Wiki Community/Offenses


RocWiki is maintained by a bunch of volunteers, and hosted by a few folks. As with most projects that allow anyone who walks in off the street to participate, we have to deal with the occasional jerk, spammer, or ner-do-well. We reserve the right to ban/warn/kick people if we feel the need to.

This page is a rough outline of Offenses, and what we do about them. It's not a complete guide, it's not exact wording or arcane magic, so don't go [wikipedia]Wiki-Lawyering on this. Discussion on these different things (as they come up) should probably go on the Talk Page.

Please also see Wiki Community/Etiquette for a more general guide to Wiki enjoyment.

Basic List of Offenses

Blatant Spam (aka Bot-Spam)

Offense: Spam that looks like it came out of a bot or script, appearing on random or unexpected places.

Result: Ban of that username. Possibly a ban of that IP Address as well.

Reason: It's likely it's a spam-bot, or someone who logs into a site, and cuts and pastes spam text into it. There is a near-0 chance of them every coming back, or attempting to contribute.


Offense: An Advertisement disguised as a legitimate comment

Result: Obvious cases can be deleted. Suspicious comments can be flagged to provoke further discussion.

Reason: False testimonials reduce the usefulness of this site, and cause users to lose trust in the editorial content of the wiki.

Inappropriate editing or removal of comments

Users are invited and encouraged to edit RocWiki when edits add new information or personal insight, or improve page structure or correct factual errors. Users should never edit or remove comments from other users. This is an open forum, where all are welcome to contribute. Open collaboration by all members are welcome, and add to the vitality of this forum. As in all human affairs, conflicts do occur. By editing or removing another persons comments, you are violating the open policy of this wiki. All members of the wiki community are entitled to express their opinions. Of course with free speech, comes responsibility. Because this is an open community, with a life of its own, the community may choose to alter the methods by which this this board operates. If you believe that a particular comment is inappropriate, it constitutes a violent threat, or is needlessly and excessively profane contact an administrator.

Excessive SEO Activities on Webpage

Offense: Excessive SEO activities are defined as overlinking to get extra exposure on a page.

Result: We feel this gives those pages an unfair advantage. It is not allowed.