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[[WikiIslam]] is unique among websites critical of Islam. An indispensable resource for all critics, focusing on facts above opinions and religion over politics. See [[What People Say About WikiIslam|what people say about us]].  
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[[WikiIslam]] is a unique resource for all critics of Islam, focusing on facts above opinions and religion over politics (See [[What People Say About WikiIslam|what people say about us]]).  
  
A lot of hard work has been done by editors (see a list of [[Special:ActiveUsers|currently active editors]] or see the {{plainlink|url={{SERVER}}/w/index.php?title=Special%3AListUsers&username=&group=&editsOnly=1&limit=50 full}} list) who are passionate about compiling factual criticism of Islam. And as a result we have grown. Currently, an average of 250,000 people visit us every month to read {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} articles, generating approximately 500,000 page views. And, as of October 2013, Alexa.com places us within the top 70,000 most visited websites.
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A lot of hard work has been done by editors who are passionate about compiling factual information on Islam, and as a result we have grown. Currently, an average of 250,000 people visit us every month to read {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} articles, generating approximately 500,000 page views. And, as of September 2014, Alexa.com places us within the top 70,000 most visited websites.
  
Currently our highest priorities are to develop a more active editor community and encourage more people to edit the site while keeping in line with our [[WikiIslam:Policies and Guidelines|guidelines]]. If you have any suggestions for how this can be achieved or are interested in becoming a regular editor, please write to us at {{site email}}, or {{plainlink|url={{SERVER}}/w/index.php?title=WikiIslam:Forum/Ideas_and_Suggestions&action=edit&section=new leave a message}} on the forum page.
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One of our highest priorities are to develop a more active editor community (see a list of [[Special:ActiveUsers|currently active editors]] or see the {{plainlink|url={{SERVER}}/w/index.php?title=Special%3AListUsers&username=&group=&editsOnly=1&limit=50 full}} list), and encourage more people to edit the site while keeping in line with our [[WikiIslam:Policies and Guidelines|guidelines]] and quality standards. If you have any suggestions for how this can be achieved or are interested in becoming a regular editor, please <span class="plainlinks">[{{fullurl:Special:Userlogin|type=login}} create an account] </span> and leave a message on the relevant [[WikiIslam:Discussions|Discussions]] page.
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==Ways To Help Us==
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==Ways To Help==
  
 
Help can come in various forms, including:
 
Help can come in various forms, including:
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# '''New ideas:''' We need ideas in the following two areas:
 
# '''New ideas:''' We need ideas in the following two areas:
 
#* How to attract more editors, increase editing activity and create an active vibrant community.
 
#* How to attract more editors, increase editing activity and create an active vibrant community.
#* Bold and creative ideas on how to improve this site. We have certain ways of doing things but we're always open to suggestions, improvements and changes.
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#* Bold and creative ideas on how to improve this site. We have certain ways of doing things but we are always open to suggestions, improvements and changes.
 
# '''Content-writing''': Help us complete our existing [[tasks]] which either involve writing new articles, or improving existing ones. We attempt to provide [[WikiIslam:Tasks/Article Notes|helpful hints]] on how to complete a certain task (the help page is under construction).
 
# '''Content-writing''': Help us complete our existing [[tasks]] which either involve writing new articles, or improving existing ones. We attempt to provide [[WikiIslam:Tasks/Article Notes|helpful hints]] on how to complete a certain task (the help page is under construction).
# '''Data scanning and collection''': We have large collections of Hadiths, which need to be scanned and read so they can be added to our [[Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars]] collection.
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# '''Data scanning and collection''': We have large collections of Hadiths which need to be scanned and read so they can be added to our [[Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars]] collection.
# [[WikiIslam:Translations|'''Translations''']]: We need native speakers of languages to translate our articles. All languages are welcome, especially those spoken by a large number of Muslims such as Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. We already host translated articles in [[:ru:Заглавная_страница|various language]].
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# [[WikiIslam:Translations|'''Translations''']]: We need native speakers of languages to translate our articles. All languages are welcome, especially those spoken by a large number of Muslims, such as Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. We already host completed translations in [[:Category:Other Languages|various language]] and have even opened dedicated sub-domains for our [[:ru:Заглавная_страница|Russian]] and [[:bg:Начална_страница|Bulgarian]] articles.
 
# '''Copy-editing''': This would involve improving wiki-formatting, grammar, layout, merging or splitting topics and linking other relevant articles.
 
# '''Copy-editing''': This would involve improving wiki-formatting, grammar, layout, merging or splitting topics and linking other relevant articles.
# '''Marketing''': If you own a blog or website, linking to us is a quick and easy way to help. If you frequent forums then you could add our URL to your signature. If you see a place on the Internet where you think this site should be linked, you could contact the owner and ask if they would link to us.
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# '''Marketing''': If you own a blog or website, linking to us or creating a blog post to let your readers know is a quick and easy way to help. If you frequent forums then you could add our URL to your signature. If you see a place on the Internet where you think this site should be linked, you could contact the owner and ask if they would link to us.
# '''Donations''': Donations will be used for hosting and domain fees. See the donation section below for details.
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# '''Donations''': Donations will be used for hosting and domain fees. See the [[#Donations|donation]] section for details.
If you are interested in any of these tasks (especially #2 and 3) let us know.
 
  
 
==Content-Writing==
 
==Content-Writing==
  
In the case of content writing, you're a good candidate for being an editor if:
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In the case of content writing, you are a good candidate for being an editor if:
  
 
* you are passionate about criticism of Islam
 
* you are passionate about criticism of Islam
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* you pay attention to detail
 
* you pay attention to detail
 
* you are good at researching information through search engines and other information sources
 
* you are good at researching information through search engines and other information sources
* you can differentiate between valid criticism (e.g. the concept of [[72 Virgins|72 virgins]]) and invalid ones (e.g. the claim that [http://www.beholdthebeast.com/islam__quran_and_666.htm 666 is holy] in Islam)
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* you can differentiate between valid and [[WikiIslam:Arguments Not To Use|invalid criticism]] (e.g. the concept of [[72 Virgins|72 virgins]] is valid, while the claim that [http://www.beholdthebeast.com/islam__quran_and_666.htm 666 is holy] is not).
  
 
You will spend your time reading, gathering and verifying facts about Islam and writing them into the website. See this page for details on some projects: [[WikiIslam:Tasks/Article Notes]].
 
You will spend your time reading, gathering and verifying facts about Islam and writing them into the website. See this page for details on some projects: [[WikiIslam:Tasks/Article Notes]].
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===Book Summaries===
 
===Book Summaries===
  
If you have read any books related to the criticism of Islam, why not submit a summary of its major points? Some examples of what we are aiming for can be viewed [[Slavery in the Arab World|here]], [[White Slaves African Masters|here]] and [[The Myth of Islamic Tolerance|here]]. We have a page listing many [[Literature on Islam|books critical of Islam]], but works not included on the list are also welcome. If you are not familiar with how to format a wiki page, just post the text and another editor will add the formatting and cover image for you.
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If you have read any books related to the criticism of Islam, why not submit a summary of its major points? Some examples of what we are aiming for can be viewed [[Slavery in the Arab World|here]], [[White Slaves African Masters|here]] and [[Bill Warner|here]]. We have a page listing many [[Literature on Islam|books critical of Islam]], but works not included on the list are also welcome. If you are not familiar with how to format a wiki page, just post the text and another editor will add the formatting and cover image for you.
  
 
===Essays/Op-Eds===
 
===Essays/Op-Eds===
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==Donations==
 
==Donations==
 
In the past we have had some work done through paid editing such as [[Honor Killing Index]] and [[Accidents and Natural Disasters in the Muslim World]]. Testimonies of former Muslims were imported from various sources. Some examples include: [[Freedom To Choose (former Muslim)]], [[The Apostate (former Muslim)]]. Other article imports include [[Islam: A Critical Analysis]]. Some existing content was restructured, e.g. [[Islamic Prophecies]], [[Islam Undressed]] (work imported and updated from the now defunct ''<tt>IslamUndressed.com</tt>'' website).
 
 
====Donations Received====
 
  
 
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We are grateful to our donors. Currently we are not in need of donations.
 
We are grateful to our donors. Currently we are not in need of donations.
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== Explore the Site==
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* [[WikiIslam:Site Map]] (navigate the entire site from one page)
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* [[Special:RecentChanges|Recent Changes]] (this shows the most recent edits on the site)
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* [[WikiIslam:New Articles List|New Articles List]] (50 of the most recent main space articles)
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* [[Special:ActiveUsers|Active Users]] (an automatically generated list of users who performed an action in the last 30 days. If you want to look at who is doing what, this is a good place to start at. You can click on the Contribs link for each user to see their edits)
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* [[WikiIslam:Discussions|Discussions]] (discussions between editors. Drop in and say hello. There is also a separate page for [[WikiIslam:Discussions/Visitor_Inquiries|Visitor inquiries]])
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* [[Special:Statistics|Statistics]] (some system-generated statistics for the site)
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{{center|1=[[Special:UserLogin/signup|Create an account]] [[File:New-user icon.png|30px|link=Special:UserLogin/signup]]}}
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
  
To familiarize yourself with our mission and the kind of site we are, please see the following links:
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*[[WikiIslam:Message to New Users]] (if you have been directed to this page by a site administrator, this is not optional, but a requirement)
* [[WikiIslam:Policies and Guidelines|Policies and Guidelines]] (see 'acceptable contributions')
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*[[WikiIslam:Required Reading for Editors]] (read the "Initial Reading" section to familiarize yourself with the kind of site we are)
* [[WikiIslam]] (see 'about' section)
 
* [[WikiIslam:Frequently Asked Questions|Frequently Asked Questions]]
 
  
==Send us a Message==
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==Contact Information==
  
If you have any comments, questions or concerns for us, or if you're interested in joining our team, take a few seconds to <span class="plainlinks">[{{fullurl:Special:Userlogin|type=login}} register a username] </span> and leave a message at the [[WikiIslam:Forum|forum]] or email us at {{site email}}. We look forward to hearing from you.
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If you have any comments, questions or concerns for us, or if you are interested in joining our team, take a few seconds to <span class="plainlinks">[{{fullurl:Special:Userlogin|type=login}} register a username] </span> and leave a message at the relevant [[WikiIslam:Discussions|Discussions]] page. We look forward to hearing from you.
  
 
[[Category:WikiIslam]]
 
[[Category:WikiIslam]]

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WikiIslam is a unique resource for all critics of Islam, focusing on facts above opinions and religion over politics (See what people say about us).

A lot of hard work has been done by editors who are passionate about compiling factual information on Islam, and as a result we have grown. Currently, an average of 250,000 people visit us every month to read 2,166 articles, generating approximately 500,000 page views. And, as of September 2014, Alexa.com places us within the top 70,000 most visited websites.

One of our highest priorities are to develop a more active editor community (see a list of currently active editors or see the full list), and encourage more people to edit the site while keeping in line with our guidelines and quality standards. If you have any suggestions for how this can be achieved or are interested in becoming a regular editor, please create an account and leave a message on the relevant Discussions page.

Shortcut:
WIJTT

Ways To Help

Help can come in various forms, including:

  1. New ideas: We need ideas in the following two areas:
    • How to attract more editors, increase editing activity and create an active vibrant community.
    • Bold and creative ideas on how to improve this site. We have certain ways of doing things but we are always open to suggestions, improvements and changes.
  2. Content-writing: Help us complete our existing tasks which either involve writing new articles, or improving existing ones. We attempt to provide helpful hints on how to complete a certain task (the help page is under construction).
  3. Data scanning and collection: We have large collections of Hadiths which need to be scanned and read so they can be added to our Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars collection.
  4. Translations: We need native speakers of languages to translate our articles. All languages are welcome, especially those spoken by a large number of Muslims, such as Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. We already host completed translations in various language and have even opened dedicated sub-domains for our Russian and Bulgarian articles.
  5. Copy-editing: This would involve improving wiki-formatting, grammar, layout, merging or splitting topics and linking other relevant articles.
  6. Marketing: If you own a blog or website, linking to us or creating a blog post to let your readers know is a quick and easy way to help. If you frequent forums then you could add our URL to your signature. If you see a place on the Internet where you think this site should be linked, you could contact the owner and ask if they would link to us.
  7. Donations: Donations will be used for hosting and domain fees. See the donation section for details.

Content-Writing

In the case of content writing, you are a good candidate for being an editor if:

  • you are passionate about criticism of Islam
  • you are familiar with mainstream Islamic theology and its scriptures
  • you pay attention to detail
  • you are good at researching information through search engines and other information sources
  • you can differentiate between valid and invalid criticism (e.g. the concept of 72 virgins is valid, while the claim that 666 is holy is not).

You will spend your time reading, gathering and verifying facts about Islam and writing them into the website. See this page for details on some projects: WikiIslam:Tasks/Article Notes.

Book Summaries

If you have read any books related to the criticism of Islam, why not submit a summary of its major points? Some examples of what we are aiming for can be viewed here, here and here. We have a page listing many books critical of Islam, but works not included on the list are also welcome. If you are not familiar with how to format a wiki page, just post the text and another editor will add the formatting and cover image for you.

Essays/Op-Eds

If you are a blogger/forumer etc. and are not interested in creating or expanding WikiIslam's encyclopedic and counter-apologetic content, why not write an essay/op-ed instead? If you would like to submit an essay/op-ed, fill out this form. For some examples of what we expect, see our featured essays/op-eds page.

Donations

We are grateful to our donors. Currently we are not in need of donations.

Explore the Site

  • WikiIslam:Site Map (navigate the entire site from one page)
  • Recent Changes (this shows the most recent edits on the site)
  • New Articles List (50 of the most recent main space articles)
  • Active Users (an automatically generated list of users who performed an action in the last 30 days. If you want to look at who is doing what, this is a good place to start at. You can click on the Contribs link for each user to see their edits)
  • Discussions (discussions between editors. Drop in and say hello. There is also a separate page for Visitor inquiries)
  • Statistics (some system-generated statistics for the site)

Further Reading

Contact Information

If you have any comments, questions or concerns for us, or if you are interested in joining our team, take a few seconds to register a username and leave a message at the relevant Discussions page. We look forward to hearing from you.