Team Fortress Wiki:Policies

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This page documents accepted policies and guidelines in use on the Team Fortress Wiki.

Terms of Use

Main article: Team Fortress Wiki:Terms of Use


Unreleased content

  • Generally, images or articles relating to unreleased weapons, items or other game content are not permitted until they are officially released.
  • The main purpose of this is to reduce unverified speculation or other ridiculous conjecture appearing as 'fact' on article pages.
  • You are, however, free to start creating the article in your user space and have it moved back into the article space upon official release.

Images and media

For image licensing policy, see Team Fortress Wiki:Licensing images.
For guidelines on image quality, see Team Fortress Wiki:Images.
For placing images in articles, see Help:Images.

Languages and localization

See Help:Language translation for help and specific guidelines related to article translation.

The content on Team Fortress Wiki is multilingual, and every effort should be made to ensure that readers of other languages can access the same content in their own native language.

  • Articles should have multiple language translations. Content related to the organisation of the project (i.e. pages in the Team Fortress Wiki and Help namespaces) should normally not be translated.
  • Many articles are kept translated via translation switching templates. This allows consistent formatting across pages, and ensures that localized text and template code are kept in one single template.

Community websites

The community website pages on this wiki have always been prone to abuse, and as time went on, concerns of bias and the usage of the wiki as a vehicle for product advertising became more pronounced. A lack of guidelines acceptable to all parties has also always been an issue, so as of 2014-05-12 the wiki is enacting a concrete policy of no site pages whatsoever in favor of more helpful and informative basic guides that document the features more generally. This should solve the concerns of advertising and bias, as well as giving a more concrete starting point for newcomers. The new guides are: Basic Market guide, Basic trading guide, and Basic inventory guide.


For basic help with wiki editing, see Help:Editing
For tips on style, see Help:Style guide
For a complete list of help pages, see Help:Contents


User content

  • Images
    Some images are permitted to be uploaded for personal use on user pages. However, users who abuse the right to upload decorative images may have them removed.
    User images should follow these rules:
    • They should have the user's name in the file name (e.g. File:User MyName Steam avatar.png)
    • They should be placed in the category User images (place the code [[Category:User images]] into the upload box)
    • User images should not be used in articles, or share categories with article images.
  • Signatures
    Custom signatures are allowed. However, we would prefer that more attention is paid to improving articles rather than your own signature. As with user images, misuse of signatures may result in you losing the right to have one.
  • Pages
    User pages should not be placed in any article category.

Elevated privileges

See Help:Group rights.



See also: Wikipedia:Protection policy

Generally most pages are not protected to encourage new edits and additions to content. However, some pages and articles are deliberately locked against editing, mostly for the following reasons:

  • If an edit war breaks out and involved parties refuse to stop;
  • If the page is high-risk: this can include templates like {{lang}} that are transcluded heavily, or pages that are heavily trafficked like Main Page.
    If a template needs protection and translation switching, consider making use of the Dictionary to allow translators to update strings.


  • Users are only blocked from editing if they prove to be consistently disruptive to the wiki. Vandalism, ignoring your talk page, or spam are all good ways to get blocked.