Writer’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for the Witchipedia. The Witchipedia was always meant to be a collaborative project so I try to relax my obsession occasionally to allow other people access to the editor so they can edit and update existing pages and create new articles. This is not the place to write a masterpiece and you will not be given a lot of specific credit for individual articles and they are likely to be edited by others at some point. The internet is also fond of cutting and pasting Witchipedia articles onto other sites without giving the site any credit either, so I try to rewrite and improve these pieces often. Please understand this before you begin.

If you would like access to the editor, please email witchipedia@yahoo.com after you have read this document in its entirety.

What is Open and What is Restricted

Anyone who has an ID on this site may post a comment on any article (look at the bottom) if you have a question about any article or wish to add to it or issue a correction, you can use the comment section at the bottom to do so. We hope to foster lively page discussions here. In addition, every member of the Witchipedia has free access to the forums and much wisdom can be shared there. There are sections for spells, Q&A, recipes and more.

All other articles are subject to the terms of the Writer’s Guidelines and so only those with special access can write in them. All you have to do to get this access is send an email to witchipedia@yahoo.com that says “I have read the writer’s guidelines and quality standards and I agree to abide by them. Here is my Witchipedia Profile ID. Please give me access.” (feel free to elaborate) As soon as I read this email, I will add the “editor” permission to your ID and you’re good to go. I am also available to help you learn to use the editor.

This process exists only to prevent spam and to give me the power to boot writers who are abusing the privilege without banning them from the site. I hate banning people, but not as much as I hate sites cluttered with low-quality content.

What We’re Looking For

The Witchipedia is an online encyclopedia of Witchcraft, occult, magick and Pagan information. Anything that can fall into this general realm of interest, however loosely, is welcome. Articles should be informational and specific to a single topic, which is also the title and link to the article. Blog-like articles, opinion articles, expository theses, comparative explorations of techniques, etc. are not appropriate for Witchipedia articles. However, you may find a place for them in our Forums and in the comment sections of existing articles.

Before you begin, please browse the Witchipedia and look at some of our articles so that you can try to match your style to ours. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match, but it is nice to have some sense of continuity between articles.

You should also be prepared to write supporting articles for your article.

We are looking for quality articles that are complete, credible and informational. Quality is more important than quantity.

A Collaborative Project

The beauty of the format we have chosen for this project is that it has the potential to be the result of the work of many. This means that any article has the potential to be the synergistic effort of dozens of minds all looking at the same topic from a different angle and from different frames of reference. No one person is an expert on all aspects of any subject, especially in the magical community where every tradition has its own way (or several different ways) of doing things and looking at things. If you’re going to post an article on the Witchipedia you must accept and expect that other people are going to mess with it. Sometimes these edits are not improvements. Sometimes an unpleasant person jumps on here and makes a mess just to be mean. That is all part of the open-source experience. Don’t worry, we can recover your work if this happens.

We do ask that everyone who takes part in this project follow the guidelines and policies and play nice with everyone else. Without rules, a project can quickly fall into chaos. Please review our quality standards as well as the rest of the writers’ guidelines. Those who do not follow these guidelines will not be permitted to retain their editor status for very long. I really hate being distracted by my work to worry about what other people are doing. I also hate confrontation. I am not going to give a bunch of warnings before I take away your access if you can’t follow the rules.

Spam

Spam is excessive advertising or posting of irrelevant links. Spammers will be warned and then banned.

Repeated posting of articles that do not meet our Writers’ Guidelines and quality standards can also be considered spam. Those who engage in this behavior will have their writing privileges revoked.

Trolling

Trolling is deliberately posting inflammatory content with the intention of provoking a defensive response from the community. Trolls can spark interesting discussion and exploration but for the most part, they are simply annoying. Trolls with writing privileges will have them revoked regardless of which category they fall into. Individuals who engage in personal attacks and hateful speech will be banned without warning. Those who are simply disruptive will receive a warning first.

Editing Existing Pages

While you may edit any site on the page, we ask that you do it respectfully. Correct grammar and spelling, add some additional information, etc. Total rewrites are rarely necessary. Fact-checking, adding additional resources and information, photos, etc. is always appreciated. Adding pictures is nice, provided the correct attributions are given and existing pictures are left alone. If you feel that a page needs to be completely rewritten, contact the admin at witchipedia@yahoo.com before you proceed. If in doubt, you can just put your additional thoughts or challenges in the comments at the bottom of the page for discussion.

Within a few days of posting your article, our editors will go over it carefully, smooth out the grammar and spelling, mess with navigation settings, add links, etc. They may also add some information or take out some things that don’t meet our standards of quality. Try not to give the editors too much extra work.

Attributions

Whenever another source is used for information, the source should be added to the bottom of the page under a heading entitled “Additional Reading”. Quotes must be attributed in a footnote attached to the actual quote with the name of the person, the name of the publication and, preferably, the page number.

Image attributions can also take the form of footnotes which should include the name of the owner of the image, a link to their webpage if applicable and the creative commons license under which the image is released, with a link to that license. If the image is public domain, the footnote should state that instead. If the image was found on the web, it must be linked to the original webpage on which the image exists. You can also use photo captions if they are easier for you.

Advertising

You are welcome to include links to other websites, products, etc.,  if the links can reasonably be said to enhance the usefulness of the article to the reader. If you are an astrologer that provides paid astrology services and you write a good astrology-related article, it is entirely appropriate for you to link to your website from the article. Writers and bloggers are also encouraged to provide links to their own sites. Please keep in mind, however, that you are not permitted to have any identical articles on your site to those you have written on the Witchipedia. Likewise, if you come across any website or product that you believe someone reading a particular article would find useful, please include it in the article, provided it meets with our own standards. see quality standards The whole point of the Witchipedia is to help people find information.

You may also advertise whatever you wish on your profile page. It’s your profile. Go nuts.

We also have a Link Library that you are free to post to.

What to Write

We are currently seeking individuals to populate the following topics with content:

  • Numerology
  • Tarot (And other forms of cartomancy)
  • Astrology
  • Overviews of different Magickal traditions
  • Famous Magic-users in History
  • Important Events in Magical History
  • Runes
  • Various Cultural Traditions (i.e. Hellenic, Roman, Celtic, etc.)
  • Current magical organizations

Organization

Pages on the Witchipedia is organized in a variety of ways in an effort to make the information as accessible as possible.  Each article must be placed in at least one category in order to appear under a menu item in the main navigation menu.

Tags are also used to organize articles by linking them together so readers can go easily from one to the next when diving into whatever occult rabbit hole they are exploring at the moment.

Getting Started

First, you will need to send me an email at witchipedia@yahoo.com to and let me know that you have read the writer’s guidelines and quality standards and I will upgrade your account to an editor role.

If you are familiar with WordPress and are confident in your ability to write an informative article on a topic you are knowledgeable about, you are encouraged to go ahead and jump right in. If you’re feeling hesitant, don’t know where to begin or are unfamiliar with the system, just let me know and I will walk you through your first article and help you out in any way you need.

If you have any questions at all, please contact us at witchipedia@yahoo.com.

Revoking of Writing Privileges

I reserve the right to revoke writing privileges with or without warning for any violation of the writer’s guidelines or quality standards. In most cases, you will receive a private message requesting that you address the problem we have identified. In cases of plagiarism, spamming and trolling, we may not contact you first as removing such material is the priority and we will not be able to wait for your reply in any case.

You may appeal the decision and your writing privileges may be returned to you after you have addressed the problem which resulted in your privileges being revoked. We realize that sometimes it’s just a matter of misunderstanding. You may be required to review policies and laws and/or edit an article so that it is in compliance. If your privileges are revoked a second time, you are not likely to get them back.

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