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Rules For All Discussions

Talk pages and forums are places of discussion about wikia issues, improvements, and problems, as well as discussions about One Piece and its content.

  • All posts should be signed.
  • Users are forbidden from editing the posts of other users. Users are allowed to edit their own posts only.

Signatures

On all types of communication pages, a signature is required whenever a user makes a contribution. A signature is added at the end of a post that allows users to see who has written the posts and when they were posted. Signatures are added to posts by adding four ~ symbols in a row to create a signature like this: ~~~~

There is also a button in the forum editor that adds the ~ symbols for you. After publishing an edit, a signature looks like this:

The above signature is for anonymous users or users that do not have an account. For them, their IP address is used for identification purposes.

Users with accounts typically have signatures that look something like this:

Experienced users with accounts sometimes have more elaborate custom signatures such as these:

For more help with signatures, look here.

There are a couple simple rules about custom signatures that all users must follow:

  • Any user with a custom signature must have the code for their signature in a template so that the (very long) code is not seen in the source mode editor. If you are unsure of what that means and you wish to have a custom signature, contact an editor who knows what it means, or join us in the chat.
  • Signatures cannot be invisible or non-existent.
  • Users may not request for the template of their signatures to be deleted, as this will lead to the creation of broken links on all the pages that were signed with that signature.
  • Signatures cannot link anywhere except for the user's own pages (meaning any page the user has created with their own "user" namespace. And that applies both the talk and profile page links.
  • Anonymous users sometimes type out their "own" signature like this:
AnonymousUser - August 25, 2012
This is not allowed, as readers of the forum are not given a link to the anonymous user's page or given their IP. If anonymous users wish to create their own signature, they must create an account on Wikia.

Frequently, new users don't realize they have to sign their posts, do not know how to sign their posts, or forget to sign them. One thing almost all veteran users of the wiki hate is unsigned posts, because of the difficulty in understanding they create. If you want to make a good impression on this wiki, it is important that you make sure that you sign ALL of your posts.

  • In order to help out and spread awareness of unsigned posts, look here.

User Talk Pages

  • Please be polite and respectful when posting on other users talk pages.
  • Removing messages from a user talk page is forbidden unless it is obvious spam or vandalism.

Article Talk Pages

  • Article talk pages are used to discuss issues on the article itself, not for speculation on the article's content. This shall be taken to blogs or a forum.
  • Personal attacks between users are not permitted on talk pages. Continuing this activity may result in a ban.
  • Any vandalism or inane questions will be removed.

For more detailed information, read this helpful blog.

Forums

There are several types of forums. Some forums are for user ban requests, some are for site improvements, some are for deletion candidates, and some are for fan speculation and discussion.

Rules for All Forums

  • All posts should be signed.
    • Forum creators must sign their own posts. If forums are created without signed posts, they will be deleted. Adding {{Unsigned}} to a post does not save it from deletion.
  • All new posts on a forum must be at the end of the relevant section of the forum. This helps make the discussion chronological, as well as avoiding confusion.
  • Forum creators must have enough content to start a discussion. If any forum is created without any content other than a topic, it will be deleted.
  • When a new forum is created, the Wikia automatically adds two templates to the page in order to aid in the formatting and navigation of the forum (specifically, the forumheader and an additional reminder to sign all posts). These should not be deleted. Users should start typing their content underneath these templates.
  • Forums cannot have a title that is the exactly the same as any article on the site, as this may lead to errors in the search function.
    • Similarly, forums may not have a title that is exactly the same as a redirect to any article.
    • Forums may also not have titles with all capital letters or excessive punctuation. This is also because of difficulties created in the search function.
  • Users may not change the font or font size of posts within a forum. Text may only be changed to bold, italics, underlined, or strike-through text.
  • Do not incorrectly categorize forums. Forums that are incorrectly categorized will be deleted, not moved.
  • Images that are unrelated to the discussion are not allowed.
  • Forums created for the purpose of promoting podcasts, fanart, videos (especially AMVs), and external blogs or anything similar are considered spam, are forbidden, and will be deleted.
  • Users may not plagiarize content from other editors.
  • If a topic on a talk page is deemed too forum-like, it must be moved to the forums before it can continue. If it was an active discussion, leave a link to the page its been added to and the title on the talk page where it was placed originally. If the topic is brand new, the user who created it should be notified to move the topic themselves. After a topic is moved, a line stating it has been moved must be placed underneath it to inform that the topic was originally moved from elsewhere.
  • Forums that have been unedited for a long period of time become archived, and the discussion is considered closed. Users are strongly discouraged from editing archived forums. Users are not fully prohibited from reopening archived forums, but again, it is strongly discouraged.
    • Archived forums should only be opened if something substantial can be added to the conversation. Almost all reopened forums are in the Wikia Discussion sections, and are about unresolved issues with the site. It is not acceptable to reopen a fan theory forum about dated information in the series only to supply an answer or an update.
    • Users should keep in mind that for very old discussions, the users who contributed to the discussion may not be active anymore.
    • It is strongly advised that you check the date of the most recent post before editing, in order to be sure your edit is necessary or not.
  • If a forum is active, but unresolved, users are not allowed to "bump" the forum without adding substantial content. "Bumping" discussions is the practice of adding a few words (usually just the word "bump") to a discussion in order to make it appear that it has been discussed more recently. Users may still post in these forums, but they must add something of value to the discussion.
  • If a forum is not archived and the discussion is still active, then a forum about the same topic cannot be opened. If a forum is opened about the same topic, it will either be deleted, or its information will be moved into the relevant forum if it is important enough. Common examples of repeated forum topics include speculations on who the next member of the Straw Hat crew will be, speculations about where the crew is headed next, etc.

Forum Categorization

It is required that forums are correctly categorized, so here is a description of all categories currently used in the forum:

One Piece General

One Piece Manga- This is for general discussion of One Piece, especially for those related to the manga.

One Piece Anime- This is for discussion of the anime. Questions about music used in the anime or movies do NOT belong here, that is what the music category is for.

Translations- This is for topics regarding the translations of all things One Piece, Manga, Anime, Movies, Merchandise, or anything.

Spoiler Discussions- This category is for discussions of spoilers that are revealed before the chapter is released so that readers of the Manga forum will not be spoiled. This category is NOT for fan theories or anything else that is not a spoiler.

  • Please avoid forum titles that give away the spoiler, otherwise this category is useless.

One Piece Music- This category is for questions related to music from any source related to One Piece.

Misc.- This is for anything else related to One Piece that does not fit in any of the above categories. categories

Wikia Discussion

The Wikia Discussion section is for topics related to this wikia. It is for discussions about editing, policies, formats, etc. None of these categories are acceptable places for theories or discussions about the content of the series. Often, changes to the site here are proposed here, and they are voted on by experienced editors.

Community Café- This is a place for discussing the process of editing with other editors.

Site Problems- This is for discussions about problems with the site. Common topics here are proposed changes to policies and forums for banning users. Topics for here should be about things or problems that have existed before.

Site Changes- This is for discussion of ideas, policies, and proposals that are brand new to the wikia and have no previous precedent.

Discuss the Forum- This is for discussions related to the forum itself and its workings.

Wikia Appearance- This is for discussions related to how the wikia looks. Common topics include discussions on images, gifs, etc.

  • Any topics on title, section heads or any other text-related issue are not appearance-related, and should be put into a different category.

Draft Pages- This is for pages that do not have enough information from One Piece to be an article yet.

Misc

This is for any topics unrelated to One Piece or the One Piece Wikia.

Forum Poll Rules

When an issue cannot be decided on unanimously (or nearly unanimously when a large number of active editors responds to the forum, and the majority is not clear), a poll will take place. Issues that are major changes to the rules or guidelines, they must be taken to a poll as well. The polls have many rules:

  • A poll must be agreed upon before implemented.
  • In order to vote, a user must have an account and have been on this wikia for 3 months, and they must have at least 300 edits. Edits from previous accounts or edits made as an anonymous user do not count towards these requirements.
  • Users are strongly encouraged to read all or most of the forum before voting.
  • All polls will close two weeks (down to the hour) after they are opened. Polls are started and ended in UTC time, and UTC must be specified in the poll.
  • All poll options must be written in fair, unbiased and similar language. This is so that the poll options will not subconsciously affect the opinions of the voters.
  • For issues that have been settled with a poll, there is a time period of 3 months where the issue cannot be polled or discussed again without a substantial change taking place.

Ban Forum Rules

When users are accused of harming the wiki with their behavior or acts which no rules currently cover, a forum to decide if they are banned may be opened. Anyone can open a ban forum, but they must be able to provide enough evidence of improper behavior. Edit histories and other links are commonly used as evidence. If after a discussion on issues, it is determined that there is enough evidence to warrant a ban, a poll will be opened.

  • The subject of a ban forum is allowed to and encouraged to speak up for themselves in the discussion section. However, the subject of the forum is not allowed to vote in the poll.
  • Ban forum polls last two weeks, one week to decide whether or not to ban the user, and one week to decide the length of the ban.
    • If the poll decides in the first week that the user is to be banned, the user is immediately banned for the duration of the second week of the poll. This is done in order to prevent vandalism.
    • This week-long ban is not included in the length of the ban that is decided on. Therefore, any length that is decided on in the poll is additional time after this one week precautionary ban.
    • If a user is up for ban for the first time, the option for a permanent ban will not be present in the length poll.
  • Users who have had less than 10 edits in the 30 days before the poll opens are not allowed to vote on ban forums. Blog and blog comment edits do not count towards the 10 edits. However, if they participate in the discussion before the poll opens they may vote without any restrictions. This restriction applies to the entire poll, not each section of the poll.

Discussing Polls in Other Places

When a poll is taking place, it is common for users to discuss the poll across the wikia. In order to preserve the integrity of the poll, several rules have been added to keep the voting ethical and to increase the number of people who read the forum. Places these discussions may occur are chat, blogs, other forums, and talk pages.

  • Users are discouraged from telling other users who have not yet voted to vote for a specific poll option. This is so that the other users will go into the poll with an open mind. Users are however, encouraged to inform other users that the poll is open without conveying their opinion.
  • Users are forbidden from bribing or convincing other users to change or alter their vote in exchange for any reward or favor, whether they are serious or not. Examples of violations of this rule would be:
    • Telling a person you will give them some sort of real or imaginary gift in exchange for their vote.
    • Telling a person they should vote with you because you are friends or they owe you a favor.
    • Telling a person they should vote with you because of any reason that is unrelated to the issue in the poll.

It should be noted that users are still allowed to discuss their opinions of polls around the wikia. They are still allowed to try and convince other users to change their vote, but only through legitimate argument, not in a way that violates the rules above, and not in order to change the opinions of those who have not yet voted.

Users who violate these rules can face several different consequences, depending on the severity of the violation and the previous violations.

  • First time offenders may just be warned for mild violations.
  • If a person violates the rules after already receiving a warning, then their vote will be retracted from the poll in question. Depending on the severity of the violations, this may occur in addition to more severe punishment.
  • Due to the fact that many of these violations take place within chat, users who violate the rules there may be banned from chat for the duration of the poll or longer.
  • Users may also be temporarily banned from voting on any polls.
  • If many violations occur, a ban forum may be opened in accordance with current banning rules.

Changes to Wikia Policy through Forums

All major changes to must be decided on through forums. Examples of things that must be decided in forums include:

  • Elections of new Administrators, Chat Moderators, and any other official position.
  • Substantial changes to rules and guidelines.
  • Substantial changes in page organization.
  • Substantial changes in image preference across many articles.
  • The banning of any veteran user.
    • This does not require a forum if the user has been banned before, and is knowingly committing obvious violations of Wiki Rules. However, these users may not be banned permanently without a discussion that they can take part in.

Guidelines and Rules

If a majority vote goes on a idea, then any Guideline can still prevent the idea coming into force. However, if there is a majority vote on the guideline changes, it must be allowed and a change to the rule cannot be denied. Guideline changes can only be thrown out for legal reasons, such as copyright violations for instance. Copyright violations primarily only cover images and copying other websites word for word. The rest is up to what the majority of the wikia wants.

Forum Help

How to Organize Pages

Anyone can create a new topic simple by writing the name and click on the "Add new topic" button. Keep discussions within the page that most suits the discussion best.

If by mistake, the new topic is created on the wrong Forum section you can move the topic to the right Forum by editing the "Forumheader" name.

Example: when you create a new topic on the "One Piece Manga" section and then you want to move the topic to the "Spoilers" section. This can be done by changed the "One Piece Manga" --> "Spoilers" on the "Forumheader".

{{Forumheader|One Piece Manga}} --> {{Forumheader|Spoilers}}

Stickied Threads

Stickied Threads are all the pages that are categorized on the category Stickied Threads . Remove or add topics to category and the forum "Stickied Threads" will updated.

You can customize Stickied Threads to different forums by create a unique category for the page you want. Next, add the following code bellow "Stickied Threads" section on forums.

<forum>
namespace=Main
category=Stickied threads 2
shownamespace=false
addlasteditor=true
historylink=true
cache=false
</forum>
  • namespace=Main: for a normal articles. Forum: for a forum pages.
  • category=Stickied threads 2 --> your category.

New Forum Section

How to Organize Discussions

Add titles to every new discussion so we know where the old discussions end and the new one starts. Without titles things get confusing. Sub titles for related discussions may also be placed under the title to separate related but different topics.

Please make life easier for all editors by signing your posts with ~~~~, it is considered polite - but also helps to make sure everyone's discussions don't get blurred together.

E.g.: Is the latest spoiler out? ~~~~

Replies to another editor should start with ":" in source mode and then the following message(s) you are leaving on the page. This is to let everyone know who you are replying to. But also, again it helps to prevent messages blurring together, particularly if people forget to sign their posts.

For example:

Like this.
Then This.
To reply to a separate trail of responses simply add less ":"s in source mode.

What NOT To Do

  • Be rude. Like anywhere else on the wikia, respect other editors.
  • Neglect to read the Image Guidelines for more information in general for images.
  • Move discussions off the forum pages once they have been put on without good reason. Now the forums are open, they can be used for things we can't talk on other pages about such as spoilers, theories and such like.

Dates

Unfortunately, due to the number of topics previously created across the wikia, some discussions are not in chronological order. There are no restrictions to posting against old discussions, but please be aware the original posters may not be around anymore and the question may also have been resolved by now. It is advised you check the most recent date before editing.

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