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What is the difference between HandWiki and Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia in the classical sense (i.e. "a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge" according to Merriam-Webster definition). Wikipedia does not cover all existing subjects. It only summaries topics that are already extensively covered by reliable external sources "solely" dedicated to the subject. If there are many multiple external sources mentioning the topic, but they are not dedicated to this topic, such topics cannot be covered by Wikipedia. Wikipedia articles are written by anonymous authors without established knowledge on the subject and verifiable credentials, therefore, they heavily rely on external sources considered "reliable". The article acceptance process in Wikipedia is the subject of personal beliefs of non-experts on the quality of external sources. (Are they "reliable"?, Are they fully dedicated to the subject? Are they independent?).

HandWiki is more liberal in accepting scholarly articles than Wikipedia. It accepts all articles with at least one external reference (see HandWiki Article Acceptance Policy). However, HandWiki registration requires a minimum academic credential. Read about HandWiki for more information. As the result of this article acceptance policy, HandWiki contains significant number of articles explaining definitions which cannot be covered by Wikipedia.

HandWiki is better suited for new and original content by professionals. Since HandWiki editors are researchers with verified credentials, HandWiki's "article notability" concept only requires at least one external reference. HandWiki can also be used for books, manuals etc. where many articles should be grouped under a single namespace to create tables of contents.

Who can add and edit HandWiki articles?

Only registered users with verified professional credentials. One can login or request the HandWiki account here.

We know that a minimum professional credential could be a very high bar for many traditional Wikipedia editors, but this is a small price to pay to avoid spam since we do not have a staff for checking the posted articles.

Can I add a backlink inside a HandWiki article?

If you think there is an external link which is relevant to the content of the article, you can add such a link to this article either as a citation or as a link inside the section called "See also" at the bottom of each article. This is possible even if you are not professional researcher (and your sole goal is to add a backlink). Note that such URL link may not stay permanently, i.e. it can be changed by other users if they determine that the link is irrelevant to the topic of the article. We should also remind that contextually irrelevant links will be removed by automated bots analyzing the content of the URL links.

If you think that you can improve an article by adding an external "backlink", you should obtain the account to become a permanent user of HandWiki. You can create the account even if you are not professional researcher as explained here.

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I see an article that looks inaccurate (or wrong)

HandWiki does not have editors who verify the correctness of the posted articles. If you think an article is wrong, you should object to it in the corresponding "Talk" page, and make the required correction. We think that "inclusionism" (see Deletionism and inclusionism in Wikipedia ) is a more sustainable concept for wiki resources than having an anonymous superuser or administrator who decides what article should be accepted, and what article should be rejected.

If you think that an article is completely misleading and lacks scientific rigor, you should object it in the talk page. You can also insert a warning box pointing to the talk page of where you discuss this article. Another option is to move this article to the Unsolved namespace.

False theories happen. Even Einstein made his share of errors, and was wrong on many occasions. Science is not made by individuals. But false theories are going to die eventually through a joint effort. HandWiki is all about this joint effort.

Can HandWiki administrators remove an article?

Only if this article is 100% spam, and does not have any external citation that supports its content. Unlike Wikipedia, we do not require 4-5 high-quality external reviews solely dedicated to the subject of a HandWiki article. "High-quality" is a matter of definition and, by nature, is subjective. "Solely dedicated review" is a very strong criterion for many scholarly terms and software programs.

Can I bring an article to HandWiki from Wikipedia or another wiki?

Yes, you can bring any article from other resources and edit it on HandWiki. However, you should comply with the license of the imported article. In the case of Wikipedia, you should add a link to the original Wikipedia article and clearly state that this article was imported. See Wikipedia:Copyrights. To import a Wikipedia article, use the article creation wizard.

Can I re-post HandWiki articles to other online resources?

Absolutely. The articles do not belong to HandWiki. They belong to you. You are welcome to re-post the article to Wikipedia or other websites.

Can I post non-Wiki articles ?

If you have an article, tutorial, or lecture in a non-Wiki format, such as LaTeX, HTML, etc., you can convert it to the MediaWiki format using the PanDoc program.

Is HandWiki larger than Wikipedia?

HandWiki is one of the largest online encyclopedias on science and computers. It is larger than Wikipedia for all major scientific topics, such as mathematics, physics, biology and chemistry. Currently, HandWiki contains all research articles from Wikipedia plus additional original articles and books. For some topics, such as physics, the number of additional non-Wikipedia articles exceeds several thousand. See HandWiki statistics.

How HandWiki compares to Wikipedia in terms of the number of authors?

HandWiki has significantly smaller number of authors than Wikipedia. All HandWiki authors pass a minimum requirement for professional identity, and should be registered after indicating professional background. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone without registration. Typically, a computer with an IP address is sufficient to edit Wikipedia.

HandWiki has a few professional editors who correct the articles created by the authors.

Can I download backup (dump) of HandWiki articles?

Currently, downloads of backup (or dump) files with HandWiki articles are not allowed. HandWiki contains many articles and other material (books, tutorials) protected by the licenses which are not consistent with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA). In future, it will be possible to separate such material from the public-domain articles in the dump files.

May I add my biography to HandWiki?

Indeed, HandWiki contains the namespace "Biography:" with biographies of prominent researches. The goal of such biographies is to support the content of encyclopedic articles. If there are articles that directly reference your name or your work, you should add your biography under the namespace "Biography:". However, this biography must contain internal links to the HandWiki articles where your work is easy to identify (i.e. it should contain a reference on articles in peer-reviewed journals and where your contribution is clearly stated). The reason for this is that the automatic scripts used by HandWiki may remove biographies that do not link any internal article with your name in references. Also, your biography should have the category listed in HandWiki:Biography otherwise it will be difficult to find it.

I see a bot changing HandWiki articles

This is correct. We are working on AI bots that make editorial changes to HandWiki articles. Typically, such bots make changes inside the imported articles and do not change articles created by humans directly on HandWiki (unless they determine obvious grammatical mistakes, missing links, etc., in which case the required changes will be made). If you noticed that an AI bot has modified your article, please contact handwiki[AT]jwork.org to fix this "rebel".

S.Chekanov (For the HandWiki team)

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