In December 2014, I announced the wiki would cease to host any file uploads extracted from Assault Horizon that aren't available to standard players. Other users agreed to continue allowing file uploads extracted from the older Flash websites, but content acquired from game rips was a no-go. acecombat.fandom.com/wiki/Thread:47197
This issue has come up again in regards to Ace Combat 7. Some intrepid users have managed to crack the game's encryption and have now begun going through all of the game's data. Things like the game's soundtrack, the aircraft models, skin sheets, special weapons (see acecombat.fandom.com/d/p/3300297438920765348 ), are all being exposed and uploaded. There's even the question of whether the game can be modded (the wiki will ignore modded content since it's not from the actual game).
We already discovered some details thanks to Reddit user KeystoneGray, such as the names of the two MQ UAVs. I can only imagine that we'll start to get other details such as aircraft mechanics as well. The problem is, we can't easily reference this kind of content because it's not easily accessible by all players. Verifiability on the wiki requires that all of our users can verify our information comes from reliable sources.
So the question is, how verifiable can data mining really be for the standard user who can't verify that data on their own? Does data included in the game really matter if it's not accessible? For example, there is code for making the ADF-11F Raven a playable aircraft -- does that mean the wiki should mark it as a playable aircraft, or make assumptions about it being in the DLC, just because there's some data in there?
To play Devil's Advocate, though: would the wiki be incomplete if it didn't include data mined content? One possible way to think about it is in relation to books like Aces At War and the Perfect Guides; most people don't have access to these, yet they contain some additional information. Do they count as verifiable sources, and if so, how different is data mining?
It's an interesting conversation. As of right now, we have a case-by-case moderation basis with some ripped content, which is included in some Trivia sections in some unused line examples, but maybe we should remove that content? Especially since, as stated, it's difficult to verify. As for books, well, most of them have ISBN numbers so that works as verification.
As far as wiki policy is concerned: Any AC7 content only visible through game rips or data mining is not currently permitted.
But what do you guys think? It's a very interesting conversation I'd like to discuss.