MisesWiki:Five Pillars

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The fundamental principles by which Mises Wiki operates are summarized in the form of five "pillars":

  • Mises Wiki is an online encyclopedia focusing on the thought of Ludwig von Mises and related subjects, and encompassing the entire classical liberal tradition. It includes information similar to what is available on Wikipedia, but with greater focus. However, like Wikipedia, Mises Wiki is not a soapbox, an advertising platform, or a vanity press.
  • Mises Wiki has an Austrian point of view. Unlike Wikipedia and other encyclopedias, which may claim to pursue a policy of neutrality toward article content, Mises Wiki makes no such claim. Articles on Mises Wiki are written from an Austrian point of view, meaning that they often presume and advocate the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics and libertarianism in general. However, because debate exists even in these traditions, and because we want to serve as a starting point for additional research, we still strive for verifiability, encouraging users to provide references as much as possible. Personal experiences, interpretations, and opinions of editors are allowed to be posted in the appropriate namespaces (e.g. userspace, essayspace, and in some cases, talk pages).
  • Mises Wiki is free content that any user can edit and any reader distribute. However, copyright laws must be obeyed, and plagiarism is not tolerated. Because all contributions are freely licensed, all of your contributions can and will be mercilessly edited and redistributed. As a result, no editor should think that he "owns" an article.
  • Mises Wiki users should interact in a respectful and civil manner. Respect and be polite to your fellow editors, even when you disagree. Be courteous and avoid personal attacks. Assume good faith and strive for consensus. Don't be disruptive to prove a point and don't participate in edit wars.
  • Mises Wiki encourages bold editing. Be bold in updating articles and do not worry about making mistakes. Your efforts do not need to be perfect; prior versions are saved, so no damage is irreparable.