GRC Wiki:Community Policies

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We're working on developing policies and guidelines to help ensure that the GRC Wiki reaches its full potential as a collaborative tool and community space. Do you have ideas, thoughts, or suggestions on policies that would help the GRC Wiki to flourish? Join the discussion or edit this page.

Background

The collaborative qualities of the Wiki platform, combined with its ease of access, provides a solid foundation for creating a very attractive and useful space for all of GRC community. However, as the wiki grows, it is important that it has an organizational structure that makes it easy for users to:

  • access information they are seeking
  • contribute information to the wiki in a way that adds value for other users
  • use the wiki as a personal or a collaborative workspace

Content Policies

  • Copyright should be respected when adding content to the wiki.
  • Content should be organized into its proper namespace

Organization Policies

Content must be organized into its proper namespaces. Each namespace on the GRC Wiki serves a different purpose and may have slightly different policies:

Main space

  • The root, or mainspace, of the wiki is primarily a shared community space and articles in this section should be mystical and rosicrucian in nature.
  • Titles should be as specific as possible and not use abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Pages in the mainspace belong to the entire wiki community and anyone should feel free to edit them.

Sandbox

  • The Sandbox is is a personal notebook space that can be used for building draft pages, working on personal or group projects, or just playing the wiki.
  • It is a casual, unofficial space and you should not edit a page there if you have not be invited to do so.

Moving Pages

Pages that are in the wrong part of the wiki should be moved to their proper namespace. The following table lists examples of possible content type and their proper spaces. If the content fits into more than one possible space, the creator of the content should be consulted.

Type of Content Proper Namespace Location
Mystical article focusing on specific topics and how they relate to GRC Main
Rosicrucian article focusing on specific topics and how they relate to GRC Main
Rosicrucian book in public domain Main
Mystical book in public domain Main
Mystical Thought Main
Presentation Sandbox, User Name Subpage
Test page Sandbox
Personal page Sandbox, User Page, User Name Subpage
To edit this table, go to Template:Proper Content Organization and click on the edit tab.

Editing Policies

  • Any page can be edited by any person but discretion should be used when editing pages not in the mainspace
  • When making an edit, the user should leave a short note in the summary field on the edit page explaining the change

Article Deletion Policies

We prefer to fix or move articles rather than delete them.

Anyone who feels that an article does not belong on GRC Wiki may nominate it for deletion as follows:

  1. Insert the {{delete}} tag at the top of the article.
  2. Create a discussion on article's talk page titled "Nomination for deletion".
  3. Place the first vote (ie, delete), giving one or more reasons why the article should be deleted. Remember to sign your vote.

Voting Procedure

  • Votes are cast in the following fashion on the talk page:
  • Delete - This article talks about unicorns at GRC and I don't believe they really exist. ~~~~
  • Keep - This article is about me and I think I'm awesome! ~~~~
  • 75% of voting reputable users (admins and users who have made at least a few contributions) are required for an article to be deleted.
  • After 30 days, any admin (except the one, if any, who proposed the deletion) can use the above criteria and decide whether to keep article or delete it.
  • If keep, that means remove the deletion tag, rename the deletion discussion saying it is "archived", and noting the result of the deletion discussion.
  • If delete, remove both the article and the talk page

Valid reasons for immediate deletion or modification by a Wiki Administrator

  • Spam
  • Material that violates GRC's acceptable use policies
  • Mentions information that is of no concern to the general public or the GRC public, including, but not limited to:

See Also