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'''A stricter, more academic scope'''
 
'''A stricter, more academic scope'''
  
The [[WikiIslam:Scope and Article Relevance|scope of the wiki]] has been changed in a number of important ways. Whereas the ‎wiki once stretched to comprise anything having to do with Muslims, Muslim-majority ‎nations, and Islam throughout history, the scope is now more narrowly confined to ‎topics related particularly to the ''“beliefs, practices, and development of Islam”''. On the ‎other hand, whereas the wiki once limited itself to referencing primary Islamic sources, ‎the wiki now aims to complement these primary sources with the growing body of ‎modern, historical-critical scholarship on the origins of Islam. Finally, implicit in this ‎second major transition is a broadening of the wiki’s focus from merely the ''criticism of ‎Islam'' to ''Islam in general'' – that is, whereas WikiIslam may once have been concerned ‎only with [[Aisha's Age|''Aisha’s age'']], it is now interested in ''Aisha herself''.
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The [[WikiIslam:Scope and Article Relevance|scope of the wiki]] has been changed in a number of important ways. Whereas the ‎wiki once stretched to comprise anything having to do with Muslims, Muslim-majority ‎nations, and Islam throughout history, the scope is now more narrowly confined to ‎topics related particularly to the ''“beliefs, practices, and development of Islam”''. In addition to referencing primary Islamic sources, ‎the wiki now aims to complement these primary sources with the growing body of ‎modern, historical-critical scholarship on the origins of Islam. Finally, implicit in this ‎transition is a broadening of the wiki’s focus from merely the ''criticism of ‎Islam'' to ''Islam in general'' – that is, whereas WikiIslam may once have been concerned ‎only with [[Aisha's Age|''Aisha’s age'']], it is now interested in ''Aisha herself''.
  
 
'''A zero-tolerance policy on hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, and polemical ‎content'''
 
'''A zero-tolerance policy on hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, and polemical ‎content'''
  
WikiIslam no longer tolerates any amount of hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, or ‎polemical content. Whereas there were once a great deal of such unhelpful and even ‎hurtful articles and language on the wiki, these are no longer acceptable. And whereas the wiki once ‎actively participated in and contributed to everlasting online religious polemics, the wiki ‎now limits itself to a documentary role in simply observing and addressing those ‎polemical and apologetic currents which have risen to comprise mainstream Islamic ‎discourse. Likewise, given WikiIslam's newly encyclopedic spirit, articles are no longer permitted to maintain ‎any point of view, be it political or religious – facts, straightforwardly described, are for ‎the reader alone to judge.‎
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WikiIslam no longer tolerates any amount of hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, or ‎polemical content. Likewise, given WikiIslam's newly encyclopedic spirit, articles are no longer permitted to maintain ‎any point of view, be it political or religious – facts, straightforwardly described, are for ‎the reader alone to judge.‎
  
 
'''The cleansing, re-conception, renaming, merging, archival, and deletion of several ‎hundred articles'''
 
'''The cleansing, re-conception, renaming, merging, archival, and deletion of several ‎hundred articles'''
  
In a major stride towards realizing the wiki’s renewed standards and objectives, several ‎hundred articles on the wiki have been reviewed, renovated, or removed. Salvageable ‎articles have seen their very worst infractions expunged, sometimes being transformed ‎in the process, while those articles deemed irrelevant or irredeemable have been exiled ‎to the [https://archive.wikiislam.net/wiki/Main_Page WikiIslam archive]. And while a number of these purely polemical, testimonial, and ‎statistical articles may, in the future, be hosted elsewhere, they do not belong on ‎WikiIslam.‎
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In a major stride towards realizing the wiki’s renewed standards and objectives, several ‎hundred articles on the wiki have been reviewed, renovated, or removed. Salvageable ‎articles have seen their very worst infractions expunged, sometimes being transformed ‎in the process.  Wiki content from before the renovation is available at [https://archive.wikiislam.net/wiki/Main_Page WikiIslam archive] for historical purposes.
  
'''An open invitation to sober and serious contributors, Muslim, non-Muslim, or ‎otherwise'''
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'''An open invitation to sober and serious contributors, ex-Muslim, Muslim or non-Muslim.'''  
  
WikiIslam is once again accepting [[WikiIslam:Join the Team|editors]] and [[WikiIslam:Translation|translators]]. While IP edits have been ‎indefinitely disabled due to the persistent and futile efforts of pitiful vandals, sober and ‎serious contributors who request an account will be readily provided one. Due to the ‎new, adamantly neutral demeanor of the wiki, contributors’ background and religious ‎persuasion are utterly irrelevant. Indeed, the devout Muslim moved to write about the ‎intelligent piety of Abu Bakr, the scholar hoping to outline potential Aramaic readings of the ‎Qur’an, and the atheist roused to documenting some seemingly-absurd injunctions of [[Islamic Law|Islamic law]] are all equally ‎welcome, encouraged, and competent to [[WikiIslam:Join the Team|join the WikiIslam team]].‎
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WikiIslam is once again accepting [[WikiIslam:Join the Team|editors]] and [[WikiIslam:Translation|translators]]. While IP edits continue to be disabled due to persistent attempts at vandalism, serious contributors who request an account will be provided one. Due to the ‎new demeanor of the wiki, contributors’ background and religious ‎persuasion are not relevant. The devout Muslim moved to write about the ‎intelligent piety of Abu Bakr, the scholar hoping to outline potential Aramaic readings of the ‎Qur’an, and the atheist roused to documenting some seemingly-absurd injunctions of [[Islamic Law|Islamic law]] are all equally ‎welcome, encouraged, and competent to [[WikiIslam:Join the Team|join the WikiIslam team]].‎
  
 
As always, the wiki is a work in progress. Serious [[WikiIslam:Contact Us|feedback]] and [mailto:[email protected] infraction-reports] are ‎welcome.‎
 
As always, the wiki is a work in progress. Serious [[WikiIslam:Contact Us|feedback]] and [mailto:[email protected] infraction-reports] are ‎welcome.‎

Latest revision as of 20:53, 13 November 2020

A number of transformative steps have been undertaken as part of an ongoing effort to ‎improve the content, professionalism, and reliability of WikiIslam. Raising the wiki’s ‎standards and expectations will serve both to attract higher quality contributors and ‎contributions and to spark a positive-feedback loop conducive to WikiIslam’s continued ‎enhancement.‎

Key changes:‎

A new mission statement

‎“To provide accurate and accessible information from traditional and critical ‎perspectives on the beliefs, practices, and development of Islam”‎

A stricter, more academic scope

The scope of the wiki has been changed in a number of important ways. Whereas the ‎wiki once stretched to comprise anything having to do with Muslims, Muslim-majority ‎nations, and Islam throughout history, the scope is now more narrowly confined to ‎topics related particularly to the “beliefs, practices, and development of Islam”. In addition to referencing primary Islamic sources, ‎the wiki now aims to complement these primary sources with the growing body of ‎modern, historical-critical scholarship on the origins of Islam. Finally, implicit in this ‎transition is a broadening of the wiki’s focus from merely the criticism of ‎Islam to Islam in general – that is, whereas WikiIslam may once have been concerned ‎only with Aisha’s age, it is now interested in Aisha herself.

A zero-tolerance policy on hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, and polemical ‎content

WikiIslam no longer tolerates any amount of hateful, misleading, unencyclopedic, or ‎polemical content. Likewise, given WikiIslam's newly encyclopedic spirit, articles are no longer permitted to maintain ‎any point of view, be it political or religious – facts, straightforwardly described, are for ‎the reader alone to judge.‎

The cleansing, re-conception, renaming, merging, archival, and deletion of several ‎hundred articles

In a major stride towards realizing the wiki’s renewed standards and objectives, several ‎hundred articles on the wiki have been reviewed, renovated, or removed. Salvageable ‎articles have seen their very worst infractions expunged, sometimes being transformed ‎in the process. Wiki content from before the renovation is available at WikiIslam archive for historical purposes.

An open invitation to sober and serious contributors, ex-Muslim, Muslim or non-Muslim.

WikiIslam is once again accepting editors and translators. While IP edits continue to be disabled due to persistent attempts at vandalism, serious contributors who request an account will be provided one. Due to the ‎new demeanor of the wiki, contributors’ background and religious ‎persuasion are not relevant. The devout Muslim moved to write about the ‎intelligent piety of Abu Bakr, the scholar hoping to outline potential Aramaic readings of the ‎Qur’an, and the atheist roused to documenting some seemingly-absurd injunctions of Islamic law are all equally ‎welcome, encouraged, and competent to join the WikiIslam team.‎

As always, the wiki is a work in progress. Serious feedback and infraction-reports are ‎welcome.‎