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The Editing Moratorium Policy, otherwise know as the "Patience Clause", is a guideline used to regulate the withholding of the changes made to articles, either already existing or not, in order to efficiently add information as revealed in newly released Marvel Cinematic Universe media that is subject to be potentially changed during its run.
This policy focuses on explaining the reasoning behind it and attempting to cover the instances foreseen at the time of its inception. As usual, seek administrative advice or clarification in cases something cannot have been explicitly added yet to this or any other policy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as an ongoing multimedia franchise, introduces on a regular basis several elements that expand their universe and therefore, the scope of elements we have to cover in this wiki.
In order to both keep the overall quality of the wiki itself by devising a proper way to handle them, and to prevent having to fix the elements over and over just because they were added ahead of time, sometimes the administrators may withheld the creation, change and edition of this elements, until there is enough time after the full release of the media where they appear. These instances are generally defined as "Editing Moratoriums", even if they may not be about actually editing.
As such, this particular policy has priority over any other policy for the time the Editing Moratorium is in place.
Editing Moratoriums will be publicly announced prior to the release of any media if there is the chance to be foreseen in advance, but also may be put in place during the release of media, depending on what it is shown before the wrapping of a particular media. This may work in conjunction with cases foreseen in the Protection Policy if the need arises. Always seek for administrators' advice to know if there is an editing moratoriuim either announced or planned before starting a discussion about a major change for newly released content.
Potential Editing Moratoriums
While listing all potential editing moratoriums is essentially futile, given the unpredictable nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are a few cases that will, most likely, be given this status.
- Creation of articles related to alternate universes, especially alternate characters belonging to them, as already covered in the Naming Policy and the Article Creation Policy.
- Major shifts in the status quo of the major characters of a newly released media.
- Passing the mantle of a codename to another character.
- Dealing with two characters sharing a single codename at the same time.
- Deliberate ambiguity in the nature of a character (e.g. The Ralph Bohner case).
- Merging/Splitting existing articles into others.
- Changes in the canon status of live-action media.
- Any other particular article or set of articles selected by administrators.