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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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==Content==
{{Main|WikiIslam:Article Style and Content Guide}}
Generally, an article should begin with a short introduction, followed by an in-depth analysis of an issue, then end with a conclusion that may repeat in short the most important points in the article.===Core Principles==={{Main|WikiIslam:Core Principles}}
As with most wiki projects with themes, content Content on WikiIslam is not required to follow a neutral viewpoint. Potential contributors should also note that, unlike many other sites critical of Islam, 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 or "Western" viewers, so our content should reflect this. Information on Islam in Asia or Africa is as important to us as information on Islam in Europe or the Americas.:
Copy #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 pasting articles from Wikipedia is mainstream Islamic sources, not allowed for various reasonsfringe theories, personal opinions or deductions. However#be written in a professional and scholarly manner, refraining from sarcastic, offensive, there are some exceptions sensationalist or extremist language.#be tailored to this rule e.g. where accommodate a suitable article is going to be deleted universal audience, not only certain countries or has been deleteddemographics.#remain neutral towards other religions, world-views and political positions, neither promoting nor criticizing them.
===ArticlesWriting Style==={{Main|WikiIslam: Writing Style Guide}}
To summarize most 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 above information, content on WikiIslam should:reflect this. Material should be tailored to accommodate, as best as possible, a universal audience.
# be based on facts, references and Islamic sources# WikiIslam is not support fringe theories unsupported by the majority of evidence found in recognized translations of the Qur'an, hadith and quotations from Islamic scholarsa political site. # be related to criticism of Islam. We do The site does not accept articles of have a left or right-wing political nature.# free from vulgaragenda, offensive, or slang language (unless nor is it is a necessary translation of an Islamic word/phrase)counter-jihad site. # not be copied from other websitesArticles concerning immigration, unless something specific is being quoted and in that case it should be made clear that it is a quotation.# be written in a professionalculture wars, scholarly mannerthe Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other related issues are strictly prohibited. Articles should refrain from using sarcasticalways remain neutral towards all religions and world views, sensationalist or extremist languageneither promoting nor criticizing them.
===Honorifics==={{Main|WikiIslam:Honorifics}}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 short, articles should include no personal opinions or deductions, only referenced facts.
When discussing MuhammadAny critique of Islam should be based on Islam's own sources, the first mention in an article and its conclusion meaning content on WikiIslam should begin never endorse (but may simply document or challenge) fringe theories unsupported by the qualifiermajority of evidence found within Islamic sources.<!-- For example, Prophet, i.e. "The Prophet the claim that Islam does not prohibit alcohol or denying the historicity of Muhammad". The same applies to Jesus or Ganeshaan issue where the Islamic sources are of one opinion but there is no consensus among historians, i.e. "Jesus Christ" or "Lord Ganesha"meaning an article on the issue should simply document the available facts and remain neutral concerning any conclusions. -->
Addition honorifics such as "Muhammad (saw)" or "Allah (swt)" are Copying and pasting articles from other sites is not allowed in . Nor is, for various reasons, copying and pasting articlesfrom Wikipedia. The same applies to using an uppercase "H" in words such as "he"However, "him" or "her" in reference there are some exceptions to this rule e.g. where a deity suitable Wikipedia article is going to be deleted or Jesushas been deleted. An exception to this rule would If something specific is being quoted from another site, it should be the talk pages or pro-Islamic articlesmade clear that it is a quotation.
===ImagesSource Editing==={{Main|WikiIslam:Source Editing}}
If an image adds value Formatting a [[WikiIslam]] article differs from when writing on a standard word processor. Wikis use text codes to an article and create particular elements of the loss of it would mean that people would not know something importantpage (e.g., that image should be includedheadings). Additional images used This markup language is known as wikitext (or wiki-markup) and is designed for 'illustration' purposes should not be used unless important information is being conveyed that could otherwise not be conveyed through textease of editing.
If there are too many images related to a The Source Editing page, they can be moved will teach editors how to a gallery section or edit from the articles source. It also teaches how to a separate page (examples use types of both can be viewed [[List_of_Genuine_Islamic_Inventions_Innovations_Records_and_Firsts#Image_Gallery|here]] quoting, linking, and [[Muhammad_Teddy_Bear_Blasphemy_-_Images|here]])important templates for all editors. Images can usually be found Learning the WikiIslam source language will make editing much easier and safely copied from Wikipedia (first check issues with their license tags), but those that only have a tenuous link to page content should be avoidedintuitive.
Articles Editors who are not judged on their shock value or humor, so images within written articles should be tasteful. For example, in wondering how to create specific parts of an article about [[stoning]], the least graphic image should be chosen. Or in an article about [[Diseases and Cures in the Wings of Houseflies|houseflies and bacteriophages]], an electron micrograph of bacteriophages should be chosen over the closeup image of a fly (which some people may find sickening)go here.
==Sources==
===Citing Sources===
{{Main|HelpWikiIslam:Citing Sources}}
Statements All statements of facts, especially those that are likely to be challenged, must be appropriately referenced. These references must be provided via using inline citations. When citing references in articles, it is important Naked URLs are not to leave naked URLssufficient. What is being referenced should be easily identifiable without having to leave the page through an external link. Minimal information (if available) should 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 caps -capitals should be avoided.
===Reliable Sources===
==Interactions==
===User Names and /Pages===
{{Main|WikiIslam:User Names and Pages}}
Usernames should be chosen appropriately and should not be promotional, misleading, disruptive or offensive towards a race, religion or inflammatory social group in any way. Usernames that fall under any of these categories will be renamed by an administrator.  Userpages should not be used as placeholders or homes for articles and essays. Personal email addresses should also not be displayed. Active users editors with over 50 constructive edits are welcome permitted to post links on their user-pages as long as . However, these should also be chosen appropriately and they are not linking should try to hateful/racist/pornographic or otherwise illegal contentkeep the number of links within 10.
===Discussions===
{{Main|WikiIslam:Talk Page GuidelinesPages}} 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 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.
The 'Talk pages should not be blanked, and other users'messages should not be removed or altered unless a valid reason is provided. All new discussion'' pages for each article are there for discussing concerns directly relating to topics should be given a relevant heading and created at the bottom of the articlepage, such as inaccuraciesbelow all previous discussions, formatting and suggestions for further improvementall messages should be signed and follow the rules concerning indentation. They Users should avoid excessive emphasis and be concise; capital letters are not there for debating the content considered shouting, and long, rambling messages or SMS language may be difficult to understand and will be ignored. For continuity of the article or for attacks discussion, comments should be kept on the site or users of the site. If a comment on an article's same talk page does not directly relate to improving the article, it may be deleted without a responsewhere they were initiated.
===Corrections=Indentation===={{Main|WikiIslam:Indentation}}
Good indentation makes prolonged discussions on talk pages easier to read and understand. Replies should always be indented and placed beneath the last comment. Indents are achieved by typing one or more leading colon ":" characters at the very left margin, just before the new text about to be added. With every new comment added, the number of colons must be increased by one.  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. ====Signatures===={{Main|WikiIslam:Signatures}} Signing comments on talk pages, both for the article and non-article namespaces, facilitates discussion by helping identify the author of a particular comment. Occasional forgetfulness is understandable but if certain editors continually ignore requests to sign their comments, any new comments by them should be reverted and a discussion should be initiated on their user talk page. 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. ===Contributions=== ====Pending Changes===={{Main|WikiIslam:Pending Changes Protection}} Pending changes protection has been implemented to help maintain the quality of the sites content and to minimize vandalism. This means changes from new and anonymous IP editors are reviewed by other editors (usually within 24 hours) before they appear on the website. Once a new user demonstrates that their edits are factually correct, properly formatted and comply with guidelines, they will receive the 'Editor' user right which means their own edits will be approved automatically.  ====Corrections==== It is the responsibility of each individual editor to make sure that their own edits are of a high standard. Edits should not be made with the expectation that someone else will fix the problems those edits may have caused (e.g. spelling, punctuation, formatting, broken links/redirects etc.).  When a user makes contributions that need corrections or cleanup by another editor, these issues should be explained to them on their talk page. If their contributions continue to to suffer from the same issues after being corrected two or three times and having the matter explained to them, editors should then revert their future edits, ask them to see their talk page (in the edit summary) and consult with other editors and administrators. ====Good Faith===={{Main|WikiIslam:Assume Good Faith}} Assuming good faith is the assumption that a user's edits and comments are made in good faith. This guideline does not prohibit discussion and criticism. Rather, editors should not attribute the actions being criticized to malice unless there is specific evidence of malice or obvious vandalism. If an editor wishes to express doubts about the conduct of another user, they should substantiate those doubts with specific diffs and other relevant evidence, so that people can understand the basis for their concerns. 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. ==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]]. This does not contradict the site's claim of being "the online resource on Islam that anyone can edit." All it means is that changes from new and anonymous IP editors are reviewed by other editors (usually within 24 hours) before they appear on the website.  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. Edits need to reviewed for two reasons: *To make sure new content is factually correct, properly formatted and comply with site guidelines.*To prevent vandalism/removal of content by new and IP address users After it is ascertained that you [[WikiIslam:Message to New Users|understand how to make appropriate contributions]] to the site, you will receive the '[[WikiIslam:Editor|editor]]' user right which means your own edits will be approved automatically. You can also request the 'editor' right by leaving a message on the [[WikiIslam talk:Pending Changes Protection|talk page]]. 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:
==Legal==
===Copyrights===
When using text or images from another website, editors should make sure that the material is not copyrighted. If it is, please they must ask permission from the original content owner(s) before using it. Copyright holders may [[WikiIslam:Copyright Issues|contact WikiIslam]] to have their concerns addressed.
===Libel===
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.
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.
====Subject Guidelines====
If you Individuals who believe that you they are the subject of a libelous statement on WikiIslamshould contact the site with details of the article and error. ==Pro-Islamic Content== Due to constant vandalism, disruptive editing, please non-compliance with guidelines and a lack of time, pro-Islamic submissions are currently not being accepted. This change is only temporary, and the present list of pro-Islamic articles can still be viewed [[WikiIslam:Contact UsCategory:Pro-Islamic Content|contact ushere]]. For debates and general discussions about Islam, users can visit a forum (e.g. the [http://forum09.faithfreedom.org/ FFI forum] with details ). ==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 article contrary (vandalism). Assuming good faith does not prohibit discussion and errorcriticism. Rather, editors should not attribute the actions being criticized to malice unless there is specific evidence of malice.
==Miscellaneous==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.===Multilingual SitesDealing with Bad Faith==={{Main|WikiIslam:Translations}}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.
All multilingual sites for WikiIslam are free administrators and other experienced editors involved in dispute resolution will usually be glad to evolve separately to the English site in style help, and content as long as the core guidelines are followed i.e. no politics, no promotion or criticism very capable of other religions/worldviews identifying policy-breaching conduct if their attention is drawn to clear and no opinions, only referenced facts concerning Islamspecific evidence.==See Also==
===Pro-Islamic Content===*[[WikiIslam:Frequently Asked Questions]]
Due to constant vandalism, disruptive editing==Contact Information=={{Fb link}}To contact WikiIslam concerning general help or inquiries, non-compliance with guidelines and a lack of time, we are currently not accepting pro-Islamic submissions. This change is only ''temporary'', and our present list of pro-Islamic articles message can still be viewed left on the relevant [[WikiIslam:CategoryDiscussions|Discussions]] page. For copyright issues, click [[WikiIslam:Pro-Islamic ContentCopyright Issues|here]]. For debates and general discussions about IslamAnd for other important issues, please visit a forum (e.g. the click [[httpWikiIslam://forum09.faithfreedom.org/ FFI forumContact Us|here]]).
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