| This page documents an official ABC Wiki policy.
It is a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all editors.
Discussion is an important part of ABC Wiki, ranging from discussion wiki improvements to facilitate general interaction between members of the community. Discussion should be used before making any major changes, where practical, and consensus, defined as at least a majority in agreement, should be sought.
Users must be civil in all interactions. Incivility consists of aggressive behaviors that disrupt the project and lead to unproductive stress and conflict. It may include any of the below.
Direct rudeness, including:
- Rudeness, insults, name-calling, gross profanity or indecent suggestions
- Personal attacks, including racial, ethnic, sexual, gender-related and religious slurs, and derogatory references to groups such as social classes or nationalities
- Belittling a fellow editor, even including the use of judgmental edit summaries (e.g. "snipped rambling crap", "that is the stupidest thing I have ever seen")
Other uncivil behaviors, including:
- Taunting or baiting: deliberately pushing others to the point of breaching civility even if not seeming to commit such a breach themselves
- Harassment, including hounding, personal or legal threats, posting of personal information, repeated email or user space postings
- Lying or otherwise grossly misrepresenting a truth
- Quoting another editor out of context to give the impression they hold views they do not hold, or to cast aspersions on their credibility or decency
- Attempts to silence differing views on content or the topic
Editors are human and capable of mistakes, so a few minor incidents of incivility from time to time are not in themselves a major concern. However, a studied pattern of incivility is disruptive and unacceptable.
Personal attacks are a common uncivil behavior. Do not make them anywhere on ABC Wiki. Comment on the topic or the argument, not on the contributor. There is no rule that is objective and not open to interpretation on what constitutes a personal attack as opposed to constructive discussion, but some types of comments are never acceptable:
- Racial, sexist, homophobic, ageist, religious, political, ethnic, sexual or other epithets (such as against people with disabilities) directed against another contributor. Disagreement over what constitutes a religion, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity is not a legitimate excuse.
- Linking to external attacks, harassment, or other material, for the purpose of attacking another editor.
- Comparing editors to dictators or other infamous persons.
- Accusations about personal behavior that lack evidence. Serious accusations require serious evidence. Evidence often takes the form of "diffs" and "links" presented on wiki.
- Threats, including, but not limited to:
- Threats of violence or other off-wiki action (particularly death threats).
- Threats of vandalism to userpages or talk pages.
- Threats or actions which deliberately expose other ABC Wiki editors to persecution by their employer, their school or any others.
- "Outing" an editor, or threatening to do so. This includes, but is not limited to, publicly declaring their identity without their explicit or implicit authorization (implicit means could include posting a link to their Facebook account), making knowledgeable remarks on their financial or marital status, identifying their place of residence or detailing their personal lives.
These examples are not exhaustive. Insulting or disparaging an editor is a personal attack regardless of the manner in which it is done. When in doubt, comment on the article's content without referring to its contributor at all. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.
Assume good faith
- Main article: Project:Assume good faith
- Message Walls are not primarily intended to be a facility for social interaction. They are to facilitate individual messages relevant to the users' activity on the wiki. As such, utilizing them for the purposes of social interaction is expressly conditional, and moderating action may be taken if threads do not meet the following guidelines:
- The given topic is inappropriate, and does not adhere to policy or the principles of common decency and maturity, as is encouraged and typical of the wiki community.
- The discussion is consistently out-of-scope with the site, with no meaningful elements relating to ABC series or the wiki, and will most likely grow to unmanageable proportions if allowed to continue - such that other editors may be unjustly inconvenienced.
- The subject matter is unacceptably tangential and has strayed into the realm of sharing detailed personal information, which should not be discussed on the public Message Wall system.
- Message Walls must be the primary way to reach a user on-wiki.
- For the purposes of pervasive social interaction, which usually does not fall under the above criteria, please use community chat or private emails.
- All comments must be relevant to their associated page topic. Comments should not be social conversations between users. They are to facilitate interaction that is relevant to the topic of the article or blog post. Comments deemed irrelevant are subject to deletion by an administrator or discussion moderator.
- Avoid commenting on topics of discussion when the preceding post is more than thirty days old. It is unlikely to attract any response. Consider creating a new thread of discussion instead.
Never remove Message Wall posts. Exceptions to this rule may include:
- Obvious spam, abuse or posts written in grossly inappropriate language
- Conversations that are completely irrelevant to the page topic and/or the wiki topic
- Automatic talk page welcome messages
- Legal or privacy concerns
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