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Fallout Roleplaying Wiki
This page contains the Fallout Roleplaying and Fanon's content policy. It describes criteria and rules for all or specific types of content.
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  • Policies set general rules for the wiki's administration and its content.
  • Any registered editor is free to edit their own pages only unless permission by the original poster on an administrator is given.
  • If you would like to suggest content changes or propose a new policy or guideline, please use the wiki discussion forum.
  • See the policies and guidelines page for an overview of this wiki's policies and guidelines.

Content criteria

  • All content should relate to the Fallout series and its setting.
  • All content needs to be coexist within the existing world established on the wiki.
  • All content needs to be informative. Make use of quotes, terminal articles, notes, and other information to help readers explore the community - leave long-winded and flowery wording in roleplays on the discussion boards.
  • All content needs to be objective and presented in the third person. Do not write your personal feelings for the character or as the character on article pages.
  • All content needs to abide by copyright regulations. Generally, You should not copy content from other sites unless permission has been granted. For example, do not upload magazine scans or add illegally obtained information to avoid potential legal problems.

Criteria for specific content

In the case where the following rules conflict with the general policies, the more specific rule supersedes the general one.

Real World Weapons

Real world weapon pages and images are not acceptable under any circumstances. Do not write weapon pages that are a direct rip of real world weapons. Excessive and flowery wording regarding weapons will be removed. This is a roleplay and fanon wiki, not a firearms forum.

Fanon and Canon policy

  • Fanon added to the site must adhere to the universe already established on the wiki. For example, if someone has already established a city in Topeka, Kansas, in 2264, you cannot establish a different city there.
    • If you would like to establish a different city, town, or faction in an existing area in a time that does not conflict with what is already established, please reach out to the original author or an administrator.
    • If you would like to get rid of a dead article in place of your fanon, please reach out to an administrator first.
  • Fanon should not contradict what is considered any core canon game (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, or Fallout 76).
    • Please reach out to an administrator if your fanon contradicts other canon games (Fallout: Tactics, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Fallout Shelter, or Fallout: Wasteland Warfare).
    • Your fanon may take place in a canon setting, such as West Virginia, as long as it does not occur at the same time as any mentioned canon events.
  • Original characters may not date any in-game existing romance options, player characters, characters with known crushes, or characters already in a relationship. Examples of acceptable characters could be Hawthorne, Nova, or Malcolm Homes.
    • If the character is known to have an open relationship or casual relationship, please get in touch with an administrator about making an exception.
    • No exceptions are made for player characters.
    • Do not place eligible characters in relationships that do not line up with their sexuality (for example, saying an original female character is dating Major Knight).
  • Do not create new branches of existing canon factions.
    • If a user is dead-set on having a new branch of an existing faction because it is vital to their fanon or roleplaying story and experience, please reach out to an admin.

Redlinks

Redlinks in articles are considered unacceptable. If there is a location, character, or other page you are linking tht has not been created yet, please italicize or bolden the text only and link the page once it has been created.

Notable loot

Behind the scenes

"Behind the scenes" information in the form of cultural references or inspiration may be listed at the author's discretion. Do not add these sections to an article you did not create.

Weapons

Weapon pages are not permitted without the permission of an administrator. If approved, it may not be an exact replica of a real-world weapon, though it may list inspiration in the Behind the scenes subsection.

Pages on real-world countries, states, etc.

Pages may not be made for entire countries or states by anyone other than verified staff. Cities, towns, provinces, parks, and other smaller sections of land are acceptable - this is to give other users a chance to post fanon for the area.

Plagiarism policy

A wiki doesn't just live and die on the information it contains; it also survives on the reputation it builds as an information source. Plagiarism hurts the wiki's reputation and reduces our ability to be seen as an authoritative information source. It could also put the wiki at risk; unauthorized copyrighted content could see parts of or even the whole wiki made unavailable.

What is, and what is not plagiarism?

The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one's own

Oxford definition of plagiarism

As a creative outlet, we want as many of our pages as possible to be made up of original content that you can't find anywhere else. To this end, we would prefer you to, whenever possible, create original works that do not directly copy anyone else's work.

This is not to say you can't be inspired by it; maybe you saw something somewhere else that you thought might improve a page. By all means, feel free to bring that to the wiki, but make sure it's your own work and written in your own words, and if you can improve and develop the idea further, do so.

Sometimes you may have to use other people's words and work. Here are some (but not all) situations where this is acceptable:

  • Licensed content: If you have prior permission from the content owner, you can reuse their content - We've asked permission to present to you many of our sound files, for example. You should still cite who the owner of the work is, though.
  • Copyleft/Creative Commons/public domain: This is a specific form of licensed content. The owner of the work has made it available for anyone to use without prior permission, but in the case of the first two, this is subject to some rules. You should ensure that you follow any requirements set by the content owner (such as following the license conditions or attributing in the way they request). If the owner gives no attribution standard, you should ensure that they are identified and, if possible, the original is linked in the references. For non-displayed content, the comments may also be acceptable.
  • Quotes: It's perfectly permissible to quote a person or even a copyrighted work. Your quote should be limited to the amount you need to make your point. For example, you can't quote an entire magazine article, but a paragraph or two may be acceptable. You should use the {{Quotation}} template and link to the source of the quote wherever possible, giving credit to the author/speaker/publication.
  • Fair use: There are also times where it is possible to reuse content within the US's "Fair Use" exemption. Screenshots fall into this category, as do images used in news reporting. The origin should be credited and linked wherever possible.

What happens if I break the rules

  • Good faith attempts to attribute shouldn't ordinarily see punishment. If you have done something incorrectly, we'll show you how to put it right. We appreciate the thought and effort you make and won't punish you for a simple mistake. If you keep making the same mistake, we may have to restrict your ability to edit the wiki.
  • If you are a new user or someone new at editing and make no effort to attribute content that is not your own, you will receive a maximum of one warning for this behaviour. After this warning, we expect you to make a good faith attempt to attribute.
  • If you have already been warned or are someone we feel should know better (this includes experienced editors and the entire admin team) and you fail to make even a good faith attempt to attribute, We will take enforcement action. For users in this group, there is zero-tolerance.

What happens if I see someone who breaks the rule, or I suspect content has been copied?

  • If it is a fresh edit, you should undo the edit (or if it's just part of a larger edit, remove just the suspect content), and leave a note on the talk page indicating what you have done, why, and where you think the information has been copied from. This is one of the few times you may edit a page without a user's permission.
  • If it is existing information, remove the specific content and leave a note on the talk page.
  • If you are a content owner (or another responsible person for the source), and you believe your content has been misused or copied, please instead notify an administrator.
  • If you notice a user repeatedly using plagiarized content, please alert an administrator]].
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