The concrete idea of Gynapedia came into being in January 2017 as an extension of Mago Pool Circle, co-founded by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Hwang proposed the idea of a free online encyclopedia to be implemented to Mago Sisters. Kaalii Cargill suggested the Mediawiki platform. The name Gynapedia owes to Kaalii Cargill and Mago Sisters who supported it. Spider Redgold conducted the installation of Mediawiki. Sumaiyah Dymonz undertook the task of Local Settings management. Hwang coordinated tasks among the Administration Circle, while continuing to build the basic structure of Gynapedia. For the first year, Gynapedia Administration Circle includes Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates, Spider Redgold, Kaalii Cargill. Mediawiki Management Circle includes Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
Gynapedia is using the platform called Mediawiki, a free software created and used by and for Wikipedia. Note that Gynapedia is operated independently from Wikpeida especially during the first year. Find out how Gynapedia differs from Wikipedia in Gynapedia:Author's Handbook. Registered Users, unlike Wikipedia, will be given the right of editing at Stage II, date to be announced. For all users, see Gynapedia:User's Handbook. Once you are assigned to the Author's user group, please refers to Gynapedia:Author's Handbook.
Gynapedia is operated by volunteers and we are seeking volunteers (Authors, Patrollers, and Advisors) to help start and management. If you are interested, please email your application to Gynapedia Administration Circle (firstname.lastname@example.org). For application, see here.
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Skilled or capable of self-training in creating and editing pages in Wikipedia.
Researched, published, or taught topics on feminism, activism, and Goddess Spirituality.
Familiar with the general landscape of scholarship, research, movement, and creative projects on feminism, activism, and Goddess Spirituality.
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.
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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. Or use Template:Inuse.
Gynapedia User Groups for the first year
User groups and their rights
*: All users including anonymous
User: Registered users (Users need to be assigned to the Authors group in order to create a page.)
Author: Registered accounts designated by Gynapedia Administration Circle
Patroller: Selected individuals who review and edit pages
Advisor: Selected individuals who suggest page topics, review, and edit pages
Bot: Accounts with the bot right (intended for automated scripts)