The Infamous Wiki features badges or achievements. These are awarded for completing certain criteria, as a proof of an editor's accomplishment. There are some editors who try to cheat, abuse, or vandalize the achievement system. This can be done by making unnecessary edits, creating spam, or performing similar actions in order to measure with any of the badges' criteria.

Unacceptable use of the badge system[edit source]

In order to combat cheating the badge system, the wiki has established a policy to ensure no such behavior goes unpunishable. While not every edit is made in ill fate or an attempt to cheat the system, some actions are obvious and may result in a warning or block. These include:

Unacceptable edits[edit source]

In most articles consisting of several sections, while performing edits such as grammar corrections or rewording, one should edit the entire article and not each section separately. Editing Zeke Dunbar's article should not be done in this manner:

  1. Click Edit Section: Early Life
  2. Fix grammar. Save.
  3. Click Edit Section: After the Blast.
  4. Fix grammar. Save.
  5. Click Edit Section: New Marais
  6. Add an additional image. Save.

This is an unacceptable sample. The edit should be done as in the following sample:

  1. Click Edit Article.
  2. Fix grammar. Save.

Of course, sometimes one may notice something that went wrong. It is completely acceptable to fix this problem, although one should always simply edit the article again, not a single section.

Some articles, however, are very big, and it may be hard to edit the entire article. In those cases, one should note this in his summary, and in short, explain why. If this is not done, it may or may not be assumed as vandalizing the badge system and can go punished.

Adding unnecessary information to a page, then removing it, and eventually repeating the procedure is also an unacceptable action on the Infamous Wiki. Doing so may result in a direct block without any warning, as this is not only abusing the achievement system but abuses other policies of the wiki. These blocks may vary from a single week to the extent of months. This includes:

  1. Adding useless information or nonsense, then removing it.
  2. Adding imagery, then removing it.
  3. Removing an image, then adding it again.
  4. Removing information, then re-adding it.
  5. Similar or comparable actions to those mentioned above.

An editor must not add unnecessary, overused or useless links to an article.

Cole told Zeke he did not like his new weapon. Cole then went for a walk. This is an unacceptable sample, linking to Cole several times a single paragraph sentence.

Cole told Zeke he did not like his new weapon. Cole then went for a walk. This is an acceptable sample, linking to Cole only once, which should only be necessary in most paragraphs and articles.

Blogs[edit source]

Posting unnecessary blogs is also a form of abusing the badge system. Forbidden actions include:

  1. Posting a blog post that has already been posted before, either by the current author or someone else. Should one wish to bring up an old topic, one should do this with consultation from the staff.
  2. Commenting on a blog post with no real reason. For example, making a blog post, then commenting on it with the sentence "please comment" or "hope you enjoy" or similar comments.
  3. Create an unnecessary amount of blog posts or similar actions. Doing so is not only abusing the badge system but may be considered spam or inserting gibberish.

Making pages and categories[edit source]

Recreating a deleted page or making a completely new page, can be considered against the rules if the reason is one of the following:

  1. Making a page only to mark it for deletion.
  2. Making a page only to make it a very, very small stub.
  3. Recreating a deleted page with no real purpose.
  4. Creating redirects of nonsense.
Categorizing pages to an unnecessary amount
  1. Adding a category, only to remove it again.
  2. Removing a category, only to re-add it.
  3. Adding and/or creating unnecessary categories.
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