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I think we should create a rules page that tells people what they can and cannot do. It could tell them the consequences of what will happen if they don't help the wiki. It should also be accessed in the welcome so new users can know about. A wiki that has this is the Tugs wiki. Though our rules would be different and it would be shaped up. Jmonkey49 (Talk) 15:15, April 8, 2010 (UTC)
Obviously no vandalism and no flaming (Clear insults of other users) allowed. What else...?16:09, April 8, 2010 (UTC)
I was thinking this...
What I would base the rules on are The Fallout wiki Policies and guidelines, since they are well written and I agree with them 100%, also we'd have to adjust and rephrase most of them to fit this wiki.
These four pages are most relevant:
- Another good set of rules from Spongebob Wiki, those are a little more strict, and some of them are unreasonable, but there are a couple of good ones there.
- I especially like #11 --Anon (Talk) 19:48, April 8, 2010 (UTC)
Alright so what rules do we want and what rules are unnecessary and who wants to make the rules page. I agree with Anon above because The Vault's guidelines are good. I just know that some rules they have we don't need. Well yeah the Spongebob wiki rules are really harsh and insane but some are good. I don't know which rules we should have. Jmonkey49 (Talk) 19:56, April 8, 2010 (UTC)
- I'll try to pick out the best and most relevant rules, and post them here, but it might take me a long time. In the meantime if anybody else wants to compose a list then go ahead. --Anon (Talk) 20:06, April 8, 2010 (UTC)
Here's some rough rules. Please edit them in any way you see fit. I think I covered most basics, though.
Becoming a User
- Unregistered contributors who want to become registered user just have to create an account.
- User names have to appropriate. So absolutely no flaming, cussing, or revealing of personal information in a user name. You will be banned forever.
- All content must be related to South Park.
- All content needs to be objective. Opinions and "my favourite"-style passages should not be added to articles. However, feel free to use the Talk pages for sharing opinions and ideas.
- Use edit summaries as often as possible. They are there to explain your changes, and will help with keeping everybody on the same page and prevent conflicts with other editors.
- No vandalism. This includes blanking articles or sections, replacing content with nonsense or intentionally adding inaccurate information to articles.
- No copying from wikipedia. This is not wikipedia so we don't want wikipedia's content. However facts are facts and the info might still be the same.
- Do not create an article saying you like South Park, you like where this wiki is going, or that you hate someone. User Pages and Talk Pages are for that. However if you say you hate someone you will be putting yourself at risk to be blocked or banned as a vandal.
- Be polite when interacting with other users. We are all here to work together.
- Do not start edit wars. Be ready to 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 aggravate the conflict instead of solving it. If you cannot reach a consensus, ask another user to mediate.
- Absolutely no flaming. Clear insults of other users will not be tolerated.
User, Talk and forum pages
- Remember to sign your 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 article talk pages and forums.
- 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.
- 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. In turn, you may not edit other users' user pages without their permission either.
- Users can clear out their talk pages or can create an archive for talk pages discussions.
Becoming An Administrator
- Becoming an admin is not an easy task. One must have completed the following requirements:
- A User must have 1,000 or more edits.
A User must have 10 or more created pages.
- A User must be relatively active.
- A User cannot have ever been blocked.
I disagree with the reqiremant of having created at least 10 pages to become an admin. This might cause people to create useless/unnecessary or empty pages. Also, there's no quick way of checking a user's created pages. --Anon (Talk) 16:13, April 12, 2010 (UTC)
- Well I think that the admin process would take along time and I felt no one should become admins like we did. Cause basically all i did was complain to wendy. JM49 (Talk)
Rules for administrators
- If an administrator is involved in an editing dispute, he or she should not use admin abilities or status to solve it. Ask another user or admin to mediate.
- Administrators are allowed to undo each other's administrative actions. However, it is expected that the one who reverts an action explains the reason for the revert. In addition, if the admin whose action was undone disagrees with the revert, he or she should contact the reverter and discuss instead of simply reverting the revert. If consensus cannot be reached, a third admin should be asked to mediate. --Anon (Talk) 16:19, April 12, 2010 (UTC)
Letting users create pages
To write a new article, just enter the article title in the box below.
- Not sure where to start?
- If you are new to wikis, check out the Help:Tutorial 1.
- Adding content
- Every wiki has two lists of articles that need help called "Stubs" and "Wanted Articles". Don't be shy, get in there.
- Uploading images is another really easy way to help out - see the Special:Upload page!
- You can find a list of useful templates on Category:Templates.
Manual of style
- In general, content should be written in a style appropriate for an encyclopedia. Descriptions should be clear and precise; speculations or uncertain facts should be avoided.
- Do not be overly specific when writing, only as specific as necessary.
- Use full sentences where possible.
- American English is preferred at this wiki as it is the spelling that South Park uses.
- Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are not acceptable.
- Do not overlink. Generally, a page should be linked to from a given article only once, on its first occurrence. Links may be repeated if the first link is far up the page or if the manner the word is used in makes it necessary (e.g. in summary lists).
- If a link is not to this wiki put the URL like this: [http://southparkstudios.com South Park Studios]. It will look like this: South Park Studios. Notice it is lighter than internal links. If the link is to a page in this wiki just use [[pagename]] link. It will look like this: Cartman. Notice it is darker than external links.
- To link to other wikis, you should use [[w:c: wiki name : article name | intended name ]] (ex. [[w:c:community:Interwiki map|Interwiki map]] will produce Interwiki map)
- Do not add any attributions (like "written by XYZ") or dates ("written on 14/02/09") to articles. An accurate record of all contributions to an article is available via its "History" page.
- If you are new to wikis, you may want to read the Help:Tutorial 1 on Wikia Help.
- To learn the basics of editing a wiki, go to the Help:How to edit a page|page editing guide.
- Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
- Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.
- South Park should be italicized, but only if it's referring to the show and not the location.
- Italics should be used for the titles of books.
- Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.
- Avoid using ALL CAPS.
- Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
- Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
- Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.
- Short hand generally is acceptible on talk and forum pages. --Anon (Talk) 18:43, April 12, 2010 (UTC)
I think book titles should be italicized and put in quotations. Like, if I'm referencing "The Catcher in the Rye" or "The Poop That Took a Pee", there are the starboard quotation marks all titles have, as well as being italicized. Underlining them is proper for academic texts, but it doesn't look right on a wikia. 17:37, April 12, 2010 (UTC)