This page contains all Rules and Guidelines that are relevant to the Death Battle Fanon Wiki staff team. If you have any questions regarding these Rules and Guidelines please contact Big the cat 10, Shadow7615, Withersoul 235 or Commander Ghost on their message walls or on Discord.
Some Rules and Guidelines only apply to particular staff members. If this is the case, there will be a section at the bottom of the rule stating "Said Rule only applies to (Insert staff position)". If there isn't a section stating this, the Rule will apply to all staff members.
Staff Rules and Guidelines
1. When giving out Warnings and Cease and Desists (C&Ds), please do not be rude to the users your sending the messages to, while you may be frustrated with said users, being rude to them ultimately makes the situation worse.
- Staff Members are allowed to use bold text to emphasize their messages but try not to get carried away with using it either.
2. DO NOT use any swear words, sexist, racist or disabilist terms to insult users in your Warnings/C&Ds, pretty self explanatory.
3. When giving out punishments try and treat all users equally, don’t let users off punishments even if there one of your closest friends but don’t give out extremely harsh punishments just because you particularly dislike a certain user.
4. Please only give out Notices, Warnings and C&D’s that concern your position. To clarify, Discord Mods can only give out Warnings for incidents that occurred in the public discord server if no other staff member was there to deal with said incident. Discussion Mods can give out Warnings for inappropriate comments and Content Mods can give them out for fights that are below the 500 word requirements, for using blacklisted characters, and any vandalised pages. General Moderators, Admins and Bureaucrats can give out Warnings for any of said situations but cannot give out any Warnings to other staff members even if they are lower-ranking Moderators, only Deputy Head Bureaucrats and the Head Bureaucrat have the authority to do this.
- If a Notice, Warning or C&D needs to be urgently sent to a particular user and an appropriate member of staff isn't available to send said message, another member of staff can then send the Notice, Warning or C&D on their behalf, even if said message isn't relevant to their position (e.g. a Discussion Mod could give out a Warning regarding a page that violates the Rules and Guidelines if there are no Content Mods, Overall Moderators, Admins or Bureaucrats available to give out said Warning).
5. In terms of giving out Warnings for stomp comments and highly inaccurate battles, please do not give your opinion on the particular matchup as it is not appropriate to include them in said Warnings.
6. When you first log on to the wiki it is highly recommended that you check through Wiki Activity/Recent Changes along with the contributions of all new users (If you do not know where to find the new users' profiles, you can find a list of them on this wiki's Community page) and send out any relevant Warnings/Cease and Desists to said users depending on the nature of their offence and whether or not it concerns your postion or report them on the Rule Violation Report, as this will allow any trolls or sockpuppets to be dealt with more quickly and will also allow any malicious edits they may make to be reverted more easily. This check doesn't have to be extremely through and shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes at the most.
- Said guideline doesn't apply to Discord Mods.
7. Try to refrain from deleting a page unless it is extremely disorganized (ex. It has no headers and the research is very sloppy) or is a troll page (ex. Penis). If a page is slightly disorganized (ex. Boomstick's text isn't in bold and it doesn't have a proper Interlude) send the author a message about their page and give them tips on how to improve it and if they haven't improved it 2 weeks after you have sent them said message then the page can be deleted.
- This doesn't apply to OC pages that have a Mary Sue Limits Score of 40 or more, any pages with said score can just be deleted since they violate Rule 18.
- Said rule only applies to Content Mods, General Moderators and Admins.
8. If a user requests for you to delete a comment or a chain of comments please only do so if the comments in question go against the Rules and Guidelines or are “delete” comments. While some requests to remove comments from a page may seem reasonable, the staff team’s ability to delete comments could lead to some users taking advantage of the ability and constantly requesting that particular comments that don’t go against the Rules and Guidelines be removed just because they dislike them.
- To be clear staff members are allowed to delete their own comments if they desire to, but this ability shouldn’t be taken for granted.
- This guideline only applies to Discussion Mods, General Moderators, Admins and Bureaucrats.
9. It is recommended that all staff members create accounts for other websites (e.g. Discord, FanFiction.net, etc) to better communicate with fellow staff members.
10. When contacting the Head Bureaucrat via message wall, it is highly recommended that you always do so on your own correspondence thread as they are meant to act as places where you contact the Head Bureaucrat about any wiki-related matters and the creation of other separate threads for different topics just undermines the purpose of the correspondence threads.
- It should be noted that staff members will not punished if they contact the Head Bureaucrat via message wall outside of their correspondence thread accidentally, if this happens they will just be directed to their correspondence thread and told that they should use it instead when contacting the Head Bureaucrat in the future. However if a staff member continually contacts the Head Bureaucrat outside of their correspondence thread despite being notified about it in the past they will be given a Cease and Desist and punished if necessary.
11. If any staff member is completely inactive for around 3 months a Notice will be given to said staff member telling them that there position will be removed if they do not resume their activity, if the staff member is still inactive after 4 months their position will be removed.
- This does not apply if the staff member creates a thread, blog or notifies a senior member of staff regarding the reason of their inactivity however if they are still inactive after the time they are due to return to their duties, this process will still be applied and the staff member will be demoted if necessary.
12. The Head Bureaucrat serves as the unofficial “leader” of the wiki. Since the Head Bureaucrat technically has a lot of power, restrictions have been put in place in order to prevent them from abusing their position and running the wiki as a dictator.
The Head Bureaucrat CAN do the following:
- Appoint their ‘Heir Apparent’ (the Admin or Bureaucrat who is due to become the next Head Bureaucrat after the current one steps down or leaves the wiki) and the two Deputy Head Bureaucrats without consulting the other Bureaucrats and Admins
- If the Head Bureaucrat is unsure of who their ‘Heir Apparent’ should be, they can hold elections when they decide to step down where the community will choose the next Head Bureaucrat (who will be one of the other Bureaucrats)
- Appoint and demote other staff members with the approval of the other Admins and Bureaucrats (i.e. through the “Admin Discussion” channel on the DBF Staff Server)
- Make minor changes to the rules, guidelines and the Blacklist page (e.g. fixing spelling and grammar errors or adding an extra couple of lines to a rule that doesn’t have much of an impact on the community) without the approval of the staff team or the community
- Introduce new features to the wiki that don’t have much of an impact on the community without the approval of the staff team or the community
- Deal with rulebreaking users according to the “Penalities for Disregarding Rules” section of the Rules and Guidelines page
- The Head Bureaucrat also has the option to consult the staff team about giving out the right punishment to a user who is particularly controversial if they are unsure of how to deal with said user themselves (i.e. through the “Parliament” or “Admin Discussion” channels on the DBF Staff Server depending on whichever they think is most appropriate)
- Consult the staff team about anything they are unsure about (i.e. through the “Parliament” or “Admin Discussion” channels on the DBF Staff Server depending on whichever they think is most appropriate)
- Introduce Help Pages, Help Threads, Help Thread rules and new categories without the approval of the staff team
- In the case of emergency wiki situations where decisive action is need (e.g. a raid or an attempted ‘revolution’) the Head Bureaucrat can demote staff members who have contributed to said emergency wiki situation (e.g. been the leader or a part of said raid or revolution) without consulting the other Admins and Bureaucrats and block any other users responsible for the emergency situation how they see fit (even if this involves handing out infinite blocks to said users)
- These emergency powers are no longer valid if it has been more than 24 hours since the emergency wiki situation has ended
The Head Bureaucrat CANNOT do the following:
- Edit these two lists without the approval of the other Admins and Bureaucrats (in order to prevent the Head Bureaucrat from giving themselves unlimited power and acting like a tyrant)
- Appoint and demote other staff members without the approval of the other Admins and Bureaucrats
- Make major changes to the current rules and guidelines or Blacklist terms or adding new rules and guidelines and information without the approval of the staff team and the rest of the community
- Introduce new features that will have a significant impact on the wiki without the approval of the staff team and the rest of the community
- Act like they are above the regular Rules and Guidelines, the Staff Rules and Guidelines and Blacklist pages and don’t need to follow them
- Treat other users and staff members as inferior to them. The Head Bureaucrat is meant to be a leader that keeps the wiki running smoothly and provides a helpful hand to users who require their assistance, not some sort of “God” or dictator who everyone must obey without question.
- Go against something that the staff team and the rest of the community have voted on (e.g. refusing to implement a rule even though the staff team and rest of the community have voted in favour of it)
- This has to be something that the staff team and the community have formally voted on (i.e. through the “Parliament” channel and a thread where a community poll has been created regarding a particular issue) and not something that has been discussed outside of these locations
- Use the emergency wiki powers more than 24 hours after the emergency wiki situation has ended
If the Head Bureaucrat violates any of these rules and starts abusing their power, the other staff members should first try and convince them to stop, but if this fails, they have the right to stop listening to the Head Bureaucrats’ advice and set up a thread asking the community whether or not they think the Head Bureaucrat should be demoted and replaced. If the community vote in favour of the Head Bureaucrat’s demotion, the FANDOM Staff team will be informed and will demote said Bureaucrat. If the community vote against the Head Bureaucrat’s demotion, the FANDOM Staff team will not demote said individual, as doing so would be against the will of the community and thus a compromise would need to be made between said Head Bureaucrat and the rest of the staff team in order for stability to return to the wiki. If the Head Bureaucrat was found to be trying to close/remove the thread or sabotage the votes in any way, this information would be passed onto to the FANDOM Staff team who would likely demote the Bureaucrat straight away as a result of their behaviour.
If the Head Bureaucrat becomes completely or largely inactive for 1 month or more, the other Bureaucrats can remove their Admin rights and hold elections where the community will choose the next Head Bureaucrat (who will be one of the other Bureaucrats). The new Head Bureaucrat can then message the FANDOM Staff team requesting that the old Head Bureaucrat be demoted for inactivity.
If any of these rules aren’t severely broken a Notice will be given by a Deputy Head Bureaucrat or the Head Bureaucrat on the staff member’s message wall politely talking to the user about their actions and reminding them of these rules. However, if any of these rules are severely broken a Warning will be given to the staff member, if the staff member continues with their behaviour another Warning will be given, if their behaviour still continues the staff member will then be demoted and blocked if deemed necessary.