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💫 Infogalactic, an alternative to Wikipedia.




Wikipedia is dying, it reach it's peak in 2007-2008 by several metrics. Infogalactic began as Project Big Fork in February 4 2016 to REPLACE Wikipedia by routing around its various faults and improves upon that online encyclopedia's model of openly editable content. It was created by its lead designer, American author and entrepreneur Theodore Beale (also known by his pen name Vox Day), it's described by its founders as a "planetary knowledge core." The name Infogalactic resembles the fictional Encyclopedia Galactica featured in Isaac Asimov's science fiction stories and novels published between 1942 and 1993 known as the Foundation series, which is meant as a compendium of all human knowledge. 

The small company is private and is supported by donations and advertising revenue. It's web searches has been oppressed and censored by Google. But Duck Duck Go, Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing have not censored any search results (for now.)


The site is intended to have less alleged politically progressive, left-wing, or "politically correct" bias than Wikipedia, and to allow articles or statements that would not be allowed on Wikipedia because of problems with Wikipedia's policies on reliable sources, and due to alleged biases held by Wikipedia editors. The standards on notability are more relaxed, within limits and articles based on original research may also be allowed if all conflicts and controversies are disclosed.


Infogalactic does not share the highly centralized structure of Wikipedia or the ideological dogma of the Wikimedia Foundation. The primary requirements are for the information contributed to be true, relevant, and verifiable, rather than cited from a so-called “published reliable source”, since experience has proven how reliance upon the latter can be easily gamed by editors and administrators alike. There is no culture of notability, ideology, or deletionism at Infogalactic. The addition of perspective filters and two levels of Context and Opinion to every page means that the average editor's contribution is much less likely to be deleted for political reasons or fall victim to edit wars over controversial pages.
It's designed around the idea that the user should be permitted to decide what information is relevant to him, not 500 ideologically-driven thought police.

As of mid-2018, creating or editing articles was restricted to editors who first had to request a free account. Later, it is planned to allow anyone to edit almost all articles, similar to Wikipedia. Exceptions would be articles vulnerable to frequent vandalism or "edit wars", but in those cases the articles themselves could be "forked" to allow different viewpoints to express themselves (unlike Wikipedia).



Galaxians are the users who volunteer to create and edit Infogalactic's information pages, unlike those users who simply read them. Anyone can become a Galaxian by making changes to a page when they find something that can be improved but an unregistered one are not permitted to edit Fact pages, or to rate pages or other Galaxians.

Each type of Galaxian is under a different name, each with their own privileges. This system helps to maintain order.

Unregistered: Unregistered Galaxians are identified by their IP addresses. They are permitted to make edits to the Context and Opinion page levels. They are not permitted to edit Fact pages, or to rate pages or Galaxians.

Registered: Registered Galaxians are identified by their names and are ranked from level 1 to level 70 on the basis of their contributions. They are permitted to create new pages and edit pages at all three levels, Fact, Context, and Opinion. Depending upon their level, they are permitted to rate the Relativity, Notability, and Reliability of pages and the Relativity and Reliability of other Galaxians.

Corporate: Corporate Galaxians are identified by their green-colored names. They are permitted to create and edit Fact and Context pages.

Starlords: Starlords are administrators and have special powers to manage other Galaxians and ensure the smooth operation of Infogalactic.

Corelords: Corelords are professional corporate administrators.
Techstars: Techstars are the technical volunteers who are responsible for keeping Infogalactic running and adding to Infogalactic's feature set.

Councilors: Councilors are the members of Infogalactic's ruling body.

Every registered Galaxian is scored by two dynamic ratings, Relativity and Reliability. These are ratings that are the collective score of ratings given directly to the Galaxian as well those given indirectly to edits the Galaxian has made.


The foundational principles by which Infogalactic operates are very different from the Five Pillars of Wikipedia. These principles are known as the Seven Canons of Infogalactic.

CANON ONE

Infogalactic does not define reality.

Infogalactic's Starlords are not the reality police. Infogalactic is not Wikipedia, it is a dynamic knowledge core designed to be a useful, up-to-date reference for the user consulting it. Only the user can define his perspective; no one else can define what is true for him or force him to accept their subjective interpretation of reality, no matter how reliable their sources might be.


CANON TWO

Infogalactic is non-ideological and seeks to present objective points of view.

Since no human being on the planet is neutral, objectivity is the most for which we can reasonably strive. Infogalactic is non-ideological and the Starlords will ruthlessly eliminate all ideological spin, framing, narrative, and context from the Fact-level pages regardless of whether they agree with it or not.


CANON THREE

Infogalactic is free content.

Anyone can freely use and distribute it. Since all editors freely license their work to the public, no editor or administrator owns a page and all contributions can be edited and redistributed at will. The exception is the advertising content, which is the sole property of the advertiser.


CANON FOUR

No griefing.

All griefers, which is to say trolls, vandals, rules lawyers, and ideological crusaders of every kind, will be aggressively anticipated, trapped, and removed. Don't bother playing word games or trying to hide behind pedantic interpretations of the rules. Infogalactic's Starlords are under direct orders to freeze any account that appears to belong to a griefer and to permanently ban those confirmed as such. Don't try to be sneaky. You're not going to fool anyone.


CANON FIVE

Play nice and play fair.

Be decent to your fellow Galaxians. There is no One True Page on Infogalactic and there is no need to engage in edit wars.


CANON SIX

Rules are guidelines for users, not chew toys for lawyers.

When in doubt about how to apply the rules or interpret the philosophy, ask your fellow Galaxians. If they don't know the answer, ask a Starlord. Don't play rules lawyer, or assume that because things were done in a certain way somewhere else, that is how they are done here.


CANON SEVEN

Facts are facts.

Facts are not context, they are not logical conclusions, and they are not justifiable opinions. Only externally verifiable facts belong on the Factual level of a page; if it is necessary for a Galaxian to explain, rationalize, or justify the presence of a purported fact on a page, then it belongs on either the Context or the Opinion levels. Galaxian's personal experiences, interpretations, or subjective opinions are welcome, but only on the appropriate level. That is not the Fact level. If there is any doubt, put it in Context.



Notable early articles created on Infogalactic focus on alleged cases of left-wing bias or media censorship, which are listed with sources. Many articles about classic authors were expanded, and Wikipedia articles about political controversies were significantly altered.

The site has a wide diversity of contributors representing generally right-wing, alt-right, or progressive libertarian viewpoints. There are few traditional left-wing editors, though they would be allowed. As contributors worked to expand the list of edits and of original articles, it was argued that editors should avoid deleting original contributions, but instead improve them by adding qualifying text; and that Infogalactic should accept shorter or more rudimentary articles and edits than Wikipedia (for now).

In its third year, Infogalactic's highest priority was to acquire more contributors. Wikipedia has millions of articles that are regularly updated by tens of thousands of editors from almost all countries. About 100,000 editors contribute at least once a month. The specialist contributors spend several hours a month maintaining articles in their areas of expertise. Meanwhile, Infogalactic was criticized for still having too few editors. However, as Wikipedia becomes more "SJW converged" or imposes more politically correct or other censorship, editors expelled from Wikipedia may choose to work for other online information sources instead.



They have developed a browser extension for Chrome-based browsers called Infogalactic Transporter that will take from the planet Wiki to the Planet IG. Okay basically it replaces any Wikipedia links with IG links. It was previously removed from the Chrome Store, but now it's back. The extension is really useful and recommended. 


So far it's good and a great alternative replacement to Wikipedia, but it does need some work, they have a Roadmap of what future development needs to be done. In the meantime, Infogalactic is a recommended replacement to Wikipedia if you don't like bias and censorship.

Article by Jane Doe



P.S. Conservapedia is another wiki from a Christian/Conservative far-right point of view. It's "decent", but it's highly known for it's bias, inaccuracies, bannings and censorship against users who disagree with them. I personally wouldn't recommend it due to it's unreliability, so, use caution with this one. Also, they plan to make their own "weird Conservative Bible Project", a crowd-sourced version of the Bible which Conservapedia claims will be "free of corruption by liberal untruths". Umm....okay. 

 

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