|This page contains an official policy on Alien Fanon. It has wide acceptance among editors and is a standard that everyone should follow. Except for minor edits, please make use of the discussion page to propose changes to this policy. Thank you.|
Welcome to the Alien Fanon Wiki! This is the wiki where one can create their own fan-fiction set in the Alien universe! All users are free and encouraged to share their creation with the community with pride — after all, you have probably gone through many shenanigans to show your work...so consequences may take action. Just like any other organized wiki, there are a few rules one must be aware of to work without trouble.
Rules and regulations
- BE BOLD! in your edits. Go ahead, it's a wiki! Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, likewise to BE BOLD!
- Be civil to other users at all times.
- When in doubt, take it to the talk page: We have all the time in the world. Mutual respect is the guiding behavioral principle of Wikia and, although everyone knows that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. If you discuss changes on the article's talk (or discussion) page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster and happier.
- Respect copyright: Wikia uses the GNU Free Documentation License. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license.
- Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated if you edit you article more than two times in a row. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you yourself to understand what you did after a long leave of absence from an article. Please state what you changed and why. Always try to keep the summary short and simple.
- Assume good faith: In other words, try to consider that the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to the project — unless, and only unless, you have firm, solid, and objective proof to the contrary. Merely disagreeing with you is no such proof.
- Particularly, don't revert good faith edits: Reverting is too powerful sometimes. Don't succumb to the temptation, unless you're reverting very obvious vandalism (like "LALALALAL*&*@#@THIS_SUX0RZ", or someone changing "1+2=3" to "1+2=17"). If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk." and immediately take it to talk though mostly, it's more time sufficient if you first send the message on the talk page then revert the edit.
- No personal attacks: Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above).
- Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, but try to be as polite, solid, and straightforward as possible yourself.
- Sign your posts on talk pages using ~~~~, which gets replaced by your username and timestamp when you hit Save. But don't sign on mainspace articles.
- Use the preview button: It prevents edit conflicts and allows the writer to add some finishing touches to their article.
One: Have Fun
The first rule is to have fun in whatever way possible. Administrators do have the ability to ban people who do not have fun.
Two: Remain Civil At All Times
- 2.1: Don't frequently curse — Cursing is frowned upon and should not be used in any situation. If one does such profanity continuously, they shall be banned by the Administration.
- 2.2: No risking arguments — It is highly suggested that you accept advice and try and avoid rivalry. If an argument occurs, contact the Administration immediately!
- 2.3: Don't become dirty — Don't become interested in creating any content that might offend other users such as pornographic material. There's a time and a place, and this ain't the place. If a user does wish to create an article of such kind, they are to contact a bureaucrat and make sure it doesn't surpass Rule 2.1 before doing so.
- 2.4: No personal attacks — By personal attacks, we mean threatening, harassing and insulting another user with abusive language directly or indirectly via an article's talk page or their own. All users are expected to behave maturely and to avoid undergoing a childish or offensive attitude, resulting in a warning or a ban.
- 2.5: The difference between Criticism and Trolling - Just because a user states various issues in your article does not make them a troll. A Troll, according to Wikipedia, is "someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion." Trying to point out problems that you have repeatedly ignored is not trolling, so please refrain from stating such things. Criticism is when users review your work and pin point what needs improvement. In rare cases, a particular user may continuously give nonconstructive criticism on many of your articles. This means that a user does have a grudge against you and thus surpasses Rule 2.4.
Three: Editing other property
- 3.1: You should never edit content that you don't own — Correcting someone's work without actually changing any major content is permitted but the author may have minor problems with your actions though however the author has the right to alter your edit.
- 3.2: You cannot use other property without permission — You cannot suddenly link an article that's not yours to your creation without the explicit consent of the original author. Authors that both take part in an expanded universe together have every right to collaborate though.
Four: Relation to the Alien universe
- 4.1: Remember Alien — This is not the fanon wiki of Pokémon or Dragonball Z. This the Alien Fanon, so every single creation on the wiki must absolutely be related to the Alien universe. Articles that make no sense regarding the series will be deleted.
Five: Canon friendliness
- 5.1: No shooting the canon — You can't simply contradict events that Bethesda has already covered and created. The administration truly hopes you do know the meaning of canon and the existing data in the Alien universe. Contradicting canon is not permitted. If one's article breaks this rule, it will be tagged with the NCF template and the author of the article must repair the problems within two weeks or else it is moved to namespace.
- 5.2: Possibilities — The Alien universe is pretty much like reality when it comes to physics and technology, every user should have some common sense to use realism in their article.
- 5.3: Altering events are unique but limited — Altering events is simply changing the existing canon. Alternate-type articles often take the rarely used 'What if' method and uses the rule as an advantage to bypass the existing canon. Though no template exists yet, users with alternate articles should remind readers of the article's type above the majority of text.
- 6.1: Plagiarism is simply using words that aren't yours, metaphorically — Copying an article to a small degree is even considered plagiarism. Using story lines from different video game series is plagiarism. Even using someone's image is plagiarism. The rule is pretty straight forward here: Use your own content. Regarding collaborations between authors, they have a limited right to use another author's article to a degree. Using artwork or designs from other sources is not regarded as plagiarism.
- 6.2: Being 'inspired' — Being inspired by something may lead to the most deadliest of criticism. For example, calling your character Mario with the same image and same personality of the actual video game character, he may have a completely different history and background but still needs to save some random princess. It is frowned upon and users will be asked to change at least one thing and the image is necessary.
Users still have rules they must abide when it comes to simply voting.
- Must have had an account for a month. If a voting takes place on the 30th of February, a user can participate if they've joined in early January. Simplicity itself.
- Must have at least 50 mainspace edits. It's pretty simple, you need to be an actual contributor on the site to vote.
- Must not have a history of many disputes. If you're known for sock puppetry for example, there is no way you're voting. If you have a history of creating a fuss over a small thing, you're obviously going to stir up trouble and be banned with your vote being ignored.