Halo Alpha has a large amount of rules and policies, which are in place to help maintain a minimum level of quality on all the wiki's articles and to ensure that all users feel safe and comfortable on Halo Alpha. However, having so many polices can be a burden for new users, who are unfamiliar with the rules and so need to learn them.
To help mitigate this problem and hence make it easier for new users to join in, this page summarises the rules and policies of Halo Alpha in a set of bullet points, which are quick to read and easy to understand. As long as new users follow this simplified ruleset, they should not find themselves accidentally breaking any of Halo Alpha's policies.
The following bullet points summarise the policies of Halo Alpha. However, note that these are not the full rules and policies, and that the full policies (which are the ones enforced by Halo Alpha staff) are linked at the end of each bullet point, in case you need more information.
- All information must be cited from a source, using Halo Alpha's referencing templates. Unsourced information is liable (and likely) to be removed. (Full policy)
- Halo Alpha only documents official Halo content, closely-related media and, in rare cases, major fan projects. Only information from official, canonical sources should be added to articles relating to the Halo universe. (Full policy)
- Information from upcoming or recently-released Halo media is permitted on the wiki. However, the spoiler header should be added to the top of any pages containing plot details for upcoming/new media. (Full policy)
- Images uploaded to the wiki must be good quality (not pixelated or blurry), high resolution (minimum 360 by 360 pixels) and named according to our naming convention. Ideally, still images should be in the PNG format and animated ones should be in the GIF format. (Full policy)
- Before uploading any images, check that it is not a duplicate of an existing image.
- Always select the relevant copyright information when uploading, and add the image to the relevant image categories.
- If it wasn't you who took the image, always give credit to the source of the image, in its description.
- When communicating with other Halo Alpha users, be civil and respect their views and beliefs. Harassment of a user or group of users is forbidden, regardless of basis. Also, while discussion of all topics is permitted, images and linked webpages must not be inappropriate, offensive or contain explicit content. (Full policy)
- Under no circumstances should leaked information be added to the wiki, as leaks are not reliable sources of information. Leaks can be discussed in Halo Alpha's social areas, but leaks which originate on Halo Alpha's forums, blog pages or Discord will be deleted to prevent the spread of potentially false information. (Full policy)
- Vandalism of the wiki's content will not be tolerated, and vandals are likely to be banned to prevent further disruption. The following actions all qualify as vandalism: removal of correct information, defacing of articles, and posting inappropriate/explicit/offensive media. (Full policy)
- Spam is not tolerated on the wiki or on Halo Alpha's social areas, and those who spam are liable to be banned to prevent further disturbances. Note that making many edits in a short period of time would not qualify as spam, provided the edits make a meaningful improvement on the wiki. (Full policies)
- Being an editor of Halo Alpha does not inherently make you an authority on the Halo series or its lore, and nor does it earn you any implicit respect or privileges elsewhere in the Halo community. Please keep this in mind when using other Halo fansites; regardless of your standing here, you are simply a normal user elsewhere. Additionally, remember that you do not represent the Halo Alpha community - no single person does - so please do not purport to do so. (Full policy)