MicroWiki:Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is a set of guidelines that helps us build a positive, safe and healthy community of Wiki editors with a strong passion for micronationalism. The Code of Conduct defines a set of expected and encouraged behaviours that all MicroWiki users should engage in, as well as behaviour no MicroWiki users should engage in. No user of MicroWiki is exempt from these guidelines, no matter their user rights, seniority nor any other factor. The Code primarily applies on, but is not necessarily limited to:
- the Wiki itself, for example on talk pages, edit summaries, pages,
- venues operated officially by MicroWiki, such as MicroWiki@Discord or any other subsequent discussion platform.
Cases of behaviour considered otherwise harmful especially in relation to the Safeguarding policy will be dealt with in a case-by-case basis, as there is no universal approach.
The intention of the code is not to replace any other MicroWiki policies, but to expand upon already existing conventions and good community practices. This text is heavily (if not completely) inspired by the Universal Code of Conduct of the Wikimedia foundation.
Every MicroWiki user is responsible for their own behaviour, and can help by example to build a community of editors and micronationalists everyone would like to participate in. In all our projects and venues, behaviour will be founded in respect and civility.
We expect all users to treat every other user with respect for others. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Assume good faith and engage in constructive edits. In our effort to build the most complete encyclopedia, it is necessary for our content to be edited in a manner that helps us get closer to that goal. It is expected that other users may edit the content you create to help improve the overall quality of the encyclopedia's content, and you are welcome to edit theirs. All contributions should be assumed to be in good faith unless evidence to the contrary exists.
- Respect the way contributors name and describe themselves. People have a right to their own identity which must be respected when addressing them whenever feasible, including their preferred pronouns and use of pseudonyms.
Civility, collegiality, mutual support
- Be civil in your interactions with other editors. Assume good faith and do not treat any users with hostility.
- We are all MicroWiki editors. At the end of the day, we are all here to edit a Wiki about micronations. We all share the same interest in recording history of micronationalism. We all aim to provide as complete as possible depiction of modern micronationalism for us in the present and others in the future. A cordial environment would only help the Wiki stay afloat and ensure it is here for future generations.
- Offer support if you can spare the time. Most of us were confused by Wikitext, templates, modules and common practices when we started here or on other Wikis. Bear in mind that new users may need some help to understand, and be patient with them. Feel free to offer help to new users and keep in mind we are thankful for all kind users who help explain how the Wiki works to new users.
- Recognize effort by other contributors. Remember to thank other users for their help and appreciate efforts of other users in making the Wiki better.
The Code helps users identify what behaviour is not accepted on any of our platforms.
Harassment includes behaviour intended to intimidate, outrage or upset a specific person or group of people. Harassment includes but is not limited to:
- Insults, including name calling, slurs or stereotypes, insults of perceived characteristics such as appearance and intelligence, religion.
- Threats. Threats of violence or legal action to intimidate or cause harm to coerce anyone to behave in a certain way.
- Encouraging harm to others. No threats of violence will be tolerated, nor encouragement of self-harm.
- Disclosure of personal data. Sharing private and sensitive information without consent of the person in question.
- Hounding, following a person across our projects and critiquing their work with the intent to upset or discourage them.
- Trolling. Deliberately disrupting conversations or posting in bad faith to intentionally provoke.
- Sexual harassment. Sexual attention or advances of any kind towards others where such attention is unwelcome, especially in situations where consent cannot be communicated, is a serious breach of the code of conduct.
Abuse of power, privilege or influence
MicroWiki Staff members and senior members of the community should strive to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, encourage new users to act in accordance with the Code and take part in an active role in building a positive environment for all editors. The following behaviours are considered unacceptable for MicroWiki users:
- Abuse of office by MicroWiki staff. MicroWiki staff are the primary actors responsible for building and enforcing the environment built in accordance with the code, and therefore are held to the highest standards of conduct. Breaches in the code will result in reprimands or loss of function.
- Abuse of seniority and connections. Users who have established themselves in the community long ago wield informal influence, especially in some social circles. However, this influence should never be used to intimidate or coerce new users into acting against their will, to ridicule them or cause them harm.
Vandalism is the act of editing any article in a malicious manner that is intentionally disruptive. Vandalism includes the addition, removal, or modification of the text or other material that is either humorous, nonsensical, a hoax, or that is an offensive, humiliating, or otherwise degrading nature.
- Do not vandalize articles. Do not deface or falsify articles. Repeated instances of vandalism will always result in preventing the culprit from editing the articles.
- Revert vandalism. MicroWiki admins watch for vandalism, but they cannot always act on everything. MicroWiki users have the ability to revert changes to an article, so feel free to revert the vandalism and report the user to an admin.
- New users may not be aware what they are doing. New users may not fully understand what MicroWiki or micronationalism is and perhaps confuse it with collaborative geofiction. Revert their edits and remind them what MicroWiki is for. Disregard this suggestion if the edits are obviously done with malicious intent.
Enforcement of the code of conduct falls on every single individual of the community, regardless of status, position, or seniority. Users can engage in positive interactions with other contributors and promote the values of the Code. Furthermore, enforcement of the already existing policies fall on MicroWiki staff. Breaches of the code may result in restricting access to some or all MicroWiki-operated venues, usually preceded by a warning or a reminder of the Code. Consistent or serious breaches may result in permanent restriction of access to all or some MicroWiki venues.
MicroWiki's safeguarding office was created for independent enforcement of serious code of conduct violations, and no MicroWiki staff member or user is above the judgement of this independent body. If a serious issue involving harassment, abuse of power or the safeguarding of children arises, please swiftly report the problem to the Safeguarding Officer or relevant local macronational authorities. Any concerns presented to the safeguarding office should be backed up with factual evidence instead of hearsay, and repeated false accusations may result in a block. Community-selected users can also be appointed to help deal identify and resolve cases of administrative misconduct.
Finally, a special email address to report any breaches of the Code will be created, as well as a page on Wiki. For quick action, it is best to consult online MicroWiki staff members on the Discord server.