As the new discussions widget has been enabled without our consent, and has been explained as mandatory, we need to work on a new policy as soon as we can.
As a starting point I feel it should follow a hybrid of chat and blog rules. It's possible we can allow off-topic comments in this new system since it's not directly linked to anything on the mainspace. I also feel that since it uses similar rules to blogs, we should make it so Blog Patrol gets merged with Discussions moderator as that enables us to have users we know and trust running the comments section. This also means that only users that edit on the discussions board and wiki can get the rights.
So we'll be covering the basics really: COD:UTP, COD:DBAD, Call of Duty Wiki:Spoiler policy, being aware of overuse of swearing (especially if these discussion post are going to appear on any of our pages), ensuring everything is in English (so it can be moderated properly) and stopping flamebait and wars.
Another issue I've seen is that there is no form of block that only blocks a user from posting on discussions, so another issue may be how we handle blocks. Chances are since this is a form of a chat system, that an on-wiki block will be completely justified as they are using an extension of our platform to break policies, however this is also an annoyance as some of these users may simply be here for only the discussions, and unlike chat users that can simply be banned from that and only that, these users will rack up an on-wiki block record.
Also, as a wildcard option, we could simply bastardise the new system and veto doing anything. Staff have already stated that they will handle moderating discussions, so we could simply veto doing anything and act as if it doesn't exist and leave it to its own devices. This also means that we will not handle the giving out of moderator rights.This is a bit rushed, but only because it had to be rushed and I didn't have the time to put more thought in to the matter. 17:16, October 28, 2016 (UTC)
Between the fact that wikia clearly doesn't give a damn what we think and the disrespect shown by Staff members towards those who don't wish to have the feature thrust upon them, I say we just bastardize the system and leave it to its own devices. Conqueror of all Zombies (talk) 19:05, October 28, 2016 (UTC)
I'm a big fan of this system bastardising. I could see this as a great way to show Staff that some of us want absolutely nothing to do with this Discussions system. This can also work in the future as well to oppose new features being forced upon us. If Staff goes against community wishes (that is, if the community as a whole agrees upon leaving Discussions in the dust) and enables Discussions anyway, bastardising the system will not only solve our problems, but send multiple strong messages to the staff. I find such an idea ingenious, Sam.
This could well be the quickest WR we ever have. Let's bastardise it.
Me and Sam agreed that it's time we take this to a vote. Let's get this done quickly then.
Support — Discussions was a childish attempt at forcing even more nonsense on us by Wik--sorry, Fandom and as far as I'm aware we want nothing to do with it. It will go the same way as answers wiki and is already full of immature questions and distracting people from the wiki.18:02, November 7, 2016 (UTC)
Support — The hell do they expect. 18:58, November 7, 2016 (UTC)
Support — While bastardising the system may not be the most mature response, the fact that Wikia failed to tell us about the change before hand, failed to try to implement Discussions more than a few weeks before the game's release and the immaturity and blatant disrespect of staff members towards those who don't like Discussions really makes me see few other options. Wikia clearly doesn't care about what its users thinks, and appears to only care about Discussions so long as it brings in more ad revenue, so why should we care about it? Conqueror of all Zombies (talk) 19:26, November 7, 2016 (UTC)
Support — They're basically telling us "fuck you and your opinions" in an accent. Very well, Wikia (goddamn, Fandom sorry), from now on, discussions are just your business, not ours. NTY.20:34, November 7, 2016 (UTC)
Support — Fandom needs to get a clue about how to present new ideas to its communities, since ours isn't the only one that will receive such treatment and Fandom seems to have fallen in love with its unfair M.O.. If we don't then Fandom will continue to drop the ball on other communities and attempt to make the affected communities forcefully adapt to it instead of allowing communities to figure out if they want it or not. I like this idea so much since it helps not only us, but every wiki that ends up in situations like ours in the future over our system, at least if those communities research how others have reacted to this. Didikins (talk) 11:37, November 8, 2016 (UTC)