At the World of Cars Wiki, we strive to create a welcoming and kind environment where users of all backgrounds can feel comfortable reading, editing, and communicating with one another. Any community project requires specific standards and formats to maintain order, as a means of keeping things coherent and well-organized. This page lists the various rules that all users must follow.
Should a user violate one or more policies, they will receive any number of reminders, warnings, and blocks that an administrator feels is necessary given the severity of the offense. For further information on the blocking process, please see the final section of this page.
The "Golden Rules"
These rules are the most crucial to our goal of maintaining a peaceful environment. Compared to rules in other sections, violations of these can potentially result in an immediate ban, depending on the severity of the situation.
- While most language is allowed here, it is preferred that you do not use offensive or socially unacceptable language. The only exception to this rule is if a word is used in a professional context, such as in any Cars media, or song lyrics.
- Do not vandalize the site in any way. Methods include blanking an article or adding in non-sensible text.
- Repetitive bullying or harassment of another user is strongly prohibited. This includes verbally assaulting someone over their interests, sexuality, username, edits, etc.
- All users should use proper grammar and spelling.
- This wiki is written in American English, as Cars is an American-made franchise. This means words like "color" should be spelled as such, not "colour" or any other variation.
- As expressed at the top of all talk pages, they should only be used for discussing edits to the article, rather than opinions on the matter.
- Do not make an excessive amount of edits to one article within a short amount of time, as this takes up space on the recent changes list, making it harder for others to review edits.
- Fan-made material such as fanart or fanfiction should be kept out of the mainspace - it is, however, permitted everywhere else, including userpages, blog pages, message walls, and so on.
- Self-promotion and spam of any sort is not allowed, such as the advertisement of one's own websites, work, or anything else. Users can obviously link personal accounts, webpages, and such in their user page -- but they should not be linked in articles or spammed on message walls.
- Userpages should only be edited by either the corresponding user or an administrator, unless permission is otherwise given. Administrators will only do so if any present content goes against any of the rules listed on this page.
- This wiki is written factually; as such, please do not put opinions of a subject on an article, or speculative information that cannot be properly backed by an official source.
- Edit wars occur when two or more users disagree over the information presented in an article, and repeatedly change each other's work. This should be avoided at all costs as it clogs up edit logs and is generally unproductive. Instead, users should attempt to work out the problem in a civilized manner on the article's talk page, or by having a discussion on a message wall. If the issue fails to be solved, an administrator should be contacted and they will join the search for a solution.
- Do not egg on or battle with a vandal, and instead report them to an administrator and allow them to deal with the problem.
- While users may leave messages reminding other users of policies, please do not abuse this power; only leave a warning or reminder to the user if they truly deserve it. It should also be noted that these messages do not count as administrator warning messages, and they do not hold any sort of value in relation to penalties.
- Removal of warnings from one's message wall is forbidden.
- Do not re-create pages that have already been deleted by an administrator. A request for restoration should be discussed with other users first.
- Generally speaking, administrators have final say in edits and corrections, and these should not be contested. That being said, no one is perfect, and even administrators make mistakes. In this case, the matter should be discussed civilly.
- Do not claim to be an administrator or possess any additional rights if you, in reality, do not.
- Do not impersonate another user, by claiming to be an "alt" of them, or through other methods.
These policies pertain mainly to the conventions and standards we ask that users follow when editing articles and handling content outside of the userspace. In most cases, violating one of these will only result in a simple reminder.
- When editing or creating a new article, please follow the manual of style.
- All minor edits should be marked as "Minor edit". Minor edits include events such as fixing typos, linking to an article, or changing a line of coding or text.
- Don't flood the wiki with an onslaught of minor or unnecessary edits, unless it is seen as understandable (such as fixing a typo or mistake that is present on several articles). *Proofread your work prior to publishing an edit; this includes checking text and pictures, as well as additional coding.
- Edit summaries are not required, but when they are used, they should be constructive, explaining what was changed and why. Additionally, this makes reviewing recent edits much easier for other users.
- Leave a signature when posting a new topic or reply on a talk page. Additionally, talk page formats must remain consistent; the name of the topic must be posted in "Heading 2" format, with the text posted below. To post a reply, add an indent to the text.
- When uploading files, please make use of the FileSummary template in order to describe the licensing of the photo or video.
- Use of the word "you" is generally not allowed. When discussing something such as a video game, one should use "the player" or a similar phrase.
- Major edits should be discussed on the article's corresponding talk page prior to being published.
- Although we allow alternate accounts, we ask that you stick to one account for edits. Alternate accounts should only be used for constructive purposes, such as backup should you somehow lose access to your main account through accidental means, such as forgetting your password.
When any of the above rules are broken, an administrator is given the authority to leave a series of warnings each time the user violates one of them. For broken minor or general rules, the following warning messages will be utilized:
- For the first offense, a user will receive a message titled "Reminder", simply informing them of their mistake, and attaching a link to this page, requesting that they review it.
- For the second offense, a user will receive a message titled "Warning", informing them that, if they break another rule, their account will be banned.
- For the third offense, the user will be blocked, with the time depending on the severity of the violation. When a major rule is broken, however, users may be blocked immediately, again depending on the situation. Otherwise, there will be no "Reminder" message, and they will instead receive a "Warning" message first. Blocked users will always be left with the ability to post on their own message wall, giving them a chance to discuss the block with the staff and other users. This will only be taken away if it is misused, and breaks any more rules listed here.