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This Wikia strives to be user-friendly for all ages. So please, no matter if you're registered or unregistered, follow these rules:
- As per Wikia's guidlines, you must be 13 years or older to make an account here. If anyone is found to be under the age limit, they will be banned.
- No cussing, swearing, obscene language, or profanity of any sort. (Even if it's abbreviated!)
- No spamming.
- No "mature references", for want of a better word.
- No dissing anyone. (Including yourself.)
- No saying "These are for babies" or anything like that.
- Do not edit just for the sake of editing. Just because you have more edits or badges than another user, that doesn't mean you are more important than they are.
- Only edit your own user page, not anyone else's. (Unless you get permission from the other user first.)
- Sarcastic attitudes, unless properly executed, are not accepted. (An example of badly executed sarcasm: "Don't know me? Then too bad. I'm not worth looking up.")
- Don't mini-mod. If you see a user breaking a rule, don't tell him, tell an admin and they will take care of it.
- Multiple accounts are not allowed. If you make a second account after being banned, you will be found out and the duplicate account(s) will be banned forever.
- Please don't harass or aggravate spammers and vandals as it only incites them to cause more damage.
- And absolutely no vandalism!
- This could be considered a "catch all" rule, but for the sake of it will be included separately: Be kind and respect all other users. Especially admins who have the authority to block anyone who gets out of line.
- Do not upload other people's images without asking for their permission first.
- All images must relate to the BMW adverts in some way.
- When you upload images do not leave spaces between the words.
- Make sure that what you name the image makes sense. In other words, do not name an image "jbf2354438fbcjw*Y78283eR%$&R&%.jpg", "Picture 004.JPG", "Capture 005.png" or similar. Name it after the article and what number image it is, for example, "BMW.jpg" or similar.
- Do not add a "width" to any gallery.
- Do not upload really small images.
- Make sure that the image you want to upload isn't already. In other words don't upload duplicates. If you upload a duplicate image because your's is better quality than the old one, tell an admin the reason and the admin will keep the one he deems to be better and delete the other.
- Do not upload edited pics.
- Do not upload blurry images.
- Do not upload fan images without an admin's consent.
- Do not upload pics with watermarks or any similar features unless you get permission from an admin first. However, such features imposed by BMW are allowed.
- When uploading more than one image to a page, please try to edit the page you're uploading them to one time only. In other words, add all of the pics you want to upload and then save the page. This will save the admins some time when going through the recent changes.
- When uploading pictures from magazines and books, please make sure to remove any of the text from the story.
- Do not upload screencaptures from YouTube or similar video sharing websites.
- When uploading videos of adverts, just name it after the advert. For example: "BMW Summer Event 2013", "BMW 4 Series Advert", etc.
- Don't upload duplicate videos.
- Do not upload videos with watermarks or any similar features.
- Do not upload "YouTube Poops" or any other type of fan video. The only videos allowed here are official adverts. (i.e. Not edited in any way.)
Talk Page/Message Wall RulesEdit
- No content except vandalism, broken links, and profanity may be removed from any user talk page/message wall. Off topic posts may be removed from article talk pages.
- While not mandatory, we are asking users to not change their signatures to only words. Signatures are required on talk pages to identify messages. And, if a user's signature doesn't link to their user page or user talk page, it makes it difficult to tell who left which post.
- While not really a "rule", we ask that all members please remember to sign all comments with four tildes (~~~~).
- Article talk pages, like the template header at the top states, are there for discussing changes to the article, not for a discussion about the topic in question.
- Don't rewrite other user's messages.
- Don't answer messages left for other users.
- Leaving messages on your own wall is considered spam. Doing so is not "talking to everyone" as no one gets a notification saying that you've left the message.
- All blog posts must pertain to Machines.
- Nothing overly personal or pointless should even be considered worthy of a blog post. (Pointless subjects include but are not limited to: Games, number of edits one has, spam from other websites, certain types of polls, announcing an acquisition to your collection, etc.)
- Blog posts can have a certain degree of freedom from Blog Rule 1 if they're a series of train related stories.
- Blog comments must keep on topic as the blog post dictates.
- Comments left on blogs must be longer than one word and must say more than just "I like this", "This is cool", etc.
- The Wikia wasn't created to be a blogging site, so keep blogging to a minimum.
- Users with fewer than 50 edits cannot join the chat. As soon as a user makes fifty edits on the mainpages (everything except userpages, talk pages, walls, etc.), they are allowed to join the chat. If you have over 50 edits and are still banned, please notify a moderator or admin and they will remove the ban.
- Keep it clean! Anyone who posts something bashing others will be banned from chat. (This rule applies to both open [public] chat and private messages.)
- If anyone says anything inappropriate in the chat, please report them to an admin on the Wikia. You must provide proof to back up your claim (screen capture, etc.) as we don't want to block users unnecessarily. (This rule applies to both open [public] chat and private messages.)
- Please keep the chat for important and public matters. If you have something private to talk about with another user, schedule a time with the person and use the PM (private message) system.
- The chat is not for games of any sort. This includes playing them (eg role-playing games) or using the chat as a place to discuss what you and your friends are doing in a video game. It is, however, OK to talk about a video game release etc.
- Do not post random rubbish. As stated above, only use the chat for things that are important.
- All posts must have to do with the current conversation, or it must start a legitimate topic.
- Please limit the amount of non-Mini/car topics.
- Before posting a message, think if it's appropriate for a 3-year-old child. If it is not, don't post it. Simply put, no swearing! (This rule applies to both open [public] chat and private messages.)
- Please be aware that not only admins, but ChatMods have authority in the chat box. If a ChatMod asks you to leave a certain subject, please do as told. ChatMods can also kickban misbehaving users out of the chat box.
Failure to abide by any of these rules may result in blockage. Thank you - BMW Wikia Staff.
As well as the above rules, admins have other obligations to help keep the Wikia fair and clean at the same time. These include, but are not limited to:
- All admins are required to contact/warn "offending" members before blocking them. This will give the member time to voice their reasons for his/her actions. But so that order is kept, there will only be three warnings ("strikes") before the member in question is blocked for however long the admin in charge of the case sees fit. DISCLAIMER: This rule does not apply to users who spam, vandalize, swear, offend other users, users who are exceptionally rude, or unregistered users.
- All active admins have to agree upon a rule and it's phrasing before it can be added. This way, all of the admins can add in their own ideas and no one can make the rules work to their personal advantage. If there is only one active admin, no changes may be made to the rules.
- Before a user is granted admin status, all active admins have to agree upon the candidate.
- Before a user is granted ChatMod status, all active admins and ChatMods have to agree upon the candidate.
- An admin or ChatMod is considered inactive after being away from the Wikia for three months.
- Should a member of staff be away from the Wikia for one year or more, that person will be removed from their position and be given Rollback/VIP status. Should they later return and wish to rejoin the staff, they need only ask and they shall be given their rights back.