These are the basic rules of Alien Species Wiki. They must be followed by all users at all times. Failure to comply with these basic rules may result in a warning, temporary suspension or permanent ban of IP and/or account from Alien Species Wiki. If you can suggest an alteration to these rules, please discuss it on the talk page.
Administrators on Alien Species Wiki reserve the right to block any account that is involved in a breach of these rules for any length of time. However, there are specific guidelines on what staff should do in different situations.
Policy covers more than these basic rules, and there are also other guidelines for how to behave and do everything around Alien Species Wiki. However, if a user performs an action not listed here which has negative consequences for Alien Species Wiki, its users or other people, Administrators reserve the right to perform judgement on these cases on an individual basis.
No vandalism, hacking, spamming, advertisingEdit
Editing pages in a way that is detrimental to Alien Species Wiki is against the rules. For example: removing useful content, deliberately introducing mistakes, deliberately 'breaking' the layout of a page or adding irrelevant content. Also, using Alien Species Wiki to promote a website without prior discussion is disallowed, except in the case of official websites or those already approved for use on Alien Species Wiki. "Hacking" Alien Species Wiki, whether that is attempting to gain access to others' user accounts, attempts to gain access to the server or attempts to disrupt the service of Alien Species Wiki will not be tolerated.
No pornography or swearingEdit
Be advised posting pornographic content is not allowed on Alien Species Wiki. At the same time, there shall be no swearing whatsoever. This site is intended for use by anyone, no matter their age, and should therefore be clean. The admins reserve the right to decide what is and what isn't considered pornographic material.
No discrimination or abuse towards members or other peopleEdit
Abusing other users (flaming) is not how members of Alien Species Wiki should conduct themselves. If there is a disagreement, it should be discussed maturely on the Talk page for the disputed article. If a user has done something wrong (such as broken some rules), members should not make fun of nor abuse that user. Discrimination on grounds such as of race, gender or sexual orientation is strictly forbidden, as even light-hearted comments can be very hurtful. These rules also apply to when discussing people who are not members on Alien Species Wiki.
Do not post copyright text or imagesEdit
It is tempting to simply copy text from other websites for use on Alien Species Wiki, or to upload images made by others. However, you must comply with the copyright restrictions of everything you post. If there is a breach of copyright on Alien Species Wiki, it will be the user who uploaded the content who is held responsible. However, it is believed that short extracts of content are acceptable. If larger extracts are required, they should be clearly marked as to where they came from (e.g. in a Quote box). Also, it is believed that it is fair to use screenshots and logos on relevant pages, to assist with a description. Keep in mind that images found on other Wikipedia pages - especially the original Wikipedia - are for the most part free use, being either public domain or allowed by "fair use" laws.
Copypasting text from webpages, including other wikis, is no longer allowed here, even if it has a Creative Commons license. Even articles marked with the attribution template will be rewritten. Even though wiki content is for the most part not copyrighted and therefore free to use, it is highly detrimental for Alien Species Wiki to use articles from other wikis when we could very well create our own. Most respected wikis have no tolerance for copypasted articles whatsoever, and Alien Species Wiki shall be no exception. Users who break this rule will be blocked for a month. Repeat offenders will get an infinite block.
No sock-puppetry or user impersonationEdit
Impersonating another user is strictly forbidden, whether it be attempting to gain access to their account or creating a similar account. This also applies to falsely claiming to being someone famous or to work for a notable company. Creating multiple user accounts for one person is forbidden, particularly if it is to circumvent a block from the site, to mislead others or to create the illusion of greater support for an issue. The only exceptions to this are bots which are secondary user accounts used for automatic functions such as cleaning articles or converting images. A bot must have been granted permission by the Administrators before the creation of the account.
No achievement gaining Edit
Be advised making pointless edits just to get badges is frowned upon here, even though it's not a serious offense. Failure to deviate from this behavior will result in a block. You have been warned.
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