islamWiki:List of policies

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This page is broken into the following categories:

  • Content, which defines the scope of the Wiki and the material that is suitable for it
  • Conduct, which describes how editors can successfully collaborate and what behavior is acceptable
  • Deletion, which explains the processes by which pages, revisions, and logs may be deleted
  • Enforcement, which accounts for various means by which standards may be enforced
  • Legal, which includes rules influenced by legal considerations, and remedies for their misuse
  • Procedural, which documents various processes by which the islamWiki operates
  • Special Islam related, terms special guidelines to deal with sensitive religious issues

Content

Article titles
The ideal title for an article is recognizable to English speakers, easy to find, precise, concise, and consistent with other titles.
Image use policy
Generally avoid uploading non-free images; fully describe images' sources and copyright details on their description pages, and try to make images as useful and reusable as possible.
Neutral point of view
Everything that our readers can see, including articles, templates, categories and portals, must be written neutrally and without bias.
Verifiability
Articles should cite sources whenever possible. While we may not be able to check the accuracy of all cited sources, we can check whether they have been published by a reputable publication and whether independent sources have supported them on review. Any unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
What islamWiki is not
islamWiki is an online source on the subject of the religion Islam. Please avoid the temptation to use islamWiki for other purposes.
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Conduct

Civility
Rudeness or insensitivity, whether intentional or not, can distract from and interfere with our work.
Clean start
Any user who is not subject to editing sanctions may abandon his or her account and start fresh under a new one, as long as the new account is not used in an improper manner.
Consensus
Consensus among equals is our only tool for resolving content disputes, and our main tool for resolving all other disputes.
Dispute resolution
The first step to resolving any dispute is to talk to those who disagree with you. If that fails, there are more structured forms of discussion available.
Edit warring
If someone challenges your edits, discuss it with them and seek a compromise, or seek dispute resolution. Do not start fights over competing views and versions. Reverting any part of any single page more than three times in twenty-four hours, or even once if long-term edit-warring is apparent, can result in a block on your account.
Editing policy
Improve pages wherever you can, and don't worry about leaving them imperfect. It is advisable to explain major changes.
Harassment
Do not stop other editors from enjoying this Wiki by making threats, nitpicking good-faith edits to different articles, repeated annoying and unwanted contacts, repeated personal attacks or posting personal information.
Non-discrimination
Do not discriminate against current or prospective users on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.
No personal attacks
Do not make personal attacks anywhere on islamWiki. Comment on the content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter editors.
Ownership of content
Although you retain some rights under islamWiki's copyright provisions, in most cases pages that you create and edit belong to the community. Others can and often do mercilessly edit "your" material.
Sock puppetry
Do not use multiple accounts to create the illusion of greater support for an issue, to mislead others, or to circumvent a block. Do not ask your friends to create accounts to support you or anyone.
Username policy
Choose a neutral username with which you will be happy. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you cannot delete it.
Vandalism
Vandalism is any addition, deletion, or change to content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the Wiki. It is inappropriate behavior for an online encyclopaedia.

Deletion

Attack page
An article, page, category, redirect or image that exists primarily to disparage its subject is an "attack page". These pages are subject to being deleted by any administrator at any time.
Criteria for speedy deletion
Articles, images, categories etc. may be "speedily deleted" if they clearly fall within certain categories, which generally boil down to pages lacking content, or disruptive pages. Anything potentially controversial should go through the administrators by using the contact page.
Deletion policy
Deleting articles requires an administrator and generally follows a consensus-forming process. Most potentially controversial deletions require a three-step process and a waiting period of a week.
Oversight
Page revisions can be deleted for legal or privacy reasons.
Proposed deletion
As a shortcut around the Articles for Deletion ("AfD") process, for uncontroversial deletions an article can be proposed for deletion, but only once. If no one contests the proposed deletion within seven days, an administrator may delete the article. For this purpose contact the administrators.
Proposed deletion of biographies of living people
Articles which are unsourced biographies of living persons can be proposed for deletion by contacting site administrators. If no one contests the proposed deletion within ten days, an administrator may delete the article. In order to contest the proposed deletion, at least one reliable source supporting at least one statement in the article must be added.
Revision deletion
A function available to administrators to eliminate grossly improper posts and log entries.
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Enforcement

Administrators
Administrators, like all editors, are not perfect beings. However, in general, they are expected to act as role models within the community, and a good general standard of civility, fairness, and general conduct both to editors and in content matters, is expected. When acting as administrators, they are also expected to be fair, exercise good judgment, and give explanations and be communicative as necessary.
Banning policy
Extremely disruptive editors may be banned from islamWiki. Please respect these bans, do not bait banned users, and do not help them out. Bans can be appealed to the administrators, depending on the nature of the ban.
Blocking policy
Disruptive editors can be blocked from editing for short or long periods of time.
Page protection policy
Pages can be protected against vandals or during fierce content disputes. Protected pages can, but in general should not, be edited by administrators. In addition, pages undergoing frequent vandalism can be semi-protected to block edits by very new or unregistered editors.

Legal

These are policies with legal implications. Outside of policies, such as those below, the office actions policy and those under special Islam related, islamWiki endeavours to not censor itself of content that may be objectionable or offensive. Limitations to this policy can come in the form of certain national laws or to content that can be proven to have no productive usefulness.

Child protection
Editors who advocate or attempt to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult-child relationships, or who identify themselves as paedophiles, are to be blocked indefinitely.
Copyright violations
Relates to material copied from sources that are either not public domain, or are not compatibly licensed without the permission of the copyright holder. Copyright violations are not tolerated and we actively strive to find and remove any violations.
Copyrights
Relates to the copyrighted islamWiki text being licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses.
Libel
It is the policy of this Wiki to delete libelous revisions from the page history. If you believe you have been defamed, please contact us. It is the responsibility of all contributors to ensure that material posted on islamWiki is not defamatory.
No legal threats
Contact us rather than making legal threats, for everyone's sake, as we try to respond quickly to complaints of defamation or copyright infringement.
Non discrimination
Do not discriminate against current or prospective users on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristics.
Non-free content criteria
Similar to "The Exemption Doctrine Policy" for the English Wikipedia. The cases in which you can declare usage of a non-free image, audio clip, or video clip as "fair use" are quite narrow. You must specify the exact use, and only use the image or clip in that one context. Only use non-free content as a last resort.
Paid-contribution disclosure
Editors must disclose their employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which they receive, or expect to receive, compensation.
Reusing islamWiki content
Relates to the basis of using islamWiki content in your own publications. Most of the material on islamWiki, which excludes content available in user namespaces, may be freely used under the CC-BY-SA licence. Which means you must credit the authors, re-license the material under CC-BY-SA, and allow free access to it.
Terms of use
The terms of use established by the islamWiki administrators.

Procedural

Bot policy
Programs that update pages automatically in a useful and harmless way may be welcome, as long as their owners seek approval first and are careful to keep them from running amok or being a drain on resources.
Bureaucrats
Bureaucrats are users with the technical ability to add the administrator, bureaucrat, bot or oversight user group to an account; or remove the bot or oversight user group from an account.
IP block exemption
Editors in good standing whose editing is disrupted by unrelated blocks or firewalls may request IP block exemption, which allows editing on an otherwise-blocked IP address.
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Mediation
Mediation is a process that creates valid consensus with the aid of a neutral third party skilled in dispute resolution. Editors may request informal mediation from any contributor, preferably from administrators or bureaucrats.
Office actions
The administrators reserve the right to speedily delete an article temporarily in cases of exceptional controversy.
Open proxies
Open proxies may be blocked from editing for any period at any time to deal with editing abuse.
Page mover
The page mover permission allows editors to move pages, and subpages, without leaving redirects.
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Special Islam related

Ideological views
As it is an almost certainty that authors will harbour huge difference of opinions and because of the sensitivity of issues related to beliefs and ideologies, these are likely to cause a high degree of vitriol. Therefore, care should be taken not to insult others for their opinions. islamWiki endeavours to compile all the different opinions (or at-least the major ones) on such issues.
Unbalanced viewpoints
In case the article appears to be presenting an unbalanced viewpoint, it is to be ensured that such an article does not appear in the main articles namespace. However, depending on the content such an article can be allowed to be hosted on islamWiki through a user's page, where other users will be able to contribute to it and help in making it viable to be included among the main content pages.
Potential for real-world harm
Hateful and bigoted statements will not be tolerated, the reason being, while such proclamations may not appear to be harmful from the perspective of some societies they definitely do have the potential to cause atrocities on a large scale. Such a scenario was observed in the case of the Rohingya Muslims regarding whose condition one writer observed: "Many of the most trite and common arguments deployed by anti-Muslim bigots are used in Myanmar to encourage, justify, and accelerate ethnic cleansing."
Insults and criticisms
Insults, at-least in most cases, will not be tolerated. However, it is extremely important to understand the fundamental differences between the common understanding of the words criticism and insult. A prohibition of insult, defamation etc. should not be taken as a censure for valid logical criticism. In this respect, an essential difference will be maintained when dealing with anti-Islamist and Islam-critical content. Content has to be respected as long as it is "expressed sincerely and for intellectually serious purposes and not gratuitously and in a disrespectful fashion".
Temporary removal
It is possible that in some seldom cases, content that may be construed as "critical" to Islam may be removed by other users. In cases when the content goes blatantly against the popular understanding of Islam, islamWiki administrators might allow such a removal. Additionally, removal/suppression of the article might also be permitted when one particular interpretation/understanding of a particular religious component has been demonstrated while all other explanations are perceived, by the readers, to be non-existent by virtue of their absence. Such allowances are due to the fact that islamWiki is run by volunteers and it is likely that in many cases scholars on Islam will not be present to adequately correct such mistakes. This, however, should not be an indefinite removal. To keep some level of transparency, it will be endeavoured that such content, depending on whether they are actually critical and not just disruptive, are mentioned on a separate Project page.

Additional policies might be included as the needs arise.

Miscellaneous

Ignore all rules
If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining the Wiki, ignore it.

See also

Tutorials
  • Keep in mind – a quick introduction on how to apply policies and guidelines as you go about editing.
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