The Soulcalibur Wiki has adopted this voting policy to govern official votes on Soulcalibur Wiki. All User's must follow these policies, this page must be read before starting a vote.

Use of voting

Consensus, rather than voting, is always the preferred method of reaching a decision. Voting as a means to determine consensus for a decision should be avoided unless a resolution is necessary and consensus fails to develop. If a vote must occur, it should be held only after significant time has passed for all viewpoints to be taken into account.

Voting requirements

In order to participate in a vote, users must:

  1. Be a registered and non-blocked member of the Soulcalibur Wiki
  2. Have at least one edit on the wiki

If a user is blocked after voting begins, the user's vote should be discarded if the block is set at one month or longer, or indefinitely, or if the user was blocked specifically for tampering with an official vote. Only an administrator may discard votes.

Starting a vote

Users may start a vote only if they meet all the voting requirements, and have been engaged in the discussion where the vote is to take place. This requirement does not apply if the user initiating a vote is a neutral administrator.

Voting procedure

Any user meeting the requirements above may initiate a vote on a matter that has failed to garner consensus. All votes must clearly state the question or questions being voted on, all the eligible options for vote, the method of voting, and the duration of the vote (preferably using {{Countdown}})

The exact method of voting is left in the hands of the user initiating a vote. However, the method chosen must be fair, unbiased towards one particular resolution, and suitable for the questions being voted on and the options available. Additionally, all votes must have a defined duration. Users wishing to start a vote may wish to (but are not required to) consider consulting with the administrators beforehand to ensure that the vote method they choose is valid and effective for the situation.

Votes which fail to adhere to this rule may be closed early, nullified or modified as needed by the administrators.

General Voting Policy

  1. A User may only vote once in a single discussion. If a User is found voting more than once then their vote may be discarded.
  2. A User may start a discussion about a major change to the Wiki. However, only Administrators have the right to start a vote about a major change if a consensus isn't reached beforehand. This is so a User who doesn't like something specific about the Wiki can't keep starting votes/discussions about the same subject all the time.
  3. After a voting process has finished, another vote/discussion about the same subject may not be started for six months. This is so User's who disagree with the final outcome of a vote/discussion cannot make another one straight after to have their own way. This may differ depending on the subject
  4. Poll's may not be used for a Vote, as they can be easily exploited in favor of the person who has made the discussion. However polls may be used for guidance but it does not mean a consensus has been reached. So if poll results are in favor of something that does not generally mean that the change will happen.

Prohibited methods

The user starting a vote has leeway to determine the proper method for voting on a particular issue. However, the following methods are expressly prohibited:

  • Holding a vote on Chat, or at another location outside Soulcalibur Wiki
  • Conducting a vote using the wiki Poll feature

Extent of policy

This policy applies only to voting conducted in order to reach an official community decision. Votes for featured content, on-wiki games, or other informal votes or informal opinion polls are not bound by these rules.