Hello new editor and welcome!
This page is meant to help you get started on ProleWiki as quickly as possible, so please read it all the way through!
Second thing: please give us feedback on this page! Join the discord or contact CriticalResist on his talk page (click the link on his name). We can only improve this onboarding experience with your help!
Socialise with the team
We recommend that you join our Discord here: https://discord.gg/ZQTBNRU9v5
Our Discord is where most of the discussion happens, and you will usually receive an answer faster there.
When opening a ticket on the Discord, just give us your account name and you'll get in.
We also have a Matrix space if you prefer that, but while we check it, it's rarely used: https://matrix.to/#/%23prolewiki:matrix.org
We also have other channels you can follow where we sometimes post announcements and other interesting things:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/prolewiki
- Lemmygrad: https://lemmygrad.ml/c/prolewiki
- TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@prolewiki
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@prolewiki
- Reddit: https://reddit.com/r/prolewiki
Do you have socials too? Make them known! We'll follow you and like your content, and you can also tweet out the edits you've made to the wiki (and maybe even tag us!)
Since 2023, ProleWiki has achieved a lot in promoting democratic centralism in the wiki.
Currently, the administrators of ProleWiki are CriticalResist and Forte. They have access to the source files and server on the wiki, and have administrative powers on the wiki (the power to ban users or lock pages, for example). Gradually, the administration is taking on a role of mentoring and guidance rather than a directive role. The administrators still retain a right of veto, as their role is to keep ProleWiki in line with our principles and avoid deviation from them.
Then come the Trusted Editors (please refer to the next section).
Trusted Editors can join or be added to groups that the administration deems necessary. As such, an internal security group was created in spring 2023 to help monitor our online reputation and prevent infiltration and wreckers into the wiki. This group, for example, cannot be joined freely: the administrators hand-picked trustworthy editors to be in it.
There are also auditors, who can look at account requests. All account requests (including yours!) are sent to the trusted editors for a yes/no vote. Current auditors are the internal security team, as well as Comrades ledlecreeper and Deogeo.
There are currently no moderators either on the Discord or the Wiki.
ProleWiki is evolving very quickly however, and this model might have changed by the time you read this onboarding page.
Understanding "Trusted" editors
When your account is approved on the wiki (and you've received the email linking you to this page), you have no specific role aside from being a vetted user.
As a new editor to ProleWiki, you have the following permissions:
- Editing existing pages
- Creating new topics in the Talk pages and replying to them
As you make edits (either in quality or quantity), the administration (CriticalResist and Forte) will give you the Trusted role, which will allow you to create new pages as well as upload images. Getting the trusted role usually takes a few weeks to a month of active editing.
If you feel that you've participated enough, you can freely ask the admins to review your account and grant you the Trusted role. We are sometimes overloaded with work and forget who has not received their Trusted role. If you feel we've forgotten about you, please shoot us a message!
Read this page for more information on what being Trusted means: Trusted Editor Permissions.
You should think of your period before receiving the role as a "tutorial" period, where the administration help you become an autonomous editor.
In the meantime and until you get your Trusted status, you can ask the administration or other editors to create a page for you as needed; either on the Matrix or the Discord would be easiest.
Until you have these permissions...
Until you get the Trusted permissions, we recommend that you edit existing pages to add content or even rewrite paragraphs to help the flow of reading. You can also add categories to our pages, add sources to claims, and correct typos and proofread.
Remember that as a proletarian encyclopedia, we strive to make our content easily accessible in all ways possible.
If you need to find sources for your editing, see the following pages:
- ProleWiki:How to contribute/Sources (books)
- Category:Anti-imperialist news outlets (articles)
- Category:Socialist media outlets (articles)
There is no such thing as too many sources comrades, so please add them when you write!
Before you start writing...
Please familiarize yourself with our Guidelines: ProleWiki:Editorial guidelines so as to help retain a cohesive look to the encyclopedia.
Generally, you will start to internalize our editorial feel from reading the encyclopedia and seeing how it's usually written.
While we got some inspiration from Wikipedia in some areas, we don't entirely rely on them and it's not possible to translate Wikipedia's guidelines and conventions 1:1 on ProleWiki. Wikipedia is an anti-communist encyclopedia with its own share of problems, and while we took inspiration from what worked (as they've had two decades to refine their editorial conventions), it doesn't go further than that.
Likewise, when you start writing, please do not copy content straight from outside sources—we don't need to plagiarize!
Please remember that people will associate your edits with ProleWiki itself! As such, please refrain from editing personal opinions or beliefs inside pages. While we don't have a "No Point-of-view" or "no original research" policy as difficult as Wikipedia, remember that people who read ProleWiki will associate your (personal) edits as something the encyclopedia (i.e. all of us) says.
We are in the process of writing an exhaustive tutorial on how to edit Prolewiki. Please find it here: ProleWiki:MediaWiki Tutorial.
This tutorial page will teach you how to start using ProleWiki autonomously like a pro. It's also a good reference guide if you don't know how to do something or forgot.
We have more than just encyclopedic pages!
We have a space for free-form Essays and you can write whatever you want in those pages (within reason), our guidelines don't apply.
We also have a Library of texts where you can add Marxist and non-marxist (but socialist) texts.
Finally, we have started a Quotes space where you can post quotes from Marxist theorists. We don't use it a lot, but we've identified that this is something people look for online and so it's interesting to have it on the wiki. It is also useful to have quotes to pull from when writing pages sometimes.
You should be able to create new pages and edit any page in the above namespaces (Essays, Library, Quotes).
In case of conflicts with edits or editors
Please note that ProleWiki is a collaborative encyclopedia and as such we all volunteer here to promote a proletarian education. Therefore, please don't take it personally if another editor edits a page you made.
If you have any issues with a fellow comrade, please use either the Discord (if they are on it) or the talk pages; e.g. the comrade's talk page or the page's talk topics.
Administrators are here to facilitate discourse and conflict resolution if you have any issues, don't hesitate to contact them.
Code of Conduct
We have a Code of conduct here: ProleWiki:Code of conduct. In a nutshell, please respect the principle of comradeships with your comrades and assume good faith from them in case of conflicts.
If you have any questions
Again, we cannot emphasize enough that you should join the Discord! It will allow you to talk to the other editors and ask your questions as needed. We understand though that not everyone likes to use Discord, and so you can also ask on our Hub or, if needed, directly on our Administrators' talk pages if there's anything you don't understand or would like to know.