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It seems like every time that I come here with any sort of question about any sort of issue, the response is "take it up with the community".

What if the community is wrong, or just plain isn't competent?

I'm an administrator on Bully Fanon Wiki. Disclaimer - I don't write fanfic I'm an admin there because it's so closely linked to Bully Wiki, where I'm a bureaucrat. In the effort of organizing the Bully Fanon Wiki a little bit better, I changed a few categories. The following happened.

  • An editor (who was an administrator) ordered me to never edit "her" pages.
  • A bureaucrat told the editor mentioned above to protect her pages so that no one could edit them.
  • Several people complained about overly strict rules.
  • The editor who's complaint that I dared change a category on her page had initiated a flounce/ragequit.

Then the subject of images was brought up again. Whenever I ask wikia staff about copyright and excessive use of images and text from the games, I'm told to err on the side of caution and not breaching copyright - but Bully Wiki is as far as I can see the only wiki that is concerned in the slightest with copyright, and ever since we cracked down on images there's been a steady string of ragequits, founces, and blocks for copyright infringement.

This is on top of my semi-recent experiences with the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Wiki, where the bureaucrat's first communication with me was to use rollback to revert my removal of the bot's welcome message and then tell me that removing anything from a talk page is a "no-no" and that I "better not" do it again. And an almost identical incident about a year ago on Zelda Wiki that also included the bureaucrat flaming me and changing my user page, and apathy from the community when I expressed my concerns as directed.

Is there ANY sort of global standard on wikia?

Is there or is there not some kind of guideline that all wikia communities have to follow in regards to behavior, content, or policy?

Or, can they do anything they want as long as enough people agree with each other for someone to claim consensus? McJeff (talk this way)/(stalk this way)

Sign your posts. But yes, everything is up to the community so long as it does not breach Wikia policies. If you don't like the way things are done on that wiki, you do not have to edit there. Bully wiki is not the only wiki that has strict image guidelines. Bleach Wiki also has strict copyright guidelines that many users do not want to follow. We simply tell them that if they do not wish to follow the rules, they do not have to edit there. Also, removal of content from your talk page is a common no on most wikis. Most wikis say archive only.--GodPray  19:59,3/26/2011 

Indent your posts properly. And most wikis don't have rules pages, they have bureaucrats who rule arbitrarily by fiat. But I take it this too is acceptable? McJeff (talk this way)/(stalk this way) 20:09, March 26, 2011 (UTC)

{uninedent) I don't do the whole indent thing and don't mess with my posts. If a Bureaucrat wants to run their wiki this way, they have the right to. I don't think it is right but you can't do anything about it, nor will wikia.--GodPray  20:36,3/26/2011 

If an admin or bureaucrat doesn't violate the Community Guidelines or the Terms of Use, Wikia staff will probably not intervene. But it would be hard to be a wiki dictator and not violate something in those rules. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 28 Mar 2011 2:14 PM Pacific
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