Help & FAQs

Conduct on WikiTribune — what you can expect, what we expect

WikiTribune is built on the principle that there’s deep knowledge in communities and that people of goodwill can cooperate to solve big problems.

This journalism project and platform for collaboration on the news is built on the experience of Wikipedia — the largest-ever knowledge base and the fifth largest site on the Internet. There’s no organizational connection with Wikipedia apart from a common founder – Jimmy Wales.

To succeed in an increasingly polarized media environment WikiTribune intends to adhere to the highest standards of journalistic conduct and present a neutral point of view.

Not every item of news or discussion on the site will achieve that goal all the time but that is the goal and we’re asking for your help to get there.

Almost everything about WikiTribune is a pilot or experiment for a new approach to journalism, to the community contributing to a news site, and to a high quality experience where quality rises to the top and extreme views on any side give way to intelligent and polite debate.

Photo by Jonathan Simcoe on Unsplash

To support that, we would wish our staff and community members to adhere to some basic rules about online conduct and help us manage the complex social, technology and legal minefield of publishing journalism globally with a small team and a potentially very large community.

  • TALK is an area related to an individual story or your profile where you are able to discuss, comment on, propose adding relevant information or raise other issues. It should be a “safe” space for polite and factual discussion.  It is important to understand that the TALK page isn’t intended for one-off comments or a general discussion of the news like most news site comment areas – it’s for discussion about how to improve the article and for planning future articles.
    Offensive, defamatory, racist, sexist content or hate speech should be flagged and/or deleted and the user can expect to be suspended from WikiTribune by administrators (who will include both staff members and community members). There’s more on this in our FAQs on Diversity and Ethics.
  • EDIT allows users to add to, remove or change information in a story on WikiTribune which has already been PUBLISHED or is in a DRAFT state and open for community editing. Edits to PUBLISHED stories will be reviewed before going live.  The system relies on the goodwill of participants and the strength of those of goodwill to discipline bad actors. Edits will be vetted for approval by a known EDITOR — either a member of the WikiTribune staff team or a trusted partner from the community. Trying to publish offensive or deliberately erroneous material will not be tolerated. Requests for material to be taken down should go to: [email protected]
  • ADD A STORY allows users to create a new story and work on it until they are ready to share it with the rest of the community or a WikiTribune team editor. Finished stories will be held in PENDING for review and publication by a WikiTribune editor or trusted partner from the community. They will use TALK to communicate any changes back to the author but we may also wish to contact you over email.
  • NOTICE AND TAKEDOWN: WikiTribune commits to receiving and acting upon requests for content to be taken down in a reasonable period, even if we decide to keep the content up. Complex cases may take longer.  It will judge requests against clear and published criteria. We reserve the right to take down material temporarily on a provisional basis pending investigation by senior staff and reinstate it later if we consider that appropriate. Requests for any material to be taken down should go to: [email protected]
  • CORRECTIONS AND AMPLIFICATIONS: WikiTribune has a corrections and amplifications policy on stories it has PUBLISHED. If you know a story is wrong and what the correction should be you are encouraged to make the CORRECTION and label the story as CORRECTED with an indication of what was wrong please. You can also report an error in the TALK page of the STORY. Requests for corrections should go to: [email protected]

This project relies on your goodwill and good conduct. Please let us know on TALK on the top right of this story if we should add or change anything in this statement of conduct.

Talk (5)


WikiTribune Briefing

"All edits to stories will be approved..."
Peter Bale

Peter Bale

"All edits to stories will be approved..."

Jonathan Cardy

"Re: "Edits will be vetted for approva..."
Peter Bale

Peter Bale

"Jonathan, What you describe is pret..."

History for Project "Conduct on WikiTribune — what you can expect, what we expect"

Select two items to compare revisions

Talk for Project "Conduct on WikiTribune — what you can expect, what we expect"

Talk about this Project

  1. All edits to stories will be approved. Certainly for now. Talk is free, as it were, unless it triggers a number of factors. One person’s minor typos are another person’s grotesque error.

  2. Re: “Edits will be vetted for approval by a known EDITOR” do we mean all edits or only edits by people who don’t yet have “known Editor” status. From Wikipedia experience this is a non trivial difference, especially when people move from a subject where they are expert to one where they are passionate.

    1. All edits to stories will be approved. Certainly for now. Talk is free, as it were, unless it triggers a number of factors. One person’s minor typos are another person’s grotesque error.

  3. We seem to have two different approaches to edits to published articles. One a simple submission process where one or more editors can approve edits to published articles, the other an amendments and clarifications page.

    I could see the two working together with minor typos not necessarily getting a mention on the correction page, but if that is the case we might have issues re developing stories. Perhaps the solution would be to publish a timeline of the story as it develops? That might be good for stories such as a US presidential election that develop over time. Alternatively you could list previous stories, some of which might have content even whole paragraphs in common but which were the story as published on a particular date – in that case updates to an individual story would be things like having got someone’s name wrong.

    1. Jonathan,
      What you describe is pretty much how it should work in practice. Minor typos and so on may show up as simple edits or described that way in the Edit Summary area. I want to avoid people deliberately or accidentally hiding items that really need correction or amplification.
      I am expecting that corrections and amplifications will show up clearly in the HISTORY of a story but we are also looking at how best to collate those that are significant and present them on our linked from the Corrections & Amplifications policy page here in FAQs:
      Please let me know if that covers the bases.
      You’re right on Developing: what is happening already is that they tend to have a longer life with us than most news sites because we don’t want to lose the conversation from the community that occurs in the TALK pages.

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive news, alerts and updates

Support Us

Why this is important and why you should care about facts, journalism and democracy

WikiTribune Open menu Close Search Like Previous page Next page Back Next Open menu Close menu RSS Feed Share on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Connect with us on Linkedin Email us Message us on Facebook Messenger Save for Later