Grand Theft Wiki:Behaviour

This policy governs expectations of users' behaviour on Grand Theft Wiki, in line with the Rules.

This policy is not designed to be an exhaustive list of offences, but instead a guide as to how users are expected to act, and what behaviours the staff are likely to object to or take action against.

If in any doubt, contact a Manager for clarification. Users that try to contribute well and not upset other users will generally be looked upon favourably, whilst those who attempt to subvert the rules, ignore staff or disrupt the wiki can be dealt with firmly.

Editing Conduct

We are all here to build a great wiki about GTA games. Everything we do is in aid of that objective. Edits, actions and users which go against that priority will generally be frowned upon.

These are examples of edits which would generally be considered to be going against our primary objective:

  • Removing content without justification
  • Adding false or made-up content
  • Adding irrelevant content
  • Adding deliberately misleading content
  • Altering content to be false, incorrect, inaccurate, irrelevant, nonsense or misleading
  • Using the wiki for advertising or spam

The staff (of rank Administrator and above) have the power to block any users found breaching these expectations or going against this objective, whether they breach any specific rule or not. Finding a gap in a rule is not an adequate defence.

However, the staff will usually give users the benefit of the doubt, and encourage them to learn rather than proceeding to a block/ban for every action.

Abusive & Discriminatory Behaviour

Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes (but is not limited to) swearing at users, personal insults, hatred campaigns, harassment and threats.

Discriminatory behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. This includes (but is not limited to) discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation and others. Users displaying these attitudes can expect to be banned permanently, without warning. This wiki needs to be a safe environment for our users, not a haven.

There are examples of being abusive that are not as direct as the above. This includes expressing abusive or overly-negative opinions, such as edit summaries accusing a previous edit/editor of being crap/stupid etc. Whilst these may be tolerated if they are jovial and harmless, you must remember that other users may not find it funny. Action may be taken if there's evidence of harassment, personal attacks or incivility such as this.

Disruptive Behaviour

There are many examples of disruptive behaviour that are not specifically abusive.

These include taunting, baiting, lying, misquoting.

(b) harassment, including Wikihounding, personal or legal threats, posting of personal information, repeated email or user space postings; (c) sexual innuendo; (d) lying; (e) quoting another editor out of context to give the impression they hold views they do not hold, or to malign them.

In addition to this, we expect our users to have a basic grasp of the English language. On the English Grand Theft Wiki, we do not support other languages, except where they are direct quotes from a game. Users are also expected not to use colloquial shorthand (text message speak such as "how r u") or distracting formatting (fonts, size, case, colours, backgrounds, borders, images etc).

Disagreements with Users

Most users on this wiki are trying to help. From time to time, some users make mistakes. These mistakes could be, for example, adding information that isn't correct, breaking code in a page, using inappropriate language, or not following the style/content policies.

If you disagree with a user, the first thing you should do is discuss it with them; which could be on the article's talk page but is usually better on the user's talk page. This gives the user the chance to explain their actions, and learn how to improve. If you strongly believe the edit is incorrect, then you may revert it ONCE only. If the user re-performs the edit, then you must start the dispute resolution process, and you must not re-revert the edit.

The exception to this is obvious spam and vandalism. This includes things that are completely irrelevant, abusive or wrong - only when you are 100% sure.

Disagreements with Staff

In general, staff are just normal users, but quite experienced. It's perfectly possible that a staff member could be incorrect, not understand something properly, or do something wrongly. Feel free to disagree with staff if you're sure. However, this does not mean that you should go around accusing staff members of anything, reverting their edits, or ignoring them. All our staff are happy to discuss things and come to a conclusion. If you continue to disagree, you may escalate the dispute through our Disputes policy.

  • If a staff member performs an edit that you believe is wrong, discuss it with them first. Do not start an edit war. If you can't agree, escalate to a Manager.
  • If a staff member reverts one of your edits, and you disagree, discuss it with them first. Do not start an edit war. If you can't agree, escalate to a Manager.
  • If you have a complaint about the conduct of a staff member, please speak to a Manager.

Enforcement of Behaviour

Staff of rank Administrators and above have (amongst other rights and responsibilities) the power to:

  • Interpret this policy to make a decision as to whether a user's actions are against our primary objective, our rules or our policy
  • Warn users that their behaviour is unacceptable
  • Instruct users to cease a disruptive activity or to change their editing habits
  • Create a temporary set of rules or restrictions for a specific user, to make it absolutely clear what they can or can't do
  • Protect any page if it is the target of disruptive activity
  • Temporarily block a group of users to quickly stop an argument or edit war (even if not all of them have breached rules)
  • Block (or 'ban') users from this site for any length of time, for breaching a rule, policy or for being disruptive

You do not need to breach a specific rule to breach policy, users can be reprimanded for any negative or disruptive action. There is no "three strike rule" or set procedure to follow for warnings or penalties. There are no predetermined lengths for blocks. Staff are trusted to act in the best interests of this wiki, using whatever techniques, tools, rights or responsibilities they have to achieve that.

For example, a user who edits well but has a temper problem is likely to be given a chance to improve, although under strict supervision and a direct order to stop a particular pattern of behaviour. Temporary blocks may be used on larger groups of users to stop arguments or edit wars, which gives the users a chance to cool down and staff time to figure out who was responsible and who breached policy. Conversely, an automated spam bot or any disruptive user who shows no intention to edit constructively will not be given time to improve, and will generally be instantly and permanently banned.

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