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Guiding Principles and Policies[edit | edit source]

Guiding Principles and Policies of the Wiki are important for us to understand. Also, we use them to guide others that come to the Wiki. The link above leads to all the major help pages for the Guiding Principles and Policies. First we are going to discuss the Guiding Principles so if each of you will right click the link below called Guiding Principles. We will review the six main points.

FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures[edit | edit source]

  • Free Would one of you please read? Start with...
As a not-for-profit entity, FamilySearch fundamentally requires that all its products and services, including the Research Wiki, be free of charge to everyone.
  • Sources and Delimiters Would one of you please read? Start with...
Articles should cite authoritative, verifiable sources whenever possible. Limit discussion of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, and history. Do not include details about specific ancestors, or individual unless they are used as examples.
  • Neutral Point of View Would one of you please read? Start with...
The Research Wiki is not the place to include personal testimonials, stories of research success, or advertising platforms. Overly religious, political, ethnic, cultural, historic, and nationalistic discussions can tend to be biased.
  • Spam Free Would one of you please read? Start with...
We as a team are one of the first to check the Wiki for Spam through our Patrolling and daily work are many times the first to see problems and to correct these. Either we remove or correct the links and content that is not appropriate for the Wiki.
  • Code of Conduct
Content must be civil and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Be Bold You really can't hurt the Wiki.

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Next we are going to discuss the Policies so if each of you will right click the link below called Policies. We will review the six main points.

FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures[edit | edit source]

  • Personal Actions Start read starting with...
Always work to improve the site. Programs that update pages automatically are not allowed. Be kind to new comers. Civility and polite discourse encourage others. Be bold in your desire to edit, avoiding editing wars. Use mediation to resolve issues, not personal attacks, and relinquish ownership, play fair, and use the three revert rule. Make sure that your user ID is visible, adhere to the conditions of use, and don't resort to vandalism. Your User page is a great place to introduce yourself and to set tone, but avoid advertisements.
  • Content and Style
Avoid attack pages and individual genealogy pages. They will be deleted. Search for page names to keep the same tone. Use a neutral view in the article, share proven research techniques, always cite sources, and follow guiding principles. Let useability determine size, keeping images small and manageable. Create a disambiguation page for needed pages, and link, don't copy.
  • Deletion
FamilySearch Wiki:Deletion Process, FamilySearch Wiki:Deletion Process, FamilySearch Wiki:Category Deletion, and Deletion Process.

Also see The Vision:Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki

  • Policy and Enforcement
Blocking and banning, arbitration, disputes, and mediation.
  • Legal and Copyright
Respect copyright, proper image use and libel.
  • Policy Change or Additions We need to right click into the link below Policy Changes or Additions
Policy Changes or Additions

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  Conditions of Use[edit | edit source]

  • Creative Commons Use, Registration Obligations, Conditions When You Contribute, Your Right to Submit Contributions, Code of Conduct, Publishing Your Name, Legal Status and Jurisdiction, Limitations of Liability, Disclaimers, and Notice for Claims of Intellectual Property Violations.

 FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Wiki is
    Instruction on how to find, use and analyze records that are genealogically useful. Historical definitions of legal terms, occupations, other terms that are useful to genealogists, and Images of records may be used as examples of the kind of information a type of record will contain.
  • FamilySearch Wiki is not
    A place to post (or find) information about a specific ancestor

A place to post data sets and genealogical records, such as obituaries, military histories, or transcriptions of record sources. A collection of product reviews, or an advertising medium for products or services. A world encyclopedia of holidays and family traditions. A repository of knowledge regarding the use of FamilySearch products. A place to publicly post internal policies or contact information of the Family History Department or any other Church affiliate. A place to survey users, solicit feedback or collect suggestions regarding the development of products other than this Wiki. A place to post religious doctrine, advocate or criticize religious practices, nor a place to post images of temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For more information, see the Professional Genealogists page. Those which affect family history records or research methods are mentioned under specific countries.

Further information: FamilySearch Wiki:Try another wiki for suggestions of other places on the Internet to post the information you want to share.