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Ideas from Wikipedia[edit | edit source]

1. Break down policies into category or subcategory pages

2. Organize them into sections:

  1. Overview: (Purpose, Principles)
  2. Governance: (Governance Council)
  3. Policies: Policy documents a rule or standard with wide acceptance among Wikipedia editors that all users should normally follow. (Content, Conduct, Other)
  4. Guidelines: A guideline is a set of best practices that are supported by the consensus of Wikipedia editors. Editors should attempt to follow guidelines, though they are best treated with common sense. (Behavior, Content, Deletion, Editing, Naming Conventions, Notability)
  5. Manual of Style: The rules and standards that outline the basic look and feel of the wiki and its layout. (Content, Formatting, Images, Layout, Legal, By Topic Area)

Overview[edit | edit source]

Policies[edit | edit source]

Definition: Policy documents a rule or standard with wide acceptance among Wikipedia editors that all users should normally follow.

Content Policies

Conduct Policies

Deletion Policy

  • Attack Page
  • Criteria for speedy deletion
  • Deletion policy
  • Oversight
  • Proposed deletion
  • Revision Deletion

Enforcement Policy

Legal Policies


Guidelines[edit | edit source]

Definition: A guideline is a set of best practices that are supported by the consensus of Wikipedia editors. Editors should attempt to follow guidelines, though they are best treated with common sense. Occasional exceptions may apply. Naming conventions are considered guidelines.

Behavioral guidelines outline ways for editors to behave and interact with each other on talk pages and elsewhere at Wikipedia.

Content guidelines apply only to the article namespace (unless otherwise specified in the guideline), and offer advice on identifying and including encyclopedic information in articles.

  • Autobiography
  • Citing Sources
  • Linking
  • Fringe Theories
  • External Links
  • Images
  • No disclaimers in articles
  • Plagiarism
  • Reliable Sources
  • Spoiler

Deletion guidelines explain criteria and procedures for deleting unwanted pages.

Editing guidelines usually provide non-content advice about categorization, navigation or other how-to-edit advice.

Naming conventions detail the correct ways to name articles on particular topics.

  • Article Titles
  • Category Names
  • File Names
  • Acronyms, capitilization, country-specific topics, definite or indefinite article at the beginning of name, events, geographic names, numbers and dates, long lists, people, plurals, technical restrictions, use English)

Notability guidelines outline the criteria that a subject must meet to merit a Wikipedia article.

Style guidelines contain extensive advice on writing style, formatting, grammar, and more.

  • Manual of Style, dates, footnotes, layout, lead section, linking, words to watch,
  • Other formatting and layout style guides (abbrevations, capital letters, Pronunciation, Proper names, Spelling, Text Formatting, Titles, Tables, Trivia sections)
  • Guidelines for images (images, captions, icons)
  • List style guides (lists, embedded lists, lists of works, road junction lists, Stand-alone lists)
  • Other Content Style Guidelines (Biographies, Article message boxes, Disambiguation pages, infoboxes, self-references to avoid)


  • Accessibility
  • Understandability

Other Guideline Categories

  • guidelines for templates
  • project content guidelines

Category: Wiki Governance[edit | edit source]

1. Wiki Roles

FamilySearch Policy Docs[edit | edit source]

1. Dispute Resolution Process -> Avoid Disputes

New Common Taxonomy (Blank)

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Policy Proposals subcategory
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We already have an entire article dedicated to this do we need this page?

Neutral Point of View
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Neutral Point of View is longer on the Guiding principles page that the neutral point of view page.

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Neutral Point of View
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Any article that should be reviewed for its neutrality can be flagged with the


How are we adding Citations?
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Naming Conventions[edit | edit source]

Do we need two articles for this:

Negotiation & Talk to Each Other Pages
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Do we need two of these pages?

Comments relating to the conflict should not be posted on the other's talk page. Nor should comments relating to the editing conflict be communicated by telephone or by email. By following these procedures, the negotiation process will remain transparent.

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Talk Page Guidelines[edit | edit source]

Doesn't the "behavior that is unacceptable" Section get covered in like a dozen other articles?


Avoid Edit Wars
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Does this need its own page?

Attack Pages
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Does this page need to be its own page?

Bots Page
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Does this page need to be its own page?

No Personal Attacks
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Does this need its own page?

Avoid Legal Threats
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Does this need its own page?

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I like how clean cut these tables are


Blocking and Banning

Users may be banned as an outcome of the dispute resolution process, or by uninvolved administrators who are enforcing rulings of the Arbitration Committee.

Contributor Assistence Page
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Is this a redundant page?

This is the process they say to follow to discuss disputes:

Begin a new entry with a # symbol below earlier entries to preserve the numbering and chronological order of the list.
Provide a section link to the specific talk page section followed by a brief neutral description of the dispute.
Sign with five tildes (17:18, 9 November 2015 (UTC)) to add the date without your name. This is important to maintain neutrality.
Do not discuss on this page: confine the discussion to the talk page where the dispute is taking place.

Appeal to Arbitration
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Any editor may ask the Arbitration Committee to reconsider or amend a ruling, and the Committee may accept or decline at its discretion. The Committee may require a minimum time to have elapsed since the enactment of the ruling, or since any prior request for reconsideration, before reviewing it.

Be Kind to New Comers
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Couldint this just be included in the ettiquete articles?

Policy Changes and Additions[edit | edit source]

We need to redue this entire policy sheet:

The following steps should be followed when there is a proposal for a new Policy in the Wiki, or a change to an existing Policy is being suggested.

New Policy:

    Create the page in a sandbox and put a policy proposal template on it.
    Post it on the Wiki Contributors' Corner Forum and, if possible, the Community Meeting Agenda.
    Add a link from the proposed page and its Talk page, to the forum post.
    In the Forum post, link to the Sandbox containing the proposed page and its Talk page.
    Give it two weeks for feedback, and then request that a forum moderator post it with a survey for acceptance. 

        To find a Forum Moderator, scroll to the bottom of the main Forum page and click on "View Forum Leaders".  A list of moderators will appear, and you can contact one of them to post the survey. giving a two-week time period for responses.

    6. When the proposed policy is accepted, move it from the sandbox to a Wiki page with the correct title, and replace the Proposal template with the Policy template.

Existing Policy:

    Create a specific proposal for the changes in a sandbox.
    Follow steps 2-6 above.

Content and Style[edit | edit source]

17. Attack pages. Pages which have the sole purpose of disparaging a topic or the contributor are not allowed. These pages will be deleted and the author will be subject to warnings or discipline that could include revocation of their site privileges.

18. Biographies. Biographies of individuals, whether living or deceased, are not allowed (except as an example or case study to illustrate a procedure or principle). The research Wiki is for general help in finding sources for information of ancestral data, not for sharing the specific data once it is found. For suggestions for where biographies or name-based indexes or databases can be published on the Internet, see Try another Wiki.

19. Page or article naming. When giving a name to a page or a new article think about how native language speakers would search for that article. Use the same key words you would use in searching for the article in the title you give it, including variations of the locality name. Avoid ambiguous words or phrases.

20. Neutral Point of View. All articles, templates, portals, categories, etc. should be written from a neutral point of view.

21. Proven techniques. When sharing research information avoid unproven techniques. If you have not tried it then do not share it, even if you are reasonably certain it works.

22. Verifiable. Always cite sources. Remember a reputable source goes a long way to establishing credibility. Sources are especially critical to genealogical research. Don’t think that no one will look up the source. In a large community there will always be those who verify sources.

23. Proper Content. Please avoid the temptation to use the Research Wiki for things that are outside of its Guiding Principles. Just because you can publish something widely doesn’t mean you should if it is not relevant.

24. Article or page size. Article size should be determined by readability and organization. It can be useful to split long articles into multiple smaller ones, and provide links between the relevant articles.

25. 3D graphics or illustrations. Please try to avoid graphics or images that require movement, rotation, or execution. Keep images small and manageable.

26. Disambiguation. If an article’s name is very similar to another, make a note at the top explaining or linking to similar articles. If many articles share a name or name pieces, create a disambiguation page.

27. Link, don't copy. Don’t include listings or complete records, rather, link externally to the source. Don’t include lengthy poems, speeches or other source text. Link to it.

Deletion[edit | edit source]

28. Deleting Articles or Pages. To permanently delete articles or pages ultimately requires an administrator/sysop and follows a consensus process. Obscene or provocative pages will be deleted immediately. Those labeled or flagged as controversial may take longer to reach a consensus.

29. Immediate deletion. Articles, pages, images, categories, etc. may be immediately deleted if they are obscene, offensive, profane, or disruptive. Pages with controversial topics should go through the deletion process.

30. Category deletion. Deleting categories follows the same process as articles/pages. Categories that do not follow naming conventions can be immediately renamed; however, articles in the deleted category should be re-categorized first.

31. Deletion Process. Controversial article/pages can be proposed or flagged for deletion. Once proposed, if not contested within 5 days, an administrator may delete them.

Further information: Subjects outside the scope of this wiki

Policy Enforcement[edit | edit source]

32. Blocking and Banning. Users who fail to obey policy and who do not follow the FamilySearch Research Wiki Conditions of Use will be blocked from using the Research Wiki. Disruptive users, those who deliberately fan controversy, or who maliciously attack members of the community or community standards, will be subject to blocking. Blocking may last for a short or long period of time, which length of time will be determined by consensus of the administrators. Users who have to be blocked multiple times, or whose offenses are particularly egregious will be subject to ban. Other community members who are not banned should act responsibly to neither bait the banned user nor assist them.

33. Arbitration. A committee of administrators will form the arbitration board. Arbitration is needed when disputes about user conduct are reported. The decisions made by the Arbitration Board are final. However, a community member may Appeal to the Arbitration Board for decisions on deletions of content, blocking or banning. Appeals of arbitration board decisions are sent to FamilySearch Directors. There is no appeal beyond that level.

34. Disputes between members. When disputes arise between community members they are strongly encouraged to talk together and resolve their differences without using arbitration or mediation.

35. Mediation. A process available for request when disputes between members cannot be resolved on their own.

Policy Changes or Additions[edit | edit source]

Any changes or additions to the Policies outlined should follow the steps on the FamilySearch Policy Changes or Additions page.  This provision was proposed and approved by the community, October 2012.

Policy Links[edit | edit source]

Research Wiki Policy links