Star Haven:Rules & Guidelines

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This is the Rules & Guidelines page for Star Haven. We thank you for taking the time to read through these before contributing to the site. Everyone knowing the rules put in place on the site helps users be vigilant and aware of rule-breakers, and reading guidelines helps make the site more consistent and better organized.

Rules Introduction

All community-based sites and services on the internet must have rules in place to keep the experience good for everyone, and Star Haven is no exception. Here, we have rules in place for both the community and the resource aspects of the site, and not knowing the rules is not a valid excuse for breaking them. If you witness anyone, including site staff, break any rules, please visit the reporting section for information on where and how to report an offender.

None of these rules are up for debate, especially by someone who has broken them. Do not attempt to argue with the moderators about an offence. If you truly do feel you are being wrongly accused of breaking a rule, please visit the appealing section for information on where and how to appeal a punishment.

Additionally, attempting to 'loop-hole' out of the rules, or attempting to 'get away on a technicality' will not be tolerated. If you are clearly doing something to damage the site, or deliberately worsen another user's experience, you will be punished accordingly, regardless of whether your action was specifically stated as being prohibited in the rules list. Doing that will only result in your punishment, and your action's addition to the rule list to prevent future offenders.

Punishment Policy

Star Haven runs on a simple 3-strike system. We use warning templates to warn users who are breaking the rules. There are 4 possible templates that could be used to notify a you about a rule being broken, outlined below.

'Rule Reminder'

Please stop typing in all caps on Star Haven. This isn't a warning, and it's possible that you made a mistake by accident or without realizing it; this is simply a reminder for your information. If you have not yet, please take the time to read our Rules & Guidelines, as all users are supposed to read it before contributing. If the action continues, then a warning will be issued. Thanks for reading and keep contributing.
If this reminder was not issued by a staff member, please ignore it.

This first reminder template does not put a strike on the you, and is used to make the user aware of a rule they are breaking, as you may not have known you were doing so. This reminder may be skipped if there is reason to believe that what you did was malicious in nature.

First and Second Warnings

This is a warning to stop your inappropriate behavior (vandalizing pages) on Star Haven. Please adhere to the rules or you will be blocked from using this site.
If this warning was not issued by a staff member and/or you feel it was undeserved, you may appeal it.

This is an official warning, and will put a 'strike' on your account. 2 of these will be sent out, 1 per offence.

Final Warning

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This is your last warning. The next time you break the rules in any way, you will be banned from using Star Haven.
If this last warning was not issued by a staff member and/or you feel it was undeserved, you may appeal it.

This is the last warning that we will send you before you are banned from the site, this is your 'third strike' and it means you have one chance left to clean up your act.

Ban Notice

Attention user: You have been banned for 2 weeks from using Star Haven for vandalism.
If this ban notice was not issued by a staff member and/or you feel it was undeserved, you may appeal it.

This is the notice you will receive upon being banned from the site. If you receive this, you have run out of chances and are now unable to use any site features until you are unbanned, or, in the case of an infinite ban, ever again. Additionally, this template will be displayed on your profile:

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Rules & Guidelines was banned for 2 weeks from using Star Haven on Jun 27, 2019.
If this ban notice was not put here by a staff member, please remove it.

(Note that the username is displayed incorrectly in this example, as it is set to automatically fill-in the page name.)

The reason for your ban is kept private, although you are free to share this information if you would like.

These warnings/notices will be sent via a private board between you and a staff member. Upon receiving a warning, you should always view the user's page to confirm they are a staff member and the warning is valid. If it was sent by a random user, please ignore it, or if you believe the user who sent it had malicious intent and they implied a position of authority, you may report them for staff impersonation. YOU ARE PROHIBITED FROM ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE THESE TEMPLATES IN ANY WAY. Doing so falls under evading punishment.

Reporting a User

Reporting a user on Star Haven is easy. Simply visit the reporting page and create a new topic with the following information:

  • Username of the offender
  • Rule that was broken
  • Link to page where offence occurred (if applicable)
  • Screenshots (if applicable - do not upload to the site, use another image host)
  • Additional details

You may want to message a staff member when you post this to get their attention. YOU ARE PROHIBITED FROM ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE A REPORT IN ANY WAY. Doing so falls under evading punishment.

Appealing a Punishment

If you believe you have been wrongly warned, or banned, you can appeal your punishment. Simply fill out our punishment appeal form, located here:

When stating your reasoning to be unbanned/unwarned, please consider everything about your situation, including everything stated on this page.

The following reasons for unbanning a user are invalid and will be ignored unless other reasons are stated:

  • It has been a long time since the ban/warning
  • You are sorry

Please put some thought into your appeal and do not make it as soon are you are warned/banned just for the sake of appealing/the chance you may be unbanned/unwarned.

Alright, now let us finally get into the rules of Star Haven.

Rule 1: Vandalism/Trolling

Vandalism is the deliberate defacement of the site through lowering the quality, validity and usability of our pages. However, any edit which is made with the good intent of improving the site, even if it were misinformed or poorly considered, is not considered vandalism.

Trolling is the disruption of the site's communication methods, which include discussion pages and Talk: for users and pages. This may be through harassing or provoking disagreeable reactions from other users.

Vandalism and trolling of any form are not tolerated on Star Haven.

Vandalizing and trolling is probably the quickest way to get banned from the site, as they both imply that you have no intent of contributing anything meaningful to the pages or community and are only here to cause destruction.

How to identify vandalism/trolling

The following actions are considered vandalism and/or trolling:

  • Blanking pages (removing all content), or removing large amounts of content from pages without a good reason.
  • Adding false or unrelated information to articles on purpose, or creating pages containing such information.
  • Making edits which are detrimental to the quality of a page, such as capitalizing all words.
  • Spamming pages with advertising or other unsolicited messages.
  • Spamming other users' talk pages or message boards with repetitive messages
  • Taking advantage of coding errors, bugs or hacking into the site to cause harm and destruction (hacking is a very serious offence and could lead to legal action being taken against you.)

Monitoring the site's recent changes page is the best way to detect vandalism as soon as it happens. Edits made without a description, especially by a user with a red username (usually a new user since they haven't set up their profile yet), should be checked by using the 'diff' link in front of the edit. This will show the difference between the previous revision of the page, and the edit which was made by that user. Additionally, all edits shown on the recent changes page will display whether a large amount of content has been added (+500), or removed (-500). Any large changes to a page should be inspected.

Newly-created pages, which are symbolized on the recent changes page by an N, are also important to look at, especially if the page has a seemingly off-topic title.

Restoring a vandalized page

Staff members are equipped with more vandal-fighting functions than the regular user. However, all users are able to manually revert vandalism on a page using the "undo" link found beside the edit on the recent changes page, the page's history or the vandal's contribution list. If several vandal edits have been made to a page by the same user, non-staff are able to revert them all in a single edit using the following instructions:

  1. While viewing the "difference between revisions" page, click "Older edit" or "Newer edit" until you find the most current non-vandalized revision. Alternatively, you can reach the last non-vandalized revision by clicking on that revision's date and time in the page history.
  2. Click on the "edit" tab at the top of the page. You will see a notice in bold font at the top of the page, which reads "You are editing an out-of-date revision of this page".
  3. Without editing the page's content, scroll down to the edit summary and type "reverting vandalism" or "reverting spam".
  4. Save the page. This will remove multiple changes made to a page by a vandal.

Sometimes, a user may have vandalized a large number of pages before a staff member steps in to block them. Staff members can use a "rollback" feature, which is a quick way to revert a large number of edits made during a vandal attack. Additionally, staff members are able to prevent certain revisions of pages from being viewed by the public. This would be performed if a vandal were to add extremely inappropriate content to an article (i.e. content that would break rule 2.)

Rule 2: Disallowed content on the site

The following content is prohibited from appearing on the site in any form:

  • Sexually explicit images and text - This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or linking to media with visible genitalia or other 'private' body parts (drawn, or real), uploading or linking to media that is sexually suggestive and was created with the intent of being erotic, and/or describing in text a sexually suggestive or explicit scene. Linking to 'gateway sites' where the previously described media is easily accessible is also prohibited.
  • Graphic or disturbing content - This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or linking to media that is designed to disturb or shock the viewer, including (but not limited to) gore, shock sites/images and screamers. Linking to 'gateway sites' where the previously described media is easily accessible is also prohibited.
  • Illegal content - Do not upload or link to any content that would be considered illegal under any circumstance; this includes downloads for games such as Paper Mario. Linking to 'gateway sites' where the previously described media is easily accessible is also prohibited.

In general, consider before uploading or linking: "How would my family react if I pulled this up at the dinner table?" If the answer is anywhere close to "being disowned", you shouldn't post it.

Rule 3: Respect towards others

Star Haven should be a safe place for everyone, and no one on the site should feel harassed or upset because of another user at any time. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but this site is not the place to be having heated arguments about unrelated topics. Additionally, you are prohibited from intentionally harassing or degrading users.

Rule 4: Evading Punishment

Punishments given out by staff at Star Haven are not meant to be taken lightly, or modified in any way. The following actions are considered punishment evasion:

  • Removing a report from the reporting page
  • Arguing with a staff member about a warning, or ban
  • Attempting to 'loophole' around a rule
  • Creating a new account to continue using the site after a ban

Doing any of these things will never nullify a punishment, and in fact it will just make things worse.

Rule 5: Impersonating Staff

Pretending to be a staff member when you are not is not acceptable at Star Haven. This rule is short and simple; Doing anything to make other users think you are in a place of authority when you are not is prohibited.

These are all the specific rules in place at Star Haven. Thank you for reading.