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This page will cover the basic set of rules for a user's involvement in the community to ensure a peaceful and steady growth of the wiki. These basic rules apply to the whole wiki and are definite. Remember, all we want is a fun atmosphere and these'll help with that... hopefully.

Overview

  1. Be civil to other users at all times.
  2. Any form of vandalism is prohibited.
  3. No profanity is allowed on any page.
  4. When in doubt, take it to the article's comments section.
  5. Avoid reverting good faith edits. This is to avoid conflicts with other users.
  6. Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you remember what you did if you come back to the page at a later time. Please state what you changed and why in the Summary line to the left of the Save page button. If the explanation is too long, add more on the discussion page.
  7. No personal attacks. Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above).
  8. Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, but try to be as polite, solid, and straightforward as possible yourself.
  9. Do not use your signatures on mainspace articles.
  10. Use the preview button. Before you click on Save page, click on the Preview button to see what your change(s) will look like. This will give you the chance to fix it before it's saved. This may also help you combine two or more edits into a single change, which is easier to check later.
  11. Don't spam. "Spam" is an unwanted message, like advertisements, political statements and other off-topic messages. For this wiki, off-topic messages are messages that are not related to the show. Spam also includes duplicate messages that are posted three or more times.
  12. Respect copyright. Wikia uses the CC-BY-SA license. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license.
  13. It's important to have fun... but try to make sure those around you have fun too!

User Behavior

Vandalism and Spamming

  • Vandalism will not be tolerated. Vandalism is any type of edit that is destructive to the article that may be in the form of is deleting a large portion of the page without proper reason, or, worse, replacing it with inappropriate information or randomness. If someone becomes a vandal, the admins have the right to block the person for an indefinite amount of time, depending on the severity of the act.
  • Comments on pages are expected to be appropriate. This means that there should be no inappropriate language, the comment should not be irrelevant, and should not be inflammatory.
  • In the case of an edit war, the two opposing people are expected to solve their problem for themselves. If they cannot do that, an admin will step in.
  • Major format changes must be run by the administrators and the rest of the community first, to get a consensus.
  • Insulting/slandering other users is not permitted. It is the right of any user to remove, or request the removal of, any comment, blog, forum, or message wall post that is insulting or slanderous to them personally. Harassing users in this way will result in lengthy blocks.

Blocking

Blocking is the method by which administrators may technically prevent users from editing. Blocks are used to prevent damage or disruption, not to punish users. Blocks sometimes are used as a deterrent, to discourage whatever behavior led to the block and encourage a productive editing environment.

Take note, though, that anonymous users who spam, vandalize, make unwanted edits or act unacceptably will be banned without notice, but you are free to sign up to defend yourself.

Request block

Any user may request a block at the Administrator noticeboard for major incidents of vandalism or disruption. Users requesting blocks should supply credible evidence of the circumstances warranting a block. Administrators are never obliged to place a block and are free to investigate the situation themselves. Because blocks may be reviewed and appealed, it is often important that the blocking and reviewing administrators each communicate with and take care to inform the other.

Reasons for blocking

  • Persistent personal attacks
  • Persistent vandalism
  • Persistent incivility
  • Persistent harassment
  • Persistent spamming
  • Edit warring or revert warring
  • Sockpuppetry
  • Failure to observe policies or guidelines
  • Accounts with inappropriate usernames
  • Editing for the sole purpose of obtaining badges
  • Use of explicit profanities
  • Posting of vulgar, nude, or other inappropriate images
  • Spamming links and advertisements not directly related to the wiki
  • Under 13 years old
  • Using sockpuppets to circumvent a ban or block

Duration of blocks

Each administrator blocks at their own discretion. However, the following should be kept in mind:

  • In general, the first block should be of a reasonably short duration, with the length increasing progressively every time a further block is required.
  • Anonymous users should never be blocked indefinitely. If you see any anonymous user blocked indefinitely, report it on the administrator noticeboard.
  • Sockpuppets that have been used maliciously should, and will, always be blocked indefinitely. The original account's ban/block will also be extended further if not already.

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