UDWiki:Specific Case Editing Guidelines
|Guidelines — Policy Document|
This page is a statement of official UDWiki Policies and Rules. See Policy Discussion for policy additions and changes.
For the most part, The Urban Dead Wiki makes the assumption that pages are free for anyone to edit, so long as the edits are made in a good-faith attempt to improve the quality of the wiki. Due to political concerns, and other rulings, however, certain classes of pages, and certain Namespaces, have additional restrictions specific to themselves. This page is an attempt to place all current Specific Cases into a single place.
User: and User talk: pages
It has been explicitly noted that User: and User talk: pages are the sole property of that particular user (so, User:Odd Starter and User talk:Odd Starter are both sole property of Odd Starter). As such, Users are free to do whatever they wish to their user pages, including complete wiping of any comments, removal of material they do not like, etc, though it is considered poor form to do this, and it is recommended that users create archive subpages in which to store dead conversation. Further, Users may request the deletion of their User and User talk pages, or any subpages therein.
An exception to this broad authority is the impersonation of others. Impersonation of others can still be reported as a vandalism attempt, even if you are the one that did it on your User page.
Group and Group Talk: pages
Due to constant interference between groups on the wiki, editing privileges are heavily codified. Groups, for the most part, have sole property of their Group page on the wiki, and may place whatever they wish on that page, under the proviso that they do not break any current established content restrictions (for example, Groups may not post pornography on Group pages, and may not impersonate other users). This includes the inclusion of users on "PK lists" or "Enemy lists" - Groups are quite allowed to place users on PK lists, and while it is expected that the reasons for inclusion be accurate, this is not a requirement. We recommend that all users treat PK lists with a good serving of salt, as information is rarely completely accurate on this lists.
An exception to this broad authority is the information that precedes the first heading of the page. While the rest of the page is allowed to be as biased and full of propaganda as the group wishes, the top section (known as the "definitional section", or "introduction"), must be written from a Neutral Point of View, ie a view that does not forward any particular agenda. Any information included in this section must be able to be confirmed. Many long, protracted battles have been fought over claims about "zerging" and "PKing" about certain groups, so while there is no real rule against this, we recommend that such claims not be included in such groups, not even in opinional form (ie "Some people claim that <Group> uses zerging tactics") or attributional form (ie "The group <Group 1> have made claims that that <Group 2> uses zerging tactics"). Groups are, of course, welcome to broadcast this information if they desire.
Group Talk: Pages
Group talk pages, like their main page, are under the ownership of their group. Group leaders are allowed to remove dead conversation, or any other action, under the provison that they do not break any current established content restrictions, as above. However, it is considered extremely bad form to wipe conversations without leaving a record, especially on Group talk pages, and we recommend that groups instead create Archive sub-pages in which to store dead conversations and the like.
Talk Pages generally
Talk pages generally are considered without ownership, as such noone can claim to have "control" over talk pages generally. Wiping comments on Talk pages is considered extremely poor form, and Archiving is the preferred action for dead conversations, and general content restriction apply as always. However, users are more than welcome to reorganise conversation, or perform other maintenance tasks if they feel that the page requires it.
The Suggestions page and its associated pages have their own enforced set of rules for edits; these are displayed at the top of the Suggestions page proper.