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These are the rules. Like the law, the rules may change over time to adapt to new situations. Do not break them, it will make them angry. And if you try to get creative in dodging them, the rules might respond in kind.
Don't like some of these? Make a proposal and get them changed. Only do it with a good reason though, or else nobody will listen.
- If what you want to post breaks one or more rules, or breaks the law, don't post it.
- Don't re-add something that has been removed by an admin, unless the admin in question told you it is ok.
- Do not slander anyone. Do not attack anyone. Don't post anything that defames or implies to defame another person or group. Play nice.
- If you want to criticize something someone posted, criticize the content, not the person.
- If an edit war occurs, everyone who participated will be equally responsible.
- Don't request promotion. If your help is needed on the admin team, you will be asked.
- Random advertising is not allowed, unless it is relevant to the MarioWiki and its various communities AND not spammy, inappropriate, or otherwise annoying.
- A User can put anything on their article and articles about their creations, and they get the last say in debates about those pages content, as long as no other rule is broken in the process.
- Content that does not belong to any specific person belongs to everyone. Major changes to said content require a proposal or admin approval.
- You can create pages in your userspace as long as they don't break any rules. Don't link to userspace pages from mainpage articles though.
- Signatures must have either your user name or a nickname that you are known well by in the community. There must always be a link to your user page or your article included. If neither of these exists, link to your user talk page instead.
Humor in Factual Articles
Some of Userpedia's articles cover things that actually happened in the community. Those are factual articles and while they allow for some humorous content, there are a few restrictions in place to keep these articles factual. If this bores you, you're probably better off ignoring this part of Userpedia.
If a factual article contains humor or opinion pieces, these must...
- ...be easily decipherable
- ...be grammatically correct.
- ...be written tastefully and not annoyingly.
- ...not break any other rules.
Except for the last point, exceptions can be made for quotations (within reason).
Rules regarding all content posted by our users. This includes text, artwork, stories, comics, games, music, and anything else that can be posted on Userpedia.
- Any media posted must be relevant to the MarioWiki, its subject, or its extended community.
- All rights to any posted media are retained by the creator(s). They decide what happens to it, and who gets to edit or use it. This rule applies as long as no other rule is broken in the process.
- If your character or something you posted has been used or altered by someone else against your will, inform an admin.
- Should you allow someone to use your character or something you posted, you cannot forbid them from using it later and expect the rules to protect you. You gave them permission, so you have to deal with it, so long as other rules are not broken.
- The characters and posted media of retired users can be used by anyone
- Content that contains "mature" material must be tagged accordingly on the main article and pages that lead to the material in question. Mature content includes, but is not limited to: explicit violence or gore, vulgar language, sexual content, and drug abuse.
- Files must be tagged with a proper license. Ask an admin if you have trouble with this.
Categories and Templates
- Templates allow for the presentation of a particular group of articles in a structurized and visually appealing manner. When used appropriately, they enhance the way individuals navigate the wiki.
- Categories are tools used to form rudimentary groups of articles. They should be used when articles belong to a particular group, but the other individual items in that group do not need to be outright presented.
- All templates and categories should be given appropriate names.
- All navigation templates must be set to 100% width.
- Template color-combinations should be pleasing to the eyes.
- Embedding categories into navigation templates is strongly discouraged.
- All templates need to be categorized by their type (such as notice, navigation, format, and infobox templates).