Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase:Wiki Policy

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To be included the wiki policy, much aligned to wikipedia's policies but not the same. Also aligned with the terms of service.

Wiki policy proposal

Discuss it here or in the talk page.

Policy categories (proposed)

  • Behavioral: standards for behavior.
  • Content: which topics are welcome.
  • Enforcement: what action authorised users can take to enforce other policies.
  • Deletion: deleting articles that are considered undesirable.
  • Legal and copyright: firm rules about what material may be used here, and remedies for misuse.

Policies (proposed and to be further elaborated)


Assume good faith

Assume that most people who work on the project are trying to help it, not hurt it.


Programs that update pages automatically in a useful and harmless way may be welcome, if their owners seek approval first and go to great lengths to stop them from running amok or being a drain on resources.


Being rude, insensitive or petty makes people upset and stops Hydrogenaudio from working well. Try to discourage others from being uncivil, and be careful to avoid offending people unintentionally. Mediation is available if needed.

Editing policy

Improve pages wherever you can, and don't worry about leaving them imperfect. Avoid deleting information wherever possible.

No legal threats

Use dispute resolution rather than legal threats, for everyone's sake. We respond quickly to complaints of defamation or copyright infringement. If you do take legal action, please refrain from editing until it is resolved.

No personal attacks

Do not make personal attacks. Comment on content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter users. Nobody likes abuse.

Ownership of articles

You agreed to allow others to modify your work. So let them.

Sock puppetry

Do not use multiple accounts to create the illusion of greater support for an issue, to mislead others, or to circumvent a block; nor ask your friends to create accounts to support you or anyone.

Three-revert rule

Do not revert any single page in whole or in part more than three times in 24 hours. (Or else an administrator may block your account).


Choose a neutral username that you'll be happy with. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you can't delete it.


Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. It is, and needs to be, removed from the encyclopedia.

Content (major review is needed here)

Biographies of living persons

Articles about living persons, which require a degree of sensitivity, must adhere strictly to Wikipedia's content policies. Be very firm about high-quality references, particularly about details of personal lives. Unsourced or poorly sourced negative material about living persons should be removed immediately from both the article and the talk page.

Naming conventions

Generally, article naming should give priority to what the majority of English speakers worldwide would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature.

Naming conventions (categories)

Category names should be specific, neutral, objective, inclusive and follow certain conventions, such as "Venezuelan musicians", "Hospitals in Denmark" or "Computer law".

Neutral point of view

Articles, including reader-facing templates, categories and portals, should be written from a Neutral Point of View.

FAQ for Neutral point of view

This gives an objection-rebuttal style explanation of NPOV, and was recently split off from the main page (listed above this).

No original research

Articles may not contain any unpublished theories, data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas; or any new interpretation, analysis, or synthesis of published data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas that, in the words of Wikipedia's co-founder Jimbo Wales, would amount to a "novel narrative or historical interpretation."


We cannot check the accuracy of claims, but we can check whether the claims have been published by a reputable publication. Articles should therefore cite sources whenever possible. Any unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


All articles must be written in the english language.

Legal and copyright


If you see a source or website that mimicks an article without referencing us, our page may copy theirs. In case, replace the page with (DO NOT add to the header, replace it for legal issues):

{{copyvio|Justification (e.g. url, book source...)}}

To admins: if you see a copyvio article, e.g. in Category:Articles marked as copyright violations, check it, verify it, and if it is a violation, DELETE IT without notice.


Do not upload images from search engines or websites here. They are likely copyrighted.

Fair use images are allowed to a degree. (Please expand this section.)

If you own an image, you must upload it with a free license, e.g. GFDL or Creative Commons. You cannot use your own work as fair use.

If you copy an image from elsewhere, state where and which license it is, or your fair use rationale.