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The Conduct policy governs the conduct between and among users on the Final Fantasy Wiki, as well as policies concerning user pages. A basic level of common decency (such as NPA) is expected of all users and is not spelled out here. However, there are some specific procedures and rules of thumb in place to avoid or alleviate content disputes and other conflicts, and they are as follows.

User conduct

  • Above everything, use common sense. Don't argue on a technicality, or give to improper behavior simply because there are no firm rules.
  • Abide by existing consensus and respect its process. Understanding the "how" and "why" behind the concept of consensus is key to avoiding frustration, developing collaboratively, and having your voice heard.
  • Especially in the midst of conflict, remain civil and remember the Golden Rule.
    • Do not make personal attacks anywhere on the Final Fantasy Wiki. Comment on content, not on contributor.
  • Assume good faith on the part of your fellow editors. Remember that the only (valid) goal among editors on the Final Fantasy Wiki is to improve it—assume that is the motive of every opponent in a debate. Likewise, make it your only motive as well.
    • No single or group of contributors own any content submitted to it. If you do not wish for your content to be mercilessly edited or redistributed at will, do not post it here.
  • Don't engage in something strictly to make a point. This includes but is not limited to retaliatory nitpicking, policy lawyering, gaming the system, etc.
  • Do not under any circumstances engage in edit warring. Edit reverts should be given with an explanation in the edit summary; if the editor who is reverted disagrees with the reversion, take it to a talk page. Take no further action until an agreement is reached. Edit warring carries serious penalties.
    • Follow the BRD process: Bold editRevert → Discuss (repeat as needed).
  • Concede when it is time. Do not beat a dead horse or stonewall for the status quo. A critical part of consensus is understanding when there is no more argument. When the length of a debate outweighs the importance of the issue in question, drop it.
  • Don't bite the newcomers. Rigid enforcement of policies or guidelines, or impersonal notices, can lead to an unwelcoming and unfun environment.
  • The Final Fantasy Wiki is not compulsary. Take all the breaks you need, and do not take it too seriously.

Talk page etiquette

When conversing on talk pages (including User talk pages and forums):

  • Abide by the above code of conduct.
  • Always sign and date your posts and replies. Your signature must clearly display your username, link to your userpage, and may not include images larger than 15px.
  • Keep the subject of conversation relevant to the corresponding article, not its topic (for article talk pages).
  • Keep all conversation organized under headers, with descriptive but concise titles.
  • For readability (when not using {{talk}} templates), indent replies, and outdent lengthy threads as appropriate.

Concerning the maintenance and preservation of talk pages:

  • Conversations that are old but maintain relevance should be preserved on a subpage archive using {{archives}}.
  • Conversations with little or no relevance to the current state of the page or topic in question may be outright removed.
  • Except for maintenance, messages are not to be removed under any circumstances except by the author of the message. If the message is critical to preserving the public record, it is not to be removed by the author either.
  • Messages may be moved, corrected for grammar, punctuation, organization, or formatting, so long as such actions do not alter the intended meaning of the author.
  • All users reserve the right to maintain their own talk page as they see fit, so long as they do not tamper with the intended meaning of another user.

User pages

Each user has a corresponding page that they own in the User namespace (see Special:MyPage), used to introduce themselves and establish an identity within the community. User subpages (e.g. Special:MyPage/sandbox) are the recommended way of test editing and submitting article drafts. For the most part, each user owns their page and can do with it as they please. However, user pages may need to be edited for maintenance purposes.