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WikiDanceSport: List of policies

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Defines the scope of the encyclopedia and the material that is suitable for it

  • Article titles

    The ideal title for a WikiDanceSport article is recognizable to English speakers, easy to find, precise, concise, and consistent with other titles.

  • Biographies of living persons

    Articles about living persons, which require a degree of sensitivity, must adhere strictly to WikiDanceSport's content policies. Be very firm about high-quality references, particularly about details of personal lives. "Unsourced or poorly sourced contentious material—whether negative, positive, or just questionable—about living (or sometimes recently deceased) persons should be removed immediately and without discussion from WikiDanceSport articles, talk pages, user pages, and project space."

  • Image use policy

    Generally avoid uploading non-free images; fully describe images' sources and copyright details on their description pages, and try to make images as useful and reusable as possible. Neutral point of view

    Everything that our readers can see, including articles, templates, categories and portals, must be written neutrally and without bias.

  • No original research

    Articles may not contain any unpublished theories, data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas; or any new interpretation, analysis, or synthesis of published data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas that, in the words of Wikipedia's co-founder Jimbo Wales, would amount to a "novel narrative or historical interpretation."

  • Verifiability

    Articles should cite sources whenever possible. While we cannot check the accuracy of cited sources, we can check whether they have been published by a reputable publication and whether independent sources have supported them on review. Any unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

  • What WikiDanceSport is not

  1. WikiDanceSport is an online encyclopedia. Please avoid the temptation to use WikiDanceSport for other purposes.
  2. WikiDanceSport is not a dictionary
  3. WikiDanceSport is not a dictionary or a slang, jargon or usage guide.


Describes how editors can successfully collaborate and what behavior is acceptable

  • Civility

    Rudeness or insensitivity, whether intentional or not, can distract from and interfere with our work. Dispute resolution forums are available when civil, reasoned discussion breaks down.

  • Clean start

    Any user who is not subject to editing sanctions may abandon his or her account and start fresh under a new one, as long as the new account is not used in an improper manner.

  • Consensus

    Consensus among equals is our only tool for resolving content disputes, and our main tool for resolving all other disputes.

  • Dispute resolution

    The first step to resolving any dispute is to talk to those who disagree with you. If that fails, there are more structured forms of discussion available.

  • Edit warring

    If someone challenges your edits, discuss it with them and seek a compromise, or seek dispute resolution. Do not start fights over competing views and versions. Reverting any part of any single page more than three times in twenty-four hours, or even once if long-term edit-warring is apparent, can result in a block on your account.

  • Editing policy

    Improve pages wherever you can, and don't worry about leaving them imperfect. It is advisable to explain major changes.

  • Harassment

    Do not stop other editors from enjoying WikiDanceSport by making threats, nitpicking good-faith edits to different articles, repeated annoying and unwanted contacts, repeated personal attacks or posting personal information.

  • Non-discrimination

    Do not discriminate against current or prospective users on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.

  • No personal attacks

    Do not make personal attacks anywhere in WikiDanceSport. Comment on the content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter editors.

  • Ownership of content

    Although you retain some rights under WikiDanceSport's copyright provisions, pages that you create and edit belong to the community. Others can and often do mercilessly edit "your" material.

  • Sock puppetry

    Do not use multiple accounts to create the illusion of greater support for an issue, to mislead others, or to circumvent a block. Do not ask your friends to create accounts to support you or anyone.

  • Username policy

    Choose a neutral username with which you will be happy. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you cannot delete it.

  • Vandalism

    Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. It is inappropriate behavior for an online encyclopedia.


  • Attack page

    A WikiDanceSport article, page, category, redirect or image that exists primarily to disparage its subject is an "attack page". These pages are subject to being deleted by any administrator at any time.

  • Criteria for speedy deletion

    Articles, images, categories etc. may be "speedily deleted" if they clearly fall within certain categories, which generally boil down to pages lacking content, or disruptive pages. Anything potentially controversial should go through the deletion process instead.

  • Deletion policy

    Deleting articles requires an administrator and generally follows a consensus-forming process. Most potentially controversial deletions require a three-step process and a waiting period of a week.

  • Oversight

    Page revisions can be deleted for legal reasons.

  • Proposed deletion

    As a shortcut around the Articles for Deletion ("AFD") process, for uncontroversial deletions an article can be proposed for deletion, but only once. If no one contests the proposed deletion within seven days, an administrator may delete the article.

  • Proposed deletion of biographies of living people

    Articles which are unsourced biographies of living persons can be proposed for deletion through a special process. If no one contests the proposed deletion within ten days, an administrator may delete the article. In order to contest the proposed deletion, at least one reliable source supporting at least one statement in the article must be added.

  • Revision deletion

    A function available to administrators to eliminate grossly improper posts and log entries.


  • Administrators

    Administrators, like all editors, are not perfect beings. However, in general, they are expected to act as role models within the community, and a good general standard of civility, fairness, and general conduct both to editors and in content matters, is expected. When acting as administrators, they are also expected to be fair, exercise good judgment, and give explanations and be communicative as necessary.

  • Banning policy

    Extremely disruptive editors may be banned from WikiDanceSport. Please respect these bans, do not bait banned users, and do not help them out.

  • Blocking policy

    Disruptive editors can be blocked from editing for short or long periods of time.

  • Page protection policy

    Pages can be protected against vandals or during fierce content disputes. Protected pages can, but in general should not, be edited by administrators. In addition, pages undergoing frequent vandalism can be semi-protected to block edits by very new or unregistered editors.


These are policies with legal implications. Outside of policies, such as those below and the office actions policy, WikiDanceSport does not censor itself of content that may be objectionable or offensive, or adopt other perennial legal proposals over content, so long as the content obeys the law of the United States. Legal issues are raised by filing a formal complaint with the WikiDanceSport.

  • Child protection

    Editors who advocate or attempt to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult-child relationships, or who identify themselves as paedophiles, are to be blocked indefinitely.

  • Copyright violations

    Relates to material copied from sources that are either not public domain, or are not compatibly licensed without the permission of the copyright holder. WikiDanceSport has no tolerance for copyright violations in our encyclopedia, and we actively strive to find and remove any violations.

  • Copyrights

    Relates to the copyrighted WikiDanceSport text being licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses.

  • Libel

    It is WikiDanceSport policy to delete libelous revisions from the page history. If you believe you have been defamed, please contact us. It is the responsibility of all contributors to ensure that material posted on WikiDanceSport is not defamatory.

  • No legal threats

    Use dispute resolution rather than making legal threats, for everyone's sake, as we respond quickly to complaints of defamation or copyright infringement. If you make legal threats, or take legal action over a WikiDanceSport dispute, you may be blocked from editing, so that the matter is not exacerbated through other channels. If you do take legal action, please refrain from editing until it is resolved.

  • Non discrimination

    Do not discriminate against current or prospective users on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.

  • Non-free content criteria The Exemption Doctrine Policy for the English Wikipedia. The cases in which you can declare usage of a non-free image, audio clip, or video clip as "fair use" are quite narrow. You must specify the exact use, and only use the image or clip in that one context. Only use non-free content as a last resort.

  • Paid-contribution disclosure Editors must disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which they receive, or expect to receive, compensation.

  • Reusing Wikipedia content

    Relates to the basis of using WikiDanceSport content in your own publications. Most of WikiDanceSport's material may be freely used. Which means you must credit the authors, re-license the material, and allow free access to it.

  • Terms of use

    The terms of use are established by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Ratings, Reviews & Comments

How it works

WikiDanceSport has been created for the DanceSport community to collaboratively organize and promote this sport throughout the world. Anyone who can access this site can edit most of its articles and create new ones.

Only registered users may create a new article. Some particularly controversial, sensitive and/or vandalism-prone pages are protected to some degree from public alteration. A particularly contentious article may be locked so that only administrators are able to make changes.

In certain cases, all editors are allowed to submit modifications, but review is required for some editors, depending on certain conditions.