I installed the wiki-software yesterday:
HTTPS encrypted URL will be added eventually; I need to order an SSL certificate first, but I will do this soon. You can start editing right away, once you've registered an account. I've disabled the editing rights for non-registered users in order to avoid anonymous trolls who are only there to vandalise articles, and I will also make further improvements later.
Excellent quality articles conforming to professional encyclopaedic standards will most likely be closed for real time editing in order to avoid sabotage and quality degradation of the articles.
A logo is needed, so anyone out there with some mad Photoshop skills can send me a PM about this if you feel like contributing with a cool logo to the project.
I chose the Creative Commons licence, specifically, this one:
This means that whatever work you contribute to Encyclopædia Biodiversity, it is not allowed for a third party to use your work for commercial purposes, and they must give credit where it's due (the Encyclopædia Biodiversity community project):The primary focus of Encyclopædia Biodiversity, will be Race & Genetics in the context of humanity, but it will also deal with Flora & Fauna of non-human species, and science (astronomy, physics, chemistry etcetera). Make no mistake about it: Encyclopædia Biodiversity is Wiki-based free general interest encyclopaedia. In this sense, Encyclopædia Biodiversity isn't any different from Wikipedia or Citizendium, however, the primary focus of Encyclopædia Biodiversity will be human and non-human biodiversity. Every notable topic is allowed to create quality articles about, but articles not related to biodiversity will be given less attention.You are free:
* to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
Under the following conditions:
* Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Attribute this work:
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* No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
With the understanding that:
* Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
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So how does Encyclopædia Biodiversity differ from Wikipedia? Well, in several ways. Since our focus is biodiversity, we will for example, try to cover every single human SNP there is with an informative article, all haplogroups and their subclades, and for example, article of famous individuals should try to add haplogroups, race and autosomal DNA data in the profile template. All individuals will be categorised by racial and ethnic categories.
Very common and typical themes of Wikipedia, is popular culture and geek subjects (Linux and shit like that). While such topics are not forbidden on Encyclopædia Biodiversity, they will be given much less attention by its community, since this is a race-based encyclopaedia.
The Encyclopædia Biodiversity project is a politically neutral collaborative project. This means there's no political agenda like there is on for example, Metapedia. The only "agenda" Encyclopædia Biodiversity has, is to create and maintain quality articles from a genetic, scientific point of view, up to par with professional encyclopaedic standards.
Make sure you cite quality sources (preferably academic, peer-reviewed stuff published in reliable journals or any other source that is very reliable) with every edit you make that has any bold statements (controversial or otherwise).
You may also have noticed the name Encyclopædia Biodiversity. The reason why I decided to spell the name with æ instead of e, is because this encyclopaedia is to be published in British English. So no bastardised American English. Instead of writing favor, write favour, use æ rather than simply e when it's supposed to be written with æ, and so on and so forth.
Depending on the success of Encyclopædia Biodiversity, I will add more non-English languages later. Scandinavian languages (and probably also Finnish) will be added first, followed by Slavic languages eventually.
Also, one important note: the QBQ (Quality Before Quantity) policy applies here as well; members who are only there to instigate revert wars and lack quality in their edits, will be banned for quality reasons.