As with the rest of the site, the chat feature has its own rules and guidelines. All of the main site policies remain in effect on the chat, including:
- Practice open-mindedness and assume good faith
- Be nice
- Don't feed the trolls
- No personal attacks
In a social setting, these key guidelines are even more important.
Chat also has some additional rules of its own. These are:
1. Avoid vulgarity and swearing: Profane language is forbidden to use on the chatroom. Mild profanity may be tolerated so long as it's used sporadically and is not directed at another user.
- Keep the chat appropriate: Deliberately avoid debating controversial or sexual topics.
2. Do not persistently type in Capital Letters (e.g; ABCD): This indicates shouting, showing a rude gesture of language.
3. Avoid giving away personal information: Refrain from giving away information such as phone numbers or your home address in the chat. Do not pester other users into revealing personal details about themselves.
- However, it is acceptable to reveal certain aspects of yourself at your own discretion (i.e your name or what city you live in).
4. Do not use the main chat for role-playing: Roleplaying restricts the ambiance and conversation going on in the chat. If you would like to roleplay, take it somewhere else or use the private message feature of the chat.
- About: Role-playing is defined as the acting out or performance of a particular role or participating in a role-play game. Refrain from roleplaying in a sense that starts an issue on the chat
- Do not pretend to be another user or anything regarding the user.
5. Do not use the chat for advertising: If you want to share links with the community on chat, give a description about what you are linking to, making sure it accepts all things listed on the policy.
- Refrain from sharing links that contain vulgar language or images.
6 Do not spam: Spamming is considered a nuisance all over the internet. Behaviour such as repeating the same word - countlessly - and hitting enter after every word to complete a sentence are main cases of spamming.
Chat moderators and disputing bans
These rules are enforced both by the wiki's admins and specially-appointed users called chat moderators (often referred to as "chat mods").
Admins and chat mods have the ability to ban users on chat, making the user unable to use the chat for a temporary/permanent amount of time. Users who break the rules will be warned in the first instance and may be 'kicked' if they continue to break the rules after warnings. A kick will cause the user's window to close and refresh.
If you wish to dispute a warning you have been given, do so calmly and politely. Arguing is counter-productive and may lead to the ban you're trying to avoid.
If you've been banned and you want to oppose the decision, you can still contact an admin or chat moderator on their talk page. Here is a list of the administrators and chat moderators to contact.
- Do not involve other users, but explain to an admin/chat mod what happened and why you feel the ban should be overturned. The admin/mod will consider your case and respond in due time. If not, feel free to contact another admin/chat mod.
If you witness rule breaking when no admin or chat mod is present, copy and paste the text from the chat window or simply take screencaps of the incident onto the talk page of an administrator or chat moderator. From there, the admin/mod will get ample proof to investigate the issue.
Appointed at Sonic News Network:Requests for User Rights, chat moderators are experienced and trustworthy users who are assigned to moderate the chat. These users, along with administrators, have access to the kick and ban features to help moderate the chat. Chat moderators and administrators are signified by a Master Emerald image on the user list in chat. They can also unban a user from chat. To see a list of all chat moderators, including inactive chat moderators, see Special:Listusers/chatmoderator.
We hope to see you on the chat soon!
Emoticons are images that are used on the chat to express emotions and various other purposes. The Sonic News Network has a system where anyone can request for an emoticon to be added to the chat. Only administrators can add emoticons, so that if an emoticon is deemed too inappropriate for chat, they will not add it. Emoticons also have certain restrictions.
The following are additional rules regarding chat emoticons:
1. Emoticons must be 19 pixels by 19 pixels (19x19 px) or smaller: Any emoticon above this size may not be added to chat.
- Images that move as an animation may be exempt from this rule.
2. Emoticons must comply with our art policies: For more information, see our policy page.
3. Emoticons may not have above five triggers dedicated to it: This reduces variety of emoticons.
4. Emoticons that are of poor image quality will not be added.
5. If the users on chat feel that an emoticon is being used in a fashion that break our policies, it will be removed.
A list of emoticons can be found at MediaWiki:Emoticons.