Consensus information

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This is a "work page," not a typical information or resource page. It is intended to guide planners, managers, and operators of 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.

What is appropriate content on the Jackson Heights Wiki? In Wikipedia, determining appropriate content is guided by "5 Pillars" that guide 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 pillars seeking guidance for determining consensus information on wiki.JacksonHeights.nyc.

Typical Delicate Questions[edit]

In establishing our pillars, here are a few delicate situations 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?
  • ...
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 and resource center. It helps us understand what was and why things are the way they are. 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. JH is not a political medium, but it can be used for presenting issues and candidates in a neutral manner.
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 presentations. Verifyability is more difficult to establish on JH.nyc, but a level of exactness or certitude should be indicated.
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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.

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