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|Official Policy Page|
This page shows information about the official policies of My Singing Monsters Wiki. Please read this page to understand the dos and don'ts of behavior in this wiki.
Welcome to My Singing Monsters Wiki! This wiki includes information relating to My Singing Monsters and My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, although primarily My Singing Monsters. My Singing Monsters and My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire are both family-friendly games, intended for young people as well as adults. We expect that this wiki will be read and enjoyed by all, and it's perfectly fine if youngsters participate in wiki activity.
Our goal in My Singing Monsters Wiki is to develop a My Singing Monsters and Dawn of Fire encyclopedia that is full of comprehensive information about every single aspect of the two games, as well as several of the spin-offs based upon those two games.
A set of policies had been developing since 12th June 2016 with this discussion from Qwertyxp2000 the second to BunsenH. Below are some policies that should generally be followed.
Most of the stuff below can be summed up in Wheaton's Law. The original version contains mild profanity; a family-friendly version is: "Don't be a jerk."
And last of all, more of the policies around all wikis around Wikia can be found here, though we enforce some that do come from Wikia.
The game is intended to be played by people of all ages, and many of the players can be assumed to be young. Similarly, we expect that many people who read the content of this wiki are also going to be young. Officially, Wikia contributors must be at least 13 years old, but we have no way of enforcing that... and merely reading, without needing to be logged in, is not subject to that requirement. Further, we expect that young people will be reading wiki content with supervision by adults (that's okay by Wikia's rules), so we need to keep our material suitable for such an audience. And since the content of this wiki is included in search engines and apps that have no connection with Wikia, our material might appear anywhere on the net (or, of course, in other media, if someone copies it).
Accordingly, obscenity / profanity / foul language / etc. are strictly not permitted here. Any such things will be deleted from the wiki as soon as possible. Violators of this policy are liable to being summarily blocked from editing. The definitions of these terms are vague, of course; somewhat intentionally, so we don't get people trying to squeeze past the letter of the law. Our policy is to aim towards somewhat conservative community standards without being utterly restrictive.
User Treatment Policy
- This section has not yet been completed. However, there is some sections of content that are final, or at least next-to-final.
My Singing Monsters Wiki is a family-suitable wiki, as it is being read by all ages. As well as this, users should respect each other regardless of status.
Following the Rules
If an admin tells you to stop doing something, stop doing it. (Ideally, this would go without saying.) If you continue, you're not likely to get another warning before being blocked from editing. While it's okay to politely question why a rule is in place, to the extent that it's not clear, being rude or intentionally clueless will not help your case. We try to keep the rules to a minimum, just enough to keep the wiki running smoothly, but the rules do have reasons behind them.
Assume Good Faith
Always assume that users are there to improve the wiki rather than destroy it. If you suspect someone of doing something wrong, try to bring in some good advice of how to improve the user's edits, rather than assuming he/she is there to destroy the wiki. However, if a user repetitively does disruptive edits, users may assume bad faith to that user.
Every user should be treated equally regardless of status. Both admins and non-admins may edit any article with equal weighting, unless the user has a recent block history within this wiki. Even non-admins may edit policy pages, however under total responsibility and with permission of other admins.
What makes admins and non-admins different are their rights to block whenever necessary. While all users may warn, only admins may block. If non-admins want requests to block another user, they should ask an admin to do so. More about admins are covered at My Singing Monsters Wiki:Administrators.
As My Singing Monsters and Dawn of Fire are rated 4+, the wiki should remain clean of any vulgar and profane language. Those who use vulgar and/or profane language will be warned against doing so, or even blocked on serious circumstances. Excessive cover-up swearing is also not permitted either, whether it be through direct euphemisms or through covering by other keyboard characters. However, things like "heck" and "god" is still permitted, if not used in an offensive manner.
As well as this, users should always be friendly to one another and not hostile. Firm warnings does not count as hostility. Hostility to one another is called personal attacks. More information about personal attacks is covered at My Singing Monsters Wiki:Policy #Personal Attacks.
Always be sure to be open to other users' ideas, whether you like it or not. If you are still not convinced that their ideas are right, then check carefully. By checking carefully, you are confirming with your own eyes and ears that a user's idea is correct without having to reject the idea without deep analysis.
Users who speak English as a second language
Sometimes there are users in the wiki that do not usually speak English or they know very little English. They are perfectly acceptable as long as they are there to make constructive contributions to the My Singing Monsters community. If they appear to be added content that is not English, try looking up the foreign language in Google Translate or similar translating software to check what the user has put in.
The main part of the wiki should be in English, with a few exceptions. The Decoration Translations and Monster Translations pages are all about other languages, of course. There are a few short references to other languages, such as comments about monsters' names and how they involve other languages. But it is okay for people to use non-English languages in places like blogs and forum discussions, as long as the meaning is not a problem according to the rules here. Obviously, things that aren't written in English will probably not be read by as many people, so if you want people to read what you have written, it is best to stick to English.
Users who had been previously blocked
Some users may have had a block history, but this does not mean you should look at them completely negatively. If the user does make a big change in behavior into constructive editing and well-behaved behavior to other users, then please treat them like normal users.
More policy stuff on treating users well are to be added.
Any edit that appears to be damaging to the wiki is considered disruptive editing. Disruptive editing that has the intent of destroying the goal of the wiki is called vandalism. Disruptive editing that appears not to have the intent of destroying the goal of the wiki is simply called "disruptive editing". Any form of disruptive editing that is not vandalism but outside editing the mainstream articles or userpages is called disruptive contributions. More information about vandalism is covered under My Singing Monsters Wiki:Policy #Vandalism.
Profiles and User Pages
Someone's proile and user pages are considered their own personal space. It isn't appropriate to edit someone else's profile or user pages without their permission. It is okay to comment on other people's blogs in response to things they have posted there. It is not okay to post irrelevant things to other people's blogs.
Vandalism is not tolerated at any circumstances. If a user makes edits that appear to be malicious to the goal of making a comprehensive wiki, it is called vandalism. A wide variety of things make an edit vandalism, and anything that is nonsensical, spamming, block-evading, and not-want-to-change-behavior is considered vandalism. Vandalism can be anywhere, from mainstream articles, to blog comments, to blogs, to profile pages, to forums, and basically anywhere where a user can make edits or contributions to.
Repeated vandalism may also be reported to Wikia's VSTF Team, who may decide further action is warranted.
Below are some things that are considered and not considered vandalism. Note that some things are not considered vandalism because of the lack of malicious intent that vandalism would have.
What is considered vandalism?
- Inserting nonsense to articles, and/or creating new nonsensical articles
- Blanking useful content without a valid explanation
- Repeating any form of disruptive editing over and over again.
- Using sockpuppetry to gain an advantage to evade scrutiny of disciplinary action.
- Adding obviously incorrect facts to articles
What is not considered vandalism?
Any non-malicious edit is not vandalism, unless a form of disruptive editing becomes completely repetitive. The following are bad, but not necessarily vandalism.
- Spamming friend codes on pages where friend codes are not appropriate to be placed on, or any other type of spamming or inappropriate advertising. The only exception is when it includes blanking of content to grab attention to the spam or advertisements. (Note that spamming or inappropriate advertising, though not vandalism, is still not acceptable here!)
- Attempting to add an image or a link but making a problem by having poor source code
- Disobeying the Manual of Style, unless repeated to an extent that the user wants to deliberately break the Manual of Style.
- Making useless comments, unless blatantly containing profanities, offensive content, racial slurs, sexual content, other inappropriate content or anything else designed to do damage to the wiki.
- Adding categories that don't usefully describe the thing that the page is about
- Personal attacks, unless as comments that are designed to attempt to make a user leave the wiki. (Note that personal attacks, though not vandalism, are still not acceptable here!)
- Things like "(insert info)", "TEXT", "QUOTE" if the user is actually planning to add more stuff later, or if the user cannot bother adding more description. However, these should not be used to replace useful content.
- Main article: My Singing Monsters Wiki:Blocking Policy
Only admins are able to have the ability to block other users. Blocks are to be used to prevent disruption to the wiki, rather than solely as a punishment. A wide variety of reasons for blocks are used, and more is explained at My Singing Monsters Wiki:Blocking Policy.
Note that repeated bad behavior is likely to lead to blocks getting longer. In extreme cases, admins may notify Wikia staff to suggest that the troublemaker should be banned from all of Wikia, not just our own wiki.
If someone gets blocked, other users shouldn't joke about it. It's a serious matter, and making jokes about it doesn't help; it just creates a nasty atmosphere in the wiki. Ideally, if someone gets blocked, they will learn their lesson, wait out the block, and then come back and behave better. If other people are nasty about it, that makes it harder for the blocked person to eventually come back and behave properly.
A "permanent block" means exactly that. Someone who earns a permanent bock never gets to come back... not ever. If they try to sneak back by using a new account, that new account will immediately be blocked as well, and repeated tries will result in a formal complaint to Wikia staff. If they nag our admins about it by going to other wikis, that also will result in a formal complaint to Wikia staff. It takes seriouisly bad behaviour to get a permanent bock, but if you manage to do it, just go away.
In My Singing Monsters and My Singing Monsters: Dawn of Fire, players have friend codes attached to their game, and many things can be done with friend codes. Friend codes can be used for a wide variety of things, from lighting Wishing Torches, liking islands, recruiting tribal members, which are all MSM stuff; helping Skyship orders, Market selling and buying, visiting players' islands, which are all DoF stuff.
However, as these privileges are so useful that they are frequently advertised along social media, including video hosters (such as YouTube), social network sites (such as Facebook and Twitter) and Wikia. Because of this, measures have to be set in this wiki to prevent the overflow of Friend Codes from disturbing the content of the mainstream articles. The solution to this is that all friend codes may be advertised in the Friend Codes, Friend Codes (Dawn of Fire) and Tribe Contacts articles. They are also permitted in the Board:Friend Help Center forums. Advertising your friend codes in your profile and userpages only is also acceptable. Repeatedly doing this, to keep your blog entry on the wiki's main page, is not.
And even so, there are strict rules with how Friend Codes are used. The approved pages for friend codes, particularly the articles listed above, all have explicit rules to what to do and what not to do with Friend Codes, particularly with not queue-jumping Friend Codes or not deleting other people's information in order to add your own friend code(s). In a nutshell, always read the rules before posting any friend code.
Even more so, it is strongly against policy to create multiple accounts in order to send your friend codes in an unfair position. This may potentially make those approved Friend Code pages become disabled if there is a persistent creation of multiple accounts in order to prevent Friend-Code-stopping scrutiny. Creating new wiki pages to advertise your Friend Code is a kind of spam, and is also not allowed.
All monsters except those in My Mammott and My PomPom are gender-neutral. That's official, from BBB -- all descriptions of monsters use "it" instead of "him" or "her", "its" or "their" instead of "his or hers". We all like to assign monsters with a gender, don't we? However, as monsters are bred by fusing two eggs of different species, that would make all monsters technically female regardless of stereotypically masculine/feminine features. As well as this, some people may not agree on certain features of a monster making a monster "male" or "female". (As late as the 1940s, in the Western world, pink was for boys and blue for girls.) Because of this, monsters are regarded as gender-neutral to avoid this type of issue. Nevertheless, you may assign genders to monsters outside of the articles in the wiki, such as in threads or blogs.
Big Blue Bubble Copyright Policy
Big Blue Bubble has a strict policy when it comes to copyright. Files may not be posted without actual purpose in contributing to an article. All files are to be used educationally, with the purpose of demonstrating the look or sound of a certain feature, monster, or other thing in the game. Sound files are not to be overused and whole sections of each and every individual monster sound are not to be posted without prior permission of Big Blue Bubble. In general, images and sounds captured from a game being played are okay, but images and sounds taken directly from the game's files are not.
This is consistent with national and international copyright law. Some of these laws allow for "fair use", which includes things like brief excerpts or quotations used for purposes of review, comment, or discussion.
Acceptable uses of files include complimenting a certain part of an article to show what a part of the game looks like, such as using currency pack images to show what some of the currency packs look like, using Crafting Item images to demonstrate what each Crafting Item looks like, etc.
Do note that posting spoilers of unreleased upcoming content of My Singing Monsters and Dawn of Fire are absolutely not permitted. Blocks may occur if one posts spoilers of new content.
For fairly obvious reasons, we don't want to have to get involved in legal problems. It's expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. We don't wait for BBB to object to something before we follow the rules. For more information about Big Blue Bubble's copyright and fandom policies, please see http://www.bigbluebubble.com/fan-content-policy/.
Personal attacks are comments that are directing at offending a user or group of users. Any comment that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ageist, anti-religious, ethnically offensive, sexual or in any other way offensive is considered personal attacks. This includes personal insults and "scream text" (such as using all-caps in order to shout at a user).
Anyone who does personal attacks are strongly warned and/or blocked.
Alternate accounts may be used in this wiki. However, they must be used responsibly and not for disruption, evasion of a block, or any other bad purpose contrary to wiki policies and the wiki's goal. Any abuse of multiple accounts is called sockpuppetry. More information about abusing alternate accounts is listed at My Singing Monsters Wiki:Policy #Sockpuppetry.
Although alternate accounts are acceptable, abusing alternate accounts is called sockpuppetry. These are not accepted in this wiki and suspected sockpuppets will be blocked indefinitely. Users who operate sockpuppets are called sockmasters or sockpuppeteers. Sockmasters may get blocked or blocked longer if they use sockpuppets.
Repeated sockpuppetry may be reported to the Wikia admins to do further action if necessary.
The Zuuker Test
|“||If it looks like a Zuuker and sounds like a Zuuker then it must be a Zuuker.||”|
|~ The Zuuker Test description|
The Zuuker Test is a test that can show whether a user has similar behavior to another user. If User B has a similar writing style to User A (looks like a Zuuker), edits similar types of article (also looks like a Zuuker) and User B has similar messaging style to User A (sounds like a Zuuker), then User B must be related to User A.
This type of test can help test the signs of sockpuppetry.
Manual of Style
In general, articles should be fairly consistant with other similar articles, particularly with articles about monsters. More details of manuals of style are covered in My Singing Monsters Wiki:Manual of Style.