Wikinfo:Welcome

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The Wikinfo Owl
Owl of Wisdom
(or is it the owl of humor?)

Wikinfo is an internet resource created by its readers. Wikinfo is a Wiki, a website allowing anyone who creates an account to edit articles by selecting the "edit" link that appears on most pages. Wikinfo contains a great deal of information, (9,302 pages), including some original content, but its power lies in using article content and external links in combination with search engines to find information.

In addition to creation of original content and improving existing content, you are encouraged to import articles from Wikipedia, Citizendium and other open source resources. In the case of Wikipedia, import is facilitated by a link to the source of any Wikipedia article immediately above any empty page. When the copyright of imported material varies from the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2, such as that of Citizendium does, set forth the terms of copyright at the bottom of the pages along with a link to the copyright license and to the source of the information. On all articles add Template:SS, {{SS}}, or Template:SSS, {{SSS}} at the top of the page to facilitate search for additional information. Template:SSS, {{SSS}} is used on articles with a one word title. You can't add too many external links or too much further reading.

Generally, the main article on a person or organization should take a positive point of view towards the subject; criticism can be included in an auxiliary article. Link such alternative articles from the top of the page. If you find yourself locked in a dispute with another editor regarding an article and discussion on the talk page doesn't resolve the dispute, create an alternative article.


Principles

  • We value individuality.
  • There is more than one way to look at most anything.
  • Wikinfo is an ongoing project. One website or person might only make small contributions, but the cumulative effect over time will produce an extremely useful resource. The notion of a free and universal encyclopedia was first proposed by Richard Stallman in his article, The Free Universal Encyclopedia and Learning Resource. He envisioned the content of the encyclopedia as being located on many websites. In that spirit, a link from here to information on another site or in a book is just as useful as an article located here.
  • Creation: Publishing original creative work here is encouraged. Material need not be part of the generally accepted canon of knowledge based on some arbitrary authority. Creative work may be signed, to present it in a special peer reviewed light.
  • Redundancy: It never hurts to look at things in slightly different ways. It is sometimes easy to overwork the consolidation of some articles, or worry that several articles cover more-or-less the same subject matter. Linking such things together is encouraged. That said, sometimes it's also necessary to consolidate related and confusing articles so their information is correct and easy to follow, thus avoiding Wikipedianism.
  • Relax: We don't hassle other editors by engaging in a lot of critical editing, especially with new folks. Is an article too short? Let it be. Accept what others do, build on it if you can, otherwise leave it alone if it seems a sincere effort. This is not Wikipedia...don't try harder, and don't hassle new editors. It's okay to be messy and make mistakes. We call it WikiDemocracy.

In Fact...

  • If you like, you can enter just a paragraph or two of text for an entry. It's a start. Full-blown articles are not required. Adding any (accurate, helpful) information to Wikinfo is welcome! Of course, if you can write more, that's all the better.
  • We strongly encourage you to add and adapt work you have created elsewhere, for other purposes, to Wikinfo. For recent examples, see morphogenic network or classical republic by newer editors. We also encourage you to add information found in public domain resources and other open content projects, but we cannot allow using copyrighted material except under specific conditions, namely that it be subject to a license compatible with the GNU Free Documentation License.
  • How you word your articles will determine, to some extent, how likely it is other people will work on it. So, an article with intriguing-sounding links or ellipses (...), etc., might invite others to edit. Outright requests (even begging) for information in an article can prod us to jump in. You can supply a rough description of a thing or place and then others who know more will find it difficult to pass up the opportunity to teach.
Have fun editing on Wikinfo :)



References

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Wikipedia:Welcome.
The list of authors can be seen in the page history. The text of this Wikinfo article is available under the GNU Free Documentation License and the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

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