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This page will cover the basic set of rules and guidelines for a community user and editor's involvement in the wiki to ensure a peaceful and steady growth of the wiki. These basic rules apply to the whole wiki and are definite. There are also policies which apply across all Wikia. These can be found on the Central Wikia.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact an available administrator, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

General

  1. Be bold in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki!
  2. Be civil to other users at all times.
  3. No profanity is allowed on any page.
  4. No personal attacks.
  5. Be graceful: Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do. Try to accommodate other people's quirks the best you can, but try to be as polite, solid, and straightforward as possible yourself.
  6. When in doubt, take it to the article's talk page, or the forums.
  7. Vandalism will not be tolerated. Vandalism is any type of edit that is destructive to the article that may be in the form of is deleting a large portion of the page without proper reason, or, worse, replacing it with inappropriate information or randomness. Vandalism will immediately be undone. If someone becomes a vandal, the admins have the right to block the person for an indefinite amount of time, depending on the severity of the act.
  8. Do not call out the admins and other users for lack of content on pages. Instead, contribute to the pages you think could use some improvement.
  9. Respect copyright. Wikia uses the CC-BY-SA license. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license.
    • Avoid directly copying content into articles in verbatim, whether from other websites, such as Wikipedia, or other official sources, such as the series books. Instead, add in your own write-up.
  10. Don't spam. "Spam" is an unwanted message, like advertisements, political statements and other off-topic messages. For this wiki, off-topic messages are messages that are not related to the series. Spam also includes duplicate messages that are posted several times.
  11. It's important to have fun... but try to make sure those around you have fun too!

Editing

Edit to help and contribute, not to get something in return.

As everyone can edit most of the pages on this wiki, it is important to note that there are still certain requirements to keep the layout and structure of articles consistent throughout the wiki.

  • Only create articles directly related to the wiki and the canonical information of its focus, The Magisterium (series). Also, make sure that the pages you are creating do not already exist under another name. Search for it or ask an admin if in doubt.
  • Write with a third-person and neutral or objective point of view, to make write-ups seem as formal, encyclopedic and authoritative as possible, meaning a user is without any bias, opinion, or general advice. (i.e. Refrain from using the words like "I", "I think", "I like, I hate," "some people say," or "many fans believe." Instead, write about facts within the series. You may also include information from official sources, but please be sure to provide a link to the source so that other users can verify it's true.)
  • American English spelling, grammar, punctuation, and terms or word usage as it is the standard used in the book(s) itself, will be used on the wiki, unless the official term or source is of another language.
  • Present tense must be used on recaps in book articles. Past events should also be in past tense, especially in in-universe event articles, such as articles of characters, locations, or objects. BUT, present tense should be used for events or details which are current or a consistent description of the topic, particularly information in certain sections (such as Relationships, Personality, etc.) for living characters.
  • Unnecessary capitalization should be avoided, particularly when the word(s) or phrase is not a title or a proper name (e.g. Physical description, instead of Physical Description). However, some common or generic terms may be capitalized if it so is in the books, typically meant to differentiate it from the standard term. Also, do not capitalize articles in the middle of a sentence (e.g. There will be some members of the Assembly of Mages in attendance) unless it is also capitalized according to common usage (e.g. book titles, like The Iron Trial). If in doubt, always refer to your own copy of the book/s, or contact an admin.
  • Series and book titles, and other titles from the real world such as books or movies, should be italicized in articles to emphasize its separation from the in-universe events.
  • Linking should be limited to (1) the infobox, (2) the first occurrence of the word or phrase in each article, and (3) each section, or at least a page's distance from the previous link, if the article is long. This is because spamming too many wiki links makes articles difficult to read.
  • Information on pages for in-universe elements such as characters, locations, objects, etc., should be as summarized or concise as possible, without leaving the necessary details out; intricate details should be placed on the book articles' "Plot" sections instead. Accordingly, the information detailed on a page should be focused on the topic of the page; related elements mentioned in the article should not be thoroughly explained, especially if it has its own page.
  • See the Sample Character Article for an example of the layout.
  • Major format changes must be run by the administrators and/or the rest of the community first, to get a consensus.
  • Please be careful when adding statements to the wiki. Verify that they are facts, true, and reliable. This is to avoid being a contributing factor to the spread of wrong information.
  • Don't share spoilers from recently-released media. Spoilers are not allowed on the wiki at least until three days (UTC time) after a release, for the sake of those who have not read the book yet. Even then, pages updated with major spoilers from a recently released medium should contain the {{majorspoilers}} tag for two months after the release.
  • Personal information, non-canon topics, opinions, assumptions and theories, rumors, etc. should go to the blogs, the Forum, or your own user page.

Canon

  • Only "canonical" information of everything encompassed within and about The Magisterium (series) will be considered facts on the wiki mainspace.
  • Cite your references and sources to differentiate between fact and fanfiction, opinion, rumor, and vandalism.
    • Cite information from official sources (series books), and others, such as articles, official website pages, interviews, reveals by Cassandra Clare, etc.
      • This is especially necessary for:
        • new information
        • less-known series facts (both in-universe and real-world)
        • those that come from sources other than the series books
  • If there are differences from the series' books and other sources, such as the films, that may conflict from previously known information, the information from the books will always be considered as the truth, or "canon".
  • Characters should be called by the name they were most known or most often called throughout the books. Their other names, birth or married names, can be included on their own page's infobox, instead.
  • The article title must be the subject's official name, and in its singular form (except for species or list, which should then be in plural form). The article title should be official but also concise, hence, the character's name must be the name most commonly used within the series. When an official name is not available, one that fits the subject's description should be used. Ranks should also not be included, unless the character is known only by the title.
  • Use parentheses to distinguish similar articles.

Categories

Categorization has always been somewhat difficult thing to control in wikis. Unnecessary categories or misplacement are common problems. This section will serve as a guide for users to see the complete list of categories they can choose from to put pages in.

  • Only add categories found below! This is to avoid the presence of irrelevant or repetitive categories. Note that capitalization is important! Wrong capitalization can create a whole new category. Avoid creating new categories, especially ones which will most likely contain only one or two pages in them. If you would like to argue the relevance of a category, or to appeal the creation of a new one, please contact this admin.
  • Some categories, considered the index categories, should only contain other subcategories and/or the head articles that fall under it.
  • Also, for consistency and organization, categories should be listed in the order like the ones below. The general order format is that the real-world view categories are above those actually relating to the series (e.g. The "[Gender] characters" category is always at the top of the character pages).
  • Books are not enumerated in the list below, but they should be in chronological order.

  • Characters — main category only for all the other character subcategories below will fall under here
  • Male/Female characters
  • Mentioned characters — in case they are only mentioned; do not categorize said mentioned characters into the books they are mentioned in
  • Deceased characters — in case the character is dead
  • Book Title characters (e.g. The Iron Trial characters)
  • Species/Kind/Classification - work in progress
  • Organizations - work in progress
  • Positions - work in progress
  • Titles - work in progress
    • Masters
    • Apprentices
    • Makaris
  • Heritage/Families (e.g. Hunt family)
    • Paternal family
    • Maternal family
    • Ancestral family
    • Adoptive family
    • Marital family

Files

Being a wiki for the The Magisterium series, the wiki is bound to have several images and videos on its database at one point. To avoid the over piling of unsorted and cluttered photos on the wiki, this page is here to ensure that users will know what normal procedure is to be followed here when uploading and sorting images.

Images uploaded that do not conform to these rules may be deleted, and may result in a block if done in excess.

  • Inappropriate images are not allowed.
  • ALL images and videos must be directly related to the series or wiki. Images not related directly to the contents of the wiki will be deleted, especially if not used for a particular purpose.
  • Images used on mainspace articles need to come from official sources.
  • Fanarts and fanmade videos must not be used on articles, though can be allowed only for sharing.
  • No images should be added elsewhere in the article. Each page should only have images at the top right corner of the page (usually the infobox or as a thumb image if there isn't one), under the Physical description section, and possibly in the Personality and Relationship sections. Other images should be placed in their respective galleries or gallery section.
  • Do not upload watermarked images, and also low quality ones. Such images will be deleted immediately. (These are fine, however, in the cases of official images where there is no alternative image available; it is better to keep the watermark instead of cropping it, as this is usually not allowed.)
  • The image must have a proper name, not randomly generated numbers or random word/s unrelated to the image. As much as possible, keep the titles short and appropriate. Misnamed files will either be renamed, or deleted if unused or if a better alternative is present.
  • Note: Please do not attempt to rename ANY image (even ones you upload with a name you would like to change) as this causes the creation of redirects, sometimes double or broken ones, or duplicate pages. If you wish to have images renamed, please ask an administrator to do it.
  • If an image to be uploaded is cropped, make sure that it is cropped properly, with no residual edges of a frame, etc.
  • Avoid uploading duplicate images. If you are uploading a better version of an existing image, consider just overwriting it. However, do not overwrite existing images with a different image since the change will be reflected where it is used throughout the wiki. Deliberate replacement may result in a block.
  • Remember, this is a wiki, not an image hosting site, so images only uploaded and not used will also be deleted. Uploading several images is also generally discouraged, particularly if only for user pages or blog posts (dream or fan casting photos included).
  • Images for user pages are fine as long as it supplements the info you put on your page (e.g. you would like to share your original fanart, or you want to share cool manips of the series that show your love for the series, etc.) and does not exceed 10 images; if you have more than this, edit your images and put them together in a collage if you must. When you become inactive, however, your images, if unused by anyone else and especially if they are not your original work, may be deleted.
  • A gallery page will only be necessary if there is a large amount of (or over 10) images of the character available. Otherwise, just add the images to the character page's Gallery section.
  • The file extensions .png, .jpg, and .gif are the standard requirements for Wikia.

Blocking

Blocking is the method by which administrators may technically prevent users from editing. Blocks are used to prevent damage or disruption, not to punish users. Blocks sometimes are used as a deterrent, to discourage whatever behavior led to the block and encourage a productive editing environment.

  • Time-out
  • Persistent spamming
  • Persistent vandalism
  • Persistent incivility
  • Persistent harassment
  • Persistent personal attacks
  • Intimidating behaviour/harassment
  • Use of explicit profanities
  • Edit warring
  • Rule breaking
  • Creating spam/offensive pages
  • Inserting nonsense/gibberish into pages
  • Inserting false or deceptive information
  • Failure to observe policies or guidelines
  • Unnecessarily removing crucial content from pages
  • Posting/uploading of vulgar, nude, or other inappropriate images
  • Editing for the sole purpose of obtaining badges or increasing edit count
  • Posting/uploading of excessive unnecessary images, videos, and other images that do not conform with policies
  • Sockpuppetry
  • Under 13 years old
  • Disruption-only account
  • Abusing multiple accounts
  • Accounts with inappropriate usernames
  • Using sockpuppets to circumvent a ban or block
  • Spamming links and advertisements not directly related to the wiki

Anonymous users or suspicious accounts who spam, vandalize, act unacceptably, make suspicious edits or posts, violate any of the policies, or fall under any of the reasons listed above will be banned without notice, but you are free to sign up and message the blocker to defend yourself.

Any user may request a block through the forum or by messaging other admins for major incidents of vandalism or disruption. Users requesting blocks should supply credible evidence of the circumstances warranting a block. Administrators are never obliged to place a block and are free to investigate the situation themselves. Because blocks may be reviewed and appealed, it is often important that the blocking and reviewing administrators each communicate with and take care to inform the other.

Each administrator blocks at their own discretion. However, the following should be kept in mind:

  • In general, the first block should be of a reasonably short duration, with the length increasing progressively every time a further block is required.
  • Sockpuppets that have been used maliciously should, and will, always be blocked indefinitely. The original account's ban/block will also be extended further if not already.

Community

This section will cover the main policies and guidelines about becoming a user on the wiki. Being part of the community requires responsibility and knowledge of basic etiquette when it comes to online interaction. Discussion on the Magisterium Wiki is greatly encouraged, but do take note of the following:

  • Avoid starting conflicts. Refrain from starting threads or discussion blog posts that could lead to arguing and/or eventually personal attacks.
  • Comments on pages are expected to be appropriate. This means that there should be no inappropriate language, the comment should not be irrelevant, and should not be inflammatory.
  • In the case of an edit war, the two opposing people are expected to solve their problem for themselves. If they cannot do that, an admin will step in.
  • Insulting/slandering other users is not permitted. It is the right of any user to remove, or request the removal of, any comment, blog, forum, or message wall post that is insulting or slanderous to them personally. Harassing users in this way will result in lengthy blocks.
  • Please properly format your posts with proper capitalization, proper placement of images, etc. Photo-spammed blog posts, for example, will be deleted.
  • Refrain from capitalizing unnecessarily. Not only does it seem like you are shouting or trying to make a point you are obviously not making, but it makes everything else look messy.

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