|JacksonHeights.nyc establish structure for this wiki and for other elements of the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative. That being said, thoughts about this page from general users are most welcomed.|
We use the same MediaWiki software and a similar interface as Wikipedia, but we're not a classic encyclopedia and differ in important ways. For starters, content on the Jackson Heights Wiki must conform to the following:
- Pages must be about events, locations, people, or services that have or will take place in Jackson Heights, our 1.5 square mile neighborhood.
- We are neighbors who know one another or are lightly separated (one or two degrees), and would be wise to show respect for one another (see Hatfield-McCoy feud).
Some Typical Delicate Questions
In establishing our content standard, here are a few examples of the delicate questions we'll need to consider:
- If there's a battered women's shelter serving the neighborhood, should its location be noted on the wiki?
- How about a cranky neighbor, is it appropriate to create a page naming that person or describing his/her precise location?
- Should we have a map showing the residence of sex offenders?
- What about streaming video of public spaces, e.g., streets, parks, or co-op video cameras?
- What if a commercial bank or supermarket creates (and recreates) a page that is in essence an advertisement for their products? Are they allowed?
- On privacy, who should be listed? In editing the Rory Staunton story several elected representatives were mentioned (Joe Crowley, Dromm) as well as a leader of a local non profit. As elected representatives Crowley and Dromm should have pages. But what about the civic leader?
The Jackson Heights Wiki's Pillars
So, what is appropriate content on the Jackson Heights Wiki?
In Wikipedia, determining appropriate content is guided by "5 Pillars" that channel its development as an encyclopedia. As the Jackson Heights Wiki is a neighborhood resource, not a global encyclopedia, we need to create relevant pillars that reflect our needs and guide our operation. Here we build upon Wikipedia's five “pillars” seeking guidance for determining consensus information on wiki.JacksonHeights.nyc.
|Wikipedia's 5 Pillars||The Jackson Heights Wiki's Pillars|
|Wikipedia is an encyclopedia: It combines many features of general and specialized encyclopedias, almanacs, and gazetteers. Wikipedia is not a soapbox, an advertising platform, a vanity press, an experiment in anarchy or democracy, an indiscriminate collection of information, or a web directory. It is not a dictionary, a newspaper, or a collection of source documents, although some of its fellow Wikimedia projects are.||JacksonHeights.nyc (JH) is our neighborhood’s civic memory, directory, and digital resource center. It helps us understand what was, why things are the way they are, and what is. Older people might have individual stories that should be recorded and preserved and presented on the wiki (in audio, video, and text). These might be thought of a indigenous memory, oral history, or perhaps recollections.|
|Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view: We strive for articles that document and explain major points of view, giving due weight with respect to their prominence in an impartial tone. We avoid advocacy and we characterize information and issues rather than debate them. In some areas there may be just one well-recognized point of view; in others, we describe multiple points of view, presenting each accurately and in context rather than as "the truth" or "the best view". All articles must strive for verifiable accuracy, citing reliable, authoritative sources, especially when the topic is controversial or is on living persons. Editors' personal experiences, interpretations, or opinions do not belong.||JacksonHeights.nyc seeks consensus. The JH Wiki is not a political medium, but it can be used for presenting issues and candidates in a neutral manner. Verifyability is more difficult to establish on JH.nyc, as memories fade and authoritative sources rare. Contributors should indicate the level of exactness or certitude of the content added.|
|Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute: Since all editors freely license their work to the public, no editor owns an article and any contributions can and will be mercilessly edited and redistributed. Respect copyright laws, and never plagiarize from sources. Borrowing non-free media is sometimes allowed as fair use, but strive to find free alternatives first.||JH.nyc is free content made available for residents to use directly or to repurpose and develop. Respect copyright laws, and never plagiarize. Borrowing non-free media is sometimes allowed as fair use, but strive to find free alternatives first.|
|Editors should treat each other with respect and civility: Respect your fellow Wikipedians, even when you disagree. Apply Wikipedia etiquette, and don't engage in personal attacks. Seek consensus, avoid edit wars, and never disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point. Act in good faith, and assume good faith on the part of others. Be open and welcoming to newcomers. Should conflicts arise, discuss them calmly on the appropriate talk pages, follow dispute resolution procedures, and consider that there are 5,329,351 other articles on the English Wikipedia to improve and discuss.||Contributors should treat each other with respect and civility: Respect your fellow contributors, even when you disagree. Apply Wikipedia etiquette, and don't engage in personal attacks. Seek consensus, avoid edit wars, and never disrupt JH.nyc to illustrate a point (use a sandbox). Act in good faith, and assume good faith on the part of others. Be open and welcoming to newcomers. Should conflicts arise, discuss them calmly on the appropriate Discussion pages, follow prescribed Dispute Resolution Procedures, and consider that there are many other articles to improve and discuss.|
|Wikipedia has no firm rules: Wikipedia has policies and guidelines, but they are not carved in stone; their content and interpretation can evolve over time. The principles and spirit matter more than literal wording, and sometimes improving Wikipedia requires making exceptions. Be bold but not reckless in updating articles. And do not agonize over making mistakes: every past version of a page is saved, so mistakes can be easily corrected.||JH.nyc has no firm rules: there are policies and guidelines, but they are not carved in stone; their content and interpretation can evolve over time. The principles and spirit matter more than literal wording, and sometimes improving JH.nyc requires making exceptions. Be bold but not reckless in updating articles. And do not agonize over making mistakes: every past version of a page is saved, so mistakes can be easily corrected.|
"Discussing" What's Appropriate
That said, we have different criteria for Discussion pages. (NOTE: Every Page on our wiki has a corresponding Discussion page. Connect to them from the "Discussion" tab at top left of every page.) Considerations on matters such as privacy are somewhat looser on the Discussion pages.
In Wikipedia, appropriate content is determined through discussions following a Request For Comment or RFC process. See how Wikipedia handles these discussions by visiting their Village pump.