WikiEducator:Policies and guidelines

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Workgroup to propose policies and guidelines for WE Administrators

Project Home/Charter  |  Meetings  |  Workgroup report  |  LANDING PAGE - Policies and guidelines

Draft Policies

WE Admin page | Selection of Admins | Policy for page deletions | Policy for page protection | Policy for blocking users

Draft Guidelines

Page deletion guidelines | Guidelines for Blocking users  | Guidelines for protecting pages

Also see & edit Consensus Policy (Draft under development) of inter-group interest

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WikiEducator policies and guidelines are developed by the community to describe best practice, clarify principles, resolve conflicts, and otherwise foster and support our development of economically sustainable ecosystems for open educational resources.


Policies are considered standards that have wide acceptance among WikiEducators and should be followed by all members with rare exceptions. WikiEducator policies are aligned with the core WikiEducator values and provide a foundation for members' actions in the WikiEducator community. However, policies need to be approached with common sense, with a focus on the spirit rather than the letter of the rules.

If elements of a policy are unclear, or do not conform to best practice, consensus should be sought to change the policy to reflect that practice. This is an ongoing task.

List of WikiEducator policies

  1. Privacy policy (Status : Approved policy)
  2. Consensus policy (Status : Draft under development)
  3. Selection of Administrators/Sysops policy (Status : Draft under development)
  4. Policy for page deletions (Status : Draft under development)
  5. Policy for page protection (Status : Draft under development)
  6. Policy for blocking users (Status : Draft under development)

(Comment.gif: Suggest moving this list to its own page at some later point.)


Guidelines are primarily advisory, considered "best practices" within the WikiEducator community. However, this does not mean that it is appropriate to ignore guidelines simply because they are guidelines; maybe even more so than policies, guidelines provide a common basis for members' actions. If a guideline appears to conflict with a policy, the policy should in most cases take precedence over the guideline.

  1. Style guidelines (Status: On-going development)
  2. Consensus decision-making (Status: Draft under development)

(Comment.gif: Suggest moving this list to its own page at some later point.)

Adapted from: Wikipedia:Policy and guidelines, accessed 20 September 2009.