Appropedia:Original content FAQ
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- This is a proposed Appropedia guideline. You can , or discuss it on the talk page or at the Appropedia policy discussion page.
- For now, this should be considered an essay by one or more Appropedians, and not as a policy or guideline.
The short answer is "Yes". Some things to consider are:
- Do you want to publish the whole work, or an extract? Releasing all of it may be a good thing, but it depends largely on your responses to the following points.
- Are you happy to release your work under Appropedia's free license? This leaves you with full rights to publish or do whatever you want, but others can use it as well, with only slightly restricted rights (they must give attribution, and release any modifications under the same license). This could be an issue if you're expecting your book to be a substantial seller and/or source of income (in which case you may consider using a non-commercial clause, allowing no one other than yourself to publish it commercially without permission).
- Anything posted to Appropedia may be edited ruthlessly. This allows the creativity and knowledge of the community to improve the article, but there's no actual guarantee that the result will be something you agree with, or even that it will be correct. (We believe the good results will greatly outweigh the bad, but there will always be occasional problems.) The best approach is generally to publish your original version somewhere, and copy it to Appropedia's mainspace with an attribution notice linking your own original version. You can put your original version on:
- a separate site.
- in your own userspace on Appropedia (a page of the form User:Your username/Document title, e.g. User:Writtenonsand/Essay:OnAppropriateTechnology or User:Chriswaterguy/Thesis. (Those are both works in progress, but you get the idea.)
- the original namespace - we haven't worked out a detailed policy on this option though.
- If you want to maintain final editorial overview, you may do this in your own userspace on Appropedia. However, due to the free license, others may also use and adapt the work (i.e. create a fork). If this is not acceptable to you, then you will need to find another wiki (setting one up yourself, or on a wikifarm), to do the editing, where you can specify the license and conditions of editing. But if it is of relevance to Appropedia, please consider putting a substantial abstract or extract on Appropedia, as much as you are comfortable to release under a free license, together with a link to your site(s).
- It may be that some of your content is unsuitable for Appropedia. This is not a big problem - this can be modified or deleted, and the full original can be found by following the link in the attribution notice. Political and unscientific content is very likely to be either deleted, or rephrased to make it clear that this is a particular point of view, or placed alongside alternative points of view. Editing a wiki is a collaborative work, and sometimes a lot of negotiation goes on. This can be a fantastic process of learning, understanding the perspectives of others, and separating well-founded beliefs from personal opinions (especially if done with civility, which is considered extremely important on Appropedia.)