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- Minimum requirement: Articles are required to contain fair amount of content for each basic paragraph in order to be placed on the wiki. If said articles do not meet these criteria, they will be deleted. If there is any particular information you would like to place, try finding a fitting article rather than creating new pages for minor events and background characters.
- Veracity: Be discrete in your contributions, always add legitimate information. Be sure to check the information you wish to add to an article, it might already exist in it. Each section of the page is devoted to summarize one thing, therefore do not add a character's Appearance under the Story section.
- Third person: Always edit in third person and do not refer directly to the reader and especially yourself.
- Proper grammar: Do your best to edit articles with proper English grammar and spelling (you can use the source editor to spellcheck). American English is the preferred language form.
- Limit your summary: Do not be redundant when summarizing events. Be brief in your descriptions and avoid capitalizing too much on small factors.
- Contractions: Unless you are quoting someone, do not use contractions when writing articles. Example; Use "will not" instead of "won't," "should not" instead of "shouldn't," etc.
- Source your information: Please provide us with some evidence to prove your statements. If we cannot source them, they will have to be removed. For more information, visit Citing sources.
- Links: Do not duplicate links under a single paragraph or header. Instead, make sure to leave enough space between the same internal wiki links. External links on articles should be sorted under "External links" header at the bottom of the page, or listed as references. For more information about linking, visit this page.
- Neutrality: Do not pick sides or be one-minded when adding additional info, be neutral by only providing your information and making it as explicit as possible without any bias whatsoever.
- Large-scale revisions: Large-scale rewrites should only occur if certain paragraphs or entire articles are not up to the wiki's standards, are of low quality, outdated, or if the newer information does not grammatically sync in with the rest of its section. Revisions should be avoided if a user is not fond of the word choices, particularly the ones where all the key words would be replaced with synonyms.
- Speculations: Do not add speculations to articles if an event or a character's fate is left undisclosed. Feel free to talk about them on the wiki's discussions or the selected article's talk page, but avoid including it on articles as a legit information, even with believable arguments as sources. Exceptions to these include in-game clues or a brief mention of such possibilities that are plausible within Outlast's universe.
- Rumors: Any kind of rumors circling around the internet should not by classified as legitimate information, unless proven otherwise by the developers of the games themselves.
- Trivia: Ideally, articles should avoid featuring a "Trivia" section, and instead have all of the information be logically grouped under its specific headers. If the said article lacks the necessary header, and you believe that there is enough content to justify its inclusion, feel free to make a separate header, or ask for assistance if you are not entirely sure. If there ever is a time where certain information does not fit anywhere else on the article, only then should it be placed under the Trivia section. This can be a number of things; obscure facts, references to other media, Easter eggs, etc. Something that is obvious, redundant, or irrelevant to the subject at hand, such as vague and simplistic comparisons between characters' features from unrelated franchises, or unsubstantiated claims, will not be accepted as adequate content.
- Editing reasons: State your reasons for editing an article in "Edit Summary" box for easier reviewing.
- New articles and categories: Feel free to create articles for missing characters, levels, etc. However, if you are looking to expand on something specific that differs from the wiki's general format, please, run it by our administrators.
- Locked pages: The majority of the wiki's articles are open for public editing. In rare occasions, such as consistent vandalism or large traffic, the admins might consider locking some of the pages to prevent unneeded commotion. Newly registered users cannot edit a semi-protected page, until they make about 4 contributions to the wiki on other articles.
- Edit wars: Do not start edit wars on pages by constantly reverting back your edits, forcing them after someone had previously removed them, etc. If there is a disagreement between users, open up a thread, start a discussion or use the article's talk page. Always feel free to inform an admin or ask for their assistance if the situation gets out of hand.
- Plagiarism: As an editor, you are required to write your own original contributions without plagiarizing other people's works. Plagiarism of any kind is not allowed on the wiki and will be removed without question. You can use articles from trusted websites (not counting other wikis, which are merely used as collections of sources and information) to source your contribution. However, you must not copy-paste the author's work; Instead, write your own that is based on its source. Alternatively, if you use information from Wikipedia for real-world articles, use the Wikipedia template to credit the original authors.
- Vandalism: Vandalism will not be tolerated and will lead to a permanent ban, immediately. The following acts are considered as vandalism:
- Removing legitimate content from pages.
- Inserting nonsense, gibberish, profanity, spam and unrelated information onto pages.
- Rewriting an article's content from English to another language (For more information, see Other Languages rule below).
- Pointsgaming: Badges are meant to reward users who work diligently to make the encyclopediæ complete and improve its contents. Users who engage in the practice of abusing the poor achievement system for their own profit will be irrevocably banned on spot. This qualifies as vandalism but warrants a point of its own.
- Other languages: Information from this wiki is also available in other languages, such as its Spanish counterpart. You can find these links at the bottom of every page. If the wiki is not available in your native language, feel free to create and interlink it with this one, for the purpose of expanding our community to a greater audience.
- Quality: Every image should be captured at highest quality possible. Blurry, distorted, pixelated, and similar images are not allowed and will be removed. In order to get the highest quality possible, it is advised to take screenshots from the source material itself, instead of snapshots of someone's pre-recorded footage—This does not apply to material that is not available in higher quality.
- Resolution: Images, such as gameplay shots, should be uploaded in high resolution, from 720p and above. Anything lower than the available image should be replaced.
- Clarity: Images taken directly within the game should not have logos, watermarks or anything similarly attached to them. Rather, it should be a clear shot, displaying a character, an object, a situation, etc.
- Format: All image files should be in standard .png file format for better viewing purposes. We suggest you convert from whatever format it may be into the commonly used one before uploading. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule, such as uploading a high definition image of a character model. These images can potentially require a lot of space. Therefore, we might allow them to be uploaded in .jpg/.jpeg format, so as not to waste space.
- Usage: Do not upload images that are not going to be used in an article. If you wish to use an image for your profile or a discussion that cannot be placed on the wiki, upload it to an external site. Websites like Photobucket are free and easy to use.
- Irrelevance: Photos that are not in any way related to Outlast, its crew and developers, will be immediately removed. This also includes any sort of modified and distorted images from the actual game, fan art and mods. Galleries are also required to have minimal amount of images that showcase important details from the series. Having said this, excessive photos that serve no purpose other than showcasing a character, object, item, etc. from different point of view and/or angles will be removed.
- Nudity and sexual content: The Fandom network, which hosts Outlast Wiki, does not allow for any kind of nudity, indecent exposure or sexually suggestive content to be shown on the website, regardless if it's featured within the Outlast series. As such, all content that violates these terms will likely be detected and taken down either by the site's automated system or the wiki's moderators. If you would like to feature a file that contains such material, please, attempt to circumvent this issue by either cropping the image or censoring the aforementioned content.
- Duplicates: Please check if the image you wish to upload already exists, by having a look at the images related to the character, situation or anything else yours depict. Otherwise, please refer to Special:FileDuplicateSearch, a page dedicated to finding the duplicates of files already uploaded.
- Naming: Each image should have a short title that briefly indicates the current situation in it, excruciably long and/or unorganized titles will have to be changed.
- Subtitles: Images with in-game text are acceptable, but it is preferable for them to be clean for better viewing purposes. Subtitles would be much preferred in English, if they were to appear on a file.
- GIFs: GIFs are not to be uploaded, unless there is a specific scene within a game that cannot be properly captured—although, videos are still the preferred file format.
- Exceptions: An exception to the aforementioned rules would be if the image in question is not available in higher quality. Few examples would include exclusive images provided by developers, various news articles, logos, icons, etc.
Audio files can be an original soundtrack from the game or a character's voice file. For voices, we only allow the ones that were directly extracted from the game. The quality of them should be as best as possible, without various interference in the background, such as scratches, rustling and unidentified sounds.
Videos should generally be trailers, gameplays, developer logs, walkthroughs (Let's Plays do not fit under this category and are not acceptable) and tutorials for finding all collectibles, Easter eggs and secrets. Nothing other than Outlast-related content is allowed on the wiki. Anything else will be removed from the video library. This also goes for any unnecessary clips and duplicates.
Blogs, discussions and talk pages
- Content: Do not have one-liner blogs or discussion posts. Make your discussions more substantial. Do not use blogs for your personal introductions and keep them relevant to Outlast. See this blog for an example.
- Limitations: Discussions that revolve around already existing or already closed topics, far-fetched theories and questioning even if the information has been confirmed by the developers will be removed.
- Relation to the story: Theories are always welcomed, but keep your speculations within the spectrum of common sense, and related to the story. Otherwise, they will get removed.
- Duplicate posts: To avoid having multiple conversations that revolve around identical topics, always look up a question or a thread that interests you before posting it on discussions. There is usually a good chance that someone has previously provided an answer or created a topic of your interest.
- Commenting and talk pages: Due to massive abuse and spamming problems, we were forced to remove comment sections from articles. Users can still comment on blogs and can use Talk Pages to discuss and share their thoughts on the subject. Please look up how to use Talk Pages if you are not familiar with them. Inappropriate content placement will be removed and in some extreme cases, the contributor might get permanently blocked. This also goes for anyone that acts violently in discussions or a talk page.
- Necroing: Necroing refers to commenting on outdated or inactive posts for the sake of reviving the conversation or getting someone's attention. Avoid bumping dead threads and blogs. Anyone that is doing this will have their post deleted.
- Quoting: Rather than quoting someone's entire post, simply write [@User's Name here] to refer to a specific user (if more than two parties are present) or only quote the part you wish to address on a thread or a message wall using the tag <div class="quote">.
- Pyramids: Do not create pyramids when using talk pages. Click "Show" to see the following example.
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User rights and policies
- Age: Contributors are required to be of at least 13 years of age to use FANDOM, in virtue of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule outlined in 15 U.S. Code §§ 6501-6506. We also advise contributors to the Outlast Wiki to be at least 17 or 18 years old to partake in it, for the sake of voluntary compliance to the Entertainment Software Rating Board and Pan-European Game Information's ratings. It is your full responsibility to enter compliance with your region's obligations, for example, but not limited to the United Kingdom, where the PEGI's ratings are legally binding and enforceable.
- Profiles: Contributors can decorate their user pages with images from this wiki and add a quick summary about them, their interest, thoughts and opinions. These are the following actions that you are not allowed to do on a user page:
- You are not allowed to edit other people's profiles.
- You are not allowed to discriminate and insult anyone or anything on your profile.
- You are not allowed to upload images that are in no relation with this wiki to your profile.
- You are not allowed to upload images for the sole use on your profile.
- You are not allowed to role-play on your profile. You are, however, allowed to center your profile around the character you favor.
- Naming: Contributors can name their accounts whatever they please, as long as its appropriate. You can also name your account after one of the characters, but you are forbidden to roleplay.
- No role-playing: You can base your account around characters you favor, but you are not allowed to portray them in blogs, discussions and your profile, nor can you write fan fiction anywhere on this wiki.
- Appropriate behavior: This goes without saying, but we would still like to remind you to act civilized and have proper discussions with one another. Any excessive, over-the-top or egotistical behavior will not be overlooked, may it be towards an administrator like an anonymous contributor - everyone deserves respect.
- Abusive language: You are not allowed to insult anyone. Anyone caught doing so will receive a warning followed by a ban if the guilty party fails to comply. It may be overlooked if the other parties involved see it as humor.
- Humor: Any forms of humor and humoristic behaviors are allowed—but there is a clear line between humor and incivility that must not be crossed. Violating rules under the guise of humor, and other inappropriate actions will be rewarded with a permanent ban.
- Spamming: Spamming is considered anything that is repetitive or overly used. This also includes trolling, writing nonsense, gibberish, etc. If you forgot to mention something during a discussion, simply edit your post and add the missing details.
- Advertising: Do not advertise any products unrelated to Outlast or Red Barrels.
- Piracy: We do not support pirating of any kind, whether it be software or media related, and will ban anyone on sight who does so on this wiki. Sharing pirated content applies to this rule as well and users doing so will be considered the same according to the Californian Penal Code § 653h.
- Suspicious external linking: Any external link, redirecting to a potential malware or adware, a screamer or jumpscare, and/or to explicit content will be removed, and the user responsible for it will be banned.
- Anonymous users: Due to frequent spam and vandalism from anonymous users, we were forced to permanently disable their edits. From this point, users are required to be logged in if they wish to participate on the wiki. Anyone who does not have an account can make one within a minute for free.
- Applying for administration: Submissions for administration are not required, as the active bureaucrats are the ones to promote dedicated and active contributors to system operators, if the situation ever requires more. Admin's only additional duty is to keep the wiki safe from spam, vandalism and abusive or inappropriate behavior. Every user has equal rights and is able to contribute as much as they wish.
- Masquerading as an administrator: In the past, we've had trouble with certain users acting as admins who attempted to enforce policies they saw fit. This is not for anyone to decide alone of what rules should be enforced, and anyone acting as such will be banned indefinitely.
- Sock puppetry: In wiki's terms, sock puppetry is a method of using multiple accounts for deception, usually to have a user support their own claim through alternative accounts or to create additional changes to the wiki after their main account was blocked (which often occurs due to vandalism). Please note that this deceit can be easily seen through and, upon discovery, will be met with a permanent ban.
- Acceptance of opinions: Each person has their own preference and propensity towards something or someone and they are to be respected. If you disagree with them, start a discussion. Any violence and aggression towards someone will be met with either temporarily or a permanent ban.
- Assume good faith: Most people want to help expand or fix an article. Do not assume from the start that it was an act of malice (unless there is clear evidence of this), but rather inform the user of their mistakes or attempt to fix them yourself. Always welcome a new user, make them feel at home. Acknowledge their contributions and assistance by thanking them for their work and the time they took out of their day to help. Always be patient with users who are new to the wiki or are not familiar with our policies. For more information, visit Assuming Good Faith page.
When certain amount of chaos erupts on the wiki, administrators have no choice but to block users for violating or not following our rules and guidelines. Depending how severe and malicious their actions were, the greater the punishment. Banishment can go from a short and temporary ban to a permanent one. We only give three strikes:
- A notice indicating to contributor's mistakes and a warning of further consequences.
- A short term ban if the user does not comply with out terms.
- A permanent ban if there is no reasoning with the user.
Relevance to the real world
- The developers were inspired and only used events behind MKUltra project as a background story for the game's plot. All other things that appear within this universe are purely fictional.
- Certain locations, such as Mount Massive Asylum, are modeled after real-life locations, but the events that transpire within the game never happened in real life.
- Any contact information that you might find in the game is purely fictional. Do NOT attempt to contact these nor anyone who presents you with this information.
The administrators' duty is to help each user and stop any potential nuisance to the community. However, we cannot see everything. If you do see something which supposedly goes against our rules, and has yet to be addressed, please, take the time to share this information with any administrator, so that they can work on it.