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Issuepedia's mission is to aid in the process of making important decisions which affect large numbers of people, either directly or indirectly.
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==About==
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Issuepedia is the encyclopedia of issues, analysis, thought, and opinion. As with [[wikipedia:Wikipedia|Wikipedia]], anyone can edit; unlike Wikipedia, we encourage opinions and rants as well as carefully considered analysis and purely factual writing.
  
Issuepedia's immediate function is to document:
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* [[Issuepedia:Mission|Mission]]: what we're trying to do
*significant [[issue]]s
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* [[Issuepedia:Role|Role]]: how Issuepedia is different from all those other wikis, and how it fits in
*[[opinion]]s held on those issues along with any reasoning or background necessary to understand those opinions
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===Projects===
*analytical tools available for attempting to reach a reasonable decision on such issues
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Projects that originated or currently operate within Issuepedia:
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* [[InstaGov]]
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* [[Issuepedia:Structured Debate]]
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* [[Issuepedia:Link Filing]]
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==Administration==
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As of this writing, Issuepedia is solely administered and mostly written by [[User:Woozle|Woozle]], who invites others to participate. To help support Issuepedia, see [[Issuepedia:site support]].
  
''See also: [[Article Types]]''
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And yes, I need to do some banners and buttons; nobody's been asking for them, though, so it hasn't been a priority.
  
It is also intended as a forum for further discussion, and to provide a central point for information about other forums where issues may be discussed in a productive way.
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''The section named "User Roles" has been [[/archive|archived]] in case it becomes useful later.''
  
By providing a location where points of argument on an issue can be referenced whenever needed, Issuepedia hopes to eliminate much of the endless circular arguing and side-tracking which has always plagued such discussions. The fairly new technique of embedding hyperlinks within a discussion makes it easier to check the cross-reference if desired while reducing the amount of distraction to those who wish to continue reading uninterrupted.
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The Issuepedia bug tracker is [http://rm.vbz.net/projects/issuepedia here].
==User Roles==
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==Related Pages==
Users of Issuepedia (including both readers and contributors) have various different roles to play. Users are not restricted to choosing a single role, but it may be helpful to keep in mind which role you are playing at any given time:
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Some of these pages need to be updated or reconsidered with regard to how they fit in, or at least tagged for update:
* A '''reader''' reads articles in Issuepedia in order to find what information may be available on a given issue or other topic, but does not contribute content or editing
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* [[Issuepedia:Commons]]: general discussion about the site
* An '''editor''' examines existing contributions and makes improvements to accuracy or clarity, where needed
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* [[Issuepedia:Frequently Arising Questions]]: ask questions, find answers
* A '''researcher''' compiles facts and opinions from other sources and reports them with (more or less) [[wikipedia:Wikipedia:Neutral point of view|neutral point of view]]
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* [[Issuepedia:Governmental Brainstorming]]: fix the government
* A '''pundit'''* is someone who states an opinion. Although the opinion should be clearly labeled as such – Issuepedia recommends the use of a section header entitled "Opinon" or prefixed with the word "Opinionated" ("Opinionated Statement", "Opinionated Summary"), the body of the opinion may be phrased in factual terms ("This action is just plain wrong!"). The point is not so much to convince anyone of the expressed point of view as it is just to "weigh in" that this is what you think.
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* [[Issuepedia:Prediction Registry]]
* A '''debater'''* is someone who examines the known facts relating to a given issue, and uses that information to argue towards a conclusion. Such writings may also refer to opinions, but mainly as a way of gauging the relevance of an issue or as a launching point for the discussion ("Person X thinks such-and-so; I've looked at the evidence, and here's what I see.") Issuepedia does not yet have a recommended format for writings of this nature, though prefixing the article or section's title with "Thoughts on" should make it clear that the writing contains both opinions and analysis.
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* [[Issuepedia:Wanted Pages]]
 
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* '''[[:Category:Need.update|pages in need of updating]]''' (use <nowiki>{{notice/need/update}}</nowiki> to tag pages)
* I'm using these words until I think of something better
 
 
 
There may be other relevant roles I haven't thought of yet.
 

Latest revision as of 22:14, 21 January 2015

About

Issuepedia is the encyclopedia of issues, analysis, thought, and opinion. As with Wikipedia, anyone can edit; unlike Wikipedia, we encourage opinions and rants as well as carefully considered analysis and purely factual writing.

  • Mission: what we're trying to do
  • Role: how Issuepedia is different from all those other wikis, and how it fits in

Projects

Projects that originated or currently operate within Issuepedia:

Administration

As of this writing, Issuepedia is solely administered and mostly written by Woozle, who invites others to participate. To help support Issuepedia, see Issuepedia:site support.

And yes, I need to do some banners and buttons; nobody's been asking for them, though, so it hasn't been a priority.

The section named "User Roles" has been archived in case it becomes useful later.

The Issuepedia bug tracker is here.

Related Pages

Some of these pages need to be updated or reconsidered with regard to how they fit in, or at least tagged for update: