Policies are what DDSIC is about: giving scores and information in a clean and clear way.
Score Recording Policies:
- Recording Top Scorers: Decathletes may appear in a top scores list more than once if the scores are achieved in different years.
Every current wiki policy falls into one of the following five categories:
- Behavioral: standards for behavior on Wikipedia to make it a pleasant experience for everyone.
- Content and style: which topics are welcome on Wikipedia and give quality and naming standards.
- Deletion: the body of policies dealing with the issue of article deletion.
- Enforcement: what action authorised users can take to enforce other policies.
- Legal and copyright: law-based rules about what material may be used here, and remedies for misuse.
Score Recording Policies
Recording Top Scorers
- Due to the amount of complaints, the Top Scorers system will have this rule added.
If a student obtains two or more top 10 scores in their category in the same year, only the TOP score will count in the top ten list.
If a student obtains two or more top 10 scores in different years, ALL qualifying scores will count since the curriculum changes significantly enough to declare the scores to be independent of each other, and not just steady progress.
People who break 9,000 will be recorded in the 9,000's list every time they break 9,000. We will now track the number of people breaking 9,000 as well as the number of occurrences 9,000 or higher has been obtained.
Example: Decathlete 1 scores 9,300 and 9,100 in two different competitions during the same year.
RESULT: Only the 9,300 counts. The 9,100 will not be entered into the top scorers list, although since it is an occurrence of a 9,000 break, both will go into the 9,000's list.
Why?: Because the curriculum doesn't change in the middle of the year.
Decathlete 2 Scores 9,250 and 9,075 in two different competitions, but in two separate years.
RESULT: Both of the scores will be put onto the top scorers list, should they both qualify.
Why?: Because the curriculum changes every year, and since the overwhelming majority of the USAD content from year to year is vastly different, achieving two top scores in two different years is quite a momentous accomplishment, and both should be honored as separate records.
- Programs that update pages automatically in a useful and harmless way may be welcome, if their owners seek approval first and go to great lengths to stop them from running amok or being a drain on resources. If you know how to use a bot, chances are your name is gil.
- Being rude, insensitive or petty makes people upset and stops DDSIC from working well. Try to discourage others from being uncivil, and be careful to avoid offending people unintentionally. Mediation is available if needed.
- Editing policy
- Improve pages wherever you can, and don't worry about leaving them imperfect. It is advisable to explain major changes in the edit summary.
- Edit warring
- If someone challenges your edits, discuss it with them and seek a compromise, or seek dispute resolution. Don't just fight over competing views and versions.
- No personal attacks
- Do not make personal attacks anywhere in DDSIC. Comment on content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter users. Nobody likes abuse.
- Ownership of articles
- You agreed to allow others to modify your work. So let them.
- Sock puppetry
- Do not use multiple accounts to create the illusion of greater support for an issue, to mislead others, or to circumvent a block; nor ask your friends to create accounts to support you or anyone.
- Three-revert rule
- Do not revert any single page in whole or in part more than three times in 24 hours. (Otherwise an administrator may block your account). For exceptions, see enwiki:WP:3RR#Exceptions.
- Choose a neutral username that you'll be happy with. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you can't delete it.
- Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of DDSIC. It is, and needs to be, removed from the encyclopedia.
- Wheel war
- Do not repeat an administrative action when you know that another administrator opposes it. (Applies to administrators only)
Content and style
- Attack pages
- An DDSIC article, page, category, redirect or image created for the sole purpose of disparaging its subject is an attack page. These pages are subject to being deleted by any administrator at any time.
- Neutral point of view
- Articles, including reader-facing templates, categories and portals, should be written from a Neutral Point of View.
- We cannot check the accuracy of claims.
- Category deletion policy
- Deleting categories follows roughly the same process as articles, except that it's on a different page. Categories that don't conform to naming conventions can be "speedily renamed".
- Criteria for speedy deletion
- Articles, images, categories etc. may be "speedily deleted" if they clearly fall within certain categories, which generally boil down to pages lacking content, or disruptive pages. Anything potentially controversial should go through the deletion process instead.
- Deletion policy
- Deleting articles requires an administrator and generally follows a consensus-forming process. Most potentially controversial deletions require a three-step process and a waiting period of a week.
- Office actions
- DDSIC reserves the right to speedily delete an article temporarily in cases of exceptional controversy.
- Page revisions can be deleted for legal reasons.
- Proposed deletion
- As a shortcut around AfD for uncontroversial deletions, an article can be proposed for deletion, though once only. If no one contests the proposal within five days, the article may be deleted by an administrator.
- Appealing a block
- Rules for having a block lifted.
- Arbitration policy
- Rules for how the Arbitration Committee decides Requests for arbitration.
- Banning policy
- Extremely disruptive users may be banned from DDSIC. Please respect these bans, don't bait banned users and don't help them out. Bans can be appealed to administrators, depending on the nature of the ban.
- Blocking policy
- Disruptive users can be blocked from editing for short or long amounts of time.
- Most editing decisions are made by a continually evolving rough consensus among editors.
- No open proxies
- Open proxies may be blocked from editing for any period at any time to deal with editing abuse.
- Protection policy
- Pages can be protected against vandals or during fierce content disputes. Protected pages can, but in general shouldn't, be edited by administrators. Also, pages undergoing frequent vandalism can be semi-protected to block edits by very new or unregistered users.
- Resolving disputes
- The first step to resolving any dispute is to talk to those who disagree with you. If that fails, there are more structured forms of discussion available.
Legal and copyright
- Material which infringes other copyrights must not be added. The legalities of copyright and "fair use" are quite complex.
- Copyright violations
- DDSIC has no tolerance for copyright violations in our database, and we actively strive to find and remove any violations.
- Image use policy
- Generally avoid uploading nonfree images; fully describe images' sources and copyright details on their description pages, and try to make images as useful and reusable as possible.
- It is DDSIC policy to delete libellous revisions from the page history. If you believe you have been defamed, please contact an administrator.
- Non-free content criteria
- The cases in which you can declare an image "fair use" are quite narrow. You must specify the exact use of the image, and only use the image in that one context.
- Reusing Wikipedia content
- DDSIC material may be freely used under the GFDL, which means you must credit authors, relicense the material under GFDL and allow free access to it.
- Text of the GNU Free Documentation License
- This is the license under which all contributions to DDSIC are released. Any re-use of the work must also be released under GFDL.