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Research Wiki Guidelines and related links
What the Wiki is[edit | edit source]
- Written content is under Creative Commons license, however, some FamilySearch images are copyrighted. Be sure to view the license attached to any FamilySearch images before using or sharing to avoid breaking copyright laws.
- Links to free and subscription websites regarding genealogy databases, records, images, websites, research strategies, repositories, archives, government agencies, or anything else helpful to a user to locate their ancestor.
- Written from a neutral point of view representing fairly and without bias all significant views of family history related topics that have been published by reliable sources. This allows those who use and depend on the knowledge contained within the Research Wiki to see and try all techniques and suggestions for finding records about their ancestors. Neutral point of view also requires the citation of sources that are authoritative and verifiable.
- Articles should cite authoritative sources whenever possible.
- Be kind and courteous regarding edits and talking to fellow users on talk pages.
What the Wiki is not[edit | edit source]
- Discussions of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, and history should be only discussed in relation to family history research and record keeping.
- The Wiki should not store copies of source documents except when showing sample documents, especially associated with Historical Records collections.
- Biographical information about an individual should not be included unless it's used to describe a record or used in a case study to illustrate a research process or principle.
- Does not list individuals in index form or a repository of individual information.
- Avoid personal points of view, personal opinion, personal experiences, or arguments.
- The Research Wiki is not the place to include personal testimonials, stories of research success, or advertising platforms.
- Not an advertising platform and should not be slanted overwhelmingly to any one vendor's products.
- A place for edit wars and do not fight over competing viewpoints. Use the Tips to Avoid Disputes and the guidelines to the Dispute Resolution process to help guide your efforts to resolve differences on your own.
- Profanity or profane slang will not be accepted in any form or language.
Guideline Links[edit | edit source]
|Type of guideline|
||Free, Verifiable, Neutral, Spam free, and Code of Conduct|
||Defined as: first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief |
||Manual of Style
||A set of standards for the design and writing of wiki articles|
||Transforming a Style Idea to a Manual of Style Guideline
||Procedure to try to transform your idea into a site-wide guideline|
||Assume good faith
||Be civil and follow dispute resolution processes, rather than attacking contributors or edit warring with them|
||Principles of etiquette or "Wikiquette", on how to work with others on the Wiki|
||Be kind to newcomers
||Most newcomers are not familiar with the policies or guiding principles so respectfully instruct them|
||Don’t try to win an edit war by bringing in allies or by enlisting friends to create the illusion of support.|
||Tips to avoid disputes
||To prevent an edit war, both contributors should use civilized discussion|
||Talk to each other
||The negotiation process will remain transparent by recording the entire conversation on the article "talk" page|
||Contributor assistance can be sought by listing a dispute through an edit to this site|
||If you are experiencing an editing conflict, you can submit the issue here so that it will be mediated|
||Just because you can publish something widely doesn’t mean you should if it is not relevant|
||When sharing research information avoid unproven techniques. If you have not tried it then do not share it|
||Source Citation Formats
||The first contributor to add a reference to an article sets the style for that article. |
||Link, don’t copy
||It is far better to add a brief quote or summary and then link to the public domain source material|
||Biographies of individuals, whether living or deceased, are not allowed (except as an short example)|
||An article that covers a syllabus should remain as given, a new article can be created with the latest information|
||Accuracy and collaboration
||Wiki content authoring isn’t about command and control; it’s about the merit of ideas. We are smarter than me|
||Proposal: The categories used should reflect where users are most likely to look if they can't remember the article name|
||Categories that do not follow naming conventions can be immediately renamed and deleted after moving articles|
||Process of resolving conflicts when a single term can be associated with more than one topic|
||Talk pages should be signed to aid discussions: articles should not be signed because they are shared work|
||It is best to choose a neutral, non-controversial name. No obscene or profane names are allowed. |
||Talk page guidelines
||A space for editors to discuss improvements to articles and other pages using courtesy and consideration|
||Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours or involvement by an administrator may result|
||Your user page is not a personal website and should only be used for Wiki related content|
||Article or page size
||Article size should be determined by readability and organization (100K byte maximum per Wikipedia)|
||Best practices in naming articles, categories, images, files, and templates for this Wiki. |
||Naming Conventions for Geographic Names
||Proposed policy provides that article names should be chosen for the general reader, not for specialists|
||Template:Policies and guidelines
||Template of policies and guidelines|