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How HTYP is different from Wikipedia
Given Wikipedia's mission of being an objective reference work, their policies necessarily restrict the sorts of information which may be posted there:
- Wikipedia requires a "neutral point of view" in all writing; HTYP encourages personal opinion, especially well-argued opinion stated in non-inflammatory terms – but it does not require verifiability.
- Wikipedia does not permit original research; HTYP encourages posting of original research and data. (If this ever threatens to overwhelm the other content, we may split it off into a separate wiki.)
- Wikipedia is not:
- a dictionary: well, HTYP hardly has enough content to be useful as a dictionary yet -- but there are things I wish the MediaWiki Foundation would do with their dictionary; maybe one day I'll get around to trying to convince them. Until then, HTYP is certainly open for use as a dictionary/thesaurus. So far it's mainly technical terms and acronyms.
- a publisher of original thought: if the author/copyright-holder is willing to release the material under HTYP's site license, then (at least for now!) such content is welcome.
- a soapbox: editorial material may be more appropriate for Issuepedia, but in some cases (e.g. when the material is highly technical in nature, or when the material relates to practical details such as a company's customer service) it may be completely appropriate for HTYP, or for a dual-posting with Issuepedia. (See A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection for an example.)
- a mirror or a repository of links, images, or media files: If the links, images, or media files are filed in some useful way, then they may be entirely appropriate. As long as the copyright issues have been dealt with, then my preference is to allow rather than forbid; an excess of any particular kind of content can be dealt with when and if it happens.
- a blog, webspace provider, social networking, or memorial site: If significant content along any of these lines begins to appear, I may split it off into a separate site -- but I see no reason for HTYP not to be used this way. (Caveat: we won't give anyone exclusive edit-access to any page, so anyone who hosts information on HTYP is subject to the usual ruthless editing. We may offer owner-controlled pages as a service in the future, but it will be somehow clearly distinguished from HTYP's regular content -- probably on a subdomain.)
- a directory: Yes. HTYP is a directory.
- a manual, guidebook, or textbook: HTYP was created specifically for this sort of content.
- an indiscriminate collection of information