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If you're a participant, and you haven't been asked to be an editor, then you're an '''[[CZ:The Author Role|author]].'''  (Editors are authors ''too.'')  So, what can authors do? Almost everything.  Authors can start new articles, edit existing articles, talk things over on the talk page, and much else.  Editors can do all that, too.  Editors aren't distant overseers looking down from the Olympian heights.  To ''edit,'' editors must work shoulder-to-shoulder with authors and other editors.  So editors are authors too.
How does our community work?


'''[[CZ:The Editor Role|Editors]],''' who are experts in their fields, do have two special functions that authors do not have, however.  First, they may make decisions, where decisions need to be made, about how an article should read.  (This ''does not'' mean that editors must approve every change an author makes, which they certainly ''don't'' do.)  Second, they may approve specific versions of articlesIf you're an editor, and you want to know how to get started ''as'' an editor, please see [[CZ:The Editor Role|The Editor Role]].  Some editors are members of one of the governing bodies known as the [[CZ:Editorial_Council|Editorial Council]].
First, it's a wikiYou can work on whatever topics you want, whenever you want.


Where do '''constables''' fit in? Well, like their namesakes, constables are friendly, hard-working folks who make sure the community runs smoothlyIf you break a rule, a constable might gently tap you on the shoulder and explain what's wrongConstables are expected to be mature and kind and to make decisions solely about behavior, not about content, which is the domain of editorsSee the [[CZ:Constabulary|Constabulary]] homepage for moreIf you need to "call a constable," send an e-mail to constables@citizendium.org
The basic wiki role is '''[[CZ:The Author Role|author]].'''  (Editors make up a different category, but they are authors ''too.'')  So, what can authors do?  Almost everythingAuthors can start new articles, edit existing articles, talk things over on the talk page, and much elseEditors can do all that, tooEditors aren't distant overseers looking down from the Olympian heightsTo ''edit,'' editors must work shoulder-to-shoulder with authors and other editors.  So editors are authors too.


Finally, '''[[CZ:workgroups|workgroups]]''' are collections of editors and authors who are interested in a particular discipline, or in some function of the project, such as copyediting or recruitmentWe know that our list of disciplines needs work, by the way; the Editorial Council will be expanding the list soonIn the coming months, we're going to be expanding our governance apparatus, setting up many more workgroups as well as a general project representative council.  You, as a project member, may be asked to serve.
'''[[CZ:The Editor Role|Editors]],''' who are experts in their fields, do have two special functions that authors do not have, however.  First, they may make decisions, where decisions need to be made, about how an article should read.  (This ''does not'' mean that editors must approve every change an author makes, which they certainly ''don't'' do.)  Second, they may approve specific versions of articles.  If you're an editor, and you want to know how to get started ''as'' an editor, please see [[CZ:The Editor Role|The Editor Role]].
 
Work is bottom-up and self-directed.  But, for a variety of reasons, we are also organized into subject '''[[CZ:workgroups|workgroups]].''' Workgroups are collections of editors and authors who are interested in a particular discipline.  Each workgroup has its own homepage ([[CZ:Anthropology Workgroup|example]]), category ([[:Category:Health_Sciences_Workgroup|example]]), and "recent changes" page ([https://en.citizendium.org/wiki?title=Special:Recentchangeslinked&target=Category:Biology_Workgroup example]), and more.   
 
The ''Citizendium'' is an evolving online community--but it is more than just a collection of people working together on shared goalsAs a community, we need to coordinate our work, our policies, and our rules.  You can participate there, too, by suggesting ways that the ''Citizendium'' can grow and evolve through our [[CZ:Proposals|proposals system]].
 
Most importantly, we edit the ''Citizendium'' because we find joy and satisfaction in building and participating in a knowledge-sharing community.


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Latest revision as of 10:52, 14 February 2021

How does our community work?

First, it's a wiki. You can work on whatever topics you want, whenever you want.

The basic wiki role is author. (Editors make up a different category, but they are authors too.) So, what can authors do? Almost everything. Authors can start new articles, edit existing articles, talk things over on the talk page, and much else. Editors can do all that, too. Editors aren't distant overseers looking down from the Olympian heights. To edit, editors must work shoulder-to-shoulder with authors and other editors. So editors are authors too.

Editors, who are experts in their fields, do have two special functions that authors do not have, however. First, they may make decisions, where decisions need to be made, about how an article should read. (This does not mean that editors must approve every change an author makes, which they certainly don't do.) Second, they may approve specific versions of articles. If you're an editor, and you want to know how to get started as an editor, please see The Editor Role.

Work is bottom-up and self-directed. But, for a variety of reasons, we are also organized into subject workgroups. Workgroups are collections of editors and authors who are interested in a particular discipline. Each workgroup has its own homepage (example), category (example), and "recent changes" page (example), and more.

The Citizendium is an evolving online community--but it is more than just a collection of people working together on shared goals. As a community, we need to coordinate our work, our policies, and our rules. You can participate there, too, by suggesting ways that the Citizendium can grow and evolve through our proposals system.

Most importantly, we edit the Citizendium because we find joy and satisfaction in building and participating in a knowledge-sharing community.


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