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{{em|WikiPolitiks}} is a free encyclopedia, focusing primarily on government policies, politicians and influencers in the United Kingdom. Our main remit is to track govt policies by mapping them to timelines; for examples, see [[Immigration Policy]], or the [[National Probation Service in England and Wales]]. We also track {{em|politicians}}; come election time, it is imperative to be able to look back at their actions. For examples, see [[Nadhim Zahawi]] or [[Louise Ellman]].
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{{em|WikiCorporates}} is intended to be a collaborative project which will welcome new contributors, once we get the final structure in place and some essential tidying up done.  
  
Alongside our main objective, we aim to cover two other related areas:
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We use the free and [https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source open-source] [https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki MediaWiki] engine, used by {{wpl|Main_Page|Wikipedia}} and thousands of others. Although many of these are open access (meaning anyone can edit them), WikiCorporates is a "closed" wiki, primarily to prevent acts of online vandalism, and to maintain some level of editorial control.
* {{em|Who Owns What:}} if you don't know where your money is ending up, you can't make informed decisions about whether to support a product. For examples, see [[Associated British Foods]], or [[BGL Group Ltd]].
 
* {{em|Reports:}} scores of organisations and groups fight on behalf of citizens, but many people don't know about their work. We map their reports to the companies. Examples: [[HSBC Holdings plc|HSBC]], or the [[Coca-Cola Company]].
 
  
{{em|Beginnings:}} WikiPolitiks started life in early 2018 as a personal project to try to discover answers to questions such as: Who ''really'' makes govt policy? Why is there such a lack of political will to regulate corporations which break the law? Why are govts worldwide colluding with Busine$$ to the point of destroying our planet? Why do our govts lie to us, when they are well aware of the devastating consequences of their (in)action? We know all these things to be true - and yet, we march to the polls every 5 years, and cast our ballot for more of the same.
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==== How to Register ====
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<div>You need to register as a User by emailing {{Contact|email-ns|grayan|wikicorporates.org}}. Tell us a bit about who you are, what your background is, and what you're interested in working on. You don't need any special credentials, but we need to establish that you are approaching the project in a spirit of goodwill. Once approved, you will be sent a username and password by email that enables you to log in and edit or contribute material.</div>
  
The project has grown to a point where we felt it contained enough information that others would also find it useful; hence the decision to publish it online. WikiPolitiks is very much a work in progress; we vastly under-estimated the amount of work, and the quantity of time, the project entails. We make no apologies for messy, half-done pages, but hope you find some useful and informative information.
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{{em|Why you need to register:}} Many organisations don't much like having their innards spread open for all to view, and would very much like to be able to edit their pages to remove, for example, being included in [[:Category:Tax Haven Companies]] (we receive regular requests for removal).
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{{em|What WikiPolitiks is not:}} Firstly, we only cover UK-related topics. However, because we live in a globalised world, there is some overlap with other countries.<br/>
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==== Submit an Article ====
Secondly, we do not keep comprehensive, finely-detailed information - that's what [https://corporateeurope.org/ Corporate Europe Observatory] (lobbying), {{pbl|Main_Page|Powerbase}} (networks), {{swl||SpinWatch}} (propaganda), {{wpl|Main Page|Wikipedia}} and the many excellent {{gl|civil-society-organisation|CSOs}} are for. Rather, we aim for an overview, enabling readers to quickly grasp the "bare essentials".  
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<div>{{em|Be fair and accurate:}} Articles should be fair, accurate, and documented. WikiCorporates does not require a {{wpl|Neutral_Point_of_View|"neutral point of view"}}, so opinions and views may be cited ''with attribution'', clearly made as such.</div>
  
==== Who We Are ====
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{{em|Additions should not be misleading.}} Language should be plain and accurate. Your contributions do not have to represent all sides of an issue, but must endeavor to be as precise and accurate as possible.
* Editor: Grayan Adams, maintainance of the site's structure, day to day editorial overview. Email: {{email|grayan|wikipolitiks.org}}
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* Administrator: Matt Smith, with responsibility for management of the site's content and users. Email: {{email|admin|wikipolitiks.org}}
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{{em|Be factual:}} Every assertion should have a source. Avoid using sources that are unreliable, unverifiable or unestablished. Experts' opinions can be illuminating but are not "the last word" on a matter, given the biases many experts have, based on their funding or their ideology. Commentators' opinions can be included and noted as such. Adding a source's name or affiliation to their WikiPolitik's page is encouraged, to give readers more background on the sources and their potential biases or financial interests.
* Webmaster: Ben Lewis, responsible for technical issues. Email: {{email|webmaster|wikipolitiks.org}}
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* Contributors are currently limited to a very small group of people, but we plan to open the wiki up for collaborative editing as soon as possible. If you can't wait, you can [[contribute to articles]], or [[request an article]].
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{{em|Contributions about yourself or your organisation:}} We do not encourage individuals and groups to contribute articles about themselves, people or organisations with which they are affiliated.
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WikiCorporates is intended to be a collaborative project which will welcome new contributors, once we get the final structure in place and some essential tidying up done.

We use the free and open-source MediaWiki engine, used by WikipediaWikipedia-W.svg and thousands of others. Although many of these are open access (meaning anyone can edit them), WikiCorporates is a "closed" wiki, primarily to prevent acts of online vandalism, and to maintain some level of editorial control.

How to Register

You need to register as a User by emailing grayanwikicorporates.org. Tell us a bit about who you are, what your background is, and what you're interested in working on. You don't need any special credentials, but we need to establish that you are approaching the project in a spirit of goodwill. Once approved, you will be sent a username and password by email that enables you to log in and edit or contribute material.

Why you need to register: Many organisations don't much like having their innards spread open for all to view, and would very much like to be able to edit their pages to remove, for example, being included in Category:Tax Haven Companies (we receive regular requests for removal).

Submit an Article

Be fair and accurate: Articles should be fair, accurate, and documented. WikiCorporates does not require a "neutral point of view"Wikipedia-W.svg, so opinions and views may be cited with attribution, clearly made as such.

Additions should not be misleading. Language should be plain and accurate. Your contributions do not have to represent all sides of an issue, but must endeavor to be as precise and accurate as possible.

Be factual: Every assertion should have a source. Avoid using sources that are unreliable, unverifiable or unestablished. Experts' opinions can be illuminating but are not "the last word" on a matter, given the biases many experts have, based on their funding or their ideology. Commentators' opinions can be included and noted as such. Adding a source's name or affiliation to their WikiPolitik's page is encouraged, to give readers more background on the sources and their potential biases or financial interests.

Contributions about yourself or your organisation: We do not encourage individuals and groups to contribute articles about themselves, people or organisations with which they are affiliated.

WikiCorporates does not have a top-down mechanism whereby all day-to-day contributions are monitored and approved. Instead, active participants monitor the recent changes page, and make edits and corrections to the content, format, and policy problems they find. Participants are therefore both writers and editors. Without the participation of a community of participants, a wiki resource like WikiCorporates cannot succeed. See the WikiCorporates editorial policy for the policies followed by staff and sysops in editing contributions and enforcing policies.

Please do not submit "any libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise illegal material (for example, copyrighted material for which you have no valid claim of fair use). Please use respectful language that does not abuse or discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age, region, disability, etc."