for quantities. Everything else is unprofessional and should be rewritten on sight. ~ Fire Surge icon.png Sentry Telos Talk  07:17, March 12, 2010 (UTC)

Support Chicken and tLUL's suggestions - Per Telos. Ancient talisman.png Oil4 Talk 09:16, March 12, 2010 (UTC)

Oppose all changes - This issue has come up before, and there is really no need to change any thing in terms of style. Both "coins" and "gp" are used by Jagex. While the item's official name is "coin", there are Jagex references to gp [[:File:RSC shop.png|dating back to RuneScape Classic]]. The use of "gp" is no more "unproffesional" [sic] than the use of US$ (instead of "United States dollars") in Wikipedia's Bill Gates article, which is perfectly understandable and has in fact been recognized as a good article. Other conventional abbreviations are used in that article as well.

Given that both Jagex and the community use the two terms interchangably, there is no need to mandate the use of one over the other. Both terms are correct, and they are synonymous in every way. If the reader has played RuneScape before, chances are they'll understand the terms. If not, they are not far from the gp article or the player dictionary. Both of these articles clearly define the term.

Consistency in articles should not extend to restrictive vocabulary. These proposed changes are no more useful than requiring articles to use "bar" instead of "tavern" or "pub" (or vice versa). I suggest that we follow a KISS principle and stop wasting the contributors' time with this trivial issue. Changing the style guide will not improve the wiki in any way, and it will use up valuable resources that should be put towards creating content or fixing articles. Dtm142 03:08, March 13, 2010 (UTC)

I would like to add to Dtm's post: while both terms may be used interchangeably in the wiki, consistency should be observed within the article. You cannot have one term in the beginning of the article, and another term in the next paragraph! In terms of style, that is pretty bad, IMO.   az talk   11:02, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
That's correct, we don't want two different terms being used everywhere. But, we aren't going to use gp in sentences, like "A bucket costs a few gp". We're proposing 1 term for quantities, and 1 for sentences, as said above. This moreover is easier for users, really, as it is easier to tell when the article is referring to a specific quantity or the currency in general. Chicken7 >talk 11:40, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
I must disagree. It is often acceptable, or even desirable, to use two or more synonyms in a single piece of writing. This breaks up monotony in the article. Granted, one synonym might be preferable to another in a given context. "A bucket costs a few coins", "A bucket costs a few gold pieces", and "A bucket costs a small amount of money" are all better than "A bucket costs a few gp". Similarly, "A bucket weighs a few kilograms" would be better than "A bucket weighs a few kg".
However, "A bucket costs 1gp" and "A bucket costs 1 coin" are both correct and make sense in context. There is no point in favouring one over the other across the entire site. Doing so would be a textbook example of instruction creep, not a potential improvement to the wiki. Dtm142 18:30, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
I do not agree with Dtm, but he does have a good point, and I think that would be a good result for this forum. We are a community, so we do not need that many guidelines and rules. We need them for things like Dragon pickaxe instead of D pik, mainly because that is the official spelling. However, in this case, both coins and gp can be considered "official", since they are both used by Jagex. So, maintaining the status quo seems like a pretty good option to me. --LiquidTalk 20:57, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
So Dtm, what you approve of is using coins in sentences, but coins and gp for quantities. Although I think it'd be better to use just gp for quantities, I wouldn't oppose that. Chicken7 >talk 21:37, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
That would summarize my position for the most part. The word choice for a quantity would largely depend on the editors, the article, and the sentence in question. If anything should be added to the style guide, it should be as follows: "Symbols and prefixes for units of measure (including gp and kg) may be used only when referring to a definite quantity." with appropriate examples. Dtm142 23:09, March 15, 2010 (UTC)

Neutral Personally, I dont know what the fuss is about. Coins and gp are both used by Jagex. They are both acceptable. No need to make such an argument over that. I think that for smaller quantities (two coins, such as in two bucks or two dollars) coins are ok, whereas in larger ones (such as 200,000gp) gp is better. Balance iz powa!4ndrepd TalkContribsStupid monkeys actually have a use...Jump to the God Wars II! 22:39, March 15, 2010 (UTC)

I personally do not care how someone refers to gold. -White partyhat.png Chasingu 05:27, April 11, 2010 (UTC) {{Rfc|complete=true}} C.ChiamTalk 04:04, April 10, 2010 (UTC)

Support with exceptions - I think we should add a style, but not a strict one, as this wiki is for the players. I think there should be leniency with some format of the currency (ex, "340,000,000 coins"should be 340mil coins"). Also, store prices should be gp as saying "hat, 30 coins; shoes, 50 coins" can just be exhausting to write and read , plus the game refers items being sold through chat as gp frequently. Full Slayer Helmet! Evil1888 Talk A's L Dragon Platebody! 05:37, April 11, 2010 (UTC)

Support to a degree - I believe that we should keep coins and gp, but remove mil and k. Amethyst II Talk 00:51, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

Support - Although I find Coins to be a rather comical term, almost reminiscent of Super Mario, The item itself is Coins, and I think it should be named as such. I suck at logging in, by the way. I am not vot, I am Melon! 02:51, May 6, 2010 (UTC) Half-Support - I like the coins part but not the K and M thing, i don't feel this part will be enforced as you would never say in-game "I have 700,500,000" (I wish I had something remotely close to this). Full Slayer Helmet! Evil1888 Talk A's L Dragon Platebody! 02:55, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - I think we should just use GP, as that is the currency of Runescape. I mean when you have £10 you don't say 'I have 10 Coins' do you. Joe Click Here for Awesomeness 15:46, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

Comment - @Evil1888: I think that what you said was true. No one is going to say 700,500,000 coins. But 700.5M looks bad. 750 million looks okay, but if we have to go to that extreme, then we should say 700,500,000 gp or 700,500,000 coins. Amethyst II Talk 22:27, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

Request for closure/additional comments - Let's get this thing finished. Ajraddatz Talk 18:27, May 26, 2010 (UTC)

Anyone? ajr 21:15, June 9, 2010 (UTC)
What's the consensus? What I supported above? Chicken7 >talk 06:04, June 10, 2010 (UTC)
I don't get what all this discussing is about... All users will understand the 200 coins is the same as 200 gp, it's not like we are converting Euros to US Dollars here... xScoobsx Talk Contribs 07:46, June 15, 2010 (UTC)
i think that well we should put a standered on gp/coins i think m,k should be accsepted and gp and coins
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Oppose, with a compromise - Keep coins for sentences and gp for quantities, per Chicken, etc. However keep M in the form of million gp/coins for all integers i.e No 5.5 million gp, but Yes 50 million gp/coins. 222 talk 03:06, June 19, 2010 (UTC)

Request closure - I'd like to request closure with the usage of coins in sentences and gp in amounts or no change at all. No consensus. Things will continue as prior with no standards. Common sense prevails. 222 talk 10:52, June 25, 2010 (UTC)

Support & request closure. --- I support coins primarily for consistency. Using any form of gold pieces encourages sloppiness as everyone will use it in whatever form they like regardless of the confusion created and regardless of which is deemed the proper form to use. Cash is not a good alternative since it is not a term that most of the world uses even in real life. Having multiple names used for the same item, especially in the same sentence, paragraph, article, etc., can be quite confusing. Having a consistent standard makes the wiki easy to understand by everyone, regardless of nationality and regardless of primary language.

K and M must go for the following reasons, not just because they look tacky.
1) Not everyone worldwide refers to a thousand as a K. For example, Germans use T as in 1T (Ein Tausend). Even Jagex uses T and not K on the German worlds. In the computer world K means 1,024 (not 1,000) as in 1K bytes meaning 1,024 bytes.
2) M can be very confusing to many. Often M means one thousand. For example, M is the abbreviation for one thousand in the ancient Roman number system. In the United States it is common to buy items by the C (100) and by the M (1,000), like $5/C meaning $5 per hundred and $5/M meaning $5 per thousand. Though relatively rare, MM can mean a million, like in 1MM BF meaning 1 million board feet. When using M in the computer world, it means 1,048,576 (not 1,000,000) as in 1MB meaning 1,048,576 bytes.
 mmerlinn  Talk  Contribs   09:23, June 30, 2010 (UTC)
While I agree with abolishing the use of K and K because of tackiness, I disagree with the other reasons you listed.
  1. This is the English RS Wiki, not the German RS Wiki. The computer meanings only apply when measuring amounts of data, not currency.
  2. This is the English RS Wiki, not the ancient Roman RS Wiki. I've lived in the US for about 20 years and have yet to buy anything by the "C" or by the "M", though I'm sure someone with more purchasing experience will have come across this and other such obscure syntax. Again, the computer meanings only apply when measuring data, not currency.
In sum, K and M are commonly-used and well-understood within the English-speaking portion of the RuneScape community and would not be mistaken for other possible meanings. That said, it is still sloppy and should be changed to something more professional-looking such as coins. --MarkGyver 22:21, July 4, 2010 (UTC)
This request for closure is complete A user has requested closure for Coins, gp, gold, gold pieces, cash.... Request complete. The reason given was: Complete

ʞooɔ 09:18, July 5, 2010 (UTC)

Request closure x3 - No one else is commenting. 222 talk 07:30, July 18, 2010 (UTC)

Closed - No consensus. ʞooɔ 07:37, July 18, 2010 (UTC)