The official Rules of the Wiki can be found here.
These will result in strong action, including blocking of account creation and removal of editing privileges
- Vandalism: Perhaps the worst and most general offense. It includes, blanking pages unnecessarily, adding inappropriate words in pages, and ruining another editors work. Excessive vandalism can result in the page or even the wiki going on "lockdown", where every page is protected against editing by standard users.
- Spamming: Putting too many links to external sites on a page. Makes clutter that is just plain ugly
- Malicious Links: Putting external links to malicious sites that do nasty things to the browser or computer.
- Flaming: Don't intentionally upset people unnecessarily, or your privileges might be suspended
- Making Inappropriate pages and/or adding inappropriate content to pages: It's very wrong and malicious and will land you with a ban
- Upsetting NCOs/Officers: Oh yeah, this is when the caca hits the fan.These guys are respected editors/forum moderators and will make sure you receive punishment. Hard.
- Edit Warring: When there are constant edits and reverts over a controversial topic on a page. If counter-productive, this may result in the protection of a page. This is not considered vandalism.
These are not major and will not cause you to be banned, but you might lose privileges or opportunities if you repeatedly make these
- Accidental ruining of a page: This is usually not complete blanking and results in apologies from the person who did it
- Making pages with inappropriate names: User pages should be kept under the [[User:Example/example]] format unless they are redirects. Usually, this can be fixed by moving the page, but not always
- Disrespecting: All editors should be respected, regardless of rank or number of contributions.
- Not signing talk pages: Always sign these, they let us know who's talking; and, yes, we will know who did it, if you thought you could get away with an "anonymous" edit
- Signing main pages: you just shouldn't do this, it's annoying.
- Spreading false information: we mean the stuff that you know has not been confirmed or is confirmed false and you spread as true.
- Making "wrong" links: Things like misspellings should be fixed before saving your edit
- Not using the "preview" button: It's here for a reason, people!
- Excessive Cursing: Cursing is ugly in general, but can be used, along with asterisks to hide things, in very minimal quantities. Otherwise, it is nasty and is usually taken as flaming.
- Not Adding a Summary: When people summarize their work, it is less likely to be vandalism; not even respected editors should do this
Lock-down is the state in the wiki in which several pages are granted temporary full-protection. This arises when we have a vandalism streak or many vandals at once. Lockdown can range from the following levels
- None-No lockdown
- Minimal Isolated- Protection of 1-3 pages which were targeted by vandals
- Minimal General- Protection of all semi-important pages like maintenance portal, community portal, categories; used when 1 or several vandals are on a streak
- Mild Isolated- Protection of 3+ specific targeted pages
- Mild General- When several vandals go on a streak, big and important pages are all protected
- Moderate-Several Vandals; all below and important user talk pages are protected
- Severe- Several Repeat Vandals Without ban; accepting protection on-request of pages
- Extreme- Many repeat vandals/hackers- ALL content pages protected/user rights temporarily changed
Rules For Advanced Editors/NCOs
Yes, there are rules governing more subtle issues in the wiki which are, more or less, accessible to NCO's, Officers, and Advanced Editors
- Big Changes: You can make these, but ask first and get a good general consensus
- Insulting Newcomers: Although they may make mistakes, guide them in the right direction rather than harshly punishing them.
- Protecting/Un-protecting: Only available to NCOs and up, protection of pages is a very valuable resource in anti-vandalism and other things. However, pages that are permanently protected at full level shall not have their protection level changed. You may edit them, but do not change them too much
- File Uploading: Although there have been no problems with this yet, files that are uploaded to the uploader must be used within the wiki in some place or other. Files waste memory space if unused.
Sadly, there have been multiple instances of vandalism in the wiki. These come from a variety of users, all with no intentions of helping the wiki. If yo should come across vandalism, you should choose between the active path or the passive path.
- Clean the vandalism up, by undo-ing the edit of the vandal
- Warn the user about their wrongdoing
- Report it to at least two officers(Bersimon and Riderx)
- If you think the vandalism is too large, do this
- Don't directly fix the vandalism
- Go here and report the vandalism to generate user support