Guidelines for better user conduct
User conduct guidelines are general recommendations for user conduct, but gross violations may be enforced by administrative action.
- Be bold: If you find something that can be improved, improve it and encourage others to do the same.
- Be polite: It's not only important what you say but also how you say it. Be civil when talking to other people and treat them with respect. This site is built on cooperation.
- Assume good faith: Do your best to assume that other editors are trying to help unless you have evidence to the contrary. Accidents happen, and not everybody has a lot of experience with editing a wiki.
- Use edit summaries: Edit summaries are there to explain your changes - use them as often as possible. It helps with getting everybody on the same page and prevents conflicts with other editors.
- Feel free to leave messages on user talk pages: User talk pages are exempt from the rule above as it is their purpose to be edited by others. The general guidelines for talk pages above apply, with the exception that you are allowed to archive your talk page from time to time.
- Sign comments: You should add four tildes (~~~~) to the end of all of your comments on talk and forum pages, otherwise other people will not know it was you who made the edit. Do not get carried away and do the same thing in articles though, only on talk pages and forums.
User conduct rules and regulations
User conduct rules and regulations are enforced by immediate administrative action.
- Do not vandalize: Simply put, do not mess pages up on purpose. Blanking articles or sections, replacing content with nonsense or intentionally adding inaccurate information to articles is considered vandalism.
- Do not plagiarize: Do not copy the content of other sites and authors and try to pass it off as your own. If a site allows use of its content, state your source.
- Do not edit war: Discuss your changes with others. If you disagree with another editor, discuss the issue either on user or article talk pages. Repeatedly reverting each other's changes ("edit warring") is bound to escalate the conflict instead of solving it. If you cannot reach a consensus, ask an uninvolved user to mediate. In general, if someone reverts an edit you made, you should not re-add it without reaching a consensus on the article's talk page. Consensus does not have to be reached in cases of disruptive editing.
- Do not misuse talk pages: Talk pages are for the discussion of their respective articles and not for general chatter. Posts that do not pertain to discussion of an article itself may be deleted regardless of their time of posting.
- Do not edit others' user pages: Pages in the "User" namespace are generally considered to be the property of the user they belong to. You can put whatever you like on your user pages (as long as you do not violate common rules of decency or insult other users) and nobody else is allowed to edit without your permission. This applies for all user pages, with the exception of fixing broken links or changed content from another page.
- Do not edit other people's comments: Editing or removing other peoples' remarks in the forum, on discussion pages, or their personal user page is considered bad behavior. Post your own thoughts on the talk pages, and leave others to their own.
- User conflicts: This rule is a simple conflict rule. If there is a user conflict and it is disrupting the wiki, it must be brought to the attention of an admin or bureaucrat if an admin is involved in the conflict.
User, talk, forum and blog pages
- Do not spam: Comments that are considered spam can and will be deleted by online staff. Examples of spam include one word posts, meaningless statements such as "Warpath x rocks/sucks" or other nonsense.
- Do not flame: Comments and posts intended to provoke a reaction from other users (flamebait) or insulting them (flaming) will be deleted by the staff and reviewed for further grounds to block for a period of up to 1 year.
- Do not be rude: Excessive rudeness to other posters (whether they are anonymous or not) is not welcome, and is grounds for blocking from the site for 6 months or more.
- Be readable: If your message can't be understood, it will be considered spam. Leetspeek/slang/memes does constitute unreadability.
- Be accountable: Users are not allowed to remove comments from user talk pages or blank them, other than to remove insults/harassment or by archiving it (allowed after 40 posts or 32kb of talkpage content). Staff require easy access to a users' talk page history. If a user talk page is blanked by a user, an admin has the right to revert the blanking unless it was done to remove harassment and/or insults. If a user blanks their talk page more than 3 times. it will be considered an edit war, at which point, an admin can step in and may perform a ban at their personal discretion.
- Do not clutter: It is not allowed to create red links that have no relation to the Warpath game franchise and its articles. This is to keep the Special:Wantedpages as relevant as possible and to avoid clutter. Red links that are related to warpath are allowed, however, they must be intended to create pages for in due time.
Use of multiple accounts
- Use of multiple accounts to evade chat bans or site blocks will result in immediate administrative action.