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Outward Wiki:Policies

Policy status and phases

Category policy
Copyright policy
Deletion policy
Speedy deletion
DNP policy
NDA policy
Editing policy
Disruptive editing policy
External links
Fan fiction
Images policy

Items policy
Lore policy
Naming policy
Neutrality policy
Personal articles
Player character pages
Stub policy
Three revert rule
User naming
Vandalism policy
Voting policy

See also: Guidelines, administrators

This page is an official policy on Outward Wiki.

The Outward wiki policy is based heavily on Wikipedia policy, Wowpedia Policies and the YPPedia Policies and guidelines.


This policy is considered a standard to be followed by all users.

  • You are free to suggest an adjustment to this policy. Make sure, however, that your proposal meets the requirements set here.
  • Check the Policies page for a complete overview of all the policies for the Outward Wiki.

DNP stands for Do Not Post. Things on this list should not be posted anywhere on Outward Wiki. Some of them are specifically banned and will get you banned if you persist in posting them.

Copyrighted content

Copyrighted content (from Nine Dots Studio or another source) which is in blatant violation of fair use is not permitted to be posted. See the copyright policy for more information.

Exploits

Posting of info or links to any kind of exploits (or any other way of breaking Nine Dots Studio's Terms of Use or EULA) will be deleted and will result in a ban. It is suggested, therefore, that you not do so. However, depending on the use of the term, datamining is prevalent in the Outward community even among reputable official fansites, usually for data about items and similar information. Therefore, for the purposes of this policy, publication of datamined content on Outward Wiki is controlled as defined below.

Datamined or unreleased content

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For the purposes of this section, datamining is defined as accessing content which is not accessible in normal gameplay in the official unmodified client or any official tools Nine Dots Studio may provide. While "model viewer" images of live or PTR content are permissible, "true" in-game screenshots are preferred and will always be given preference over model viewer content. Images derived from sandboxes (private/emulated servers) are not allowed on Outward ToU/EULA grounds. Content arrived at by an exploit is not allowed to be posted on Outward Wiki.

Only articles about announced content are permitted. Where topics center around information released in-game or in game data files, only information pertaining to live or public test clients is permitted. Certain pieces of unannounced content may be exempt from this for reasons of extreme notoriety and importance, which will be up to an administrator's judgment. Note that Nine Dots Studio has final say on what content can be shown. Content from clients which are under a non-disclosure agreement is considered to be unannounced, until the agreement is lifted.

Commons-emblem-notice.svgWhy do we care about this? We would much prefer to maintain our Official Wiki status with NIne Dots Studio! Staying a Official Wiki involves not talking about obvious things like exploits or private servers or NDA-covered information, but also includes non-announced content. A small price to pay for links to us all over from the official site!

Speculation

Unsourced speculation (that is, speculation without factual sources) is not permitted in main namespace articles on the wiki, and all speculation should be kept separate from factual content within articles. This is discussed in detail in the writing policy for lore.

Inaccuracy or opinions about announced content are best kept off-wiki (see the external links policy); unannounced content on external sites is not permitted to be linked. Information which is difficult to maintain, such as item drop rates, should be left to off-wiki item database sites.

Off-topic content

Do not post content that has no connection with the Outward whatsoever. This is considered wikisquatting. Off-topic content can be deleted by any Outward Wiki contributor, and whole pages that are off-topic are candidates for speedy deletion. Persisting in posting such content may get you labeled as a vandal and/or banned.

Outward Wiki is not Wikipedia. Do not create articles to define real-world things which have little connection to Outward. If it is necessary to provide a definition, you can use an interwiki link to connect to the likely more in-depth article on Wikipedia.

Examples of tangential but on-topic content

  • An article on how to spec your PC/Mac to run Outward smoothly is tangential, but on-topic.

Defamatory or false content

Articles and/or talk pages that are nothing but personal defamation not only violates the neutral-point-of-view policy, but are also illegal in many countries. Defamatory content can be deleted by any Outward Wiki contributor, and whole pages that are nothing but defamation are candidates for speedy deletion.

Note that a modicum of common sense has to be applied to this policy. While isolated cases of "I think you are being a jerk right now, because <well-formulated and objective reasons>..." as a response in a talk page is not exactly good wikiquette, it is not defamation. A whole barrage of why a person has to be an idiot is defamation.

  • When tagging a defamatory page {{speedydelete}}, you may want to remove pieces of the text pointing to specific people while the page is awaiting deletion. It is a judgment call. This goes especially for real-world contact information like phone numbers, real-world addresses, etc.
  • Please add a line below the {{speedydelete}} tag indicating that the page is strictly defamation and that is the reason why it is being deleted. Alternatively, use {{speedydelete|<reason for deletion>}}.

Attempting to mislead others by submitting content which is blatantly false and which is not subject to interpretation is also not acceptable. When in doubt, and if you can, you should cite it.

Persisting in posting either defamatory or false content may end up with you labeled as a vandal and/or banned.

Discrimination

Outward Wiki is a wiki for everyone. We do not tolerate discrimination based upon social status, age, sex, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, faction, server, guild, etc.

Non-English content

Outward Wiki is an English wiki. Its infrastructure does not support content in other languages. Doing so would entail something like what wikipedia has — different sub-domains and monitoring routines to track changes between different language versions of pages and alert translators.

Therefore, non-English content is against policy and can be tagged {{speedydelete}} when found (except for certain guild pages — see exceptions, below).

Exceptions

  • One possible exception is quoted material pasted from a part of a page where the author simply would not or could not translate it. If this content is on-topic and otherwise not available on Outward Wiki, it is a candidate for translation — or removal as part of the regular editing process.

Nonsense

Pages which don't make any sense or are "non-content" may be candidates for deletion. Non-content includes empty or virtually empty pages (or stubs with absolutely no content, as discussed in the stub policy), slang terms, and forum memes if they do not reach outside the scope of one small group of people who are using it or are aware of it. Terms and memes which only exist on one server are permissible within the server's page and subpages.

  • Slang terms and memes should be cited with multiple references from throughout the Outward community if possible.
  • The template {{silly}} (nor any other template) does not prevent an article from being subject to the DNP policy.

Violations

Content which qualifies as DNP should be edited out, or if the entire page is DNP content, tagged for speedy deletion. If you cannot edit out the content, you should tag the page with {{Violation}}.

Users who persist in posting DNP content may have action taken against them per the vandalism policy.

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