This is the main page for the rules and regulations of this wiki.
I. Main Guidelines (revised January 5, 2018)
- Articles must be related to SpongeBob or the wiki: While it should be a given, there have been problems with this rule in the past. Pages for crossover characters are acceptable, but you must include some kind of indication of their relationship to SpongeBob, the fanon, or the wiki (user articles, etc).
- No Vandalism: It's not funny; it's just crude and rude. You will receive one warning, then a block. If this continues on, the blocks will get longer until you are banned infinitely.
- Don't Discriminate: Don't discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, sexuality, religion, gender, or any other such characteristics. Bigotry will not be tolerated here.
- Don't edit another user's episode or closed spin-off without permission: This also applies to ending spin-offs run by someone else, even if you have joined the spin-off. You will receive one warning, then a block. The blocks will get longer each offense.
- Exceptions to this rule can be made for spelling, grammar, and formatting fixes.
- No copying: Please don't copy other people. It confuses the members.
- No power abuse: If a staff member violates SBFW policy, they will be appropriately punished and an automatic user rights review will be set up. They will be barred from voting on said review.
- Do not add incorrect, random, or pointless categories: It creates clutter around the wiki, which is something we do not want to have here. The user will be receive a punishment based on type of offence. (Example: If a user creates a random category by mistake, a friendly reminder will be given out. If a user has created multiple random ones, the user will most likely be given a block for a certain amount of days.) (Good Category Examples: Episodes, Livin' With The Squid, Spin-Offs.) (Bad Category Examples: GROJBAND SUCKS!, Pinkie Pie is Cute, So long suckers!)
II. Proposal Policy (revised January 5, 2018)
- Proposals must gain 51% support in order to be passed: No exceptions. Proposals that don't manage to reach 51% support will be considered unsucessful and will not pass.
- Polls are not a valid deciding factor: Support, opposition, or neutrality gained through the usage of polls will not be factored into a proposal's final results. Polls can be easily manipulated/rigged and thus can not be trusted to accurately measure the community's opinion.
- Proposals must be open for at least a week: This is so all of the active members of the community have a chance to voice their opinions on the matter. Proposals closed before a week passes will be promptly re-opened and have their time extended.
- Proposals can't be open for more than three weeks: This is to prevent the unnecessary drawing out of voting periods.
- Shortening of voting lengths is prohibited: Only extensions may be made to a proposal's voting length. No shortening is allowed. This is to prevent users from deliberately deciding to close their proposals when the numbers are favorable to them.
- Any user can vote on any proposal: No matter their edit count, how long they've been on the wiki, or if the proposal revolves around them. They're still a part of the community and are allowed to vote. Sockpuppet accounts and blocked users are excluded from this.
- Users can only be promoted or demoted once a supportive consensus is reached by the community: Users are not to be randomly appointed or fired. The community must form a supportive consensus before either of these things will happen. Users that have been promoted without consensus are excluded from this, and will be swiftly demoted.
- Proposals to adopt fanon works are invalid. Community consensus applies solely to policy changes and rights/demotion requests. If you'd like to attain control over someone's spin-off, you'll need to recieve permission from the owner themself.
III. Rating Guidelines (revised January 5, 2018)
The following are the rating guidelines for fanon works. All work rated PG-13 or above must have the templates linked in their respective section headers.
No discriminatory language or behaviour unless clearly disapproved of.
No references to illegal drugs or drug misuse unless they are infrequent and innocuous, or there is a clear educational purpose or anti-drug message suitable for young children.
Scary sequences should be mild, brief and unlikely to cause undue anxiety to young children. The outcome should be reassuring.
No potentially dangerous behavior which young children are likely to copy. No emphasis on realistic or easily accessible weapons.
Use only of very mild language (such as crap, sucks, etc.) allowed.
Occasional natural nudity, with no sexual context.
Mild sexual behaviour (for example, kissing) and references only (for example, ‘making love’).
While problematic themes may be present, their treatment must be sensitive and appropriate for young children.
Mild violence only. Occasional mild threat or menace only.
Discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly disapproved of or in an educational or historical context. Discrimination by a character with which children can readily identify is unlikely to be acceptable.
References to illegal drugs or drug misuse must be innocuous or carry a suitable anti-drug message.
Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense. Fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor.
No detail of potentially dangerous behaviour which young children are likely to copy. No glamorisation of realistic or easily accessible weapons.
Mild language (such as 'damn' and 'hell') may be used freely. Moderate language such as 'shit', 'dick', and 'bitch' must be used infrequently (two times or less total of moderate language per episode of a PG spinoff).
Natural nudity, with no sexual context.
Sexual activity may be implied, but should be discreet and infrequent. Mild sex references and innuendo only.
Where more serious issues are featured (for example, domestic violence) nothing in their treatment should condone unacceptable behaviour.
Frequent mild violence is allowed. Moderate violence must not dwell on blood or graphic details and have a purpose to the storyline. Acts imitable by children (such as kicking someone in the testicles) are likely not to be accepted without consequences shown.
Discriminatory language or behaviour must not be endorsed by the work as a whole. Aggressive discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly condemned.
Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail.
Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained.
Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied, or appear pain or harm free. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.
Moderate language is allowed without restriction. Strong language (ex. f***) must be partially censored with no more then two letters visible.
Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet.
Sexual activity may be briefly portrayed with some restraint; no worse then what you would see in a basic cable program or a young adult book. Sexual references which use obscene language, go on too long, or go into graphic detail involving any sex act you'd have to look up on Urban Dictionary are forbidden.
Mature themes are acceptable, but their treatment must be suitable for young teenagers.
Moderate violence is allowed without restriction. Strong violence is allowed in a fantasy or over-the-top comedic context, without any excessive imitable detail, sexualization or glorification of the act.
The work as a whole must not endorse discriminatory language or behavior.
Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances (for example, aerosols or solvents) is unlikely to be acceptable.
Strong threat and menace are permitted unless sadistic or sexualized.
Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be easily copied. There are no constraints on the glamorisation of weapons.
Strong language is allowed without restriction.
Nudity is allowed to be displayed without any limits on length as long as there is no graphic description revolving around the genitals of any character.
Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context.
No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15 year olds.
Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable.
IV. Promotion Policy (revised January 5, 2018)
- All promotions must have gone through the application process: Unless approved by FANDOM staff, no administrator/bureaucrat should promote any user without community consensus.
- Users must request via valid formats: This means requests must be done through blog posts.
- Applicants shall not force other users to support them: Applicants are allowed to notify other users of such discussion, without imposing an agenda.
Voting and Closure
- All requests for rights are considered to be proposals and are to be held under the same guidelines as them seen here: SpongeBob Fanon Wiki:List of policies#II. Proposal Policy
V. Inactivity Policy (revised January 5, 2018)
- Automatically demote all SBFW staff members that have not used their powers in two months - exceptions can be made if said staff member notifies the wiki they will inactive for a while (however, the mininum amount of notified inactivty is six months - if that threshold is exceeded, said staff member will also be demoted)
- Automatically make sure all staff members are given a warning about possible demotion if they have not used their rights for a month
VI. Featured Content (revised January 5, 2018)
- This is awarded to one article and one spin-off each month. The spin-off and article will be featured on the main page along with an explanation on what they contain and why they deserved to win.
- If you'd like to nominate something for featured spin-off or article, add it under the appropriate section on this page.
- Everyone can vote support, neutral, or oppose on these nominations. Neutral votes however won't count.
- Two seperate elections will be held on the 20th of every month to determine what the featured article and spin-off should be.
- These elections will last for a week, and will ulitize ranked-choice-voting.
VII. SBFWTracker (revised January 5, 2018)
- SBFWTracker is a fact-checking database that verifies candidates' claims and tracks whether incumbents have stuck to their campaign promises.
- Individual SBFWTracker pages are to exist for each staff member/candidate for staff.
- All users are able to contribute to SBFWTracker, however they must make sure that the information they are adding is correct.
- Regular users that add incorrect information to SBFWTracker pages will be blocked for one week. Candidates for staff that add incorrect information to SBFWTracker pages will be blocked for two weeks. Staff members that add incorrect information to SBFWTracker pages will be blocked for three weeks.
VIII. Automatic User Rights Reviews (revised January 5, 2018)
- All administrators will have an automatic user rights review every six months.
- All content moderators, discussions moderators, chat moderators, and bots will have an automatic user rights review every twelve months.
IX. Content Ownership Policy (revised January 14, 2018)
- Any user may edit fanon content owned by someone else only if;
- They themselves are worker/s of the content.
- The edit being made is simply for grammatical adjustments.
- Formatting adjustments.
- The edit was productive and/or was given consent from the owner/s of the fanon.
- Does not alter the plot or any major point of the fanon content without the consent of any of the owner/s of the content. These may include release dates, adding of workers, change of plot, or any other edit in which the owner/s' consent was not given.
- Any major adjustments that may come off as vandalism: Vandalism such as blanking of the page, drastic changing of content, adding spam content, etc. should immediately be reverted by any online staff or the owner/s or worker/s of the content.
- Any staff may give an automatic warning for the vandal: Failure to respond whilst continuing vandalism may result in an immediate ban.
- Any page with the "Community Page" template means that it can be contributed on by anyone: However, vandalism rules still apply to all pages.
- Any edit warring will lead to the page's protection: This applies to everyone, wiki staff may protect the page until the conflict is resolved.
If you need any help, refer to this list of administrators/bureaucrats. Any user on that list would be happy to help with any problem that you have, whether it be with another user or just some help on a new article.