- No cussing, swearing, insulting, obscene language, or profanity of any sort.
- No spamming.
- No childish behavior.
- Don't edit just for the sake of editing.
- Only edit your own user page, not anyone else's.
- Sarcastic attitudes, unless properly executed, are not accepted.
- Don't mini-mod. If you see a user breaking a rule, tell an admin.
- Multiple accounts are not allowed. If you make a second account after being banned, you will be found out and the duplicate account(s) will be banned forever.
- Edits can only be accepted by registered members.
- When you upload images do NOT leave spaces between the words.
- Make sure that what you name the image makes sense.
- Make sure that the image you want to upload hasn't already been uploaded. In other words don't upload duplicates. If you upload a duplicate image because yours is better quality than the old one, tell an admin the reason and the admin will keep the one (s)he deems to be better and delete the other.
- Don't upload edited pics.
- When uploading more than one image to a page, please try to edit the page you're uploading them to one time only. In other words, add all of the pics you want to upload and then save the page. This will save us admins some time when going through the recent changes.
- Don't upload duplicate videos.
- Don't upload fan videos.
Talk Page RulesEdit
- No content except vandalism, broken links, and profanity may be removed from any user talk page. Off topic posts may be removed from article talk pages.
- While not mandatory, we are asking users to not change their signatures to only words. Signatures are required on talk pages to identify messages. And, if a user's signature doesn't link to their user page or user talk page, it makes it difficult to tell who left which post.
- While not really a "rule", we ask that all members please remember to sign all comments with four tildes (~~~~).
- Article talk pages, like the template header at the top states, are there for discussing changes to the article, not for a discussion about the topic in question.
- Don't rewrite other user's messages.
- Don't answer messages left for other users.
- Nothing overly personal or pointless should even be considered worthy of a blog post. (Pointless subjects include but are not limited to: Games, number of edits one has, spam from other websites, certain types of polls, announcing an acquisition to your collection, etc.)
- Blog posts can have a certain degree of freedom from Blog Rule 1 if they're a series of train related stories.
- Blog comments must keep on topic as the blog post dictates.
- Comments left on blogs must be longer than one word and must be of substance.
- The Wiki wasn't created to be a blogging site, so keep blogging to a minimum.
Failure to abide by any of these rules may result in blockage. Thank you. Your admin BroadHorizon.
As well as the above rules, admins have other obligations to help keep the Wiki fair and clean at the same time. These include, but are not limited to:
- All admins are required to contact/warn "offending" members before blocking them. This will give the member time to voice their reasons for his/her actions. But so that order is kept, there will only be three warnings ("strikes") before the member in question is blocked for however long the admin in charge of the case sees fit. DISCLAIMER: This rule does not apply to users who spam, vandalize, swear, offend other users, users who are exceptionally rude, or unregistered users.
- All active admins have to agree upon a rule and its phrasing before it can be added. This way, all of the admins can add in their own ideas and no one can make the rules work to their personal advantage. If there is only one active admin, no changes may be made to the rules.
- Before a user is granted admin or ChatMod status, all active admins have to agree upon the candidate.
- An admin is considered inactive after being away from the Wikia for one year.
Although not rules, these guidelines will help explain how and why certain aspects of the Wikia work.
As you noticed, after a list of characters on the episode page, some are followed by either, "(does not speak)", "(cameo)", "(mentioned)", or "(not seen)". In the past, there has been some confusion as to what this means. A cameo appearance is a minor appearance where a character doesn't speak nor is it referred to. A non-speaking role is where a character appears and is referred to by name by either the narrator or another character. When a character doesn't physically appear, but is mentioned by a character or the narrator, that is classified as a mentioned role. The "not seen" tag is most often used for books. This is when a character speaks, but isn't seen in any of the illustrations. A speaking role is, obviously, when a character actually speaks. In the CGI television series, anything that requires a voice actor is generally viewed as a speaking role, however there are some exceptions to this rule (Alicia Botti's role in James in the Dark for example). If any other confusions occur, please notify an admin or leave a message to the relevant talk pages.
Providing an edit summary is not essential, but it does make an admin's job easier to review your changes. Some things you may think are right which an admin does not, so use the edit summary to explain why you changed an article. If an edit is reverted multiple times by an admin, don't keep adding it back as that could earn you one or more "strikes". What you should do is explain, in detail, the changes on the relevant talk pages.
The Stub TemplateEdit
If a page is just a few lines of text and some images, then it's a stub. If the page has five or more lines of text, images, and another template, then it's NOT a stub.
All pages need categories, but not every category goes on every page. As an example the "Railway" categories don't go on pages dedicated to locations. Also, "Image" categories only go on image pages.