Halopedia:What Halopedia is not
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Halopedia is first and foremost an online encyclopedia for all things related to Halo, and, as a means to that end, an online community of people interested in building a high-quality Halo encyclopedia in a spirit of mutual respect. Please avoid the temptation to use Halopedia for other purposes, or to treat it as something it is not.
- 1 What Halopedia is not
- 1.1 Halopedia is not a fanfiction site
- 1.2 Halopedia is not a speculative forum
- 1.3 Halopedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information
- 1.4 Halopedia is not a history book
- 1.5 Halopedia is not a social network
- 1.6 Halopedia is not Wikipedia
- 1.7 Halopedia is not a democracy
- 1.8 Halopedia is not a soapbox
- 1.9 Halopedia is not a clan recruitment center
- 1.10 Halopedia is not censored
- 1.11 Halopedia is not Bungie or 343 Industries
What Halopedia is not
Halopedia is not a fanfiction site
Halopedia is designed for the incorporation of canon from the Halo universe. Its users and administrators work hard to ensure that every article contains information that has been officially recognized to exist in the Halo world. Many people on the site are working on fanfiction of their own, but fanfiction items themselves do not have a place among Halopedia's articles. You are free to add a link on your user page to your own Halo fanfiction on other sites such as Halo Fan Fiction Wiki, but non-notable fan-made material added to Halopedia will be deleted.
Halopedia is not a speculative forum
The intrigue behind the Halo series is its mystery; there is a great deal of the storyline that has not been revealed to the world. 343 Industries continues making products that add more details to that storyline. Because of this, many fans have their own theories and speculation as to the nature or actions of certain characters or storylines. However, Halopedia articles are designed to display information, not speculation. If you have a theory about something related to the Halo universe, the best place to put it would be Halopedia's Forums. Speculation in articles should be left to a minimum, as it can make articles confusing and is counterproductive to Halopedia's purpose as a reliable compendium of canonical material.
Halopedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information
The content of Halopedia is based entirely of items that have been mentioned in the Halo universe. Though there are many potential items that could be included in Halopedia, they are not added because this may clash with future developed storylines.
An example of this is Venus. Venus is a world in the modern solar system that has not yet been mentioned in Halo. Its presence has never been implied or directly stated, yet we all know it to exist. Venus does not have an article for two reasons; the first is that there is no information on Venus that is related to Halo, so the article would be pointlessly short and have few links to Halo related items. Second, future storylines could reveal any number of fates for Venus between modern times and the time in which Halo takes place. It could have been destroyed, or even populated. There is simply no way to know the fate of modern things in the Halo universe. Those things will never be known for sure until they are mentioned.
Halopedia is not a history book
Many things seen in the Halo universe are depicted as homage to the past. Ships, planets, and even people have been named after past events. But that does not mean that these events deserve an article in Halopedia. An example of this is the UNSC Trafalgar. The ship itself is named likely in homage to the Battle of Trafalgar, but the battle itself has little to do with the Halo universe other than the namesake. Therefore, the Battle of Trafalgar does not warrant an article on Halopedia simply because it has possibly been the source of the name of a Halo related object.
Halopedia is a reference wiki for all things related to Halo. It is an interesting project and is always growing. Please remember that users are here to contribute and get information, not to socialize. Therefore, please keep all comments on the articles' talk pages strictly on the topic of the article. Halopedia's Forums are specifically meant for more open discussion about various subjects in the Halo universe, such as personal opinions and theories. If you wish to talk to another user outside of Halopedia, please use the wiki's messaging system, their user talk page, or e-mail.
Halopedia is not Wikipedia
Halopedia is not Wikipedia or any other wiki site. Halopedia is an independent wiki and it follows its own set of guidelines as outlined in the Help:Contents section. Halopedia sometimes takes ideas from larger and more developed wikis, but Halopedia policy is always the highest authority on this website.
Halopedia is not a democracy
Like virtually all wikis, Halopedia is not a democracy. Most of our popular issues (Such as Featured Articles) are put up to a user vote, but important decisions are made based on discussion; not consensus or voting. The reasoning for this is that legitimate concerns cannot be ignored in light of important decisions, and one opinion is not necessarily equal to another; particularly when experience plays into the decision. These details must be ironed out in discussion before a decision is made.
Halopedia is not a soapbox
Halopedia is not a website for individual opinions on any subject. Halopedia's articles are to be completely neutral on every subject, conveying all information available, and nothing more. Any creation of articles or editing of existing articles to reflect individual opinions or ideas on subject matter that consist of personal opinions on a topic will be immediately reverted or deleted. Opinions can be expressed on user pages, talk pages, or forums, but not articles.
Halopedia is not a clan recruitment center
The overwhelming majority of Halopedia users play the Halo games online. Many of them are members of individual clans in those games. However, there is no clan recruitment on Halopedia. Outside of individual user pages, references, comparisons, or invitations to join Halo clans are forbidden, particularly on articles, talk pages, or any other space where they do not belong.
Halopedia is not censored
While Halopedia should be written in a style that is friendly and formal, it may at times display subject material that can be interpreted as offensive. Provided that this information is factual and consistent with the Halo universe, it should not be censored. An example is the quote "My ass! Well, you can forget about the adjustments to your A2-scope," which should not be altered to read "My a**!" Additionally, offensive or triggering subjects depicted in Halo such as rape or prostitution should not be written out.
Halopedia is not Bungie or 343 Industries
While Halo is a Microsoft-owned franchise, Halopedia is not affiliated with Bungie, Microsoft, 343 Industries or other official parties of the Halo franchise. "Submissions" by people requesting or demanding that we make additions or changes, or demands for Recon, will be treated as spam.