Calamity Mod Wiki:Rules and guidelines

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Below are the community rules for the Calamity Mod Wiki. Infringing upon any of these rules will result in either a warning or a temporary/permanent ban, depending on the circumstances.

Most of the communication regarding this wiki is done on the Official Calamity Mod Discord server. If you have questions regarding these rules or other aspects of the wiki, you are likely to get a quicker and more detailed response by asking in the appropriate channel there, rather than posting on a talk page for example.

Community guidelines

Personal attacks

Users should never personally attack other members of the wiki community on any part of the site. Comments should focus on the content, not the person.

Edit warring and reaching consensus

While contributing to the wiki, it is possible that a user may disagree with how the information on a certain page is presented. It is expected that the two users will reach a consensus when they are in disagreement by using a talk page rather than constantly editing and/or reverting changes.

Assume good faith

If a wiki editor makes a mistake due to human error, the fact that they are new to the community, or any other honest reason, fellow wiki community members must assume good faith. Rather than insulting, berating, or lashing out at the editor, community members should approach situations like these with a helpful and understanding attitude.

Vandalism

Wiki vandalism will be defined as maliciously and intentionally adding, removing, or changing content in the wiki. It is strictly prohibited.

Examples of vandalism include but are not limited to:

  • Inserting nonsense/gibberish into page content.
  • Uploading offensive images.
  • Blanking page content.
  • Spamming links to external sites unrelated to the content of the Calamity Mod Wiki.

Article and page guidelines

  • U.S. English only. This is in keeping with the language, style, and spelling that is used in the mod.
  • No profane, sexually explicit, or any inappropriate language except for informing usage in the mod.
  • Formal English. No colloquialisms or contracted forms (for example "can't", "shouldn't").
  • "Encyclopedia" style. No first or second person perspectives, opinions, subjections, or any personal bias. Second person is permitted only in guides, so long as its use is consistent across a given page.
  • Videos are only allowed in exceptionally rare circumstances and must be discussed with the administrators before they are uploaded and added to pages.

Talk pages

  • When making comments or asking questions on a talk page, be sure to sign the end with four tildes (~~~~).
  • Always remain civil during discussions. See the above rule on personal attacks.
  • An article's talk page is intended for discussion or questions regarding the article's content. It is not a forum for casual discussion. Game suggestions, personal stories, bug reports, etc. will be removed.
    • If you have suggestions or questions regarding the article's subject, rather than its content specifically, then you should instead ask on the Official Calamity Mod Discord server.
  • Generally, other users' contributions should not be edited, except for maintenance tasks like fixing links or templates.

Bugs

Bugs are only permitted in wiki articles in rare circumstances. Most bugs should not be placed in wiki articles, and should instead be reported on the Official Calamity Mod Discord.

Generally, the only bugs that should be listed on the wiki are verified source code errors, such as drop chances being too low/high.

Trivia

"Trivia" is a broad term that often invites creativity and speculation, especially regarding a game element's "possible reference" to other media. To prevent this resulting in long lists of low-quality "cruft" and other unsubstantiated opinions, trivia items should only be added if they conform to the following:

  • The trivia item is confirmed by a developer of the mod or the dedicatee in the case of dedicated content.
    • If a game item merely looks like something you saw somewhere else, it usually does not merit mention (starting a trivia item with "might be a reference" or "looks like" is often a sign that the item is not worth mentioning).
  • Trivia should not generally describe a game element's function, nor tips on using or dealing with it, unless these are mentioned only as they relate to points of trivial interest that have little bearing on playing the game.

Demonstration animations

"Demonstration animations" refer to GIFs that demonstrate an item's function or use, often just referred to as 'GIF's. A full list can be found here.

  • GIFs should be made with the default player character, wearing no visible armor or accessories.
  • Lighting should be done with Cheat Sheet.
  • Tiling and walls should be done with Stone Slabs and Stone Slab Walls respectively.
  • If an item's function can be adequately described with just text, a GIF is not needed.
  • If an item is part of a progression sequence (for example Crystalline -> Shattered Sun) then only the highest tier will be considered for a GIF.
    • Exceptions will be made for legendary items, or if the weapons in the sequence have very different functionalities.

GIFs that do not meet these standards will be deleted without warning.

We highly advise you to post your GIFs in the appropriate channel on the Official Calamity Mod Discord server, if you are unsure whether they meet the requirements set out above.

Sockpuppeting

Registered users are expected to use a single account for all editing under most circumstances. The use of more than one account by a single individual is known as "sockpuppeting".

A second account can be used in certain rare circumstances by longtime established, trusted users. Some valid reasons to use a second account may include:

  • Technical testing
  • Bot (automated) accounts
  • Administrators who want to use non-admin accounts in less secure editing situations.
  • Users who have lost access to a previous account.
    • In this case, if access is restored, all subsequent edits must then be made on the user's original account unless another of the above conditions applies.

In those cases, it must be made absolutely clear that the accounts are operated by the same individual.

Individuals found to be operating multiple accounts, in an ongoing manner, for the purposes of mimicking different personas or the like, will have all of their associated accounts permanently banned.

The use of a registered account and an anonymous IP address (editing while logged out) may also be considered bannable sockpuppeting behavior, if this appears to be a deliberate attempt to fool others or circumvent rules. Occasional anonymous edits performed by an individual with a registered account, but with no ulterior motive, are not a problem.

Signatures

This policy is substantially based upon Wikipedia's custom signature policy. More details and explanations behind some of these rules, as well as other custom signature considerations, can be found on that page.

Custom signatures must comply with these specifications:

  • Signatures must not be obtrusive or difficult to read.
    • Signatures should not interfere with how nearby text displays. Avoid increasing font size and do not insert line breaks.
  • Your signature must contain one obvious link to your userpage. It may also optionally contain a link to your user talk page.
    • Your talk page link is included in the default signature. You are permitted to remove it if you prefer to use your enhanced user profile page for communication.
  • Do not link to pages not related to you, and do not link to external sites.
  • Signatures cannot contain any images, transcluded templates, or categories.
  • Your signature must be static. It may not contain any animations, interactive elements (aside from links), or dynamic elements.
  • Your signature must not display any more than 33 additional characters of text (not including your username and talk page link). The standard time and date stamp are also not included in this limit.
  • Do not make signatures which result in excessively long code. 255 code characters should be considered the maximum in most cases. Note that the software will automatically truncate both plain and raw signatures to 255 characters of code in the Signature field of your wiki preferences.
  • Its final output must be no taller than 30px.
  • Your signature must clearly and obviously display the actual username for your wiki account, without any character alterations.
    • For example, the username "BillSimpson" may not be displayed as "Harry", or even as "BillySimpson".
  • Non-Latin scripts, such as Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Indic scripts, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Thai and others, are illegible to most other contributors of the Terraria Wiki. Not everyone uses a keyboard that has immediate access to non-Latin characters, and names that cannot be pronounced cannot be retained in memory. As a courtesy to other contributors, users with such usernames are encouraged to sign their posts (at least in part) with Latin characters. For instance, a user such as User:クリス should sign as クリス/Chris.

Above all, signatures are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Users whose signatures are found to be inappropriate will be asked to change them.

Guides

The following apply to pages in the Guide: section.

  • Strategy guides for combat situations are intended to guide players through them, not discuss individual experiences. Take into account what a player will have at the point where such a guide is necessary. Do not recommend the Azathoth for use against Crabulon.
  • Pictures in guides should be useful and demonstrate a point that could not be conveyed through text. The image should always be cropped appropriately, and the interface should be disabled unless it is obviously necessary. Guidespace is not meant to show off individual achievements.
  • While guides are more informal in tone, they are not personal documents. Names of individual players are to be left out, and proper spelling and grammar are still required. Guides follow the same linking rules as the rest of the wiki: only the first instance of a page name in a section should be linked, unless the section is exceedingly long.
  • If a guide does not demonstrate its usefulness, it will probably be deleted. While permitted, guides that are just lists of things are not recommended, unless the list serves a purpose in helping players through an aspect of the game.