Halopedia:General disclaimer

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Halopedia is neither owned by nor affiliated with Microsoft or the creators of the Halo franchise in any way.

Halopedia makes no guarantee of validity

Halopedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia, that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate, or reliable information.

That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information on Halopedia; much of the time, you will. However, Halopedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may have recently been changed, vandalized, or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant area. Note that most other encyclopedias and reference works also have similar disclaimers.

Halopedia contains copyrighted material

Main article: Halopedia:Copyrights

Materials used by Halopedia are copyrighted by Microsoft Corporation, 343 Industries, and third parties that have a direct relationship with the Halo franchise. Halopedia asserts that its use of any copyrighted material constitutes as fair use under United States copyright law. The text of Halopedia is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, and in some cases, the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2.

By editing the wiki, you agree to license any text you add under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. This text may be redistributed or adapted by the general public for any use as long as it is released under a similar license and the contributing authors are attributed. Our authors must agree to be credited through either a list of contributors or a link back to the original article, keeping in mind that the wiki logs all contributions.

Halopedia is not private

Main article: Halopedia:Privacy policy

All information found on Halopedia is public, including anything you add to an article or on a user page about yourself. In essence, you are publishing all information that you add when posting to the site.

Halopedia does not require the collection of personal information from its users. Providing Halopedia with your real name and/or email address is optional. Your IP address will be made public only if you edit without logging in for the sake of attributing those edits. Create an account or do not edit if you do not want your IP address to be made public. If you post personally-identifiable information (e.g. name, location, birthday) and you wish to have it removed, Halopedia will work with you to remove it.

Halopedia contains spoilers

Main article: Halopedia:Spoiler policy

Halopedia maintains the policy of documenting all information about the Halo universe in an "omniscient" point of view. Though there is a "spoiler" warning for content of material that has not yet been released, it is by no means used every time spoilers are present. When using Halopedia, you will find that every article contains as complete and thorough information as is possible. If you do not wish to have the details of any Halo storyline spoiled for you, it would be best if you did not use Halopedia until you have finished playing or reading through the storyline.

Halopedia is not censored

Halopedia is a wiki about the Halo universe, including the Halo games, which the majority of are rated "M" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. This means that Halopedia's content is intended for mature audiences, aged 17 and older. The content of Halopedia's articles and images are therefore also intended for audiences 17 and older. Since the website cannot censor information, it is best to use discretion when viewing Halopedia's content.

Halopedia documents sensitive issues

The Halo franchise deals with subject topics that are sensitive in nature, and that some users may find inappropriate, disturbing, or offensive. This includes rape, prostitution, and genocide. Halopedia documents all information related to the Halo franchise, including these aspects. As a result, readers should exercise caution when reading Halopedia's articles, as some of the wiki's content could act as a trauma trigger.