Every wiki should have specific rules which have to be followed by every user who comments or edits the wiki. Here on this page you will find all the rules applicable to the Anno 1800 Wiki, either listed or linked.
All rules are a subject to change, if such a need arises, however, any changes to the rules will never be applied retroactively.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask any of the active administrators.
- Assume good faith. Assume that editors are trying their best to improve the wiki. When someone makes a mistake, you can correct it but leave a kind and explanatory edit summary. If you can, explain the error on the user's message wall, explain what they did wrong, and how they can improve. Do it in a kind and understanding way, do not scold them for their genuine mistake.
- Be civil. Even during heated arguments, stay calm, polite and reasonable. Do not make personal attacks on other people, do not threaten them, do not vandalise their user pages. If you need to criticise another user's argument, do so without attacking them as a person, focus on their argument instead. Do not insult others, do not use bigoted language, including slurs which degrade another person or group of people based on gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, etc.
- Do not disrupt the wiki. Disrupting the wiki with edit warring over differing opinions with other users is not productive. If someone, especially an administrator, reverted your edits or deleted some pages, do not make the same edits again and do not create new pages with the already deleted content. If you think your edits could improve the wiki and you disagree with another user's opinion, talk to them on their message wall, make a post in the discussions, or ask an admin for their opinion and help.
- Do not engage in excessive self-promotion. The wiki is a collaborative community resource for the topic at hand, not a free place to advertise your related website, YouTube channel, blog, social media account, etc. You are free to do so on your personal user page but not on other pages. Have a question about whether your link would be welcome? Ask an administrator!
- No fan fiction. Only canonical information should be presented on this wiki, posting any kind of fan fiction is forbidden to avoid any potential confusion.
- Follow community guidelines for editing and formatting. Follow the rules and tips presented on editing guidelines page. Ensure that articles you edit are well structured and the content is nicely presented. Do not be afraid to ask any active admin or contributor when you need help with editing or formatting.
Administrators and Fandom staff can block users to make them unable to edit the wiki in order to prevent damage and disruption. Blocks are used against those users who violate the rules presented or linked here on this page and who do not follow the rules after being warned by administrators.
In addition to repeatedly violating the rules, users may be blocked on this wiki for the following reasons:
- Recurring vandalism or spamming
- Encouraging others to illegal activities
- Insulting or harassing other users
- Asking other users for their personal information such as age, location, etc.
First block will last for 24 hours and the length of the following blocks will increase depending on the number of offenses and type of offense. Infinite blocks are applied only as a last resort. Exact length of the blocks is up to the judgement of the administrators.
If you feel you have been blocked unfairly, reach out to the wiki's administrator on their message wall on this wiki or on Community Central. In some cases you may also contact Fandom staff. Before appealing the block, see this help page for more information and instructions.
Page protection rules
The majority of pages on this wiki will remain unprotected to encourage all users to edit. Pages will only be protected if there is a specific need, such as:
- Vandalism has persisted over a long period of time
- Stopping an edit war
- Protect the proper display of the wiki (such as the wiki logo, the main page, frequently used templates) or pages that should be edited strictly by administrators (such as rules and policies pages).
Unacceptable reasons for protecting reasons can include:
- Disagreeing with an administrator or moderator; this is conflict of interest.
- Reserving the page to be edited later.
- Marking a page as done - wiki pages are never done, as language can always be improved upon.
To request an article to be protected or to have the protection level be reviewed, please contact an administrator on their wall.
Earning user rights
To earn user rights, such as moderator or especially administrator rights, a user must prove themselves to be a reliable and consistent editor and a trustworthy member of the community. A user has to be nominated for a better position by another user and approved by both the community, and the bureaucrat.
- In order to vote or nominate, a user must have made at least 50 edits and must have been active for at least a month.
- To be nominated for a role, a user must have been active for at least 6 months and must have made at least 250 edits. In addition, they cannot have been blocked in the past and they have to be deemed trustworthy by the bureaucrat.
- A user who fulfilled the requirements to earn the rights to vote or nominate has to create a new post in the discussions in the Wiki development category. The title of the post should be: "Nomination-username" with the username of the person they want to nominate. The contents of the post should specify which role the user is nominated for and why you think they would deserve the role.
- Within a week the bureaucrat reviews the nomination and may accept it or nulify it. If there is no response within a week from the nomination, it is considered as accepted (unless the absence of the bureaucrat for that period had been announced prior to the nomination – then the week period starts when their absence period ends).
- If the nominating user or the nominee do not fulfill appropriate requirements, the nomination post will be locked and the nomination will be void.
- Bureaucrat can lock and nulify the nomination if the nominee is not trustworthy in the bureaucrats' or administrators' opinion. After all, there needs to be a cooperation between all of them, and that requires mutual trust.
- The nominee needs to respond to the discussion post and accept their nomination. The procedure does not continue if they refuse or do not respond to the nomination.
- After the nomination is accepted, all users have two weeks to ask the nominee any questions they may have. The nominee can choose not to answer. All discussions should take place in the same nomination post.
- Users who fulfill requirements needed to vote can vote by writing an appropriate comment underneath the nomination post. The first word of the comment has to be "YES" if the voter supports the nomination, or "NO" if the voter is against it. The rest of the comment may include the voter's reasoning behind their decision.
- Votes have to be submitted within two weeks from the end of the official questions period.
- Any votes not in line with the requirements can be discarded and not counted. Any votes coming from users not fulfilling voter's requirements will be discarded.
- During the voting period, users may still ask any questions they have and the nominee can respond to them.
- After the voting period, the bureaucrat has one week to verify and count the votes. If the percentage of supporting votes, among all valid votes, is higher than 70%, the rights are granted to the nominee. If it is lower than 70%, the rights are not granted.
- A user can be demoted by the bureaucrat at any time, if they severely or repeatedly violate the rules or cause damage to the wiki or its users. A user can also be demoted after 3 months of inactivity.
Editing and formatting guidelines
The wiki has some additional rules and guidelines with regards to editing and formatting articles. You can find them on a separate page. It also includes some advice useful especially for users new to editing wikis.