WikiIndex:Inclusion policy

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This WikiIndex:Inclusion policy is a draft policy or guideline. Its content may be used, and indeed relied upon on this WikiIndex wiki. However, it may also be considered open for further discussion on what should or must be done. All WikiIndex users are encouraged to be bold in editing to evolve and improve this draft, and also to contribute to any discussion on its talk page.
If it appears consensus for adoption of this policy has been reached, this message may be removed. If it appears that there is overwhelming consensus to reject this policy, then the page can be annotated as rejected.

WikiIndex's inclusion policy is that we make eligible for inclusion, and therefore index (include) any website here on WikiIndex that either: (1) is an actual wiki, or (2) calls itself a wiki (and is, or was powered by recognisable wiki software). There is no requirement that a wiki site be notable in order to be listed; its existence or previous existence need only be verifiable.

Examples of included wikis[edit]

Vanity wikis[edit]

Vanity wikis are allowed to be listed. Partly, this is to eliminate arguments over what counts as a 'vanity wiki', especially since large numbers of wikis only have one active user, or primarily consist of content contributed by only one user. Typical vanity wikis may be found in (though not restricted to) category:Bliki.

Dead wikis[edit]

Dead wikis are actively encouraged to be listed, provided it is possible to verify that they actually existed. Part of the reason for this is that many dead wikis are eventually resurrected, or have successor wikis; so these pages provide valuable documentation of wiki history. From the outset of WikiIndex, it was specifically encouraged to keep dead wiki listed. If any URLs of the dead wiki are known, these can be searched for in one or more of the web archiving services such as Archive.org and / or archive.is.

Very small wikis[edit]

Very small projects that only have a few pages are encouraged to be listed, since at any time, work on those small wikis could resume and they could grow. Also, the sheer amount of content may not be the most important aspect of a wiki. Some of the same arguments that apply to keeping dead wikis also apply to keeping small wikis; such a wiki could remain stagnant or dormant for a long time, but subsequently become the basis for an idea for a wiki that is successful. It would then become an important part of that new wiki's history.

Private wikis[edit]

Private wikis are also strongly encouraged for inclusion. Whilst it might prove difficult to find all appropriate URLs for our wiki infobox and related templates, we do have provision to add missing and / or 'unknown' entities to their appropriate fields in the required templates.