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A note from the wiki admin Edit

Hi, I'm Bruce--one of the (and currently the only) admin for, and co-founder of, Yomi wiki.

(Zal, another co-founder, created the wiki. Snail Racer was a former admin, and is currently on the wiki "council" as a "beaurocrat" (wikia's term for a staff member who isn't an admin, but still has some staff-level say).

Scope of user conduct guidelines

I want to make sure that whatever user conduct policies we have apply to all users--including admins and other wiki staff. Like any user, if I don't adhere to the guidelines, something should be done. I do feel it's important to take into account past contributions and character, but even admins can go on a tilt, and they need to be held accountable by the system (or the system isn't very good).

Admin decisions

I would personally like some say in being able to guide the direction of things (I wouldn't be an admin if I didn't feel I could make good decisions), but that also has to be kept... not so much in check, but even admins need to be answerable to something if they go off and do crazy or questionable stuff.

One thing we'll have to figure out is how we go about voting on things, if we even do that. I.e.

  • Who decides what?
  • Does everyone have an equal vote?

I sort of like that idea, but I'm also concerned about how an equal vote could be not-good in some situations (i.e. high level decisions that regular users may not make the best decisions on), so we can talk about that, too.

Community ownership

I want the wiki community to feel like they have an important say in things, rather than having experienced users trouncing on their decisions (I've had that happened to me on other wikis; it made me less interested in contributing). So I'm also interested in how we can do that.

We'll figure things out as we go, I'm sure.

Axioms Edit

Policies

Policies are:

  • created collaboratively by the community.
  • go through a development stage. When the are sufficiently complete they are enacted.

Things for us to decide Edit

  • How do we want to decide a policy goes ahead? What is the process? WHat do other wikis do?

Draft policies Edit

Manual of style draft Edit

Language

  • This is an English wiki, though some things can be in other languages.
  • US, UK, Australian, and New Zew Zealand English is okay. E.g. Color can be spelt Colour, or vice versa.
  • Any issues that arise will be handled on a case by case basis.

When naming things

  • Italicise movies, products, YouTube video series'.

Wiki user guidelines Edit

Assume people are well-meaning

Ultimately, the big philosophical driver behind a community on Wikia is to be friendly and respectful of others, and especially to assume good faith. What does that mean? To put it simply, assume everyone on a wikia is working together towards the common good until proven otherwise. The vast majority of people are here to help, not to cause problems. People will make mistakes, especially when they’re new, so don’t treat potentially great and helpful users like they’re troublemakers.

— Source: http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Attracting_contributors

Resources we can draw on Edit

What to do if an admin is abusing their admin privileges? Edit

If the community is in agreement that the admin's rights should be removed, then it is a bureaucrat's responsibility to make the change. If the person being removed is themselves a bureaucrat, then you will need them to remove their own bureaucrat rights, or ask staff to do so. Be sure to link to the community discussion if you contact staff.


You can also contact staff if the bureaucrat(s) are not willing to remove rights. Again, you need to link to the community discussion, and be prepared for us to look at the situation carefully before we decide whether to go ahead and make the changes.


There is also another situation in which you might need to contact staff - if the admins delete the discussion page rather than allowing people to have their say. We will look into the situation and may ask the admins to leave the conversation in place for a set time. If they don't, we may insist and take action to ensure everyone gets their say.

Reporting something: what is appropriate evidence? Edit

This blog post shares some good points, though to share my feedback to it:

From an admin / moderation perspective, you want evidence. Whether someone falsified it is secondary, and of course something you should look into and be aware of. But you want something to go on.

Otherwise you just have conjecture and hearsay. 

By going on everything that has been presented, then you can begin a decent investigation and begin to draw conclusions.

In my (quite extensive experience), users who are doing non-ideal things tend to keep doing those things. So the evidence begins to build and build, and you can see what is accurate or what is someone just making something up--which is also good information, since you know who to trust and who not to trust, and whether someone else may have been working with said non-ideal user, or just trolling you, heh. 

— Bruce

Manual of style Edit

Good example: http://swfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Fanon%3AManual_of_Style

Community guidelines Edit

http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Community_guidelines

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