Wiki Creation Policy

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WikiFree's goal is to support large communities who want to work together, and small groups who want to share their passions with the world.

Community creation policy

WikiFree welcomes communities (known as "WikiFree wikis") on almost any topic, large or small, popular or obscure, modern or historical, creative or documentary, funny or serious. However, your WikiFree wiki must contain no hate, no libel, no pornographic content, and no copyright infringement.

You must agree:

Free content

Text on WikiFree communities is available under a free content license, meaning the information you put on the WikiFree wiki can be copied and reused by anyone. This is very important to our goal of increasing the amount of free content in the world, but isn't always what creators are looking for when searching for a content host.

Although some fair use material may be included in our communities, WikiFree aims to be a repository of free content, so any WikiFree wiki which would be primarily made up of fair use material rather than freely licensed material is not permitted. Examples include fan translations of copyrighted works, screenshots of television shows or games, or scans of comic book pages.

Public viewing

All WikiFree communities are publicly viewable. WikiFree does not provide private communities and there is no option in the software to password-protect or otherwise prevent people from reading any of the pages on a community.

WikiFree communities are indexed by search engines, and contributions may appear prominently in certain search results.

Public editing

Communities are about working together, and all WikiFree communities are open to the public to edit. There is no option to restrict editing to the founder or to a particular group.

Unnecessary page protection is a common mistake that is considered harmful to a WikiFree wiki's development. A clear statement of the WikiFree wiki's goals is a better way to promote your vision than technical restrictions.

These are community projects, not personal websites. They are not owned by their founders, nor does the founder's opinion carry more weight in disagreements than any other user's opinion. Consensus and cooperation should be the primary means for organizing a WikiFree wiki.

No abuse

Communities which consist only of offensive material or personal attacks will be closed.

A user who is banned on other communities or who abuses the WikiFree creation tool may be blocked from creating new WikiFree wiki.

Users may not create WikiFree wikis with offensive or abusive titles or URLs. We have simple filtering in place to discourage the most obvious undesirable names, but we know it is not possible to block every possible abuse. Users who circumvent the filters in order to create WikiFree wikis in bad faith will simply have their WikiFree wiki deleted and their user account banned.

Please contact staff to report any abusive WikiFree wiki names that we have missed, or if the filter mistakenly prevents you from using an innocent name.

Additional guidelines

Living people

Please be cautious about creating WikiFree wikis or pages (even humorous ones) about living people who aren't publicly notable, including classmates and teachers, gaming clans, forum communities, and more. Even positive articles about people can cause unnecessary drama, and may become a tempting target for personal attacks, cyberbullying, unwanted exposure of personal information, and other violations of WikiFree's Terms of Use. Remember that any article that uses a person's real name, username or pseudonym can show up prominently in internet searches, and may become a target of pranks or malice long after the original authors have moved on.

What is acceptable will vary depending on the type of WikiFree wiki, but if problem content is not dealt with in good faith by the project's community, WikiFree staff may remove or alter pages (or entire communities) that are deemed libelous, offensive, or distressing.

Duplicate WikiFree wikis

Communities are about working together. We allow multiple WikiFree wikis on the same topic, but we strongly encourage you to find and join an existing WikiFree wiki instead of trying to create a new project about an existing topic -- for many interests, we may already have an active community that needs your help, or a dormant project that you can adopt and bring to life.

In the wider web, communities about the same topic tend to merge sooner or later, or the less popular project(s) are abandoned as editors move to the more complete website. It is much easier to incorporate good ideas into an existing WikiFree wiki than to try to merge content or create "sister project" structures later.

Advantages of working together:

  • There is a better chance of reaching the number of active contributors needed to sustain a WikiFree wiki over time
  • New ideas can use already-developed infrastructure of established WikiFree wiki, such as templates, infoboxes, and help pages
  • New ideas can enliven or provide new direction to a faltering WikiFree wiki, if presented with kindness and tact

Disadvantages of creating a duplicate WikiFree wiki:

  • Covering the same ground in the same way as other WikiFree wikis makes it more difficult to attract readers and contributors
  • Re-creating work that has already been improved by many collaborators can be tiring and unnecessary
  • If you don't rewrite topics in your own words, you may be tempted to copy from other freely licensed WikiFree wikis. If you do, you must remember:
    • Copying the hard work of a dedicated community may cause hard feelings, damaging the reputation of your WikiFree wiki and making it more difficult to attract contributors
    • You may not copy content from other WikiFree wikis, or from Wikipedia, without providing proper credit and a link back to the source
    • Duplicating the exact text of another website severely penalizes the search engine results for the more recent WikiFree wiki

If you really want a separate WikiFree wiki on an existing topic, please use your creativity to present the information in a different way -- you could be serious where others are silly (or vice versa), be opinionated where others are neutral, focus on fan activity or trivia rather than encyclopedic information, or anything else that will set you apart from existing projects.

A WikiFree wiki which only copies content from other WikiFree wikis may be closed, if it fails to provide credit or begin editing the text to make the project different and distinct.

Closing, merging, and altering WikiFree wikis

All WikiFree wikis are subject to closure or alteration if necessary. WikiFree staff and helpers may contact the community about making changes to the WikiFree wiki, including the site name or URL, to meet our Terms of Use or to improve search visibility and ad display.

While a WikiFree wiki's founder may request that their project be closed, if the topic is of general public interest WikiFree generally prefers to leave dormant WikiFree wikis available for adoption.

WikiFree wikis which have no content, or remain inactive, or have a large overlap with another WikiFree wikis may be merged with another project, locked from editing, or closed completely. In the case of complete closure of WikiFree wikis that previously had content, the database of content will be made available for download.

Based on wikia:Community Creation Policy, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License