The Blackout Club Wiki:Wiki Rules
Welcome to the Wiki Rules page! Please take care and read the Wiki Rules before getting started on the Wiki! If you have any questions or suggestions, please let the Wiki Staff (Community Admins) know by posting in the Rules' Discussion Page. The Wiki Rules are listed in alphabetical order.
Last modified: 23 Nov 2019
- 1 Article Guidelines
- 2 Article Lock Icons
- 3 Article Structure
- 4 Assume Good Faith
- 5 "Common Knowledge" & "Spoilers"
- 6 Edit Summary
- 7 Multimedia
- 8 Pages Creation
- 9 Personal Attacks
- 10 Player Interactions
- 11 References
- 12 Speculation in Articles
- 13 Talk Pages
- 14 Trivia
These rules are meant to outline the basics of what should and should not be on an article on this Wiki. For specific cases and more details on the types of article structures, please visit the Style Guide.
- Articles must pertain directly to The Blackout Club (game) in some way.
- U.S. English only. This is in keeping the same language, style, and spelling as The Blackout Club (game).
- Formal English. No colloquialisms or contracted forms (e.g. "can't" should be "cannot")
- No profane, sexually explicit, or any inappropriate language except for the rare usage in-game.
- “Encyclopedia” style of writing. No first or second person perspectives, opinions, subjections, or any personal bias.
- New information about The Blackout Club (game) must be sourced by an official update (posted on the Wiki) or referenced appropriately.
- No articles or information on performing or using exploits.
- Articles may not pertain to real life people, including players or developers. Players can be mentioned in Player Interaction pages and in references to cite information to aid the reader. Only in extremely rare cases will the Wiki Admins allow the use of names in main articles or descriptions (e.g. in The Shape's article to aid in understanding the Suppressed view).
Article Lock Icons
In an effort to provide clarity on when articles are locked from editing, lock icons exist at the top-right corner of articles to assist editors in understanding when and why an article cannot be edited. Readers and editors can hover over the lock icon to see who can edit and why it is protected. The TBC Wiki utilizes the following 3 icons:
|Fully-Locked pages. Only Admins can edit the article.||Users with an autoconfirmed account can edit.||Archived articles. The article is cannot be edited.|
In most cases if there does not exist an icon on a page, anyone may edit it. Most templates and high-traffic pages will be under Full Lock and will not display the lock icons. If you have questions about the restrictions on editing or the locking of pages, please contact one of the Community Admins.
For consistency across the wiki, page structures are to use similar structures. The following items and their related syntax should not be moved or deleted in an article.
- Section headings
- Galleries (including format, syntax, and parameters)
- Templates (
Editing infobox content is allowed. Fields with unknown values should be left blank. If you are unsure how to edit the infobox, please post in the Discussion page for the particular article.
If you have an idea for a new heading on an article, please contact the Community Admins.
Assume Good Faith
Edits to a page can be made for a variety of reasons. Human error, a new editor to the community, game content has changed, or another honest reason. When an edit occurs, Wiki community members must assume good faith. Rather than insulting, berating, or lashing out at the editor, community members should approach these situations with a helpful and understanding attitude. Reach out to the editor on their talk page to discuss the edit. The edit should only be reverted if absolutely necessary.
"Common Knowledge" & "Spoilers"
The Blackout Club Wiki has standards for what it considers to be "Common Knowledge" and "Spoilers" so players may uncover elements of the game at their own pace.
Common Knowledge is considered the basic set of information about the game. It is better to assume something is not common knowledge than assume it is. Common knowledge on the Wiki includes:
- The existence and basic concepts surrounding Sleepers, Lucids, the Shape, and the Voices.
- The existence of the Maze and general/observable facts.
- By default, consider "Common Knowledge" to be the collection of information a new player may have about the game.
Spoilers is considered to be information that is not common knowledge. These are articles that can contains crucial details, events, and information that may affect the player's understanding and perception of the events in The Blackout Club (game). These articles will include a template at the top of the page to indicate it contains spoiler information. The Wiki considers the following topics to be "Spoilers" and requires a spoiler template in each article:
- Pages containing specific details on the Voices, the Shape, and other lore-based characters or events.
- Special mechanics and other details that involve some level of inspection or deduction to understand how it works, including Rituals and Recalled Dreams.
- The events of the Prologue.
- Character details (e.g. specifics about Chiara Esposito).
- Details on special experiences, including some methods to interact with the Voices, as well as locations like The Moon and Saturation Control.
When you edit a page, there will be a text box near the "Submit" button to leave a summary of your edit. Please fill out a summary of your edits so other editors will be able to easily check past edits and the admins will be able to ensure the Wiki is running smoothly. An editor should be able to understand the changes you made to a page from your description without having to view the diff.
- Good summary: "Fixed grammar in some paragraphs, fixed spelling of "Isabella" to "Isabela", and added a sentence about parents"
- This is a good edit summary, as it is clear what the user changed from reading the description.
- Bad summary: "Fixed description"
- This is a poor summary and leaves many questions unanswered: How is the description changed? Why was the description changed? What description was changed?
The TBC Wiki supports the use of images, videos, and audio files in the Wiki to enhance the information of an article. Multimedia must abide by the following rules. The Wiki Admins reserve the right to remove multimedia from the site for violating any of the following:
- Screenshots are preferred to use the HUD-less mode. Player names should be digitally removed or censored.
- Multimedia must pertain directly to The Blackout Club (game) in some way.
- No profane, sexually explicit, or any inappropriate material.
- Some player interaction videos may include strong language. This is acceptable and may still be shared.
- Multimedia may not show the use of exploits or cheats.
It is standard practice for the Community Admins to create new pages on topics to avoid empty/useless/redundant pages floating around the site and to avoid biased or misleading information being used to create new articles. If there is a page you would like to see created, please let the community admins know in the Community Portal discussion page. This ensures page creation is kept efficient and pages are set up in accordance to structure and categorization of the TBC Wiki Style Guide.
Users should never personally attack other members of the Wiki community on any part of this site. Comments should focus on the content, not the person. Edit wars are to be avoided. If you feel an edit or comment was made as an attack, reach out to the Community Admins. Users who attack other editors may face temporary or permanent bans from editing or visiting the Wiki.
The TBC Wiki uses Player Interactions to share the experiences players have with characters of The Blackout Club (game). The collection of Player Interactions provide a greater understanding of lore and game details and an archive of interactions stretching back to the Closed Beta. The Wiki uses interactions to help source information for articles as interactions make up approximately 80% of the story. These interactions utilize the Player Interactions submission form housed on the Player Interactions namespace. There are specific rules that apply to interactions:
- Interactions shared on the Wiki are considered common knowledge by the community.
- Interactions should only be shared on the TBC Wiki with the permission of the player(s) involved.
- Interactions may only exist within the Player Interactions namespace. Interactions existing in the main or another namespace will be deleted.
- Each article should pertain to a single interaction.
- Editors may only modify other users' interactions to fix broken links or to make minimal transcript formatting edits. The content of the interaction should not be edited.
Interactions posted to the Wiki must also abide by the basic Article Guidelines. The Blackout Club Wiki also recognizes that some interactions can and have been modified or edited before being shared. It is in the Wiki's best interest to possess interactions in their true form. If you believe an interaction on the Wiki can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have been modified or faked, please contact the Community Admins. The TBC Wiki reserves the right to delete interactions that have been faked or their content heavily modified from what actually happen if there is documented evidence. If the submitter is a member of the TBC Wiki, an admin will comment on their user page and describe the reason for the deletion.
Users who post modified interactions or continue to repost deleted interactions may face additional warnings or temporary bans from submitting interactions and access to the Wiki itself.
Many details surrounding the events of the game need to be referenced to lend credibility to the statement. References should be made to inter-Wiki articles, Player Interactions, Recalled Dreams, and external sources where possible.
Player interactions provide a wealth of knowledge on specific lore topics and events. Information from a player interaction should be referenced following the Style Guide to give credit to the original source and lend credibility to the point. Interactions that are referenced on the Wiki must be shared on the site in the Player Interaction namespace. References to player interactions outside the Wiki are not allowed. If linking to an interaction outside the Wiki, the content cited and the reference will be removed by the admins.
This policy ensures the Wiki has acquired the consent of players to share their interactions publicly and allows the Wiki to properly cite information from the interaction. This also assures readers that if the referenced transcript or video is deleted, removed from the hosting site, or the link becomes invalid, the information from the interaction is not lost. This provides a reliable location for player interactions that the Wiki may reference without the worry that information will disappear over time.
Players may share videos and/or transcripts of their interactions in the Player Interaction namespace, but references to such information should point to the wiki entry and not too an external website.
Speculation in Articles
The Wiki is meant for strictly factual information acknowledged by the game, thus, speculative information should not be added to main articles. The Voice Interaction pages are exceptions to this rule since they allow personal experiences with the Voices to be added. All pages that allow for this style of information will be indicated with a template atop the page. For pages that allow speculation, a Gamepedia account is required to edit.
- When making comments or asking questions on a talk page, be sure to sign the end with four tildes (~~~~)
- Always remain civil during discussions.
- An article's talk page is intended for discussion or questions regarding the article's content. It is not a forum for casual discussion. Game suggestions, personal stories, shout-outs, etc. will be removed.
- Other user's contributions should not be edited, except for maintenance tasks like fixing links or templates.
Many pages include a trivia section. "Trivia" is a broad term that often invites possible references to other media. Trivia items should only be added if they conform to the following:
- The trivia item must be "undeniable". Most players are likely to agree it is obvious. When there could be multiple valid theories that are each as likely, do not post any.
- Trivia sections should not include personal theories (see the Wiki's Rule on Speculation and Theories).
- E.g. If a game item merely looks like something you saw somewhere else, it usually doesn't merit mention (starting a trivia item with "might be a reference" or "looks like" is often a sign that the trivia is not worth mentioning).
- Trivia should not describe a game element, mechanic function, or tips on an item's use - these points are best for the Description section.
- Trivia mentioning former features that were present in The Blackout Club (game)'s Closed Beta or Early Access are acceptable. These give further insight into the development and evolution of the game. Referencing screenshots, images, or articles is strongly encouraged to further validate claims.