Like in most online communities, this wiki runs under a set of rules and guidelines.
- Be civil to other users at all times.
- Assume good faith; in other words, try to consider that the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to the project. Even if the seemingly-offending edit may have been of low quality, remember that the person responsible for it may have meant well, regardless of how
- Particularly, don't revert good faith edits. Reverting is too powerful sometimes. Don't succumb to the temptation, unless you're reverting very obvious vandalism (like "LALALALAL*&*@#@THIS_SUX0RZ", or someone changing "1+2=3" to "1+2=17"). If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk." and immediately take it to talk.
- No personal attacks. Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he is an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above). And don't even think about approaching users with condescension either. That'll only turn off budding users from editing this site.
- 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.
- Sign your posts on talk pages using ~~~~, which gets replaced by your username and timestamp when you hit Save. But don't sign on mainspace articles.
- BE BOLD! in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki!
Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, likewise to BE BOLD!
- Ignore all rules. If the rules discourage you from improving or maintaining the wiki's quality, ignore them.
- When in doubt, take it to the talk page. We have all the time in the world. Mutual respect is the guiding behavioral principle of Wikia and, although everyone knows that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. If you discuss changes on the article's talk (or discussion) page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster and happier.
- Respect copyright. Wikia uses the Creative Commons Share-alike licence. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license. Any non-compliant works e.g. those from press releases or copyrighted content may be deleted unless if excerpts from said works are uploaded under a fair use rationale.
- Decent edit summaries and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you yourself to understand what you did after a long leave of absence from an article. Please state what you changed and why. If the explanation is too long, add more on the discussion page.
- Use the preview button; it helps prevents edit conflicts and mistakes.
- Notability - We're more or less leinent when it comes to notability here, but remember to only add content that is of significant importance and relevance to the franchise. For example, THQ and American Greetings can be included as they had a major part in the franchise's history, but companies like Nintendo or Sony aren't, as they only happened to have Strawberry Shortcake games published for their respective platforms.
- Images - Filenames should be descriptive and relevant to the contents of the picture, i.e. File:Strawberry Shorcake 2009 Portrait.jpg. A randomly-named file or a file with gibberish, checksum or a just plain ambiguous name, like File:727f2a590028b2bcd20de972d99b1d3a.gif or File:Image1.jpg would be too much of a hassle for administrators and other users as it leaves them guessing for what the image looks like and increases the probability of duplicates. Files should be of decent quality as much as possible, and must not contain any watermarks.
- Any fan content like artworks and the like should be uploaded on user pages.
- Cruft and subjective fluff is also discouraged. Sure, we're all fans who like Strawberry and all, but this is an encyclopedia. We don't need to discuss or rave about the finer points of relationships or Huck supposedly having a crush with Strawberry Shortcake. And nor are completely bizarre or obviously made-up stuff you wrote in MS Word or done in Paint for like five or ten minutes. We've had a fair share of that, and to be honest, we just couldn't help but cringe at it.
- And don't think about turning this site to an image host either. Make sure that anything you upload here would see some use for the wiki.
We try to be accomodating as much as possible, but as with most communities, we reserve the right to block or ban users from editing especially when warning a user doesn't deter him/her from committing misconduct.
Reasons for blocking
Users may be warned or blocked due to (but not limited to) the following:
- Page-blanking or content removal for no forseeable reason.
- Harassment, personal attacks or cyber-bullying.
- Creating articles that contribute nothing.
- Deliberate disregard to warnings or notices sent by administrators.
Anonymous users i.e. IP addresses may be blocked on first offense. Subsequent offenses by users may result in even more serious sanctions. We also reserve the right to delete all pages made by the user especially in extreme or egregious cases. IP addresses should not be indefinitely blocked - it generally makes little sense in doing so given the prevalence of dynamic addresses and public Internet terminals.
A ban may be imposed should a particular user shows reckless and flagrant disregard to any guidelines, or if he/she truly intends to cause nothing but further disruption towards the project. As stated above, any edits from a banned user may be deleted or reverted regardless of merit; banned users may file for an appeal, however, if they show some sincerity in reforming as a user, but considering the implications this may be screened on a case to case basis.
Have fun, and Happy Editing!
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