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Content Policy

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.

If you would like our "top policy picks," or the most important policy documents, see:
  1. Citizendium Policies
  2. Article Mechanics
  3. Objectivity Guidance
  4. Subpages
  5. Naming Conventions
  6. How to convert Wikipedia articles to Citizendium articles
  7. Approval Standards (now mostly inactive)

General article policy and instructions
Article Mechanics
A guide to encyclopedia article style and mechanics.
What Citizendium articles are not
A few items that one should not confuse Citizendium encyclopedia articles with.
Sage advice on writing CZ articles
Just a few words of wisdom.
Approval Standards (now mostly inactive)
The basic qualities of a good encyclopedia article.

Fundamental principles
Objectivity Guidance
Use reliable sources and try to avoid advocacy
Article Inclusion
If an article is of low quality and nobody is interested in developing it, it can be removed by Editorial decision. See also the top of this article.

Media policy
How to upload and give credit for images.
Media Assets Workgroup
A proposed workgroup would help manage our media resources.
Fair Use Policy
Guidance for fair use issues.

Topic Informants and Self-Promotion
Policy on Topic Informants
What we do when someone with a vested interest in a topic wants to get involved.
Topic Informant Workgroup
Interviewers and writers volunteering to work with topic informants.
Policy on Self-Promotion
Thou shalt not promote thyself.

We're not just an encyclopedia. See what else.
Default subpages
Related Articles and Definitions | Bibliography | External Links
Subpages that should be included in (almost) all articles.
Optional subpages
Catalogs, timelines, galleries, tutorials--all different sorts of reference information.

Special issues
Even "stubs," very short articles, can be high quality.
How to convert Wikipedia articles to Citizendium articles
If you must upload that Wikipedia article, here's how.
Topic Choice
First step is to pick a topic; a few rules about that.
Naming Conventions
How to name articles.
Citation style
How to cite articles and books.
Formatting Mathematics
How to format mathematical equations.
Page categories
How they are used here.
"Disambiguation pages" let people choose which sense of a term they're interested in.

Essentially, unapproved articles shouldn't be relied upon, and we officially make no guarantees about our approved articles, either.
CZ is free, but see this page for formal details about our licensing scheme.
Reusing Citizendium Content
A more informal explanation of how to reuse our content.
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Our main license (used for articles that began life here). This is the dry legalese.
GNU Free Documentation License
The other of our licenses (used for articles that began life on Wikipedia). This is the dry legalese.
Reusing Media Hosted at Citizendium
How you may reuse media we host.
Contributors, it's important to document use permissions you receive.
See also Privacy policy
Part of our Organization pages.

Citizendium Content Policy
Approval Standards | Article Mechanics | Subpages | Importing material from other sources | Citable articles
How to Edit
Getting Started Organization Technical Help
Policies Content Policy
Welcome Page