RationalWiki Upgrade 2017

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This is a bit of a facade, since it's just a snapshot which Tim Starling imported and upgraded as a dry run.

This database will be dropped and recreated, so any edits you make will be lost. Sorry!

In addition, search and several other functions are not done yet and will give PHP errors.

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The RationalMedia Foundation's Role in the ownership and operation of RationalWiki

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RationalWiki is owned and operated by The RationalMedia Foundation; the goal of this article is to highlight and clarify the role of the Foundation, particularly in its relationship with managing the website.

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General goals

  • Promote, encourage and support projects that fit with our mission statement
  • Support the development of software that promotes collaborative content creation and community interaction
  • Engage with other organizations and communities with similar values
  • Interact with the media, government officials, private companies, and individuals to promote science, critical thinking, and rational discourse

Role in the RationalWiki site

  • Ensure the availability of both hardware and software infrastructure
  • Keep the content produced safe
  • Provide financial support
  • Create and fill needed technical and management positions
  • Encourage the development of software and tools to support the community
  • Promote the site to the community at large
  • Serve as the primary administrative contact
  • Intercede in legal issues arising over content published on RationalWiki

What the Foundation is not

  • The Foundation does not exercise editorial control over any of the content on RationalWiki
  • The Foundation does not make community policy, oversee governance, or act as the final arbitrator of disputes
  • Content on RationalWiki is not sanctioned by, or an official statement of the Foundation
  • Board members and officers posting on RationalWiki are not doing so in an official capacity unless specifically stated

Long term goals

3 year plan

  • Develop financial, technical, and management independence from the founder
  • Start engaging the media on issues of promoting science and critical thinking

5 year plan

  • Become a major player within communities and between other organizations with similar values
  • Promote policy and rational discourse on a wider level

10 year plan

(Let's dream big!)

  • Become the single largest provider of free content from a scientific and rational perspective
  • Develop global contacts and support to become a major player in policy initiatives related to our mission
  • Be able to help direct the discourse on topics of science and critical thinking around the world
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