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=== Personal Actions  ===
 
=== Personal Actions  ===
  
'''1. Always work to improve the site.''' Better content, improved usability, and clear and complete information will improve the site. Freely apply the 6 [[Policy:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]].  
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'''1. Always work to improve the site.''' Better content, improved usability, and clear and complete information will improve the site. Freely apply the six&nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]].  
  
'''2. [[Policy:Bots provisions|Bots provisions]]. '''Bots, or programs that update pages automatically, are not allowed without prior consent from FamilySearch management.  
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'''2. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Bots provisions|Bots provisions]]. '''Bots, or programs that update pages automatically, are not allowed without prior consent from FamilySearch management.  
  
'''3. [[Policy:Civility and Polite Discourse|Civility and polite discourse]] must be the rule.''' Rude, insensitive, argumentative, impolite communications are unacceptable in the Wiki community. Written or verbal personal attacks should be reported to administration. Users and contributors should encourage polite behavior in others and report offenders. As a community owned and operated entity, this site and its visitors should be treated with respect and dignity.  
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'''3. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Civility and Polite Discourse|Civility and polite discourse]] must be the rule.''' Rude, insensitive, argumentative, impolite communications are unacceptable in the Wiki community. Written or verbal personal attacks should be reported to administration. Users and contributors should encourage polite behavior in others and report offenders. As a community owned and operated entity, this site and its visitors should be treated with respect and dignity.  
  
 
'''4. Encourage others.''' Through words and actions on the Internet and in person, help to create interest in, and involve others in reading, editing, sourcing, and contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.  
 
'''4. Encourage others.''' Through words and actions on the Internet and in person, help to create interest in, and involve others in reading, editing, sourcing, and contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.  
  
'''5. [[Policy:Editing|Editing Policy]].''' Be bold in your desire to edit. Don't wait for perfection to enter content, but be bold in contributing before the information is polished or perfect. Community monitoring and involvement have been proven to improve content quality. Therefore, rely on the community to help perfect the content. Be bold in correcting spelling, grammar, or other edits. Jump in! It's okay to be wrong. There are two things to be aware of: First, don't be so attached to your work that you feel offended or upset when someone corrects or changes something, ask "did this make it better?"; second, if you are correcting something and you find that your have significantly changed the format, layout or content of the page then consider that it may be better to make the changes gradually after consulting with the previous author. Filling in a brief edit summary in the box at the bottom of the page to explain the changes you made to the content is always a good practice to follow.  
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'''5. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Editing|Editing Policy]].''' Be bold in your desire to edit. Don't wait for perfection to enter content, but be bold in contributing before the information is polished or perfect. Community monitoring and involvement have been proven to improve content quality. Therefore, rely on the community to help perfect the content. Be bold in correcting spelling, grammar, or other edits. Jump in! It's okay to be wrong. There are two things to be aware of: First, don't be so attached to your work that you feel offended or upset when someone corrects or changes something, instead ask "did this make it better?"; second, if you are correcting something and you find that you have significantly changed the format, layout or content of the page then consider that it may be better to make the changes gradually after consulting with the previous author. Filling in a brief edit summary in the box at the bottom of the page to explain the changes you made to the content is always a good practice to follow.  
  
'''6. [[Policy:Avoid Edit Wars|Avoid edit wars]].''' Seek compromise and fair discussion when differences of opinion occur. Don't fight over competing viewpoints. Use the [[Policy:Etiquette Guidelines|Etiquette Guidelines]] and [[Policy:Dispute Resolution|Dispute Resolution]] process to help guide your efforts to resolve differences on your own.  
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'''6. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Avoid Edit Wars|Avoid edit wars]].''' Seek compromise and fair discussion when differences of opinion occur. Don't fight over competing viewpoints. Use the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Etiquette Guidelines|Etiquette Guidelines]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Dispute Resolution|Dispute Resolution]] process to help guide your efforts to resolve differences on your own.  
  
'''7. [[Policy:Avoid legal threats|Avoid legal threats]]. '''Site administrators will respond quickly to alleged copyright violations, however, use mediation to resolve issues, rather than legal threats.  
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'''7. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Avoid legal threats|Avoid legal threats]]. '''Site administrators will respond quickly to alleged copyright violations, however, use mediation to resolve issues, rather than legal threats.  
  
'''8. [[Policy:No personal attacks|No personal attacks]]. '''Respond to the content rather than the contributor. In most cases jumping to conclusions is wasted effort and is usually completely wrong. Personal attacks damage the community feeling.  
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'''8. [[FamilySearch Wiki:No personal attacks|No personal attacks]]. '''Respond to the content rather than the contributor. In most cases jumping to conclusions is wasted effort and is usually completely wrong. Personal attacks damage the community feeling.  
  
'''9. [[Policy:Relinquish “ownership” mentality|Relinquish ownership]].''' We all want the best material on the Research Wiki, and you agree to allow others to modify your work. Turn loose.  
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'''9. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Ownership of articles|Relinquish ownership]].''' We all want the best material on the Research Wiki, and you agree to allow others to modify your work. Let it go.  
  
'''10. [[Policy:Digital Coups|Digital Coups]]. '''Don’t try to win an edit war by bringing in allies or by enlisting friends to create the illusion of support.  
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'''10. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Digital Coups|Digital Coups]]. '''Don’t try to win an edit war by bringing in allies or by enlisting friends to create the illusion of support.  
  
'''11. [[Policy:Three-revert rule|Three-revert rule]].''' Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours. Doing so may lead to action being taken against your account by an administrator.  
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'''11. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Three-revert rule|Three-revert rule]].''' Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours. Doing so may lead to action being taken against your account by an administrator.  
  
'''12. [[Policy:User ID|User ID]]. '''Your User ID will be visible to all users. Consider carefully what name you wish to be identified with. Using your own name is ok, but to maintain a level of privacy, it may be better to select a User ID that only describes you to those who know you well. It is best to choose a neutral, non-controversial name. No obscene or profane names are allowed.  
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'''12. [[FamilySearch Wiki:User ID|User ID]]. '''Your User ID will be visible to all users. Consider carefully what name you wish to be identified with. Using your own name is ok, but to maintain a level of privacy, it may be better to select a User ID that only describes you to those who know you well. It is best to choose a neutral, non-controversial name. No obscene or profane names are allowed.  
  
'''13. [[Policy:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]].''' When you register to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki you agree to abide by the FamilySearch [[Policy:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]]. There is a link to that document on the bottom of every page.  
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'''13. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]].''' When you register to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki you agree to abide by the FamilySearch [[FamilySearch Wiki:Conditions of Use|Conditions of Use]]. There is a link to that document on the bottom of every page.  
  
'''14. [[Policy:Vandalism|Vandalism]].''' Anything that is added, removed, or changed in the Wiki that is an attempt to compromise the integrity of FamilySearch Research Wiki is vandalism.  
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'''14. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Vandalism|Vandalism]].''' Anything that is added, removed, or changed in the Wiki that is an attempt to compromise the integrity of FamilySearch Research Wiki is vandalism.  
  
'''15. [[Policy:Be kind to newcomers|Be kind to newcomers]]. '''Most newcomers are not familiar with the policies of the Research Wiki. Be respectful when stating policy; refer them to policy pages in a kind manner. Treat them with the respect you would hope to receive if you were new to the Research Wiki as a user or contributor.  
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'''15. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Be kind to newcomers|Be kind to newcomers]]. '''Most newcomers are not familiar with the policies of the Research Wiki. Be respectful when stating policy; refer them to policy pages in a kind manner. Treat them with the respect you would hope to receive if you were new to the Research Wiki as a user or contributor.  
  
'''16. [[Policy:User page|User page]].''' The user page is a great place to create a personal profile or introduction to yourself, or simply a location to keep helpful hints, or what you last contributed. Feel free to share your experience and skills, but blatant advertisements or lengthy blogs are inappropriate.  
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'''16. [[FamilySearch Wiki:User page|User page]].''' The user page is a great place to create a personal profile or introduction to yourself, or simply a location to keep helpful hints, or what you last contributed. Feel free to share your experience and skills, but blatant advertisements or lengthy blogs are inappropriate.  
  
 
=== Content and Style  ===
 
=== Content and Style  ===
  
'''17. [[Policy:Attack pages|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.  
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'''17. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Attack pages|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. [[Policy:Biographies|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.  
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'''18. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Biographies|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 [[FamilySearch Wiki:Try another wiki|Try another Wiki]].  
  
'''19. [[Policy:Page or article naming|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.  
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'''19. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Page or article naming|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. [[Policy:Neutral Point of View|Neutral Point of View]].''' All articles, templates, portals, categories, etc. should be written from a neutral point of view.  
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'''20. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Neutral Point of View|Neutral Point of View]].''' All articles, templates, portals, categories, etc. should be written from a neutral point of view.  
  
'''21. [[Policy:Proven techniques|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.  
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'''21. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Proven techniques|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. [[Policy:Verifiable|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.  
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'''22. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Verifiable|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. [[Policy:Proper Content|Proper Content]]. '''Please avoid the temptation to use the Research Wiki for things that are outside of its [[Policy:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]]. Just because you can publish something widely doesn’t mean you should if it is not relevant.  
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'''23. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Proper Content|Proper Content]]. '''Please avoid the temptation to use the Research Wiki for things that are outside of its [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]]. Just because you can publish something widely doesn’t mean you should if it is not relevant.  
  
'''24. [[Policy:Article or page size|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.  
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'''24. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Article or page size|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. [[Policy:3D graphics or illustrations|3D graphics or illustrations]].''' Please try to avoid graphics or images that require movement, rotation, or execution. Keep images small and manageable.  
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'''25. [[FamilySearch Wiki:3D graphics or illustrations|3D graphics or illustrations]].''' Please try to avoid graphics or images that require movement, rotation, or execution. Keep images small and manageable.  
  
 
'''26. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Disambiguation|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.  
 
'''26. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Disambiguation|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. [[Policy:Link, don’t copy|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.  
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'''27. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Link, don’t copy|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  ===
 
=== Deletion  ===
  
'''28. [[Policy:Deleting Articles or Pages|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.  
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'''28. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Deleting Articles or Pages|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. [[Policy:Immediate deletion|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.  
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'''29. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Immediate deletion|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. [[Policy:Category deletion|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.  
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'''30. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Category deletion|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. [[Policy:Deletion Process|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.  
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'''31. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Deletion Process|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.  
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{{further|The Vision: Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki#Subjects_outside_the_wiki.E2.80.99s_scope{{!}}Subjects outside the scope of this wiki}}
  
 
=== Policy Enforcement  ===
 
=== Policy Enforcement  ===
  
'''32. [[Policy:Blocking and Banning|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.  
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'''32. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Blocking and Banning|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. [[Policy:Arbitration|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 [[Policy:Arbitration Board Appeals|Appeal the Arbitration Board]] for decisions on deletions of content, [[Policy:Blocking and Banning|blocking or banning]]. Appeals of arbitration board decisions are sent to FamilySearch Directors. There is no appeal beyond that level.  
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'''33. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Arbitration|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 [[FamilySearch Wiki:Arbitration|Appeal to the Arbitration Board]] for decisions on deletions of content, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Blocking and Banning|blocking or banning]]. Appeals of arbitration board decisions are sent to FamilySearch Directors. There is no appeal beyond that level.  
  
'''34. [[Policy:Dispute Resolution|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.  
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'''34. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Dispute Resolution|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. [[Policy:Mediation|Mediation]].''' A process available for request when disputes between members cannot be resolved on their own.  
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'''35. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mediation|Mediation]].''' A process available for request when disputes between members cannot be resolved on their own.  
  
 
=== Legal and Copyright  ===
 
=== Legal and Copyright  ===
  
'''36. [[Policy:Copyrights|Copyrights]].''' Materials which infringe on copyrights must not be added. Only copyright owners may place copyrighted materials on the Research Wiki unless the contributor has received the written consent of the copyright owner. Materials from other Creative Commons sites (look for the Creative Commons icon at the bottom of each page on the site) can be placed on this site without concern. Care should be taken to always properly attribute sources.  
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'''36. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Copyrights|Copyrights]].''' Materials which infringe on copyrights must not be added. Only copyright owners may place copyrighted materials on the Research Wiki unless the contributor has received the written consent of the copyright owner. Materials from other Creative Commons sites (look for the Creative Commons icon at the bottom of each page on the site) can be placed on this site without concern. Care should be taken to always properly attribute sources.  
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'''37. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Image use|Image use]]. '''Users should avoid uploading non-free or copyrighted images. Always describe image sources on their description page. Obscene, provocative or profane images will not be allowed, will be immediately deleted, and the contributor subject to blocking or banning.
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'''38. [[FamilySearch Wiki:Libel|Libel]].''' It is the FamilySearch policy to immediately delete all libelous or defamatory materials. Libelous or defamatory materials should be immediately reported to administrators.
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== Policy Changes or Additions  ==
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Any changes or additions to the Policies outlined should follow the steps on the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policy Changes or Additions|FamilySearch Policy Changes or Additions]] page. &nbsp;This provision was proposed and approved by the community, October 2012.
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| Flag questionable neutrality with templates<br>
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| Article standards Policy<br>
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| Mark statements that require citations<br>
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| Article standards Policy<br>
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! align="left" | [[FamilySearch Wiki:Page or article naming|Page or article naming]]<br>
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| Article standards Policy<br>
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! align="left" | [[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]<br>
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| What this Research Wiki is not<br>
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| Article standards Policy<br>
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| Controversial pages should be flagged<br>
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| Article standards Policy<br>
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! align="left" | [[FamilySearch Wiki:The Un-Portal Page|The Un-Portal Page]]<br>
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| Portal pages are no longer approved for use<br>
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| Behavioral Policy<br>
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! align="left" | [[FamilySearch Wiki:Civility and Polite Discourse|Civility and Polite Discourse]]<br>
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| Unacceptable behavior should be reported<br>
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| Behavioral Policy<br>
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! align="left" | [[FamilySearch Wiki:Avoid Edit Wars|Avoid Edit Wars]]<br>
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| Don't fight over competing viewpoints<br>
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| Behavioral Policy<br>
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| Personal attacks damage the community<br>
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| Behavioral Policy<br>
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| Administrators will respond to violations<br>
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| Behavioral Policy<br>
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| Written permission is required for copyright materials<br>
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| Legal Policy<br>
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| Must be appropriate and subject to Creative Commons<br>
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| Immediately report to administrators<br>
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Contents



Use the “Policy Links” at the end of the Contents Box

to access a table of the Research Wiki policies.


Personal Actions

1. Always work to improve the site. Better content, improved usability, and clear and complete information will improve the site. Freely apply the six Guiding Principles.

2. Bots provisions. Bots, or programs that update pages automatically, are not allowed without prior consent from FamilySearch management.

3. Civility and polite discourse must be the rule. Rude, insensitive, argumentative, impolite communications are unacceptable in the Wiki community. Written or verbal personal attacks should be reported to administration. Users and contributors should encourage polite behavior in others and report offenders. As a community owned and operated entity, this site and its visitors should be treated with respect and dignity.

4. Encourage others. Through words and actions on the Internet and in person, help to create interest in, and involve others in reading, editing, sourcing, and contributing to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

5. Editing Policy. Be bold in your desire to edit. Don't wait for perfection to enter content, but be bold in contributing before the information is polished or perfect. Community monitoring and involvement have been proven to improve content quality. Therefore, rely on the community to help perfect the content. Be bold in correcting spelling, grammar, or other edits. Jump in! It's okay to be wrong. There are two things to be aware of: First, don't be so attached to your work that you feel offended or upset when someone corrects or changes something, instead ask "did this make it better?"; second, if you are correcting something and you find that you have significantly changed the format, layout or content of the page then consider that it may be better to make the changes gradually after consulting with the previous author. Filling in a brief edit summary in the box at the bottom of the page to explain the changes you made to the content is always a good practice to follow.

6. Avoid edit wars. Seek compromise and fair discussion when differences of opinion occur. Don't fight over competing viewpoints. Use the Etiquette Guidelines and Dispute Resolution process to help guide your efforts to resolve differences on your own.

7. Avoid legal threats. Site administrators will respond quickly to alleged copyright violations, however, use mediation to resolve issues, rather than legal threats.

8. No personal attacks. Respond to the content rather than the contributor. In most cases jumping to conclusions is wasted effort and is usually completely wrong. Personal attacks damage the community feeling.

9. Relinquish ownership. We all want the best material on the Research Wiki, and you agree to allow others to modify your work. Let it go.

10. Digital Coups. Don’t try to win an edit war by bringing in allies or by enlisting friends to create the illusion of support.

11. Three-revert rule. Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours. Doing so may lead to action being taken against your account by an administrator.

12. User ID. Your User ID will be visible to all users. Consider carefully what name you wish to be identified with. Using your own name is ok, but to maintain a level of privacy, it may be better to select a User ID that only describes you to those who know you well. It is best to choose a neutral, non-controversial name. No obscene or profane names are allowed.

13. Conditions of Use. When you register to use the FamilySearch Research Wiki you agree to abide by the FamilySearch Conditions of Use. There is a link to that document on the bottom of every page.

14. Vandalism. Anything that is added, removed, or changed in the Wiki that is an attempt to compromise the integrity of FamilySearch Research Wiki is vandalism.

15. Be kind to newcomers. Most newcomers are not familiar with the policies of the Research Wiki. Be respectful when stating policy; refer them to policy pages in a kind manner. Treat them with the respect you would hope to receive if you were new to the Research Wiki as a user or contributor.

16. User page. The user page is a great place to create a personal profile or introduction to yourself, or simply a location to keep helpful hints, or what you last contributed. Feel free to share your experience and skills, but blatant advertisements or lengthy blogs are inappropriate.

Content and Style

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

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

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.

Legal and Copyright

36. Copyrights. Materials which infringe on copyrights must not be added. Only copyright owners may place copyrighted materials on the Research Wiki unless the contributor has received the written consent of the copyright owner. Materials from other Creative Commons sites (look for the Creative Commons icon at the bottom of each page on the site) can be placed on this site without concern. Care should be taken to always properly attribute sources.

37. Image use. Users should avoid uploading non-free or copyrighted images. Always describe image sources on their description page. Obscene, provocative or profane images will not be allowed, will be immediately deleted, and the contributor subject to blocking or banning.

38. Libel. It is the FamilySearch policy to immediately delete all libelous or defamatory materials. Libelous or defamatory materials should be immediately reported to administrators.

Policy Changes or Additions

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


Research Wiki Policy links
Type Links Description start
Article (not a policy)
Policies
List with descriptions
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Article (not a policy)
Policies/Proposed enhancements
Ongoing development of policies
2
Article (not a policy)
Policies/Noticeboard
A notification listing (not fully developed)
3
General Policy
Conditions of Use
Terms of agreement for the use of this Wiki
4
General Policy
Privacy Policy
FamilySearch.org privacy policy
5
General Policy
Editing
Use "talk" pages and templates if necessary
6
General Policy
Bots provisions
Prior consent is required for use
7
General Policy
Policy Changes or Additions
Steps for proposal of new policies
8
Article standards Policy
Neutral point of view
Flag questionable neutrality with templates
9
Article standards Policy
Verifiable
Mark statements that require citations
10
Article standards Policy
Page or article naming
Avoid ambiguous words and phrases
11
Article standards Policy
Purpose and Appropriate Topics
What this Research Wiki is not
12
Article standards Policy
Deletion Process
Controversial pages should be flagged
13
Article standards Policy
The Un-Portal Page
Portal pages are no longer approved for use
14
Behavioral Policy
Civility and Polite Discourse
Unacceptable behavior should be reported
15
Behavioral Policy
Avoid Edit Wars
Don't fight over competing viewpoints
16
Behavioral Policy
No personal attacks
Personal attacks damage the community
17
Behavioral Policy
Avoid legal threats
Administrators will respond to violations
18
Behavioral Policy
Ownership of articles
Relinquish ownership when an article is done
19
Behavioral Policy
Vandalism
Report spam, blanking, and other modifications
20
Behavioral Policy
Attack pages
Warnings and discipline could result
21
Legal Policy
Copyrights
Written permission is required for copyright materials
22
Legal Policy
Image use
Must be appropriate and subject to Creative Commons
23
Legal Policy
Libel
Immediately report to administrators
24
Legal Policy
Creative Commons image use
Standardized way to grant copyright permission
25
Enforcement Policy
Blocking and Banning
Failure to comply to policy or conditions of use
26
Enforcement Policy
Arbitration
Handle disputes involving user conduct
27
Enforcement Policy
Dispute resolution
Seek help, mediation steps, arbitration
28
Enforcement Policy
Mediation
Can be requested for disputes over article content
29
Enforcement Policy
Formal Mediation Policy
Formal agreement for parties to accept
30
Enforcement Policy
Mediation Committee
Resolves good faith disputes about content
31
Editing Policy
Linking
Do not display full URL if at all possible
32
Editing Policy
Sandbox policy
Sandbox has fewer rules and policies
33
Organizational Policy
New Common Taxonomy
Consistent approach to help navigate topics
34
Category
Category:Policy proposals
Pages that propose a new policy
35
Category
Category:FamilySearch Wiki policy
Category list of policy pages
36
Template
Template:Policies and guidelines
Template for "Polices and guideline"
37