The Homestar Runner Fanstuff Wiki 2 is open to editing by users of any age (as long as they're mature and don't break any rules). This raises two issues:
- Appropriateness of content: For the most part, the Homestar Runner Fanstuff Wiki 2 is a family-friendly, kid-safe place to be; however, due to the nature of a wiki where anyone can edit, inappropriate vandalism may be briefly visible until it is removed. Parents or guardians may wish to limit, restrict, or monitor their child's use of the wiki.
- Disclosure of information: The Homestar Runner Fanstuff Wiki 2 does not ask its users to state their age or any other personal identifying information at any time. However, as noted at HRFWiki2:User space, some users include personal identifying information on their user page. Sometimes, a user may also disclose this information somewhere else, such as on a discussion page. This disclosure raises special concerns in terms of our younger users, particularly when the user identifies himself or herself as being a child.
In order to balance the privacy interests of our younger users with their ability to use the wiki (when so permitted by their parents or guardians), the following guidelines are in place:
- No editor who identifies him/herself as being a child (age 12 or younger) may post any personal identifying information about him/herself.
- "Personal identifying information" is information that a reader could use to discover the identity and real-world location of a child. For purposes of these guidelines, this information includes:
- Real last name (surname)
- Telephone number
- Home address
- Email address or other contact information
- Date of birth
- School information
- No editor (of any age) should post personal identifying information about a self-identified child, nor should any user seek to elicit any personal information from any self-identified child.
- Editors of all ages are encouraged to continue editing the wiki; this policy is not meant to discourage editing.
- This policy does not apply to child users who do not self-identify as children, as we have no way of knowing anyone's age except their own statements.
- Without other information, a first name and/or a general location (e.g. Chicago, Illinois, or Liverpool) are not considered personal identifying information.