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General questionsEdit

What is Star Wars Games Wiki?Edit

Star Wars Games Wiki is a free content, freely editable online encyclopedia about the games of Star Wars, including video games and role-playing games.

Who owns Star Wars Games Wiki?Edit

Star Wars Games Wiki is hosted by Wikia, a free wiki hosting service operated by Wikia, Inc., a for-profit organization founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley. Wikia receives all profit from the Google AdSense advertisements on Star Wars Games Wiki. Wikia is responsible for technical issues with the site; it also sometimes provides legal advice and is our legal Designated Agent.
However, the Star Wars Games Wiki content, licensed under the GFDL, is not "owned" by anyone in the traditional sense. Anyone can reuse it elsewhere or even download the database dump and make a mirror or "fork" (not that we would be very excited in the latter case, though).

When and why was Star Wars Games Wiki created?Edit

Star Wars Games Wiki was started by Brent Powell in January 2007 as a project that would provide a more complete coverage of Star Wars games, than Wikipedia and Wookieepedia was allowed to by its polocies. For example, Star Wars Games Wiki has information on how to play the game and beat the game, while still being informative in what happend during the game.

Who is responsible for the Star Wars Games content?Edit

You are! In fact, you can edit this very FAQ! However, note that since Star Wars Games Wiki is an unofficial, community-driven project, edited by hundreds of people unfamiliar with each other, we cannot possibly guarantee (and explicitly disclaim) any degree of accuracy and validity, although we do strive for both accuracy and verifiability — this means that everyone should be able to verify the facts mentioned in every article. This is why all in-universe articles have lists of appearances and sources, and why all real-world articles are referenced.
You can find who contributed to a particular article by looking at its edit history.

What keeps Star Wars Games Wiki from being destroyed?Edit

Every Star Wars Games Wiki article contains an edit history (accessible from the "history" tab by default), which records all edits to the article since it was created. In case someone makes a bad edit (intentionally or not) by vandalizing the article or inserting fanon, anyone can revert (restore) the article to an earlier, better revision.

How can I contact the project?Edit

The Forum is the general place to ask questions about Star Wars Games Wiki or give feedback.

Legal questionsEdit

Is Star Wars Games Wiki copyrighted?Edit

Yes, all contributions are copyrighted by the people who made them. This means that if you edit an article, you hold copyright for the edits you made, but not for edits made by other people contributing to the same article.
The GNU Free Documentation License, which we use, leverages the legal institute of copyright to ensure that everyone will have the right to freely access, modify and redistribute licensed content, no matter what. Therefore, do not contribute if you do not want your edits to be in turn mercilessly edited by others.

Can I use Star Wars Games Wiki content on my site/elsewhere?Edit

Yes! However, this only applies to the text, licensed under the GFDL, and a select few free images. Most of our images are copyrighted by Lucasfilm Ltd. and used under the fair use clause for identification purposes, and using them for other purposes or in countries where fair use conditions do not apply may be illegal.
If you use Star War Games Wiki articles elsewhere, all you are legally required to do (by the license) is to add a copyright notice saying that the article is copyrighted and licensed under the GFDL, and a link to the original Star Wars Games Wiki article. You can freely modify and redistribute the material, provided that you license your modifications under the GFDL as well. You cannot license it on other conditions or put it in the public domain, nor can you claim copyright for content you did not write yourself (everyone only holds copyright to the contributions they themselves made).

Can I use Star Wars Games Wiki content on another wiki?Edit

Yes, if the said wiki is itself licensed under the GFDL. This includes all of Wikia (with the exception of Memory Alpha and Uncyclopedia, which are sister projects licensed under Creative Commons licenses) and most Wikimedia Foundation projects, including Wikipedia. In this case, the aforementioned copyright notice goes to the talk page of the said article; the restrictions still apply.

Can I use content from other sites on Star Wars Games Wiki?Edit

No. By default, every work is copyrighted and the author holds exclusive rights to it, unless they explicitly release all or some of them. You can insert GFDL or public domain text into articles verbatim, but not anything else.

Technical questionsEdit

What wiki software does Star Wars Games Wiki use?Edit

Star Wars Games Wiki (and the rest of Wikia) uses MediaWiki, the same software as Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikia also uses some third-party extensions, which are available to all hosted wikis. The exact details can be found at Special:Version.

Where should I report technical issues?Edit

If they are indeed technical (like the site being down, or weird error messages) and not something within the users control (like templates), you can report them to the Wikia support channel on IRC, #wikia.

Do I have to register?Edit

While registration is optional, it is strongly recommended. You can view and edit pages as an anonymous user, but registration hides your IP address and gives you the ability to upload files, move (rename) pages, and edit so-called semi-protected pages (after a few days).
Most importantly, registration gives you an identity and makes you a full-fledged member of the Star Wars Games Wiki community. After you register and make your first edit, another user will usually greet you on your talk page and give links to some useful information pages. Registration is the first step in earning reputation and respect, and who knows, maybe one day you will be nominated for a Star Wars Games:Gamian of the Month or an administrator!

What are namespaces?Edit

Namespaces are large "storages" that group pages according to their function. Placing a page in a namespace causes the MediaWiki software to treat it in a special way. For example, this page is in the Star Wars Games Wiki namespace, according to its prefix (Star Wars Games Wiki:FAQ). Every namespace except Special (whose pages are generated by scripts on the fly, rather than being stored in the database) has an appropriate talk namespace, unless it is itself a talk namespace. For example, the talk page for the article named Star Wars (located in the default namespace, without any prefix) resides at Talk:Star Wars.
Namespace Talk namespace Function
(default; no prefix) Talk: Articles: what we produce, and what a casual reader expects from an encyclopedia
Special: (N/A) Special pages: pages whose content is controlled by scripts, like statistics generated on the fly and control panels allowing users to perform certain actions like moving pages and editing preferences
User: User talk: User pages, where users can post their personal information if they so desire
Star Wars Games: Star Wars Games talk: Project pages: policies, guidelines and processes
Image: Image talk: Files (mostly images, but occasionally audio and video files) used on other pages
MediaWiki: MediaWiki talk: Messages and scripts providing customizable look and feel, only editable by administrators
Template: Template talk: Templates: short, parameterized messages that can be included (transcluded) on other pages to avoid repetition (see Star Wars Games:Templates)
Help: Help talk: Pages providing help for new users
Category: Category talk: Categories: groups of articles, images, templates or project pages by their content
Forum: Forum talk: Forum pages, controlled by the forum extension

Only the Wikia staff can add or remove namespaces or special pages. Neither regular users nor administrators can do that. The forum namespace is the only custom namespace so far.

Editing questionsEdit

See also Help:Editing

What is the difference between red, blue and light blue links?Edit

Blue links point to existing pages (like Main Page), red links point to nonexistent pages (like MediaWiki:Nonexistent), and light blue links are either external or interwiki links: in short, links that are supposed to point outside Star Wars Games Wiki.

Where can I discuss pages?Edit

Each page has a built-in discussion (talk) page, which can be accessed via the "discussion" tab. While discussing articles, please limit your posts to the article content, not the article subject. For example, the Talk:Luke Skywalker page should not be used to find out who thinks that Luke Skywalker was the greatest Jedi ever, but discussions whether (and how) it should be expanded, whether a certain image should be replaced or a section reworded are perfectly acceptable. For discussions about the Star Wars universe, refer to discussion boards, like the StarWars.com or TheForce.net boards.

Somebody reverted my edits, what should I do?Edit

Generally, not revert to your version in turn. This can start a revert war (also known as edit war), which is seen as disruptive because it prevents other contributors from improving the same article. Instead, question yourself whether the revert was justified, look at the edit history for the reason given, and try to settle the case on the talk page.

What is a minor edit?Edit

A minor edit is an edit that it is so non-noteworthy that users monitoring the article can usually skip it. Examples are spelling and grammar corrections, corrections of formatting and template usage. Addition and omission of content, as well as factual corrections, are not minor edits and should not be marked as such.
If you accidentally marked a non-minor edit as a minor one, make a dummy edit (an edit that affects the source wikitext but not the output, like changing one space to two or vice versa), mark it as non-minor, and explain the problem.

What is a semi-protected page?Edit

Semi-protected pages are pages that can only be edited by registered users that have been registered for 4 days or longer. It is done to prevent pages from being vandalized by anonymous or very new users. Like full protection, it is only used in extreme cases. If full protection is a last resort measure, semi-protection can be thought of a "penultimate resort".

Community/political questionsEdit

Can I become an administrator?Edit

Administrators hold much power, but also have much responsibility. There are a number of prerequisites for becoming an administrator, and whether or not a nomination succeeds largely depends on what other users think of you. Read Star Wars Games:Administrators for details.

How can I contact an administrator?Edit

Just as you would contact any other user: by leaving a message on their talk page. If you have no preference for a specific administrator, you can use the Category:Administrators.

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