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This page contains basic community guidelines for Mass Effect Wiki.

General FAQ Editovat

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  • What is Mass Effect Wiki?

Mass Effect Wiki (or MEWiki for short) is an encyclopaedia focusing on the Mass Effect games and novels. We cover characters, planets, weapon and armour stats, assignments, storylines, technology and pretty much anything else that comes up.

However, MEWiki is primarily an information resource, not a forum. For lengthy discussion of plot points, technology or characters, or to post speculation, please visit the official BioWare forums.

  • I spotted a mistake! Can someone please change it?

Anyone is welcome to edit an article--if you see mistakes, please correct them! : ) The more editors we have, the stronger the wiki becomes.

  • Who are the wiki's admins?

MEWiki currently has four active admins: SpartHawg948, Tullis, DRY, and Lancer1289. If you need help, have a question, want to report a problem or leave a suggestion, please leave a message on our talk pages.

  • I want to edit a page, but I'm not sure how.

Check out the Mass Effect Wiki: Manual of Style. The Style Guide also contains references for technical information, like how to create links, insert pictures, and categorise your article. If you get stuck, ask an admin for help by posting on their Talk page.

  • I made an edit, but it got reverted! :(

Check the article's page history for a summary of why your edit was changed. Edits may be reverted if they contain unsubstantiated speculation, poor spelling or grammar, or make changes such as converting alien races to upper case.

  • Another user is harassing me. What do I do?

Report it to an admin. The action taken will depend on the circumstances involved, but the offender will usually get a warning and possibly a ban. See the Code of Conduct below.

  • Why are the alien races all written in lower case?

In the Mass Effect universe, alien races are common nouns (geth instead of Geth, asari instead of Asari, etc) presumably to bring them in line with the real life grammar for "human". See the Style Guide for more.

  • Why can't I edit the Codex pages?

These reproduce the Codex from Mass Effect and are kept pristine (i.e. identical text to the game with only minor spelling / grammar fixes where necessary). If you have an edit for a Codex page, please don't edit the Codex article itself, but a related page. For example, if you have an edit for the asari Codex entry, put it on the asari page instead.

  • Can I add a video?

In almost all cases the answer will be "thank you, but no." Currently, MEWiki only accepts videos in very rare cases, normally only officially released videos, and definitely not leaked footage.

There are two reasons for this: one, it is a thorny copyright issue, and two, it falls under not depicting Commander Shepard on the wiki to keep it universal (see Style Guide: Canon). If you want to link to a video to prove an edit is not speculation, add a link at the bottom of the article, but any video uploaded to the site will be deleted.

Code of ConductEditovat

LanguageEditovat

Offensive language, either toward other editors or in articles, is not tolerated. There is some leeway in Talk pages and in discussion between users, but inserting offensive language in articles is considered vandalism. When deciding how to respond to an editor’s comments, consider how you would speak to a stranger face-to-face in public, as that is effectively what you are doing. If you find offensive language in an article, please correct or report it. Repeat offenders will be warned, then banned (see below).

Talk PagesEditovat

Each article's Talk page exists to:

  • comment on that article
  • ask questions about the article
  • draw attention to a particular edit or explain why a particular edit was made
  • communicate with another user (to answer their questions, query an edit etc)
  • suggest improvements to the article structure (i.e. posting a new table format)
  • notify users of major changes to the article

Talk pages are generally not edited by administrators unless the discussion gets wildly out of hand. Editing other users' comments is not acceptable (see below).

Talk pages are not:

  • a substitute forum
  • a space to post theories without fear of deletion
  • used to harass other users

User Talk pagesEditovat

A user's page and Talk page belong to that user, and they have control over what goes on it. Direct communication with a user should be done by leaving a message on their Talk page.

Commenting on other usersEditovat

Commenting on another user’s edits should be done on that article's Talk page or on the user’s talk page. If you disagree with a user’s edits, particularly if they are major edits, discuss them with the user and use basic courtesy. “Editing wars” without any discussion between both parties should be discouraged. Even if you disagree with someone, there is no need to be impolite. Discuss it first; they may have misunderstood your point of view.

Do not edit another user’s comments or their Talk page. A user’s Talk page is effectively their personal noticeboard and should not be edited. Editing another user’s comments to ridicule them, shut them up or make them agree with you is considered vandalism and may be a banning offence (see below) as it is technically impersonating another user.

Policy discussionsEditovat

If you are an experienced Wikia user, please check before implementing policies from other wikis. For example, some wikis use user-written guides signed by that user, e.g. “Vanguard Guide by Tullis”, but MEWiki does not. As with any other new community, lurk and take some time to familiarise yourself with the community before making or proposing substantial changes.

BanningEditovat

Banning a user happens under two circumstances. A roaming user who commits a major act of vandalism but is not a contributor will have their IP address blocked for a short period of time to discourage a vandalism spree. However a regular contributor will be banned if circumstances demand it. Examples of behaviour leading to a ban include:

  • Repeated vandalism of pages
  • Crude or offensive language
  • “Editing wars”
  • Insulting other users
  • Editing another user’s comments
  • Impersonating another user to vandalise pages or ridicule them
  • “Sock Puppetry”

First offences do not normally lead to a ban, but an offender will be warned. Repeat offenders who refuse to listen to warnings will be banned. This may be anywhere from two weeks to six months depending on the offence. If the offences continue after the ban expires, the user will be permanently banned.

In some circumstances, a particularly severe first offence (e.g. racist or otherwise prejudiced language, deleting large swathes of the wiki, severe vandalism that takes a long time to correct or that damages the wiki) will lead to a permanent ban without a warning.

In Short...Editovat

...the code of conduct boils down to “courtesy toward other users, the community and the wiki itself”.

Editing EtiquetteEditovat

SpeculationEditovat

MEWiki has a “low tolerance policy” on speculation in articles. This is due to an incident when an editor created a new race and star systems, and began incorporating them into articles as fact. As the PC version had recently been released, this confused several contributors as to whether a new race had been added in the PC version. Finding and rooting out these edits created problems, and so this policy was introduced.

Speculation is permitted in articles under the following circumstances:

  • It is clearly marked as being speculation, either under a “speculation” heading or with the sentence “some speculate that—” at the beginning of the paragraph.
  • There is evidence for this speculation. For example:
Incorrect: “Quarians once had fur, but after wearing environmental suits for hundreds of years this trait has died out.”
Correct: “Some speculate that if they join the Council, humans will have a major military role because they have a substantial fleet, well-trained army and adaptable military doctrine (see Systems Alliance).”
  • If the speculation refers to an unreleased game or novel, put a link at the end of the sentence to an interview or article supporting that speculation. For example:
Incorrect: "This decision is pivotal to the story."
Correct: "This decision is pivotal to the story [link to supporting article].", or
Correct: "This decision is pivotal to the story [link to supporting article|source]"

If you see an unsourced piece of information that may be speculative, but do not want to delete it, the {{fact}} tag can be used to alert other users that this is unconfirmed and request supporting links.

Example: "This decision is pivotal to the story. Šablona:Fact "

If speculation is not substantiated or qualified, it will be removed.

VandalismEditovat

Vandalism is any unwanted or inappropriate editing to existing articles. Examples of vandalism include:

  • Replacing entire articles with nonsense or offensive language
  • Inserting nonsense or offensive language, spam or deliberately misleading information
  • Inserting comments into the body of articles that belong on a Talk page
  • Deleting sections of articles, or deleting entire legitimate articles
  • Creating nonsense articles

Most vandalism is committed by users outside the community or roaming Wikia users. It should be corrected as soon as it is committed or reported to an admin.

Protected PagesEditovat

Some pages are protected if they have suffered repeated editing wars or vandalism. These pages can only be edited by a registered user. If the vandalism continues, the page’s protection may be increased, meaning only administrators or sysops can edit the page. Over time a page’s protection may be removed to “test the waters" and ensure the vandalism is not repeated.

Deleting, Moving, Merging, Splitting, and Redirecting Articles Editovat

Because some articles will require deletion, moving, merging, splitting, and or redirecting, when a action like this is proposed, add the appropriate template, {{Delete}}, {{Move}}, {{Merge}}, {{Split}}, or {{Redirect}} and start a new section on the article's talk page with the headline (action) Proposal. Do not just add the template and leave it, please open a discussion so the action can be addressed.

A few simple guidelines for the discussion about the action:

  • Be sure to state clearly whether you are for the action or against it.
  • If you want to add a reason then you are free to do so.
  • Anyone can feel free to change their vote at any time during the voting period but please strike out your previous vote using the strike command. <s> at the start of your comment, </s> at the end.
  • Please keep all comments in the (action) Proposal section relevant to the proposal. If another issue should be addressed then start another section.
  • Please do not vote more than once, each user will only be tallied once.
  • Please sign all comments with either the signature button, or by using ~~~~.

Length of Voting Time:

  • Voting will take place for 7 days after the template is added. Not from the time the discussion is started, from the time the template is added.
  • If the vote is tied at the end of the 7 days, then an admin, provided they have voted in the discussion, can break a tie vote.

What Happens Next:

  • Once the decision has been made, the article will be deleted, moved, merged, or split with a final vote tally being given by the person performing the action.
  • If the decision was to keep the article or not perform the merge, move, or split, then a week "cooldown" period must be allowed before the issue can be brought up again.
  • During the cooldown period, please do not edit in the section as the discussion is closed.
  • After the cooldown period is over, if the issue needs to be brought up again, then open a new discussion, do not continue the old one, with a heading (action) Proposal Again.
  • If the issue is brought up again, the previous discussion's votes are mute, and they do not count towards the new vote. The same rules apply as the first discussion.

Archiving of Article Talk Pages Editovat

Because talk page will get long over time, archiving them will become necessary. There are a few guidelines when it comes to archiving talk pages and the archives themselves.

  • Only admins are permitted to archive talk pages.
  • There will be no time limit on how long comments will be permitted on talk pages before archiving.
  • Archiving will take place one week after the posting of a comment that exceeds one of two conditions
    • The size of the talk page exceeds 75,000 bytes
    • The amount of comments exceeds 50 headings including any comments in the top
    • Max allotted: 80,000 bytes or 55 comments
  • Archives will also not exceed the same limits as the above conditions for the talk page, 75,000 bytes, or 50 comments.
  • Editing to archives will not be permitted. Any edits apart from maintenance will be reverted.

Note: These terms will not apply to individual user’s talk pages. Users are free to archive their own pages as they please.

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