Code of conduct

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The Norserage Wiki is a community-driven project; everyone who provides assistance and content do so in their own time, motivated by a shared desire to provide a knowledge base that can be utilized by all former, current, and future Norserage members. The Code of Conduct for this wiki has been developed for a support system with an explicit expectation of self-sufficiency and willingness to learn.

Becoming acquainted with the principles and guidelines here is both a courtesy to the community and an effective way of making your initial interactions with other Norserage members mutually beneficial.

Common Sense

  • When asking for help, read the manual, do your research and provide details for those you are asking for assistance.
  • When offering help, be as patient and considerate as possible.

Norserage Wiki is run by a community of volunteers.

Code of conduct

The minimum necessary standards when interacting with others in this Norserage Wiki comprises of four main points.

Respect

Respect other users

Treat others as you would be treated; respect them and their views, even if you disagree with them. When you do find yourself disagreeing; counter the idea or the argument.

Respect the admins

The Norserage admins shall have the final say. The admins shall always attempt to implement universally peaceful solutions, but in the end, are charged with the responsibility of maintaining peaceful, civil order for the majority of the community. Therefore, they cannot always please everyone with the decisions made.

No trolling

A "troll" is a person who intentionally attempts to disrupt, cause controversy, incite an argument, and/or receive negative attention by deliberately posting provocative content. The term may also refer to the act of posting such content, or the content itself.

Trolls are generally deceitful and often use ambivalence as a method of covertly insulting, intimidating, or inciting a person or persons for their own sadistic pleasure. They often pick their words very carefully and are therefore able to defend their masked attempts at creating unrest, frequently redirecting the blame onto the community and its supposed failure to understand them properly. Trolling is strictly prohibited.

Do not flame

Flaming, in the most common sense definition, is directing negative, disrespectful, and/or insulting comments toward someone. An equally or more negative response, resulting in a cycling exchange of insults is often the consequence. Flaming fellow members will not be tolerated. Never resort to personal insults and please avoid sarcastic and patronizing language. Discussions can be productive, but quarreling is always destructive.

Be responsible

If an interpersonal issue arises, please be open-minded to the possibility that your behavior may have contributed to the problem. Taking responsibility for our actions is often a good first step toward a peaceful reconciliation.

Member accounts

Please limit your wiki membership to one account only. Having multiple accounts is an unnecessary use of resources. Further, it may be interpreted as trolling behavior.

Any form of impersonation is strictly prohibited.

Legality

Criminal solicitation

Criminal solicitation is strictly forbidden in this community. In this context, "criminal solicitation" shall mean, "To actively or passively inform about, facilitate, incite, move, or persuade others to some act of lawlessness or illegal activity."

Therefore, do not post discussions about or link to criminal solicitation in any form. This includes, but is not limited to information or links to facilitate illegal drug use, theft, creation of code for malicious purposes, prohibited software copying, prohibited use of copyrighted/patented material, so-called "warez", or sites which provide torrents or links to such content. Illegal content will be removed swiftly and dealt with in full accordance with known applicable law.

Spam/Advertising/Solicitation

Spamming is forbidden. Please alert admins to the presence of spam should you encounter it. Offending spam accounts and associated IP addresses will be banned. Do not reply to spam posts as it increases the amount of work required to clean them up.

Registering just to advertise your issue/cause treats the community as a resource and is not acceptable; if unsure about the appropriateness of your content, contact the admins before posting. Also be aware that posting shortened/obscured links is a technique of spammers and deliberately inhibits the communities ability to judge the propriety of the link. Therefore, please only post links that include a clear destination.

Correctness

The Norserage Wiki values technical correctness. When seeking, or giving, help remember to strive for accuracy, completeness and correctness.

Other considerations in this category include:

Personal topics/rants

Rants and complaints are actively discouraged. This type of content is much better suited to other personal web space and are considered undesirable in the Norserage Wiki. Your contributions should be open, productive and inviting to all participants.

Avoid controversy/controversial topics

Posts pertaining to Religion, Sports, Race, Nationalism and Politics will be closed. Therefore, specifically avoid these and all divisive topics in the Norserage Wiki.

Ineffective discussion ("bikeshed")

Questioning or discussing the methods used by the Norserage Wiki team will be monitored closely and locked or removed if deemed unhelpful and/or unproductive. Harsh, unproductive criticism is also uncalled for.

If you have a question regarding Norserage development, please ensure that your topic poses a specific question and be open-minded to responses. If possible, provide a solution or partial solution. Submitting code and patches for discussion is always more pragmatic than asking others to do it for you.

Specific wiki guidelines

The wiki has its own specific guidelines summarized in the following subsections.

Pasting pictures and code

Please use [code] tags when pasting console snippets. Do not post screenshots of text output; post the actual text.

Life is a two-way street

A simple, yet profound and undeniable truth. Ensure your thread includes details and information that others will find useful. Share your findings with the community. Share your failures as well. Posting the equivalent of "Nevermind, I fixed it." in your thread or deleting your own posts for similar reasons is not only selfish and useless to the community, but a complete waste of resources and everyone's time. Also, demanding help or showing an obvious impatience toward getting it is unwanted here. Norserage Wiki is provided by a community of volunteers. Members are strongly encouraged to do research, make an effort, report back in the thread, help others, get involved, and contribute to the community. .

Enforcement

If the admins feel that a member's behavior is unacceptable and warrants intervention, a warning will typically be issued unless the occurrence is judged to be especially flagrant, in which case a ban may be issued immediately. If the warning goes unheeded, further action will be taken. Action is generally on a case-by-case basis.