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{{shortcutcat header|[[Cdefault.png | {{subst:AP]], [[A:RS]], [[A:P]] (P for Policy){{PAGENAME}} :''Subcategories and pages on specific policies are linked from the bottom of this page.'' =Ruleset=| Appropedia operates less by imposing strict rules, and more by encouraging voluntary guidelines which you can choose to follow. Only a couple of strict rules are necessary. You might see people do things that are plainly not in accordance with these guidelines, but which may or may not still be well within the actual Appropedia policies and guidelines. The ''be gracious'' guideline applies in those situations. :-) ==Voluntary Guidelines== <small> These guidelines are adapted from [[Wikipedia:WP:SR|Wikipedia's Ruleset]]. Note that the main differences come from Wikipedia being solely an encyclopedia, whereas Appropedia is a living library serving as encyclopedia, textbook, how-to manual and project repository. The difference between these Guidelines and the Rules below is that straying from these guidelines is not considered inappropriate.</small>  # '''[[BE BOLD!]]''' in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a [[Wikipedia:Wiki|wiki]]! <br />Encourage others, including those who disagree with you, likewise to '''BE BOLD!'''# '''[[Appropedia:Be civil|Be civil]]''' to other users at all times.# '''[[Wikipedia:Ignore_all_rules|Ignore all guidelines!]]'''. Don't worry! If you just want to add some useful information to an article in a commonsense way, DO SO. On the other hand, if someone suggests that there is an established and sensible way to do something, please ignore this rule and listen to that person.# '''[[Appropedia:Neutral_point_of_view|Neutral point of view (NPOV)]]'''. Appropedia is supportive of Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development. As such, Appropedia articles will usually be written from a point of view that is sympathetic to those concepts. Appropedia otherwise encourages a more or less NPOV depending on category. [[:Category:How_tos| "How to"]] pages, for example, are usually easy to write from a NPOV. [[:Category:Projects| Project]] pages usually can be written from a NPOV, but may have sections where opinions come into play. [[:Category:Organizations|Organization]] pages, and particularly [[Special:Listusers | User]] pages are reasonable places to express opinions. When deviating from a NPOV, it is important that ownership of the point of view is clear. That is usually straightforward on Organization and User pages, but should be explicitly declared in other content.## ''Special Lemma:'' Appropedia is not a site for soap boxing (a truly slippery act). If you think that the current administration should be admonished for their policy on [[alternative pest control]], use Appropedia to describe alternative pest control. Use some other site for dissin' da man.# <small>(But)</small> '''When in doubt, take it to the [[Wikipedia:Talk_page|talk page]]'''. We have all the time in the world. [[Wikipedia:Assume_good_faith|Mutual respect]] is the guiding behavioral principle of Appropedia and, although everyone knows that their writing may be edited mercilessly, it is easier to accept changes if the reasons for them are understood. If you discuss changes on the article's ''talk'' (or ''discussion'') page before you make them, you should reach consensus faster and happier. # '''[[Wikipedia:Help:Edit_summary|Decent edit summaries]]''' and clear and transparent explanations are universally appreciated. Other editors need to understand your process, and it also helps you yourself to understand what you did after a long leave of absence from an article. Please state '''''what''''' you changed and '''''why'''''. If the explanation is too long, elucidate on the discussion page. It is a current policy of Appropedia that anyone may edit articles without registering, so there may be a lot of changes to watch; edit summaries simplify this. #'''[[Wikipedia:wikipedia:Assume_good_faith|Assume good faith]]'''; in other words, try to consider the person on the other end of the discussion is a thinking, rational being who is trying to positively contribute to Appropedia — unless, and only unless, you have firm, solid, and objective proof to the contrary. Merely disagreeing with you is no such proof. #Particularly, '''don't revert good faith edits'''. Reverting is a little ''too'' powerful sometimes, hence the [[Wikipedia:wikipedia:Three-revert rule|three-revert rule]]. Don't succumb to the temptation, unless you're reverting very obvious vandalism <small>(like "LALALALAL*&*@#@THIS_SUXX0RZ", or someone changing "6+5*2=16" to "6+5*2='''17'''")</small>. If you really can't stand something, revert once, with an edit summary something like "(rv) I disagree strongly, I'll explain why in talk." and immediately take it to talk.# '''Be gracious''': ''Be liberal in what you accept, be conservative in what you do''. Try to accommodate other people's quirks as best you can, but try to be as polite, solid and straightforward as possible yourself.# '''Use the preview button''', it prevents edit conflicts.# Follow [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Naming conventions|'''Naming conventions''']]. In short: #* Don't use capital letters, except for the very first letter (and that's automatic, anyway); except for proper names (people, places, organizations).#* For a project, use a specific name, e.g. '''Jodie Doe's water filter''', not just '''Water filter'''. ==Strict Rules==<small> These rules are adapted from [[Wikipedia:WP:SR|Wikipedia's Ruleset]]. While most of Wikipedia's ruleset has been loosened to become Guidelines, due to the non-encyclopedic nature of Appropedia, some rules must be remain strict rules. The difference between these Rules and the Guidelines above is that straying from these rules is considered inappropriate and violations will be deleted.</small> # '''[[Wikipedia:No_personal_attacks|No personal attacks]]'''. Don't write that user such and so is an idiot, or insult him/her (even if (s)he ''is'' an idiot). Instead, explain what they did wrong, why it is wrong, and how to fix it. If possible, fix it yourself (but see above).# Respect '''[[appropedia:Copyrights|copyrights!]]'''. Appropedia uses the GNU Free Documentation License. Everything you contribute must be compatible with that license. ==Variations from Wikipedia==Appropedia often references [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]'s [[Wikipedia:wikipedia:Five pillars|Five Pillars]] and [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Simplified_Ruleset|Simplified Ruleset]]. This makes sense, of course, since Wikipedia has "been there and done that" with respect to wikidom. However, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and Appropedia is not. Since Appropedia is not Wikipedia, they differ in their policies. You can investigate in more detail by comparing this page to Wikipedia's [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Simplified_Ruleset|Simplified Ruleset]]. The key differences between Appropedia and Wikipedia are with respect to:*Neutral Point of View (NPOV); Appropedia is flexible with respect to NPOV, and expects content to be sympathetic to the ideas of Appropriate Technology and Sustainable Development. (Essentially, Appropedia acknowledges that it supports an agenda.)*Original content; Wikipedia does not allow original content, but Appropedia does, though it requires recognition and approval of the author, in part to comply with GNU FDL, but also to support discussion and questions.*Verifiability; Wikipedia requires verifiability, but since Appropedia allows original content, we must be flexible about verifiability. It is desirable and encouraged, but not required. Where information has not been verified, this should be noted. ==Encyclopedic Content Policy==Content which is verifiable and about which there is relatively little dispute can be considered "encyclopedic", and as such should be placed in a Wikipedia article. Signicant amounts of encyclopedic content should not be included in Appropedia articles, and instead should be referenced at the appropriate page in Wikipedia (which should be created if it does not already exist). However, it is quite acceptable to include small amounts (2 or 3 sentences) of encyclopedic adds to the readability of an Appropedia article. Often in such cases it will still be appropriate to reference relevant articles on Wikipedia. If you are familiar with templates, check out {{tl|Wikipedia}} (to link Wikipedia articles of the same name as the Appropedia article), {{tl|Wikipedia p}} (to specify the Wikipedia article's name, and {{tl|WP}} (for inline links to Wikipedia). == See also ==* [[:Category:Appropedia guidelines]]* [[Appropedia talk:Policy discussion]]
[[Category:Appropedia administration|{{PAGENAME}}]]

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