This is a list of guidelines for editors of this wiki. It is strongly recommended that all editors read at least this page as well as the major policies listed below.

Universal rulesEdit

A few policies apply across all Wikia. These can be found on the Central Wikia at Wikia:Category:Policy.

Major policiesEdit

Ace Attorney Wiki is not Court RecordsEdit

This wiki aims to be a comprehensive, independent guide for all things concerning everyone's favorite spiky-haired, cravat-wearing, and broad-foreheaded heroes. This wiki's editors are (or ought to be) also aware that a large fansite called Court Records has a huge database of its own, and that many Ace Attorney fans go there rather than anywhere else. As such, this wiki aims not to be an imitation of Court Records. It should be an entity separate from Court Records so that people have a reason to be here.

As such, it is not a good idea to copy-paste entire character articles from Court Records. Such an action also constitutes plagiarism and legal issues may result from it. It's fine (to an extent) if an article copies ideas and images from Court Records; we are describing the same things, after all. It is better for an article to be left as a stub, inviting people to expand it, than for the article to copy Court Records, which would probably discourage people from editing as the information is already there.

If an article is mostly a rip-off of an equivalent Court Records page, much of the contents will probably be removed. If the rip-off is minor, the {{fansite}} tag should suffice.

Policy-making processEdit

This process was devised to create an orderly system to develop policies. Since this is itself a policy, it is open for criticism.

Proposing a policyEdit

To propose a rule that you believe will improve this wiki, you can make your proposal known to the community in this article's talk page. You could also be really bold and post the text of the proposed policy on this page. Just remember to put {{betapolicy|(date of proposal)}} on it.

Adding [[Category:Policy]] to any policy pages will add them to the policy category. This is found here.

It's generally best to keep policies as simple as possible, and not to introduce too many rules. A growing wiki can usually do well with a few simple policies and a lot of good will and cooperation.

Gaining acceptanceEdit

Newly proposed policies will have the following message on them:

This policy is in a beta phase until (date).
Lisa Basil Smile This policy exists for the sake of consistency across the Ace Attorney Wiki. It is supposed to reflect trends in editing, or set a single standard to compromise between conflicting viewpoints. It has not necessarily been approved by the wiki's active users. This policy can be discussed on its talk page.

These will be listed as such here or, if they have their own pages, those articles will be listed under "!" in Category:Policy. The site notice at the top of every page will also alert readers to new policies being proposed.

Once a proposed policy appears in the site notice or the "!" section of Category:Policy, if no comment is made concerning it for six days, it will automatically be considered accepted and placed with other fully accepted policies. If someone comments on the policy but 12 days pass since the last criticism or modification of it, the comments will be considered and appropriate action will be taken. Please remember that this is not a democratic process, so a policy won't pass simply because 60% of the comments are "'cause I said so".

It should be noted that no policy is permanent; accepted policies can still be criticized. Being "accepted" simply means that editors in this wiki approve of the rule, and that breaking the rule is grounds for various consequences.

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