Policies and guidelines document good practice as established through community consensus. They are not rules; rather, they exist to help editors avoid conflict with established conventions, and maintain a constructive environment on the site.
Policies govern the inclusion or exclusion of content on the site, whereas guidelines govern the presentation of such content. Guidelines are generally less strict in enforcement, but more exacting in purview. Guidelines help maintain consistency across the site, but they don't dictate with what all content is consistent.
Consensus occurs when editors reach an agreement through discussion, upon which decisive action is taken. It is not achieved via popular vote, but neither does it require unanimous agreement; it is based on the cogency of the prevailing arguments, and is formally established by article edits ensuant on concession and good faith.
After consensus is reached, it should be documented and enforced as necessary. Thorough but concise accounts of important decisions should be documented in a policy or guideline. The conversation that led to the consensus should remain in-tact on the community forums if possible.
In general, the site and its content is governed by common sense. The Crash Bandicoot Wiki is not a bureaucracy with legislative processes or judicial functions. For this reason, many "rules" remain intentionally unwritten—but that is not approval for clearly wrong but unspecified behavior. It is up to all editors to ensure that first and foremost they work harmoniously with others in the community.
Content policies concern the content within the mainspace (articles) of the wiki.
- Project:Verifiability — Content should be verifiable against reliable sources, preferably using citations to support contentious or extraordinary claims.
- Project:Notability — Topics must be important, unique, or independently viable to have dedicated articles. Information within articles should be relevant to the average user.
- Project:About § Scope — The Crash Bandicoot Wiki does not devote coverage to everything conceivably related to the Crash Bandicoot series. Included topics must help meet the wiki's goals.
- Project:About § What the Crash Bandicoot Wiki is not...
Procedural policies concern how users behave on and interact with the wiki.
- Project:Administrators — Policies concerning the role and standards expected of administrators, as well as the procedures concerning their promotion and demotion.
- Project:Moderation — Policies concerning administrative use of sysop and content moderator access levels (namely deletion, reverting, blocking, and page protection).
- Project:User policy — Among other etiquette, don't be a dick, and there are some restrictions on user pages.
- Project:Manual of Style — Governs the style standards within articles. Its primary goal is to maintain stylistic consistency across articles.
- Project:File use — Concerns the uploading, organization, and use of files on the wiki. Sections "Before uploading files" and "Uploading files" are considered content policies rather than guidelines.
- Category:Template documentation — All templates have individualized guidelines concerning their use, and should be treated as reflections of (and written according to) consensus.
Ignore all rules
If a "rule" prevents you from improving the Crash Bandicoot Wiki—ignore it.