WikiFootprints:Guidelines

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Please take a moment to review the WikiFootprints Privacy Policy and Disclaimer. This page contains a few guidelines and additional guidelines will be added as needed. After reading the guidelines, the product draft category is a great place to get started editing.

Behaviour

Usernames

Choose a username that you like, however the username is subject to some conditions. The username must not contain offensive or disruptive words, impersonate another person or promote a person or product. It cannot contain parts like admin, sysop, wiki, wikifootprints or moderator giving impression that the account has other permissions.

User password

Please choose a strong password containing both letters and numbers with letters in lowercase and uppercase and at least six characters long. Your contributions are precious, you devoted your time to creating them so it is better to protect them with a strong password. Your password has to be at least 6 characters long. It cannot be the same as your username. Use a unique password that is not used on other websites.

Sock puppetry

Each user is expected to use a single account for edits.

Blocking

In case of vandalism, spam, link spam, unnecessary reverting or uncivil behavior the user account may be blocked temporarily or in severe cases permanently.

Creating Content

Draft Pages

Product pages in the product draft category are a great place to get started contributing to WikiFootprints. Product articles in this category are incomplete, however they often contain templates and citations to most of the resources needed to complete the article. Another great place to start is the requested articles page. It contains ideas for articles that have been submitted by users with links to resources.

Information Sources

The environmental impact information in WikiFootprints product and comparison articles should be objective and not influenced by emotions, opinions, or personal feelings about a good or service. Reliable published sources should be used when editing articles. Life-cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD) are a great sources of this information. These are often published by the company who developed or manufactures the good or provides the service. Some organizations may not publish the full LCA for a product, however they may include a summary of the LCA in an environmental report. Additional sources of reliable information may include, but are not limited to, government agencies and peer reviewed journal articles.

Product Pages

Product pages are organized similar to a cradle-to-grave life-cycle assessment and built on the Product Template. The pages contain a summary of each stage of a product’s lifecycle and an info box that contains emissions figures for the product. This information is often obtained from a life-cycle assessment (LCA) or life-cycle analysis of the good or service.

Lifecycle Stages

  • Materials
  • Production
  • Packaging
  • Distribution
  • Usage
  • End of Life

Infobox

  • Carbon Emissions
  • Energy Use
  • Material Use
  • Water Consumption

Comparison Pages

A template for comparison pages has not been created. Here is an example comparison page to help you get started: Soft drinks.