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GuildWiki:Censorship

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Censorship is the removal of information from the wiki by the author or other editors. At GuildWiki we recognize our user's rights to freedom of expression. Therefore, we very rarely censor the comments of our users. This policy is to spell out the guidelines for when censorship is appropriate and what kind of content is subject to censorship by other contributors.

When is something censored[edit source]

Articles[edit source]

Information may be removed from articles in the course of normal editing. Refer to GuildWiki:Article retention for guidance.

Section headers[edit source]

Section headers often appear in the list of recent changes. Therefore, try to keep section headers decent and don't use text that may be disruptive. If you find something that appears in recent changes inappropriate, you may change the section header to something more appropriate. Please note that you made the change in the edit summary.

Talk page comments[edit source]

Talk page comments are rarely censored except in extreme cases. Such cases would include something excessively offensive and disruptive (spamming racial slurs for several lines for example), libel, posting of another user's personal information, etc.

In general, you should always try to keep your comments civil and appropriate. Remember that because you are on the internet typing your words, you have a chance to reread what you say before submitting it. Please take the opportunity to do so.

Images[edit source]

Images should always be "safe for work." That is, don't upload anything that could get someone in trouble for browsing at while at work. In general, your images should be Guild Wars-related anyway. If you're unsure whether or not something is appropriate, don't upload it.

User pages[edit source]

The user name space (not the user talk name space) is generally left up to the user. However, it should follow the same guidelines for images and talk pages stated above. Keep things decent. If someone asks you to change something because they find it offensive, whether or not it is a violation, consider their request.

Email adresses[edit source]

An email address is considered a form of personal information and, as such, unless posted by the email's owner, will be removed on sight. It is recommended that, rather than post your email address, enable email in your preferences.

When not to censor[edit source]

Cursing[edit source]

Users are allowed to use colorful language on talk pages or their own user page if they chose. While you should always try to be civil, there is no rule disallowing cursing. Never edit another user's comments to censor or remove colorful language.

Removing text[edit source]

Rewording or removing parts of another user's comments, regardless of whether it is on your talk page or not, may be considered a violation of this policy. Changing another's comments may be misleading. In general, you may remove your own text from a talk page, unless it was replied to and to remove it would make the replies not make sense. So if you posted a question, for example, and later answered it yourself, you can remove it. Remember that your comment is permanently stored in the page history and another user may restore your comment if they decide that it should not have been removed.

Personal attacks[edit source]

Unless the personal attack includes the posting of a person's personal information, or something excessively offensive, personal attacks should not be removed. Remnants of user conflicts are part of a person's edit history and may be used to decide on administrative actions. Additionally, if you posted it, then you should know that others judge you by your comments. If you write something that you later regret, you can't just delete it and pretend it never happened - you have to deal with the consequences, or, preferably, think twice before posting. As usual, we encourage users to make good use of the show preview button.

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