Policies are the backbone of the wiki. Like guidelines and rules, all users, regardless of status and position, are expected to follow them. None of these policies are ever set in stone, however. Anyone who disagrees with a policy is welcome to suggest changes at the War Room. Here is a listing of our policies:
Site and Community Policies
- Be bold - Don't be afraid to make edits and change things.
- Blogging - Wishlist and recruiting blogs are not allowed. News blogs will only be made by the News Team.
- Consensus - Consensus is how the wiki operates and is the model for its decision making.
- Don't delete discussions - Do not remove discussion from a talk page unless it is blatant vandalism. This policy applies to user talk pages as well.
- Don't game the system - Do not try to escape punishment by gaming the rules.
- Ignore all rules - Use common sense first and then see if a policy applies to the situation in question.
- Red Link policy - Don't make red links to prove a point, only use them for pages that need to be created.
- Signature policy - Images used in, or as, a signature must not exceed 30 pixels in height. Signatures must also clearly state the user's name.
- Spoiler policy - The wiki is an encyclopedia, and as such, certain information contained in articles might spoil storyline in the game. Read at your own risk.
- Voting policy - Users must have an account in order to vote in community discussions or consensuses unless they demonstrate prior knowledge regarding wikis.
- What Call of Duty Wiki is not - The wiki is a lot of things, mainly an encyclopedia, but it also not a lot of things.
- Userpage policy - A set of rules to conform to when designing your userpage.
Page and File Policies
- Categorizing - Quick and easy guide about how not to categorize pages.
- Character policy - Some guidelines to follow when creating pages about characters.
- Criteria for speedy deletion policy - Most deletions on the wiki are a result of speedy deletion. See this policy to check to make sure if a page meets the criteria to be speedy deleted. If a user thinks that an article should be deleted, but it does not meet the criteria, than he or she may bring it up at Articles for Deletion.
- Edit summary guideline - Always give a reason for undoing an edit.
- First Name policy - Characters that do not have their first name explicitly stated in the game must have a source for a supposed first name.
- Image policy - Some guidelines to follow when uploading images.
- Impersonal "You" policy - Avoid using the impersonal you when editing articles. Instead use the third person singular form or third person plural form.
- Manual of Style - Articles should follow the format, grammar, and other rules demonstrated in this manual.
- Naming policy - Pages are named as they are in the game. If the article is about a character, do not include the rank; simply title the page with the character's first name (if given) and last name.
- Notability - Criteria for what is and is not notable in the Call of Duty series.
- Revision Delete - Guidelines to follow when requesting the deletion of a revision, or deleting one.
- Weapon policy - Some guidelines to follow when creating pages about weapons.
- Trivia Policy - A policy outlining is allowed and isn't allowed to be added to trivia sections.
- All editors are equal - All editors, regardless of status and position, are treated equally and have the same amount of say in their opinion.
- Assume good faith - Unless it is obvious vandalism, always assume that a user's contributions to the wiki are to improve it.
- Blocking guidelines - Destructive editors and vandals that need to be blocked should be barred from editing the wiki in increasing periods of time depending on the magnitude of vandalism or controversial edits and if they were blocked previously.
- Sock puppetry - One editor, one account.
- User treatment policy - Be considerate and not disruptive.
- Warning guideline - Give out warnings appropriately to users that need them.
- Armed forces policy - If a user is in the armed forces, than he or she is welcome to say so on his or her userpage, but only if it is true and proof is provided.
- Granularity - Just about everything that is directly mentioned in the Call of Duty series of games gets covered on this wiki.
- Leaked information policy - Information that has been leaked by a company should only be used in an article if it was done so accidentally or intentionally.
- Level policy - Some guidelines to follow when creating pages about levels.
- Perk policy - Some guidelines to follow when creating pages about perks.
See also Project:Simplified Ruleset