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This page describes the acceptable content policy for articles in this wiki.

Overview

The BZFlag wiki is provided as shared informational resource for the player community. It's intended content is factual information regarding the BZFlag game and it's community. To do this it must maintain a level of impartiality when dealing with that content. Below is a set of guidelines for users posting articles here.

Subjects

All articles on the BZFlag Wiki MUST have a direct bearing on the game itself. Articles that are not directly related to the game will be removed from the wiki.

Acceptable Subjects

The following are acceptable subjects for BZFlag Wiki Articles.

  • Documentation of BZFlag Software.
  • Documentation of BZFlag terms and concepts.
  • Documentation of tasks specific to the direct use of the BZFlag source code, or software.
  • Factual historical references of BZFlag , software, source code, and developers.
  • General Information about specific maps, and links to there location.
  • General Information about specific servers, and links to there administration and websites.
  • General Information about server networks, and links to there administration and websites.

Unacceptable Subjects

The following subjects should not be addressed in wiki articles.

  • Server specific rules and policies.
  • Advertisements for specific servers, users, or maps.

Article contents

The contents of articles must be presented in an impartial and factual manner. Wiki articles should be considered descriptive of their subjects, and at all times informational. If a statement can not be backed up with facts, it does not belong in the article. If the fact has no bearing on the subject matter in a descriptive way, it does not belong in the article. Some articles will have more or less factual content following these rules. The further away a subject is from the core game, the less information is applicable to the wiki. The page describing the command line options of the BZFS server will have significantly more applicable information then an article on a network of servers will.

If the article does not deal directly with the BZFlag software or development process, and needs to reference information that is available on other websites, then the article should simply link to them. This includes items such as server rules, and other information that is elsewhere.

Articles should not be written to promote or hinder any one specific server, network, group, or person. No statements should be based on opinion.

Articles do not "belong" to any one author. The nature of a wiki is for community created and edited content. Articles can and should be edited by multiple people. If the author of an articles wishes to post information that is not to be changed by other users ( like server rules ), it should not be part of the wiki article. This information should be linked to via an external web-link.

Writing style

As previously stated articles should be written to be descriptive. Personal words like "you", "me", "your", etc.. should not be used, as the wiki is not a conversation. If part of the article is a description of steps of action, then they should simply be described as the action taken, not the actions of the specific user.

Content Disputes

As the wiki is user edited, conflicts and edits in the contents or articles can and will occur. When an article is changed, the previous author should read the changes and attempt to understand them before taking any action. Users changing articles should leave descriptive comments with the change indicating why they changed the article. If a previous author disputes the changes, they should attempt to work out an amicable solution on the talk page of the article. The use of the Revert function should not be used in haste, it is primarily intended to assist with article vandalism, or when a change blatantly disregards this policy ( no "revert" wars ). Users that are unable to work out acceptable content for an article should contact the Project Administrators and be prepared to explain the issue and how the desired content will follow this policy.