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Policy:Moratorium

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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: Only add material from sources that have been in print longer than two months


BattleTechWiki is a fan site and has no official relationship with the owners or licensees of the intellectual property rights (FASA, FanPro, Wizkids, InMediaRes, Catalyst Game Labs, and others), nor any individuals employed by those companies. As such, it is inappropriate for this wiki to attempt to compete with official products released by those companies, or even to give the impression of doing so. Therefore, BTW asks its editors to please refrain from adding information from official titles for two months after the date of release for the print version (or simply two months after publication if the source is only published electronically).

In order to facilitate this process, please place the moratorium tag on the article pertaining to the product in question.


[edit] Exceptions

Creating an article for the source 
In contrast to the above policy, BTW encourages editors to create new articles for new books, both so that other editors can be informed that it is under the moratorium period and to increase awareness of new products. Please remember to tag an article that is under moratorium.
Clarification 
Sometimes information in a new source corrects or clarifies information previously published. In this case, please fix the information as quickly as possible, as BTW does not wish to be a source of misinformation.
Reprints 
In a few rare instances, books were essentially reprinted with a different title (Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, Classic BattleTech RPG, etc.). It is not necessary to ignore them as sources if identical or virtually identical information is already past the moratorium period. Be careful, however, that no new information is added that could be subject to the moratorium.
Free products 
Since the purpose of the moratorium is to avoid competing with the products put out by Catalyst Game Labs, the moratorium period does not apply to free products.


[edit] Notes for Admins

Administrators, if somebody violates the moratorium policy, do not ban or block them. Simply inform them of the policy and ask them to respect it. Remember to assume good faith. To facilitate this, you can use the pre-generated moratorium violation warning.

Rather than removing the content, text and images may also disabled by placing the "<!---- ---->" code around them. When the moratorium has been lifted, the code is removed, once again allowing the content to be visible.

[edit] Usage

Cut and paste {{moratorium|the ending date of the moratorium}} into the top of the article.

For example:

{{moratorium|July 2, 2009}}

Will display:

Emblem-important.svg Moratorium
Please do not use information from this source until July 2, 2009. As it has been recently published, this source falls under the purview of BattleTechWiki's moratorium on newly-published materials.