I recently blocked a user from the Tropes Mirror Wiki for not only violating our wiki policy on plagiarism (especially of CC BY NC SA content to a CC BY SA wiki), but due to serious concern they would not be willing to abide by the rules at a later date, especially since they have a confirmed history of having inciting mischief at another, non Wikia wiki. (TV Tropes)
However, it seems the same user has set up another wiki that will apparently be based on mine, which I don't have a problem with, but they have mentioned on their front page their willingness to circumvent copyright law, and in the interest of preventing a copyright problem (they do not seem to understand the reasons for why we cannot use TV Tropes current day content (as explained on our front page's "Copyright" section)
I hope I am not causing this user any problems (this is nothing personal), but they do not seem to comprehend Creative Commons copyright and why I (and Wikia) take it seriously, and I request that you (or another staff member) explain to them why they should not violate the copyright of another website, if only to spare all parties concerned unnecessary trouble.
P.S. - Why I am usually loathe to take Encyclopedia Dramatica seriously, if you look at the ED page for "Nate Spidgewood", you'll will get a very good idea why I am so concerned about this user, and my own investigation of the information presented on the ED page has confirmed most of its contents to be accurate, and it is more reason why I feel it is urgent this user be told by Wikia staff what is permissible on Wikia.
Also, on an unrelated note, I am very pleased with the layout changes on Wikia. I also run a non Wikia version of the Tropes Mirror Wiki (also mentioned in the copyright section of the TMW front page), but I have no intention of abandoning it and have made sure that content between the two CC BY SA wikis remains as compatible as possible with Wikia, though any further advice you have in that area, if need be, would be appreciated.
Also, I wanted to wish you some very happy holidays. :)
Hey, my name has already been changed once but I really need to change it again... I really hate my current name and what makes it worse is I'm not the one who changed it, I was going to change it to something else but my older brother came over and taken the laptop to change it to this embarrassing name. Klaine means something I'd really not want to include in my username... Please help! Thank you.
I can't say for certain, but it seems to me, and I can't speak on behalf of staff, like you want her blocked for personal reasons rather than a legitimate policy violation on whatever wiki you're referring to. Therefore, there does not appear to be any justifiable reason for her to be blocked.
An account recently showed up on the Terraria wiki using the name of the developer of the game which that wiki is about. I'm currently pending confirmation on this one via Twitter in the off-chance that it actually is the man in question (however unlikely this may be). However, if it is an impersonation account as I suspect, is there any policy or precedent on Wikia for dealing with such users on the global level, or should it solely be handled at the local level?
(Also, if this is (somehow) legitimate, would this be a situation in which the "authenticated" tag could be used?)
And the Community Guidelines expands on that: "That means don't impersonate other users, or anyone else - including famous people. [...] You can role-play as Batman, but don't convince people you are Batman"
So yes there's a definite rule about this, and depending on the exact circumstances, we would probably consider banning or renaming the account.
Authenticated tags are for people we have an official partnership with, we don't currently have something like Twitter's more general tag. But perhaps that's something that will happen in the future :)
Alright then. In this specific case, the user in question isn't being particularly disruptive (all he's doing is posting a few comments on pages) and hasn't really made enough edits for me to determine whether he really intends to trick people, so I would guess that this issue can be resolved locally.
(Good to know about the authenticated tag, too – I thought that it was just something which was added to the accounts of well-known people who confirmed their accounts with Wikia...)
(However, regarding a "general" authenticated tag, do you suppose that it could just be handled locally by giving the user in question a custom tag next to their username and a CSS highlight?)
You could do that with something other than "Authenticated", but please don't use that particular worf. It will look like Wikia has given them the tag, and that would be confusing. But if you can make sure it's different (maybe a different color too?) then I don't see a problem with that
Best think is to get involved on the forums, or in chat, and find people to talk to there. You could also give involved in editing a wikia about something you love... then you will have something in common with those around you.