The wiki is the most useful when its content is well-written and verifiable and it contributors strive for accuracy and neutrality. Content and contributors should consistently work to improve the wiki.
The principle of 'consistency suggests both the quality of the content added to the wiki and the behavior of the collaborators.
The wiki needs to have consistent, high-quality content in order to be useful. The following is a list of guidelines to help obtain this level of quality:
- Do not use content that you have no right to use. Obey intellectual property and copyright laws.
- Be liberal in your use of references and citations. Do not include information that you cannot back up using reliable, fact-checked sources.
- Do your best to use clean, concise language.
- If you see something that's incorrect or that clearly needs a citation, change it or mark it as such.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help. Use the discussion pages to point out gaps in your content that need bolstering or filling.
Neutral Point of View
The Ancestry.com Family History Wiki follows Wikipedia’s policy concerning the need for a neutral point of view.
A neutral point of view is part of the principle of Consistency. In order to be useful to the most people, the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki must be consistently high quality. Users must know that when they come to the wiki, they will find articles they can trust and that are useful to them. This includes a balanced and unbiased approach to our content.
This means that if you are adding or editing content, it is your responsibility to do your best to offer every major viewpoint concerning the topic at hand. Be sure as well to cite sources for all sides (as mentioned above), making it possible for the reader to follow all available arguments and come to his or her own conclusion about the subject.
If you cannot find sources for opposing views, or if you simply cannot find opposing views on a topic you feel may be controversial, be open and honest. Let readers know that other views may be available. On the talk page, you can even encourage others to include such material.
The key to achieving a neutral point of view is to step outside of yourself and imagine how others approach the topic.