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Cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Before we go any further, we should probably state what cyberbullying is and isn't. So here are the basics of cyberbullying, "Cyberbullying 101" if you want to be cliche and pretend that the internet is some sort of prestigious university. For those of you who wish to cyberbully, go do it on Conservapedia: The game.
- Creating articles that maliciously attack people you know, and that no one else knows.
- Threatening people over the internet.
- Threatening or verbally abusing anyone on Uncyclopedia, or creating articles insulting someone and/or giving away someone's personal information. For the most part, cyberbullies target people they know in real life, who may not even use Uncyclopedia. It doesn't really matter either way.
Cyberbullying is not...
- Clever, witty, humorous, or funny. It's that simple.
MostAll cyberbullying violates numerous rules on Uncyclopedia: the no-cyberbullying rule, the it-has-to-be-funny rule, and the don't be a dick rule, and many more!
- 1337. You are not 1337 nor is your cyberbullying. You are not a 1337 h4x0r because you can create a page on Uncyclopedia; that is a privilege everyone has. Additionally, "privilege" does not equal "right".
- Allowed. This may seem obvious as the whole page is about how cyberbullying isn't allowed, but for the most part the cyberbulliers themselves aren't the brightest bunch and they may need this reiterated.
Now that cyberbullying has been defined for you, you may wonder why it is such a big deal. For starters, Uncyclopedia is a website, a humo(u)r website to be exact. Unlike a lot of humo(u)rous websites, however, Uncyclopedia is a wiki and allows everyone to participate in building its (hopefully) humorous encyclopedia of (un?)knowledge. The goal of the site is to be funny. Plenty of people first come to Uncyclopedia not knowing their way around and they may learn by trial and error what is funny, and by participation. This is acceptable; everyone is a newbie at some point (some never stop). However, cyberbullies don't care about the humorous aspect of the site. Like a skunk spraying its foul odor, they see Uncyclopedia as a free wall for them to spraypaint their offensive vandalism. A mural is nice. Random insults on a wall aren't.
Another problem with cyberbullying is due to the excess cyberbullying on our site: Uncyclopedia is being labeled in some places as a promoter of cyberbullying. This could not be further from the truth (to the press reading this, take note). We do not tolerate cyberbullying and vandalism and our admins do the best job they can to keep Uncyclopedia free of this. If we missed something, there are many ways a user can contact us to tell us of our mistake. We do not condone cyberbullying, except when we do it ourselves.
Finally the most obvious problem with cyberbullying is that it is bullying. Ignore the cyber prefix. Bullying is bad. People may say, "well it's over the internet so how bad can it be?" No. Bullying is bad. If someone makes a page on Uncyclopedia that violently insults a kid they know and gives away the kid's personal information, it's bad.
In summary, cyberbullying is unacceptable and not tolerated, because it's cruel, stupid, and unfunny.
So if you aren't planning to be a cyberbully, congratulations! You've made it through one hoop, at least, in our requirements!