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It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that everyone should follow. Except for minor edits, please make use of the discussion page to propose changes to this policy.
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American Horror Story Wiki is meant to be a inclusive community for American Horror Story that is open to be edited and enjoyed by fans all over the world. Some tenets of American Horror Story Wiki's informational section include encyclopedic (or at least Wikipedic) guidelines.
- Vandalism (deleting sections of a page or replacing them with gibberish or misinformation).
- Profanity, insults, harassment, racial slurs. Malicious action against other users is met with a Zero Tolerance policy.
- Spam and off-topic material (rants against a third party, political statements, advertisements).
- Personal opinions and fanboy-ism, which should not be included in the narrative of main article pages, such as on an episode or character page. Inclusion on Talk (comment) pages, User talk pages, blog posts, and Theory pages is usually acceptable, however. Press and Production staff comments are allowed and encouraged on Commentary pages.
- Personal contact or social networking information OUTSIDE User or User talk spaces. This does not apply to official accounts from FX Networks, or other entities directly involved in the production of American Horror Story.
- Links to download the episodes from torrent sites or other streaming sources illegal (or of questionable legality) in the United States. Many episodes are generally digitally available through legal means via services such as Netflix, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play Store or the equivalent in other countries; links to legal episode sources are NOT forbidden.
American Horror Story Wiki takes a very strong stance on opinion and fact. We aim to be the definitive reference guide to the world of American Horror Story. Some areas of the wiki are absolutely intended to remain opinion free. This table shows what is expected of each section.
|Objective (Opinion free)|
|Subjective (Opinions allowed)||
Neutral Point of View
Editing from a neutral point of view (NPOV) means representing fairly, proportionately, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources. In objective articles (Episode Pages, Character and Episode Spoiler Pages, Character Pages, and Production Pages), efforts should be made to maintain that the content is as neutral as possible. Not everyone enjoys or appreciates the series in the same way as the editor.
- Avoid stating opinions as facts. "Evan Peters is an attractive man." is an opinion. "Evan Peters has many admirers." is a fact.
- Avoid stating seriously contested assertions as facts. "Ben Harmon is a successful psychiatrist." is an assertion. That he is a psychiatrist is a fact.
- Avoid presenting uncontested assertions as mere opinion. "The Murder House seems to hold a murderous past." lends undue doubt to something we know to have happened.
- Prefer non-judgmental language. "Tate Langdon is pure evil." is a judgement by moral standards that are not shared by the entire readership.
Verifiability on American Horror Story Wiki is the reader's ability to check cited sources that directly support the information in an article. All objective information in American Horror Story Wiki must be verifiable, but because other policies and guidelines also influence content, verifiability does not guarantee inclusion. Verifiability, and not truth, is one of the fundamental requirements for inclusion in American Horror Story Wiki; truth, of itself, is not a substitute for meeting the verifiability requirement. No matter how convinced you are that something is true, do not add it unless it is verifiable. Information supported by actual broadcast episodes, including captions, are considered implicitly verified when (and only when) the episode is actually broadcast for the first time.
It must be possible to attribute all information in American Horror Story Wiki to reliable, published sources that are appropriate for the content in question. However, in practice it is only necessary to provide inline citations for quotations and for any information that has been challenged or that is likely to be challenged. Appropriate citations guarantee that the information is not original research, and allow readers and editors to check the source material for themselves. Any material that requires a citation but does not have one may be removed. For help on adding citations, see Citing sources. This policy applies to all objective material in the mainspace (Episode Pages, Character and Episode Spoiler Pages, Character Pages, and Production Pages).
In terms of Spoilers and Commentary pages, text and pictures from articles may be copied into the site ONLY IF the work referenced has attribution.
For photos and images, proper licensure and source is expected. Just being "out there on the Internet" does not make a photo free to use on this Wiki!
The term "original research" (OR) is used on American Horror Story Wiki to refer to material—such as facts, allegations, and ideas—for which no reliable, published sources exist. This includes any analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to advance a position not advanced by the sources. To demonstrate that you are not adding OR, you must be able to cite reliable, published sources that are directly related to the topic of the article, and directly support the material being presented (and as presented).
The prohibition against OR means that all material added to articles must be attributable to a reliable published source, even if not actually attributed. The verifiability policy says that an inline citation to a reliable source must be provided for all quotations, and for anything challenged or likely to be challenged—but a source must exist even for material that is never challenged. That "Paris is the capital of France" needs no source, because no one is likely to object to it and we know that sources exist for it. The statement is attributable, even if not attributed.
Despite the need to attribute content to reliable sources, you must not plagiarize them or violate their copyrights. Articles should be written in your own words while substantially retaining the meaning of the source material.
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