Global editorial guidelines
Love and respect
Caring for others and the world around you should be an important part of any guideline. Wiki specifics can be read at:
- Wiki Love
- Wiki Taboos
- Wikipedia Manual of Style
- Wikipedia Categorization
- Wikipedia Maintenance (aka wiki weeding)
Which companies are allowed on Wikicompany?
Any company which has an offical status, and operates within the law of the national legislation of the country in which it is incorporated, can be listed on Wikicompany. Companies or company products, which some may find offensive, and may even be illegal in some countries, may be listed on Wikicompany. Please also read the General disclaimer, which among other things states that the country of hosting (in this case the Netherlands), may put further restrictions upon what information can be presented on Wikicompany.
What can be written about those companies?
- The Neutral Point Of View (or NPOV) is very important on Wikicompany. Try to refrain from superlatives, especially in the introduction paragraph, since words like leading or innovative quickly become tiresome to the reader. Try to mention the facts. For a much better explanation, you can read The Cluetrain Manifesto. Here is a paragraph from chapter 3:
- We seem to know, intuitively, when something spoken, written, or recorded is sincere and honest -- when it comes from another personís heart, rather than being a synthesis of corporatespeak filtered by myriad iterations of editing, trimming, and targeting. Thereís an inherent pomposity in much of what passes for corporate communication today. Missing are the voice, humor, and simple sense of worth and honesty that characterize person-to-person conversation.
- Stub-writing should be avoided. Try to fill-in all the basic info (companybox, good intro, categories, etc.), or wait until another time to list this company (when you have more time for the researching and editing).
Specific editorial guidelines
Company profile editing
Company profile titles
- Try to use the official company title without the legal extension.
- Try to make the title as short as possible, but still unique enough to be distinct.
- Rules for name-clashes:
- Create an ambiguation category with the common name (like: Postbank, or
- If there is one much larger company, use the name for that company profile, and put a link at the top of that article which points to the other companies with a similar name.
- See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_(technical_restrictions)
Category label ordering
General category editing
- In general, don't add sector categories for which there are no companies yet. let the sector categories evolve in a slow incremental way.
Sector category naming
Region category naming