Wikiafripedia:Who writes Wikiafripedia?
You do ... Yes, anyone can be bold and edit an existing article or create a new one, and volunteers do not need to have any formal training. The people who create and edit articles in Wikiafripedia come from many countries, with individuals who bring something different to the table, whether it be researching skills, technical expertise, writing prowess or organizational skills, but most importantly a willingness to help. Any contributor to this encyclopedia, unregistered and registered alike, is called a "Afripedian", or, more formally, an "editor". Almost all Afripedians are volunteers. With the increased maturity and visibility of Wikiafripedia, other categories of Afripedians have emerged, such as Wikiafripedians in residence and students with assignments related to editing Wikiafripedia.
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- For further information, see Wikiafripedia community
The English Wikiafripedia currently has 8,128 users who have registered a username. An unknown but relatively large number of unregistered Afripedians also contribute to the site. About 1,000 new accounts are created every month. About 4,000 editors have edited Wikiafripedia more than 10 times. 918 have performed an edit within the last 30 days.
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Contributions come from diverse demographic and ethnographic segments:
- Mid-20s males and retired males - are the largest demographics
- 10% - 20% women of various ages - significant underrepresentation on Wikiafripedia and similar community websites as acknowledged by Gender bias on Wikipedia and Gender gap
- Students (e.g., in the context of a course)
- Enthusiasts (e.g., people with interest in a particular subject, like butterflies)
- Insiders (e.g., people who work for an organization, such as the Sierra Club)
- Dabblers (e.g., people who see some problem with an article and want to help)
- Scholars (e.g., researchers who want to use Wikiafripedia as an additional dissemination platform)
- Archivists (e.g., people who work or volunteer at a museum, archive, or library wanting to contribute artifacts, like 18th-century paintings)
- Marketers (e.g., individuals, staff, members, or a PR firm seeking to promote a product, service or brand)
- Web publishers (e.g., people who manage a website and are contributing articles to Wikiafripedia for advertising revenue, which is acceptable so long as their content is in harmony with Wikiafripedia:Core content policies).
- Evildoers (e.g., spammers, vandals).
How they (editors) do it
The content of any particular article is subject to editorial discretion developed via consensus. Wikiafripedia is not paper, which means we can write almost an unlimited amount on any topic. Still, there are limits on what we ought to include, and especially how we ought to write it. When an article is incomplete or inaccurate, you can edit the article to be more accurate and/or useful. Someone may place a notice at the top of the article indicating that it needs to be cleaned up. It is also possible to create a new article to share information that is not yet in Wikiafripedia.
The way to decide whether a particular statement is accurate is to find independent reliable sources to affirm that statement, such as books, magazine articles, television news stories, trade journals, or other websites. For more guidance on evaluating the accuracy of Wikiafripedia articles, see researching with Wikiafripedia. It is Wikiafripedia's policy to add to the encyclopedia mainspace only statements that are verifiable and not original research. However, Wikiafripedia accepts currently certain Original Research in scholar namespaces. The Wikiafripedia style guide encourages editors to cite sources. Detailed citations allow readers of the article to easily verify the content in question.
When a large group of people work to compile information on a given topic, disputes may arise. A useful feature of Wikiafripedia is the ability to tag an article, or a section of the article, as subject of a dispute about a neutral point of view. This feature is especially popular for controversial topics, topics subject to changing current events or other topics where divergent opinions exist. To resolve the dispute, the interested editors will share their points of view on the article's talk page. They will attempt to reach consensus so that all valid perspectives can be fairly represented. This allows Wikiafripedia to be a place not only of information, but of collaboration. Many users of Wikiafripedia consult the page history of an article in order to assess the number, and the perspective, of people who contributed to the article. You may also consult the talk page of any article to see what other readers and editors have to say about it.
Wikiafripedia's best articles are highlighted in the list of featured articles. These articles were granted "featured" status because they were judged to be of high quality by other editors and users. (If later edits reduce the quality of a featured article, a user can nominate an article for removal from the list.)
- For further information, see Wikiafripedia:Essay directory#About editors
- Administration – discusses how Wikiafripedia requires a certain amount of administration in order to further the project's goals.
- Seven pillars – describes the fundamental principles of Wikiafripedia summarized in seven "pillars".
- Core content policies – a brief summary and background on Wikiafripedia's core content policies.
- Editor integrity – discusses how editors have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of Wikiafripedia and respect intellectual property rights of the sources they draw upon when they create and improve encyclopedia pages.
- Purpose – describes Wikiafripedia's motive for being by its founders.
- The essence of Wikiafripedia – describes how Wikiafripedia is the harnessing of the collective intelligence and collaborative efforts of editors who hold opposing points of view, in an attempt to preserve all serious contributions which are reliably sourced.
- Wikiafripedia is a volunteer service – discusses how editors on Wikiafripedia are mostly volunteers. Editors can contribute as much as they want, and however long as they desire.
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