Guide For New Users

Welcome!

Welcome to GEAR, a fictional collaborative writing project, based on the SCP wiki. Our goal is to provide a new take on SCP, while also providing a respectful and neutral staff team. After it became apparent that the SCP community and staff team had become very disrespectful and non-constructive with regard to opposing opinions, we felt the need to branch off and become something less negative. To be clear, we do not wish ill on the SCP Foundation. Our goal is not to replace it. We simply want to provide an alternative to those who disliked the current state of the administration and community. We would also like to say that we respect CFOperator and the RPC community, but we wish to provide something more community driven and with no ultimate creator and leader.

We want to welcome respectful people of all kinds to our community. What we value most is high-quality content and a welcoming, friendly community. As long as you are able to be respectful and follow the rules when these topics come up, you will not be punished.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about the basics. There is a 3 step process to gain membership to the site.

1. First, you will need to make a wikidot account if you don’t already have one. You can go here for that.
2. Second, you’ll need to read the rest of this guide. Make sure to read thoroughly. Even if you don’t read the rules, you will still be held fully accountable for breaking rules, and you may risk being permanently banned.
3. Finally, go to here and input the phrase “I will not engage in disrespectful discussion.” into the box.

Rights and Rules

The following rules are designed to be specific in order to prevent confusion. This is also to prevent the abuse of staff power over vague rules. If you are unsure of the meaning of a rule, feel free to ask a staff member. These rules are subject to change if it becomes apparent that something needs to be changed.

If you believe there is a conflict between a rule and a right, follow the rule over the right. Feel free to contact a staff member for clarification and we may edit the rules to be more clear.

Rules:

1. Do not make inflammatory insults towards other site members or be actively harassing and disrespectful. If you are using a word as an intended insult, even if you believe yourself to be right, you are still being disrespectful. If you meant an insult to be sarcastic or as a joke, and you weren’t using the insult to purposefully anger or offend someone, you can edit your post to have “(sarcasm)” at the end. This is not strictly necessary unless someone in a reply is offended.

2. Do not plagiarize. If you are caught heavily using direct portions of another user’s work without giving credit, your work will be deleted and you will receive a verbal warning from a staff member. Repeated offenses may result in a ban depending on how severe. Although it is not against the rules to paraphrase someone else’s work, it is generally discouraged and may lead to a lot of down votes anyway.

3. Follow Creative Commons rules. As you may or may not know, GEAR and SCP both run under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Under this license, for anything under the same license, you are able to share any GEAR related work, adapt any GEAR related work, or even make money off of a GEAR related work. Even if the author of the work you are using does not like it, you are not required to stop. On the other hand, you still have to attach adequate credit to whatever work you are using. You are also required to apply the same license to whatever you are making. For more information and details, visit the official explanation.

4. Do not make major edits without the author’s permission. If you want to make an edit to another author’s article, there are two types of edits, minor edits and major edits. A minor edit does not change the original meaning the author intended, which could include accidental grammar and spelling errors. A major edit would change the meaning of the article, such as rewriting an entire paragraph to follow a better structure. Authors have the ability to revert to a previous version if they did not like any edits made, minor or major.

5. Do not post off topic in a thread. If you are making a new post in a thread, the post you are making should not deviate from the original topic greatly. Although this does not apply as greatly to replies, it should still be considered. If you feel that a topic should be discussed, you can make a new thread or find an old thread on the same topic.

6. Use Imgur to host images. We do not have a community site and are not able to afford a premium Wikidot, so we only have 300 MB. Instead of uploading files to the site, please use imgur (you can create a free account) and then use that to host the image. This way, it will not use up site data. Use this guide for this.

Image Posting Rules

1. No extremely NSFW, illegal content, or images that go against wikidot's terms of service, including child pornography, real human gore, and anything else illegal. This may result in a ban, and a possible report to law enforcement.

2. No copyrighted stuff. It is preferred to use images that are in public domain or under the same license as GEAR, but it absolutely not allowed to use strictly copyrighted images. Do not try removing watermarks to use images. Those watermarks are there for a reason. There will be a three strike warning for breaking this rule: the first strike will result a warning. The second strike will be a temporary ban. A third strike will result in a permanent ban. If, somehow, you incur a fourth strike, you will instantly die. Any content found to be copyrighted and used without permission will be deleted.

Rights:

These are things that you should hopefully always be able to do as long as you still follow site rules.

1. You may troll/make jokes if it is also clear that you are not serious. You still need to follow rule 1.

2. You may engage in respectful debate as long as you follow rule 5. We will not punish you for having unpopular opinions, as long as you are respectful and willing to engage in constructive debate.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License