The Science Archives:Rules and Policies

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Welcome to The Science Archives, your #1 resource of all things science inspired by Wikipedia and Wikiversity that anyone can edit!
Like any other website, there are a set of rules to follow when going here. Below is a summarized list of rules, followed by a detailed elaboration of each one. Please read this rules page thoroughly before making your first edit.
Even though we are not a Wikimedia project, many of Wikipedia's policies apply on our site as well. See a policy's respective Wikipedia page for more information.

Summary

  • User Conduct
    • The Science Archives may not be used to advertise businesses or boost rankings.
    • Follow the manual of style (see below), the preferred way of how things are to be organized. One violation of the Manual of Style will result in a one month long block.
    • Do not flame or insult other users. Send them a polite message if you have a dispute.
    • Do not boost for the achievement badges. Badges are meant as a guideline.
    • Do not edit others' user pages, as they are generally considered property of the user.
    • Do not vandalize any page. Do not remove all the content from a page.
    • Do not plagiarize content from Wikipedia. Write it in your own words.
    • Multiple accounts used for block-evasion or for other abusive reasons are forbidden.
  • Forums and Article Comments
    • Article comments are only for discussions on how to improve the article.
    • Forum messages may discuss anything related to science.
      • Forum messages must be placed in the correct boards.
    • If your message wall becomes too large, you may clear it out by clicking More and then Remove on each message.
  • Content
    • All content must be related to (any specialist subject of) science and math, or the individual elements of Martha Speaks.
    • All content must be objective. Use the forum to discuss your opinions.
    • Always list down the sites you used for reference in a references section.
    • Use the edit summary as you submit your edit. It lets others know what you changed in the article.

User Conduct

  • We are all here to build a database of all knowledge related to science information.
  • This site must NOT be used for advertising. Advertising products on The Science Archives will result in a 1 year long block.
  • Do not start edit wars. Be ready to discuss your changes with others. If you disagree with another editor, discuss the issue on either the user's wall or article's comments. Repeatedly reverting each other's changes, known as "edit warring", is bound to aggravate the conflict instead of solving it. If you cannot reach a consensus, ask an administrator to solve the problem.
    • Follow the three-revert-rule - An editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page—whether involving the same or different material—within a 24-hour period. An edit or a series of consecutive edits that undoes other editors' actions—whether in whole or in part—counts as a revert. Violations of the rule often attract blocks of at least 24 hours. Fourth reverts just outside the 24-hour period may also be taken as evidence of edit-warring, especially if repeated or combined with other edit-warring behavior.
  • Do not flame or insult other users. Send them a polite message if you have a dispute with another user. Talking things out and working out your differences can go a long way towards a mutual understanding. Do not even do it outside of this website.
  • (for all users) Do not edit others' user pages, as they are generally considered property of the user. You are, however, more than welcome to put whatever you'd like on your own user page, so long as it does not violate any rules or isn't offensive. If you have an issue with another user's user page, contact an Administrator.
  • Do not vandalize any page. Do not remove all the content from a page. It is considered vandalism to remove all the content from a page or to add irrelevant information to the page.
  • Never plagiarize content from Wikipedia or reference it. Write it in your own words. The goal is to write the key ideas in your own words so that you don't plagiarize or give the site an unreliable reputation.
  • Multiple accounts used for block evasion (called sockpuppetry) are strictly forbidden. If you create an addition account to evade a block, it will be permanently blocked and your primary account runs the risk of having it's block duration extended indefinitely.
    • If you wish to utilize a secondary account for another purpose (i.e. lost password or renaming account), please contact an Administrator.
  • You must always list down the sites/publications you used for a reference when writing or editing a page in a last section entitled References. There are zero exceptions to this rule. Adding uncited information will be viewed as vandalism and punishable by block, even if vandalism was not an intention.
    • {{reflist}} is acceptable. <references/> is not.
  • If a topic or subject has little to no reliable sources published about it, then The Science Archives should not have an article on it.
  • Do not cherrypick. When selecting information from a source, include contradictory and significant qualifying information from the same source (unless the significant information is clearly outdated).
  • Do not boost for the achievement badges. Badges are meant as a guideline and are in no way to be considered as status symbols. Use them for yourself and feel proud of yourself, do not use them to impress others.
    • What is boosting? Boosting is the process of making either useless or malicious edits just to heighten the count of edits they have made.
    • What is not boosting? Some things may appear to be boosting, but is not always so. Edit wars between an administrator and a vandal, who is trying to vandalize a page, and the user who is quickly undoing his edits.
    • Additionally, valid contributions with the aim of garnering an achievement are allowed. Contributors should exercise great caution in ensuring that these additions are pragmatic, useful, and accurate. Such instances will be investigated and reviewed by an administrator.

Manual of Style

General

  • In general, content should be written in a style appropriate for an encyclopedia or a scientific journal if possible. Descriptions should be clear and precise; speculated or uncertain facts should be avoided.
  • Do not be overly specific when writing, only as specific as necessary.
  • Use full sentences where possible.

Language

  • Russian, French, and Canadian accents are preferred (but not compulsory), because those are the countries the site's administrators are from. You are free to use American English and British English.
  • Formal language should always be used. Never write with informal styles if unnecessary.
    • This means that Martha Speaks episode and character descriptions found in the PBS Kids website like in here and here are 100% unacceptable for use in articles. This is a very serious rule.
  • Colloquialisms, slang, l33t speak and other informal styles are unacceptable.
  • Users can use short hand on non-content namespaces only.
  • The following words are not acceptable since they are informal and not scientific language: Interestingly (but not Unsuprisingly), Surprisingly, Coincidentally, kudos, weight.

Linking

  • Do not overlink. Generally, a page should be linked to from a given article only once, on its first occurrence. Links may be repeated if the first link is far up the page or if the manner the word is used in makes it necessary (i.e. in summary lists).
  • If a link is not to this site or an external link put the URL like this: [https://www.aavso.org/vsots_alphasco Antares: Betelgeuse's Neglected Twin]. It will look like this: Antares: Betelgeuse's Neglected Twin. Try to limit the number of external links in articles (except within references).
  • If the link is to a page in this site, link it like this: [[VV Cephei]]. It will look like this: VV Cephei.
  • To link to other Miraheze wikis, you should style them as external links: [https://wiki name.miraheze.org/wiki/article name intended name]. For example, [https://danny.miraheze.org/wiki/ Danny Phantom Wiki] will produce Danny Phantom Wiki.
  • To link to Wikipedia, you should link it like this: [[wikipedia:article name|intended name]]. For example, [[wikipedia:List of largest stars|List of largest stars]] will produce List of largest stars. However, this should only be done for authors and founders of a theory or work (like Nancy Lieder and Zecharia Sitchin), or unnotable objects.

Pictures

  • For astronomy articles, it is recommended that you use images made with Celestia 1.6.1 (download here). Real pictures are acceptable as well.
  • Use pictures from Wikipedia as long as you give credit or file it under the correct licence.
  • All images in articles must have captions styled like this: Figure 1. <text here>.
  • For example, this image of Helen as Halley's Comet should not be included in the Halley's Comet article.
    All images must pertain to what the article is about. For example, in the article Halley's Comet, all images should be of Halley's Comet. However, other pertaining images (such as the comet in fictional works) should not be included in that page.

Formatting

General

  • If you are new to wikis, you may want to read the tutorial on Wikipedia's help page.
  • To learn the basics of editing a wiki, go to the page editing guide.

Bold

  • Bold the article name the first time it appears in the article itself. Any alternative names should also be bolded at their first occurrence.
  • Avoid using bold formatting for general emphasis.

Italics

  • "Martha Speaks" should be italicized, but only when it's referring to the show or book series and not the episode.
  • Italics should be used for the titles of books, movies, shows and games (along with their downloadable contents).
  • Italics can be used for general emphasis, but should be used sparingly.

Emphasis

  • Do not use ALL CAPS. Important things to highlight must be underlined.
  • Avoid bolding words for general emphasis.
  • Avoid using double emphasis (e.g. combining bold and italics).
  • Use emphasis sparingly and only when necessary.

Underlining

  • Underlining article content should be used sparingly and only in special and important cases.

Content

  • All content must be related to science and mathematics, with an exception being the individual elements (e.g. characters and episodes) of Martha Speaks.
  • Pages focusing on pseudoscience are not allowed.
  • All content must be objective. For example, it would not be acceptable to add "I think Hydrochloric acid is a really cool chemical and it is the most popular acid ever!" to the pH Indicator page. Adding personal opinions to article pages will be seen as vandalism even if vandalism was not an intention.
  • Use the edit summary as you submit your edit. It lets others know what changed in the article, even if it is just a minor change. This makes it easy for users to back track a page's history.

Categories

  • Users should not create categories to boost their edit count (also known as boosting, see above). An example of this would be creating the category: «Stars with binary companions» and «Stars With binary companions» in the same article page.
  • Users should double check if a category they wish to add already exists, and if it is even a necessary category to add.
  • All information must be backed up by a valid and credible source. There are no exceptions to this rule and this should be considered a zero-tolerance offense. If you don't have a valid source, then you do not know the information, regardless of how 'sure' you may think you are. If you are unable to format a citation, contact an administrator for assistance.

Becoming an Administrator

Becoming an administrator is not an easy task. To become an administrator, you must have completed all of the following requirements:

  1. You must have at least 1,000 edits in the main namespace.
  2. You must promise that you will be relatively active and contribute regularly.
  3. You must never have been blocked more than twice, on this website, or on Wikipedia or other Miraheze and Wikimedia projects.

If you meet these requirements, and want to become an admin, you need to to go my talk page, and create a new section entitled "Administratorship request - [your username]", where members of the community will be able to discuss whether or not you should be made an admin. In the thread, say why you think you should be made one. The final decision will be up to me.

Please note that administratorship is not a reward for good contributions, nor a promotion to have more authority than other users. Simply put, an admin is a user who is being trusted with access to certain technical features to aid in maintenance. Not everybody who meets the requirements will automatically become an administrator; admins are appointed on a per-need basis and you should not edit with the goal of becoming an administrator.

Current Administrators

User Status Other Roles
User:Joey717 Active Bureaucrat, Administrator, Template Editor
User:Ilikechristians Active Assistant Bureaucrat, Administrator
User:Ynoss Active Assistant Bureaucrat, Administrator
User:Danny Willson Active Bureaucrat, Administrator

Rules for administrators

  • Administrators are not to enable/disable extensions and modify the site and logo using Special:ManageWiki without my permission.
    • The exception to this rule is turning skins off and on, but every user must be informed if a skin is to be turned off.
  • If an administrator is involved in an editing dispute, he or she should not use admin abilities or status to solve it. Ask another user or admin to mediate.
  • Administrators are allowed to undo each other's administrative actions. However, it is expected that the one who reverts an action explains the reason for the revert. If consensus cannot be reached, a third admin should be asked to mediate.
  • Admins should ask other admins to mediate if they feel a user should be blocked or banned for any reason. Vandals and users with unacceptable names (i.e. users that have flaming or personal information in their name) are excluded from this rule.