- For a description of warnings and ban durations/levels for various offenses, see here,
and for a short list of points summing it all up, see The Wackypedia Commandments.
This policy page aims to clear up the details of the rules and how they are applied, so that you better know what to expect and where the lines are drawn, ie. something becomes forbidden. It also describes to some extent what is considered good form when editing. Being an important part of the principles this wiki is operated in accordance to, you are encouraged to share your ideas of what should go here with the administration.
Keep it civil
Wackypedia does not tolerate flamewars or cyber-bullying within its site and community; the name of the section summarizes it well - keep it civil. Should such arise, work peacefully toward solving your conflicts - or take them elsewhere. Flaming or otherwise abusing others will result in warning or banning; if someone engages in such against you, take it up with the administration.
Abusive content written about individuals or groups is also restricted; you do not need to keep your articles politically correct - merely clean as defined below - but articles considered or suspected of being libel or otherwise made primarily to taunt will be removed on sight. (should you find the deletion of an article to have been unfair, feel free to take it up with an admin - provided you can make a good case for so doing, the article can be restored)
Keep it clean
This section describes where the line for "clean" content is drawn.
- Very graphic or explicit content involving excessive swearing or of a sexual or scatological nature - or describing in detail for example mutilation - is forbidden.
- Suggestive references and swearing in moderation is acceptable (though recommended not to be used where it doesn't add to the value of the content - mindless usage is not very appreciated). Filling an article with it is not acceptable, unless censored.
In essence, quantity as well as "quality" (here referring to level of potential "inappropriateness") matters - pushing one or the other too far can result in the content being rejected, and potentially a warning - or ban if such has already been given. If in doubt, feel free to ask if something would be allowed.
This essentially means that you are free to use artistic license and swear once in a while, but not constantly. Example:
- Acceptable content: "The word hell is unacceptable in most contexts", "motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane".
- Unnacceptable content (highlight to show): "This is the best god-damn fucking article that has ever fucking been written. And if you rat-fuck bastards don't agree, then you can eat shit and go to hell. And while I'm at this shit, I might as well say FUCK YOU!"
Vanity is content written about a person/group/organization, the author typically being or being affiliated with the subject. Some wikis, in order to cut down on spam and useless content, make use of a vanity policy that defines when something is "vanity" - and forbidden - and when it isn't. This is one of the few restrictions of content on Wackypedia, along with the "keep it clean" and "keep it civil" rule, though it is kept relatively lenient. Here follows the basic rules regarding vanity:
- Notability in itself is no requirement; content about obscure subjects is accepted as long as it is in accordance to the rest of the rules.
- References to users of the wiki should not be made within articles unless they add to the value of the content, nor excessively; do not insert them in a spammish fashion.
- Users explicitly mentioned within articles may decide to have the references removed if they so wish.
- Articles primarily concerning specific users can be made freely within the userspaces as long as they are in accordance to the rest of the rules. Within the rest of the wiki, they are required to be of relatively high standard; when deemed needless, they might be put in the trash, deleted, or moved to the appropriate userspace.
An example of vanity:
Rewriting of pages
It is recommended that you do not replace an established page without good reason; if you do, and your action is reverted, it is best to either fork the article, creating the new one under a different name, or discussing the matter first, as continuing to remove the content could count as vandalism. This goes particularly for featured pages, as the old article contains that which was chosen for feature; feel free to add to and revise such pages all you want, but try to preserve them in the sense that their feature status remains valid for the original reasons.
If an article with content in accordance to the rules of the wiki is replaced, you are free to fork it, moving either the old or the new content to a new page. If the original title would remain the most suitable one, add something distinguish within parentheses. For an example, see WackyDictionary:Sanity.