The Law

This document is considered out of date and is not currently representational of the rules of the SCP Foundation site. This document is retained for its historical value alone, and it should not be used as a reference for the current rules, attitude, and position of the site.


This, as it stands, is what will be put in place as the over-arching Law of the site. That being said, now is the time to edit, discuss, and otherwise adjust the law, before it goes in to effect, and it becomes more difficult to change. This is more or less copy-pasted from my original open letter, flaws and all, so i am hoping to get some more information and feedback on this.


Note: Any edits to the body will be in italic for easy reference.

Implementation Date: Implemented


Users: As a user, you are entitled to the following rights, and held to the following obligations.

Rights-

  1. You may comment however you wish on any entry, provided it is done so in the spirit of constructive criticism or conversation, and not as a personal attack or “troll post”. If you feel a user’s comments are not being posted in the spirit of constructive criticism, please contact a Mod or Admin.
  2. You may vote however you wish on any entry, provided it is done so as an honest expression of opinion, and not an attempt to artificially boost/reduce an article’s position as part of a “group strike”. A “group strike” is defined as the mass voting of an article based on things other then the article’s merit, such as a personal opinion of the author, outside pressure, or other things with no bearing on the entry itself.
  3. You are allowed to post your entry, provided it is done so in the correct location.
  4. You may request assistance/comments/review by other users and staff, with the understanding that they are under no obligation to do so, and that the choice is wholly voluntary on their behalf.
  5. You may question the actions of other users and staff as long as it is done in a calm, mature fashion.
  6. You may edit any entry, with the understanding that the original author may undo those edits at any time. In addition, a new edit may be reverted if it is deemed by the administration to be detrimental to the article.

Obligations:

  1. You are to be a mature member of the community. Heated arguments, vandalism, trolling, and general immaturity will not be tolerated.
  2. You are to be open to criticism, and to tolerate the opinion of others whom you may not agree with. If you feel a commenter is being unnecessarily harsh, please contact a mod.
  3. Entries may be edited/moved/deleted at any time. As an original author, you may undo edits if needed, and appeal for the reverse of deletions.
  4. If a mod or admin says a discussion is over, it is over. If you continue, you are now open to any punishment deemed necessary.
  5. If you receive multiple comments calling for editing, please do so. If you choose not to, please state the reason.
  6. If you constantly have entries deleted, undergo major edits, and be decommissioned, please stop and consult an Admin or Mod before continuing to post new entries. This will allow us to determine what the issue is, and hopefully keep it from happening any more.
  7. Respect the Mod and Admin staff decisions. If you feel you are being treated unfairly, please appeal to a different staff member, and they will review the situation. If the situation is deemed “fair”, please do not continue to appeal to other staff members in hopes of getting a different response.
  8. Suggestions for editing by Mods and Admins should be given careful consideration.
  9. Know who the Admins and Mods are.

Mods: You are held to all the above mentioned items, in addition to the following.

Rights:

  1. You may vote/call for the deletion of any page
  2. Kick/ban users from the chat, provided a valid reason is given
  3. Delete/move forum threads that are old/out of use/incorrectly placed
  4. Delete of pages (within guidelines)
  5. Call for the mass review of a particularly good/bad entry. Mass Review is defined as the presentation of a entry to garner additional comments or votes, without positive or negative bias. A entry would be presented as such: “Please read <entry>. I would like to see what the community opinion of <entry> is.” As opposed to “Read <entry> and tell me how bad it is.”
  6. Call for a “Stop.” Order on a conversation if it is determined to no longer have any merit as a constructive argument.
  7. Nominate users for banning/tempbanning

Obligations:

  1. Try to maintain an objective viewpoint at all times
  2. Keep the community civil, and attempt to defuse arguments
  3. Report any and all major actions, such as deletions
  4. Give warnings/punishments in proportion to the offense

Admins: You are held to all the above mentioned items, in addition to the following.

Rights:

  1. Banning of users
  2. Deletion of pages (with minimal guidelines)
  3. Accepting member applications
  4. Making alterations to the site format after review
  5. Act as a “supreme court” in regards to issues brought up by users and Mods

Obligations:

  1. Provide comments and decisions from an objective viewpoint at all times. Always keep the best interests of the site and community in mind, even if it may run counter to your personal feelings
  2. Always attempt to be as reasonable and fair as possible
  3. When forced to act quickly, or without staff approval/review, please state the reason and course of action as soon as possible
  4. Maintain the site, and attempt to improve it whenever possible

It is also hereby stated that any and all of these rights and obligation are subject to alteration, deletion or addition after review by the Staff.


Edit 1: Making some alterations based on feedback from users.

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