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The following are official policies regarding disciplinary action on Religion Wiki. Enforcing and interpreting them is at the discretion of the administration, consisting of the global administrators, administrators and moderators.

They are enacted for the purpose of encouraging and regulating polite and civil cooperation between editors and for the general wellbeing and peace of Religion Wiki.


Vandalism

Definition

Vandalism is defined as a clear and unequivocal attempt to disrupt or attack the wiki, which may include the addition of obscenity, the non-accidental blanking of articles, renaming of articles in an obviously disruptive manner, creation of accounts with obscene usernames, etc.

Any editor who has demonstrated an attempt to edit in good faith at least once is most likely not a vandal. Disagreement (even vehement) or uncivil behavior in itself is not equivalent to vandalism. Vandalism is essentially an apparently "mindless" disregard for the function and purpose of the wiki, which is why immediate and permanent action is justified.

Action

Any Administrator may permanently ban on sight any account which engages in vandalism on the wiki. Bans may be removed upon appeal.

Uncivil behavior

Definition

Uncivil behavior is defined as including any of the following:

  • Ad hominem attacks against other editors (i.e., criticizing the person himself rather than his arguments), which may include:
    • The assumption of bad faith (i.e., that another editor is not concerned for the integrity of the wiki) without clear evidence
    • Claim of a hidden agenda on the part of another editor
    • Claim of an alleged emotional state which motivates another editor
    • Name-calling
  • Harassment of other editors: this includes writing on their Talk pages or emailing them through the wiki after being asked to stop.
  • Edit wars: a back-and-forth reverting of an article
  • Altering others' comments on Talk pages (even one's own Talk page) without their permission. Archiving one's own Talk page or blanking it out after a discussion is completed are excepted. Removing warnings from administrators/moderators is not.
  • Disrespecting any other editor, but especially members of the administration and/or the clergy
  • Taking Administrators/moderators prerogatives upon oneself when not an administrator/moderator (e.g., issuing warnings, etc.)

Action

Editors engaging in uncivil behavior may be officially warned by any Administrator to cease, even if the administrator is the target of that incivility. Warnings may be issued after any uncivil behavior, but only one warning may be issued per instance of incivility. Once a warning is issued, another may not be issued unless further uncivil behavior occurs.

When giving a warning, the administrator must indicate on the editor's Talk page that they are being given an official warning and which number warning it is (e.g., first, second). The administrator should also explicitly point out which behavior is being considered uncivil.

Three strike rule: After two official warnings have been issued, the third instance of uncivil behavior will result in a one month ban on editing. Once an editor is banned, all further action will be conducted with a one strike rule—instead of being warned, the editor will be banned again for one month upon engaging in uncivil behavior.

After an editor has been banned twice, if a third banning is necessary, it will become permanent.

Official warnings and bans may be removed upon appeal.

Disputes involving Administrators and moderators

If it is claimed that an administrator or moderator is involved in a dispute, then any other administrator (a voluntary arbitrator) may be appealed to in order to determine whether the dispute is genuine, meaning that the sysop is engaging in uncivil behavior or a disagreement requiring the action of a sysop. (An administrator or moderator being attacked by an editor does not in itself make him a party to a dispute.)

If the arbitrator determines the Administrator/moderator in question is indeed party to a dispute (i.e., the administrator/moderator is engaging in uncivil behavior or is disagreeing in a manner necessitating arbitration), then that the administrator/moderator must recuse himself from using his administrative authority and privileges in the dispute in question and the arbitrator takes responsibility for the other editor's behavior.

All discipline of Administrators and moderators will be handled by the Religion Wiki site owners[1] at their sole discretion.

Appeals

Appeals of warnings, bans, and other official administrative actions and decisions may be posted to our forums. in the event that an editor has been banned and cannot post on Talk pages.

Appeals are normally heard by a voluntary panel of three sysops (which may include the site owner). Appeals may also be heard directly by the site owner alone at his discretion. In the event that a panel considers the appeal, a decision will be rendered by a majority vote (2 out of 3).

The adminstrator who rendered the initial decision being appealed may not sit on the voluntary panel. The panel shall consist of the first three adminstrator and moderator who volunteer for it.

The decisions of an appeals panel may be appealed to the site owner.

Policy enforcement

Normally, enforcement of policy is in the hands of any administrator or moderator as described above. All of the above set forth policies and procedures may also be suspended or overturned by the site owner at his sole discretion.

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notes

  1. Religionwiki.net website domain is owned by Friso Yoyon Schaap and the Wikia.com domains are hosted by Wikia.inc. Mediation concerning moderators or administrators will be arbitrated by these parties.

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