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Terraria Wiki:Rules

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Below are the community guidelines for Terraria Wiki. Infringing upon any of these rules will result in either a warning or a temporary/permanent ban, depending on the circumstances.

Personal Attacks

Users should never personally attack other members of the wiki community on any part of the site. Comments should focus on the content, not the person.

Edit Warring and Reaching Consensus

While contributing to the wiki, it is possible that a user may disagree with how the information on a certain page is presented. It is expected that the two users will reach a consensus when they are in disagreement by using a talk page rather than constantly editing and/or reverting changes.

Assume Good Faith

If a wiki editor makes a mistake due to human error, the fact that they are new to the community, or any other honest reason, fellow wiki community members must assume good faith. Rather than insulting, berating, or lashing out at the editor, community members should approach situations like these with a helpful and understanding attitude.

Vandalism

Wiki vandalism will be defined as intentionally adding, removing, or changing content to the wiki in order to compromise the integrity of the site. It is strictly prohibited.

Examples of vandalism include but are not limited to:

  • Inserting nonsense/gibberish into page content.
  • Uploading offensive images.
  • Blanking page content.
  • Spamming links to external sites unrelated to the content of Terraria Wiki.

Sockpuppeting

Registered users are expected to use a single account for all editing under most circumstances. The use of more than one account by a single individual is known as "sockpuppeting".

A second account can be used in certain rare circumstances by longtime established, trusted users. Some valid reasons to use a second account may include:

  • Technical testing
  • Bot (automated) accounts
  • Administrators who want to use non-admin accounts in less secure editing situations.

In those cases, it must be made absolutely clear that the accounts are operated by the same individual.

Individuals found to be operating multiple accounts, in an ongoing manner, for the purposes of mimicking different personas or the like, will have all of their associated accounts and IP addresses permanently banned.

The use of a registered account and an anonymous IP address (editing while logged out) may also be considered bannable sockpuppeting behavior, if this appears to be a deliberate attempt to fool others or circumvent rules. Occasional anonymous edits performed by an individual with a registered account, but with no ulterior motive, are not a problem.

Talk pages

  • When making comments or asking questions on a talk page, be sure to sign the end with four tildes (~~~~)
  • Always remain civil during discussions.
  • An article's talk page is intended for discussion or questions regarding the article's content. It is not a forum for casual discussion. Game suggestions, personal stories, shout-outs, etc. will be removed.

Signatures

Custom signatures must comply with these specifications:

  • They must be unobtrusive.
  • They must not be difficult to read.
  • Your signature must clearly and obviously display the actual username for your wiki account, without any character alterations.
    • For example, the username "BillSimpson" may not be displayed as "Harry", or even as "BillySimpson".
  • Your signature must retain one prominent and obvious link to your userpage, and one to your user talk page.
  • Your signature must be static. It may not contain any animations, interactive elements (aside from links), or dynamic elements.
  • Your signature must not display any more than 30 additional characters of text beyond your username and talk page link. The standard time and date stamp is not included in this limit.
  • It cannot contain any images.
  • It cannot use any transcluded templates.
  • It must be no taller than 20px.
  • It must not produce more than 255 characters of code, excluding the standard time and date stamp.

Editing Guidelines

These editing guidelines are meant to clearly outline the basics of how an article on this wiki should be formatted. Please follow them in order to maintain consistency throughout the site.

  • Edit in U.S. English rather than Queen's English.
  • Refrain from using profanity unless it is used within a direct quotation.
  • Edit in an “encyclopedia” style, avoiding use of the first person or any personal bias.
  • Information that is not backed up by an official statement should be treated as rumor and labeled as such.
  • All videos must comply with the video policy.
  • No mod information.
  • Upcoming features should be referenced with a link to a comment or image posted by a member of Terraria's development staff.

Bugs

Bugs are only permitted in wiki articles in rare circumstances. Most bugs should not be placed in wiki articles, and should instead be reported at the bug sections of the official forum: PCConsoleMobile.

In order for a bug to be included in a wiki article, it must meet the following criteria:

  • The bug posting must be properly referenced by including a link to a thread at the official Terraria forum where a staff member verified the bug's existence, or where a multitude of players show agreement that the bug exists.
  • The bug must be consistently reproducible.
  • It must cause significant harm in one of the following ways:
    • The bug causes crashes.
    • The bug can potentially corrupt players' Terraria save files.
    • The bug could result in permanent loss of inventory items or alteration of important world tiles.
    • The bug would cause a severe annoyance or inconvenience that could be avoided by warning players in advance .

Bugs that only consist of minor glitches or exploitable behavior (cheats such as duplication bugs) should not generally be placed in articles. "Famous" and longtime prominent glitches or exploits that have been openly discussed at length by the developers may be included, but this is a very rare occurrence (the liquid production bug is one example).

Trivia

"Trivia" is a broad term that often invites creativity and speculation, especially regarding a game element's "possible reference" to other media. To prevent this resulting in long lists of low-quality "cruft" and other unsubstantiated opinions, trivia items should only be added if they conform to the following:

  • The trivia item is confirmed by Terraria's staff, in which case it should include a link to a forum post or other record of that confirmation.
  • If no staff confirmation is available, the trivia item must be "undeniable", meaning that most players are likely to agree it is obvious. When there could be multiple valid theories that are each just as likely, do not post any. Trivia sections do not exist for the purpose of listing possible theories.
    • For example, pointing out where the Creeper costume's design came from would be an "undeniable" trivia item.
    • If a game item merely looks like something you saw somewhere else, it usually doesn't merit mention (starting a trivia item with "might be a reference" or "looks like" is often a sign that the item isn't worth mentioning).
  • Many elements that appear to reference other games or movies are actually referencing older ideas. The idea of a Broken Hero Sword, for instance, appears in other games, but most of those games actually draw from historical imagery surrounding knights, which are the more likely source of the idea in Terraria.
  • Trivia should not generally describe a game element's function, nor tips on using or dealing with it, unless these are mentioned only as they relate to points of trivial interest that have little bearing on playing the game.

Guides

The following apply to pages in the Guide: section.

  • Strategy guides for combat situations are intended to guide players through them, not discuss individual experience. Take into account what a player will have at the point where such a guide is necessary. Don't recommend a Terra Blade for use against Skeletron.
  • Pictures in guides should be useful and demonstrate a point that could not be conveyed through text. The image should always be cropped appropriately, and the interface should be disabled unless it is obviously necessary. Guidespace is not meant to show off individual achievements.
  • While guides are more informal in tone, they are not personal documents. Names of individual players are to be left out, and proper spelling and grammar are still required. Guides follow the same linking rules as the rest of the wiki: only the first instance of a page name in a section should be linked, unless the section is exceedingly long.
  • If a guide doesn't demonstrate its usefulness, it will probably be deleted. While permitted, guides that are just lists of things are not recommended, unless the list serves a purpose in helping players through an aspect of the game.
  • Videos are permitted but should still be used only where the demonstration of a point or tactic warrants them. As with images, videos merely depicting individual achievements will be removed. Multiple videos posted from the same Youtube account will be treated with suspicion, and may be removed, as guide pages are also not to be used for promotional purposes. The same applies to videos that are long, heavily produced, narrated, and/or contain an account's promotional title screen or logo.
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