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This page is an official policy on GuildWiki.

It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. Please use the talk page to propose changes.

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Administrators have many responsibilities on the GuildWiki. They arbitrate user disputes (typically upon special request), they patrol for and block vandals, and they protect and delete articles to maintain our high quality of content. They get a significant amount of pull in these situations—normal editors must abide by the decisions made by administrators in these contexts, regardless of whether they agree.

That said, administrators have absolutely no additional say in the content of the GuildWiki. Many administrators are active editors as well—this means that an admin and a normal editor will occasionally have disputes that administrators traditionally break up. In these cases, the administrator should not protect the page to preserve his edit, block users that disagree with him, or apply any other administrative powers to his advantage in a dispute.

Along the same lines, no user should fear or back away from defending his desired changes simply because the disagreeing editor is an administrator! To further this, any decision made by administrators in these contexts will be clearly marked as administrative, to help editors identify that there is something they need to abide to. Editors are not expected to remember, or to know off the top of their head, who the administrators are. Unless an administrator's comment is clearly marked as an administrative adjudication, editors should view it as just another comment by just another editor.