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Electowiki is very small and therefore does not have much policy.  Unless we specifically say so, many of the [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Policy|English Wikipedia's policies]] apply to us, especially regarding formatting.
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Electowiki is very small and therefore does not have much policy.  Unless we specifically say so, many of the [[w:Wikipedia:Policy|English Wikipedia's policies]] apply to us, such as the [[w:Wikipedia:Manual of Style|Manual of Style]].
  
 
== Links ==
 
== Links ==
  
Unlike Wikipedia, Electowiki is specifically for elections and voting systems-related materials.  Therefore, only make links to topics that we will want to have here someday.
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Unlike Wikipedia, Electowiki is specifically for elections and voting systems-related materials.  Therefore, only make <code><nowiki>[[wikilinks]]</nowiki></code> to topics that we will want to have here someday.
  
 
Topics that are already covered by Wikipedia can be linked using interwiki links with the notation <code><nowiki>[[w:Electoral reform|]]</nowiki></code>, which will look like this: [[w:Electoral reform|Electoral reform]] (and likewise for Wiktionary: <code><nowiki>[[wikt:FPTP|]]</nowiki></code> becomes: [[wikt:FPTP|FPTP]]).
 
Topics that are already covered by Wikipedia can be linked using interwiki links with the notation <code><nowiki>[[w:Electoral reform|]]</nowiki></code>, which will look like this: [[w:Electoral reform|Electoral reform]] (and likewise for Wiktionary: <code><nowiki>[[wikt:FPTP|]]</nowiki></code> becomes: [[wikt:FPTP|FPTP]]).
  
 
== EPOV ==
 
== EPOV ==
 
'' '''Note''': this policy is new, and subject to revision.'' -- [[User:RobLa|RobLa]] 22:38, 15 Mar 2005 (PST)
 
 
 
Electowiki has a policy somewhat similar to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view Wikipedia's NPOV policy].  However, due to the subjective nature of the topics at hand, it's hard to have a strict NPOV policy without becoming a clone of Wikipedia.  Thus, the policy regarding point-of-view is one of "EPOV".
 
Electowiki has a policy somewhat similar to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view Wikipedia's NPOV policy].  However, due to the subjective nature of the topics at hand, it's hard to have a strict NPOV policy without becoming a clone of Wikipedia.  Thus, the policy regarding point-of-view is one of "EPOV".
  
"EPOV" is "Electowiki Point-of-View" policy.  Basically, the editorial board (currently [[User:DanKeshet|DanKeshet]] and [[User:RobLa|Robla]]) serves as arbitors for what belongs and what doesn't.  Over time, we'll try to evolve more formal guidelines, but for now, here's some general guidelines we plan to use:
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"EPOV" is "Electowiki Point-of-View" policy.  Basically, the [[#Editorial board|editorial board]] serves as the arbiter for what belongs and what doesn't.  Over time, we'll try to evolve more formal guidelines, but for now, here's some general guidelines we plan to use:
 
*  '''We have a point of view'''.  Electowiki tries to be a general resource for experts to get complete information, but makes no promises about neutrality.  Other sources, such as Wikipedia, should be used to obtain neutral information.
 
*  '''We have a point of view'''.  Electowiki tries to be a general resource for experts to get complete information, but makes no promises about neutrality.  Other sources, such as Wikipedia, should be used to obtain neutral information.
 
*  '''Err on the side of neutrality''' - while the EPOV will come out from time-to-time, it should be hard to distinguish it from Wikipedia-style NPOV in the vast majority of cases.
 
*  '''Err on the side of neutrality''' - while the EPOV will come out from time-to-time, it should be hard to distinguish it from Wikipedia-style NPOV in the vast majority of cases.
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*  '''Latitude to editorialize on other positions''' - while acknowledging opposing points of view exist, we also reserve the right to comment on those positions in ways which may not be so flattering
 
*  '''Latitude to editorialize on other positions''' - while acknowledging opposing points of view exist, we also reserve the right to comment on those positions in ways which may not be so flattering
 
*  '''Controversial points of view should be vetted on election-methods list''' - if there's a dispute over editorial policy, take it up on the [[election-methods mailing list]].
 
*  '''Controversial points of view should be vetted on election-methods list''' - if there's a dispute over editorial policy, take it up on the [[election-methods mailing list]].
*  '''Meta-View''' - A common met-view, largely shared within this wiki, is that the currently practiced electoral systems in many countries are woefully indadequate expressions of democracy.
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*  '''Most jurisdictions need much better election systems ''' - A common view, largely shared in the Electowiki community, is that the currently practiced electoral systems in many countries are woefully inadequate expressions of democracy.
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Real-world voting reform advocacy and organizational work are also welcome, though we [[Electowiki:The_caucus#Advocacy.2FPropaganda_development.3F|don't yet have a policy for how to organize it]].  We may want to add a bias template to advocacy articles in the mainspace, for example.  As for your own userspace, anything is fair game, as long as it's election-related.
  
 
Please let us know your opinions of this policy on [[Electowiki talk:Policy|the policy talk page]].
 
Please let us know your opinions of this policy on [[Electowiki talk:Policy|the policy talk page]].
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== Editorial board ==
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Since it's January 2005 inception, Electowiki has had an ad hoc editorial board, with de facto membership based on momentum.  History:
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* 2005: [[User:DanKeshet]] and [[User:RobLa]]
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* 2006 through 2018: [[User:RobLa]]
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* 2019: [[User:Psephomancy]] and [[User:RobLa]]
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[[User:RobLa]] would like to formalize this somehow, but as of December 2019, hasn't declared a process for achieving this.
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== Why not just use Wikipedia? ==
 
== Why not just use Wikipedia? ==
  
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Because Electowiki and Wikipedia's content are both governed by the same license, they can be perfect complements to one another, incorporating content from the other whenever useful.
 
Because Electowiki and Wikipedia's content are both governed by the same license, they can be perfect complements to one another, incorporating content from the other whenever useful.
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== Living people ==
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As of November 2019, we have a category ([[:Category:Living people]]) for main-namespace articles about people in electoral reform.  As of 2019, the policy is still under development on [[Electowiki_talk:Policy]], but these are the generally acceptable categories are emerging:
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* Short summary-style pointers to biographies on Wikipedia
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* Short summary-style pointers to biographies on other websites frequently referenced by articles on this wiki
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* Redirects to user pages on this wiki, for authors who explicity choose to associate their user account with a real-world identity
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Please do not associate user accounts on Electowiki with legal identities without explicit permission from the user.
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[[Category:Policy]]

Revision as of 21:25, 14 January 2020

Electowiki is very small and therefore does not have much policy. Unless we specifically say so, many of the English Wikipedia's policies apply to us, such as the Manual of Style.

Links

Unlike Wikipedia, Electowiki is specifically for elections and voting systems-related materials. Therefore, only make [[wikilinks]] to topics that we will want to have here someday.

Topics that are already covered by Wikipedia can be linked using interwiki links with the notation [[w:Electoral reform|]], which will look like this: Electoral reform (and likewise for Wiktionary: [[wikt:FPTP|]] becomes: FPTP).

EPOV

Electowiki has a policy somewhat similar to Wikipedia's NPOV policy. However, due to the subjective nature of the topics at hand, it's hard to have a strict NPOV policy without becoming a clone of Wikipedia. Thus, the policy regarding point-of-view is one of "EPOV".

"EPOV" is "Electowiki Point-of-View" policy. Basically, the editorial board serves as the arbiter for what belongs and what doesn't. Over time, we'll try to evolve more formal guidelines, but for now, here's some general guidelines we plan to use:

  • We have a point of view. Electowiki tries to be a general resource for experts to get complete information, but makes no promises about neutrality. Other sources, such as Wikipedia, should be used to obtain neutral information.
  • Err on the side of neutrality - while the EPOV will come out from time-to-time, it should be hard to distinguish it from Wikipedia-style NPOV in the vast majority of cases.
  • Fairness to other points of view - we acknowledge other points of view, however far out we may think they are. We strive not to rewrite history, or misrepresent the support or lack thereof for particular positions.
  • Latitude to editorialize on other positions - while acknowledging opposing points of view exist, we also reserve the right to comment on those positions in ways which may not be so flattering
  • Controversial points of view should be vetted on election-methods list - if there's a dispute over editorial policy, take it up on the election-methods mailing list.
  • Most jurisdictions need much better election systems - A common view, largely shared in the Electowiki community, is that the currently practiced electoral systems in many countries are woefully inadequate expressions of democracy.

Real-world voting reform advocacy and organizational work are also welcome, though we don't yet have a policy for how to organize it. We may want to add a bias template to advocacy articles in the mainspace, for example. As for your own userspace, anything is fair game, as long as it's election-related.

Please let us know your opinions of this policy on the policy talk page.

Editorial board

Since it's January 2005 inception, Electowiki has had an ad hoc editorial board, with de facto membership based on momentum. History:

User:RobLa would like to formalize this somehow, but as of December 2019, hasn't declared a process for achieving this.

Why not just use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia with an extensive section on voting systems. The election-methods mailing list community has "adopted" the Wikipedia section to some degree; most people who edit Wikipedia voting pages are aware of the mailing list and vice-versa. Wikipedia is a great encyclopedia project. However:

  1. Wikipedia is not a research community. Wikipedia only wants well-established ideas and facts. New systems, new methods for evaluating systems, new insight, and new jargon are invented frequently on the mailing list. These ideas need a place to grow up to before they are notable enough to be included in Wikipedia. Electowiki can be this research community; Wikipedia cannot.
  2. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a place for promotional activism Electowiki strives to be accurate and informative. But many of us research not just for knowledge, but also for change. Electowiki can be the place where we collaborate on arguments for change, craft draft letters to use when we write to groups where we are involved, et cetera.

Because Electowiki and Wikipedia's content are both governed by the same license, they can be perfect complements to one another, incorporating content from the other whenever useful.

Living people

As of November 2019, we have a category (Category:Living people) for main-namespace articles about people in electoral reform. As of 2019, the policy is still under development on Electowiki_talk:Policy, but these are the generally acceptable categories are emerging:

  • Short summary-style pointers to biographies on Wikipedia
  • Short summary-style pointers to biographies on other websites frequently referenced by articles on this wiki
  • Redirects to user pages on this wiki, for authors who explicity choose to associate their user account with a real-world identity

Please do not associate user accounts on Electowiki with legal identities without explicit permission from the user.