Rules of the Hidden Wiki
The Hidden Wiki is basically a big (the biggest?) directory of working websites, it serves as a directory of links to other .onion sites. To maintain some order here, a few simple rules must be followed.
On the Main Page:
No vandalizing of links (For example: changing the URLs by one letter) No phishing (For example: changing the legit URLs to some phishing URL) No deleting of working links (except if they are down for a longer period of time.) Only TOR sites (ending with .onion) are allowed. Changing URLs to clearnet ones (to 'onion.to', or to 'tor2web' for example) will be treated as vandalism.
The Main Page is a big, neutral .onion directory. Let's keep it that way: If you have opinions about a site, use the Talk pages for that.
The "Financial" and "Commercial" sections are special sections here, because there is a healthy competition going on between the vendors. That is why these sections have the most revisions and changes.
The site would like to offer every vendor an equally fair chance, so there are some special rules for these two sections, to provide these equal chances. Because the HW is still a directory of links, and is not someone's personal advertising platform, the following rules apply:
In the Financial/Commercial sections:
No bold text, no fancy wrappers. Every link must look the same for a visitor. No hosting of commercial/financial services on the Hidden Wiki. If you have something to sell, then rent/create a host, like others do. The Hidden Wiki is not a hosting provider. A single image does not qualify as a website. Since the HW is a directory of websites, linking to a single image is not allowed. Just like above: use a webserver, set up a website, like the others do. Vendors are competing for 'spots'. If you're a new user with a new site, please don't trigger an edit war: respect the vendors who were here before, and do not put a new link on the top of the already established list.
These rules are not very strict, and are easy to follow. Any violation of the rules end in ban.