The UESPWiki – Your source for The Elder Scrolls since 1995
new intro; link to Blocking Policy and Consensus pages; links to P+G categories
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
us 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.
==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.''' 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.
* '''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.