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Alternative outlets for potential useful/valuable content which is not appropriate for Wikipedia.
When content (text, images, etc.) is deleted, "Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not" is commonly cited as explanation, 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.
In an effort to foster a spirit of WikiLove, 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.
It is up to contributors to familiarize themselves with the procedures and policies of these outlets and to examine their licensing arrangements, which may differ from Wikipedia in significant ways.
Directory of alternatives
|Wikipedia is not a...||... so try this instead|
|Blogging site||Category:Blog hosting services|
|City guide||WikiTravel, Wikivoyage|
|Comedy site||Uncyclopedia, BJAODN, Illogicopedia, h2g2, Encyclopedia Dramatica|
|Directory||AboutUs.org, Wikicompany, MyWikiBiz, Wikindex.com, WikiIndex.org|
|Game guide||eGamia, StrategyWiki|
|Genealogical database||WikiTree, Familypedia|
|How-to manual||Wikibooks, WikiHow|
|Indiscriminate collection||Everything2, Wikinfo, Annex|
|Publisher of non-neutral points of view||Conservapedia|
|Social networking site||Category:Online social networking|
|Travel guide||Wikitravel, Wikivoyage|
|Webspace provider||Category:Web hosting|
|Wiki of your own||List of wikis, Comparison of wiki farms, Start your own wiki|
The above is more than an arbitrary list of sites. Sister projects in the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) are preferred. Failing that, sites should meet some combination of the following criteria to be listed:
- Policies consistent with the spirit of WMF goals
- Allow content to be moved over verbatim (e.g., GFDL-compatible)
- A wiki, or like a wiki
- Notable in some way (preferably as a link to an existing Wikipedia article)
Content (text, images, etc.) submitted to Wikipedia is required to be licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). Other sites (especially non-WMF sites) may require a different license. Do not copy GFDL 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 GFDL 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.
- Guide for Everything2 noders — Moving content from Wikipedia to E2
- Transwiki guide at Meta
- Introduction to deletion process
- Guide to deletion
- Deletion policy
- Deletion debates
- Deletion process
- Deletion review
- Undeletion policy
- 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
- Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not/Outtakes (humor)