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Bulbapedia:Code of conduct

2,334 bytes added, 16:00, 3 January 2009
Made a significant change; added enforcement of the policy. Also changed some things about the presence of "friend/not friend" lists on user space.
If someone starts trouble on your talk page, don't respond in kind. Let it slide, or, if you have to respond, respond nicely. If it's really bad, contact an administrator--administrators are here to help. If it's an administrator, causing the problem or you don't feel comfortable talking to any of the admins, contact [[User:TTEchidna|TTEchidna]], the current Editor-in-Chief. If you don't feel comfortable talking to him for some reason, or need outside perspective, [[User:evkl|evkl]] or [[User:Archaic|Archaic]] are both available to field issues.
===Other aspects of the User Space===
Subpages are cool, as are userpages. Almost all of us have them. But don't use them to bash people, or create lists of disliked people. It would also help if there were no lists of people you liked especially, either; that can cause an atmosphere which encourages cliques, and that's bad. If there are people whom you're working on a project with--for instance, Project Dex--and you want to thank them or give them credit somehow or somewhere, that's fine. But an "A-list" of sorts, that describes your 'best buddies,' can lead to rising tensions, and has few positive consequences.
This does not apply to affiliations or statements of solidarity made with userboxes, or anything of that sort.
==User Feuds==
There are a handful of long-running feuds between some users. Kiss and make up. Bury the hatchet. Drain the bad blood. It would be a really great thing if every user who knew they had someone they really didn't get along with extended their hand--metaphorically--and apologized for wronging the other.
Accept that apology if it drops your way. Apologize back for anything you might have done to wrong them. Because we're all in this together, at the end of the day, and there's no reason to make enemies when you could have friends.
Enforcement of these rules is, ultimately, up to the discretion of the administrators. However, they aren't omniscient, so feel free to drop a pointer to an admin if you see something going on that's really not cool. If you don't feel comfortable talking to the Bulbapedia administration, again, feel free to contact [[User:evkl|evkl]] or [[User:Archaic|Archaic]]. Depending on the severity of the Code of Conduct violation, different action will be taken, and everything will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. However, it is reasonable to assume that first-time infractions will typically draw a warning. Second-time infractions may draw a warning or a short block. Third-time infractions and beyond will almost certainly draw a block.
Unless infractions are especially egregious, the block length may not exceed one month. All Code of Conduct blocks of duration greater than one month must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief, Archaic, or a surrogate Archaic designates.
This does not, in any way, limit administrators from blocking spammers, vandals, or trolls (whose accounts are solely used for harassment, not anything constructive) indefinitely.
Time will be taken into account with regards to enforcement; after a violation of the Code of Conduct, if no other violations occur over two months, a user's slate is 'wiped clean,' so to speak. However, if a larger pattern of meanness emerges over a long duration of time, administrators may take action to rectify the situation as they see fit, within the limits already laid out when describing enforcement.
==Concluding thoughts==