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Policy status and phases

Category policy
Copyright policy
Deletion policy
Speedy deletion
DNP policy
NDA policy
Editing policy
Disruptive editing policy
External links
Fan fiction
Guild pages policy
Images policy

Items policy
Lore policy
Naming policy
Neutrality policy
Personal articles
Player character pages
Stub policy
Three revert rule
User naming
Vandalism policy
Voting policy

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This page is an official policy on WoWWiki.

This policy has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow.

  • Feel free to propose any changes to this policy, but please make sure that changes you make follow the official process and reflect consensus on the discussion page before you put them into practice. Any big changes need to be Adopted or Decreed to be enforced as policy.
  • See WoWWiki:Policies for an overview of WoWWiki policies.
  • See Category:Policies for a list of proposed and adopted policy articles.
  • Shortcut: WW:PA

The Policy Edit

Personal articles should be located as subpages of the author's user page (e.g. User:Aeleas/The Last Druid).

A personal article is any article in which the original author wishes to retain primary control over the article or receive credit for the work, regardless of whether or not collaboration from other authors or editors has been invited. These include almost all works of fan fiction, and pages which are primarily the work of one author who wishes to receive credit for the work, such as Guide To Azeroth.

Enforcing Edit

  • Any wiki contributor can move personal articles to the author's sub-page.
Icon-warning-22x22Verify that there is only one significant contributor. Also check the article's talk page!
  • Authors can move them back if they wish to surrender control over the page. Make a note on the talk page that this is indeed the case so it does not get moved again.
  • Conflicts can be resolved by voting.

Reasoning Edit

There are several benefits to locating personal works under one's user page.

  • It helps to provide clear credit for work, and provides a convenient breadcrumb to the writer's user page.
  • It makes it clear that the author retains control over the page. In the general namespace, readers are invited to be bold in editing anything they see, and articles are all open collaborations with no credit given for individual contribution within the article itself. If a writer wants more control over his or her creation, locating it under his or her user page provides clear notice of this intention. The extent to which the owner of the page wishes to invite collaboration from others can be made clear on the page itself.
  • It helps keep works of fan fiction distinct from the articles on lore, so that a reader can immediately tell whether a link is to an article on lore or a creative work. Also, it avoids possible naming conflicts between articles on official lore and works of fan fiction.

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