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UESPWiki:Policies and Guidelines

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Our mission is to create a high-quality encyclopedic guide focusing on the [[Elder Scrolls]] series. Because there is no official structure that polices the quality of our site, we have had to slowly adopt various '''rules, procedures, and values''' that allow useveryone to make effective contributions to the wiki. Many of these policies are simply common sense about respecting how the project works and what we are trying to do, while others are based on the collective experience of many editors who are constantly improving and redefining the core values of our site, which help guide us in our efforts of improving the site.
New editors on the site are not required to read through all of these policies and guidelines; they are '''not''' a list of rules that must be understood before participating in the site. Most of them are based upon common sense. Editors who act in good faith and treat other members of the community with good faith are unlikely to encounter any problems; editors will be notified if a situation arises where a policy or guideline may be relevant.
Many of the values on our project are informal, and you will learn them as your gain experience as an editor. Others have been written down and have been described on project pages such as this one. Some rules have almost no exceptions, for example, you must always act with civility when dealing with other editors. Others do have exceptions, and many people will use common sense and act in the spirit of these rules. Sometimes, experienced editors must simply work things out between one another to determine the best way to improve an article.
In general, the policies have been written just in case future situations arise where they are needed. They provide a reference for editors on recommended courses of action. The policies have been written up ahead of time so that details can be worked out in a neutral atmosphere, instead of being determined after a problem has already arisen. The policies often take into account the collective experience of the many editors who have contributed to the site.
In addition, some guidelines are primarily a summary of discussions that have cropped up about how to best accomplish certain tasks. In cases where the discussed questions are likely to be of long-term interest, the conclusions are written up into a guideline for future reference by all members of the community.
A list of all the site's policies and guidelines is provided at [[:Category:Policies and Guidelines|Policies and Guidelines]]. All of these have been written by the community and for the community. Everyone's input on these articles is welcome. Any new articles that are written are initially considered to be proposals, and are listed at [[:Category:Proposed Policies and Guidelines|Proposed Policies and Guidelines]] for the community to discuss and improve before being accepted as official pages.
==Writing High-Quality Articles==
* '''[[UESPWiki:Assume Good Faith|Assume good faith]].''' In contrast, assume that others are trying to help the wiki and not harm it unless you have evidence of the contrary. Don't ignore bad actions, but try your best to assume that they are wanting to help.
* '''Using decent [[Help:Edit Summary|edit summaries]]''' will prevent confusion. Try to explain ''what'' you did and ''why'' you did it as often as possible. If you need to elaborate, simply conclude your edit summary with "see talk", and promptly explain the edit on the talk page.
* '''When in doubt, discuss.''' [[UESPWiki:Consensus|Consensus]], even if it is between just two people, will aid in the improvement of articles. We have all the time in the world to discuss changes, and we have plenty of places to do it. If you discuss changes before you make them, you can reach a consensus faster and people will have a better understand about why you are making the changes.
* '''Sign your comments on talk pages.''' How do people know what comments are yours if you don't sign them? You should add four tildes (<tt>~~<nowiki/>~~</tt>) to the end of all of you comments on talk pages. Just make sure you don't get carried away and do the same thing on main articles, unless of course they are [[:Category:Message Boards|message boards]] such as [[UESPWiki:Community Portal|community portal]].
* '''Adhere to copyright.''' All content on the wiki, except for images, should be compatible with our [[UESPWiki:Copyright_and_Ownership|copyright license]]. You agree that all of your contributions are licensed under the license, and may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors.
* '''Avoid First Person''' – When editing regular articles, avoid explaining situations in the first person unless you have a good reason to do so. Singular first person is most often not verifiable, which means that first person statements are frequently and mercilessly removed. Plural first person implies that a consensus was formed, and should usually only be used on project pages.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Blocking Policy|Blocking Policy]]''' – Editors who are disruptive and do not respect our community can be blocked from editing for either a short or long period of time, depending on the offense.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Content Over Style|Content Over Style]]''' – The content of the site always has precedence over the current style of the site. If at any time the style interferes with the content of the site, then the style must change in order to support the content.
* '''[[UESPWiki:Deletion Policy|Deletion Policy]]''' – Pages can only be deleted by an administrator, and in general should follow one of the processes approved by the deletion policy.
* [[UESPWiki:Style Guide|Style Guide]] - General guidelines for how to write, format, and present pages.
* [[UESPWiki:Introduction|Introduction]] – An introduction to the site and some of the philosophies behind it.
* [[:Category:Policies and Guidelines|Policies and Guidelines]] - The category listing all of the site's existing policies and guidelines.
* [[:Category:Proposed Policies and Guidelines|Proposed Policies and Guidelines]] - The category listing any recently proposed policies and guidelines.

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