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The Geometry Dash Wiki enforces a number of policies applying to both behaviour and the use of site features.

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

Other policies can be found on the Central Wikia.

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 every subsequent block up to 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

The following actions - including through automated processes - are liable to result in a block:

  • Transmitting by means of publishing, linking to or uploading inappropriate material, such that is recognisably offensive, 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:

  • 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. Doing so repeatedly is punishable.
  • Redirect removal: Redirects are not used and are deleted where they occur.
  • Other reason: Any other reason a page is deleted at an administrator'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 an administrator.

Administrators have the ability to protect (lock) pages, preventing specific user groups from editing them. Page titles can also be protected, which means 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 call for the use of 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 an administrator'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 an administrator.

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 a lower standard to a newer 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 distinguishable copyright.
  • Other reason: Any other reason a page is deleted at an administrator's discretion.

Images are permitted to be posted outside of articles or for requested sharing purposes given that this is done 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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Presentation and organisation of content should be logical, structured, understandable, visually appealing and consistent.

Articles

Articles are the medium which the primary content of the wiki is presented on.

General

When creating a new article under Category:Levels, refer to the source code of an existing article in this category and modify it accordingly for the new article.

Files

Files are used to present visual and auditory content.

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 comes second to proportions, 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

Audio

Templates

Categories

Only one category should be applied to an article, file, template or category page 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. MediaWiki pages, user pages, message wall greetings, threads and replies should not be categorised.

Category pages pertaining to articles or files do not require any content to be included on them. Other category pages may receive concise descriptions.

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