|This page is considered an official policy on TESWiki.
It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that everyone should follow. Except for minor edits, please make use of the discussion page to propose changes to this policy.
Purpose of this guideline
The intention of these guidelines and rules are to ensure the TESWiki Chat is a welcoming and helpful place for new and returning visitors alike. It's also to make clear what sort of behavior is and isn't acceptable, and what you should expect when visiting.
In order to best provide an environment in which we can give help and support to users who need it, please keep in mind the following rules and guidelines when using the Chat.
At all times, please go along with with staff requests. If you ignore them, you risk being kicked or banned from Chat.
What are Chat Moderators?
Chat Moderators are users who have been entrusted with all necessary tools to enforce the rules and guidelines for the TESWiki chat. Chat Moderators are essentially the administrators of the Chat. The tools a Chat Moderator has access to are official warnings, kicking, and banning users.
Chat mods should make visitors feel welcome, and not uncomfortable in any way. Their behavior should reflect policy. Chat moderators are identifiable in chat when a yellow star is visible next to their name. Admins are identifiable in chat with a green star.
It's important to note that Chat moderators are not infallible, and if you believe you have witnessed a moderator breaking policy or the points outlined above, please see the "Report rule-breaking with screen captures" section.
What are the bots in chat for?
The Wiki currently has two bots in chat. A bot is an automated tool meant to assist the wiki and its members.
KINMUNE records the chat logs and archives them. This is used to keep logs of the Moot, and to record events in public chat. The bot has some social toys, and use of these items is encouraged, but abusing these features can result in a kick or ban from chat.
NumidiumBot is a work bot, used and maintained by the wiki's admins as well as Cörey. The bot is meant to handle jobs to tedious and extensive to be done manually. Like KINMUNE, this bot also has special features meant to assist the wiki, including keeping track of editors last visits to chat and taking messages. These are meant to be used as tools for the wiki, and abuse or harassment using this tools (especially by a moderator) will be responded to with either a kick, ban, or possibly a removal of rights, depending on the situation.
Grounds for blocking
Any users that break policy, behave disruptively, or fail to behave appropriately towards other users will be removed from the Chat. The number of people in the Chat at the time of the offense is irrelevant. If you witness any such offenses being committed, alert a Chat Mod or Administrator.
As role models for the community, all members of the staff should not only follow these rules themselves, but rigorously enforce them.
When you enter the chat, you are expected to have knowledge of all these rules, as they are linked when you join. Ignorance of these rules is not an excuse for breaking them.
The possible reasons include (but are not limited to):
- Personal attacks against another user will not be tolerated. This wiki has a zero-tolerance policy on bullying, even if the user is currently offline. We define bullying as the targeting of someone and speaking to them in a derogatory manner due to their nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, interests, sociological factors (spelling, grammar, intellect, etc), psychological state (mental illnesses), or physical appearance. Also includes goading other users with comments that you know will provoke a reaction.
- While we allow users to jokingly "insult" friends, this is not to be allowed to the point it disrupts chat. In this case, it will be punished as a breakage of rule 5 (Disruptive behavior).
- The use of excessive profanity or swearing directed towards another user with aggressive behavior is not permitted. The use of occasional swearing is fine, but swearing in every other sentence is discouraged. If a user takes offense and asks another user to leave the Chat or feels intimidated, then the guilty party should be reported to a moderator or administrator.
- Disruptive behavior. All users should behave in a civil manner and follow the Etiquette Guidelines. Don't go out of your way to irritate others. If an argument begins to disrupt the stability of the main chat and affect other users it will be stopped by a chat mod or admin. Ideally, heated arguments should be taken to a private chat. Especially do not try to test the patience of the admins or chat moderators.
- Discussing sensitive topics such as real-world politics, religion, etc. without the consent of the majority. While a civil conversation or debate on these subjects is fine, they should be closely watched by a chat moderator or an admin, who will cease them should they believe it's getting out of hand.
- Abuse of the Private Message feature. Using private messages to send messages that break any of the rules detailed in this policy. In Private Messaging anything can be spoken of, and the rules do not typically apply. However, should one party voice that they are not comfortable with whatever is going on, and the other party continues, it is a rule breakage. Should a user harass you with such messages, please take a screen capture of it and report it to a chat mod or admin.
- Linking to external sources which violate the aforementioned rules. Notably, publicly linking to websites such as Facebook that violate personal privacy is not permitted without prior consent from the user whose privacy might be violated. Content (censored or uncensored) such as videos, pictures, etc. that host gore, pornography, or otherwise NSFW material are also not permitted unless explicit permission has been granted to you by an admin or mod.
- Trolling or general irritation or disruption of other users. This often includes, but is not limited to; excessive usage of capital letters, punctuation marks, deliberate distortions of the English language, and excessive usage of non-English languages, or "133t" speak. In many cases, this can be treated as spam (rule 11), as the two activities often pair together.
- Violation of personal privacy. This includes revealing personal information about users (e.g. real name, location, age, gender, etc.) and violating confidentiality on particular issues (such as issues asked to be kept confidential by other users or administrators). We do not tolerate invasion of privacy regardless of meaning or context. It is unacceptable in every case, and will be punished as such.
- Spamming. The meaning should be obvious. Spam is classified as a repeated posting of content that exists to disrupt chat, such as using excessive amounts of capital letters or non-English languages, overuse of emoticons, and flooding the chat by repeatedly leaving and joining. We will also count flooding the chat with repetitive posts/ASCII art/song lyrics/nonsense/bot commands as spam.
- Advertising, including advertisement of other websites, petitions, blogs, and videos, among other topics.
- Sockpuppeting. Using multiple accounts brought into the chat by the same person or using a different account for any reason will result in all sockpuppet accounts being instantly kicked and permanently banned, as well as the main account, depending on the given situation. If a user wishes to have another account, they should tell a chat moderator so that one of their two accounts can be permanently blocked from the wiki.
- Harassment, insults to someone's well being or insults made with the intention of being hurtful, death threats, etc. can not escape jurisdiction and enforcement, not even in Private Messaging. If reported, the situations will be treated as if they were in the main chat of the wiki. It is expected that users remain civil to each other. Death threats that occur off-site, depending on origin, can be punished with a chat ban as well.
- Bot Abuse: The bots were made and set up to be tools, not toys. Do not use them to spam or harass editors, or to become disruptive to the chat and/or the bots' features.
- Online relationships being displayed in main chat is to be counted as both spam and disruption. We advise all users, if they must do such things on chat, to use the Private Messaging feature. Two users getting overly sexual, or obviously trying to stand on the line of what is allowed and prohibited by this rule, is also counted as a rule break.
- Attempting to find a loophole in the rules. We can tell that the intent of all users that attempt to do this is nothing but destructive. You should know better.
- Do not abuse the use of "!mods" (or pings of any sort). It is there to alert the moderators when a rule is being broken, if they are not paying attention to the chat. Wasting their time is not an acceptable use of the feature.
- Raiding other wikis or attempting to cause cross-wiki drama is not permitted, nor is trolling them while using our services. If you partake in an actual raid (raids being done with the intent to spam, troll, or anger another chat- not simply a collection of users going at once), expect to be punished on our wiki as well. We wish to avoid as much drama between services as possible.
- Excessive roleplay in main chat is prohibited, and will be treated as both spam and disruption of chat. Roleplay is defined as pretending to be a character from some form of media, a made of identity, or typing out all of your actions. Roleplay is "excessive" at the judgement of a moderator, or the majority of chat.
- If a user takes issue with something another user has said, but no rules were broken in the process, we advise you to seek a civil method of resolving that. Creating a scene because you were upset by something legitimate is prohibited. This does not permit purposeful attempts to offend a user.
- All rules apply to staff as well. If you see a bureaucrat, administrator, chat moderator, or staff of any other kind breaking these rules, report them to another staff member so that they can be dealt with.
- Sharing links to 'funnyjunk' This website is blacklisted, and sharing a link to it will break the chatlog uploading process.
Admins and Chat Moderators have a degree of discretion relating to the issuing of warnings and bans. The content of messages will greatly impact on the severity of the punishment. In certain cases, exceptions may be permitted, although these are infrequent. Typically, the following hierarchy will apply to infringements on the above regulations (with the exception of specifically implied consequences).
- First offense: Warning. This warning does not "reset" daily if the same offense is committed.
- Second offense: Kick
If a user breaks policy after their first kick, the next step is a ban. Admins and Chat Mods should leave a message on the talk page of the user who has been banned with the reason and a screen capture (if available), assuming the user in question is not a troll or otherwise uninterested in reforming their behavior. This is to record the offense and formally notify the user.
Each punishment for a user, if done in close enough proximity (up to the moderators/administrators to decide), the punishment should be in escalating length. If a user is deemed "unfixable," the user may be permanently removed from the chat and/or the wiki as a whole.
Sexual harassment, death threats, spam, revealing of personal information, or attempting to have another user punished for something they didn't do, do not warrant a warning or kick. Instead, all of these issues are to be met with an instantaneous ban or block, changing in length based on the extent of the offense.
Report rule-breaking with screen captures
We ask ANY of our users to take screen captures (though Gyazo, for example) of any offenses that they witness and wish to report to a Chat Mod or Admin, because doing so is generally more efficient than getting the logs from our chat bot KINMUNE. This is vital when reporting another user, as it would be used as evidence when action is taken against them. If you can't take screen captures or didn't manage to get one at the time, you can still bring your complaint to a moderator or admin.
We also recommend doing this if you need to report a Chat Mod to an Admin regarding their actions or inaction in chat. See below.
If you witness any of the chat policies being broken and a Chat Mod is online, it's best to leave the situation in their hands. Mods should be watching the chat and deal with any issues that arise. If they happen to be preoccupied when this issue occurred, do not attempt to chastise the user who has broken policy, as this can lead to conflict. Instead, alert a Chat Mod of the issue. Simply telling a user that they are breaking the rules is not against this rule, and is perfectly acceptable.
If you witness a Chat Mod actively ignoring any policies being broken (or indeed breaking them themselves), take a screen capture and report to an administrator.
Disagreements with another user
If you have constructive criticism regarding another user (such as their language, behavior, or manner), the first step is to try and take this up with the person in question in a private message or talk page post. No one is exempt from criticism, even staff members.
If the issue is directed towards a Chat Moderator, message them with your concern. Chat Mods are expected to answer private messages of such nature, where they may explain their reasoning or actions. Alternatively, you may post your concerns on the talk page of the Moderator in question. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome or are uncomfortable speaking with the Chat Moderator in question, take the issue directly to an Administrator.
While these avenues are more private, all users are expected to follow the Etiquette guidelines and behave in a civil and respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in actions being taken:
- For non-staff members, this may result in a ban.
- For staff members, this can result in the removal of moderation tools and/or a ban.
Only if this method has been tried and has failed, users are encouraged to take the issue to a neutral Administrator to mediate. Like mods, active Admins are expected to follow up on complaints of this nature. When taking a complaint to an administrator, a screen capture of the issue is highly encouraged. Evidence is paramount.
- There are a wide variety of emoticons which can be used in Chat. For the full list, see MediaWiki:Emoticons.
- Links work exactly the same in Chat as they do in the editor. For example, typing [[Special:Forum]] in Chat results in Special:Forum—the main forum of Community Central.
- You can make shorter links to other wikis by using an interwiki link. For example, typing [[w:c:starwars]] in Chat results in w:c:starwars—an easy way to link to Wookieepedia (http://starwars.wikia.com).
- You can also link to specific pages using this method. Typing [[w:c:avatar:Aang]] in Chat results in a link to the Aang page on the Avatar Wiki (http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Aang).
The Elder Scrolls Wiki also has an IRC channel (#TESWiki), which is located here. If you prefer to use your own IRC client, click here for details on setting it up. Keep in mind IRC is separate from the Wikia Chat.
The IRC is also used by the Elder Scrolls Wiki staff to patrol the recent changes feed in real-time via the #TESWiki/CVN channel (Counter Vandalism Network). Anyone is permitted to join this channel.
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