Username Policy

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Tthis policy outlines what usernames are and are not acceptable on WikiTide. The following criteria denote what is considered unacceptable for usernames.

  • Usernames that are offensive, contain insulting material, harass a user or are in violation of any global WikiTide policy.
  • Usernames that give the impression that the account in question has permissions which it does not have (e.g. "administrator", "bureaucrat", etc.).
  • Usernames that are deliberately similar to other usernames in the possible scope of impersonation (i.e. user a is called "Example", user b is called "Examplee").
  • Usernames that contain phone numbers or email addresses.
  • Usernames that contain the exact name of a wiki (e.g. a user named "WikiTide Metawiki") or the name of WikiTide unless the account is run by that wiki's staff.
  • Usernames which could be easily misunderstood to refer to a "bot" or a "script" (which alludes to automated editing processes) or indicates it is part of the MediaWiki software, unless the account is of that type.
  • Usernames that seem intended to provoke a reaction ("trolling").
  • Usernames that are in use on Wikimedia wikis unless it is the same person reusing the username, or a common name (such as the real name of a person, group, object, etc.) that users are likely to just pick themselves. Stewards have the discretion, on a case-by-case basis, to evaluate whether a username is being used to impersonate or not.

Enforcement

If an account that does not respect this policy is created, they should be warned, linked to this policy and invited to change their username. If they make edits or logged actions on a wiki globally and ignore the warning from a Steward, they may be locked for violating the policy.

Warnings given should be posted on wikis where the user is active and will see them.

Clear cut cases of bad faith violation (ex. a clear impersonation of a complicated username, usernames with clear intentions to attack others, usernames that violate policies) don't have to be warned and can be locked on sight.

Leniency

When considering cases, Stewards should be more lenient towards accounts which do not appear to be created with malicious intent, especially when locking. Stewards have the right to apply discretion and not enforce the policy in good faith or borderline cases and/or apply an exemption to the account.

Appeals

A lock under the Username Policy may be appealed to a Steward.

Existing accounts

Usernames which already exist and that do not respect this policy (after it is in effect) will be given a warning and invited to change their username immediately, if they are confirmed to be active globally after the warning and do not change their usernames in a period of 3 months, they will be globally locked.

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