Editing Principles

Wikirate follows Wikipedia's editing principles, unless otherwise noted on this page (for the avoidance of doubt: Wikirate is unrelated to Wikipedia). Since content on Wikirate is very likely controversial (with companies often in denial, and affected stakeholders sometimes overstating their notes), we want to highlight a few basic principles:


For Overviews

  1. Neutral Point of View
    Overviews must not take sides, but should explain the sides, fairly and without bias. This applies to both what you say and how you say it. Read more here.
  2. Verifiability
    Other people have to be able to check that you didn't just make things up. Overviews should cite Notes, and each note must have at least one source. We have voting systems for Notes (to assess their importance) and Sources (to assess their credibility). By voting on Notes and Sources you can help us to determine how important or credible they are. When editing an overview, you can have confidence that Notes with higher scores are judged to be more important - and would make good additions to the overview.
  3. Assessing the credibility of Sources (via up or down votes)
    When assessing the credibility of a Source you might want to consider who has produced it and whether they have a good or bad track record of reliable, unbiased reporting – you should also consider the strength of the evidence which the Source presents.
  4. Assessing the importance of Notes (via up or down votes)

    When assessing the importance of a Note you should consider whether the note is based on a credible source, whether it accurately represents that source, and whether the company behaviour it refers to is significant.

For Notes

  1. You are encouraged to add meta-data (e.g. Year, Tags, Basis) or additional sources to existing notes.
  2. You should not change the meaning of the title for another user's note (e.g. its not OK to change "Company X was found to use suppliers who employ child labour" to "Company X has reduced the level of child labour in its supply chain"). When you make a note, you are that note's owner. If you disagree with how another user has interpreted a source in their note, you can point this out on its discussion note and make an alternative note based on the same source. It is however acceptable to make minor edits which fix spelling or grammatical errors in another user's note.