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Policy questions

I'm looking for a comprehensive document that describes Wikia policies, which I want to use as a starting point for my own wiki's policies. From [1] I clicked Privacy Policy, which gave me a 404. Other policies linked from that page seem to have the same difficulty. I have a pretty good idea what's allowed and what's not allowed, and I understand the content is licensed to be freely distributed. I get it that it's not "my" wiki, but I do get to set the initial policies, so that's why I wanted to use Wikia policies as a base to start from.—GraemeMcRaetalk 16:55, September 14, 2010 (UTC)


Graeme try the policy's linked below this page (links all worked for me just now) Community central is Wikias main portal and most of the pages are on the Wikia.com address (the pages at Help.wikia.com may be a bit 'neglected' in some cases, as Central was revamped more recently) - BulldozerD11 17:19, September 14, 2010 (UTC)

Hi. Wikia policies can be found at Terms of Use, Licensing, Privacy Policy, Wiki Creation Policy, and Logo Usage Guidelines. Hope that helps! =) - Brandon Rhea@Wikia(talk) 17:21, September 14, 2010 (UTC)

You can see the privicy policy Here - there are very few-cross wikia polcies, as they tend to allow wiki communities to create and adapt their own policies. As standard, most wikis adopt:
  • No personal attacks
  • Users must sign their comments on talk pages using ~~~~. Signatures must identify the user, and must be substituted if they are a template
  • Consensus is used rather than "voting"
  • Adminship is seen as a community support role, admins are not above normal users of the wiki
  • Copyright law must be followed, and images must be tagged accordingly.
-- RandomTime 17:21, September 14, 2010 (UTC)

Content questions

I have an ancient book on McRae Clan history which has long been in the public domain. I would like to create a new wiki, and use content from that book to populate the pages. For this wiki I would have a policy that all information be sourced, with the initial source being this ancient book I mentioned, and that the content be limited to McRae Clan folklore, histories, genealogy, and the like. I'm guessing there wouldn't be a lot of action on this site, and that it would end up being fairly static after I finish typing in the book. So why post it as a wiki? Because unlike other ways to post a book (like just dumping it out as one HTML file) the ability to cross-reference parts of it using wikilinks is a real plus. As I'm typing, anything person or place that pops up a few times can be redlinked, and then I can go back later, and create those redlink pages. (And, naturally, if any other people are interested in helping, they sure can, but I wouldn't count on that.) So is this semi-static dump of a public domain book acceptable content for a wiki? Thanks.—GraemeMcRaetalk 16:55, September 14, 2010 (UTC)

Yes, but I'm not sure if Wikia will allow public-domain as an option. I'd suggest you contact wikia to ask them if they can allow you to have a wiki hosted with public domain instead of a license (and have all edits being released into PD). Failing that, you can state that a lot of the content is already in the public domain, but that's messy. As Wikia can still advertise on PD works, they may see fit to make an exception. If not, you could try another wiki farm, which might host it. -- RandomTime 17:21, September 14, 2010 (UTC)
Or put it on Wikisource. I-20the highway 20:36, September 15, 2010 (UTC)
The "Fair Dealing Rights" clause of the CCPL seems to permit the use of public domain material without restricting others from exercising the same rights.—GraemeMcRaetalk 02:52, September 16, 2010 (UTC)

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