This is an essay on Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not.
It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. This page is not an encyclopedia article, nor is it one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
|This page in a nutshell: There are other places for potentially useful or valuable content which is not appropriate for Wikipedia.|
When content (text, pages, images, etc.) is deleted, various policies and guidelines such as "What Wikipedia is not", notability, verifiability and our prohibition on original research are often cited as reasons the material does not belong here, in an encyclopedia, and rightly so. Unfortunately, this is not particularly helpful or calming to the person(s) who put in time and effort to write the material. They often see it as their hard work being casually tossed away. The phrase "try another wiki" is also sometimes used, for similar intent.
In an effort to foster a general spirit of collegiality, this page provides some referrals to alternative outlets which do allow content that Wikipedia does not. Sometimes material is submitted that is perfectly factual and verifiable, but simply outside of the scope of Wikipedia. Just because the content does not belong here does not mean it does not have value, and it is worth preserving valuable free content if we can.
Please consider directing people to these sites (or this page), rather than simply telling them that their contributions are WP:NOT wanted.
For example, Wikipedia contains a significant amount of information about the "Star Wars" media franchise, but for an even more detailed treatment, try Wookieepedia—a wiki dedicated to the "Star Wars universe". Similarly, information on the "Star Trek" franchise can be found at Memory Alpha. JurisPedia focuses on legal topics. There also are wikis devoted to specific languages or localities that may be more appropriate for a given topic.
There may be legal or ethical restrictions on the copying of content from Wikipedia to other sites. It is up to individual contributors to familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies of other outlets and to examine their licensing arrangements, which may differ from Wikipedia in significant ways.
It is also sometimes the case that new or inexperienced users will post an excessive amount of personal details or otherwise inappropriate content in their userspace. While such userpages may be nominated for deletion at WP:MfD, it may be appropriate (and courteous) to first open a dialogue with the user, and give them notice to revise the userpage and/or move its content to a more appropriate site, such as Neocities or Tumblr. If the user responds favorably to such a request, opening a deletion discussion about their userpages may not be necessary.
Wikipedia is written by volunteer editors and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other volunteer projects:
Free media repository
Wiki software development
Wikimedia project coordination
Free textbooks and manuals
Free knowledge base
Collection of quotations
Directory of species
Free learning tools
Free travel guide
Dictionary and thesaurus
There are Wikipedia articles, lists, and categories which provide information on other websites:
- Comparison of wiki farms - non-comprehensive because of Wikipedia's notability policies. A more comprehensive comparison of wiki farms can be found at mw:Hosting services.
- List of wikis
- Category:Wiki communities
- Wikipedia:Directory of alternative outlets
This page also has links to external sites which provide similar information.
There are also Wikipedias in many other languages, including a Simple English Wikipedia.
- Everything2, a collaborative community repository of moderated user-generated content on a variety of topics and genres, including encyclopedic articles, reviews, fiction, as well as a large amount of non-fiction.
- Fanlore, a wiki created to preserve the history and activities of fandoms.
- Fandom, a wiki hosting service which hosts wikis on entertainment (i.e. video game and movie wikis).
- MicroWiki, an encyclopedia about micronations.
- Neocities is a web hosting service primarily for personal websites, which offers 1GB of free storage to users
- OpenStreetMap, a worldwide map, which also includes business listings, local monuments, notable trees, etc.
- Quora, a question and answer site on multiple topics
- SourceWatch, a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. Sponsored by the Center for Media and Democracy.
- Stack Exchange, a network of question-and-answer websites on topics in diverse fields
- TV Tropes is a place where common conventions in fiction, called tropes, can be described. If you want to describe patterns in fiction, you should do it there.
Content (text, images, etc.) Text submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA); Media submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the CC BY-SA or a similar free license. Other sites (especially non-WMF sites) may require a different license. Do not copy content from Wikipedia to other sites unless you are sure the licenses are compatible. If they are not, try contacting the copyright holder of the content to obtain permission to re-license the content. Typically the user who submitted the content to Wikipedia in the first place is the copyright holder. Check the page's edit history to help identify the user.
For CC BY-SA content being deleted from Wikipedia, the edit history should also be copied or preserved in some way. For example, if the target site uses talk pages in the style of Wikipedia, copy the edit history there.
For more information, see: Reusing Wikipedia content.
- Introduction to deletion process
- Guide to deletion
- Deletion policy
- Deletion debates
- Deletion process
- Deletion review
- Undeletion policy
- Recreation of previously deleted pages
- Arguments to avoid in deletion discussions
- Common deletion outcomes
- Deletion guidelines for administrators
- Deletion review guide
- Why was my page deleted?
- Editor's index entries about deletion