The Wiki Fire:Policy on people

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The Wiki Fire is a public forum, and nowhere is this more important to remember than when dealing with information about actual, real people. While a working knowledge of libel law is a good start in knowing what might be appropriate to post, following are some more specific wiki policies in this area:

Wiki Fire policies

code of ethics
on people
libel law


Libel and inappropriateness

Remember that even if something is not libelous, it may still be inappropriate. The most important statements to avoid are ones concerning someone's sexual history or sexual habits.

Silliness vs. malice

The line between a silly comment and a malicious one can sometimes be a fine one, and hard to see by the original author of the comment. Here are some guidelines for navigating this line and helping to keep the site fun and positive:

  • If you post a comment and think better of it later, there's no shame in going back and removing it.
  • If you see someone else's comment that seems mean to you, but close to the line, bring it to the attention of the author of the comment. To do so, look in the page's edit history (the "History" tab at the top of the page), find the author of the comment, and leave a note on their talk page.
  • If you see an actually libelous comment, remove it.
  • If you see an obviously malicious comment, even if not technically libelous, remove it.
  • The subject of the comment (not the author!) is always the last word on whether it was malicious or not. If the subject finds it offensive, remove it.

If you do remove content under this policy, make sure to include your reasoning in the edit summary and/or the talk page.

This is not Wikipedia

On Wikipedia, verifiable facts about a notable person are pretty much always fair game to post. Said facts might be relatively salacious, but as a wiki-encyclopaedia, Wikipedia has decided that they're valid material, as long as they're sourced.

This is not Wikipedia.

Some things are not appropriate to post here, even if they're true. Even if they're true and you have proof. Even if they're true, you have proof, and they've been published somewhere else. The other sections of the policy on this page are not trumped by the truth (or truthiness) of a given piece of information. Just because something is not libelous does not mean you should publish it. Nothing posted on this site should hurt someone in our community.

Withdrawal requests

Some people are just not interested in having any facts at all about them floating around on the web, and might that the page about them be removed. The mechanics of the wiki make this infeasible, as it would create red links elsewhere, and someone could perfectly innocently re-create the page. Instead, the contents of their page should be replaced with: "This person has requested not to have a page about them on The Wiki Fire, per our Policy on people.", and then protect it from further editing.