Halopedia:Spoiler policy

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This page is an official Halopedia policy
Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
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This page details Halopedia's policy on handling spoilers related to the Halo franchise.

What is a spoiler?

"A spoiler is a piece of information about a narrative work (such as a book, film, television series, or a video game) which reveals plot points or twists and thus may degrade the experience of persons who wish to wish to experience the work themselves. Spoilers may be used in [Halopedia] articles. Articles on the Internet sometimes feature a "spoiler warning" to alert readers to spoilers in the text, which they may then choose to avoid reading. [...]

It is not acceptable to delete information from an article because you think it spoils the plot. Such concerns must not interfere with neutral point of view, encyclopedic tone, completeness, or any other element of article quality (e.g., the lead section). When including spoilers, editors should make sure that an encyclopedic purpose is being served. Articles on a work of fiction should primarily describe it from a real-world perspective, discussing its reception, impact and significance.
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Wikipedia's policy on spoiler content

Templates

Halopedia has two templates used to assist spoilers and upcoming media.

  • Template:Upcoming: This template is to be used on media pages that have not released yet. This template has to be used.
  • Template:Newcontent: This template is to be used on pages where new content is expected from media. This template does not need to be used.

The policy

Above all, wiki staff get final say on what stays on the wiki or gets removed regarding spoilers.

Post-release version

  • For media that has already released, information can be recorded as normal.
  • Spoiler warnings are not required for this content.

Upcoming works

  • Officially released content about an upcoming work is allowed to be added. Below but not limited to is examples of potiential sources:
    • Information directly from Microsoft, 343i, or one of their partners.
    • Employees discussing or showing parts of the media.
    • Content shown in pre-release builds.
  • If early copies got released, information is not allowed to be recorded until the official release date, or when the wiki staff allow it.
  • Leaks are not allowed to be added. Leaks include but are not limited to:
    • Datamined content from pre-release builds is not allowed if the media has not released yet.
    • Bootlegged disks.
    • Random videos or posts with no proof the leak is real.

Datamining

Datamined information may only be included on pages if at least one of the following is true:

  • The piece of media it was intended to debut in was cancelled, or the datamined information concerns cut content.
  • The piece of media it was intended to debut in has already been publicly released, and the datamined information was discovered at least one year ago or concerns something that is already public knowledge.
  • The piece of media no longer receives updates/developer support or is considered abandonware.

Wiki profiles

Users are restricted from the following:

  • Usernames featuring spoilers, such as "Character X dies", are not acceptable. Users in question will be required to submit a new, appropriate name upon notification.
  • Usernames featuring leaks will be permanently banned outright.
  • Users putting leaks or links to them into their profiles. Pending the severity will risk a ban of escalating nature.

Violation

  1. Violators will be given one official warning on their talk page.
  2. Non-compliance will result in a week-long ban for the user.
  3. Continued violations will result in more severe punitive action, potentially including an indefinite ban.