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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==
In general, content on WikiIslam should: # be based on facts, references and mainstream Islamic sources, not personal opinions and deductions.# be related to the criticism of Islam, not issues of a political nature.# be tailored to accommodate a universal audience, not only certain countries or demographics.# be written in a professional and scholarly manner, refraining from sarcastic, sensationalist or extremist language. # be free from vulgar, offensive, or slang language (unless it is a necessary translation of an Islamic word/phrase). # not endorse fringe theories unsupported by the majority of evidence found in recognized translations of the Qur'an, hadith and quotations from Islamic scholars. # not be copied from other websites, unless something specific is being quoted and in that case it should be made clear that it is a quotation.# remain neutral towards other religions, world-views and political positions, neither promoting nor criticizing them.  ===Articles==={{Main|WikiIslam:Article Style and Content Guide}} WikiIslam is not restricted to only being an encyclopedia of Islam. It is there for editors to make use of in contributing and arranging information about Islam in many ways. For example, compiling news, translating media, counter-apologetics, hosting online books and other documents, and so on. Generally, a counter-apologetic 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. Naturally, as with most wiki projects with themes, the inclusion of counter-apologetics means that content on WikiIslam is not required to follow a neutral viewpoint. WikiIslam is an international site with administrators, editors and contributors from all over the world. Readership is vast and not saturated by European or "Western" visitors, so the content should reflect this. Material should be tailored to accommodate, as best as possible, a universal audience. Information on Islam in Asia or Africa is as important to the site as information on Islam in Europe or the Americas. The site does not have a left or right-wing political agenda, nor is it a counter-jihad site, thus articles concerning immigration, multiculturalism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other related issues are strictly prohibited. Articles should always remain neutral towards other religions and world views, neither promoting nor criticizing them.  Editors are expected to take a scholarly and rational approach in their conduct and criticisms. Thereby staying away from extremist, sensationalist, sarcastic or emotional commentary by letting the facts speak for themselves. In short, articles should include no personal opinions or deductions, only referenced facts. 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 to this rule e.g. where a suitable Wikipedia article is going to be deleted or has been deleted. ===StandardizationCore Principles==={{Main|WikiIslam:StandardizationCore Principles}}
Editors Content on WikiIslam should use [[WikiIslam:Templates|templates]] wherever possible. This is an effective way of standardizing content. Their use enables formatting to remain consistent and allows easy system-wide changes. All pages should be written using the American English spelling rather than UK spelling, and section headings should use title-case for capitalization. Thus "Section Headings" and not "Section headings". The same applies to the titles of articles. Minor words should be left in small caps. Standardized spelling of transliterated Arabic words and names are also to be followed, in order to avoid leaving pages with multiple spelling variations of a single word.
===Honorifics===#be related to the critique or understanding of Islam, not its promotion or issues of a political nature.{{Main|WikiIslam:Honorifics}}#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.
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". ===Writing Style==={{Main|WikiIslam: Writing Style Guide}}
Additional honorifics such as "Muhammad (saw)" or "Allah (swt)" are WikiIslam is an international site with administrators, editors and contributors from all over the world. Readership is vast and not allowed in articlessaturated by any demographic of visitors, so the content should reflect this. The same applies Material should be tailored to using an uppercase "H" in words such accommodate, as best as "he"possible, "him" or "her" in reference to a deity or Jesus. An exception to this rule would be the talk pages or pro-Islamic articlesuniversal audience.
===Images===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.
If an image adds value Editors are expected to an article 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 loss of it would mean that people would not know something important, that image facts speak for themselves. Articles should also be includedfree from vulgar, offensive, or slang language. Additional images used for 'illustration' purposes In short, articles should not be used unless important information is being conveyed that could otherwise not be conveyed through textinclude no personal opinions or deductions, only referenced facts.
If there are too many images related to a pageAny critique of Islam should be based on Islam's own sources, they can be moved to a gallery section meaning content on WikiIslam should never endorse (but may simply document or to a separate page (examples challenge) fringe theories unsupported by the majority of both can be viewed [[List_of_Genuine_Islamic_Inventions_Innovations_Records_and_Firsts#Image_Gallery|here]] and [[Muhammad_Teddy_Bear_Blasphemy_evidence found within Islamic sources.<!--_Images|here]])For example, the claim that Islam does not prohibit alcohol or denying the historicity of Muhammad. Images can usually be found and safely copied from Wikipedia (first check issues with their license tags)an issue where the Islamic sources are of one opinion but there is no consensus among historians, but those that only have a tenuous link to page content meaning an article on the issue should be avoidedsimply document the available facts and remain neutral concerning any conclusions.-->
Articles are Copying and pasting articles from other sites is not judged on their shock value or humorallowed. Nor is, for various reasons, so images within written copying and pasting articles should be tastefulfrom Wikipedia. For exampleHowever, in an there are some exceptions to this rule e.g. where a suitable Wikipedia article about [[stoning]], the least graphic image should is going to be chosendeleted or has been deleted. Or in an article about [[Diseases and Cures in the Wings of Houseflies|houseflies and bacteriophages]]If something specific is being quoted from another site, an electron micrograph of bacteriophages it should be chosen over the closeup image of made clear that it is a fly (which some people may find sickening)quotation.
===TranslationsSource Editing==={{Main|WikiIslam:TranslationsSource Editing}}
Translations should always remain faithful Formatting a [[WikiIslam]] article differs from when writing on a standard word processor. Wikis use text codes to create particular elements of the original English workpage (e.g., retaining their scholarly tone headings). This markup language is known as wikitext (or wiki-markup) and information. If is designed for localization purposes an editor thinks their should be some slight alterations made, they must first be discussed with others on the talk pageease of editing.
====Sub-Domains====The Source Editing page will teach editors how to edit from the articles source. It also teaches how to use types of quoting, linking, and important templates for all editors. Learning the WikiIslam source language will make editing much easier and intuitive.
Only when there Editors who are a front page's worth of translations (about 25-35 articles) and at least one regular and reliable editor for a language can the creation of a dedicated sub-domain be considered. Once launched, they are free to evolve separately wondering how to the English site in style and content as long as the core guidelines are followed i.e. no politics, no promotion or criticism create specific parts of other religions/worldviews and no opinions, only referenced facts concerning Islaman article should go here.
==Sources==
===Citing Sources===
{{Main|HelpWikiIslam:Citing Sources}}
All statements of facts, especially those that are likely to be challenged, must be referenced using inline citations. Naked URLs are not sufficient. 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-capitals should be avoided.
{{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 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 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.
User ===Discussions==={{Main|WikiIslam:Talk Pages}} 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.  Talk pages should not be blanked, and other users' messages should not be removed or altered unless a valid reason is provided (e.g. insults, trolling, harassment). 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 signedand follow the rules concerning indentation. Users should avoid excessive emphasis and be concise; capital letters are considered shouting, and long, rambling messages or SMS language may be difficult to understand and will be ignored. For continuity of discussion, comments should be kept on the same talk page where they were initiated.  ====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 fine 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.
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===
===Discussions=Pending Changes===={{Main|WikiIslam:Talk Page GuidelinesPending 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.
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. Users should avoid excessive emphasis and be concise; capital letters are considered shouting, and long, rambling messages or SMS language may be difficult to understand and will be ignored.====Corrections====
===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==
Due to constant vandalism, disruptive editing, 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 [[:Category:Pro-Islamic Content|here]]. For debates and general discussions about Islam, 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]]
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