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=== If you get blocked ===
 
=== If you get blocked ===
  
If you get blocked and believe the action to be unfair, '''do ''not'' create a new account to protest it.''' Rather, use one of the following methods to appeal the decision (listed in order of preference).
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If you get blocked, it's probably because you (1) broke the rules and (2) ignored hints, requests and/or warnings. So the first thing you should do is review your communications with others here, particularly those who are admins. Have you been trying to get along by following our practices and supporting our goals, or have you been trying to change our ways? If you are new here, it's best to go along to get along. After you have contributed a lot, we'll be more likely to listen to your suggestions, but breaking the rules will just end up with eliminating you from the project.
# Contact the Administrator or editor who blocked you (see below).
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# Contact another Administrator.
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Perhaps upon reflection you may realize that you'd rather be part of the project than insist on your own way. You might want to apologize and get unblocked.
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If you want to discuss your block , '''do ''not'' create a new account.''' Rather, use one of the following methods to appeal the decision (listed in order of preference).
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# Contact the person who blocked you (see below).
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# If you get no reply after a reasonable amount of time, you may contact any Administrator.
 
# Email cpweb<i></i>master@conser<i></i>vapedia.com giving the name of the Administrator or editor who blocked you, and the date, and it will be forwarded on to them.
 
# Email cpweb<i></i>master@conser<i></i>vapedia.com giving the name of the Administrator or editor who blocked you, and the date, and it will be forwarded on to them.
If you can't wait for the Administrator or blocking editor to get back to you and you do contact more than one, please do them the courtesy of letting them know who else you have tried contacting.
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If you contact more than person about this, please do them the courtesy of letting them know who else you have tried contacting.
  
 
Contacting an Administrator or editor can usually be done by one of the following methods:
 
Contacting an Administrator or editor can usually be done by one of the following methods:

Revision as of 10:23, 8 February 2010

This is a general guide to contributing to Conservapedia, with particular reference to ways that Conservapedia differs to what you may be used to on other sites using Wiki software.

Some of these peculiarities are due to Conservapedia being the focus of myriad vandals wanting to undermine or destroy the conservative point of view.

We recommend that you include this page on your watchlist (click the "Watch" tab above) so that you can be alerted to updates to this page.

Terms explained
  • Administrators, also known as sysops, are editors with the ability and authority to enforce Conservapedia's rules and resolve disputes.
  • Bureaucrats are Administrators with the additional ability to change user rights.

Purpose

Conservapedia is a Wiki-based encyclopedia coming from a conservative point of view, and does not pretend to be neutral, but does strive to be accurate and fair, and allow other points of view. It is also designed to be a useful resource for students and therefore a family-friendly one, which means that some topics will not be allowed.

Rules governing use

The Commandments and Guidelines govern your conduct on Conservapedia.

The Commandments and Guidelines are deliberately kept brief, and the Administrators have broad discretion to protect pages from editing and block or ban editors for defying the spirit as well as the letter of the Commandments and guidelines.

We also recommend that you read up on Editing Etiquette.

If you get blocked

If you get blocked, it's probably because you (1) broke the rules and (2) ignored hints, requests and/or warnings. So the first thing you should do is review your communications with others here, particularly those who are admins. Have you been trying to get along by following our practices and supporting our goals, or have you been trying to change our ways? If you are new here, it's best to go along to get along. After you have contributed a lot, we'll be more likely to listen to your suggestions, but breaking the rules will just end up with eliminating you from the project.

Perhaps upon reflection you may realize that you'd rather be part of the project than insist on your own way. You might want to apologize and get unblocked.

If you want to discuss your block , do not create a new account. Rather, use one of the following methods to appeal the decision (listed in order of preference).

  1. Contact the person who blocked you (see below).
  2. If you get no reply after a reasonable amount of time, you may contact any Administrator.
  3. Email cpwebmaster@conservapedia.com giving the name of the Administrator or editor who blocked you, and the date, and it will be forwarded on to them.

If you contact more than person about this, please do them the courtesy of letting them know who else you have tried contacting.

Contacting an Administrator or editor can usually be done by one of the following methods:

  • Use the "Email this user" link in the toolbox. This, however, will only work if both you and the Administrator or editor have enabled this on your/their respective accounts.
  • The Administrator or editor may have provided an email address or other contact information (e.g. AIM) on their user page.

Restrictions

  • Moving (renaming) pages
The ability to move (rename) pages is only available to Administrators. Please ask one if you would like a page moved. Please do not attempt to rename pages by redirecting an existing article to another name! This prevents the existing edit histories from following, which is why we prefer to have an Admin do it.
  • Creating new "Categories"
While this is sometimes needed, before undertaking larger projects that will have ramifications for many existing articles, please contact one of the Administrators on their talk page, and inform them of your idea.
  • Uploading images
The ability to upload images has been restricted.
In addition, all images should be protected from editing, to prevent vandals uploading replacing existing images with offensive images.
  • Editing overnight (U.S. time)
The ability to edit on Conservapedia is often restricted while it is night-time in the U.S.

The right to upload images and to edit while editing is turned off can be granted to editors with a proven good record. See User rights for more information.

Templates

Conservapedia requires that all templates that you create are properly documented.

  • See here for basic instructions for creating templates, and also for how templates are to be documented on Conservapedia.
  • See here for instructions on how to use templates, if you are not already familiar with them.

See also