For the most part, that's intended for not copy-pasting whole/parts of guides from the forum, fan sites, or other sources. It's fine to reference them, or on occasion quote them (only official things should be quoted), but even if attributed, whole guides shouldn't be copied. they can be used for inspiration, and if not much has been changed should still be attributed, but if it's just copy-pasted that's stealing, and even if you put "this guide is from: ", it makes it impossible to edit at that point, since editing it would no longer make it a direct copy.
Take for example my really long "miniquide" about how to get images from a swf. it would piss me off if people posted that on their own website without my permission, even if they did post attribution at the bottom (although in the case of Wikia, anything posted is under "CC-BY-SA", but still polite to ask, seeing as it's a personal blog post), but even more so if they didn't post attribution (which you really don't do on a wiki, since it kinda breaks the flow of the article, and again makes it uneditable.
Is it not theft if you don’t directly copy and paste it, but rewrite the post?
Admittedly I'm not 100% sure on that. If I do it, I make sure to try and double check everything (bad to copy over bad info, plus makes sure I'm not stealing their hard work), I reword the article, shuffle things around, and make it something I feel fits better in a wiki, etc, and then post a "see also" at the bottom of the page. Think of it like an academic paper; you don't write all the content yourself, but you research it from multiple places, then wright the relevant parts to you in your own words.
Hey Few. Long time no speak, although that is 100% my fault. I really like the administrator tags next to the names, but was wondering what Fib's tag means, since I can't find any user rights for them. No complaints, just curious. Hopefully I can get back to at least a semi-active state soon!
i was thankin ric bc i was gonna report it but i had a personal emergency to take care (i brought it up on skype but didnt have the IP at the moment) of but saw you did so i wanted to thank him here is that an issue or are u also the gratitude police as well as the grammar poilce mate
Not always. Some might not be used in articles but are kept just in case they're needed later. It'd have to be more of a directory-type filtering rather than just wiping out every image that isn't used, so that a judgement is fair on whether or not the image isn't needed anymore or could still be used later on.
Me doing the deletion process in live chat was more a specific editor strong arming me into doing it since he refused to do message walls, and wanted me to micromanage everything. You can do it in live chat if you want, but don't take that as the standard ;)
For old map solutions, you can usually delete if it was bad, or you replaced with a better example (better quality image, clearer / simpler example, etc). But getting a second opinion doesn't hurt if you're not sure.