This page documents an official Hatchetpedia policy, a widely accepted standard that should normally be followed by all editors.

Hatchetpedia is a place for the Juggalo community to store information about itself. As a result, we have many articles about members of the community. Occasionally, this can lead to problems.

Personal animosity and vandalism Edit

A common cause of reverted edits on pages about people is personal animosity between the subject of the article and the contributor. Typically these edits contain assertions which are untrue (which is why they are classed as vandalism and removed), but they provide concern for the subjects of the articles, who fear such assertions might be taken at face value. These people may not trust Hatchetpedia contributors to revert all such edits in a timely manner.

Some people just don't want other people writing about them Edit

In addition, not everyone is a public personality, and some take offense at the idea that other people would be able to write anything they want about them on a public site. Yes, this is the wiki way, but remember that Hatchetpedia is not intended to hurt anyone. In general, it is sensible not to include people who do not wish to be included in Hatchetpedia. This is usually not a problem if they really don't want to have a presence here.

The main problem are those people who would permit articles on themselves here, but who ask for restrictions to be placed on what edits can be made, usually due to the possibility of what could vaugely be defined as "negative comments" (both libel and facts which might put the person in an unfortunate light).

One point of view is that that's just too bad, at least in the case of the facts - we should be able to write everything true about people (even if it's not something they want known) because, legally, there's nothing to stop us. Taking that view goes against our principle of not harming those in the community, though.

Another view is that it is against the wiki spirit to have non-editable pages, and even more against it to have pages that are only editable by the person they're about. Proponents of this view point out that Hatchetpedia is not a free hosting site, and that if people want a page about them that they alone can edit they should just be happy with their home page. This leaves us with the problem of how we can ensure that we have an article that accurately points at that page, and the reality that Hatchetpedia users are going to want more than just an external link - they want context.

If there was no need to have pages about people, there would be no problem. However, these people are (in some cases) important members of the Juggalo community who have been involved in various activities and deserve mentioning. Therefore, our only current option is for those who simply do not wish to be included at all is total exclusion and blanking of the page about them, replacing it with the {{Protected-Excluded}} template:

This article left blank by request.

The subject of this article has contacted Hatchetpedia and asked not to be included. To respect their privacy, we have blanked and protected this page.
If you are the subject and wish to be unexcluded, please contact an administrator.

It is usually preferable to avoid this. People considering exclusion should consider that they could just register an account with an email address and watch the page instead, which would give them immediate notification of edits to the page.

Exclusion is not automatic, though most requests are fulfilled. When administrators are not sure that the community would agree, they will open it to public debate. This is particularly likely in the situation where an person active in the Juggalo community appears to be trying to avoid a bad reputation that some would consider deserved by their public actions, particularly if they have physically or monetarily harmed others, and/or committed crimes. In this case, users have in the past felt that the public interest is better-served by keeping the article, as long as it presents information in a neutral fashion.

Exclusion must be requested from an administrator through a means which provides positive identification of the person concerned (email is usually best for this). For more information on full exclusion, see Juggalos:Policy/Exclusion.

Differences from the Wikipedia approach Edit

Wikipedia also includes some articles about people - they tend to be uncompromising about the inclusion of information about people in the quest for the ideal encyclopedia. Here at Hatchetpedia, though, the situation is different:

  • Wikipedia has specific criteria for inclusion which tend to exclude those who are not at least used to public scrutiny, and some may not wish to have a publicly-edited article page about them. We would like to respect their wishes as far as possible, because they're members of our community too.
  • Wikipedia articles about people are mostly written by those who do not directly know them. Given that we are people in the community writing about other people in the community, it is highly likely that those people are personally known to the authors, which has numerous ramifications in terms of personal bias (both "good" and "bad").
  • Bear in mind the potential pitfalls of writing your own autobiography, although that should not dissuade you from doing so if you think you can do a good job.