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guidelines and policies.
Please read and familiarize yourself with our common practices
and rules. If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints,
please post them on the talk page.
A Fifth Dimension maintains a number of guidelines and policies that have been suggested for the wiki by the community or those assisting in it's creation (i.e. administrators and apprentice narrators}, to help maintain order in the wiki. Please read these policies and guidelines to familiarize yourself with all of the rules and suggested practices. Any questions, suggestions, comments or complaints should be posted on the [[Talk:A Fifth Dimension:Guidelines and policies|talk page]].
How guidelines and policies are different
Policies for this wiki tend to follow common sense and you may find them similar to the policies of many other wikis. Policies are applied here as firm, established rules. Guidelines, on the other hand, are merely suggestions that have been given to help create articles and pages of the wiki that are consistent in nature and feel. These are not considered mandatory—unlike policies—but are meant to provide assistance in learning how things are "put together" in our wiki.
The main thing to always keep in mind is that A Fifth Dimension is an encylcopedia. Despite its open source nature, the content should be the sort of content that one could expect to find in any other encyclopedia and just as accurate.
These can perhaps best be demonstrated by examining what A Fifth Dimension is not:
- A Fifth Dimension is not IRC
- It is not a chat room, although we do have a forum for community interaction.
- It is not MySpace. While building a community is encouraged, all discussion in any page in this project should be on-topic, regarding The Twilight Zone or the wiki.
- A Fifth Dimension is not a free web host
- It is not an image gallery or audio/video collection. We do host media in the wiki, but that media should be justified as necessary for article enhancement and should meet established image and other media use policies.
- It is not a place for storage of personal content, text or otherwise. All content should be intended for community use.
- A Fifth Dimension is not Project Gutenberg
- It is not a repository for scripts or screenplays. These are fine as sources and references, but primary sources should not be excerpted here in portion or in whole.
- A Fifth Dimension is not a soapbox
- It is not an opinion column or a forum for debate and discussion. That said, some discussion and debate is acceptable on article's talk pages, but should be limited to the writing and editing of the article only.
- A Fifth Dimension is not eBay
- It is not a commercial enterprise, but a non-profit one. Promotional information not fitting within AFD guidelines and policies, advertisements, links to open auctions or sales, and spam should not be included.
- A Fifth Dimension is not Fun Trivia
- It is not a trivia guide or quiz, although most trivia can find a justified place in the articles.
See also: User page guidelines for more details on acceptable content on user pages.
- Canon policy - Determinations of what fits in The Twilight Zone canon.
- Copyright policy - Legal information concerning the use of copyrighted material.
- Deletion policy - Conditions for the deletion of a page.
- Etiquette - Suggestions for communicating politely and effectively.
- Image use policy - Rules for uploading images.
- Point of view - List of different perspectives used in writing articles.
- Protection policy - Policy regarding the protection of articles.
- Undeletion policy - Conditions for retoring deleted content.
- User page policy - Boundaries in setting up your own user page.
- Verifiability - Policy requiring the accurate presentation of facts.
- Be bold in updating pages - Advice for editors and writers.
- Editing guidelines - Guidelines for how to edit and style articles.
- Make connections - Suggestions for keeping the wiki wikified.
- Make contributions - Suggestions for contributing to the wiki.
- Make friends not foes - Suggestions for avoiding conflict and finding solutions.
- Make omissions explicit - Suggestions for how to deal with incomplete articles.
- Avoiding spoilers - Hints on handling information that may require spoiler alerts.
- Avoid blanket statements - Suggestions for being specific.
- Avoid self referencing - Suggestions for avoiding self-references or loops.
- Avoiding spoilers - Suggestions for avoiding spoilers.
- Check your facts - Advice for validating sources.
- Cite your sources - Suggestions for using proper references.
- Citing A Fifth Dimension - Suggestions for using AFD as a source.
- Establish context - Suggestions for introducing articles.
- External links - Guidelines for using external links properly.
- Always fill summary field - Guidelines on using the edit summary field.
- Article templates - Suggestions for setting up specific types of articles.
- Avoid including copies of primary sources - Guidelines for using excerpts.
- Category tree - Guidelines on the use and creation of categories.
- Disambiguation - Guidelines for avoiding article title conflicts.
- Guide to Layout - Guidelines for how to format your articles.
- Follow highlighting conventions - Guidelines for highlighting.
- Manual of Style - Guidelines for how to style your articles.
- Manual of Style (abbreviations) - Guidelines on how to use abbreviations.
- Manual of Style (articles) - Guidelines for how to style specific articles.
- Memorable quotes - Guidelines for how to handle quotes.
- Naming conventions - Guidelines for how to name new articles.
- Cleanup - Guidelines for finding and dealing with errors.
- Copyright violations - Guidelines for dealing with copyright infringement.
- Dead-end articles - Guidelines on dealng with pages with no outgoing links.
- Dead external links - Suggestions for repairing and removing dead links.
- Find or fix a stub - Advice on identifying and fixing article stubs.
- Orphan articles - Guidelines on dealng with pages with no incoming links.
- Pages needing attention - Suggestions on handling incomplete and inaccurate articles.
- Use disambiguation when appropriate. (Help:Disambiguation)
- Use redirects when appropriate. (Help:Redirect)
- Use stubs when appropriate. (Help:Stubs)
- Use templates when appropriate. (Help:Templates)
Enforcement, by and large, can be carried out by the general community. Assuming most The Twilight Zone fans to be considerate, fair and reasonable, most situations can be resolved by simply and politely making another user aware of a mistake. When this is not sufficient, the administrators may intervene to enforce wiki policy. In extreme cases, an administrator may consider banning a repeat offender or any unreasonably disruptive user.
- Policy changes - Page for proposing new policies or adjusting existing ones.