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Welcome This page contains a summary of the general policies and guidelines that everyone is expected to adhere to at [[WikiIslam]], the online resource on [[Islam]]and is required reading for all editors
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==Acceptable ContributionsContent== ===Core Principles==={{Main|WikiIslam:Core Principles}} Content on WikiIslam should: #be related to the critique or understanding of Islam, not its promotion or issues of a political nature.#be based on fully referenced facts and mainstream Islamic sources, not fringe theories, personal opinions or deductions.#be written in a professional and scholarly manner, refraining from sarcastic, offensive, sensationalist or extremist language.#be tailored to accommodate a universal audience, not only certain countries or demographics.#remain neutral towards other religions, world-views and political positions, neither promoting nor criticizing them. ===Writing Style==={{Main|WikiIslam: Writing Style Guide}} WikiIslam is an international site with administrators, editors and contributors from all over the world. Readership is vast and not saturated by any demographic of visitors, so the content should reflect this. Material should be tailored to accommodate, as best as possible, a universal audience.  WikiIslam is not a political site. The site does not have a left or right-wing political agenda, nor is it a counter-jihad site. Articles concerning immigration, culture wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other related issues are strictly prohibited. Articles should always remain neutral towards all religions and world views, neither promoting nor criticizing them.
Editors are expected to take a scholarly and rational approach in their conduct and criticisms. Editors should stay away from extremist, sensationalist, sarcastic or emotional commentary by letting the facts speak for themselves. Articles should also be free from vulgar, offensive, or slang language. In generalshort, content on WikiIslam articles should:include no personal opinions or deductions, only referenced facts.
# Any critique of Islam should be based on factsIslam's own sources, references and Islamic sources# not support any kind of meaning content on WikiIslam should never endorse (but may simply document or challenge) fringe theories unsupported by the majority of evidence found in recognized translations of the Qur'an, hadith and quotations from within Islamic scholarssources. # related to criticism of <!-- For example, the claim that Islam. We don't accept articles of a political nature.# free from vulgar, offensive, does not prohibit alcohol or slang language. The only exceptions being denying the necessary translation historicity of Muhammad. an Islamic word/phrase or possibly an article in the [[:Category:Humor|Humor]] category# not be copied from other websites, unless something specific is being quoted and in that case it should be made clear that it's a quotation.# be written in a professional scholarly manner and ''issue where possible'', should refrain from using sensationalist and extremist expressions and labels for maximum impact on the reader. This is extremely important. If any critique Islamic sources are of Islam one opinion but there is expected to be taken seriouslyno consensus among historians, it must follow these principles. Although it is very tempting to use dramatic and sensationalist language, it is best to let meaning an article on the evidence speak for itself. The same principle applies to humor and jokes. If you would like to contribute such articles to issue should simply document the wiki, please keep them confined to the Humor category. See the [[WikiIslam:Article Style available facts and Content Guide|Article Style and Content Guide]] for details and examplesremain neutral concerning any conclusions.-->
With the Copying and pasting articles from other sites is not allowed. Nor is, for various reasons, copying and pasting articles from Wikipedia. However, there are some exceptions of translationsto this rule e.g. where a suitable Wikipedia article is going to be deleted or has been deleted. If something specific is being quoted from another site, content written by new editors it should not exceed 30KB (page history shows the size). This helps existing editors to review your content and make sure be made clear that it complies with guidelines before any more new work is donea quotation.
==Becoming a Regular Editor=Source Editing==={{Main|WikiIslam:Source Editing}}
We understand that Formatting a newcomer [[WikiIslam]] article differs from when writing on a standard word processor. Wikis use text codes to create particular elements of the site may not immediately understand how to make appropriate contributionspage (e.g., headings). Our goal This markup language is to maximize user contributions, be fair known as wikitext (or wiki-markup) and allow ample opportunities is designed for users to receive feedback and improve their work so it is in compliance with the site guidelinesease of editing.
In order The Source Editing page will teach editors how to be a regular editor you should understand what edit from the site is all about and the approach that is taken for criticism of Islamarticles source. Existing editors on the site will make every effort It also teaches how to initially guide youuse types of quoting, linking, but they do not have time to continually make corrections to your edits. If you are not able to take instructions and contribute to the site in an independent self-monitored way, it is best important templates for you to not editall editors. However if you have suggestions of any kind or comments on an article, let us know on Learning the [[WikiIslam:Forum/Ideas and Suggestions|Forum]] page. You can also work on Sandbox pages where you can create content that other users may use in the future source language will make editing much easier and incorporate into the main content of the siteintuitive.
When a user makes edits that need corrections, these corrections should be explained on the user's talk page and they need Editors who are wondering how to respond acknowledging the message. After making two or three corrections for the same kinds create specific parts of edits, if an editor still keeps making the same kinds of incorrect edits that have been explained on their talk page, simply revert future edits, ask them to see their talk page (in the edit summary) and consult other users and adminsarticle should go here.  ==Sources==
==Copyrights=Citing Sources==={{Main|WikiIslam:Citing Sources}}
When using text or images from another websiteAll statements of facts, make sure especially those that the material is are likely to be challenged, must be referenced using inline citations. Naked URLs are not copyrightedsufficient. If it What is, please ask permission from being referenced should be easily identifiable without having to leave the original content ownerpage through an external link. Minimal information (sif available) before using itshould include the URL, page title, author, publisher and the date of publication. Each link must also be archived to avoid link rot. When quoting from these sources, bold or italic emphasis may be added, but underlining and all-capitals should be avoided.
Copyright holders may [[===Reliable Sources==={{Main|WikiIslam:Copyright Issues|contact WikiIslam]] to have their concerns addressed.Reliable Sources}}
==Libel==WikiIslam articles should be based on reliable, published sources. More importance is placed on pro-Islamic, religious Muslim sources over neutral secular sources. However, multiple references from both types of sources are preferred. Furthermore, references that are cited must explicitly support any claims being made. There are three types of sources:
The goal of WikiIslam is to create an encyclopedic information source critical of Islam with all information being referenced through the citation of reliable published sources, so as to maintain a standard of verifiability.====Primary Sources====
For this reasonPrimary sources are original materials, all contributors should recognize an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study. In an article about a book it is ''their responsibility'' to ensure that material posted on WikiIslam is not defamatorywould be the book itself. Libel or defamation is defined as In the communication case of a statement that makes a false claimperson, expressly stated or implied to it would be factualthe subject itself. WikiIslam's criticism of Islam is based on its own sources, that may harm the reputation of Qur'an individual, businesshadith and Islamic scholars. So primary sources are not limited and may be freely used in articles. However, productonly published and recognized translations of primary sources are to be used, group, government or nationand they must be quoted exactly as they appear in the cited reference.
It is WikiIslam policy to delete libelous material when it has been identified. This policy applies to living people.====Secondary Sources====
===Subject Guidelines===Secondary sources are documents or recordings that relate or discuss information originally presented elsewhere. For example, a statement by a scholar about a certain battle in the history of Islam would be a secondary source. News articles that report on a development or an incident are also secondary sources. Statements of fact concerning Islam from polemic sources such as books, articles or commentaries by individuals such as Robert Spencer, Pamela Gellar, Mark A. Gabriel etc. are not to be used under any circumstances as references on WikiIslam. If editors come across any such statements, they must remove them immediately.
If you believe ====Tertiary Sources====Tertiary sources are sources that you rely upon primary and secondary sources. Unlike secondary sources, they attempt to provide a broad introductory overview of a topic. ''The New Encyclopedia of Islam'' would be an example. They may be used as well. There are the subject of a libelous statement on WikiIslam, please [[WikiIslamhttp:Contact Us|contact us]//www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/ref32.00.00/ variety of encyclopedias] with details of the article and error.
==ViewpointInteractions==
At WikiIslam, one is not required to stick to a neutral viewpoint. However, we exhort you to use non-polemic and scholarly sources, and attribute statements wherever possible. Questionable or controversial statements without a source, or with a [[===User Names/Pages==={{Main|WikiIslam:Reliable_Sources#Sources_to_Avoid|polemic source]], may be removed in order to make our articles more reliable User Names and worthwhile.Pages}}
Potential contributors Usernames should also note thatbe chosen appropriately and should not be promotional, unlike many other sites critical of Islammisleading, WikiIslam is an international site with administrators, editors and contributors from all over the world. Our readership is also vast and not saturated by European disruptive or "Western" viewersoffensive towards a race, so our content should reflect this. Information on Islam in Asia religion or Africa is as important to us as information on Islam social group in Europe or the Americasany way. Usernames that fall under any of these categories will be renamed by an administrator.
==Making References==Userpages should not be used as placeholders or homes for articles and essays. Personal email addresses should also not be displayed. Active editors with over 50 constructive edits are permitted to post links. However, these should also be chosen appropriately and they should try to keep the number of links within 10.
See [[Help:Making References]] for a guide on how to cite general references, and see [[===Discussions==={{Main|WikiIslam:Standardization]] for a guide on how to reference Islamic texts (Qur'an and hadith).Talk Pages}}
==Usernames The purpose of a talk page is to provide space for editors to discuss changes directly relating to its associated article or project page. Acceptable topics for discussion include concerns directly relating to the page, such as inaccuracies, formatting, renaming, merging and Pages==suggestions for further improvement. They are not there for debating the subject of the article or for general attacks on the site or its editors.
Usernames Talk pages should not be chosen appropriately blanked, and other users' messages should not be offensive removed or inflammatory in any wayaltered unless a valid reason is provided. Active users with over 50 constructive edits All new discussion topics should be given a relevant heading and created at the bottom of the page, below all previous discussions, and all messages should be signed and follow the rules concerning indentation. Users should avoid excessive emphasis and be concise; capital letters are welcome considered shouting, and long, rambling messages or SMS language may be difficult to post links understand and will be ignored. For continuity of discussion, comments should be kept on their user-pages as long as the same talk page where they are not linking to hateful/racist/pornographic or otherwise illegal contentwere initiated.
==Discussions==Indentation===={{Main|WikiIslam:Talk Page GuidelinesIndentation}}
The ''discussion'' Good indentation makes prolonged discussions on talk pages for each article are there for discussing concerns directly relating easier to read and understand. Replies should always be indented and placed beneath the article, such as inaccuracies, formatting and suggestions for further improvementlast comment. They Indents are not there for debating the content of the article achieved by typing one or for attacks on more leading colon ":" characters at the site or users of very left margin, just before the sitenew text about to be added. If your With every new comment on an article's talk page does not directly relate to improving added, the article, it may number of colons must be deleted without a responseincreased by one.
==Honorifics=={{Main|WikiIslam:Honorifics}}A long discussion will cause indentation to become too deep, which can make it difficult to read in narrower browser windows. When this occurs, editors should consider resetting the level of indentation by outdenting their next comment. Outdenting must be performed by using the "Outdent" template.
When discussing Muhammad, the first mention in an article and its conclusion should begin the qualifier, Prophet, i.e. "The Prophet Muhammad". The same applies to Jesus or Ganesha, i.e. "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Ganesha". ====Signatures===={{Main|WikiIslam:Signatures}}
Addition honorifics such as "Muhammad (saw)" or "Allah (swt)" are not allowed in articlesSigning comments on talk pages, both for the article and non-article namespaces, facilitates discussion by helping identify the author of a particular comment. The same applies Occasional forgetfulness is understandable but if certain editors continually ignore requests to using an uppercase "H" in words such as "he"sign their comments, "him" or "her" in reference to any new comments by them should be reverted and a deity or Jesus. An exception to this rule would discussion should be the initiated on their user talk pages or pro-Islamic articlespage.
==Sources=={{Main|WikiIslam:Reliable Sources}}Customized signatures, like usernames, should be chosen appropriately and not be promotional, misleading, disruptive or offensive. They must include at least one direct internal link to the editor's user page, user talk page, or contributions page, allowing other editors easy access to their talk page and contributions log. Images or templates should not be used in signatures as this may cause unnecessary server load.
There are three types of sources:===Contributions===
===Primary Sources=Pending Changes===={{Main|WikiIslam:Pending Changes Protection}}
Primary sources are original materials, an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source Pending changes protection has been implemented to help maintain the quality of information that was created at the time under studysites content and to minimize vandalism. In an article about a book it would be This means changes from new and anonymous IP editors are reviewed by other editors (usually within 24 hours) before they appear on the book itselfwebsite. In the case of Once a personnew user demonstrates that their edits are factually correct, it would be the subject itself. For the [[Qur'an]] properly formatted and [[hadith]] we generally use comply with guidelines, they will receive the University of Southern California Muslim Students Association's [[Compendium of Muslim Texts]]. WikiIslamEditor's criticism of Islam is based on its user right which means their own sources, the Qur'an, hadith and Islamic scholars. So primary sources are not limited and may edits will be freely used in articlesapproved automatically.
===Secondary Sources=Corrections====
Secondary sources It is the responsibility of each individual editor to make sure that their own edits are documents or recordings that relate or discuss information originally presented elsewhere. For example, a statement by a scholar about a certain battle in the history of Islam would be a secondary sourcehigh standard. News articles Edits should not be made with the expectation that report on a development or an incident are also secondary sourcessomeone else will fix the problems those edits may have caused (e.g. Statements of fact concerning Islam from polemic sources such as booksspelling, articles or commentaries by individuals such as Robert Spencerpunctuation, Pamela Gellarformatting, Mark A. Gabriel broken links/redirects etc. are not to be used under any circumstances as references on WikiIslam. If you come across any such statements, remove them immediately).
===Tertiary Sources===Tertiary sources are sources When a user makes contributions that rely upon primary need corrections or cleanup by another editor, these issues should be explained to them on their talk page. If their contributions continue to suffer from the same issues after being corrected two or three times and secondary sources. Unlike secondary sourceshaving the matter explained to them, editors should then revert their future edits, they attempt ask them to provide a broad introductory overview of a topic. ''The New Encyclopedia of Islam'' would be an example. They may be used as well. There are a [http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/ref32.00.00/ variety of encyclopedias]see their talk page (in the edit summary) and consult with other editors and administrators.
==Wikipedia==Good Faith===={{Main|WikiIslam:Assume Good Faith}}
Copies of articles from Wikipedia Assuming good faith is the assumption that a user's edits and comments are made in good faith. This guideline does not allowed for various reasonsprohibit discussion and criticism. InsteadRather, you can link directly editors should not attribute the actions being criticized to Wikipedia by using the <nowiki>[[w:Target article|Text]]</nowiki> feature malice unless there is specific evidence of malice or <nowiki>{{</nowiki>wp|article name}}obvious vandalism. Some exceptions to this rule are allowed; please contact If an administrator if you wish editor wishes to create a copy express doubts about the conduct of a Wikipedia articleanother user, they should substantiate those doubts with specific diffs and other relevant evidence, so that people can understand the basis for their concerns. One exception where a copy paste is allowed is where a Wikipedia article WikiIslam administrators and other experienced editors involved in dispute resolution will usually be glad to help, and are very capable of identifying policy-breaching conduct if their attention is going drawn to be deleted or has been deletedclear and specific evidence.
Images can usually be safely copied from Wikipedia if available. Before copying them please check there are no issues with their license tags==Pending Changes Protection==Pending changes protection has been implemented on [[WikiIslam]] to help maintain the quality of its content and to minimize site [[WikiIslam:Vandalism|vandalism]]. Also copy This does not contradict the license tag, or include in site's claim of being "the summary online resource on Islam that anyone can edit." All it means is that its a free image changes from Wikipedia. Templates can be copied if needednew and anonymous IP editors are reviewed by other editors (usually within 24 hours) before they appear on the website.
==Creating Content==This is not unusual for an open wiki. A common criticism of wikis is that "anyone can edit them, so that mean anyone can insert false information". Pending-changes protection alleviates this issue while also maintaining the Wiki's open collaborative nature.
Please do not recreate content which already exists in Wikipedia. On the other hand, if you want Edits need to create a short summary of a topic that is already on Wikipedia or would like to approach the same topic from a different angle, please do so. Also, WikiIslam is not restricted to just being an encyclopedia of Islam. It is there for you to make use of in contributing and arranging information about Islam in many ways. For examples of what kind of articles you can write, look at the links on the [[Main Page]]. Here are some ideas reviewed for good and bad articlestwo reasons:
;Bad ideas:* Anything not directly related to criticism of Islam* Anything that To make sure new content is political rather than religious, such as immigration, multiculturalismfactually correct, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict properly formatted and comply with site guidelines.* An exact copy To prevent vandalism/removal of a Wikipedia articlecontent by new and IP address users
;Good ideasAfter it is ascertained that you [[WikiIslam:Practically anything that does not qualify for Message to New Users|understand how to make appropriate contributions]] to the site, you will receive the '[[WikiIslam:Editor|editor]]'bad ideasuser right which means your own edits will be approved automatically. You can also request the 'editor' list. Just right by leaving a few examplesmessage on the [[WikiIslam talk:* Analysis of Islamic texts (Qur'an, hadiths and scholars)* An essay or op-ed* Expanding and wikifying a good forum postPending Changes Protection|talk page]].
==Images==Editors with the 'review' right are able to review other editors' changes. Access to the review right can be requested by leaving a message on the [[WikiIslam talk:Pending Changes Protection|talk page]]. After you have the reviewer right, you can view unreviewed changes to the site on the following two pages:
If an image adds value to an article and the loss of it would mean that people would not know something important, that image should be included. ==Legal==
Additional images used for 'illustration' purposes should not be used unless important information is being conveyed that could otherwise not be conveyed through text. ===Copyrights===
Images When using text or images from another website, editors should be directly related to make sure that the articlematerial is not copyrighted. If it is, ithey must ask permission from the original content owner(s) before using it.e. they should not Copyright holders may contact WikiIslam to have a tenuous link to page content or be inserted for their shock or humor valueconcerns addressed.
If there are too many images related to a page, they can be moved to a gallery section or to a separate page (examples of both can be viewed [[List_of_Genuine_Islamic_Inventions_Innovations_Records_and_Firsts#Image_Gallery|here]] and [[Muhammad_Teddy_Bear_Blasphemy_-_Images|here]]).===Libel===
Articles at The goal of WikiIslam are not judged on their shock value, so images within written articles should be tasteful. For example, in is to create an article about [[stoning]], encyclopedic information source with all information being referenced through the least graphic image should be chosen. Or in an article about [[Diseases and Cures in the Wings citation of Houseflies|houseflies and bacteriophages]]reliable published sources, an electron micrograph of bacteriophages should be chosen over the closeup image so as to maintain a standard of a fly (which some people may find sickening)verifiability.
==Multilingual Sites==For this reason, all contributors should recognize that it is ''their responsibility'' to ensure that material posted on WikiIslam is not defamatory. Libel or defamation is defined as the communication of a statement that makes a false claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may harm the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government or nation.
All multilingual sites for It is WikiIslam are free policy to edit, administer and manage in any way their community likes (style or content) as long as our core guidelines are followeddelete libelous material when it has been identified. This policy applies to living people.
==Style ==Subject Guidelines====
Generally, an article should begin with a short introduction that summarizes Individuals who believe they are the most important content subject of a libelous statement on WikiIslam should contact the article. It should also end site with a conclusion that does the same. The conclusion can also repeat in short the most important references in details of the articleand error.
==Pro-Islamic Content==
Due to constant vandalism, disruptive editing, non-compliance with guidelines and a lack of time, we are currently not accepting pro-Islamic submissionsare currently not being accepted. This change is only ''temporary'', and our the present list of pro-Islamic articles can still be viewed [[:Category:Pro-Islamic Content|here]]. For debates and general discussions about Islam, please users can visit a forum (e.g. the [http://forum09.faithfreedom.org/ FFI forum]). ==Assuming Good Faith==Assuming good faith is a fundamental principle on WikiIslam. It is the assumption that a user's edits and comments are made in good faith. Most people try to help the project, not hurt it. This guideline does not require that editors continue to assume good faith in the presence of obvious evidence to the contrary (vandalism). Assuming good faith does not prohibit discussion and criticism. Rather, editors should not attribute the actions being criticized to malice unless there is specific evidence of malice. When disagreement occurs, try to the best of your ability to explain and resolve the problem, not cause more conflict, and so give others the opportunity to reply in kind. Consider whether a dispute stems from different perspectives, and look for ways to reach consensus. When doubt is cast on good faith, continue to assume good faith yourself where you can. Be civil rather than attacking editors or edit-warring with them. If you wish to express doubts about the conduct of fellow editors, please substantiate those doubts with specific diffs and other relevant evidence, so that people can understand the basis for your concerns. Although bad conduct may seem to be due to bad faith, it is usually best to address the conduct without mentioning motives, which might exacerbate resentments all around.===Dealing with Bad Faith===Even if bad faith is evident, do not act uncivilly yourself in return, attack others, or lose your temper over it. It is ultimately much easier for others to resolve a dispute and see who is breaching policies, if one side is clearly acting appropriately throughout. WikiIslam administrators and other experienced editors involved in dispute resolution will usually be glad to help, and are very capable of identifying policy-breaching conduct if their attention is drawn to clear and specific evidence.==See Also== *[[WikiIslam:Frequently Asked Questions]] ==Contact Information=={{Fb link}}To contact WikiIslam concerning general help or inquiries, a message can be left on the relevant [[WikiIslam:Discussions|Discussions]] page. For copyright issues, click [[WikiIslam:Copyright Issues|here]]. And for other important issues, click [[WikiIslam:Contact Us|here]].
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