Nookipedia:Policy

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This page is an official policy page This page outlines official Nookipedia policy that should be followed by users and staff alike. If these policies are not adhered to multiple times, then a block may be issued.

This page contains the editing and general usage policy for Nookipedia. Keep in mind, however, if there is behavior most users find unacceptable and it is not listed here, it does not give you the right to continue expressing misconduct.

1: Talking to other users

  1. Each page on the wiki has a 'talk page', which is where users can communicate.
    1. User talk pages can be used to contact specific users; each user's talk page is located at User talk:USERNAME.
  2. Do not remove other users' messages, except in clear cases of vandalism, personal attacks, being off-topic, or maintenance (removing duplicate messages, moving to correct talk page, etc.).
  3. New messages should go at the bottom of talk pages.
  4. Talk politely to other users and remain civil. Avoid swearing and vulgar language, which will result in a block.
  5. Avoid unsubstantial comments such as 'Hi!' or 'I'm bored'.
  6. Sign all posts and comments with four tildes, like so: ~~~~
    1. See our Signature Policy for more info.
  7. If you have a conflict with another user, please contact a staff member if it cannot be settled.

2: User page content

  1. Userpages are a place for users to write about themselves, Animal Crossing, and to help them with their daily editing.
    1. There is leeway with userpages, but nonconstructive and unrelated userpages (such as games) will be removed.
    2. Be careful with revealing too much personal information; see our Personal Information Policy for more information.
  2. No offensive and/or pornographic content on user pages. If a user is found with pornography on the userspce or has uploaded said material, the user can be blocked for at least 6 months, if not longer.
    1. Prohibited content includes racist, gory, and bloody content, along with any other content which may upset or distress people.
  3. Other than for necessary basic maintenance edits, do not edit another user's user page, even if it is censoring or correcting spelling or grammar. Only administrators are permitted to do this with caution.
    1. Note: You must be autoconfirmed to create your userpage.

3: Spam and vandalism

  1. Vandalism is the insertion of rubbish/gibberish into pages, while spam is where one posts links to a site repeatedly in articles, to promote said site.
    1. Both are prohibited and will result in immediate blocks.
  2. Persistent vandals and spammers will be blocked indefinitely, including their IP. See our Blocking Policy for more information.

4: Spelling and grammar

  1. DO NOT speak in chatspeak, or textspeak. e.g. "Are you well, thank you for the gift, Susan" is preferable to "r u wel, thx 4 th gft suzn" - that is hard to read and annoying.
  2. Lanuage guide:
    1. Plurals are not spelt with an apostrophe. Compare: 'The trees' to 'The tree's'. First one, correct; second one, the tree's what? What does the tree have?
    2. Do not confuse "it's" and "its". "It's" is a contraction of "it is" while "its" is a possessive pronoun which includes "his", "her", "their", and others. "A tree and it's fruits" is incorrect. "A tree and its fruits" is correct.
    3. In articles, do not use the word 'you'. Replace 'you' with 'the player'. Note that 'player' does not need to be capitalized. Because the gender of the player can be either male or female, replace with he/she, him/her or, more preferably, 'they' (although this is technically incorrect). 'One' is also acceptable.
    4. The American spelling of words is preferable. Compare: 'humor' (USA) to 'humour' (UK).
    5. Make sure you're using the correct phrase relating to a character's gender: I've seen some users use 'he' instead of 'she' and 'him' instead of 'her', and probably the other way around too.
    6. Don't confuse 'affect' and 'effect'. Compare: 'The rain affects his hair' (verb: to affect) and 'The rain has an effect on his hair' (noun: an effect). 'The rain has an affect on his hair' and 'The rain effects his hair' are incorrect.
    7. Avoid contractions; always spell out the word. Example: "They're" should be "they are".
    8. In articles, only proper nouns or words at the beginning of a sentence are to be capitalized.

5: Article style

  1. No point of view or opinions should be in articles. Example: 'Rosie is really nice and I like her a lot'. Aside from being considered vandalism, it can cause more and more users to do it. Info like that goes on your user page.
  2. Most Projects have a special manual of style that they wish for you to use. If you have any questions, please ask the project leader.
  3. No huge blank spaces. To create spacing needed generally at the end of sections and subsections, use {{clear}} or <br clear=all>.
  4. No 'claims of authorship' - Please do not sign any additions you make to articles. Authors are automatically recorded in every page's history once their edits are saved.

6: Images and files

  1. Please do not upload images if you are not going to use them on an article, userpage or whatnot.
  2. Same applies with music files.
  3. Please use a licensing template for each image/music file.
  4. No uploading of idiotic pictures that you were not going to use anyway, such as, a picture of a fat man holding a toy car. It is unnecessary.
  5. Upload only appropriate images.
    1. This means no porn, blood and gore, or prejudice images. These are usually a one-way ticket to an indefinite ban.
  6. No personal villager images. Only add new images for villagers, or in-game screen shots.

7: Dealing with spam

  1. Just remove the spam from the page. Do not converse with whoever did the spam in edit summaries since that gives the user desired attention.
  2. If it's a spam/vandalism page, mark with the {{Delete Request}} template like this: {{Delete Request}} at the top of the page.
  3. If the content of the spam revision or edit summary is inappropriate, you should contact an active Bureaucrat or Director to hide the revision or edit summary.

8: Admins and patrollers

See a description of all staff positions (and its users) at Nookipedia:Staff

  1. Yes, we all know admins and patrollers are insanely cool, but don't constantly beg people so you can be an admin. It's considered a form of spam, and it makes you even less likely to ever become an admin or patroller.
  2. Applications for becoming a staff member (or being promoted to another position) can be submitted at the staff application page.
  3. Before submitting your first application, you must have made at least 200 mainspace (article) edits.
  4. There's not much to be jealous about if you have been refused an admin place. All you get is a delete button, a block button, and a fancy undo button. And don't worry, the community listens to all users, be they admins or non-admins.
  5. If your application fails, you must wait at least 90 days (starting on the date the application was closed) before you can re-apply.

9: Linking

  1. To link to a page on THIS wiki, just put the page name in [[ and ]].
  2. To change the text that appears on the page, just put [[page name|wanted text]].
  3. To link to an external site, just copy the entire url to the page.
  4. To change the external link text, just put [url wordsonpage]. Notice the space between the url and the appearing words.

10: Capitalizing

  1. Usernames and proper nouns should always be capitalized.
  2. All words within an item or series name should be capitalized (e.g. Blue Chair, Blue Series, Sea Bass).[1]
  3. 'Player' and 'city' should not be capitalized, unless it is at the beginning of a sentence.

11: Chat

  1. General chat must be kept on the Bulletin Board forums or the Discord server.
  2. Talk pages are for wiki related discussion only.
    1. That means no opinions about villagers.

12: Friend code exchanging

  1. The exchange of friend codes is allowed, but it should happen on either the forums or through the friend code tool.
  2. Only registered users are allowed to exchange friend codes.
  3. If a person says no or does not respond, do not continually bother the person. He or she most likely does not care, cannot connect, did not get the message, or is too busy.

Notes

  1. This policy was determined as a result of public poll results in August 2014.