Policy:Disruptive editing

Green check.svg.png Official BattleTechWiki Policy
This page documents an official BattleTechWiki policy, a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all Editors. Any edit to it should reflect consensus. Consider discussing potential changes on the talk page first.

Nutshell.png This page in a nutshell: Editors who deliberately abuse their editing privileges to violate NPOV or otherwise disrupt this wiki will be blocked from editing.

Disruptive editors are ones who:

  • Repeatedly violate community consensus, often to make a point.
  • Engage in personal attacks against other editors or otherwise seeks to drive people away.
  • Add patently false or unverifiable information.
  • Deliberately add opinionated or biased information in violation of NPOV in articles where it is not appropriate.

Remember, it is important to discuss changes. Do not make other changes to point out how ridiculous you think something else is. This is, first and foremost, an encyclopedia about BattleTech, so think about what a new viewer would think if they saw something inappropriate.

Are you being disruptive?[edit]

Has someone accused you of being disruptive, but are not sure they are right? This is a partial list of some things that may not seem disruptive, but actually are.

  • Did you write an article that is more than a stub and cite no sources?
This is disruption, though it will probably not get you banned.
  • Did you change something in an article and not attribute a source?
This is also disruptive, though you may only be warned if it is proven to be wrong.
  • Did you change an aspect of an article that is under discussion before it reaches consensus?
This is disruptive.
  • Did you propose an article somebody else created for deletion?
This is not disruptive.
  • Did you propose all articles that somebody else created for deletion because they got one of "yours" deleted?
This is disruptive.
  • Did you miss a typo, leading to incorrect information being present on an article?
This is not disruptive.
  • Did you add inaccurate information with the apparent intent to mislead?
This is disruptive and will result in swift action.

Dealing with disruptive editors[edit]

Always assume good faith. Editors should bring the potentially disruptive editor and his or her actions to the attention of an administrator. If an admin is somehow involved in the disruption (such as being the target of a personal attack), it may be appropriate for a different admin to deal with the disruptive editor.

Administrators should use the appropriate user warning template to alert the editor to his or her error. Further action should be done in accordance with Policy:Blocking or Policy:Banning, as appropriate. Remember that the editor may not realize that his or her actions were disruptive, so assume good faith at first.