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Icon-policy.svg WoWWiki:Policies

Policy status and phases

Category policy
Copyright policy
Deletion policy
Speedy deletion
DNP policy
NDA policy
Editing policy
Disruptive editing policy
External links
Fan fiction
Guild pages policy
Images policy

Items policy
Lore policy
Naming policy
Neutrality policy
Personal articles
Player character pages
Stub policy
Three revert rule
User naming
Vandalism policy
Voting policy

See also: guidelines, administrators

Policy is a term referring to the processes and rules observed involving the creation, editing, and management of articles on WoWWiki as well as treatment of other users. This is to be distinguished from a guideline which suggests etiquette and practice to make management and presentation of WoWWiki more consistent and streamlined.

Violating a WoWWiki policy will at the very least lead to a page being edited to conform to policy. Edits or new pages that are created that do not conform to a specific policy are subject to change by another user (assuming that change conforms with policy) without expectation of appeal to an admin, as is all content within the site. However, it may also lead to the page being deleted or — for the worst offenses — it may lead to the poster being declared a vandal and become banned or blocked. Treatment of users who engage in destruction of content, harassment, or misuse of content (spam) is also governed by policy.

The following policies have been developed over time; mostly as consensus works between WoWWiki administrators and users. A few are decreed by administrators.

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WoWWiki policies

For quicker referencing, the policies also have shorthand links, e.g. "WW:DNP". They are denoted in the list below.

Policy status and phases
The policy governing policies – how to create new ones, how to change existing ones, and how to recall bad ones.

Article policies

WW:CAT · The category policy
How to categorize pages, and how to name and categorize new categories.
WW:COPY · The copyright policy
Copyright enforcement and fair use restrictions.
WW:DEL · The deletion policy
Sub-policy: Speedy deletion
How to nominate pages for deletion and when they are eligible for actual termination.
WW:DNP · The do-not-post policy
Sub-policy: Non-disclosure agreement enforcement
Specific items and topics we do not allow on WoWWiki.
WW:EDIT · The editing policy
Sub-policy: Disruptive editing
How to make changes to existing pages – what you actually dare doing without asking everyone first and what you really should ask about first.
WW:EL · The external links policy
What sort of external links are allowed and where to put them.
WW:FANFIC · Fan fiction articles policy
Where to put fan fiction and how to handle it.
WW:GUILD · Guild pages policy
Where to put guild pages and what to put on them.
WW:IMP · The images policy
What sort of images are allowed and how to use them.
WW:ITEMS · WoWWiki:Item articles policy
How to format item pages.
WW:LORE · WoWWiki:Lore policy
Appropriate sources of lore on the wiki and how to cite them.
WW:NAME · The article naming policy
How to name articles so that people more easily can guess what to type to get to a particular type of page.
WW:NPOV · The neutral-point-of-view policy
Articles on WoWWiki should approach their subject objectively.
WW:PA/WW:PC WoWWiki:Personal article policy and WoWWiki:Player character page policy
Naming and formatting for personal articles and player character pages.
WW:STUB · The stub policy
How to tag pages as stubs and when pages should be tagged as stubs.

Community management policies

WW:3RR · The three revert rule
To avoid edit wars, WoWWiki contributors are not allowed to revert someone else's changes too often.
WW:UN · The user naming policy
Types of user names which are disallowed on WoWWiki.
WW:VANDAL · The vandalism policy
What WoWWiki considers vandalism and what we do to vandals. (Not what we would like to do to vandals, though.)
WW:VOTE · The voting policy
Votes completed according to this policy are considered enforceable on WoWWiki.

See also

  • WoWWiki:Guidelines for a listing of all WoWWiki guidelines or information on an individual guideline.
  • WoWWiki talk:Policies to suggest new policies or discuss existing ones. You may also do so on the specific policy's talk page.