Gynapedia:Author's Handbook

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Welcome! All Authors are required to read Gynapedia:User's Handbook before proceeding to this Author's Handbook. Unlike Wikipedia, Gynapedia Authors CAN create pages about themselves, their friends, and their organizations. In addition, they, unlike those of Wikipedia, CAN use external links to their websites and published articles (see below "How Gynapedia differs from Wikipedia). Foremost, they are strongly encouraged to use internal links to related authors and advocacies for network and collaboration. While Gynapedia provides Authors with exceptional rights and advantages, it is of utmost importance that Authors write articles within the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddess Spirituality. All pages in Gynapedia must be written in the style of an encyclopedia article, which requires a synopsis, subsection, objective or third person voice, and/or support by researches. Table of contents is strongly recommended. Important: Upon registration, email your user name to Gynapedia Admin Circle (magopoolcircle@gmail.com) so that we can assign you to the Author's user group. You can also reach us via Mago Pool Circle's chat box[1].


What can be published in Gynapedia

  • Underpinnings: New or renowned research and/or theory on a topic (concepts, histories, people, places, customs, traditions, materials, principles, ideas and etc.) that can be housed under the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Persons: New or renowned writers, advocates, and/or contributors to the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Networks and collaborations: New or renowned organizations that have contributed to the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.
  • Artworks and creative projects: New or renowned artworks or creative projects that concerns a topic that can be housed under the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.

Advertisement or event pages are subjected to deletion. Please consider joining Mago Pool Circle[2], a gift-sharing website for your activities and promotions.


The First Year Plan

Following is the three-stage plan for 2017-2018 (tentatively, March 20, 2017-March 19, 2018).

Stage I: Authors can create and edit pages. Authors can't delete their pages but move their pages.

Stage II: Authors can create and edit pages. Authors can edit pages.

Stage III: Authors can create and edit pages. Users can edit pages.

Upon creating a page, we recommend you to use Sandbox for testing your page. Note that Mediawiki will request a simple registration in that you are going outside Gynapedia to use Sandbox[3]. Or use Template:Inuse.


Gynapedia Manuals for Authors

  • Use Sandbox for testing your page. Note that Mediawiki will request a simple registration in that you are going outside Gynapedia to use Sandbox[4]
  • How to maneuver Gynapedia contents[5]
  • How To Create A Page. Or see here [6].
  • How to upload an image, resize image, add caption and placement[7]
  • How to edit[8]
  • How to link[9]
  • How to create a table[10]. Or see here[11].
  • How Category works and how to use it[12].
  • How to move a page, see here[13].
  • How to use HTML restriction (header, color, etc), see here[14].
  • How to add and position Table of Contents, see here[15].
  • How to add Cite and Notes/References, see here[16] or for more complexed Cite[17].

Images: Recommended size of an image to be inserted in your page is between 150-200 pixels. For artworks and creative projects, one may create a page with gallery.

Categories: Any page creator can create a category and assign your pages under that category. Gynapedia default categories are feminism, activism, and Goddessianism.


Wiki Handbook

  • Mediawiki tutorials[18]
  • Images size, caption, placement and gallery[19]. Also see here[20]
  • How to cite sources[21]
  • User rights[22]
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using Mediawiki[23]
  • Mediawiki feature list[24]
  • Mediawiki principles[25]


Gynapedia Policies

Read the following carefully to avoid removal from the user group. And an unacceptable page will be deleted quickly.

For the first year, Gynapedia permits Authors who may need more time to complete an article. If your article is in progress, include the following atop your page, "This document is a work in progress. Comments are appreciated but this is not a final draft." Or use Template:Inuse. Also don't make your articles orphaned; internal links are highly encouraged for network and collaboration among Authors.

Powered by Mediawiki, Wikipedia's free software, Gynapedia observes Wikipedia's writing rules and policies. However, not without exceptions as noted below "How Gynapedia differs from Wikipedia".


Gynapedia abides by Wikipedia as follows

  • Regarding writing articles, see Wikipedia:Your first article[26].

Don't copy articles.
Be careful about controversial materials.
Avoid extremely short articles.

  • Regarding avoiding common mistakes, see Wikipedia:Avoiding common mistakes[27].

Dictionary-type entries. We take the stance that Wikipedia is not a dictionary. Each article should aim to cover its topic beyond a simple definition and teach something about greater context. Pure dictionary definitions belong in our sister project, Wiktionary.

Redundant articles. Before creating a new article, run a search for the topic—you may find a related one that already exists. Consider adding to existing articles before creating an entirely new one. In searching keywords, remember that article titles are usually singular, e.g. "Tree", not "Trees". Also search Wikipedia with Google for the name of your topic, and related terms; articles may be missed by a Wikipedia search but caught by Google, especially if the terms you choose are not present in the article title. Google's spelling suggestion feature also helps a great deal. Redundant articles often result when a user comes across a red link, so see Wikipedia:WikiProject Red Link Recovery for more details. An article for a red link may have been deleted, so see Special:Log/delete and search for deletions to find out when and why an article was deleted. On the other hand, Categories, lists, and navboxes that contain the same elements are typically allowed.

Articles which are too short to have encyclopedic value. Articles must establish the context and notability of the subject. If an article does not contain enough content to keep it from being classified as a mere stub, then it may qualify for speedy deletion. Instead of creating a very short article, consider adding more content to the page before saving it, or using the Template:Inuse tag to indicate that the article is in the process of expansion.

  • Regarding external links, see Wikipedia:External links[28]

If the website or page to which you want to link includes information that is not yet a part of the article, consider using it as a source for the article, and citing it. Guidelines for sourcing, which include external links used as citations, are discussed at Wikipedia:Reliable sources and Wikipedia:Citing sources.

  • Regarding copyrights, see Wikipedia:Copyrights[29]

Important note: Gynapedia/The Wikimedia Foundation does not own copyright on Wikipedia article texts or illustrations. It is therefore pointless to email our contact addresses asking for permission to reproduce articles or images; even if rules at your company, school, or organization mandate that you ask web site operators before copying their content.

The only Gynapedia/Wikipedia content you should contact the Wikimedia Foundation about are the trademarked Wikipedia/Wikimedia logos, which are not freely usable without permission.

Permission to reproduce and modify text on Gynapedia/Wikipedia has already been granted to anyone anywhere by the authors of individual articles as long as such reproduction and modification complies with licensing terms (see below and Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks for specific terms). Images may or may not permit reuse and modification; the conditions for reproduction of each image should be individually checked. The only exceptions are those cases in which editors have violated Wikipedia policy by uploading copyrighted material without authorization, or with copyright licensing terms which are incompatible with those Wikipedia authors have applied to the rest of Wikipedia content. While such material is present on Wikipedia (before it is detected and removed), it will be a copyright violation to copy it. For permission to use it, one must contact the owner of the copyright of the text or illustration in question; often, but not always, this will be the original author.

If you wish to reuse content from Gynapedia/Wikipedia, first read the Reusers' rights and obligations section. You should then read the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License.


How Gynapedia differs from Wikipedia

1. Regarding writing articles, Gynapedia has a different standard for "notability" since much of materials on feminism, activism, and Goddess Spirituality remains underrepresented, if ever noted, in the current practice of publishing companies and academic circles.

Authors are welcome to create pages about themselves, their organizations and advocacies in an objective and the third person's narrative. Gynapedia Volunteer Authors can create pages about our Author's friend, mentor, and family member.

Gynapedia DOES NOT accord with the following in Wikipedia:

"Articles that do not meet notability guidelines and do not cite reliable published sources are very likely to be deleted. Do not create: pages about yourself, your company, your band, or your friends; pages that advertise; personal essays; or other articles you would not find in an encyclopedia.


2. Regarding writing articles, Gynapedia allows Author to write articles about yourself, your organization, and your advocacy that can be housed under the broadly defined theme of feminism, activism, and Goddess Spirituality.

Gynapedia DOES NOT abide by the following:

Articles about yourself, your family or friends, your website, a band you're in, your teacher, a word you made up, or a story you wrote
If you are worthy of inclusion in the encyclopedia, let someone else add an article for you. Putting your friends in an encyclopedia may seem like a nice surprise or an amusing joke, but articles like this are likely to be removed. In this process, feelings may be hurt and you may be blocked from editing if you repeatedly make attempts to re-create the article. These things can be avoided by a little forethought on your part. The article may remain if you have enough humility to make it neutral and you really are notable, but even then it's best to submit a draft for approval and consensus of the community instead of just posting it up, since unconscious biases may still exist of which you may not be aware.

Non-notable topics
People frequently add pages to Wikipedia without considering whether the topic is really notable enough to go into an encyclopedia. Because Wikipedia does not have the space limitations of paper-based encyclopedias, our notability policies and guidelines allow a wide range of articles – however, they do not allow every topic to be included. A particularly common special case of this is pages about people, companies, or groups of people, that do not substantiate the notability or importance of their subject with reliable sources, so we have decided that such pages may be speedily deleted under our WP:SPEEDY policy. This can offend – so please consider whether your chosen topic is notable enough for Wikipedia, and then substantiate the notability or importance of your subject by citing those reliable sources in the process of creating your article. Wikipedia is not a directory of everything in existence.


3. Regarding avoiding common mistakes, Gynapedia allows Author to write autobiographical articles and your organization articles in an objective and the third person's narrative as well as in user page.

Gynapedia DOES NOT accord with the following in Wikipedia:

Autobiographical articles. One of the most common mistakes for newcomers is creating an encyclopedia article about themselves (or a friend or relative). Because Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, it is not expected to have a biographical article about every person who contributes, or indeed, most people. The simple fact is that the vast majority of people are not notable, as we define that word here, and even if a subject is notable, you should not be writing articles about yourself or people with which you have a close connection. Your user page, however, is a perfect place to write a bit about yourself, especially as it relates to Wikipedia editing – your work and aspirations as a Wikipedian, to-do lists, useful policy/guideline links and the like. While you may write some unrelated content, you should avoid substantial content on your user page that is unrelated to Wikipedia. To access your userpage, just click on your user name at the top of the screen after you have logged in.

Company articles. It is often better not to write an article about the company you own or work for. First, you may have problems maintaining a neutral point of view, and second, your article may be quickly deleted. If your company is notable enough, someone else will write an article about it.


4. Regarding external links, Gynapedia allows Author to use web pages outside Gynapedia (external links) in the body of an article.

Gynapedia DOES NOT accord with the following in Wikipedia:

Wikipedia articles may include links to web pages outside Wikipedia (external links), but they should not normally be placed in the body of an article. All external links must conform to certain formatting restrictions.