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Community creation guidelines

FANDOM supports large and small communities working together and want to spread their enthusiasm for a topic into the world.

FANDOM welcomes communities (also known as “wikis”) on almost any topic, large or small, popular or strange, modern or historical, creative or documentary, funny or serious. Anyway, your community is allowed to no hate, no slander, no pornographic content and contain no copyright infringement.

You have to agree:

  • to all of our terms of use, including showing our advertisements
  • that the content of the community is placed under a free license.

Free content

The text in the FANDOM communities is under a free license. This means that the information uploaded to the wiki can be copied and reused by anyone. This is very important to our goal of increasing the amount of free content in the world, but it's not always what authors want a provider to do.

While your community may contain "fair use" material, FANDOM aims to be a compilation of free content so that all wikis that mainly consist of fair-use material rather than freely licensed content. Examples of this are fan translations of copyrighted material, digital copies (screenshots) of TV programs or games, copies of comic book pages.

publication

All FANDOM communities can be viewed by the public. FANDOM does not provide any private communities and there is no way in the software to password-protect or otherwise lock users from reading all pages of the community.

FANDOM communities are indexed by search engines and posts can appear in search results.

Public editing

Communities are about collaboration, and all communities are open to public editing. There is no way to limit editing to the founders or a specific group.

Unnecessary page protection is a common mistake that is viewed as detrimental to community development. A clear statement of your ideas is better than the technical restriction.

The FANDOM communities are community projects, not personal websites. The founders do not own them, nor does the founder's opinion carry more weight in a disagreement than that of any other user. Unity and collaboration should be the focus of community organization.

No abuse

Communities that consist only of offensive and abusive material or personal attacks will be closed.

A user who is blocked by other communities or who misuses the FANDOM foundation tool can be permanently banned from creating new communities.

Users are not allowed to create communities with an offensive or abusive title or URL. We have simple filters that weed out the obvious unwanted names, but we know that it is not possible to prevent all abuse. Users who maliciously bypass these filters will be permanently banned and the wiki will be deleted.

Please inform the FANDOM staff of any illegal community name that we may have overlooked or if the filter accidentally filtered out a harmless name.

Further guidelines

Living people

Please be careful when creating communities or pages (also funny ones) about living people who are not publicly noticed, including classmates and teachers, play communities (clans), forum communities and others. Even positive articles about people can create unnecessary drama and become a target for personal attack, internet bullying, inadvertent posting of personal information, and other violations of the FANDOM Terms of Service. Keep in mind that any article that uses a real person name, username, or pseudonym will be prominent in search results and may become the target of pranks or malice long after the original authors have moved on.

What is acceptable depends on the type of community you have, but if problematic content is not cared for in good faith by the community, FANDOM staff will step in, remove or modify pages (or entire communities) that are defamatory, offensive or offensive.

Duplicate wikis

If you are interested in a topic and a wiki already exists, please join the existing community instead of starting a new one. If there are several communities on the same topic, they vie for authors and readers and duplicate content is created, which can lead to tensions within the fan base and to poorer search engine rankings for both wikis. The best resources and strongest communities emerge through the merger and cooperation of fans.

Therefore it should be avoided to create duplicate wikis. Fandom staff can suggest merging existing duplicates into a single community. In some cases, however, wikis are not considered duplicates even though they cover the same topic. This would be the case, for example, if one wiki focuses on fan-generated content while the other documents official information or if one wiki is satirical but the other seriously deals with the topic.

Closing, merging and changing communities

All FANDOM communities can be closed or changed if necessary. The FANDOM employees inform the community of any changes in the community, including the URL and the name of the community. This is done to improve searches, better place advertising and to comply with the FANDOM terms of use.

The founder of the FANDOM community can request that the project be closed, but if the topic is of public interest then the community will be preserved and put up for adoption.

Communities that have no content, are inactive or have content that overlaps with another project can be merged, excluded from editing or closed completely. When we close a community, we can make the database of the content available for download.