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The objective of this sandbox is to develop and present drafts of expanded guidelines for Community topics in the TFwiki (e.g., Mods, Community events, and custom maps).

Present policy only exists for Mods, while Community events, and custom maps exist on the wiki without explicit policy. Note, the Wikipedia Mod article suggests that the Custom Maps are a form of Mod; however, this wiki has made distinction of Maps from and other Mods.

The existing Mod policy established that Mods may be covered on this wiki if they are sufficiently notable. The present concept here is that notability is a suitable criteria to apply to other Community topics, that is, topic related to what players experience in popular Community servers or what they might be interested in supporting when they create their own server.

Draft: separate sections

Second Draft: separate policy sections to cover specific types of Community Topics

Discussion: Team Fortress Wiki talk:Policies/Community content notability guidelines

Mod notability

Because the Team Fortress Wiki is treated as a reliable source of information by players, all new page additions are reviewed by staff to ensure that they meet minimum quality standards.

A significant amount of Team Fortress 2 player time is spent on Community servers where players are likely to encounter many modifications to the current versions of Valve's Team Fortress franchise games and media. It is therefor useful to players for this wiki to cover Mods and other Community topics applicable to Community servers where practical.

Note: The goal is not to cover every Community-developed item or activity, but to restrict this wiki to notable topics. Neither is it intended for this wiki to be a complete manual for server development.

Therefore, in the case of Mod (and other Community topics), in order to maintain this wiki's standard of quality, certain notability requirements should be met. Before creating a new page for a Community Mod, please ensure that it meets these notability criteria, and be prepared to demonstrate this to staff should the need arise (either via IRC prior to creating the page, or on the talk page for the mod after it has been created). Beware that if a Mod is not deemed as notable, it may be summarily removed.

  • Running on multiple servers: The mod in question must be shown to be in use on multiple servers, run by different entities (meaning that if there are a half-dozen servers being run by one group or person, it doesn't count). These servers also have to show a reasonable amount of player activity, and not simply be empty all the time. If a mod truly is notable in the community, then players will request that server admins run the mod and/or plugin, and it will see reasonable activity in those servers.
  • Discussion among the community: Discussion of the mod must extend beyond the thread announcing its creation and development. It must be shown that the mod is actively discussed by multiple users over multiple communities, in order to illustrate its popularity among players.
  • Exposure via YouTube: A very good marker of popularity is if a prominent YouTuber uploads a video of gameplay of the mod, or a popular Twitch streamer plays it (with or without fans/subscribers is acceptable). Simply showcasing the mod over the course of a few videos and a few personalities is proof enough of trending popularity, it does not have to be multiple videos over a consistent time period.

Custom map notability

Custom maps are maps created in the Community for play with released or Modded versions of Team Fortress, Team Fortress Classic and Team Fortress 2. Particularly, these are not Community Maps, which are Community-created maps that have been officially Patched into the Team Fortress 2 (Community maps are automatically included in this wiki). Many Custom maps are incomplete or amateurish, but several have become popular on Community servers or have influenced and have influenced game play. The following criteria should be considered for assessing the notability of Custom map. (It is not necessary that a map meet all or many criteria as some are exclusively. Neither should notability assessment consider the completeness of the map's article -- article quality is subject to other policies. As is the case with any article about official maps, it is acceptable for a Custom map to remain at stub quality indefinitely.)

  • The original non-Event version of a Custom map later modified for and patched into a Valve Event are generally considered notable on this basis alone.
  • Reported in game media (blogs, youtube)
  • Significant use (player count, multiple occupied servers at least during peak hours)
  • Vetted quality (judged competition)
  • Used in notable Community event
  • Maps with multiple variants that recently or historically collectively rival popularity of Valve maps, even if not highly finished (e.g., Achievement Idle), recently or historically (such may receive a collective article broadly covering the variants)
  • Maps that originated Community activities; Walkway, ...
  • Maps that were notable (historic) for introducing significant Mods, Community activities, or official modes (e.g., trading, surfing,) (singly or collected as appropriate)
  • If the map was event content, it is hosted on Community servers not associated with the original event (e.g., independent use continues after the event)

Community event notability

These are significant higher-profile events sponsored by organisations other than Valve; content competitions, charities, tournaments, campaigns. Community events have been a source of Patched Community maps, community items, and other content. However, Community events can be significant scopes of Community activity in their own right.

  • Reported in game media (blogs, Youtube)
  • Running multiple servers in-event
  • Significant participation (player count, players earning rewards)
  • Promotion by Valve (blog post and or promotional/reward items)
  • Content of the event (e.g., maps) being publicly used outside of the event on Community servers

Community content "patches"

(suggestions?)(Swamp Theme?)


Variant games

(suggestions?)(Policy not only for notability (or complete exclusion), but to what extent it should be covered, e.g., not a self-promotion )


Draft: combined section

Original Draft: one policy section to cover all sorts of Community Topics

Discussion: Team Fortress Wiki talk:Policies/Community content notability guidelines

Community topic notability guidelines

Because the Team Fortress Wiki is treated as a reliable source of information by players, all new page additions are reviewed by staff to ensure that they meet minimum quality standards. A significant portion of Team Fortress 2 player time is spent on Community servers where non-Valve Community content is common, and it is useful to players for this wiki to cover such topics where practical. The same quality standards and editing policies apply to Community topic particles; however, in order to maintain that standard of quality, certain notability requirements also have to be met.

There are several areas of Community content covered by this wiki:

  • Fan updates: unofficial content releases, most of which is usable only on Community servers
  • Community events: unofficial content competitions, special server activations, campaigns, charities, or tours, sponsored by Community organizations
  • Community Mods: unofficial Team Fortress game modifications running only on Community servers
  • Custom maps: specifically, Community-made maps not Patched into the game, and so, hosted only on Community servers

The goal is not to cover every Community-developed item or activity, but to restrict the wiki to notable topics. This notability can be a measure of the popularity of the Community subject or its significance to the continuing success of the game. Before creating a new page for a Community content subject, please ensure that the subject generally satisfies the following notability criteria. Be prepared to show evidence of notability to staff should the need arise. The notability of the subject may be discussed on the IRC prior to creating the page, or may be placed on the talk page for the article when it is created. This evidence should be stated in the article's Talk page under the heading "Notability" for public review and comment as well as for historical record. Beware that if consensus determines that Community content page is "not notable", the page may be removed.

It is recognized that specific thresholds are not defined, meaning that there is some judgement to be made in the consensus of notability, and exceptional strength against criteria can counter relative weakness in another.

  • Running on multiple servers: A mod or map in question must be shown to be in use on multiple servers, run by different entities (meaning that if there are a half-dozen servers being run by one group or person, it doesn't count). These servers also have to show a reasonable amount of player activity, and not simply be empty all the time. Exceptionally full occupation of several servers over a sustained period can also establish notability even where the operator is a single entity. If a Community content is truly notable in the community, then players will request that server admins run the map, mod, and/or plugin, or there will be reasonable activity in those servers that host it.
  • High participation: Hosting of specific mods, maps, or events that cause observable increases or shifts in player participation can be considered notable. Participation can be measured though statistical services (e.g., teamwork.tf), distribution of promotional items from a event (e.g., backpack.tf), or, where provided, host tracking of participants (e.g., records of numbers of players signing up for a tournament, or completing lengthy Community contracts, campaigns, or tours.),
  • Vetting: Community maps or other content should be at least of Valve-published quality and completeness to be considered notable. Such content achieve a degree of vetting through judged selection and play-tested competition, which can attest to quality and completeness, at least relative to the pool of candidates.
  • Valve support: Valve can indicate some notability of an event or map by authorizing cosmetic content as encouragement for participation. But this alone does not assure full notability or success.
  • Discussion among the community: Discussion of the Community content must extend beyond the thread announcing its creation and development. It must be shown that the content or event is actively discussed by multiple users over multiple communities, in order to illustrate its popularity among players.
  • Exposure via YouTube: A very good marker of popularity is if a prominent YouTuber uploads a video of gameplay of an event, map, or mod, or a popular Twitch streamer plays it (with or without fans/subscribers is acceptable). Simply showcasing the subject over the course of a few videos and a few personalities is proof enough of trending popularity, it does not have to be multiple videos over a consistent time period.

As with any article, incompleteness, poor grammar, inconsistent formatting, and other quality issues are separate issues from notability. Notable articles with quality issues can be fixed by additional editing. Severely underdeveloped pages can be moved by authors or custodians to User sandboxes until improved to at least stub quality.

Tags

Suggested Community content tags to replace existing tags (e.g., Custom map):

Custom content tag

“This page is about unreleased Community content that meets [[<link>|notability requirements]] for inclusion in the TFwiki.”

Custom content stub tag

“This page is about unreleased Community content that meets [[<link>|notability requirements]] for inclusion in the TFwiki. However, is it not complete. You can help Team Fortress Wiki by expanding it.”

Non-Notability tag instructions

“If you feel the topic does not meet the Notability requirements for inclusion in the TFwiki, locate or create the Notability section in the Talk page and state the case, and Delete-tag the page for potential non-notability.”