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1 No solicitation - Stricter and clearer Advertising Policy, Rules, or Guidelines?

Maybe add a clearer and perhaps even stricter "advertisement and promotion policy" to the forum rules "no solicitation" section similar to this suggested Kodi Wiki Advertising Policy? Mostly copied from Gamester17 (talk) 09:01, 23 June 2015 (EDT)

1.1 Kodi's Wiki is not a soapbox or means of promotion

Kodi's Wiki is not a soapbox, a battleground, or a vehicle for propaganda, advertising and showcasing. This applies to usernames, articles, categories, files, talk page discussions, templates, and user pages. Therefore, content hosted in Kodi's Wiki is not for:

  1. Advertising, marketing or public relations. Information on Kodi's Wiki about companies and company products must be written in an objective and unbiased style, free of puffery. All article topics must be verifiable with independent, third-party sources, so articles about very small "garage" or local companies are typically unacceptable. External links to commercial organizations are acceptable if they identify notable organizations which are the topic of the article. Kodi's Wiki neither endorses organizations nor runs any official affiliate programs. See also Wikipedia:Notability (organizations and companies) for general guidelines on corporate notability. Those promoting causes or events, or issuing Wikipedia:public service announcements, even if noncommercial, should use Kodi's forum instead of the Wiki to do so.
  2. Advocacy, ropaganda, or recruitment of any kind, including commercial (like companies, products or brands, or otherwise). An article can report objectively about such things, as long as an attempt is made to describe the topic from a neutral point of view. You might wish to start a Wikipedia:blog or express yourself on Kodi's community forum instead if you want to convince people of the merits of your opinions.[1]
  3. Opinion pieces. Although some topics, particularly those concerning current affairs and politics, may stir passions and tempt people to "climb soapboxes" (for example, passionately advocate their pet point of view), Kodi's Wiki is not the medium for this. Articles must be balanced to put entries, especially for newly released or future upcoming features/functions, products, or events, in a reasonable perspective, and represent a neutral point of view. Furthermore, Kodi's Wiki authors should strive to write articles that will not quickly become obsolete.
  4. Scandal mongering, promoting things "heard through the grapevine" or gossiping. Articles and content about living people are required to meet an especially high standard, as they may otherwise be libellous or infringe the subjects' right to privacy. Articles must not be written purely to attack the reputation of another person.
  5. Self-promotion. It can be tempting to write about yourself or projects in which you have a strong personal involvement. However, remember that the standards for encyclopedic articles apply to such pages just like any other. This includes the requirement to maintain a neutral point of view, which can be difficult when writing about yourself or about projects close to you. Creating overly abundant links and references to autobiographical sources is unacceptable. See Wikipedia:Autobiography, Wikipedia:Notability and Wikipedia:Conflict of interest.

Non-disruptive statements of opinion on internal Kodi's policies and guidelines may be made on user pages and within the Kodi project namespace, as they are relevant to the current and future operation of the project. However, "article talk pages should not be used by editors as platforms for their personal views on a subject." (see, Wikipedia:Talk page guidelines).

1.1.1 Notes


  1. Kodi's Wiki pages may not be used for advocacy unrelated to Kodi, however some pages within in the project namespace may still be used to advocate for specific viewpoints regarding the improvement or organization of Kodi itself. So essays, portals, project pages, etc. are part of what Kodi is.