I know it seems like I'm trying to bring a lot of rules into the wiki, but apparently I have interpreted a lot of tension between members here. The flow of the wiki is becoming disruptive due to disagreements and editing wars.
All of my suggestions do not have to be added, and this is why this forum board is created to discuss whether it is right to add it onto the wiki.
Anyways, I feel a discussion policy is required to avoid tension and editing wars between members of the wiki. I've seen members here disagree on a couple things and decide "oh I don't like it, I'm gonna change it back". You know who you are. I am going to say that the method of personal bias is not the way to handle an issue; rather you are just escalating it.
Below is an outline of the policy.
Discussion is a primary part of developing and improving the content of the wiki. Discussion should occur if something major is to be added or changed in the wiki. The majority agreement of the community involved in the discussion will be the final outcome.
Discussions do not have to take place in regards to minor alterations, such as grammatical corrections, fixes, proper formatting, and more. As long as the alterations do not disrupt the wiki flow, a discussion is not necessary.
All discussions must be in a civilized manner. Incivility will be subjected to removal from the discussion, and those involved may suffer severe consequences.
Incivility can come into many forms but are not limited to:
- Rudeness, insults, profanity
- Personal attacks based upon but not limited to: race, ethnicity, or beliefs
- Judgmental comments, including but not limited to: comments directed towards insulting a member through any method (Message Walls, edit summaries, etc.)
- For example: "Your idea is stupid."
- Taunting and harassment
- Lying or intended misinterpretation of a truth
- Nonconstructive criticism
- Violation of the wiki rules
Please do not bring outside conversations. All conversations must be within the wiki: for clarity, proof, and reference.
Discussions must take place if any major addition, removal, or alteration affects the wiki. Discussions should take place in the General Discussion Board.
All discussions include but are not limited to:
- Adding or altering a template that would otherwise obstruct the content of the wiki
- Alterations of the wiki interface, such as wiki appearance, functionality, or formatting
- Disagreements between two or more parties involved
- When disagreements occur, leave the article at its current state to prevent an edit war and other types of conflict.
All discussions must be in a constructive and civilized manner and must be relevant to the topic. Off topic discussions can lead to misinterpretation, escalation of the issue, and disruption of the topic. Any discussion deemed inappropriate or off topic will be subjected for removal.
All discussions must have a three-day time period to allow all participating users to comment, if necessary. After three days, if the discussion has reached an agreement, then the discussion can be closed. The process may be sped up if necessary but must be for a good reason.
An argument is a discussion between two or more opposing parties. There are two types of arguments: constructive argument and nonconstructive arguments. All arguments must be constructive. Nonconstructive arguments will be removed from the discussion thread.
Constructive arguments can:
- Bring out other points the other parties are not aware of
- Persuade another party to talk them into agreement
- Unveil flaws that would otherwise interrupt the flow of an article or wiki
- And more
The majority of the community decides whether any changes will occur or not.
Community consensus agreement occurs if there are more users voting on a particular subject over another.
All members, regardless of user rights, have a fair advantage. Not one member has more say than another member. For example, an administrator has an equal say towards a user who does not have user rights.
If you agree on a particular discussion, avoid commenting on it until a disagreement has occurred. This way, the discussion can be sped up and taken into action as soon as possible. If the majority agrees on the topic, it is not necessary to add another agreement, unless the discussion is nearing or is in a stalemate (a draw). If you disagree with a discussion, comment on it as soon a possible, before it is closed.
Closing a discussion
Once the final outcome has been decided, the discussion must be closed. Do not continue the discussion any further to avoid confusion. If a discussion is needed, a new discussion should be created. Leave the old one for reference.
If the majority agrees on a discussion, at least three days is required before closing a discussion.
It is your responsibility to check up on new discussions. If a discussion has been closed and you disagree on the change, it is your responsibility to create a new discussion stating your opinion.