Grand Theft Wiki:Behaviour

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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, and other actions.

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.

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.

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