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Wikiclaim:Guidelines

How to Contribute?Edit

One of the key tenets of the wiki philosophy is to be bold. Although we provide a format for pages below, please don't let any worries about formalities discourage you from participating. Any good faith edit is better than not making an edit. You are strongly encouraged to contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is by creating a new page, editing an existing one, commenting on a talk page (see the "Discussion" tab near the top left), or anything else.

And if you ever have any questions, please do ask Devin at: User_talk:Devinplatt or the Discord server.

How to Edit a PageEdit

You can practice editing at the Wikiclaim:Sandbox or on your personal user page: Special:MyPage. Simply click the "Edit source" tab at the top of the page!

See Help:Formatting - Mediawiki for a quick cheatsheet on page markup.

How to Make a PageEdit

Need Ideas?Edit

See Wikiclaim:Getting Started or Wikiclaim:Claim Ideas.

If You Already Have a Claim in MindEdit

First look for related claims to see what's already on the wiki. Most likely your claim isn't here yet! Type your claim into the search box and search. In the search results you should see a redlink for your claim. Click it to open the new page editor.

You can also create a link to your new claim from another existing page, using double brackets like [[My new claim]]. Then all you need to do is click the redlink to create the new page.

See: How to create a page - Wikipedia

Page FormatEdit

Pages in Wikiclaim each represent a distinct claim. They contain:

  • The text of the claim, as the title of the page.
  • Evidence for the claim.
  • Evidence against the claim.
  • A "See Also" section to provide further context if necessary.

For what content belongs in Wikiclaim, see What belongs in Wikiclaim?

Page TitleEdit

The title of a page is the claim itself.

Ideally a claim's wording should not change dramatically over time, but we should be flexible to change wording when appropriate. For more guidance see How to word a claim.

An example of a page: Vaccine injuries are rare.

Evidence: For/AgainstEdit

Each page has evidence for or against a claim laid out as bullet points. For and Against are each sections. The evidence may point to an external citation, or may point to another claim internal to the wiki.

See AlsoEdit

A See Also section allows for context when needed. This is important, because without context, a true statement can be misleading. However, a long-form article format could expose itself to increasingly divergent interpretation, so like the For/Against sections we simply provide context in the form of bullet-pointed links.

Examples:

Page TemplateEdit

We provide a template for how pages should be formatted, in wikitext. The format is the same if you use the VisualEditor: section titles using the "Heading" paragraph formatting ("==" in wikitext). The only required section is the "For" section (if you only have an against section perhaps you should reword your claim!)

== For ==
* <ref>A citation</ref>
* [[A claim]]

== Against ==
* [[Another claim]]
* <ref>Another citation</ref>

== See Also ==
* [[A fourth claim]]
* External reference to a Wikipedia page.

== Citations ==
{{Reflist}}

[[Category:Your category here]]

Although Wikiclaim uses the Mediawiki software which allows for free-flowing text, we prefer to keep our pages fairly concise. If you find large blocks of text, consider breaking them into separate claims and linking to them.

Citations Boiler PlateEdit

A web citation uses wiki text like below:

<ref>{{Cite web|url=|title=|quote= }}</ref>

or

<ref>[https://www.url.com/article Article Title]</ref>

See Wikipedia for more information on citation templates, and how to cite sources and MediaWiki on citations.

Create an AccountEdit

Well, you've read the guide now, so why not create an account? :)