Policy Main

Note: This is currently a bare-bones draft.
Recent events have led me to believe that this page must come out of drafting and go public as to prevent any further confusion.


These policies must at all times be kept in mind and followed by all staff. Failure to do so may result in Staff Disciplinary Action.


"We may be the law
But we are never above the law."

Chain of Command

[mostly finished]

The following applies to all Staff.

  • Proper chain of command must be followed when dealing with issues, violations, harassment cases, etc., be they Site Maintenance, Harassment, Forum, Wiki, or any others.
    • This means:
      • Example: If something is happening on the Wiki that needs to be reported, report it to the Wiki Moderators first.
      • If you are unsure as to whether the issue is a violation, feel free to question Policy. However, keep in mind that Policy is not an extension of any other team, and as such cannot make the determination for you. This action must, then, be followed up with the proper team.
        • Think of it like this: You gashed your leg while trying to shave a cat or whatever. When you call the hospital, the nurse will help you understand whether or not you should go to the hospital but cannot under any circumstances provide medical advisement.
  • When dealing with an issue, be firm, fair, and diplomatic.
    • Not everyone will take a "Stop," "Warning," or "Closed" with the proper maturity.
      • In these cases, reiteration with clarification is key.
      • Do not lose your cool.
      • If the issue continues, pass the issue up the Chain.

Not to sound like a shitlord here, but if an issue is brought up directly to me, I will ask four questions.

  1. Is it an emergency?
  2. Does it relate directly to either of my teams?
  3. Do you need the assistance of one of my teams?
  4. Did you follow the Chain?

Reason for this is very simple. My time is limited and stretched rather thin between writing the campaign, running the site, work, two other active projects (which get minimal output), and my own personal life and issues. I don't have the time to deal with a flood of things that shouldn't be on my plate as well.
If an issue follows the proper paths and protocols, then I'll dedicate some time to it. Otherwise, I'll tell you to take it where it needs to go. As a close friend of mine once said in regards to establishing proper Chain of Command in a forum:

"Frozen grapes are nice, but you can't chill them in the fucking broiler."
~ Furcadia Support Forums Prime Admin [circa. 1997].

~ Reverend FoxReverend Fox

Criticism Policy

[incomplete]

  • No matter what is posted, people will give criticism.
  • We are not above criticism!
  • If you are criticized for anything, keep the following in mind:
    • Handle it maturely.
    • Keep your cool.
    • If it is problematic, report it.
      • If you are the type of person who can't handle criticism, then you're going to have to learn how.
      • If you feel the criticism is too harsh, let the Wiki Moderators know, so they can investigate and issue a Warning, Stop, or pass it up to either Security or Policy Enforcement.
      • However, all criticism should be a bit harsh. How are people going to learn if others use the kid gloves all the fucking time?
  • Keep in mind that this is a community of writers, readers, and critics. Everyone is going to be a critic at times.

Giving Criticism


General Criticism

There are a few basic guidelines that must be followed when giving criticism.

  • Always be saying something!
    • "This article sucks! Rewrite it!" « This statement says nothing!
  • Always be specific!
    • "This article sucks! Rewrite it!" « This statement will give the writer absolutely nothing to go on. They might as well repost the bloody thing and ask for a different reviewer.
  • Always give suggestions!
    • "This article sucks! Rewrite it!" « This statement doesn't help the writer figure out better ways to word things, what to add to, what to cut down, what works, what doesn't, or anything that would actually be fucking helpful!
  • Always tell a writer why!
    • Never let your critique or criticism leave a question mark in a writer's mind.
      • Question marks lead to anger.
      • Anger leads to fear.
      • "Fear is the Mind Killer." ~Frank Herbert, Dune.
    • Be sure the writer understands exactly why you are criticizing their work.
      • Even if it's as simple as, "This part is a little boring." Or, "You're going to confuse the reader with this." Or even, "It looks like this is the first article you've ever written."
  • Always get permission to edit!
    • An article posted belongs to someone. Get their permission before going in and making changes.
    • This policy is waived for members of (WM-SPAGN).
  • Never put a writer down!
    • Following Wheaton's Law, under no circumstances are you allowed to insult a writer or put them down in any way.
    • Everyone writing articles is taking time and effort to make it the best that they can. If their quality is shit, then let them know that it's a shitty article! Don't tell the writer, "You're a shitty writer!"
      • Failure to follow this policy specifically will result in immediate termination from Staff and a VariBan1 from the sites.

Draft-Specific Criticism

  • Never make corrections to a draft!
    • The draft belongs to the writer2.
    • The writer always has the final say as to what they put into their article. As such, it is their consequence to face if the article gets voted into the "in-deletion" category after it gets posted.

VariBan Policy

[Main article: VariBan Policy]
The VariBan Policy is, at its core, a structured determination in regards to how long a user should be banned, the overall level of ban, and the appeals options available to banned users. Some examples are as follows:

  • White Hammer
    • Forums / Discussions Ban (must be self-moderated)
      • Failure to self-moderate will result in an increased ban
    • Short Ban (one to seven days)
    • No revocation of membership
    • User may appeal after 24 hours
  • Grey Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • Short Ban (one to four weeks)
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may appeal after 24 hours
      • A quick appeal may stop membership revocation
  • Blue Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • Mid-length Ban (one to three months)
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may appeal after one week
      • User must still reapply for membership
  • Smoke Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • Mid-length Ban (three to six months)
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may appeal after one month
      • User must still reapply for membership
  • Black Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • Long Ban (six months to one year)
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may appeal after one month
      • User must still reapply for membership
  • Crystalline Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • Long Ban (six months to one year)
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may not appeal
  • Red Diamond Hammer
    • Site-wide Ban (must be applied directly to user through Page Manager)
    • PermaBan / Appeal to lift
    • Membership is revoked, user may reapply after Ban is lifted
    • User may appeal after one year
      • User must still reapply for membership
      • Users who unsuccessfully appeal a Red Diamond Hammer will be able to appeal again after a year from the date of Appeal submission
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