Omniverse Nexus:Rules

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Below are the general rules of Omniverse Nexus as they apply to all settings. Some settings, depending on the authors' preferences, may have unique rules of their own. Below are the rules across the entire site.

Copyrighted content[edit]

Main article: Omniverse Nexus:Copyrights

We do not allow the use of content such as media or images that were copyrighted by someone outside of the Nexus unless said content's licensing allows it. Essentially, you can use anything in the public domain, Creative Commons as well as anything stated to be publicly available for use. We are not a fan fiction, so images that depict copyrighted characters are not allowed here.

Spam[edit]

Nobody likes spam. It's completely nonsensical and cleaning up after it wastes precious time that could be spent doing other things. Spambots are also strictly prohibited and their use is considered grounds for instant account deletion and an IP block. Having to clean up after a spam attack wastes valuable time and effort that could be used for more important things. Below is what we classify as spam:

  • Nonsensical pages, comments or posts.
  • Use of spambot accounts (grounds for instant account deletion and IP block)
  • Direct copying and pasting of pages from other wikis (unless you have permission to do so).
  • Links to any of the following:
  • Dangerous websites which contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.
  • X-rated sites.
  • Advertising/solicitation sites. We are not an advertising medium.
  • Creation of blogs or forum posts that offer no source of discussion.
  • Posting on blogs older than 30 days unless absolutely necessary. If you feel the need to post on an older blog, only do so if the issue has yet to be resolved or if there is not already a newer blog about the same topic.

Vandalism[edit]

For obvious reasons, vandalism is not allowed on this wiki. Vandalism is the act of deliberately ruining content pages to detract from their original enjoyability. The wiki uses a three strike system for vandalism. Three edits that are considered vandalism, and the user will be blocked for one year. Note that if a user added something in good faith and the author did not want such an edit, it does not count as vandalism.

Here is what we define as vandalism:

  • Intentionally adding false information to articles
  • Adding nonsense, gibberish or spam
  • Blanking pages
  • Replacing the article's contents with nonsense, gibberish or spam.

Reader discretion[edit]

Bear in mind that Omniverse Nexus is available for reading for anyone who has access to the Internet. However, we want to be able to broaden the limits of creativity, so we do actually allow the use of mature themes and the exploration of controversial topics in stories and articles so long as they are in good taste, and as long as such topics are approached in a mature, professional manner. If you feel your content may be unsuitable for audiences under the age of 17, then please include the following template at the top of your article:

{{Discretion|Put your reason here.}}

The above template is required to be used for all of the following:

Profanity[edit]

We do not require profanity to be censored in articles. Occasionally, using a swear word may be suited for a specific character or story situation. However, we ask that you keep it to a reasonable level. Excessive swearing is distasteful and unrealistic. The reader discretion template is only required if there's enough swearing for your story to be the equivalent of an R-rated movie.

Graphic violence[edit]

Graphic violence is the intense depiction of major injuries such as disfigured limbs or blood. The Nexus is mostly a written medium so it is far easier to get away with this, but an image depicting such activities requires the template. Don't be overly gratuitous to the point where it becomes distasteful.

Psychological suffering[edit]

A few grim topics such as depression, self-inflicted harm and suicide come up from time to time. While it can be very disturbing, sometimes such topics are the foundation of some of the best storytelling, and they generally help us express our deepest thoughts. However, while it's alright to express these ideas in an attempt to create a horror story, if you are actually going through such feelings for real, then we desperately ask that you seek out help. Every human life matters, and there's always hope no matter how bad things get.

Sexual content[edit]

At this time, we don't actually have any romance-themed stories or settings so we don't have any specific guidelines on the topic. However, in interest of keeping our site accessible to search engines, we do not allow any pornographic writings and images, or anything that would be considered overly sexually provocative.

Other[edit]

If you are unsure about whether or not the warning is indeed required, please contact an admin. Just remember to not be gratuitous about it.

Neutrality[edit]

Users of Omniverse Nexus are from all over the globe, having their own political and religious backgrounds. It is the desire of the Nexus to maintain a safe environment for all of its users, so it upholds a policy of neutrality. As such, we do not endorse any particular political stances or religious views as doing so can create an environment which may be considered threatening, intimidating or inflammatory in nature. We do not allow any sort of propaganda or anything that would be considered militant or polarizing.

The following are not allowed on Omniverse Nexus because of their potential for flame bait:

  • Articles or stories where political bias is obvious and deliberate.
  • Using characters as a mouthpiece for your political/religious beliefs.
  • The creation of a Mary Sue utopia that idealizes your political/religious beliefs.
  • Encouraging others to take sides with a real world political/religious issue or faction.
  • Political-themed stories with black and white morality.

Controversial topics[edit]

We have no issue with the discussion of topics such as religion and politics, but we ask that you do so in a mature, meaningful manner. We allow this because storytelling is often cited as one of the best ways to approach the elephant in the room without being too direct and obvious.

Treat with caution[edit]

Below are some examples of topics that we allow to be discussed on the forums or used in stories as long as you are not dropping any anvils on our heads.

  • In-universe racism
  • Slavery
  • Cultural Assimilation/Appropriation
  • Religious/Belief Analogs
  • Real-world event Analogs

Not allowed[edit]

None of these topics are allowed on the wiki. No exceptions.

  • Pornography - We want to be found in search engines.
  • Encouraging readers to break real world laws - We don't want to be held hostage by the FBI.
  • Deliberate blasphemy towards specific groups - Don't be upfront racist or sexist.

Flaming[edit]

Flaming is insulting or bullying others whether it be in chat or on a message wall or article. Inflammatory comments or edits will be deleted or undone. Flaming others while in chat will result in a kick; blogs, comments, forum posts or articles that are considered flame bait will be deleted. In the event that you get flamed by someone else, please do not respond by flaming them back or else a flame war may start.

Flame wars have many sources - one of the most common is the discussion of recent political events or comparisons between religions. Because we want to maintain a friendly environment, public discussions of such topics are not allowed. Omniverse Nexus maintains a neutrality policy, and the views of users on such topics do not reflect the views of the wiki as a whole. Lastly, do not confuse criticism and flaming, as the two are completely different. Criticism of other articles, which is openly encouraged, is intended to help build and improve other articles. Flaming on the other hand is intended to outright insult and offend someone else which is highly frowned upon in a civil environment.

Modifying other articles[edit]

Collaboration and tandem stories are highly encouraged in the Nexus. Some articles on this wiki are open to be edited by anyone. Other articles can be claimed as individual creations marked by the following category:

  • Articles by User:<insert name here>

Before modifying such articles, you should ask permission from the original owner to be able to modify or add to their creations. This can be done by leaving a message in either the comments section of the article or in the author's message wall.

The reason we have this rule is simple. Changing content without permission will not only create possible continuity errors, but also unneeded frustration. If you have an idea on how a creation can be improved, please post your feedback in either the comments section, forums or message wall system. Similarly, do not modify other characters to make your own seem superior. This act is known as godmodding which creates not only frustrating but also breaches the audience's willing suspension of disbelief.

However, edits that fix spelling and grammar errors are always welcome regardless of who owns the article.

Article quality[edit]

Main article: Omniverse Nexus:Quality standard

While we do not expect users to write at the same level as world famous authors, the Nexus is written for an audience, even those who do not make any edits to the wiki. We simply ask for our writers to make an effort in order to create presentable articles.

Blocking[edit]

Though we do not like having to, sometimes a user must be blocked for various reasons. Blockings are decided on a consensus basis at the decision of both admins and regular users.