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The Shadowhunter' Wiki community is continuously growing where discussion is greatly encouraged. Elaborated below are some of the things you need to be aware of as a part of the community, the basic set of rules for a user's involvement in the community to ensure a peaceful and steady growth of the community. For other wiki interaction guidelines, see the other policies and guidelines.

General rules

Being part of the community requires responsibility and knowledge of basic etiquette when it comes to online interaction.

  • Be civil. Insulting and slandering other users are not permitted. It is the right of any user to remove, or request the removal of, any comment, blog, forum, or message wall post that is insulting or slanderous to them personally. Harassing users in this way will result in lengthy blocks.
  • Everything you say is expected to be appropriate. This means that there should be no inappropriate language; comments and replies should not be irrelevant nor inflammatory.
  • Avoid starting conflicts. "In discussions and debate, passions can run high. Please focus on the topic and not the poster. Mean what you say, say what you mean, but don't say it mean."[src]
  • Refrain from capitalizing unnecessarily. Not only does it seem like you are shouting or trying to make a point you are obviously not making, but it makes everything else look messy.
  • Start posts with an actual topic, or more. When you start any of these, make sure there is actually a point, not a random post saying nothing or a discussion with a vague or obscure topic.
  • No spamming, vandalism, and ads.

Signing up

  • IP Users will only be allowed 10 edits. After said edits, you will be asked to sign up. The IP address would then be blocked for a certain amount of time and will be lifted upon account creation.
    • This is mostly to establish a user's online presence with a username and to prevent animosity among signed-up users and anonymous ones; as well as to encourage more users to sign up and officially join the community, especially in situations when the anonymous user has proved an efficient editor or conversationalist and would be considered a contributory factor to the wiki's growing community. Having an account also gives you extra abilities and features that unregistered users do not have access to. Your account is used on every Wikia wiki, so you only need to create it once and you will be able to log into every Wikia community.
  • Take note that vandalism is not tolerated on this wiki, and anonymous users who spam, vandalize or act unacceptably may be banned without notice, but you are free to sign up to defend yourself.



There are various ways to reach out to other users on the wiki: blogs, forum thread, message wall, and chat. However, you should know just where to initiate certain topics or discussions. Below are the purposes of each, covering the question "What can I post in ____?" or "Where can I post ____?", listing the criteria with it:

Message Wall
  • For contacting individual user/s somehow privately. If you have questions, or maybe an issue you would like to settle, message walls would be a great way to contact the user.
  • Though this is a somewhat private conversation directed at one user, it can also be made for a conference between a certain number of users (who could be given a link to the started thread) but not meant to be joined in by the whole community as doing this on the Forum may imply that all are welcome to join. (Alternative: Chat.)

Requirements: at least two (2) paragraphs

  • Book reviews (one blog for each installment will be used as the primary blog post for its reviews, and you can write yours in the comments)
  • Book recaps
  • Express personal opinions or thoughts about the series
  • Sharing personal experiences or stories related to the series somehow (can be related to other fandom topics but still needs to feature the series)
  • Long posts
  • Open discussion with responses that may get long; could also be for the opposite...
  • Its main difference from Forum/Discussions is that blog posts are mainly meant for sharing instead of discussion, but this is preference-based.
    • You should create a blog post if you would just like to write out something you've been wanting to let out about the series, or to just let others weigh in or hear you out.

Note: you can request an admin to disable comments on your post if preferred

  • Currently the most active form of interaction on the wiki, primarily among mobile users and some desktop users who might prefer interacting with other users. Discussions, like Forums, will notify you of responses.
  • You can start this if your main purpose is to:
    • solicit immediate responses or opinions regarding a topic you'd like to briefly discuss (Discussion posts generally do not last unless among the participants, because they are easily piled over by new posts)
    • for simple questions you may have regarding the series
    • for questions about the wiki (but the best place would still be the message wall of admins.
  • This can be for anything, from opinions, to theories, to reactions, etc.
  • As of 2018, Discussions on this wiki is still not well-monitored because of its separation from the wiki proper. Because of this, it is uncontrolled and may be cluttered and contain posts you may not want to see (i.e. spoilers where they are unwarranted, etc.)
  • Forum is the old, slightly dated primary mode of group/community interactions on the wiki.
  • It is for open group discussions, for either quick exchanges or ones expected to run for a long time. This is relatively easy for participants to follow as it notifies you of responses (but you are also given the option to unfollow them).
    • Though it is still fairly good and does its purpose on desktop, it is being systematically replaced by Fandom/Wiki with Discussions, which is directed more towards mobile users.
    • Compared to Discussions, Forums had more options for sorting and organization. Posts are grouped together through Boards, and each thread also has Topics a user can specify. These Topics will make the post easier to be seen by users interested in the same topic: example, if the article Jem Carstairs is specified as a Topic, not only will it be grouped with other threads started about Jem, but the thread used to be seen at the bottom of the specified article page under "Discussions about..." Unfortunately, it seems the latter feature has ben phased out. Forums were also more integrated into the wiki proper, with threads that can be highlighted for announcements or activities that would notify all users. Forum is also more fitted for desktop screens and appear less cluttered, compared to the smaller Discussions which was designed for mobile.
  • However, because as stated above, Forums is being replaced by Discussions and has been excluded entirely on new wikis, it is uncertain how much longer Forums will remain on the wiki. Fandom has previously stated that when the move has been finalized, existing posts will be migrated as well.
Talk page

On this wiki, article talk pages are only for:

  • issues, problems, or questions about a certain part of the article that may be questionable, outdated, or wrong
  • only for discussion relating to the content, format, design, etc., and changes that can be made to the article, for suggestions of ways to improve the article
  • a place to resolve disagreements about the article, or related topics, and edit wars
  • basically not for speculation/complaints/opinions

Remember: Always add a headline or title to your new message and leave your signature at the end of your message by adding four tildes (~~~~).

  • Chat: self-explanatory. Other users would need to be online and log into chat for this, though. If not possible, you can coordinate with other users to schedule or set a specific time to chat. Please be sure to use expected online etiquette.
    • Private chat is probably the most private way to contact someone on the wiki without anyone else seeing. It is accessed through the user's name on the sidebar of the Chat window if the user you want to contact is online, too.
  • Comments are basically that: random comments and thoughts you want to share about the topic of that particular page. (Comments are currently disabled on this wiki.)

Meanwhile, the following are not allowed in any of the above, and especially not in articles:

If your post was not posted in the right place, it may be deleted. The admin deleting it may copy-and-paste it on your message wall for you and tell you where it can be moved, but this may not always be the case.

Edit war

Since we allow anyone to edit, it follows that we assume that most people who work on the project are trying to help it, not hurt it. If this weren't true, a wiki project would be doomed from the beginning.

Particularly, avoid reverting other users' proper edits. When you can reasonably assume that something is a well-intentioned error, correct it without just reverting it or labeling it as "wrong". When you strongly disagree with someone's revert of your edit/s, consider using message walls to explain yourself, and give others the opportunity to do the same. This can avoid misunderstandings and prevent problems from escalating. If there is a problem, it's best to ask the user about the issue first, then take any additional steps if need be.

In the case of an edit conflict, the two opposing people are expected to solve their problem for themselves. If they cannot do that, an admin will step in.


Fanfiction stories should go to the sister Fanon wiki; feel free to promote your work on this wiki, though.

Fan or dream cast blog posts are discouraged because of photo spamming. If you would still like to share these though, it is recommended that you either:

  • compile your dream cast into a collage to keep image upload to a minimal;
  • create it on an external site and link it on a blog, forum post, or your user page on the wiki, with a brief description and explanation from you of course