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  • Scarecroe
    Scarecroe closed this thread because:
    if there are genuine questions, leave me a message, and I'll re-open this thread
    15:16, September 15, 2018

    Hey gang, just wanted to post a reminder about the wiki's commitment to presenting factual information.

    As per our Policies and Guidelines, we don't allow any fan created content on wiki articles. This includes edits that may have been made to imagery with the purpose of distorting reality.

    In the first six months of the wiki's existence, I uploaded a photoshopped image of the Muppet Theatre backstage (see in the history here) because I really wanted Kermit's tea cup in an otherwise "clean" shot of his desk area. I forgot about it, and thankfully Shane corrected the error with an unedited version of the screenshot.

    Recently, a now-blocked user uploaded 50 to 60 screenshots of Sesame Street episode numbers that had been manipulated from other episodes. I deleted them all and batched them into a handful of shots similarly uploaded by Guillermo. I understand the intention here, but it's not a good idea for us to make assumptions about visuals the same way we shouldn't make guesses about textual information. It's possible to make a determination that these title cards might have looked a certain way given clues about similar episodes, but I think when we start editing pictures to fit our intentions, we're betraying one of the key principles of the wiki.

    Acceptable edits include cropping, color correction, the stitching together of two sources to form a unified image, watermark and blemish removal, and anything that doesn't alter or provide a false representation of a topic's reality.

    Also, although it isn't an "edit", we should try to use accurate imagery whenever they're available for articles. Sometimes, as in The Adventures of Rowlf in Outer Space, no imagery exists, but for the purposes of the article's aesthetics, we've included a similar picture with a caption and link to the source material.

    I'm sure there are other provisos, but that's all I got for now. New contributors, please read the forum rules before commenting. Thanks!

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    • Scarecroe
      Scarecroe removed this reply because:
      not a contributor on this wiki
      14:39, September 15, 2018
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    • I wish other wiki sites had Policies and a Guidelines, because I see people makeup stuff all the time, and yet the people who created them in the first place do NOTHING to fix them!

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    • Thanks for saying so. 👍 Not all wikis have strong organization. We work pretty hard here to maintain the best source we can.

      I recommend posting on w:c:community:special:forum if you're getting frustrated with a particular wiki.

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    • Scarecroe
      Scarecroe removed this reply because:
      message clearly asks commenters to read the forum rules
      15:15, September 15, 2018
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