This information page provides advice on how to behave around HabboxWiki and advice for editing the Wiki. HabboxWiki's members hold a vast array of opinions, viewpoints and perspectives. The "HabboxWikiquette" is a set of guidelines to follow to ensure all these opinions are respected, so that contributors can work collaboratively towards building an online encyclopedia.
- Act politely. Don't use profanity or offensive language towards/aimed at others.
- Don't argue with users over differing opinions - debate over facts instead.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Give praise to other users when it's due. This should be done via their talk page.
- Do not be blunt, sarcastic or condescending to other contributors if correcting their edits. Simply state why in the summary box or in the discussion feed on the corresponding page.
- Be prepared to apologise and admit your mistakes.
- Don't ignore reasonable questions or make misinterpretations.
- Avoid personal attacks, indirect criticism and labelling.
- Acknowledge that some users struggle with British-English grammar and spelling - do not negatively criticise them for this, especially if their contributions provided important information.
- Work together with other members and treat all equally.
- Make sure the page being created doesn't exist - do this by using the (advanced) search option.
- Make sure all words of the page start with a capital letter and have been spelt correctly.
- If you are unable to complete full construction of a page, place the "Navbox_Construction" template at the top of the page before saving.
- Please write in British-English, not American-English or Irish-English.
- Write clearly and avoid using colloquialisms, regional dialect and acronyms.
- Place a navigation box onto each page if necessary.
- Ensure nearly all pages are categorised.
- Check to see that all links on the page work.
- Try to write original content - quoting information is sometimes necessary, but pasting large blocks of text from other sources is not acceptable in most cases (with some exceptions).
- Before a page is published, summarise what the page is about and the main aspects you have covered.
- Don't create a page if not enough information can be gathered on the subject.
- Don't create a page which consists only of a block of text - separate it into various (sub-)sections.
- Follow the grammar guide at all times.
- Follow the formatting guide when creating a page.
- Any bots caught creating false pages will be permanently IP blocked from the site.
Editing Existing Pages
- CLEARLY state the edits you have made in the summary box and the reasoning behind them.
- Correct all typing errors that appear, it makes the Wiki more user friendly.
- Do not delete pages or revert edits unless there is a good reason to do so.
- Do not make "senseless" edits (editing for the sake of it). If an edit is minor, please select the "This is a minor edit" option before saving a page.
- "Editing wars" on the same page won't be tolerated. If neither party will accept his/her edit is correct a discussion page must be created.
- Vandalising a page is strictly against the rules and can lead to a ban from the site. All edits are shown under recent edits and all users are capable of being banned.
Final Words Of Advice
Parting words of advice from Larry Sanger (co-founder of Wikipedia):
- Be open and warmly welcoming, not insular.
- Be focused single-mindedly on writing an encyclopedia.
- Recognise and praise the best work: work that is detailed, factual, well-informed, and well-referenced.
- Work to understand what neutrality requires, and why it is so essential to and good for this project.
- Attract and honour good people who know a lot and can write about it well.
- Show the door to trolls, vandals, and wiki-anarchists who, if permitted, would waste your time and create a poisonous atmosphere here.