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The Geometry Dash Wiki enforces a number of policies applying to behaviour and the use of site features. This extends across all local namespaces as well as the Chat and Discussions platforms.

The Geometry Dash Wiki abides by senior Fandom policy requiring full compliance on behalf of its users.

Other policies can be found on Community Central.

A user who demonstrates unacceptable conduct may be blocked by an administrator in response to their behaviour, preventing them from editing and performing other actions. Common sense is the underlying principle in avoiding being blocked. Everyone, including staff, is subject to comply by the content stated in this section.

Procedure

Blocking is an unfavourable practice but should be justified when resorted to.

  • Staff have complete authority in determining a block's duration based upon the offence committed.
  • Warnings may be issued to inform an offending user of their violation of policy where it is assumed that they were unaware of any wrongdoing.
  • Block duration will increase with subsequent blocks related to a particular offence up to a maximum of 1 month.
  • Active users with a recognisable history of contribution are entitled to a detailed explanation regarding the cause and conditions of their block.
  • Blocks may be reduced or lifted at any time without notification.

Unacceptable conduct

Committing any of the following actions - including through automated processes - may result in being blocked:

  • Transmitting by means of publishing, linking to or uploading: inappropriate material, such that is recognisably obscene, discriminatory, violent, pornographic or illegal.
  • Transmitting by means of publishing, linking to or uploading: unrelated, redundant, nonsensical or visually obstructive content. (Simply, spamming.)
  • Persistently promoting sites, services, products, individuals, groups or behaviour of which is not connected with the wiki's subject or is objectionable.
  • Displaying antisocial behaviour towards other users in the form of abuse, harassment, threats, manipulation, gossiping or subtle degradation, on or off-site where recognised.
  • Deliberately disobeying or constantly disregarding staff instructions.

Prohibited account usage

Utilising an account(s) for the following is forbidden and may result in reports being made to Fandom staff:

  • Improper use of account credentials: including account name, avatar or user page masthead information, for displaying content that qualifies as an action of unacceptable conduct as stated in the above section.
  • Sockpuppetry: using an alternate account to give the impression that it is operated by a completely separate user.
  • Impersonation: using the name of other users or distinguishable real life people, groups or organisations.
  • Personal information handling: including possession and distribution, therefore compromising users' privacy.

Deletion may occur suddenly and without warning. Pages may be marked for deletion by having Template:Delete included on them. When reading the Deletion Log, the following reasons are likely mentioned:

  • Unnecessary/insignificant: A page either completely unrelated or partially related but of low significance and not requiring a full article.
  • Relocation/substitution: A page with content either being directly moved elsewhere or with similar information already so.
  • Vandalism/spam: A page created solely out of misconduct.
  • Redirect removal: Redirects are not used and are deleted where they occur.
  • Other reason: Any other reason a page is deleted at staff's discretion.

Existing pages that are vandalised are not deleted, rather, their edits are reverted to the last proper version. This takes only the click of a button.

If you believe a page has been deleted without good reason, you may make an enquiry to a staff member.

Staff have the ability to protect (lock) pages, preventing specific user groups from editing them. Page titles can also be protected, which means that uncreated pages will not be able to be created under the protected title. Generally, protection is not commonly used so to allow all users to contribute towards the wiki's development. However, there are various circumstances which necessitate page protection. When reading the Protection Log, the following reasons are likely mentioned:

  • Complex page stability: Applied to pages containing complex code or important information.
  • High traffic page: Applied to pages widely edited by many users who are unintentionally causing mismanagement and inconsistency.
  • Excessive vandalism/spamming: Applied to pages repeatedly targeted for vandalism.
  • Other reason: Any other reason a page is protected at staff's discretion.

There are three levels of protection, none, autoconfirmed and sysop. Second level protection prevents unregistered and newly registered users (within four days) from editing, while third level protection prevents all but administrators and Wikia staff from editing.

If you believe a page has been protected without good reason, you may make an enquiry to a staff member.

Files include various types of media, organised under either Category:Images, Category:Videos or Category:Audio. All uploads made to the wiki are therefore expected to contribute towards article development. Uploads made for any other purpose will be deleted immediately. Replacing files with versions of lesser relevance or quality is considered a form of vandalism and may be punishable.

When reading the Deletion Log, the following reasons are likely mentioned:

  • Unused/insignificant: A file which is related but of low significance and lacking intended placement.
  • Duplicated/superseded: A file duplicated or of lower quality to another file which is effectively able to replace it.
  • Unrelated/inappropriate: A file either completely unrelated or one which violates policy standards.
  • False/unverified: A file implied to be official or relevant but is unable to be verified or determined to be false.
  • Corrupted/missing: A file that fails to function or display correctly.
  • Illegal/copyright violation: A file that contains decisively illegal material or violates a distinctive copyright.
  • Other reason: Any other reason a page is deleted at staff's discretion.

Images are permitted to be posted outside of articles or for requested sharing purposes given that this is undertaken using Template:Image. This method allows images to be embedded from external sites without being included in the file list. Aforementioned policy standards still apply.

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Namespaces designate the intention and design of page content. Each serve unique purposes, with specific structures and differing permissions. The Manual of Style attempts to explain these aspects in order to achieve a logical high quality interface that is consistent and understandable across the site.

General content layout

  • Notices, infoboxes and images should be included on their own lines and not beside text on the same line.
  • The name of the article should be formatted in bold only.
  • Game names do not require additional formatting outside of being capitalised or linked in their first instance.
  • Page titles should be linked once only. If the same page title appears further down the page, it should not be linked. If a tabber is being used to divide page content, links may be repeated. Singular links may also be repeated when appearing in tables, including the same table.
  • Headings which use consecutive equals signs '=', should not be separated on either side from the contained phrase by a space. Headings should also be preceded by a line break. All level headings should use a capital letter for the first word only, excluding proper nouns.
  • The asterisk '*' or hashtag '#' used for unordered and ordered lists respectively should not be separated with a space from their text, or from each line by a line break.
  • Tables composed of wikitext should begin and end with '{|' and '|}' respectively at the start of their lines. Cells which may use either of '|', '|-', '!' or '|+' should be separated by one space from the start of their lines.
  • Line break tags <br> which are self-closing do not require the slash '/' to be included.
  • A common syntax shared by all pages included in a category should use this syntax when creating a new page under the same category. This may encompass things such as infobox parameter ordering, sentence structure and heading layout.

Articles

Formally titled the (Main) namespace, articles are the primary medium which content relating to the wiki's subject is presented on for viewers, and is also edited very frequently.

Talk pages

Talk pages are a traditional method of discussing page content on wikis. With a multitude of modern communication platforms on Fandom, talk pages are now obsolete and on the most part are hidden and not to be used.

User pages

User pages are a user's own personal editing space with no restriction on subject outside of site policy precedents. However, they must remain in compliance with maintenance standards. Only staff may edit the user pages of other users. Consent must be given by the owner for other users to edit their own user page.

User page extensions

User page extensions (sub-pages of the User namespace) are not permitted by default, but may be permitted upon request to staff on the condition that they are found to be necessary in being able to hold a large amount of information or advanced code for relevant preservation or testing purposes that would otherwise significantly disrupt the flow of the requester's user page.

Project pages

Project pages are prefixed with 'Geometry Dash Wiki:', designating them as site articles. They are usually editable only be staff.

Files

Files are non-textual components of articles providing visual and auditory content. They should remain compliant with site policy.

Images

All images should be of the PNG image file format where possible as this ensures the highest digital quality compared to other software-supported image file formats. Ideally, the resolution should be as high as possible, although this is a lesser priority to proportion, which should be consistent among any one image series. Images may be replaced in this regard, given that the whole series is replaced to maintain consistency.

Remember when uploading files for articles:

  • Use the .png extension for images whenever possible.
  • Aim for large high-resolution images (they can be resized).
  • Do not replace files that have already been categorised.
  • Use 'thumb' and specify a pixel width when inserting a file onto pages.
  • Try not to forget writing 'File:' preceding the name, and the extension following the name.
  • For example: [[File:StereoMadness.png|thumb|250px]]

Videos

Videos should be sourced from YouTube only.

Audio

Audio .ogg format.

Article syntax: Should be used in either Template:Audio or designated infobox field.*

MediaWiki

MediaWiki pages are system pages that affect the design and functionality of the site. They are editable only by administrators.

Templates

Templates work by having content on a separate page transcluded onto another page. Information about documentation can be found on Category:Templates.

Article syntax:

Categories

The category system works by including pages within categories so that pages of a similar subject are organised together and can be navigated to through a tree structure. Note that categories are not tags and are not to be treated as broad characteristics that a viewer may consider a relevant search term. An article, project, file, template or category page should be included in only one category so that it can be reached in linear sequence from Category:Browse. Temporary exceptions include the use of Category:Article stubs for marking undeveloped articles and Category:Candidates for deletion for marking unnecessary content through the related templates which automatically include the aforementioned categories. Pages from all other namespaces should not be included within a category. Category pages pertaining to articles or files do not require any content to be included on them. Other category pages may include concise descriptions.

The creation of new categories should not be necessary. In the case that they are, MediaWiki:Wiki-navigation, which corresponds to the navigation bar in the wiki's header, should be accordingly modified to include the new category and its included pages. All articles and main categories should be accessible from the navigation bar, which should be organised and predictable to use.

Article syntax: Categories, visible within the editing field through certain Preferences configurations, should be included at the bottom of articles, not separated by a line break.

Message wall

The message wall namespace itself is not directly editable, but serves as a directory for all thread pages and sub-pages that are addressed to the respective user. Message walls use a thread commenting system that allows multiple users to converse. Messages may be formal or informal and may involve any topic of conversation that does not violate site policy. Threads with over 100 replies may be closed due to the lag they cause, but may freely be resumed by starting a new thread at the discretion of those participating.

Message wall greeting

Message wall greetings are similar to user pages in that they are managed by their respective users and are not restricted by subject, but are generally encouraged to remain as intended greetings and not highly descriptive. Message wall greetings that are determined to occupy excessive vertical space will have their content relocated to the respective user's user page to allow greater accessibility for those seeking to post a message.

Maintenance standard

Maintenance standard elicits that content on pages does not contribute towards reduced structural integrity that is then reported on various Special pages.

  • Internal links should only be produced on official content pages and not user-possessed pages including user pages, threads or message wall greetings.
  • Expired links should not be produced on any pages.
  • Files should not be produced on threads.
  • Templates should not be produced on threads, while certain templates should not be produced on user pages or message wall greetings.

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