- This WikiIndex: Prohibited content is a draft policy or guideline. Its content may be used, and indeed relied upon on this WikiIndex wiki site. However, it may also be considered open for further discussion on what should or could or even 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.
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WikiIndex:Prohibited content — proposed policy.
The goal of WikiIndex is to create an index the entire wikisphere, and in most cases that means creating an article for a wiki site, providing external links to it, and reproducing some of its copy to allow that wiki community to explain itself and its goals. Sometimes, a wiki will have content that is dangerous for linking, or which hosts illegal content, or both. It may still be appropriate to document these wikis here on WikiIndex, but without providing direct links to them, or reproduction of their content. Examples of types wikis that should not be directly linked include:
- Sites which advocate behaviors that are illegal
- Legality changes from district to district, country to country. A site like Wikilivres hosts material which is copyrighted in some jurisdictions but not others. Exercise caution when providing links to wikis which advocate illegal activity. We want to provide a comprehensive view of the world of wikis, but not provide a repository of sites for finding drug smuggling mules or child pornography.
- Doxing sites
- Doxing is the practice of revealing someone's private information (or documents) for the purpose of revenge, prankery, defaming, etc. In many cases this is illegal as well. Outing someone's private information is most effective when that information gets traffic, links, indexing by search engines, etc. Sites which attempt to provide stolen credit card numbers, forged passports, or out private citizens are inappropriate.
- Sites which host malicious software that can damage a user's computer simply by visiting the site, or which host software that is designed to damage a computer or surveil a user through deception (e.g. pretending to offer downloads of a popular and safe web browser but really offering up spyware) should not be linked. Some wikis which have been sufficiently spammed may also fall under this criterion.
Failing to maintain a robust policy on prohibited content here on WikiIndex can harm the credibility of our site. It also makes using it a potentially dangerous activity for users if we don't have minimal criteria for prohibited content. All of the examples given above are for actual wikis which exist solely or substantially to provide content that is dangerous and / or harmful.