Mass Effect Wiki's live chat (also known as Comms) can be joined by clicking the "Tap in" or "Join in" button in the right navigation rail or visiting Special:Chat on the wiki. Editors using the Monobook skin have to append "?useskin=wikia" to the end of the URL if they want to use this feature.
All users must realize that the Chat Live! feature is still a part of the Mass Effect Wiki, and is therefore subject to all rules, regulations, and policies that govern the rest of the wiki. Any user found in violation of the Chat Live! Policies, or any site policy, can be subject to a kick or ban from chat, or even a general ban.
The chat feature is like an Internet Relay Chat, commonly known as IRC. The feature is provided by the Wikia staff as an extension of the Wiki. The chat feature is subject to both the rules listed here, and all other site policies listed in the Community Guidelines and Manual of Style. It is not a right to use Chat Live!, it is a privilege.
Chat rules Edit
Accessing Chat Edit
In order to utilize the Chat Live! feature of the Mass Effect Wiki, a user must have a registered wikia account.
A Chat Moderator reserves the right to allow a user to stay or kick them at their prerogative and forward the case to an admin for review. The admin can either agree or overrule the decision but must respect the Chat Moderator’s decision at the time.
If a user has been kicked from Chat for any reason, before heading back into chat, it is highly encouraged that the user contact the person who kicked them on their talk page for the reason why. It is not encouraged that if you are kicked to reenter chat, but instead, seek out who kicked you and ask them why.
Grounds for blocking Edit
Users who are clearly disruptive to the chat or who fail to behave appropriately towards other contributors may be blocked. The possible reasons for blocking include (but are not limited to):
- Personal attacks, bigotry and/or racist or sexist name calling.
- Harassment and/or sexual harassment.
- Use of profanity/cursing or directing it towards another user is not permitted.
- Violation of personal privacy. This includes revealing personal information about users (e.g. real name, location, age, gender, etc) and violating confidentiality on particular issues (such as issues asked to be kept confidential by other users or administrators).
- Linking to external sources, such as websites, which violate the aforementioned rules. Notably, publicly linking to websites such as Facebook or MySpace that violate personal privacy, is not permitted without prior consent from the user whose privacy might be violated.
- Trolling or general irritation or disruption of other users. This often includes, but is not limited to; excessive usage of capital letters, punctuation marks, deliberate distortions of the English language (such as "133t" or "Dolan" speak), and excessive usage of non-English languages.
- Disruptive behavior. As a guideline, don't go out of your way to irritate others. (And especially do not try to test the admin's and/or chat moderator's patience and/or limits.) Vicious abuse is grounds for sanctions.
- Whining. Users who ask for something from another chat user and are refused it should not stoop to complaining. It is acceptable to be persistent, but in a mature manner.
- Discussing real-world politics and/or religion without unanimous consent. If someone doesn't want to talk about them, drop the subject.
- Spamming. The meaning should be obvious. Don't say the same thing six times because no one is responding to you. Don't keep yammering on about a subject nobody cares about. Meaningless and/or random posts can also be considered spam, alongside disruptive internet memes.
If a user has been banned from Chat Live! in the last 30 days, they will not be permitted to use the feature. Once the 30 day ban expires, then and only then will they be permitted to utilize the feature. If a user violates this rule persistently, then they will face an additional ban for a much longer period of time.
The usage of capital letters and caps lock is frowned upon. Using capital letters to write a word or a whole entry is typically perceived as yelling.
Using excessive capital letters once will often result in a courtesy warning by an administrator or chat moderator, and persistent usage of capital letters may lead to a kick or ban, depending on severity.
Topics of discussion Edit
Discussions in the Chat are to be related in some way to either the Mass Effect universe, the wiki, or Mass Effect fan-fiction. Topics of conversation that are not related to Mass Effect are considered off-topic discussions.
Off-topic discussions are allowed to a degree, but if they become disruptive or the off-topic discussion continues, then it is the duty of people in the chat and moderators to turn the topic back to something Mass Effect related.
Topics that are tangentially related to Mass Effect, like video games, video game related materials, or topics about video games, are permitted to a degree, but they shouldn’t dominate the chat.
Moderators have a wide discretion relating to the issuing of warnings and bans which infringe on this rule.
The content of messages will greatly impact on the severity of the punishment. In certain cases, exceptions may be permitted, although these are infrequent.
Typically, the following hierarchy will apply to infringements on the above regulations (with the exception of specifically implied consequences).
- First offense: Warning
- Second offense: Kick
Following this, the block duration is usually:
- Two weeks for the first offense
- One month for the second offense
- Two months for the third offense
- Any additional offenses may result in a longer or permanent ban.
These are just guidelines for usual cases. Blocks and their duration are generally up to the discretion of the Mass Effect Wiki's administrators and chat moderators.
Further offenses will result in an extended ban, at the discretion of the administrator or chat moderator administering the ban.
Administrators and chat moderators use their discretion when applying these rules, and understanding of the rules depends on the moderator's perception of the rules. Particular exceptions may be granted by specific administrator, or chat moderator approval. These rules and regulations, however, should be followed strictly by all users at all other times.
A user may question why they were kicked to the appropriate person. This should be the person who kicked them. But if they are not responding, or unavailable, they should contact another Chat Moderator, or an Admin. Admins again do maintain the right to overrule Chat Moderators on this decision. If you have been kicked, please do not reenter chat to question why as that will only compound your situation.
When you enter the chat, you are expected to have prior knowledge of all these rules. Ignorance of these rules is not an excuse as they cover common courtesy to others.
Chat Moderators Edit
Chat Moderators are users who are appointed by the admin team to moderate the Chat feature. They are expected to be and remain professional at all times and to enforce the rules regarding Chat, which are listed below. If they are themselves violating the policy, then users are expected to report this action. Chat Moderators have the ability to block users from Chat, with consequences listed below.
Bureaucrats and Administrators reserve the right to amend or overturn chat blocks at any time. Chat moderators will be chosen by the Bureaucrats and Admins and require majority approval for selection.
In terms of the Wiki hierarchy, chat moderators fall below Senior Editors, which fall below Administrators, which in turn fall below Bureaucrats.
List of Moderators Edit
Below is a list of Chat Moderators. You can contact them at any time for assistance or contact one of the Administrators or Bureaucrats for assistance. All Bureaucrats and Admins are chat moderators by default but are listed here for convenience.
- SpartHawg948 (talk · contr) (semi-active)
- Lancer1289 (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Commdor (talk · contr) (inactive)
- JakePT (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Teugene (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Arbington (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Trandra (talk · contr)
- Xaero Dumort (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Legionwrex (talk · contr) (inactive)
- SolitaryReaper (talk · contr) (inactive)
- Garhdo (talk · contr)
- Tali's no.1 fan (talk · contr) (inactive)
- DeldiRe (talk · contr)
- Elseweyr (talk · contr)
Admins and Chat Moderators are responsible for enforcing this policy in its entirety.