- Be bold: If you find something that can be improved, improve it and encourage others to do the same.
- Be polite: It's not only important what you say but also how you say it. Be civil when talking to other people and treat them with respect. This site is built on cooperation. Comments or content that is disrespectful or inciteful will be deleted and are grounds for blocking.
- Assume good faith: Do your best to assume that other editors are trying to help unless you have evidence to the contrary. Accidents happen, and not everybody has significant experience editing a wiki.
- Use edit summaries: Edit summaries are there to explain your changes and are mandatory. It helps with getting everybody on the same page and prevents conflicts with other editors when an explanation of changes made is listed. A summary should not contain gibberish or nonsense. If an edit is likely to be contentious, the summary should not be pointlessly thin, such as "Bad", "Wrong", "Irrelevant", or other language which conveys no real useable information to any other editors visiting the page.
- Vandalism: Simply put, do not mess pages up on purpose. Blanking articles or sections, replacing content with nonsense or intentionally adding inaccurate information to articles is considered vandalism.
- Plagiarism: Do not copy the content of other sites and authors. If a site allows use of its content, reference it appropriately.
- Article talk pages: Article talk pages are for the discussion of their respective topic and not for general conversation. Use Discussion Boards for the latter. Posts that do not pertain to discussion of an article itself may be deleted.
- Custom signatures: Custom signatures which are obtrusive are not allowed. The compounded images must be no larger than 40 pixels in width and 35 pixels in height. Using the "thumb" or "frame" options is not allowed.
- Comments of others: Editing or removing other user remarks on talk pages is not allowed.
- Sign comments: Add four tildes (~~~~) to the end of all of comments on talk and forum pages. Do not sign mainspace/articles.
- User conflicts: If there is a user conflict and it is disrupting the wiki, it must be brought to the attention of an administrator or bureaucrat. If an administrator or bureaucrat is involved in the conflict, bring it to the attention of another bureaucrat or reach out to Fandom.
- Edit warring: Be ready to discuss changes with others. If in disagreement with another editor, discuss the issue either on user or article talk pages. Repeatedly reverting each other's changes ("edit warring") is bound to escalate the conflict instead of solving it. If a consensus cannot be reached, ask an uninvolved user to mediate. Consensus does not have to be reached in cases of disruptive editing.
- Under construction: This template is placed at the top of articles currently undergoing work by another user. Editors should not edit articles with the under construction template by without first communicating and receiving permission from the user.
User, talk, forum and blog pages
- User pages/sandboxes: Pages in the "User" namespace are the property of the user they belong to. Users may edit their own as they see fit, so long as the content aligns with current conduct policies. No other users are allowed to edit user pages of another without permission.
- Talk pages: Users are not allowed to remove comments from user talk pages or blank them, other than to remove insults/harassment or by archiving it (allowed after 40 posts or 32kb of talkpage content). Administrators need easy access to a users' talk page history. When in doubt if a post can be removed, consult an administrator. If a user talk page is blanked by a user, an admin has the right to revert the blanking unless it was done to remove harassment and/or insults. User talk pages are covered by the edit war policy. They may be deleted at the request of the user they belong to.
- The Escapists Wiki community's chat functionality is hosted on Discord, information and rules pertaining to it are found here.
Use of multiple accounts
- Using multiple accounts on the wiki is not against our policies or guidelines; however we do insist that any secondary accounts should be identified by placing a link to the primary user's profile. Where this is not obvious in the username itself it should be identified by placing a link to the secondary account on the user's profile page.
- Bureaucrats may consider requests to have an additional or replacement account.
- Bans from one account generally carry over to other accounts, and other accounts should not be used to avoid a (non self requested) ban on another account.
- Use of multiple accounts to evade chat bans or site blocks will result in immediate administrative action.
Editors whose contributions are disruptive to the site or who fail to behave appropriately towards other contributors may be blocked. The following are guidelines for general cases. Blocks and their duration are at the discretion of The Escapists Wiki administrators. A non-exhaustive list of reasons and suggested durations follow below. Bans from Discord follow an independent policy and current ban log is maintained here.
As a trusted source of information, the wiki's content needs to be unique. The plagiarism policy serves to ensure all work is credited correctly.
What is, and what is not, plagiarism?
This is not to say you can't be inspired by it; maybe you saw something somewhere else that you thought might improve a page. By all means, feel free to bring that to the wiki, but make sure its your own work and written in your own words, and if you can improve and develop the idea further.
Sometimes you may have to use other people's words and work. Here are some (but not all) situations where this is acceptable:
What happens if I break the rules
What happens if I see someone who breaks the rule, or I suspect content has been copied?
Point of contact
The PPOC may investigate issues directly or may ask a fellow member of the admin team to handle an issue. If the PPOC hasn't replied to a talk page comment in one week's time, any admin is free to take the lead.