This is the main page for the rules and regulations of this wiki.
I. Wiki Policy (revised May 21, 2017)
- 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.
- Be Friendly: Don't judge anyone, whether their race, sexuality, style, or anything else. This is supposed to be a great community!
- Nothing above an R rating.
- 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: You will be blocked for an amount of time decided by the rest of the admin community and have your rights removed if you do this. It is very unlikely you will ever get them back.
- No random or useless categories: It creates clutter around the wiki, which is something we do not want to have here. The user will be recieve a punishment based on type of offence. (Example: If a user creates 1 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!)
- Saying rude, hurtful, insulting, or vulgar things to members of Wikia on Cloudsdale, Referata, Tumblr, Chatovod, or any other hosting/chat/blog site is capable of causing you to be blocked on Wikia: No exceptions.
- No politics: You are not allowed to make blogs or forum posts about politics. Any users who bring up politics will be warned, if they do it more than 3 times then they will be blocked for a week. Also anyone who claims to be someone who has something to do with politics, will be blocked for impersonation unless they change their username or make a new account. You are allowed to make references to politics in your fanon works though. Wiki politics is allowed though.
II. Proposal Policy (revised April 22, 2017)
- Proposals must gain 60% support in order to be passed: No exceptions. Proposals that don't manage to reach 60% 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.
- 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. Reporting Policy (revised August 8, 2017)
When a user does something that violates the rules, don't be hesistant to make a report.
- Any user can submit a user report for any other user if they violate the wiki policy. The user may be blocked by an administrator during the course of the report, but not before writing a defense. If the report is unsuccessful, the user is unblocked and cannot be blocked for the offense they were reported for unless another user report is created which overrides the original.
- The user, if he/she/they feel like it, can write up a defense.
- The report form should be filled out via blog, and be posted on the main page/wiki activity of the site.
- Both a 70% consensus with the general community and 70% SBFW staff (admins, moderators and rollbacks) approval must be reached.
- A user can submit a block review if they are blocked (although sockpuppetry will result that account also being blocked, users are suggested to ask another user to post it for them). This review functions similar to a user report, but supporting is in favor of the user being unblocked and opposition is in favor of the block remaining.
IV. Chat Policy
There are no explicit rules designed for the chat since 2014, but usually the rules described in Section I of the Policy apply.
V. Rating Guidelines (revised August 20, 2016)
At SpongeBob Fanon Wiki, we like our content to be not particularly graphic, but in order for you to understand what is suitable and what is not, we have put some guidelines up for film ratings. PG and PG-13 fanon should 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.
This rating has no constraints on sex, violence, drugs and any other offending content. NC-17 content is NOT acceptable on this wiki. Such content will give you a 1-month ban. The bans will get longer each offense.
VI. Promotion Policy (revised December 27, 2016)
- User must have been active on the wiki for at least one (1) month: One month prior to the request, the user must have gained over 30 mainspace edits, while for chat moderator requests, the user must have been active on SBFW chat one month prior to the request.
- User must have a clean block record for at least a month prior to the creation of the request: No exceptions. For chat moderator requests, the user must not have been banned from chat within the month prior (chat kicks don't count).
- All promotions must have gone through the application process: Unless apporved by Fandom staff, no adminstrator/bureaucrat should promote any user without community consensus.
- Users must request via valid formats: This means requests must be done through the request pages or through blog posts.
- Users must express why they choose to run for the position and why they should be supported: No exceptions, requests that simply say "vote me because i like this position" will be automatically considered as joke requests.
- Photographic imagery are allowed but NOT required: These are exclusive to blog posts, which may be placed anywhere on the blog but must only be there for enticing value, not to overshadow the request form.
- Applicants shall not force other users to support them: Applicants are allowed to notify other users of such discussion, without imposing an agenda.
- Nominating another user for any position is allowed: Only if the nominated user accepts within the next 48 hours. If not, nominations will be closed as invalid.
- Administrator and bureaucrat requests can be posted on the forum: This is only to inform and seek more input, they can also be highlighted.
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
VII. Inactivity Policy (revised September 23, 2016)
- 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 maximum 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.
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.