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The rules on the policy page will always be more important than the guidelines here, so be sure you read them first.

Here are a set of guides that ease editing and collaboration across the Wiki. Though they are not hard-set rules which absolutely must be obeyed, please take some time to read it.

Wiki EthicsEdit

  • The spirit of Wikia is one of collaboration. Nobody owns any text or material here, not even the founder or admins. As such, edit in such a way that will benefit others, without having a possessive mindset.
  • Be civil to other users at all times.
  • Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated (especially to those who use the Recent Changes and Wiki Activity pages). Other editors need to understand your process, and it could help settle disputes. Please state what you changed and why. Try not to be too long, though.
  • Assume good faith. This is pretty important; try to consider that the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to the project — unless, and only unless, you have firm, solid, and objective proof to the contrary. Merely disagreeing with you is no such proof.
  • Now, although we appreciate vandalism reverts, do avoid simply reverting others' edits which have been done in good faith. Simply changing back to the old content can make you look like a very mean person; this scares potential contributors away. If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary saying something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk."-- and immediately take it to the last editor's talk page. Better yet, consider fixing the page's content. It's a win-win solution.
  • Don't write that user such and so is a big oaf, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is one). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself so that you can set a shining example to other users. (We admins applaud at such behaviour, we kid you not.)
  • Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, but try to be as polite, solid and straightforward as possible yourself.

EditingEdit

  • If you're an editor, sign your posts on talk pages using ~~~~ which gets replaced by your username and timestamp when you hit "submit".
  • Do not sign on mainspace articles, though.
  • In the event that your edit gets speed-reverted, calm down. Try to ask for the reason why it was done if it hasn't been clarified in the edit summary.

MediaEdit

  • Picture files of one subject with the exact same pose should never be repeated on the same article. By default, the order of importance to images are:
SVG > PNG > GIF (Sprites) > JPG
If two images on the same page are equal, the one with the lower priority will be removed.

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