Fallout Wiki
Fallout Wiki

Nukapedia's policies and guidelines are a framework of best practices, serving to guide contributors. The following outlines general rules for the wiki's administration and its content. The goal is to establish basic criteria for all content and rules for using administrative tools. Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing, and organization of articles on this wiki. Their goal is to make the wiki easier to use for both editors and readers alike and to make its appearance more consistent and streamlined.

Adding or changing policies and guidelines

Any editor is free to edit policies and guidelines to improve clarity. However, changes to the actual content or meaning should only be done with community consensus. To this end, the normal procedure for proposing new policies and guidelines or changing existing ones is to create a topic in the "wiki discussion" forum. Once the discussion has led to a final draft, call a vote. The vote needs to run for a week at a minimum and at least ten votes are required for it to be valid, with a simple majority is sufficient to pass. Voting requirements for those wishing to participate are that they must have a registered account, and have made at least one edit prior to the start of the vote.

The administrators may veto a policy; this should only be done sparingly and for valid reasons. Aside from the normal procedure, the administrators may "decree" policies or guidelines. This should only be done with consensus among administrators and in cases where community consensus cannot be reached but a policy or guideline is needed. Of course, changes to decreed policies and guidelines can be suggested by anyone through the procedure detailed above.

List of policies and guidelines

Policy/guideline What it concerns
Administration policy Administrative actions including blocking, deletion, and page protection
Article layout guideline What to put where in articles
Bug policy What types of bugs are notable for inclusion, and how they should be formatted
Content organization guideline How content is organized, what makes a subject qualify for an own article, how to name, categorize, use disambiguations
Content policy What content may be added to the wiki and what rules apply to all content
Canon guidelines Policy of how to label sources based on where information derived
Editing guideline How to write and properly format content
Reference formatting guideline How to format references within articles
Image policy and Video policy Which images and videos may be uploaded and added to articles as well as quality criteria they should fulfill
User conduct guideline How editors should conduct themselves
Chat How users should conduct themselves in chat
Notable loot Loot that qualifies for notable loot sections on location pages
Discussions forum guidelines The rules that apply to the Discussions

In the event of a conflict between any of the rules, the more specific rule will supersede the more general rule.