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For user conduct on Discord, see Fallout Wiki:Chat.
This page contains Nukapedia's user conduct guideline. It describes expectations of all users. Conduct rules and regulations are enforced by administrative action..
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  • Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit this page to improve its readability as long as the essence of the article remains unchanged.
  • If you would like to suggest content changes or propose a new policy or guideline, please use the wiki discussion forum.
  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

General

  • 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. Comments or content that is disrespectful or inciteful will be deleted and are grounds for blocking.
  • 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 significant experience editing a wiki.
  • Use edit summaries: Edit summaries are there to explain your changes and are mandatory. It helps with getting everybody on the same page and prevents conflicts with other editors when an explanation of changes made is listed. A summary should not contain gibberish or nonsense. If an edit is likely to be contentious, the summary should not be pointlessly thin, such as "Bad", "Wrong", "Irrelevant", or other language which conveys no real useable information to any other editors visiting the page. (Per Edit summary clarity vote - 10/07/2021)
  • Vandalism: 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.
  • Plagiarism: Do not copy the content of other sites and authors. If a site allows use of its content, reference it appropriately.
  • Article talk pages: Article talk pages are for the discussion of their respective topic and not for general conversation. Use Discussion Boards for the latter. Posts that do not pertain to discussion of an article itself may be deleted.
  • Custom signatures: Custom signatures which are obtrusive are not allowed. The compounded images must be no larger than 40 pixels in width and 35 pixels in height. Using the "thumb" or "frame" options is not allowed.

Inter-User Conduct

  • Comments of others: Editing or removing other user remarks on talk pages is not allowed.
  • Sign comments: Add four tildes (~~~~) to the end of all of comments on talk and forum pages. Do not sign mainspace/articles.
  • User conflicts: If there is a user conflict and it is disrupting the wiki, it must be brought to the attention of an administrator or bureaucrat. If an administrator or bureaucrat is involved in the conflict, bring it to the attention of another bureaucrat or current Fandom wiki representative.
  • Edit warring: Be ready to discuss changes with others. If in disagreement 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 a consensus cannot be reached, ask an uninvolved user to mediate. Consensus does not have to be reached in cases of disruptive editing.
  • Under construction: This template is placed at the top of articles currently undergoing work by another user. Editors should not edit articles with the under construction template by without first communicating and receiving permission from the user.

User, talk, forum and blog pages

  • User pages/sandboxes: Pages in the "User" namespace are the property of the user they belong to. Users may edit their own as they see fit, so long as the content aligns with current conduct policies. No other users are allowed to edit user pages of another without permission.
  • Talk pages: 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). Administrators need easy access to a users' talk page history. When in doubt if a post can be removed, consult an administrator. 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. User talk pages are covered by the edit war policy. They may be deleted at the request of the user they belong to.

Discussion Boards and Discord conduct

Use of multiple accounts

  • Using multiple accounts on the wiki is not against our policies or guidelines; however we do insist that any secondary accounts should be identified by placing a link to the primary user's profile. Where this is not obvious in the username itself it should be identified by placing a link to the secondary account on the user's profile page. Use of the {{secondary account}} template is recommended.
  • Bureaucrats may consider requests to have an additional or replacement account.
  • Bans from one account generally carry over to other accounts, and other accounts should not be used to avoid a (non self requested) ban on another account.
  • Use of multiple accounts to evade chat bans or site blocks will result in immediate administrative action.

Blocking

Editors whose contributions are disruptive to the site or who fail to behave appropriately towards other contributors may be blocked. The following are guidelines for general cases. Blocks and their duration are at the discretion of Nukapedia's administrators. A non-exhaustive list of reasons and suggested durations follow below. Bans from Discord follow an independent policy and current ban log is maintained here.

Reason Duration
  • Vandalism or spam
  • Violating site policies
  • Abusing multiple accounts
  • Editing on behalf of banned users
  • Accounts with unacceptable username
  • Engaging in user conflicts
  • Three days, first offense
  • One week, second offense
  • One month, third offense
  • Permanent block

Plagiarism policy

As a trusted source of information, the wiki's content needs to be unique. The plagiarism policy serves to ensure all work is credited correctly.

Plagiarism policy

What is, and what is not, plagiarism?
As a trusted source of information, we want as much of our pages as possible to be made up of original content that you can't find anywhere else. To this end, we would prefer you to, whenever possible, create original works that do not directly copy anyone else's work.

This is not to say you can't be inspired by it; maybe you saw something somewhere else that you thought might improve a page. By all means, feel free to bring that to the wiki, but make sure its your own work and written in your own words, and if you can improve and develop the idea further.

Sometimes you may have to use other people's words and work. Here are some (but not all) situations where this is acceptable:

  • Licensed content: If you have prior permission from the content owner, you can reuse their content - We've asked permission to present to you many of our sound files for example. You should still cite who the owner of the work is though.
  • Copyleft/Creative Commons/public domain: This is a specific form of licensed content. The owner of the work has made it available for anyone to use without prior permission, but in the case of the first two this is subject to some rules. You should ensure that you follow any requirements set by the content owner (such as following the license conditions, or attributing in the way that they request). If no attribution standard is given by the owner, then you should ensure that they are identified and if at all possible the original is linked in the references. For non-displayed content, the comments may also be acceptable.
  • Quotes: It's perfectly permissible to quote a person or even a copyrighted work. Your quote should be limited to the amount you need to make your point. For example, you can't quote an entire magazine article, but a paragraph or two may be acceptable. You should use the {{Quotation}} template and link to the source of the quote wherever possible, giving credit to the author/speaker/publication.
  • Fair use: There are also times where it is possible to reuse content within the US's "Fair Use" exemption. Much of the source files and screenshots fall into this category, as do images used in news reporting. The origin should be credited and linked wherever possible.

What happens if I break the rules

  • Good faith attempts to attribute shouldn't ordinarily see punishment. If you have done something incorrectly, we'll show you how to put it right. We appreciate the thought and effort you make, and won't punish you for a simple mistake. If you keep making the exact same mistake, we may have to restrict your ability to edit the wiki.
  • If you are a new user, or someone who is new at editing, and make no effort to attribute content that is not your own, then you will receive a maximum of one warning for this behavior. After this warning, we expect you to make a good faith attempt to attribute. (Getting it wrong is better than not doing it at all.)
  • If you have already been warned, or are someone who we feel should know better (this includes experienced editors and the entire admin team) and you fail to make even a good faith attempt to attribute, enforcement action will be taken. For users in this group, there is zero tolerance.

What happens if I see someone who breaks the rule, or I suspect content has been copied?

  • If it is a fresh edit, you should undo (or revert) the edit (or if it's just part of a larger edit, remove just the suspect content), and leave a note on the talk page indicating what you have done, why, and where you think the information has been copied from.
  • If it is existing information, then remove the specific content and leave a note on the talk page.
  • If you are a content owner (or other responsible person for the source), and you believe your content has been misused or copied, please instead notify our Plagiarism Point of Contact.
  • If you notice a user repeatedly using plagiarized content, please alert an administrator.

Point of contact
The Plagiarism Point of Contact (PPOC) is an administrator who accepts reports of potential plagiarism. Nukapedia's PPOC is FDekker. They have no special enforcement powers beyond being an administrator but instead act as a single point to report issues to.

The PPOC may investigate issues directly or may ask a fellow member of the admin team to handle an issue. If the PPOC hasn't replied to a talk page comment in one week's time, any admin is free to take the lead.

See also

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