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This is a list of policies that all editors should follow. Failure to follow them may result in loss of your privilege to edit (see enforcing policy for details).

Editing policy[edit]

Because science is an ever-changing field, often, research may uncover new information, contradicting the old and perceived view. Therefore, we ask editors to:

  • Be civil
    • Being rude, insensitive or petty makes people upset and stops Wikispecies from working well. Try to discourage others from being uncivil, and be careful to avoid offending people unintentionally.
  • Avoid edit wars
    • An edit war is when two or more users with opposite views continuously adding the content they believe is right and remove what they deem to be incorrect. Editors are asked to solve disputes and work for a compromise or consensus on the appropriate talk page. You can request an administrator to resolve disputes.
  • Avoid personal attacks
    • Do not make personal attacks anywhere in Wikispecies. Comment on content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter users away from editing. Nobody likes to be abused.
  • Accept that no one owns any articles
    • If you create or edit an article, know that others will edit it, and within reason you should not prevent them from doing so.
  • Do not delete material from talk pages
    • Keeping edits on talk pages is important for future reference. If a talk page grows in length and therefore becomes less legible, please archive the old material instead of deleting it.

Deletion policy[edit]

Articles that met one or more of the following categories may be deleted if:

  • Nonsense page
    • Pages that do not belong in this project are defined in the What Wikispecies is not page. Such contributions include (but are not limited to) articles containing only text, i.e., no taxonavigation, which should be part of Wikipedia and will be deleted immediately.
  • Wrong syntax or missing taxonomy
    • Contributions with the wrong syntax, wrong or missing taxonomy, etc. will be marked with {{NSF}} and will be deleted after 15 days if not corrected/under discussion.
  • Copyright violation
    • It is against copyright laws to copy contents from a website onto Wikispecies unless the website explicitly provides a copyright license which permits doing so. Editors should verify that a website's license is compatible with Wikispecies' copyright license before copying from it.
  • Orphaned talk page
    • If the talk page of an article exists but the article page itself is deleted, the talk page is considered to be an "orphan" and can be deleted immediately.

Note: Contributions with the wrong formatting should be corrected ASAP, but will normally NOT be deleted unless the formatting error renders the text completely and irreparably incoherent.


By consensus, the Wikispecies community does not require any disclosure of paid contributions from its contributors.

Administrators etc[edit]


Enforcing policy[edit]

In the case of misbehaving editors, such policy may be enforced to keep the community in good order.


  • This is not mandatory, but usually the first step to politely remind editors to behave properly. An initial warning may be followed by up by another if the editor persists in not following Wikispecies policies and guidelines.


  • Users will have their editing privilege removed for a period of time (or indefinitely) as determined by an administrator. The blocked editors are still able to access and view Wikispecies, but unable to make any changes to it. It is not necessary for editors to receive a warning prior to a block if the administrator believes that there is a clear indication that the editor is disruptive.
  • While a fairly common action when dealing with recurrent vandalism by registered and logged in users, note that IP addresses (used by users not logged in) are very rarely indefinitely blocked. Many IP addresses are dynamically assigned and change frequently from one person to the next, and even static IP addresses are periodically reassigned or have different users. In cases of long-term vandalism from an IP address, blocks over a period of months or years are considered instead. Long-term blocks are never used for isolated incidents, regardless of the nature of their policy violation. IP addresses used by blatant vandals, sockpuppets and people issuing legal threats are never blocked for long periods unless there is evidence that the IP address has been used by the same user for a long time. Such evidence may only be obtained by a Wikispecies Checkuser. A checkuser investigation is only intended as a last resort for difficult cases, but requests can be made here.
  • Open proxies are generally reported to the Meta-Wiki Stewards and blocked globally for the length of time they are likely to remain open on the same IP address, which in most cases is likely to be only a few months. Requests for global unblocking of such IP addresses can be made via the same Meta-Wiki Stewards page mentioned above.

When not to lock[edit]

It is important to remember that blocks should not be punitive. Blocks should not be used:

  1. in retaliation against users;
  2. to disparage other users;
  3. where there is no current conduct issue of concern.