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This is a policy page for Don't Starve Wiki.
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It contains widely accepted standards that editors should normally follow. Any significant changes must require community consensus.
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* Read all of the rules.

General rules[edit | edit source]

Unacceptable behavior can lead to an indefinite ban from editing.

Detailed version of general rules.
  • Don't Starve may not be used to advertise businesses or boost SEO rankings. Links to external sites for personal gain, that are irrelevant to the wiki, can be removed at any time for any reason.
  • Be polite when interacting with other users. We are all here to work together as a team and as a community. Being polite will go a long way and will make the wiki a happier place to edit.
  • Follow the Manual of Style, the preferred way of how things are to be organized. While the help pages detail how to use basic Wiki markup, the manual of style explains how to apply it.
  • Do not start edit wars. Be ready to discuss changes with others. In cases of disagreement, discuss the issue on either the user's wall or article's comments. Repeatedly reverting each other's changes, known as "edit warring", is bound to aggravate the conflict instead of solving it. If a consensus can not be reached, ask an Administrator to mediate.
  • Do not flame or insult other users. If a dispute arises with another user, send them a polite message. Talking things out and working out differences can go a long way towards a mutual understanding.
  • Abide by all Wiki Terms of Use while on the site.
  • Linking to illegal copies of the game is an instant ban.
  • Do not edit others' user pages, as they are generally considered property of the user. If there appears to be an issue with another user's user page, contact an Administrator.
  • Do not vandalize any page. Do not remove all the content from a page. It is considered vandalism to remove all the content from a page or to add irrelevant information to the page.
  • Do not plagiarize content from Wikipedia. User contributions should be "in your own words". This improves overall credibility.
  • Do not boost for achievement badges. Badges are meant as a guideline and are in no way to be considered as status symbols.
    • What is Boosting? Boosting is the process of making either useless or malicious edits just to heighten the count of edits they have made.
    • What is not Boosting? Some things may appear to be boosting, but is not always so. Edit wars between a normal user and a vandal, who is trying to vandalize a page, and the user who is quickly undoing his edits. If the user is signing in and out to vandalize/undo, we can tell by the IP address.
    • Additionally, valid contributions with the aim of garnering an achievement are allowed. Contributors should exercise great caution in ensuring that these additions are pragmatic, useful, and accurate. Such instances will be investigated and reviewed by an administrator.
  • Multiple accounts used for block-evasion are strictly forbidden and are against Wiki TOS. If an additional account is created in order to evade a block, it will be permanently banned and the primary account runs the risk of having it's block duration extended indefinitely.
    • If users wish to utilize a secondary account for another purpose, please contact an Administrator.
  • Try to avoid replying to comments or posts older than a few weeks. People have usually moved on and new comments do nothing but revive old arguments.
  • Do not create broken-looking pages. This includes empty sections, invalid (red) links, missing images, tables that do not align, missing formatting, etc. Use preview to verify changes before publishing edits. Sandbox pages can be used to test out changes. If a mistake is made, revert the edit and try again. For questions related to an individual article, use the discussion page or ask an Administrator or a Custodian.
  • Do not make large structural changes to the wiki without talking to Administrators or at least having a discussion about the changes in the Forums. The wiki is a community effort, it is best to have the community drive the shape it takes, instead of individuals. Having discussions beforehand always creates better results for everyone.

Chat rules[edit | edit source]

  • Harassing/insulting other users is not allowed.
  • Spamming (submitting many nonsensical, very long, or repetitive posts) is not allowed.
  • Foreign language conversations should only be held in private messages, not in the public chat.
  • Do not discuss sexual topics in chat.

Blog rules[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Wiki community has come up with a set of rules to maintain within blogs, without overly hindering the personal and casual environment. The rules will be enforced by the Administrators, and users are encouraged to report any such rule-breaking behavior to the administrators as soon as it is encountered. Failure to abide by these rules will result in a block period based on the administrators judgement.

  • Harassment/insulting/personal remarks are all prohibited.
  • Spamming  (submitting many nonsensical, very long, or repetitive posts) is not allowed.
  • As with the rest of the Wiki, no inappropriate images.
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Yes check vote.png Acceptable Behaviour
Advertise business or boost SEO rankings. Post links of game-related or Klei sites.
Flame and insult other users. Be polite and helpful.
Add uncivil or intolerable words in signature / user-page / article. Be reasonable, civil and respect people.
Edit wars and use different edit styles. Follow Manual of Style
Link to illegal copies of the game. Follow Wiki Terms of Use while on the site.
Unnecessarily edit others' user pages. Post a comment on message wall, or
label vandals with {{vandalism}}, or
label inactive admins with {{inactive}}.
Vandalize pages. Revert edits of vandals and remind admins.
Repetitive edits to boost for achievement badges. Repetitive edits to maintain high quality content (e.g. resize images, add new images, make several edits because of huge content).
Plagiarize content from Wikipedia or other sites. Paraphrase in your own words; link them in trivia.
Open different accounts for ban evasion or any unnecessary purposes. Create a bot account which is approved by bureaucrats.
Reply to old post (>1 month) in forum and blog. Reply to old comments in an article page. It is not recommended to reply to comments that were made more than 3 months ago.
Spamming, creating meaningless or repetitive posts. Message admins in regards to deleting bad posts.
Use of any foreign language in forum, articles, article comments, blogs and blog comments. No restriction applied to user pages and user talk pages.
Leaving pages in a broken looking state. Follow Manual of Style. Ask for editing help.

Editing Rules[edit | edit source]

Use the Edit Summary[edit | edit source]

When editing pages, try to fill in the "Summary" box above the Save/Preview buttons before saving, and fill it in with something useful describing why the edit was made. For example, "fixed spelling error" or "added fun fact" or "reverted edits by 127.0.0.1" are all acceptable. Saying "made some changes" or just filling in the name of the page is not helpful, because it's information that we already have. Including an accurate and useful Summary makes it easier for others to keep track of Recent Changes.

Use the Minor Edit Button[edit | edit source]

When making a minor edit (e.g. fixing a spelling error or tweaking formatting), check the "This is a minor edit" button below the Summary box before saving the page.

Link Once[edit | edit source]

A given page should only contain one link to any other page. If a page links to Pig in one place, then that should be the only link to Pig on that page. Typically this link should be the first instance of the term in the article. But in the case of large articles, it's also okay to instead make one link in each major section instead of just once.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Please discuss changing character quotes without rhyme or reason, as some people have different opinions on which should be used. If the quote is out of date, or the old quote doesn't fit the article, feel free to change it.

Don't use conversational style[edit | edit source]

This is an online encyclopedia. It should read like an encyclopedia, not like a diary.

  • Check spelling and grammar. Don't use internet slang (ex. "How r u?" or "c u 2nite"). When it is not clear how a word should be spelled, type it into Webster. Compose edits in a word processor or web browser which has spell-checking (Firefox 2 and derivatives such as Opera when ASpell is installed will work).
  • Do not use "smileys" or "emoticons" in articles.
  • Do not "reply" to content others have posted. If a particular point warrants discussion, post on the article's Discussion page. If something should be changed and a discussion is not necessary, just change it. Article Discussion pages are intended for article discussions.

Infobloat[edit | edit source]

  • Avoid pointless infobox cluttering. The infobox is about basic info, full info is in the main body of the article.

Stubs[edit | edit source]

If an article is lacking in any way, it should be tagged as a stub. To do so, add the following to the top of an article:

  {{Stub}}

Talk page etiquette[edit | edit source]

Do[edit | edit source]

  • Sign your own posts with four tildes ~~~~
  • Add the word "unsigned" to user posts that have forgotten to sign
  • Be polite, assume good faith
  • Add new headers for each new conversation

Don't[edit | edit source]

  • Edit other peoples posts (Removing rule breaking content is allowed)
  • Be brash and rude.
  • Add absurdly complex and over-the-top signatures.