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Discussion is an important part of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Wiki. It is used to discuss any improvements to the wiki, and to facilitate general interaction between members of the community. Discussion should be used before making any major changes, where practical, and consensus, defined as at least a supermajority in agreement, should be sought.

Conduct

Users must be civil in all interactions. Incivility consists of aggressive behaviors that disrupt the project and lead to unproductive stress and conflict. It may include any of the below.

Direct rudeness, including:

  • Rudeness, insults, name-calling, gross profanity or indecent suggestions
  • Personal attacks, including racial, ethnic, sexual, gender-related and religious slurs, and derogatory references to groups such as social classes or nationalities
  • Belittling a fellow editor, even including the use of judgmental edit summaries (e.g. "snipped rambling crap", "that is the stupidest thing I have ever seen")

Other uncivil behaviors, including:

  • Taunting or baiting: deliberately pushing others to the point of breaching civility even if not seeming to commit such a breach themselves
  • Harrassment, including hounding, personal or legal threats, posting of personal information, repeated email or user space postings
  • Lying or otherwise grossly misrepresenting a truth
  • Quoting another editor out of context to give the impression they hold views they do not hold, or to cast aspersions on their credibility or decency
  • Attempts to silence differing views on content or the topic

Editors are human and capable of mistakes, so a few minor incidents of incivility from time to time are not in themselves a major concern. However, a studied pattern of incivility is disruptive and unacceptable.

Personal attacks

Personal attacks are a common uncivil behavior. Do not make them anywhere on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Wiki. Comment on the topic or the argument, not on the contributor. There is no rule that is objective and not open to interpretation on what constitutes a personal attack as opposed to constructive discussion, but some types of comments are never acceptable:

  • Racial, sexist, homophobic, ageist, religious, political, ethnic, sexual or other epithets (such as against people with disabilities) directed against another contributor. Disagreement over what constitutes a religion, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity is not a legitimate excuse.
  • Linking to external attacks, harassment, or other material, for the purpose of attacking another editor.
  • Comparing editors to dictators or other infamous persons.
  • Accusations about personal behavior that lack evidence. Serious accusations require serious evidence. Evidence often takes the form of "diffs" and "links" presented on wiki.
  • Threats, including, but not limited to:
    • Threats of violence or other off-wiki action (particularly death threats).
    • Threats of vandalism to userpages or talk pages.
    • Threats or actions which deliberately expose other The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Wiki editors to persecution by their employer, their school or any others.
  • "Outing" an editor, or threatening to do so. This includes, but is not limited to, publicly declaring their identity without their explicit or implicit authorization (implicit means could include posting a link to their Facebook account), making knowledgeable remarks on their financial or marital status, identifying their place of residence or detailing their personal lives.

These examples are not exhaustive. Insulting or disparaging an editor is a personal attack regardless of the manner in which it is done. When in doubt, comment on the article's content without referring to its contributor at all. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Assume good faith

Main article: Project:Assume good faith

Content

Message Walls

Message Walls are not intended to be a facility for social interaction. They are to facilitate individual messages relevant to the users' activity on the wiki. Utilizing them for the purpose of social interaction is strongly discouraged; use the community chat or private emails for these purposes.

Comments

  • All comments must be relevant to their associated page topic. Comments should not be social conversations between users. They are to facilitate interaction that is relevant to the topic of the article or blog post. Comments deemed irrelevant are subject to deletion by an administrator or rollback user.
  • Avoid commenting on topics of discussion when the preceding post is more than thirty days old. It is unlikely to attract any response. Consider creating a new thread of discussion instead.

Article comments

There are additional guidelines for article comments (the comments that appear at the bottom of canon mainspace articles). In the interests of enhancing the quality of discussion and maximizing free speech, comments may be edited by rollback users and administrators to:

  • Fix obvious spelling (and other) typos. This does not include informal and deliberate variations in spelling, unless the variation is highly inaccessible (e.g. l33tspeak).
  • Clear obvious and unambiguously accidental coding errors.
  • Remove those parts of a comment that are considered "leaked" material.
  • Censor specific words or phrases that constitute gross profanity.

All comment edits must be noted with an additional comment in reply to the original explaining that it has been edited. Communication with the user whose comment has been edited should also be sought where editing is done to remove "leaked" material or profanity. Editing a comment is disallowed under these situations:

  • Comment is grammatically incorrect, or has errors in capitalization and/or punctuation.
  • Comment is difficult to understand structurally.
  • Comment is "too mean" and needs to be "nicer".
  • Anything else not covered by the limited scenarios where editing is expressly permitted.

In more serious cases, comments may be considered for deletion. The following types of comments on articles should be deleted on sight and the user warned by using {{Uw-comments}}.

  • Comments that are irrelevant to the topic of the article. This includes unsolicited advertisements (e.g. "check out my website"), social networking (e.g. "good morning everyone!"), and comments on the wrong page (e.g. "I luv HULK" on an article titled "Wasp").
  • Comments that cannot be construed as anything but being "trolling" (e.g. "YOU ALL NEED A LIFE!!!").
  • Comments on shipping on articles where direct relevance cannot be established (e.g. "Ant-Man should kiss Wasp!!!" on an article titled "Black Panther").

Conventions

These technical conventions are applicable to traditional wiki talk pages only.

  • Sign your posts: Users must sign their comments with four tildes (~~~~).
  • Headings for new topic: Users should make a new heading for each new discussion topic.
  • Indentation: New comments should be at a different indentation to the one above it. (When using source mode for editing, this can be done by typing ":".)
  • Replying at the bottom of a thread: User should always reply at the bottom of a discussion thread and refer to previous comments in their post as necessary. Addressing a particular comment directly below it and above succeeding comments is considered confusing.

Users who see an unsigned comment should use this template to establish the identity of the poster of that particular comment. This does not, however, absolve users of the responsibility of ensuring that their posts are properly signed.

Never remove talk page or Message Wall posts. Exceptions to this rule may include:

  • Obvious spam, abuse or posts written in grossly inappropriate language
  • Conversations that are completely irrelevant to the page topic and/or the wiki topic
  • Automatic talk page welcome messages
  • Legal or privacy concerns

Discussion pages that are too long, defined as pages that have a large number of sections, or are of a length exceeding 60,000 bytes (identifiable in the page history), should be archived.

Voting

Main article: Project:Voting

Some major changes (such as requests for adminship) and discussions where consensus has not been reached are subject to a final vote by the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Wiki community. See Project:Voting for more details.

220px-Wikipedia-logo-en-big This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Wikipedia:Civility. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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