This page outlines a few basic policies and guidelines that apply to all users participating at Ozark Wiki. These are meant to ensure everyone is able to have a pleasant time while at the wiki regardless of whether they are editing pages or using our social spaces, and preserving a level of consistency to our content articles.
Wikis are platforms that depend on mutual collaboration among us. Therefore, we assume good faith from everyone that joins, and expect all edits to be intended to improve the wiki further. Harmful behavior, as well as vandalism and spam, are among things that are not tolerated on the wiki. Failure to adhere to the rules set on this page may result in consequences, and ignoring these rules is not an excuse for breaking them.
If you have any questions or comments pertaining to this page, feel free to reach out to an administrator or Wiki Manager - you may find them at the right side panel of the Special:Community page.
- Use common sense, be respectful towards other users, and assume good faith. Our expectations are that everyone involved with the wiki is here to help; unless you have clear proof of negative behavior, do not assume fellow users are here to harm the wiki.
- If you and another user disagree with an edit and there are multiple reversions back and forth, make sure to take a moment to speak with that person directly, and try and sort out the disagreement. If you cannot reach common ground, try and seek consensus with the rest of the community; above all, always be civil. (If there are critical instances of edit warring between two or more users, we will consider Wikipedia's three revert rule as way of dealing with the problem.)
- Do not insult, harass, threaten, or abuse other users of the community.
- Stay on topic: do not create content pages that are unrelated to the topic of the wiki. Likewise, do not duplicate pages that already exist; instead, use the search tool on the top area of the wiki to look for pages first. If in doubt, ask an administrator.
- Do not upload sexually explicit or graphically violent images or content.
- Do not spam irrelevant or inappropriate messages (i.e. repeatedly posting the same messages on different pages, advertising a business or website, posting multiple messages in a row on the same page, etc....).
- If you are uncertain about something as you contribute, feel free to ask an administrator or Wiki Manager (you may find them in Special:Community), or ask other users in the wiki’s Discussions.
- That being said, do not message the administrators or other users to point out lack of content on pages and ask for it to be written by them, as they might be otherwise busy with their own tasks. If you’re eager to see something written, feel free to help by doing it!
- Remember to be bold! This is a wiki, and we need your participation so that we can improve.
Blocking is a tool available to the administrators of the wiki, which consists of preventing users from editing or interacting with the wiki, in order to stop malicious behavior, or prevent damaging edits to the wiki.
Blocking should be viewed as a tool to help with guidance, and used in most cases only after warnings to the relevant user(s) have been given. As the administrators look into situations taking place around the wiki, they are free to determine blocks that are necessary based on the offense, or disregard for previous warnings.
It is possible for users to appeal their blocks, which they are able to do by posting on their own message walls even after receiving a block, outlining any appeals or explanations. Administrators should actively avoid preventing blocked users from communicating on their walls in most cases. The only exceptions would be:
- Major disruption concerns
- Under-age users (who you should then be reporting to staff!)
Reasons for blocking
- Recurring vandalism or spamming
- Disregard to the wiki’s behavior guidelines (personal attacks or harassment, not being civil)
- Edit warring (constant reverts)
- Sockpuppetry (having multiple accounts at the same time, specifically to pass as different people in interactions)
- Accounts with inappropriate usernames
- Editing for the sole purpose of obtaining badges or other form of user rewards
- Disagreements with an administrator (administrators must be impartial when issuing blocks)
- As a temporary measure in the event of social conflict, given that this could make the situation worse
- Mutual blocking or retaliation against other administrators (in an extreme case of arguments between two or more administrators)
Duration of blocks
The duration of the block given should depend on the severity of the behavior and the likelihood of its repetition. However, the following should be kept in mind:
- In general, the first block should be of a reasonably short duration, never more than a couple of days. The length can increasing progressively in situations where furthers block are required.
- Anonymous users should never be blocked indefinitely. If you happen to see any anonymous user blocked indefinitely, report it to an administrator. This is due to the fact that most IP addresses are dynamic, and not directly tied to the person that needed blocking.
- Blocking indefinitely in general can be avoided in a majority of cases, unless the offense is extreme (i.e.: graphic or sexually explicit imagery uploaded repeatedly).
- Sockpuppets that have been used maliciously should always be blocked indefinitely.