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This page is dedicated to outlining the rules and policies that apply here on the Criminal Minds Wiki. These apply to the whole wiki and are definite. All the rights that are made for users on the wiki are allowed within a reasonable limit. If you have any questions, please contact an admin.

WARNING: Not knowing about these rules is not an excuse for breaking them. If you were warned for breaking rules, “I didn’t know” is not an excuse. It is required that all users read these rules before contributing to avoid any complications on the site.

Chat, Messages, and Comments

  • Grammar - This wiki uses American English just like the show and has no other language. Please remember to use proper and basic capitalization and punctuation.
  • Warning — Please note that this wiki's Chat and Comments are not spoiler-free zones. You have been warned, enter at your own risk.
  • Spamming — Spamming with gibberish and nonsense is not acceptable.
  • Bashing the content here, or starting a conflict is unacceptable. It will not be tolerated.
  • Profanity — Please forego the use of profanity. It is allowed to a certain degree, however, if you are using profanity to bully one or more users, you will receive a ban depending on the severity.
  • Sexually explicit images or content — Sexually explicit images are not allowed here and will result in an immediate ban.
  • Be concise — Do not flood the chat. (i.e. saying one letter per said line) as it makes it difficult for other users to have a conversation.
  • Harassment — Harassment will NOT be tolerated in this wiki, especially given the show's themes. This includes:
    1. Insulting someone's race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other part of their persona.
    2. Harassing administrators and bureaucrats with pleads for a promotion to become another moderator, admin, or bureaucrat. Promotions aren't easily given, but earned.

Pages

  • Episode discussion — Please do not discuss a different episode in a certain episode page. (i.e. Do not discuss events of Episode 5 in the article for Episode 3, or visa versa).
  • Replacing content — Replacing real content with fake or incorrect content as a joke is not taken lightly and will result in immediate bans.
  • Advertising — Advertising one's business or something that will generate them money is forbidden and will result in an infinite-long ban.
  • Unreliable information — Inserting false or unreliable information is not allowed, as this is a wiki site. If you have any questions regarding the verifiability of a source, ask an admin!
    • Citations are necessary for common knowledge, so please cite anything ambiguous by using the <ref>ref text here</ref> tag and create a References section at the bottom with the {{Reflist}} tag underneath it
  • Fake pages — Making fake episode pages or character pages are not acceptable, and will result in a ban! This is not your very own roleplaying site, it's a factual site for the real-life show.
  • Categories — Before making categories, please consult with an admin or view similar pages. Adding random and unnecessary categories without the permission will be classed as spam, or badge gaming, and will result in bans.
  • Spamming — Spamming pages with gibberish and nonsense will not be tolerated.
  • Vandalism — Vandalizing pages or removing a large amount of content from a page without clear reason is absolutely not tolerated.
    • If you see a vandalized page, please report it to an admin. The administrators will take proper action in dealing with the vandal.
  • GIFs — GIFs aren't allowed on article pages but on user pages and comments. However, the timeframe should be no more than three seconds to work.
  • Videos - ALL videos on this wiki must be directly/tied to the show. Examples include trailers, promos, sneak peeks and clips. The only video source allowed here is on YouTube.
  • Irrelevant Images — Do not add random images that have nothing to do with the article, or remove information that is important to the article!
  • Infobox Images — Do not change the Infobox main picture of an article without consulting with an administrator first. An Infobox image is usually the official representation of the episode or character discussed in the article.
    • If it's a person/character image, the archive MUST BE NAMED after said person/character.
    • Unless it's impossible, all of them MUST BE over 248px wide.
    • If they go inside a Template, they MUST BE higher than wide; exceptions are made for serial pairs, as often a composite has to be done so both show up at the same time.
    • Network logos MUST BE erased from the images.
    • Galleries in portal galleries MUST BE in chronological order. Once a gallery has been established, the rich text editor is useless; switch to SOURCE mode and insert the new additions manually in their right place.
  • Trolling — Trolling, or posting things that make no sense just to be funny is absolutely not allowed, and the troller will be banned.
  • Illegal content — Users are not permitted to share or discuss torrents or warez, or any other illegal/copyrighted content on this site. If you want to discuss it with someone, go elsewhere!
  • Irrelevant pages — It is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to make pages that have nothing to do with Criminal Minds.
  • Copyright violations — Users who continually post copyrighted material despite being warned should be blocked so as to prevent further violations.
  • Editing conflicts — When there is an editing conflict, the two editors are expected to try and solve the issue on their own.
    • When an editing conflict occurs, please revert the page to the last edit prior to the conflict and take the discussion to the forum pages.
    • If an agreement cannot be met in a civil way either on the article page or the forum, the administrators will step in and take appropriate action.
  • Important pages — Tampering with templates or MediaWiki pages is not allowed without permission from an administrator. They will usually be protected unless otherwise. If you want to change something, consult with a site admin.
  • Redirecting vandalism – Page-moving vandalism (moving an article to a nonsensical or inappropriate title) is grounds for immediate indefinite bans.

User Guidelines

  • Sockpuppeting — Using another account to circumvent a ban or block, is not permitted on the Criminal Minds Wiki. If it becomes known that a user is sockpuppeting, their sockpuppet will be infinitely blocked, and the block/ban the original account will be extended.
    • Usually, when a user is going to be blocked, FANDOM's systems/servers identify any other accounts associated with the IP address in question.
  • Users' pages Editing or deleting other user's pages is forbidden, apart from correcting minor spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors, or if you have been granted permission from the user in question. It would be seen as an act of harrassment and will receive punishment.
  • Impersonation — Impersonating an administrator or any other authority user is never allowed and will result in an indefinite ban without warning.
  • AchievementsThe achievements system on this wiki is here to encourage contributions, reward individuals, and promote community growth. Pointsgaming (poor edits performed in order to accumulate points and badges) is not acceptable in The Criminal Minds Wiki and will result in being warned and eventually blocked from the wiki, particularly if the edits are harmful to the wiki.
  • Respect copyright.— Wikia uses the CC-BY-SA license. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license.
    • Avoid directly copying content into articles in verbatim, whether from other websites, such as Wikipedia, or other official sources. Instead, add in your own write-up. An exception would be book, film, and episode synopses, in which case they should be copied in verbatim from an official press release and must be referenced.

Warnings and Bans

Stages

The wikia's warning system will provide multiple opportunities for editors to resolve any policy violations before they are banned. Editors who are found to be acting in malice are exempt from this warning system and may be immediately sanctioned.

  1. Reminder — Reminders are given for minor first-time policy violations and serve to officially notify the editor of this wikia's policies. This will not apply to severe offenses.
  2. Warning — Most of the time, after a user breaks a wiki rule, they will receive a warning. Some serious offenses will go without a warning, but with minor violations, a user will receive ONE warning.
  3. Ban — If a user has already received a warning and continues to violate the wiki policies, or they commit a series offense, they will be blocked depending on the severity of the action.
  4. Extended BanIf you are blocked and harass administrators using other accounts or on other wikias to get you unbanned, your ban time will be extended and you will be banned on the alternative wikias or accounts.
  5. Indefinite — If you continue violating major rules, including repeated and severe vandalism or vandal attacks after being banned, or commit a heinous act against a user or this wiki, you will be banned forever on this wiki.

Duration

The sanction system comprises of eight different ban lengths that range from a one day bans to indefinite. The length of a ban will rely heavily on the severity of the violation, and it will be up to the discretion of the issuing administrator.

To Be Unblocked

The administration team understands that, sometimes, a ban may have been placed unfairly, may have been due to a miscommunication or misunderstanding, or maybe the time is ridiculously unreasonable, or you were blocked for the pettiest of things. However, some bans, especially given due to severe causes, may never be undone. Unless we break the Terms of Use (which we guarantee we'll never do), then no one, not even FANDOM Staff, can help you.

If you think one of the above reasons applies to you, contact Echo Spy through his Community Central message wall, and APOLOGIZE! This is more than saying "I'm sorry!"; it also includes admitting your mistakes and why you did it. Other excuses won't work. We are the only ones who can unblock you. So pray we're feeling merciful.

Unacceptable ways to get yourself unbanned is childish & hasty apologizing, rude demanding, multiple messages, and pleading & begging, all of which count as harassment. Other ways include repetitive comments on message walls of other wikis we administer (you'll be banned there, too), or not taking "no" for an answer if we deny your initial request for a repeal. Doing these methods only further the argument that you're undeserving of a repeal or your existing ban should be extended. Don't poke the bear any further. A ban placed is a ban deserved.

Otherwise, blocks are final, and will stay final.

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