PESWiki:Policies and guidelines

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PESWiki has developed a body of policies and guidelines. While we try to respect consensus, PESWiki is not a democracy, and its governance can be inconsistent. Hence there is disagreement between those who believe rules should be explicitly stated and those who feel that written rules are inherently inadequate to cover every possible variation of problematic or disruptive behavior. In either case, a user who acts against the spirit of our written policies may be reprimanded, even if technically no rule has been violated. However those who edit in good faith, show civility, seek consensus, and work towards the goal of creating a great encyclopedia should find a welcoming environment. PESWiki greatly appreciates additions that help all people.

Key policies

You don't need to read every PESWiki policy before you contribute. However, the following policies are particularly important to the project, and the sooner you understand and use them, the better:

# PESWiki is a free energy resource. Its goals go no further, and material that does not fit this goal must be moved to another There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1].)

# Respect other contributors. PESWiki contributors come from many different countries and cultures, and have widely different views. Treating others with respect is key to collaborating effectively in building an encyclopedia. (See There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2].)

# Don't infringe copyrights. PESWiki is a free encyclopedia licensed under the terms of the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3]s threatens our objective to build a truly free resource that anyone can redistribute, and could lead to legal problems. (See PESWiki:Copyrights.) (This is a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] that applies to all PES projects.)

# Keep a point of view. Articles should be written from a PESWiki:Point of view, representing views with facts. (This too is a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5] that applies to all PES projects.)

# Add evidence and verifiable information. PESWiki articles include There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6] and logical reasoning, and any evidence should be PESWiki:Citing sources so that others can check the data. (See PESWiki:Verifiability and PESWiki:Original research).

Other concise summaries of key policies

One of these concise versions of the PESWiki guidelines should get you familiar with the important policies.

Here's the recommended reading order:

#PESWiki:Cornerstones: a quick rundown of the key rules you need to start editing. Don't worry, it's easy.

#PESWiki:Simplified Ruleset: rules of thumb to help you avoid problems.

#PESWiki:List of policies: A comprehensive list of the official policies with very quick summaries.

Every policy and guideline is listed in one of the following There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7]:

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[9]: policies that are widely accepted and that everyone is expected to follow.

There was an error working with the wiki: Code[10]: less rigid rules of thumb that are generally accepted by consensus to apply in many cases.