Every user has the right to a personal sandbox in which to test features and practice editing skills, in addition to being able to use the general sandbox. The personal sandbox is a subpage of the individual user's profile. To create a subpage, entitle it "Main page/Subpage's name", without the quotes.
Sock puppetry is the act of creating one or more alternate accounts that a user may use to create confusion, deception, or disruption. Such alternate accounts are known as sockpuppets, and are forbidden on this wiki. Scenarios include:
- Block evasion - If a user created a new account in order to evade a block, or a ban from chat, the sockpuppet account would be banned indefinitely and, depending on the situation, the perpetrator's main account may have the already existing block extended.
- False consensus - The creation of an alternative account to skew or disrupt discussions involving voting is also prohibited, and would result in the permanent ban of the sockpuppet account, and the main account receiving a block.
- Circumventing policies - All violations of policy apply to the editor, not just the account. The normal punishments for any offenses committed with a sockpuppet account will be applied to the main account in addition to the indefinite ban of the sockpuppet account.
Regardless of the circumstances, the general rule is one editor, one account, although rare exceptions may be made to users who wish to open a bot account or in the use of a backup account.
If possible, do not share accounts between friends, siblings, etc. This makes it easier to track an individual based on the account, as opposed to tracking which person with access to the account caused any issue that arises.
Occasionally, we may have to leave a message on your Message Wall saying something you did wasn't allowed. If it was an honest mistake, explain it to the admin who gave you the warning. If we have to tell you several times, then that usually means you are doing it deliberately. After two or three warnings, an administrator may place a block on your account. Blocks can be anywhere from an hour to a few days for minor problems, or weeks, months, a year or permanent if the problem is severe enough. If you are able to provide a reasonable explanation for what you did, the block may be shortened or removed. Do not remove warnings from your message wall.