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This FAQ page addresses some general topics about PESWiki.

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Q. What is PESWiki?

PESWiki is an online free-content resource on "free energy" that anyone can edit. PESWiki's founder has described PESWiki as "a work station for the world of inventors and investigators into the exciting field of alternative energy technologies that are clean, renewable, inexpensive, and practical". PESWiki exists to bring knowledge to everyone about alternative, clean, practical, renewable free energy solutions.

Q. What does Wiki mean?

"WikiWiki" is the Hawaiian word for "quick." Some people ask if Wiki has anything to do with the Wiccan religion. It does not. The word "Wiki" was adopted as the name of wiki software, the type of software that PESWiki uses.

Q. What do you mean by

We define 'Free energy' much more broadly than is typical. We take the words literally. "Free" means you don't have to pay for it. Solar, wind, geothermal, tide, are all free energy sources. There are also some newly discovered sources of energy that are likewise free for the taking. The devices are not free, but the energy source is. The objective is to be able to develop free energy harnessing methods that are inexpensive, reliable, credible, safe, and of course clean.

Q. Who owns PESWiki?

The PESWiki site is hosted on the servers of Pure Energy Systems, Inc. (PES = Pure Energy Systems), who currently funds the site's operational costs (and which also manages the operation of sister projects and owns all of their domain names). PESWiki itself is managed by the individual contributors. The site is run by the community of editors guided by the principles articulated by the founder and the free energy community, including, for example, an adherence to being open and treating information with "true skepticism".

The articles hosted on this site are released by their authors under the GNU Free Documentation License (or a free license), so the articles are free content and may be reproduced freely under the same license. See PESWiki:Copyrights for information on how you can use PESWiki content.

Q. Who is responsible for the articles on PESWiki?

You are! Actually, you can even edit this very FAQ! As there are other PESWikins, this is a collaborative effort. Thousands of people have contributed information to different parts of this project, and anyone can do so, including you. All you need is to know how to edit a page, and have some encyclopedic knowledge you want to share. The encyclopedia provides users with a certain amount of freedom.

You can learn who is responsible for the most recent versions of any given page by clicking on the "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2]" link. Nevertheless, if you spot an error in the latest revision of an article, you are highly encouraged to be bold and correct it. This practice is one of the basic review mechanisms that maintains the reliability of the encyclopedia. As a result, PESWiki has become one of the most extensive information libraries available on the Internet.

If you are uncertain or find the wording confusing, quote the material on the associated talk page and leave a question for the next person. This helps eliminate errors, inaccuracies, or misleading wording more quickly and is highly appreciated by the community.

Q. Who can post at PESWiki?

Anyone can (if they are There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1]). The only exception is those who abuse that right by posting spam or by sabotaging content and other destructive practices. Such are banned. Some pages are locked for general editing, but in these cases the "discussion" link associated with the page can be used to make recommendations for the page. Can anyone just edit articles anonymously? No.

Q. Should I create an account?

Can anyone just edit articles anonymously? No. Should you create an account? Yes. See There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3]. Only editors with account names enjoy the benefits of PESWiki: among them is the positive reputation that goes with quality work. PESWikins with an established history are respected especially with regard to neutralizing article disputes. In addition, PESWikins sometimes find collaborating with anonymous users frustrating, because it is more difficult to contact them with questions, concerns, or suggestions. This is not to say there is a PESWiki hierarchy per se - though there are editors with administrative abilities (see PESWiki:Administrators), these are approved by the community, and the goal of most PESWikins is to ensure that democracy, (albeit leavened with a little anarchy), remains the supreme power on PESWiki.

Can you not just edit articles anonymously? No. If you stay in the dark, you cannot edit. You will not be able to edit pages without a login.

Q. What keeps PESWiki from being destroyed?

The There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] of almost all versions of pages is available. It consists of the text, the date and time of every edit, the user who made it, the edit summary, and a possible marking as "minor edit". It is linked to from There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6] and from every article. The page history of deleted pages is not available to non-administrators. However, the revision history is kept for some time and can be retrieved by a sysop (an administrator), who can also undelete the page. The history of uploaded files is also kept.

Q. How do you protect from spammers?

A person must be logged in to post content. That cuts down significantly on unwanted posts. Also, we employ a software program that detects obvious spam activity and prevents it. Finally, the community keeps a close eye, manually, on what is posted here, to make sure it is legitimate and relevant.

Q. What is

The articles hosted on this site are released by their authors under the GNU Free Documentation License (or a free license), so the articles are free content and may be reproduced freely under the same license. See PESWiki:Copyrights for information on how you can use PESWiki content.

Q. Which wiki software does PESWiki run on?

PESWiki use the MediaWiki software to facilitate collaborative editing and storage of page histories.

For more information on MediaWiki see the MediaWiki web site

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