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Official Policy on TMNTPedia, d/b/a TurtlePedia, is a set of guidelines, rules, and codes of conduct to be followed by its visitors and editors. Policy is subject to change at any time.

Behavior

  • Users are expected to behave as they are expected to in public. Treat other users with respect and courtesy.
  • Vandalism is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate discipline.
  • Handle disagreements, debates, and arguments responsibly and among yourselves. Administrators will likely not ban users simply for hurting feelings. However, if one continuously violates rule 1 (respect and courtesy) in doing so, disciplinary action will be taken. In short, an administrator may choose to issue a light warning if someone is obviously gently teasing another user, but harassment, especially repeated harassment, will be dealt with in the manner the administrator(s) see(s) fit.
  • Keep profanity and sexual references to a minimum. It is advised to keep these to actual canon occurrences within the media.
  • If you feel like you were unjustly blocked, it is advised that you follow up with the administrator who performed the ban if possible. Alternatively, you can try messaging the lead administrator at the Facebook page or Twitter (keep in mind that only that administrator has access to these accounts currently). These will be investigated as time allows.
  • Please do not harass administrators regarding your discipline, especially on other Wikis or other Turtlepedia-affiliated sites. Lack of civility will not be a factor in your favor and may lead to harsher disciplines, especially if you attack an administrator uninvolved with the conflict.

Role-playing

  • Role-playing is tolerated, but not advocated.
  • Keep role-playing within the Live Chat or specific blogs/discussions for role-playing. Any spillover into other discussions or articles will result in an immediate ban.

Legality: Video

  • Posting links to or embedding video of any full episode/film that is not from Nick.com or an authorized vendor/channel (iTunes, Nickelodeon's YouTube page) is strictly prohibited. This is a violation of international copyright law and is not simply a clause in the TurtlePedia policy.
  • Short clips are allowed, but exercise good judgment on posting these. Music videos, story analysis or synopsis videos, or anything else fan produced (including "Youtuber" content) is considered fan material and should be delegated to a fan material page.

Fan-Art

  • Fan-art is to be posted only in fan-art galleries. Image manipulation outside of simple cropping/transparency is considered fan-art (including recolors and vectors).
  • Going forward, posting fan art with a source and credit is REQUIRED. No exceptions. Current fan-art in the gallery will be slowly changed over to comply with this policy.
  • It is encouraged to gain permission from the artist to post fan-art, but not ultimately required at this time. The structure of this clause in the policy is pending and will be re-written when applicable.
  • Any artist who wishes to have her or his art removed may simply request an Administrator to do so, by writing on the Administrator's wall. Compliance will occur as soon as the Administrator is able to; requests that comply to the "Behavior" section of the Policy (above) will receive priority.

Fan Stories/Characters/Games/Films/Comics

For fan-created incarnations of the Turtles and original characters ("OC") to be granted their own articles, they must have some basis in an actual presentation.

  • Do not create an article for a story that you've just made up on the fly.
  • Only submit characters if they are in an actual story that has been or is being developed, such as a comic or game.
  • A link to some sort of outside reference to the presentation must be in the article. An outside wiki, a download for a game, a blog, a site detailing the game's progress
  • TL;DR version - do not post a fan work for the heck of it. Make sure it's a WORK and not just your RP character or a fleeting fantasy. There has to be something to back the character up.

Miscellaneous

  • Users are not required or encouraged to reveal their ages, but Wiki in general prohibits use of these sites to anyone under 13 years of age.
  • Use of multiple accounts is also strictly prohibited by Wikia.
  • Before making the decision to make massive changes (mass merging/deletion, categories that would impact many pages), please discuss your proposal with one or more admins, or open a blog post detailing your thoughts.

Warnings

  • Admins are required to give a warning before banning a user unless it is for a heinous offense (adult material, illegal material, etc.) or repeated infractions. When banning, a message on the user's talk page is to be placed indicating why. Ban duration is up to an admin's digression, but should normally be from 1-3 days unless it qualifies as the "heinous offense" or repeated infractions instances.
  • Warnings are not to be removed from a users wall; they are important for other admins to see. Removing a warning will result in an ban.

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