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Policy:Moratorium

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 published more than two months ago.


The Sarna BattleTechWiki is an unofficial fan site. It has no official relationship with the owners or licensees of the intellectual property rights (FASA, FanPro, Wizkids, InMediaRes, Catalyst Game Labs, and others) or any individuals employed by those companies.

We also recognize that the IP owners and licensees depend on selling their products. As such, it is deemed inappropriate for this wiki 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 content information from official titles for two months after the date of publication.

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

UsageEdit

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

For example:

{{moratorium|July 2, 3025}}

Will display:

  Moratorium
As a newly-published commercial product or download, this article's subject matter falls under the purview of BattleTechWiki's Policy:Moratorium on newly-published materials.
Please do not use information from this source until 2 July 3025.





ExceptionsEdit

Free products 
The moratorium concept does not apply to free products (free downloads, promotional material, etc.). Its sole purpose is to protect the publisher's interest in selling a new product for money, which is inherently not applicable to free products.
Creating an article for the source 
This policy applies to the content of new products, not to the products themselves. Editors are encouraged to create new articles about new products (with the moratorium notification in place), 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 the subject as being under moratorium, and refrain from providing detailed content information such as plot summaries for the duration of the moratorium.
Clarifications 
Sometimes information in a new source corrects or clarifies information previously published elsewhere. In this case, please fix the outdated information as quickly as possible, as Sarna BTW does not wish to be a source of misinformation.
Reprints 
In a few rare instances, books were essentially reprinted with a different title (eg. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, Classic BattleTech RPG, etc.). It is not necessary to put them under a moratorium as sources if they only contain identical or virtually identical information to what is already past the moratorium period. Be careful, however, to make sure that no new information is included that could be subject to the moratorium.

Notes for AdminsEdit

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.