This is the root page for all Citizendium content policy pages. Generally, we may write about whatever we like in the Citizendium. There are, however, a few constraints on the choice of article topic:
- Encyclopedia topics. Topics should be plausible as encyclopedia article topics. This excludes topics expressing personal opinions or highly complicated topics that reflect original research. Citizendium also usually discourages the creation of articles about people known only for committing acts of violence, including mass shooters; see this Content Forum debate. Exceptions might be accepted with the Editor in Chief's consent. No advertisements or promotions are allowed for any commerce or business.
- No public relations. You may not use this wiki to publicize clients or companies for their commercial benefit. If you are closely involved with someone or have a business relationship with them, it would be a conflict of interest to try to write about them objectively.
- Redundancy and Disambiguation If one topic is quite similar to another--for example, is just a variant on the name--then the less common topic name should in many cases be redirected to the more common topic name. Thus, for example Great War redirects to World War I. When starting articles using a person's name, it is normally preferable to disambiguate the title (i.e., not just "Eugene Daub", but rather Eugene Daub (sculptor).
Unlike in Wikipedia, there is no requirement on the Citizendium that article topics be "notable", which means we do not exclude topics solely on the ground that their topics do not strike contributors as being significant or important. We recognize that what may be completely trivial to one person might in fact be quite important to another.