Wiki-land posting standards

  • for citing instructions (avoiding plagiarism) click here

Be sure to source your content--that is, give credit for any information you are using from someone else. Make sure you have used copyright-free images. Read and follow these standards before participating in published wikis and discussion threads:

      • Be polite. The same standards of behavior that govern in-class discussions apply to your behavior in wiki-land. An atmosphere of mutual respect abides. Everyone should feel comfortable reading submissions and discussing. Wiki-land will not tolerate flames or other inappropriate statements, material, or links. [By "flame" we usually mean a statement that is taunting and thus arbitrarily inflammatory. However, this also includes those which are libelous, defamatory, indecent, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory, abusive, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit, or offensive in a sexual, racial, cultural, or ethnic context.]
      • Remember your audience is much larger for this writing--it could be anyone in the world. Don't write sloppy, ill-conceived posts that show you as anything other than the promising, literate young person you are.
      • Post constructive comments and questions. Unless otherwise noted, your submission should either be questions or an answer that is within the permitted subject matter. Don't post non-constructive complaints, polls, or petitions.
      • Browse for existing answers before asking a question. Someone else may have asked your question-save time, storage, and bandwidth.
      • Stay on topic. Wiki-land is here to help us efficiently share our learning and ideas. Unless otherwise noted, don't add stuff like:
          • rumors and speculation—verify, then post
          • discussion of areas OUTSIDE our interest
          • the status of your personal life
          • ”threadjacks." Relate your response to the topic. If you're reading about "iPods" but want to discuss your "iSight", find the appropriate topic or start a new one.
          • URLs that do not directly answers a user's question. If any portion of your Submission, including any posted URL, results in any accrual of compensation or benefit to you, then you must note this in your post by stating, "I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link."
      • Don't be a “troll.” A troll is someone who strives to disrupt a constructive conversation by posting flames or specious arguments. Trolls sometimes impersonate another user by posting under a false user name. If there is a troll in your midst, let teacher know
      • Don't post personal information. Think twice about posting your email address, and be sure to identify yourself and others by first name, or first name and last initial.
      • No impersonations. This includes screen names and signatures. Be real.

Adapted from the Apple board of Distinguished educators: