- Chain Of Command: Although we are a friendly community we have a "chain of command" with the admins making rules, enforcing rules and keeping order: users contribute and have fun but need to remember admins are not democratic, neither are they tyrants - admins should be approachable and not completely insane with power but at the same time users must treat admins with the respect you give any authority or expect punishment. It's much like the real-world, you can not walk up to an authority figure and force them to do as you say, empty threats and outright stupidity will only serve to alienate you from the community as a whole - this system may not suit everyone but much like any community we need to acknowlege the fact that contributing is a privilige, not a right and like all privilages it can (and should) be removed if abused.
- Plagiarism: Whenever possible only post original content - copying directly from other wikis or online sources is plagiarism and is frowned upon by the community as it gives a bad name not only to yourself but to us and can cause copyright dilemmas. Just because something is on the internet doesn't mean its right (or even legal, plagiarism is a type of theft and stealing is not alright anywhere) to claim it as your own - articles that are obviously taken from other wikis will be deleted as a matter of principle.
- Language: Contributors should be aware that this wiki is PG-13 at best, we do not allow excessive profanity or offensive language - we're a community of mixed age groups and some profanity/offensive terms will crop up but users should not make a habit of using them, it is never acceptable to use extremely offensive language however and users who do so will face punishment. As a general rule the same applies to articles, do not litter articles with offensive language - even articles listed as mature, this may be hard when dealing with extremely controversial media (such as exploitation films or some of the Japan-exclusive manga/anime) but with such things common-sense needs to come into play: do not go into detail about the gruesome aspects of the character and don't quote their most offensive lines.. try to make the article as "clean" as possible - that way it doesn't come across as being what is known as a "shocker".
- Heroes Only: Remember we are a Heroes Wiki - we do not want Villains (Protagonist Villains count, unless they have some redeeming quality to them): If a character is an outright sociopath with little to no redeeming quality, they belong in the Villains Wiki rather than this wiki.
- No Fan-Creations: This wiki is for legitimate heroes from existing media, however for sake of variety we will accept villains from original web content THAT GOES VIRAL ONLINE. In order to count, the character in question must be well-known across the internet. Not everything on YouTube, and nothing on fanfiction.net will be accepted. If you have questions about a particular character, CONTACT AN ADMINISTRATOR.
- Do Not Recreate Deleted Articles / Categories: As a general rule when an admin deletes an article or category it can not be recreated without admin approval, however if you can provide a valid reason to do so, you may proceed - however, users who recreate deleted articles/categories without a valid reason risk punishment.
- No Fan Fiction Examples: It is no longer necessary to put fan fiction examples on all pages, users who put fan fiction examples on pages will be warned and blocked.
- No Real Life Examples: Due to the real world being far from "black and white" one man's "hero" will be another man's "villain" - thus real world figures are not welcome here: this is not a place for jingoism, patriotism or religious bias.
- No Generic Heroes Allowed: Just because a character is the hero of the story, does not mean they are a "hero". This refers to protagonist villains, although they are only welcome on here if they have a number of redeeming characteristics inside them.
- No Real Life Heroes Allowed: We do not allowed real life heroes on this wiki, so please DO NOT add real life heroes on this wiki.
- No Native Languages: We don't allow Native languages on this wiki, only English languages are allowed on this wiki.
- No Fanmade characters allowed: We do not allow Fanmade characters on this wiki, so please DO NOT allow Fanmade characters on this wiki.
- No Event Articles: As of Spring 2016, we are no longer accepting "Event" articles. If you want to add these kinds of articles, go to Heroism Wiki.
Links, Pictures & Misc. Items
- General rules: We allow users to post links, funny pictures and "fun" items but within reason - Do not provide links to pornographic sites (rule 34 counts, just so you know) and do not upload pictures that are overly offensive. "Fun" items should only be posted into userpages or talkpages - Do not add them to main articles unless you have a good reason to do so.
- No Fan-art allowed: Only add official art on articles (screenshots, concept art, promotional art, etc). This wiki isn't DeviantART, and posting fan-art made by others is copyright infringement. Special cases can be taken into consideration (a render of an organization's symbol, or if you just cannot find a decent official picture by any means).
- Do not add too many pictures: Not only this isn't a photo-sharing site, most users who visit here don't have super fast connections. Twenty or so pictures is more than enough for any article, there is no need to put hundreds of pictures.
- Do not add too many videos: Much like the above. Five videos is a good enough limit.
- No controversial pictures: We do not allow controversial pictures that are inappropriate on this wikia, such as Blackface characters, such as Mammy Two-Shoes.
- NO NEW CATEGORIES: We have far too many categories and it is no longer necessary to have any more new ones. Users who make new categories will be warned and blocked if they persist - the only exception is for franchises we don't have yet. Everything else had been done so many times and makes the wiki extremely burdensome for others.
- Check Categories Beforehand: We have many categories on this wiki, so do not add a page to a category that does not correspond or has been deleted. Finally do not add categories that are already on the list. Check the category page and then the article's list before doing anything.
- Use Good Sense: We do not allow categories on emotional states, physical appearances, sexual orientations, or stereotypes (be they positive or negative) or any other trait that have nothing to do with heroism. When in doubt ask an admin first. Also, categories are meant to be broad, do not make sub-categories for every detail or facts that are best described in the article in itself.
- 20 pages minimum: Categories are meant to group hundreds of pages, twenty at the very least. New categories that doesn't have 20 pages will be marked for deletion. Only create a new category if you can fill it with a minimum of 20 pages.
- No categories on copyright holders: DO NOT create categories for actors, creators, writers, developers, publishers, designers, mangakas, studios, companies, etc. Categories like those will be deleted on sight and the user will get a ban, period. We only allow exceptions when all their creations exist within the same world or multiverse (such as Marvel, DC, or Lego). Characters are associated with the franchises that they belong to, not to whoever holds the rights over them, especially since copyright holders tend to change when IP's are bought over or the holder goes bankrupt.
- Do not put categories on userpages: Categories are meant to categorize REAL pages, as in pages on the "Main" namespace, they're not tags you put on social profiles. As such your userpage is just a special page to introduce yourself, not a social profile page. So do not put any category on your userpage, if an admin sees it he WILL remove them.
- No nationality categories: We do not allow nationality categories on this wiki, so please DO NOT add nationality categories on this wiki.
- Do not add/remove the Pure Good category without going to the Discussion first: As the Pure Good category is our most popular category, it is also our most abused-so propose the hero FIRST in the Discussion under "Pure Good Discussion" to see what the majority thinks before adding them. Refer to this page to gain some experience in the field before proposing the character if you have none. If you add a hero to Pure Good without proposing them in the Discussion first, the category will be removed. If by any chance you have a hero from your original work (that does not fall under fan fiction) and you want to propose the hero, have another user go over your work and propose said hero for you to avoid bias-if you vote for your own hero the vote will NOT count. The deadline for votes on whether or not the hero counts is one week. If the effortpost has a downvote, it has to have three more upvotes to qualify, but if it has no downvotes and only upvotes, but doesn't have three upvotes by the time of the deadline, it will still qualify. By then the discussion post will be locked and the official decision will be made. In the case of a tie, there will be a 1 week extension to accept NEW VOTES from different users. Should a tie persist, then after a review of the status of users who already cast votes (if currently blocked, their vote is voided), then THE LAST VALID VOTE CAST at time of deadline can be counted twice (tie breaker). Any votes from a sockpuppet account will NOT be counted. If all votes are Undecided, the votes will not count. This same strategy applies if you wish to remove a hero whose been accepted by the majority of wiki members as PG from the category. If there are 5 valid upvotes with no valid downvotes on a PG Proposal/removal, then the consensus is immediately over in favor of the discussion so we don’t have to wait a week for the consensus to be official. If there’s one valid downvote before then, then the 3 upvote rule applies and everyone waits the week for the consensus even if it’s an overwhelming majority. An effort post has to have 4 or more votes or the final decision will be extended to two weeks. If you remove the category without going to the Discussion first we will add it back in. Any user who continues to add PG or remove PG without going to discussion more than once will be BLOCKED. You will judge the hero by this criteria:
- CHARACTERS' TRAITS
(Does the character have a define personality? Or is it a one-dimensional character such as a mindless protecting creature?)
- ADMIRABLE STANDARDS
(Does the character commit acts that are extremely admirable and can be forgivable? Does the character stand out from the rest of the heroes featured in the story they are part of?)
- GOODNESS ZONE
(Has the hero crossed the Goodness Zone?)
- INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITY
(Does the hero use every resource they have at their disposal to cause a maximum of good?)
- MORAL AGENCY
(Does the hero have an agency over their actions, and can distinguish right from wrong?)
- ONLY INDIVIDUALS
- NO CORRUPTING QUALITIES
(Is the hero completely devoid of any uncharitable quality?)
- NO UNFEELING
(Can the hero be sympathetic and forgivable with a Freudian excuse?)
- SCREEN TIME
(Are the heroes' best acts on-screen?)
(Is the hero the best, or at least one of the best characters in the story?)
- STORY TYPE
(Is the story "normal", or purposefully over-the-top appalling? In which case, the Admirable Standards would be so high that it would be almost impossible to have a Purely Good hero in the story.)
- Trolls: We have a zero-tolerance when it comes to trolls, whether it be for humor or for harassment - there are plenty of troll sites for that sort of behavior - this is a wiki about heroes, not a chan site.
- Vandalism: Vandals will be banned on sight - much like trolls, we don't really need to explain why. vandalism is just that.
- Harassment/Cyberbullying: Any user who harasses or bullies another will be liable to punishment by admins as they see fit - if you're foolish enough to pick a fight with an admin, you'll likely get banned. We are a good-natured wiki, but nobody likes a bully... we are no exception.
- Edit Wars: Anyone who gets into a war with each other, including with an admin, will be banned, which will lead the targeted article to getting locked.
- Requesting: It is both annoying and insulting when a user shows up only to say things like "Why nobody made 'X' page yet?" or "Please make a page for 'X'", so please do not go harassing other users asking them to do things for you. If you think there should be a page for a particular character, then you are welcome to add it, but always write using your own words.