Vietnam War Wiki's policies and guidelines aim to provide a comprehensible framework of "do's", "dont's" and best practices for editors at this wiki.
Guidelines describe desired etiquette and common practice in the creation, editing and organization of articles on this wiki. Their goal is to make the wiki easier to use for both editors and readers alike and to make its appearance more consistent and streamlined.
Adding or changing policies and guidelines
Any editor is free to edit policies and guidelines to improve clarity and readability. However, changes to the actual content or meaning should only be done with community consensus.
To this end, the normal procedure for proposing new policies and guidelines or changing existing ones is to create a topic in the "wiki discussion" forum. Once the discussion has led to a final draft, call a vote. The vote needs to run for a week at minimum and at least 10 registered editors need to participate for it to be valid; a simple majority is sufficient to pass. The administrators may veto a policy; this should only be done sparingly and for good reasons.
Aside from the normal procedure, the administrators may "decree" policies or guidelines. This should only be done with consensus among administrators and in cases where community consensus cannot be reached but a policy or guideline is needed. Of course, changes to decreed policies and guidelines can be suggested by anyone on the "standard" way above.
List of policies and guidelines
|Policy/guideline||What it concerns||Sub-guidelines|
|Administration policy||Administrator actions in general; blocking, deletion and page protection|
|Article layout guideline||What to put where in articles|
|Content organization guideline||How content is organized; what makes a subject qualify for an own article, how to name, how to categorize articles, when and how to disambiguate|
|Content policy||What content may be added to the wiki; what rules apply to all content|
|Editing guideline||How to write and properly format content|
|Image and video policy||Which images and videos may be uploaded and added to articles as well as quality criteria they should fulfill|
|User conduct guideline||How editors should behave|
|Chat||How users should behave in chat.|