This page lists the rules that relate to the articles on the wiki - the bulk of the total pages.
Failure to comply with these rules may result in a warning (either informal or formal), and continued disregard for the policies will likely lead to a block. Deliberately damaging articles (such as removing relevant content without a valid reason, adding false content to mislead readers, adding inappropriate content, or adding completely unrelated content) is considered vandalism. Anything more than light vandalism may result in an immediate block with no prior warning.
Please note that no article page belongs to any one person - they are the property of the community as a whole.
Section A - Editing
Please avoid making small, repeated edits to a page, as this is often considered to be "badge farming" and it may result in a warning or a block depending on the severity. Before adding any media (videos, sounds, or images) to pages, please consult the Media Policy.
What Articles SHOULD NOT Contain
The following should NOT be used in articles:
- Profanity and/or vulgar language
- Personal opinions; for example: the value/worth of things, what things are the best/worst, etc.
- Information about any person that is not an official public figure for WildWorks; for example: regular players, YouTubers, a WildWorks employee that is not an official public figure for the company, etc.
- Advertising of any company/entity that is not part of Animal Jam or directly associated with WildWorks; for example: fan-created clans/packs/groups, a company that has no affiliation with WildWorks, etc.
- Fan-created content; for example: fan characters, fan theories, fan art, etc.
- Informal language; for example: slang, grammatical contractions, first-person perspectives ("I", "we", "us", "me", "my", "our"), second-person perspectives ("you", "your"), etc.
- Internal links that do not lead to another article; for example: links to user pages, forum threads, etc.
- External links that contain inappropriate content
- External links that are not an official source for information; for example: user-generated blogs, user-created websites, a company website that is not affiliated with WildWorks, etc.
- Unrelated media or inappropriate media
- Media that is identical to or provides the same information as existing media
- Non-descriptive media file names; for example: Screenshot_2019-01-24, IMG_20190124, etc.
- Duplicate information that is already written on the article
- Detailed, unrelated information about another topic that already has a dedicated article
What Articles SHOULD Contain
The following should be used in articles:
- Formal language; for example: proper grammar, correct spelling, third-person perspectives, etc.
- Factual information that was missing from the article; for example: when something was introduced/released, how something can be accessed/obtained, etc.
- Relevant media (with descriptive file name) that was missing from the article; for example: item variant images, music item sample audio, specific animal glitches, official videos/artwork for the topic, Jamaa Journal news clippings about the topic, etc.
User pages belong to their respective users and should not be edited by any other users without permission. This applies to any pages in the user namespace that start with "User:" and are followed by a username. If the page seems to violate this wiki's policies, contact that user or an active administrator.
Section B - Creating
Please remember to Search for existing articles on the topic before creating a new article. It is highly recommended that you read the page formatting suggestions before creating a new article and try to match the formatting with that of most similar articles. Don't recreate deleted pages without first consulting an active administrator - there is usually quite a good reason why it has been deleted.
BAD Article Topics
The following should NOT be made as new articles. You might consider creating a blog page if you really want to create a page about these topics. Creating an article on one these topics or other topics that do not directly relate to Animal Jam will lead to the article being deleted or moved to your blog at the discretion of the active staff members.
- Specific features/things found in other WildWorks games such as a mini-game exclusive to Play Wild, furniture exclusive to Tunnel Town, a pet exclusive to Dash Tag, an accessory exclusive to AJ Jump, etc.
- Fan-related content such as an idea for a new feature, an original character/story, a clan/pack/group for other players to join, requesting a trade for your items/pets, etc.
- People, places, or things that are not officially related to Animal Jam or WildWorks
- Questions about the game, the wiki, etc.
- Any other topic that is not directly related to Animal Jam or WildWorks
GOOD Article Topics
The following are examples of content that could be made into new articles. If you are unsure if an article should be created for certain content, please ask an active administrator.
- Parts of Animal Jam itself such as features, user-interface, events, items, pets, dens, animal avatars, den furniture, clothing accessories, shops, parties, adventures, rooms/areas, etc.
- Official Animal Jam content outside of the game such as website features, recurring contests/events, etc.
- Official Animal Jam merchandise such as physical toys, clothing, games, etc.
- WildWorks employees that have significant public exposure such as community representatives that speak on behalf of the company during game conferences, official videos, etc.
- Artists and authors that have been publicly credited for working directly with WildWorks to create content such as official books, illustrations, etc.
Except where noted below, articles should use the official name of the topic, even if it contains potential misspellings or unusual capitalization.
- If the official name of the topic cannot be used (such as having a blank name or invalid characters), a best-guess name should be used based on the names of similar pages.
- If the official name would cause confusion on its own, a disambiguation title should be created by adding the type of thing in parentheses at the end of the title. For example: "Country (Flag)", etc.
- If multiple articles share the same name, disambiguation titles should be created by adding a point of difference in parentheses at the end of the titles like year of release, land or ocean usage, type of thing, etc. For example: "Item Name (2012)" and "Item Name (2015)", "Item Name (Land)" and "Item Name (Ocean)", "Item Name (Den Item)" and "Item Name (Clothing)", "Item Name" and "Item Name (Promo)", etc.
Item Variants & Counterparts
The following list should be used to help determine whether or not an item should be created as a new page or added to an existing page.
- If an item is a promotional counterpart of a non-promo item, it should be created as a new page with a disambiguation title like "Item Name (Promo)", etc.
- If an item is a Rare Item Monday variant, it should be added to the same page as the item it is based on.
- Except where listed above, an item that has a seasonal counterpart name (such as "Jamaaliday Item Name", "Freedom Item Name", "Friendship Item Name", "Spooky Item Name") and does not have any variants with the same name should be created as a new page.
- Except where listed above, an item that shares the same shape and name as another item should be added to the same page.
Section C - Protecting Pages
See Protecting pages.
Section D - Reverting or undoing edits
1. Edit warring - a series of rapid changes involving continually undoing another user's edits or re-adding the changes - is grounds for a temporary page protection or ban from editing.
2. You must inform a user when you revert/undo their changes and provide a reason for doing so.