|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.
This page, much like Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not and Wikia:What Wikia is not, attempts to define what is and is not proper use of this wiki. Hopefully, this will serve to help new users understand what we are trying to do here.
TESWiki does not belong to anyoneEdit
The following points come from Wikia:Ownership, which is an official policy of Wikia and also encompasses TESWiki:
- The site itself, and the Wikia trademarks, are owned by Wikia, Inc.. The Elder Scrolls, and its trademarks, are owned by Bethesda Softworks.
- The copyright of a particular edit is owned by the person who made that edit.
- The wikis are owned by the communities. No one user owns any wiki. Founders are those who requested a wiki be created, but ownership of that wiki resides with the community as a whole, not only with the founder. Similarly, no bureaucrat or administrator may claim proprietorship over the wiki.
What TESWiki is notEdit
TESWiki is not WikipediaEdit
On Wikipedia, it is common for small, trivial articles like Jagar Tharn or Ria Silmane to be deleted as trivial fancruft. Here, such articles are allowed. Any article that discusses a canonical character, place, or item in The Elder Scrolls universe has a place here.
TESWiki is not the official siteEdit
This means two things. First off, the information here is not official or definitive. Articles may be incomplete, inaccurate, or not up to date with the current state of the Elder Scrolls canon. This means that the casual browser should not accept our articles as the final word. Though we will strive, as much as possible, to be the most accurate and complete online source for The Elder Scrolls information, we will not be as authoritative as the original sources.
Secondly, almost all webpages on this site refer to properties and stories which are the property of Bethesda Softworks and its licensees. We try to stay on the side of "fair use." Copying entire blocks of text from any ElderScrolls.com website, Bethesda-licensed publication, or other copyrighted source is not allowed on this wiki.
TESWiki is not any of the Internet's other unofficial sitesEdit
Just as we cannot copy blocks of text directly from the official site or a strategy guide, we cannot copy text from another fansite such as UESP.
TESWiki is not the place for fanfiction or roleplayingEdit
The In-Universe part of the wiki is for canon information only. Any articles identified as fanon will be deleted. This includes both characters from fan fiction and player characters from roleplaying games.
The exceptions are those fan fictions that have made an impact on the fanbase or canon itself. Such articles are limited to a discussion of the fan fiction in question—separate articles on characters, locations, or other individual elements found only in fan fiction are not desired.
There is another wiki, the Elder Scrolls Fanon Wiki, which accepts exclusively fan-made material. Though it is also hosted by Wikia, meaning that your username here is the same as your username there, it is a separate community with its own policies and practices. The Fanon wiki is a better place to post your fan-made materials.
TESWiki is not an all-inclusive trivia siteEdit
Behind the scenes sections in articles should contain useful, pertinent information. The number of factoids and pieces of trivia related to The Elder Scrolls are boundless, but not necessarily encyclopedic or helpful. Be mindful of what information you add to these sections.
TESWiki is not a free host or webpage providerEdit
While registered users can create their own user page, this page is not a place for unlimited free storage of files. In other words, your user page should only contain information relevant to your work on this wiki. If you wish to put up a weblog, post your fanfiction, or advertise your business, neither your user page nor any other TESWiki or Wikia page is the proper place to do so. You can find out more about your user page here.
(On the other hand, users have historically included a few personal images for their user page. The policy on this is to be found here.)
What the TESWiki community is notEdit
TESWiki is not a battlegroundEdit
There are many controversies in The Elder Scrolls fandom. Some of these controversial questions have either been answered by Bethesda, or have been left unanswered. This is not the place for arguing with other fans about which retcons were unneeded, what canonical works should be completely ignored, or how much you hated or loved a particular character.
In addition, when discussing articles with other users, it is important to be civil and respectful.
TESWiki is not a general-purpose message boardEdit
Article talk pages, user talk pages, and the Council Club forum will attract discussion and conversation: that's what they're there for. However, these discussions should stay focused on issues relevant to TESWiki, such as "When was this character born?", "Where did this image come from?", and the like. General Elder Scrolls questions such as "Who was the most powerful Daedric Prince?" or "Which game did you like better, Morrowind or Oblivion?" are best left for a forum such as the Official site message boards. The Library on TESWiki may also be used for specific questions or discussions not related to improving particular articles, subject to the rules listed on that page.
What TESWiki user pages are notEdit
Your user page is not your primary contribution to this wikiEdit
Your user page and any associated sub pages are meant to give some information about yourself, and to help organize your contributions to TESWiki. For example, you may wish to include a list of the Elder Scrolls games you own, list some articles you worked on that you're proud of, or mention the articles and projects you intend to work on. You might also want to give personal information like your user name on Elder Scrolls message boards, your favorite characters, what languages you speak, or a link to your personal page on another site. See our user page policy for more information on proper use of user pages.
Your user page should not be thought of as a personal homepage (as mentioned above, TESWiki is not a free host or webpage provider.) In particular, writing a long imaginary biography of your persona in the Star Wars galaxy, or putting up a "collection" of dozens of userboxes or images, is not particularly helpful to TESWiki. Your user page should help you contribute to writing and editing articles for this project—it is not a substitute for improving the articles on this wiki.