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Notability Guidelines

We can't have a page for literally everyone who has ever played a game of Halo -- or even for everyone who has played in a single prized tournament. We also cannot have a page for every event a player has attended, otherwise we'd have pages for backyard LANs with 50 dollar prize pools. We simply cannot maintain that many pages, and most pages would never be visited. So in order to maintain quality within our wiki, we have a set of "notability guidelines" that we follow to determine whether a player, team or event gets a page. All notability guidelines are subject to change.

Note: These guidelines are only for pages regarding the North American region. Pages covering other regions will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis until we establish guidelines for those regions. As a guideline, if the subject is particularly relevant in a less prominent Halo region, it probably qualifies. If you're unsure if a page qualifies for creation, contact a staff member.

Teams/Organizations

A team must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created:
  • Qualified for Halo World Championship
  • 4 top 16 or 1 top 8 placements in Major LAN events (HCS, MLG, other rare exceptions)
  • 4 top 8 or 2 top 4 placements in Minor events (MLG Exhibition, AGL, etc. Outside of these, what counts as a minor event is up to staff discretion)
  • 2 top 4 placements in major Online tournaments (HWC Qualifiers, HCS Online Cups, etc. Outside of these, what counts as a notable Online event is up to staff discretion)
  • At least 3 (present) or 4 (past/present) players qualify for or already have an Esportspedia page
  • Notability for another subjective reason (up to staff discretion)

Players

A player must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created:
  • Qualified for Halo World Championship
  • 4 top 16 or 1 top 8 placements in Major LAN events
  • 4 top 8 or 2 top 4 placements in Minor events
  • 2 top 2 placements in notable Online tournaments
  • Is currently on the starting roster for a team in the current major league top 8
  • Notability for another subjective reason (up to staff discretion)

Coaches

A coach must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created:
  • 4 top 8, 2 top 4, or 1 1st placements in Major LAN events
  • 8 top 8, 4 top 4 or 2 1st placements in Minor LAN events
  • Notability for another subjective reason (up to staff discretion)

Management

An owner or manager must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created:
  • Is the primary manager or owner of a team that has placed top 8 at a Major event under their tenure
  • Has owned or been managing teams consistently attending Major events for at least a year
Other support staff may have pages made for them on a case-by-case basis. Guidelines we will take into account include:
  • Amount of time spent involved with teams
  • Directness of involvement of the role

Personality

A person must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created:
  • Full time caster or analyst of multiple events
  • Notable figure from the community including content creators, internet personalities and more (up to staff discretion)

Events

An event must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created (or to be listed in a player's Team/Tournament History):
  • Is a part of the Halo World Championship (HWC Finals, Regional Finals, live event qualifier)
  • Is run by a major organization (MLG, HCS)
  • Has a prize pool of $10,000 or higher
  • Features at least two teams with Esportspedia pages
  • Features at least four players with Esportspedia pages (on at least two different teams)
  • Historical notability (up to staff discretion)

Events not qualifying through these criteria may still be eligible under a "list page", wherein a group of events under one organization are all listed on a single page. Contact a staff member if you wish to make a list page for a series of events.

Note: Most events with an Esportspedia page that aren't an MLG or HCS event will be classified as a Minor event for use in player/team notability guidelines. There are a select few exceptions.

Online Tournaments

An event must meet at least one of the following requirements to have an Esportspedia page created (online tournaments are never to be listed in Team/Tournament History):
  • Results in at least one team qualifying for a Halo World Championship Regional Finals berth, or awards points that go explicitly towards qualifying
  • Is officially sanctioned as a part of an HCS or MLG Season
  • Has a prize pool of $10,000 or higher
  • Features at least four teams with Esportspedia pages
  • Features at least eight players with Esportspedia pages
  • Historical notability (up to staff discretion)

Tournaments not qualifying through these criteria may still be eligible under a "list page", wherein a group of tournaments under one organization are all listed on a single page. Contact a staff member if you wish to make a list page for a series of tournaments.

Exceptions for these rules do exist. If you're unsure if a page qualifies for creation, contact a staff member.

Documentation of Placements and Statistics

Halo Esportspedia is dedicated to documenting tournament placings and statistics as accurately as it can. In the event of a conflict of sources, prioritize in this order:

  1. Official results from tournament organization's website (Example)
  2. Information gathered from an official bracket or leaderboard (Example)
  3. Results from a trustworthy external site or unofficial bracket or leaderboard (Example)
  4. Testimony of a player or member of the team organization (for placements only; if this is used, a footnote is to be included in the article)

If you are unsure of the roster of a team at an event, it is better to leave the roster area blank than to use roster information from prior to the event (from a pro teams discussion forum thread for example), as it may contain incorrect information.

Inaccuracies can occur in official results, and issues with these will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest arises when a user with an affiliation to the subject of a page that they are editing makes edits to the page that affect the page's neutrality. (For example, if a player incurs a fine, goes to their page, and deletes mention of the fine.)

What to do in the event of a conflict of interest

Generally, we do want players and organizations to be involved in the creation and maintenance of their pages -- that's how we get the best information! However, in order to ensure that neutrality is maintained, we request that you work with a staff member when editing your page. This doesn't mean you have to run every single edit by us, but any major changes should be made in consultation with staff.
Examples where you're welcome to make a change to your page on your own:
  • Editing a neutral piece of information in the trivia section, for example a favorite food.
  • Correcting a grammar mistake.
  • Correcting a factual mistake, such as the date you joined a team.
  • Adding a link to an interview.
Examples where you should work with a staff member:
  • Writing an explanation for the reason that you left a team.
  • As an organization, writing an explanation for the reason that you removed a player from your starting lineup.
  • A dispute involving a placement at a certain event.

Requesting deletion of information

Want information about yourself or your organization deleted? In general, we want to provide as much information as we can, but occasionally we will delete information for you if:
  • You are being harassed due to information about you on our site, and
  • Our site is the primary location that people learned that information.
For example, if our wiki says that your favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla, and people are harassing you for not liking chocolate after discovering this fact on the wiki, we will delete that piece of information.
However, if you were officially disqualified from a tournament, then we would consider the tournament the primary source of that information and keep it up on the wiki. If you have any questions, please reach out to our staff!