wikibizpedia:Contributor Policies

wikiBIZpedia's Purpose

wikiBIZpedia is a community platform for professionals to co create business information to be consumed by individuals, professionals and businesses for free.

Our purpose is to create a web-based, free market research, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. The goal of a wikiBIZpedia business research is to create a comprehensive and neutrally written report on a specific market or industry. Editors are encouraged to be bold in editing in a fair and accurate manner with a straightforward, just-the-facts style. Reports should have an authoritative style with a formal business tone instead of essay-like, argumentative, or opinionated writing.

Opinionated writing should be expressed under the "Expert Perspectives" section of wikiBIZpedia.com

Your Contributions are Welcome

As a new contributor, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of this project called wikiBIZpedia. Don't worry too much if you don't understand everything at first, as it is acceptable to use common sense as you go about editing. wikiBIZpedia not only allows you to create, revise, and edit reports, but it wants you to do so. You just need to remember that you can't break wikiBIZpedia and although there are many protocols, perfection is not required, as wikiBIZpedia is a work in progress. Collaborative editing means that incomplete or poorly written first drafts can evolve over time into excellent articles.

Introductions and tutorials

For a listing of introductions and tutorials by topic see: Help

To achieve our goals, a wide range of how-to and information pages are made available. Aside from this page, there are some other introductions (tutorials) to the project offer a step-by-step guide explaining what this place is all about and how to contribute.

Creating an account

You do not have to log in to read wikiBIZpedia. However, creating an account is free and has several benefits (for example, the ability to create pages, upload media and edit without one's IP address being visible to the public). To create an account in seconds, click Creating an account and fill out the few required fields. This will be logged, your account will be created, and you will be provided with a link back to this page.

Content

Article titles

The ideal title for a wikiBIZpedia report is recognisable 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.

No original research

Reports may not contain any unpublished theories, data, statements, concepts, arguments, or ideas.

Verifiability

Reports should cite sources whenever possible. While we cannot check the accuracy of 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.

Conduct

Civility

Rudeness or insensitivity, whether intentional or not, can distract from and interfere with our work. Dispute resolution forums are available when civil, reasoned discussion breaks down.

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 wikiBIZpedia by making threats, nitpicking good-faith edits to different articles, repeated annoying and unwanted contacts, repeated personal attacks or posting personal information.

No personal attacks

Do not make personal attacks anywhere in wikiBIZpedia. Comment on the content, not on the contributor. Personal attacks damage the community and deter editors.

Ownership of content

Pages that you create and edit on wikiBIZpedia 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 wikiBIZpedia.

Deletion

Attack page

A wikiBIZpedia 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 deletion process instead.

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

Content can be hidden from both users and administrators under certain strict criteria.

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.

Revision deletion

A function available to administrators to eliminate grossly improper posts and log entries.

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 wikiBIZpedia. Please respect these bans, do not bait banned users, and do not help them out.

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

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. wikiBIZpedia has no tolerance for copyright violations in our site, and we actively strive to find and remove any violations.

Copyrights

Relates to the copyrighted wikiBIZpedia text being licensed to the public under one or several liberal licenses.

Libel

It is wikiBIZpedia policy to delete libelous revisions from the page history. If you believe you or your organisation have been defamed, please contact us. It is the responsibility of all contributors to ensure that material posted on wikiBIZpedia is not defamatory.

No legal threats

Use dispute resolution rather than making legal threats, for everyone's sake, as we respond quickly to complaints of defamation or copyright infringement. If you make legal threats, or take legal action over a wikiBIZpedia dispute, you may be blocked from editing, so that the matter is not exacerbated through other channels. If you do take legal action, please refrain from editing until it is resolved.

Non-discrimination

The global non-discrimination policy for staff and contractors, as set by the Board of Trustees.

Reusing wikiBIZpedia content

Relates to the basis of using wikiBIZpedia content in your own publications. Most of Wikipedia's material may be freely used under the CC BY-SA and GFDL licences. Which means you must credit the authors, re-license the material under CC BY-SA or GFDL, and allow free access to it.

Terms of use

The terms of use are established by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Try to Fix Problems

Instead of removing content that is poorly presented, consider cleaning up the writing, formatting or sourcing on the spot, or tagging it as necessary. If you think an article needs to be rewritten or changed substantially, go ahead and do so, but it is best to leave a comment about why you made the changes on the article's talk page. The editing process tends to guide articles through ever-higher levels of quality over time. Great wikiBIZpedia articles can come from a succession of editors' efforts.

Instead of removing content from an article, consider:

  • Rephrasing or copy-editing to improve grammar or more accurately represent the sources
  • Correcting inaccuracies, while keeping the rest of the content intact
  • Merging or moving the content to a more relevant existing article, or splitting the content to an entirely new article
  • Adding other points of views to the existing points of view to make the article more balanced
  • Requesting a citation by adding the "citation needed" tag, or adding any other Template:Inline tags as appropriate
  • Doing a quick search for sources and adding a citation yourself
  • Adding appropriate cleanup tags to sections you cannot fix yourself
  • Repair a dead link if a new URL for the page or an archive of the old one can be located
  • Merging the entire article into another article with the original article turned into a redirect as described at performing a merge
  • Fixing errors in wikitext code or formatting