[Foundation-l] Compulsory policies for all Wikipedias

Geoffrey Plourde geo.plrd at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 9 23:42:38 UTC 2009

I think that the general principles are a perfectly acceptable "policy" and creating a compulsory policy is a bad idea. Each project needs the independence provided by the general principles. Due to the vast diversity of the Wikimedia family, we cannot make hard and fast rules and expect each prject to use them. Flexibility is a virtue.

From: Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 9, 2009 11:00:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Compulsory policies for all Wikipedias

I think the assumption is that any Wikipedia will adopt the general
policies found on the English Wikipedia, but tailor them for local
conditions. A project which wishes to significantly deviate from the
general principles of everyone can edit, neutral point of view, and using
reliable sources should probably be independent.

Perhaps it is time a definite policy is drafted and published.

Fred Bauder

> Hi!
> It is totally clear that all the Wikipedias must respect and follow
> some particular policies which are global for all the Wikipedias. The
> question is what are these policies?
> Each small Wikipedia doesn’t have all variety of policies and
> guidelines which major Wikipedias have, and—it’s obvious—some time
> or
> other they will need such a list of all-projects rules. What I found
> for now is
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:How_to_start_a_new_Wikipedia
> with the rules of copyright, license, NPOV and “What Wikipedia is
> not”, but this page “is obsolete or no longer maintained” (and
> there
> is even no rule of “Five pillars”). There is also page
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Founding_principles exists, but it
> seems to be relevant for all Wikimedia projects, not only Wikipedias
> (“Five pillars”, “What Wikipedia is not” are missed). There are
> some
> other pages exist, but they all are not relevant here as well.
> So, does an all-Wikipedias rules list exist, or if not, what are there
> global rules which all the Wikipedias must follow?
> And one more question. What is the general practice of who and how can
> decide whether something meets the (all-project) rules or not?
> (This message was also posted to Wikimedia Forum on Meta).
> Thanks,
> zedlik
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