Wikispecies:Policy

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

Editing policy[edit]

Because of the fact that science is an ever-changing field, often, new researches may find contradicting results to 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.
  • Do not start an edit war
    • Edit war is two or more users with opposite views continuously adding the content they believe is right and remove others that they deem is incorrect. Editors are asked to solve disputes and work for a compromise or consensus in the talk page. You can request an administrator to solve disputes.
  • No 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.
  • 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.

Deletion policy[edit]

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

  • Non-sense page
    • Pages that do not belong in this project are defined in What Wikispecies is not page. Such contributions includes (but not limited to) the article containing only text, i.e., no taxonavigation, should be part of Wikipedia and will be deleted immediately.
  • Wrong syntax or missing taxonomy
    • Contributions with 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 check if the website's license is compatible with Wikispecies' copyright license.
  • 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 right away.

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

Enforcing policy[edit]

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

  • Warning
    • This is usually the first step to remind editors to behave properly.
  • Block
    • Users will have their editing privilege removed for a period of time (or indefinitely) as determined by the administrator. The blocked editors are still able to access and view Wikispecies, but unable to do any changes to it. It is NOT necessary for editors to receive a warning prior to receive a block if the administrator believes that there is a clear indication that the editor is disruptive.