Every website has them. Every software application makes you agree to them before you can get to the good stuff. Even now, they are calling out to you from the footer of this page and every other page on Wikia.
With that in mind, let’s take a magnifying glass to the "fine print" of the Terms that most often come into play during the daily life of our communities:
The key takeaway from this section is that you must be at least 13 years of age to register for a Wikia user account. This requirement is necessary so that Wikia maintains compliance with U.S. federal law. When we learn that a user has lied about their age, we take the appropriate action and disable the account. This section also reminds you that we can take any action we need to in order to protect the integrity of the site, including blocking disruptive users, deleting problematic content, or terminating accounts altogether.
Usually when we do have to block an account, it is because they have broken one of the rules in this section. Most of these rules are self-explanatory, and generally involve a degree of common sense. They break down into two basic expectations:
Aside from quality, it’s important that you don’t post things that break laws. That includes copyright and trademark protections, and any licensed material should meet the requirements of the license used. For CC-BY-SA material, that means making sure that you have attributed the source of the content. Pornography, gore, and explicit shock images are not OK, and neither is spam. Any attempt to advertise or solicit is likely to call down the wrath of our ever-vigilant Volunteer Spam Task Force (VSTF). Posting the private information of another person can also get you in trouble.
We also expect our users to refrain from interfering with the core functionality of our interface. One of the great things about our communities is the customizability of the look and feel of each wikia, but at the same time we need to safeguard the integrity of the base user experience across all wikias. This means that customizations that obscure or remove ads or change the navigation beyond a certain threshold are not permitted. You can read more about our customization policy, or ask about specific adjustments via Special:Contact.
There are also times when we need to preserve the speed and reliability of the site, and may need to remove or alter user tweaks that cause performance issues. Whenever possible, we try to communicate with the local communities when this becomes necessary but under the Terms, Wikia has unilateral discretion to decide these matters.
It’s never OK to harass or abuse anyone on a wikia. There might be room to argue where healthy disagreements and vigorous debate border on harassment, but a good rule of thumb is that any singling out of an individual (as opposed to a particular contribution) will be highly suspect. Death threats and overt intimidation are definitely out of bounds.
Impersonating another user by pretending to be them with a similar account name or pictures lifted from social media is a common violation. We also don’t take kindly to attempts to solicit or discover private info about other community members, especially if they are under 18.
Additionally, we require you to take reasonable security measures to make sure that others don't access your account. “Hacking” of a user account is extremely rare, but gaining access to an account because the owner shared their password with the wrong person is far more common. If you do find that the security of your account is compromised, please let us know via Special:Contact as soon as possible so that we can limit the damage.
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