Lumeniki suggests a research and debate methodology known as Lumenism (see debate mapping). As of Sept 16 2010, there is only one regular editor, Lumenos, but a few others have edited some articles and talk pages. The research topics are currently Lumenos' interests (you are welcome to add your own).
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Current research projects include (see the wiki for more/updated info):
- Home economics:
- Lumenos interviews an engineer who may be able to develop a more viable method for backyard solar electricity generation using a converted steam engine.
- Converting waste into food.
- A guide to the cheapest mp3/mp4 players.
- A guide to booting a normal Windows installation as a virtual machine.
- Value theory: Lumenos invented consequism to define benefit and evaluate moral systems, societies, or gods, according to their benevolence, and to distinguish this sort of evaluation from moralistic fallacy.
- Lumism describes Lumenos most undeniable perceptions and questions. From this framework is built Lumenosity (an eclectic religion incorporating elements of Intelligent Design, liberal Christianity, shamanism, etc) and Lumentialism (an atheistic philosophy similar to existentialism).
Is yet another wiki really necessary? Perhaps not. If Lumenos finds other wikis with the following qualities, he may move the content there:
- Lumenism + consequism= You can debate anything at Lumeniki. You may present arguments for (or against): racism, murder, torture, genocide, that the opposing force in a war is better, adult-child sex, human-animal sex, abortion, spousal abuse, rape, incest, assassination, terrorism, anything less controversial so long as it is lumenotable, <your favorite evil goes here>. This is an experiment in free speech.
- Advertising (product and service reviews): The Lumenati business model places our reputation before making a quick buck with propaganda-type advertising. Linking to affiliate sites is allowed on your user page or in appropriate articles. Keep in mind there is no prohibition against editing someone else's user page at Lumeniki. If you have a product or service you believe is the best value in its market, you may request an interview. But these may be subject to intense scrutiny by any editor (even if you are paying for it). This is not an invitation for "spam". Produce a review comparing your product with your toughest competition and include final prices (with shipping charges, etc).
- "Freaks" are welcome. You can be "out of the closet" at Lumeniki. Yes you. Join the costume party and be whoevar you please. Even normies can come and be normal.
- Conflict resolution policies: Lumenos sees policy purely as a means to resolve conflict, therefore the policies are built to respond to the desires of the current users. Lumenos has made a policy development page at WikiIndex, which could be incorporated into Lumeniki, if there are other editors.
- Wikiforum: Editors can quote themselves (as Lumenos does in this article) and ask questions in articles. You don't have to pretend to be the omniscient Wizard of Oz; you can mention something that is noteworthy without presenting it as certainty. You represent yourself not the wiki.
- Copysate license: This avoids many of the totalitarian requirements of default intellectual property rights, but entitles developers to a "royalty" (not necessarily money) on any profits made by anyone else, using their work.
- Lumeniki's inclusion policies are not completely decided but Lumenos sees a number of ways to improve on Wikipedia's policies. Wikipedia does not officially consider content to be notable or reliable if it is "original research" or information from self-published sources. "Lumenos: This creates a bias towards commercial content and runs contrary to the very thing that makes Wikipedia good; that it has info that is timely and less censored, than what is usually found in 'published' sources that are supposed to be highly accurate. With the rise of the Internet, self-publishing is the future of publishing and we need ways to evaluate self-published sources rather than excluding them completely."
- For reliability Lumeniki instead aims to use the articles to evaluate sources and to evaluate wiki editors (editors of Lumeniki or other wikis).
- For notability Lumeniki suggests a more consensus based approach to establish notability. Some think Wikipedia claims to be about consensus, but this is only consensus as to what "reliable" sources claim. "Lumenos: Editors can do what they want for a while but I've seen some interesting content deleted from Wikipedia."