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  • Bane Cane
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    00:59, July 9, 2014

    Hello everybody, it is Bane Cane again with another forum.

    This forum is to let everyone know that a proposal is being made to add written rules for enforcing the DragonVale Wiki Rules and Policies.

    Right now the Administrators and Wiki Moderators enforce the rules and policies with an "unwritten" code or guidelines, and this is to put it into writing for everyone to see and reference.

    We already have written guidelines for the DragonVale Wiki Chat Guidelines and Policies located here.


    This is the proposal:

    Wiki Rules and Policies Enforcement

    Wiki Moderators and Administrators are in staff to oversee that the wiki remains a safe and fun environment for the DragonVale Wiki community.

    Both have the ability to enforce the wiki's rules and policies and should only enforce the policies and rules outlined on the Wiki Rules and Policies page.

    The Wiki Rules and Policies should be enforced by using the guidelines for issuing penalties outlined below.

    Severity of penalties will vary depending on the severity of the offense and which rule or policy is broken or violated.

    When multiple rules are broken and continue to be broken after multiple warnings, then even the violation of the less severe rules can result in a more severe penalty upon review by the DragonVale Wiki's administrative staff.

    Please note that these are only guidelines and that actions taken by Administrators or Wiki Moderators may be different from those outlined below if the situation warrants.

    Level 1 Violation

    Violation of the following rules in the Wiki Rules and Policies may automatically result in a block from the wiki. Warning is not necessary but is strongly advised. The block may last anywhere from 1 week to 6 months, depending on severity. Extreme cases may warrant a permanent block.

    Terms of Use

    • Abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate other Wikia users;
    • Post or transmit any content that is obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party, or content that contains homophobia, ethnic slurs, religious intolerance, or encourages criminal conduct;
    • Attempt to impersonate another user or person;
    • Post any illegal or unauthorized content or use for any illegal or unauthorized purposes;
    • Post or transmit any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any Wikia user;
    • Post, upload, transmit, share, or store unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, "spam", or any other type of unauthorized solicitation;
    • Solicit personal information from any user under the age of 18;
    • Violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws and laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content); or
    • Post advertisements or solicitations of business.


    General Behavior

    • Sock puppetry is the act of creating secondary accounts for yourself, or having friends create new accounts, for the purpose of adding weight to an argument or to "get around" a block or ban. Users who are found to be participating in sock puppetry will be addressed at the administrator's discretion and are subject to warning or bans if necessary.
    • Only one active persona/personality will be allowed per person with the exception of approved and identified maintenance bots. This applies across multiple accounts held by one person.


    All Other Rules

    • After three occurrences of Level 2 Violation penalties, the penalties will start to apply as a Level 1 Violation.


    A Level 1 Violation may be issued by blocking the offending user and then informing the user, on his or her message wall, of the block and the reasons why the block was issued.

    Level 2 Violation

    Violation of rules, except the specific ones on Level 1 Violation, are less severe on this level and will be issued the following temporary-blocks for refusing to stop after multiple Level 3 Violation warnings.

    A Level 2 Violation may be issued by blocking the offending user and then informing the user, on his or her message wall, of the block and the reasons why the block was issued.

    First temporary-block will result in a two hour period.

    Second temporary-block will result in a three day to one week period, depending on severity.

    Third temporary-block will result in a one week period.

    Additional offenses will be treated as a Level 1 Violation, as the user has already had three chances to redeem him- or herself on this level and should be aware by now to follow the Wiki Rules and Policies.

    Level 3 Violation

    Violation of rules, except the specific ones on Level 1 Violation, are less severe on this level and will be issued warnings for performing an action which violates the Wiki Rules and Policies.

    An offending user will be allowed three to five warnings accumulating between his or her message wall and/or chat. Warnings enforced in chat must be relayed to the user on his or her message wall for record.

    Additional offenses will be treated as a Level 2 Violation, as the user has already had multiple chances to redeem him- or herself on this level and should be aware by now to follow the Wiki Rules and Policies.

    Vandalism Attack Protocol

    In a case of a vandalism attack resulting in multiple pages being vandalized, the offending user will automatically be blocked from the wiki anywhere from 1 day to 1 week, depending on the severity and the content published in its place.

    Multiple occurrences may result in a block which may last anywhere from 1 week to 6 months, depending on severity. Extreme cases may warrant a permanent block.

    If only one page is vandalized the user should receive a warning for the first offense. If the offending user continues to vandalize pages then consequences should be handled as a multiple offense.

    A violation of the Vandalism Attack Protocol may be issued by blocking the offending user and then informing the user, on his or her message wall, of the block and the reasons why the block was issued.

    Underage User Enforcement Protocol

    The Dragonvale Wiki abides by Wikia's Terms of Use which states that it is prohibited for any user under the age of 13 to legally have an account on Wikia.

    If there is proof of a user being under the age of 13, the offending user will automatically be blocked from the wiki.

    If there is a specific time-frame until the offending user becomes the age of 13, then a block should be issued for that amount of time.

    If there is not a specific time-frame until the user becomes the age of 13, then a block should be issued for the length of one year.

    A violation of the Underage User Enforcement Protocol may be issued by blocking the offending user and then informing the user, on his or her message wall, of the block and the reasons why the block was issued.

    Spoilers Enforcement Protocol

    Enforcement of policies regarding spoilers should follow the consequences decided upon in the Wiki Rules and Policies Spoiler Section.

    A violation of the Spoilers section of the wiki rules and policies may be issued by informing the offending user by blocking the user (if applicable) and then informing the user of the block or warning and the reasons why the block or warning was issued on his or her message wall.

    A violation of the Spoilers section of the Wiki Rules and Policies may be issued by blocking the offending user (if applicable) and then informing the user, on his or her message wall, of the block/warning and the reasons why the block/warning was issued.

    The current order in which consequence should be enforced are as follows:

    Number of Offense Consequences
    First Warning
    Second 3 Day Block
    Third 1 Week Block
    Fourth 1 Month Block
    Additional 3 Month Block



    Change Username Request Protocol

    When issuing requests for a user to change his or her username include the following in the first warning:

    • Copy and paste the following for the message to appear: {{Change Username Request 1}}


     

    It has been requested that you ask for a name change to something more appropriate for the wiki as it violates our Wiki Rules and Policies.

    You may ask Wikia for a name change through here.


    If after three attempts or one week without cooperation, notify the user with the following message:

    • Copy and paste the following for the message to appear: {{Change Username Request 2}}


     

    We had hoped that you would agree to this request, but you now have one week to change your username or your account will be blocked from the wiki.


    Additional information can be included in these messages if desired; such as a greeting.

    Change Avatar Request Protocol

    When issuing requests for a user to change his or her avatar include the following in the first warning:

    • Copy and paste the following for the message to appear: {{Change Avatar Request 1}}


     

    It has been requested that you change your avatar to something more appropriate for the wiki as it violates our Wiki Rules and Policies.

    You may choose an approved Wikia selected option or upload a new avatar from your user page.


    If after three attempts or one week without cooperation, notify the user with the following message:

    • Copy and paste the following for the message to appear: {{Change Avatar Request 2}}


     

    We had hoped that you would agree to this request, but you now have one week to change your avatar or your account will be blocked from the wiki.


    Additional information can be included in these messages if desired; such as a greeting.


    Please vote whether you Support, Oppose or want More Discussion.


    Voters must be registered prior to May 29, 2014 to participate in this vote.


    This discussion will remain open until the end of the day on July 8, 2014 (23:59:59 UTC).

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