SJWiki

FAQ

This is our list of frequently asked questions. If you feel something has not been covered here you may contact us.

Why did you create this site?

We want to provide a social justice perspective on issues that are otherwise not covered online. We hope, but we don't expect, that some of the articles will be useful to people who are not familiar with a topic or who might be interested in how a theme can be analysed from a social justice perspective.

Who can edit the wiki?

Anybody can apply to join us. We evaluate every application on a case-by-case basis. We withhold the right to deny anybody access to editing our wiki and/or having an account. This is because writing about social justice issues on SJWiki is not an activity that we offer to any member of the public. In the same way that a blog does not offer editing rights to its readers, we do not offer editing rights to all people who apply. This being said, we are using wiki software because it facilitates working together to write about and research topics over time and collaboratively. A blogging platform, while perhaps similar, would not have allowed us to easily edit articles communally nor to keep articles easily updated as things change. Social justice is about constantly adapting to new situations, learning, and supporting intersectional movements, as well as explain the history of how such things may have arisen.

Are you an encyclopedia?

No. Just because we use the same software as Wikipedia, which is an encyclopedia, does not mean all wikis are encyclopedias. In fact, most {{#if: wikis|wikis|wiki}}[wp] are not. We are a website that runs MediaWiki in order to create, edit, and share articles on social justice related topics. Check out the differences between Wikipedia, Wikimedia, MediaWiki, and wiki if you are curious.

Is social justice something directly associated with Tumblr?

No. Attempts to equivocate the broadness of social justice activism with one social media website are misplaced. However, so is equating Tumblr with negativity. The latter is a type of gaslighting, the former is lack of understanding the history of the term.

Is SJWiki a collection of anecdotes?

No. We strive to have all of our pages sprinkled with appropriate academic citations, and other appropriate evidence, to back up our positions and claims. Check out our writing guidelines for more details. That being said, we are not an academic publication. Think of us more like a communal blog or ezine — a community effort to collect what we think are good resources and references on social justice issues. If you think an article contains claims that need more evidence, please request an account and make sure you explain clearly which article you would like to change, the proposed change, and why.

Can I join SJWiki to debate you?

It depends what you want to disagree or provide a different opinion on. But in general, yes. In specific cases, no. A useful time saver is to provide some examples of what you think we have gotten wrong (and how to fix them) in your request to join us.

My question is not answered here!

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