SporeWiki has its own Discord server, which is the official main communication platform for the community. Discord is useful both for discussions related to the wiki content, wiki policy, its Fiction Universe, and general chit-chat and off-topic discussions with the community. It is a convenient place to reach Administrators if you have a question. It also contains voice chat rooms for users who want to hang out, or play games as a group.
Discord requires a signup with an email and password, but once joined, is very simple to join and convenient to use. No downloads are required unless extra convenience is desired, and it can be accessed on web and mobile easily, with the ability to pick up and join the discussion from anywhere. Discord also allows users to join any of a large number of servers aside from SporeWiki, and conveniently switch between them.
The rules of Discord use are as follows:
- Be courteous: The most crucial rule of the Discord is to be courteous to your fellow users and if you cannot, either ignore them or you risk sanctions.
- Wiki admin = Discord admin: Discord admins are noted in the user list. They have the final say when it comes to ending arguments and requesting discussions are moved to other channels.
- Keep to correct channel: A broad range of topics can be discussed on the IRC, but we will request that you move discussion of these topics to the correct channel, especially if said topic is controversial. This is out of courtesy, not everyone is interested in discussing politics or religion - you will be asked to keep to #halcyon if you discuss this in any other channel.
- Fiction arguments: If you don't like a particular fiction, do not whine about it on Discord. Mature feedback is acceptable, though a user is within his or her rights to end such discussions about their own fiction. Persistence in this regard is grounds for sanction by the admins.
- Flame wars: Major arguments, though inevitable, are not tolerated. If you want to have an argument that escalates to a flame war, take it to private chat. Nevertheless, harassment on private chat will result in a ban, just as it would on the main channel.
- SporeWiki ban = Discord ban: If you are banned on the wiki, you are banned on the Discord and vice-versa. Use alternative means to appeal your ban.
- Spam: This is a relatively simple rule. Do not flood any of the text channels with links, images or unwanted text, and do not disturb any of the voice channels. Excessive use of memes outside of #ka-an is prohibited.
While this is not a rule, be wary of posting opinions, especially of other users on the wiki and be mindful of how you want to appear to avoid sowing discontent.
Recognized members of the community are deemed Wiki Contributors in the Discord's user-list. They possess all of these attributes:
- They possess a known account in the Wiki.
- They have introduced themselves to the community.
- They have been present for at least a few days.
- They have contributed to the community, or at least shown interest in contributing (which should be encouraged by the rest of the user-base).
Only Wiki Contributors may post in the #ka-an channel, in order to maintain posting quality in it.
The SporeWiki server's channels are as follows:
- Used to post wiki, Spore and Discord related news by admins. Users cannot send messages in here, but can read updates.
- Used for general wiki discussion, both on-topic or off-topic.
- Exclusively for SporeWiki fiction content, ideal to post new pages requesting feedback.
- Exclusively for real life matters (politics, religion, economy) and other sensitive topics. Users who are interested in discussing this civilly (with no flame wars) can post here, while users who do not want to are advised to mute the channel.
- Used for non-Spore related real life entertainment such as videogames, TV and movies. Ideal to chat about games that the community are interested in without flooding #earth.
- Used for science and technology related matters in real life and science fiction. It can be used both to chat about complex matters users may be interested in, but also to ask for help with real life studies, and gain ideas for personal fiction projects. Sci-fi art concepts can also be posted there. Science-related memes are admissible. Philosophical topics may also be discussed, as while they are not scientific, they are in the bounds of reason.
- Chat used for relaxing, venting and generally chilling out, without flooding #earth.
- Chat used solely to post (safe for work) funny pictures and internet memes. Tagging users who you wish to see said memes is ideal. Due to the nature of this channel, it is restricted from newly joined users; you must contribute to the community before you can post here, as we have no interest in newcomers coming in to just spam bad memes.
- Used exclusively as a text channel for those who are in voice chat, in order for them to post images, links etc that only the users in the voice chat will understand. Users are advised to mute this channel when not using it, so as to avoid being notified by links and in-jokes they will not understand if not present.
- Used as a temporary channel for specific events, such as nominating new Featured Fictions or discussing E3.
- Moderation chat used exclusively by admins.
The Discord can be joined below!