Battlestar Wiki:Guideline

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This page is an official policy of Battlestar Wiki.
This policy is considered by the community and its leadership to be the status quo of Battlestar Wiki and is not to be countermanded or ignored, though changes to it can be discussed on the appropriate talk page. This policy was implemented on 30 April 2007.
Battlestar Wiki Policy
Article Standards

Article Standards & Conventions
Keeping articles concise
Assume good faith
Official sources and citations
Neutral or Real point of view
Spoiler Policy
What Battlestar Wiki is
What Battlestar Wiki is not
Avoiding "fanwanking"
Descriptive terms
"Alternate universe" products

Sysop ← Interaction → User

Page Moves
Username policy
Check user

Site Wide

Civility, etiquette and personal attacks
Edit war
Things you just don't do
Ownership of articles
Words of wisdom for the paranoid
... is not a forum


Air Lock
High Traffic
Types of users

Inactive Policies
Razor Material

A guideline is any page that is:

  1. Actionable (i.e. it recommends, or recommends against, an action to be taken by editors)
  2. Authorized by consensus. Guidelines are not set in stone and should be treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

Guidelines often define editing practices on Battlestar Wiki, such as style and formatting.

Guidelines differ from Battlestar Wiki policies, which are more official in nature and less likely to have exceptions.

Guidelines help define processes on Battlestar Wiki, which tell editors what specific steps are needed to adhere to a convention, policy or other practice.

Amendments to a guideline should be discussed on its talk page, not on a new page — although it's generally acceptable to edit a guideline to improve it.

Disputes over the wording of a guideline are resolved by considering and discussing objections and counter-proposals and coming to agreement, often using compromise language; such a dispute does not "suspend" the guideline or "turn it into" something other than a guideline.

People are sometimes tempted to call a vote on a guideline, but this is a bad idea because voting can polarize the issues that a guideline is designed to meet. Often, a guideline is not a "yes" or "no" matter, so consensus must be used to handle the "gray" areas that a strict vote may not accomplish.

Pages that are guidelines are tagged at the top with - {{guideline}}.