- 1. Extenuating circumstances - Should situation arise that is not covered by the this chat policy the Moderation team holds the right to take action against any user whom they feel is causing trouble or causing a potential threat on the chat. The word of the Staff takes precedence over the chat policy, so long as the action is justifiable, actions deemed to be in abuse of rights will not be tolerated.
- Harassment is commonly understood as behaviour intended to disturb or upset, and it is characteristically repetitive. It is also intentional behaviour which is found threatening or disturbing. Harassment is quantified by both the harassed user and the moderator.
- Should an user want the behaviour to stop, they may request a moderator to act. Specific examples is such personal attacks include but are not limited too:
- 2. Racial Harassment - Racial harassment is considered the targeting of an user because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity.
- 3. Religious Harassment - Religious harassment is considered the targeting of an user because of their personal beliefs/religion.
- 4. Sexual Harassment - Sexual harassment is considered unwanted and unwelcome words, deeds, actions, gestures, symbols, or behaviours of a sexual nature that make the target feel uncomfortable. Attacks on gender and sexual orientation also fall into this category.
- 5. Interest Harassment - Interest harassment is considered the targeting of an user's personal interests. Whilst disagreement on personal preference is accepted, purposefully attacking an user's interests with the opinion that your preference is better is not acceptable.
- 6. Sociological Harassment - Sociological harassment is considered the targeting of an user because of their upbringing, intelligence, grammar, or their spelling.
- 7. Mental & Physical Harassment - Mental & Physical harassment is considered the targeting of an user because of their appearance, health, and mental-state. Some people can not help the way they are, and therefore should not be persecuted for it. Mental-states do not excuse an user for breaking policy however.
- 8. Violent Harassment - Violent harassment is considered the use of violence to threaten, or intimidate an user. Use of death, or violent threats are strictly forbidden.
- Users can sometimes disagree with another users opinions and not intend to cause offence. In these situations the user is not considered to be harassing another user.
- Users engaging in debate is an essential part of the culture of Gizmonauts Wiki. Assume good faith, be civil and adhere to good wiki etiquette when stating disagreements to avoid personalizing them and try to minimize unnecessarily antagonistic comments. Disagreements with other editors can be discussed without resorting to personal attacks. It is important not to personalize comments that are directed at content and actions, but it is equally important not to interpret such comments as personal attacks.
- Disagreements about content such as "Your statement about X is wrong" or "Your statement is a point of view, not fact" are not personal attacks.
- Being civil to another user is a key aspect to our societies infrastructure. It is your responsibility, as the users, to foster and maintain a positive online community. Personal attacks against any user; regardless of his/her past behavior; are contrary to this spirit.
- To help maintain this sought after atmosphere, our chat have a set of expectations required by users; they are therefore are also considered rules:
- 9. Courtesy - Users are expected to maintain a courteous atmosphere in the chat; do not use profanity excessively. If an user is showing exceptional rudeness, do not retaliate, and notify a Chat Moderator.
- 10. Respect - Users are expected to show respect toward all users of Gizmonauts Wiki and it's community. Do not speak ill of others, and show tolerance of users.
- 11. Compliance - Users are expected to accept the rulings of Chat Moderators. Users who disregard multiple warnings will be subject to punishment at the discretion of the Chat Moderator.
- 12. Consideration - Users are expected to show consideration to other users of the chat by avoiding Religion as a topic. The topic usually leads to a difference in opinions, and then progresses to conflict. It is best to agree to disagree and avoid the subject.
- Disruption can cause unconstructive and unsightly atmosphere to the the chat, and it is therefore to be avoided at all costs. Disruption is considered to be either a purposeful, or accidental action that will interrupt or impede the progress, functionality, and atmosphere of the chat. It is up to the user to use common sense to judge if their actions are disruptive to the chat. Disruption comes in many forms:
- 13. Spamming - Spam is considered the posting of unneeded, repetitive, or meaningless links, images, or comments. The excessive use of Caps-lock, emoticons, and ACSII art is also considered spam. Spam may take up one or more lines; it is at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator to deem what is spam.
- 14. Flooding - Flooding the chat is considered the purposeful intent to leave and enter the chat multiple times with in a short period of time.
- 15. Trolling - Trolling is considered the purposeful intent to disrupt a chat with inflammatory, extraneous, stupid, or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking readers into a response. What constitutes trolling will be at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator.
- 16. Excessive Roleplay - Whilst roleplay is acceptable in the chat, if a Moderator or Administrator deems that it has become disruptive, the users will have to move the roleplay elsewhere, either to a dead wiki, or to PM.
- 17. Language - Users are expected to use English. If foreign languages are to be used, they must be used minimally. Users are also asked to use grammar and punctuation to the best of their abilities.
- 18. Further Disruption - The above are the most common forms of disruption, however not the only forms. Where the rules do not cover a certain action, it is up to the users themselves to judge whether their actions might be considered disruptive; it is also at the discretion of the Moderator or Administrator to deem whether an action can be considered disruptive enough to be issued a warning.
- It is illegal to show minors content of a sexual nature, we therefore impose a complete ban on pornography, and similar content.
- 19. Pornography - Users are to never post links, images, or videos that contain pornographic material. Images containing nudity will also violate this rule.
- 20. Sexual Roleplay - Sexual Roleplay in the main chat will not be tolerated.
Beyond the ChatEdit
- 21. Chat ≠ Wiki - The chat does not equal the wiki, therefore a user's actions on the wiki do not affect the users rights/status in the chat, and vice versa.
- 22. Other Wikis - Issues from other wikis should not be brought into the Gizmonauts Wiki chat. If you have an issue with a Gizmonauts Wiki user, please use the wiki specific talk/message pages, not our chat. If you are a Gizmonauts Wiki user and have a foreign wiki issue you wish to discuss with another user, please use the Private Messaging system.
- 23. Private Messaging - With private messaging and private chats, we instill a "your own business" policy. Users are free to share images and websites within the confines of the user's perception of acceptability. However, harassment and spamming of a user is unacceptable, and is subject to punishment by a Moderator with supporting evidence.
- 24. Sockpuppets - Sockpuppets are considered new accounts made with the purpose of circumventing a chat ban on a previous account. Sockpuppets will be banned from the chat indefinitely.
Connection Issue policyEdit
To prevent joined/leaving log flooding within the chat room, a policy regarding connection issues has been created to ensure a peaceful, ongoing chat. Any user, including administrators and chat moderators, can be temporarily banned by a Chat Moderator for having a high concentration of continuous issues with their connection over a short period of time. Note this only applies to those who have not responded in public or private chat.
For Chat Moderators, please implement the following procedures prior to banning a user for having issues.
- Attempt to contact the user in main chat and private message, with a warning.
- An unresponsive user should receive a kick which may or may not fix the issue.
- A responsive user should be informed of their flooding and given the opportunity to fix it - outside of chat.
- Allow one to two minutes of connection issues if the interruptions are spaced before considering a temporary ban.
- At Chat Moderator discretion, warn user a second time through either public or private chat.
- If the problem does not cease, you're authorized to ban the user in question.
- If any Administrators or Moderators are having issues with their connections, please consult an active Bureaucrat about the situation. They have the ability to remove user privileges in order to carry out this policy. As with the ban, user rights MUST be restored immediately after the ban is set.
- The Chat Moderator who issued the ban is required to notify the user via their wiki message wall about the situation. Please include the fact that it was not any behavioral issue and that they were banned for connection issues ONLY.
Users who remain dormant on the wiki chat for extended periods of time may not be kicked for apparent connection problems. Should an user remain in the chat for an extended period of time, the best course of action is to ignore the user.
Following the problem after a response by the user, Chat Moderators MUST unban the user from Chat without delay and question. However, if the problem continues to happen, please follow the above procedures again.
NOTE: Users may not be permanently banned from the chat room for having connection issues. This policy is not intended to punish users, rather, simply to make the chat room a more peaceful and active element of the wiki. As such, having connection issues will not interfere with any ongoing or previous corrective behavior warnings/bans. Those who warn these users in question that these connection-related bans may lead to punishment will themselves be under behavioral review.