After all concerns from concern stage of this discussion has been resolved and taken into account, proposal located in "Proposal" section above has been created and put to voting. To join the voting, you simply use buttons located in "Voting" section of this page and fill the resulting page.
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This proposal includes three parts. This involves taking the "general policies" and organizing them better, as well as updating them, as some of the rules have not been modified since 2014. Some of these are wordy, and this is an attempt to simplify them as well.
As always, everything in bold are additions, everything struck out are to be removed, with everything else remaining the same.
Ideas from the concerns stage have been implemented in this revision of the proposed policy changes.
Part A: User conduct
This part of the proposal includes moving some general policies into a "user conduct" section.
In "user interaction" under #1, I combined the three statements into one for simplicity.
In "vandalism" under #1, I moved everything to one sentence.
A. User interaction
1. Do not attack other users personally. This includes but is not limited to: threatening the wiki and/or user(s), name calling (including, but not limited to idiot, jerk, stupid, retard, etc.), and derogatory statements.
a. Do not make threats toward the wiki or any user.
b. Do not call any user any name directly or in reference to said user that are deemed derogatory. This includes, but is not limited to: idiot, jerk, stupid, retard, etc.
c. Accusing or assuming a user have a certain condition, especially in a discriminatory way.
2. Do not discriminate other users based on their religion, political affiliation, sexual preference, or anything else. It is strongly recommended that users do not mention their religion, political affiliation, sexual preference or anything elsediscuss these things as that couldthese may cause tensiondistress. A minor biography is all that is necessary, however the administration will never stop you from adding more to your user page, unless any problem arises from comments made.
3. Do not use profanity. You can say "damn" as it was used in the first movie, possibly "hell" if in the context. This also means no use of the words such as "f***," even when used as an expletive.
a. Any use of profanity in general will result in consequences.
b. Any use of profanity directly toward other users will result in a more severe consequence.
4. Do not add or link to content that is inappropriate for younger readers/contributors (someone that is under 8 years old.)
5. Do not correct other people's use of spelling and/or grammar on discussion pages, message walls, or the forums unless it is in regards to spelling and/or grammar use in an article.
1. Do not vandalize anything on the wiki. This includes, but is not limited to: spam, nonsense edits, removal of good quality content, and the unnecessary blanking of pages.
2. Any user who continues to revert or change articles to a previously lower quality version will be blocked per the blocking policy.
C. Multiple Accounts
1. Each user is only allowed one account, unless you have a good reason that can be approved by the administration. In that event, all users must identify themselves as the owner of the accounts on the user pages. Any other accounts that are not a user's primary account with the exception of bot accounts, will be blocked.
2. Only administrators may have a bot account. This account must be flagged after a discussion. Any exception to this rule requires a discussion.
1. Do not directly ask for the sysop, bureaucrat, rollbacker, or any other similar tool directly. Use the request form here and make sure you qualify.
2. Do not pose as an administrator if you are not. Administrators are the only ones allowed to inform a user that they have been blocked or banned.
E. Personal stuff
1. For your own safety, you are not obliged to reveal your personal information.
Part B: Communication
This part of the proposal includes moving some general policies into a "communication" policy.
1. Encyclopedia SpongeBobia is a community of multiple different users, and so the use of good communication is necessary to maintain a civil and productive editing environment.
2. Extended conversations regarding topics unrelated to this wiki or SpongeBob SquarePants in general are not allowed on this wiki. Such conversations will be removed. Off topic discussions are allowed on the wiki and must be kept on the off topic forum. The administration reserves the right to remove off topic discussions they deem unnecessary.
3. If an administrator requests a response from a user regarding an issue, that user must acknowledge and respond to them. If the user makes more than twenty edits after the time of the administrator's message, this will be considered ignoring and consequences will follow.
4. Do not discuss another wiki's issues on this wiki, it is not the right place for them.
5. Do not necropost. Do not reply to forums threads, messages on other user's walls, or blog posts that haven't been replied to in three months or more without an administrator's permission.
B. Discussion areas
a. When using the forums make sure that the topic presented has something relevant to the topic of the Wiki and SpongeBob SquarePants.
b. Any off topic discussion may result in the closing or removal of the thread, along with any necessary warnings or blockings.
2. User Pages/Walls
a. You do not own your user spacepage, it is given to you to help people know you better. The administration reserves the right to remove any content they feel is inappropriate.
b. Do not forbid anyone from leaving you a message on your message wall.
1. Any issue that anyone may have with a user may be reported to the report user page.
Part C: Content
This part of the proposal includes the "content from other sites" from the general policies to the "content" policy. I removed #4 because it is redundant, since the blocking policy applies to all policies.
F. Content from other sites
1. Content from Wikipedia is allowed to be copied to Encyclopedia SpongeBobia. See Licensing at Community Central.
2. Copying of any content from another website without the permission of its authors is prohibited.
3. Any attempts by any user or administrator to return (including reverting) content that contain copied material from another website is prohibited.
4. Any violation of this section will be dealt with in accordance with the blocking policy.
54. If required, all copied content must be tagged.
This voting stage will end on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:25 a.m., eastern time. — AMK152 (Wall • Contrib) 04:19, July 11, 2016 (UTC)