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At Wikipedia over time, policies and guidelines have developed which reflect the experience of thousands of editors who are constantly learning and refining how to create balanced, well-sourced, informative articles, and how to work with others and resolve conflict when it arises. These rules are principles, not laws, on Wikipedia. Policies and guidelines exist only as rough approximations of their underlying principles. They are not intended to provide an exact or complete definition of the principles in all circumstances. They must be understood in context, using some sense and discretion. The five pillars is a popular summary of the most pertinent Wikipedia principles.

Core content policies

Neutral point of view

It is recommended that efforts are taken to keep content in accordance with Wikipedia's neutral point of view (NPOV) policy, which is one of the five pillars and founding principles of Wikipedia. This policy says that we accept all the significant viewpoints on an issue. Instead of simply stating one perspective, we try to present all relevant viewpoints without judging them. Our aim is to be informative, not persuasive. Our policy does NOT mean that our articles are expected to be 100% objective, since in any dispute all sides believe their view to be true.

Wikipedia does not achieve balance by giving all opposing points of view equal space or treating them as equally valid. Views should be represented in proportion to their representation in reliable sources. When the subject of the article is a fringe theory, such as HIV/AIDS denialism or Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, the article should give much more weight to the mainstream view with the fringe view clearly described as such.

It is okay to state opinions in articles, but they must be presented as opinions, not as fact. It is a good idea to attribute these opinions, for example "Supporters of this say that..." or "Notable commentator X believes that..."

If you are going to spend time on controversial articles in subjects like religion or politics (which are going to be the majority of articles here), it is important that you read the neutral point of view policy page as soon as possible. You should probably also read the essay Staying cool when the editing gets hot.

For more information, see the NPOV tutorial

Verifiability

Articles need to be verifiable. You must cite sources for any information you contribute that is controversial or likely to be challenged, preferably by adding a footnote, as discussed in the "Citing Sources" page of this tutorial. Citations help our readers to verify what you have written and to find more information.

"Paris is the capital of France" is an example of a statement that does not necessarily need to be sourced, because it's common knowledge and everybody knows that there are dozens of sources which could be cited. The information is attributable, even if it is not attributed.

If any websites would be of particular interest to a reader of an article, they should be listed and linked to in an "External links" section. Books of particular interest should be listed in a "Further reading" section, but only if they were not used as sources for the article.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Citing sources

Original research

Due to the desired objectives, islamWiki, regarding the prohibition of original research in its articles, will not follow as strict rules as Wikipedia does (at-least not in the initial stages of this Wiki). It is recommended that the opinions of intellectuals and scholars be referred to, instead of coming up with one's own conclusions. This gives reliability to articles and avoids mistakes and embarrassments that are likely to result by users making edits about subjects which, in-spite of appearing to be cut and dry, happen to be in-fact much more complicated. Such a scenario exists often with matters related to Islam.

Because of the immense spotlight issues related to Islam have been in, in addition to the variety of difference of opinions that exist in a significant number of matters, it is likely that many different intellectuals and people of knowledge would have made their widely differing opinions known. However, it is accepted that in some seldom cases, some issues might have remained unanswered by scholars, in which case original research with verifiable evidence using reputable sources is acceptable. This is, however, to be considered as an exception and not a rule. Sources must support material directly and in context. To restrict from adding original research, avoid directly using primary sources if possible; instead, use secondary or tertiary sources that interpret and synthesize primary sources.

Style manual

Wikipedia's Manual of Style documents its house style. Its goal is to make using the Wiki easier and more intuitive by promoting clarity and cohesion while helping editors write articles with consistent and precise language, layout, and formatting. Style and formatting should be consistent within an article, though not necessarily throughout the entire Wiki. Where more than one style is acceptable, editors should not change an article from one of those styles to another without a good reason.

Conduct

Following in the footsteps of Wikipedia, islamWiki encourages an atmosphere of friendliness and openness. Of course, in practice there are sometimes disagreements and even an occasional heated argument, but members of the community are expected to behave in a generally civil manner.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should always assume good faith on the part of other editors. Do not assume that someone is acting out of spite or malice. If someone does something that upsets you, leave a polite message on the relevant article's talk page or on the user's talk page, and ask why. You may find that you have avoided a misunderstanding and saved yourself some embarrassment.

For a more detailed discussion of conduct, see Wikipedia:Etiquette

Subject matter

Not reinventing the wheel.

For more information, see islamWiki:What islamWiki is not

Copyrights

As a general rule, do not copy and paste text from other sources. Doing so usually constitutes both a copyright violation and plagiarism. This general rule includes copying and pasting material from websites of charity or non-profit organizations, educational, scholarly and news publications, and all sources without a copyright notice. If a work does not have a copyright notice, assume it to be under copyright-protection. Brief quotations of copyrighted text may be used to illustrate a point, establish context, or attribute a point of view or idea. Use of copyrighted text must be in compliance with Wikipedia:Non-free content criteria policy.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Copyrights

National varieties of English

Any particular standard variety of English (U.S. spelling vs. British spelling, for example) is generally not preferred over another. Try to apply the principles listed below when editing:

1. Do not edit a page simply to "correct" a spelling that is correct in another standard form of English, unless it violates the principles listed here.
2. If the subject of an article is not strongly related to any particular country (as is expected for most articles on this Wiki), the original contributor's usage should be followed, and usage should be consistent throughout the article.
For more details see National varieties of English in the Manual of Style.


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