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Article Policy

This page lists the rules that relate to the articles on the wiki - the bulk of the total pages.

Failure to comply with these rules may result in a warning (either informal or formal), and continued disregard for the policies will likely lead to a block.

Please note that no article page belongs to any one person - they are the property of the community as a whole.

Section A - Editing

1. No profanities of any description are permitted on article pages. This is because unregistered users, who could well be relatively young, are able to access all the article pages on the wiki. In addition to this, it makes the articles look unprofessional.

2. Vandalism is not tolerated. Vandalism is hereby defined as any action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. This typically involves blanking articles, adding incorrect information in an effort to negatively affect other users' enjoyment of the game, or adding profanities to the page. Anything more than light vandalism may result in an immediate block with no prior warning.

3. External links should only lead to pages directly related to the topic matter of the page, and should only contain PG content. Ideally, the external page should be an official source on the topic.

4. Any advertising in an article will be removed. If you wish to advertise something that is relevant to this wiki, please do so on your blog instead.

5. Please avoid making small, repeated edits to a page, as this is often considered to be "badge farming" and it may result in a warning.

6. Keep edits informative but concise, and use formal language; doing otherwise decreases the quality of the article. Slang, grammatical contractions, first-person pronouns ("I", "we", "us", "me"), and second-person pronouns ("you") are common examples of informal language that should be avoided.

7. Any personal opinions will be removed from the page. Article pages are for definite information, not an expression of how one particular user feels about the subject matter. Topics such as popularity, rarity, and suggested trades are common examples of opinions that are not allowed on articles. If you wish to provide personal insights (within reason), please do so on your blog.

8. Before adding any media (videos, sounds, or images) to pages, please consult the Media Policy.

9. User pages belong to their respective users and should not be edited by any other users without permission. This applies to any pages in the user namespace that start with "User:" and are followed by a username. If the page seems to violate this wiki's policies, contact that user, a Custodian, or an Administrator.

Section B - Creating new pages

1. Formats for creating new pages can be found here.

2. Don't recreate deleted pages unless the user who deleted it has given permission - there is usually quite a good reason why it has been deleted. If you have an issue with the decision to delete the page, consult an administrator, who will be able to restore it for you.

3. Creating mainspace pages (articles in the main namespace) about yourself, any other character not directly featured in Animal Jam, or for advertising purposes, will be regarded as spam/vandalism, and any page fitting such a description will be deleted immediately. Such pages are usually sparse on details, highly subjective, and don't classify as good article pages.

4. Creating article pages not directly referring to Animal Jam will result in the page being removed. If the user has the relevant rights, the page may be moved to a personal blog if appropriate - otherwise, it will be deleted.

5. Before creating new pages, please use the search function to check that no pages of that name already exist. Duplicate pages will be deleted, but will not usually result in any consequences besides an informal warnings unless there is reasonable suspicion that it is being done maliciously.


Section C - Protecting Pages

See Protecting pages.

Section D - Reverting or undoing edits

1. Edit warring - a series of rapid changes involving continually undoing another user's edits or re-adding the changes - is grounds for a temporary page protection or ban from editing.

2. You must inform a user when you revert/undo their changes and provide a reason for doing so.

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