Marvel's Spider-Man Wiki
This page documents an official Marvel's Spider-Man Wiki procedural policy.
It approximates a widely accepted standard that all editors should normally follow. Changes made to this page should reflect consensus.

The Moderation policy governs the standards to which Marvel's Spider-Man Wiki administrators and content moderators are accountable concerning their sysop access level, while also supporting the grounds with which they act. This page describes in detail the justifications for actions concerning deletion, rollbacking, page protection, and blocking.

For the policies concerning administrator behavior and standards, as well as an overview of adminship, see Project:Administrators.


Deletion involves the removal of a page and all of its revision history. Before a page is nominated for deletion, concerns should first be raised on the talk page. If the ensuant discussion determines that the page should in fact be deleted, it may be formally nominated by placing the {{delete}} tag on the page. From there, if it is clear that the consensus is to delete the page, an administrator will follow up and delete the page.

When a page is deleted, its talk page should be as well. However, if the discussion that led to its deletion should be preserved (as in major pages or discussions that have implications beyond just one article), the discussion should be moved to a community posting, and any necessary adjustments to policy should be reflected on the appropriate pages.

If you would like to request restoration of your work, contact a local admin listed at Special:Listusers/sysop.


The following reasons correspond with MediaWiki:Deletereason-dropdown.

General reasons
  • G1. It constitutes spam, vandalism, patent nonsense, plagiarism, or violates copyright.
  • G2. It is a duplicate, to any extent, of another page.
  • G3. It falls under general maintenance, cleanup, or housekeeping.
  • G4. The owner of the page in question has requested that the content be removed.
Article namespace
  • A1. It is not based upon canonical sources (theories, fan fiction, etc.)
  • A2. It is not notable enough to be of any practical or encyclopedic value.
  • A3. It does not fit within the scope of the wiki (real-life people or organizations, etc.)
File namespace
  • F1. It is a file of similar nature to another file of equivalent or greater quality.
  • F2. It does not fit within the scope of the wiki (i.e., is not a Marvel's Spider Man-related file), or exceeds the one-image rule for personal user images.
  • F3. It does not include a source and a license, or is otherwise restricted by copyright.
  • F4. Deletion has been appealed by the original uploader or author.
  • F5. It is not used (generally after 24 hours), or is a user image of an inactive user.
Talk namespace
  • T1. It consists entirely of off-topic or irrelevant posts.
  • T2. It is the associated talk page of a deleted page.
  • T3. It needs to be deleted then recreated to archive the page history.
Template and category namespace
  • C1. It does not have a unique purpose with practical value.
  • C2. It is broken or does not work as intended.
  • C3. It has been replaced by a new template or category.


The rollback tool undoes all consecutive edits by a particular user until the last edit by a different user, all with one click. Because this tool does not allow for a customized edit summary, it should only be used to revert blatantly disruptive edits, such as vandalism, patent nonsense, or a large string of otherwise problematic edits.

"Reverting" simply means reversing an article to a previous state. Any method that effectively reverses even a small portion of content can be considered a reversion. Reversion of edits that do not satisfy the above requirement for rollbacking should use the undo system, with a comprehensive but concise edit summary to explain the reason for the reversion.

Per the code of conduct, there is a maximum of one revert allowed per instance, while reversions of reversions are prohibited. This applies even to administrators except in the event of disruptive edits. If a disruptive editor engages in an edit war with an administrator, further action to inhibit that user from making their changes may then be taken (see § Page protection and § Blocking).

Page protection

Page protection suspends the ability of editors to edit a page depending on their user access level. Semi-protection prevents new or anonymous editors from editing a page, while full protection prevents non-administrator users from editing a page.

Because the goal of the Marvel's Spider-Man Wiki is to build an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, pages should rarely be protected for an indefinite amount of time. This section explains when articles should be protected, for how long, and at what level. For a list of currently protected pages, see Special:Protectedpages.


The following reasons correspond with MediaWiki:Protect-dropdown. Pages are semi-protected or fully protected depending on the average access level of the users necessitating the protection.

  • P1. The page is a high traffic page with a significant likelihood of problematic editing. Pages protected for this reason are most commonly indefinitely protected.
  • P2. The page is a high visibility page, problematic editing to which would have serious implications across the site. Pages protected for this reason are most commonly indefinitely protected.
  • P3. The page is the subject of frequent content disputes due to its popularity or controversy surrounding the topic. Pages protected for this reason are most commonly indefinitely protected.
  • P4. The page is the subject of an ongoing edit war between two or more users, so the page is protected to implement a cool down period. Pages protected for this reason are rarely protected for longer than 24 hours.
  • P5. The page is owned by a user (user page, user talk page, or user subpage), and is protected at owner request. The duration and level of protection is at the discretion of the owner requesting it.
  • P6. Pages that would normally be deleted but are preserved for the historical record are often indefinitely fully protected. This mainly applies to archived talk pages and forums.


Blocking prevents the targeted user from being able to edit pages, including in some cases their own talk page. This is considered a last resort taken by administrators against users who have repeatedly engaged in disruptive editing or behavior. Generally, blocking should be preventative rather than punitive. The duration of the block is often at the discretion of the block performer; it can range anywhere from a three-hour cool down enforcement, to a full ban, which is indefinite.

With the exception of blatant vandalism, a user should be warned prior to being blocked. Such a warning should include the exact offense committed, and the potential duration of the block if the behavior continues. The language of the warning should adapt to the likely motive or intention behind a user's actions. Repeated but non-malicious mistakes should be met with a courtesy warning, whereas repeated malicious behavior should be met with a clear warning. Repeated offenses after having already been blocked generally escalate the block duration.


The following reasons correspond with MediaWiki:Ipbreason-dropdown.

  • B1. Anonymous spam editing, or automated creation of spam content.
  • B2. Blatant vandalism, patent nonsense, or blanking of content.
  • B3. Sustained improper conduct, harassment, or otherwise disruptive behavior.
  • B4. Deceptive or otherwise improper use of multiple accounts.
  • B5. Not here to build an encyclopedia.
  • B6. User request (self-enforced leave of absence).