What is CopperWiki?
CopperWiki is an open collaboration platform for people seeking sustainable living choices. It is based on the twin aspects of awareness and choice.
CopperWiki gives us choices for living a healthy, responsible and sustainable life. Most of us are aware of the importance of living consciously and the urgency of making this concept a way of life. The CopperWiki world informs, encourages, and shares the best practices for living responsibly as individuals, community, society, nation and as a planet. It is a fast conductor for information—which otherwise exists piecemeal at various places.
 Purpose of CopperWiki
Now you know what you should keep in mind while writing a CopperWiki article. Also see What not to write in CopperWiki before you start writing. Before you start collecting information for writing/editing an article, you should know the purpose of CopperWiki. I hope the following lines help in giving a clear idea about CopperWiki articles. You could also look at our Star articles to get a better picture.
 CopperWiki is all about creating awareness
- Awareness about existing habits, practices and products; their benefits and harmful impact.
- Awareness about choices.
- Awareness about effectiveness of various options.
- Awareness about myths and facts.
- Awareness about traditional knowledge.
- Awareness about the impact of our actions.
- Awareness about dying species, depleting resources, deteriorating environment and disappearing cultures, traditions and art forms.
 It questions the established practices of our time
- Research is conducted to see impact of existing products.
- Research is done to find the efficacy of the existing practices.
- What do experts say in this regard?
- What do the non-conventional schools of thought say about it?
- Do these products and practices deliver the promised results?
- What is their impact on us, our planet and our environment?
 It informs the reader about the choices available
- What are the choices available to us?
- What is the positive and negative impact of these choices on us/our environment and our planet?
- Why are people choosing these options?
- What can we do as individuals and communities to protect the dying species, depleting resources, deteriorating environment and disappearing cultures, traditions and art forms.
- If we ignore this, what do we stand to lose as individuals, self and society – the impact on us and the environment at large?
 Best practices of our times
- What are the best practices being followed in various parts of the world?
- What are the benefits of these practices?
- What are the negative impacts of these practices?
- Are there any factors ( local/ regional/seasonal/beliefs etc) that guided the adoption of these best practices in a particular area/areas.
 Useful tips
- How to select a particular product?
- How to read the fine print on the labels?
- Are there any certifications/ bodies/ researches available on this subject that I can refer to for making more informed choices?
- How do I ensure that my green fabric is actually green or my organic egg is actually organic?
- How to use the product/ apply a practice to gain the maximum benefits and minimize the negative impact.
- What can I do to protect dying species, depleting resources, deteriorating environment and disappearing cultures, traditions and art forms.
- A complete did-you-know about things that matter to the majority of us.
 Your Local Guide to Conscious Living
CopperWiki will emphasise on local knowledge, local products and practices because by using local products we can directly reduce our carbon footprint.
For eg --Indians should stick to their whole wheat chapatti or parataha and have jowar, bajra or ragi chapattis to have variance in their diet. If they decide to have rye bread to help their system, then not only will it result in more carbon emissions, it might also not be as beneficial to their health.
- CopperWiki platform will strive to be a source of local knowledge (e.g use of ginger, types of ginger in Japan, India, UK)
- It will work towards building a global database of local practices, know-how and usages.
- It will be a platform to share the knowledge base acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundred of years through direct experience and contact with the environment.
- The local product and practices highlighted on this platform will be a product of keen observation, patience, experimentation, and long term relationship with plants and animals.
- The local wiki will aim at giving the people the required information to enable people to practice conscious living in their local environment.
- It will provide information about how they can you source their choices, how they can make things happen and where can they start.
 What can you do here?
CopperWiki is a collaborative writing project where anybody can search for an article, write a new article and edit an article. While writing or editing an article, a few things should be kept in mind.
 It is an ‘editable’ platform
CopperWiki strives to improve the quality of already existing articles. Anybody can edit any page barring a few exception such as semi protected pages and protected pages. These pages pertain to administration, policy and guidelines of CopperWiki.
It is advisable to discuss the changes and additions you intend to make on the discussion page of the article and make the changes after arriving at a consensus there. Remember to mention the purpose of your edit in an edit summary. This reduces the chances of your changes being reverted.
 CopperWiki articles are based on secondary research
CopperWiki articles are based on secondary research. This is not a place to do primary research. The information collected from secondary sources should be backed by references that can be cross checked. Articles should not be based on opinions and heresay.
 CopperWiki is not is a place to air personal opinions
CopperWiki is not a place to air personal opinions, carrying personal vendettas and agendas. Copperwiki should not be used for personal advertisement.
Authors and editors should realise that it is not a blog and facts mentioned in their articles should be sourced from reputed sites and articles.
 CopperWiki articles aim to be a reference point for conscious living
While selecting the information to write an article or add to an article, ask yourself "Would this information help in creating awareness? Does it affect our physical and mental health, our environment, and our planet? Will it help us evaluate the alternatives and choices available? Would this help a person lead a more ethical life?"
 CopperWiki articles give a complete unbiased overview on the subject
The articles should give a 3600 view on the subject. For example even as the article informs that plastic bags are non biodegradable and thus have a harmful impact on our environment, it should also inform that the carbon footprint of "paper bags" are much higher and than plastic bags and while producing most kinds of paper, non-renewable resources are depleted.
 CopperWiki is a place to practice responsible journalism
CopperWiki intends to help us in our journey to become a more reponsible person. it thus precludes vandalism and anti social behaviour. It is understood that edits and changes made to an article should help in improving the article.
 CopperWiki is a family site
CopperWiki is a place where kids along with adults are welcome to source and add information. In fact, we encourage young children to live an ethical and conscious life.
CopperWiki carries no obscene language, adult photograph, adult matter and adult jokes. Double meaning langauage and profanities has no place on the site. It is therefore an ideal place to allow children to seek information and even write here.
 What CopperWiki is not
To write a true CopperWiki article or to add value to an existing CopperWiki artice it is very important to undertand what CopperWiki is not.
 It is not an exhaustive collection of facts on the subject
Unlike your regular encyclopedia, CopperWiki is not a treatise on a subject. Your article does not need to have all the available information on the topic. Your articles should reflect the Purpose of CopperWiki.
 It is not an acedemic piece or a detailed write-up on the subject
Try simplifying the information. We appreciate your expertise on the subject. But if you simplify the information and put it together in a logical, easy to understand manner, then the reader will benefit from it. Avoid long sentences, use of scientific terms and ideas, and useless information( remember he is not reading the article to know about the scientific research, the name of the study or the researcher or the process used but he is more interested in knowing the conclusion. But, do give the due credit and reference in the "references" section).
Expalin everything. Start writing with the assumption that the reader might not know what you assume most people know.
 It is not a place for carrying primary research
This is not a place to test a theory or share a theory for the first time. The matter used in the article should have already been published in reputed journals. This is not a place to conduct survey or seek opinions on a subject but a place to share useful information.
 It is not a place for airing opinions
CopperWiki is not a place to express your viewpoint. Here you can only share conclusions from accepted researches. Even if something is proven and known, if you use information without backing it with references and data, then it will be treated as "an opinion" and not a fact.
 It is not a blog
CopperWiki articles are very different from blogs. While blogs are usually limited to a single author who "controls" the content published, wikis allow everyone to be an author, as everyone who registers can contribute their questions, ideas, and perspectives.
Blogs may or may not be based on secondary research and they are not bound to back facts with reference to appropriate sources. CopperWiki articles are based on secondary research and facts mentioned in the article have to be backed with reference quoting secondary data.
Unlike blogs, CopperWiki articles cannot carry/reflect the author's opinions, thoughts, and feelings and biases. So, Please do not use this platform to write blogs.
 It is not a place for casual observation
CopperWiki is a serious business. So even if you believe in something or know something, please do not use it in the article unless it can be backed by authetic data which can be cross-checked.
You cannot just start an article/edit an article based on hearsay. Stick to facts and avoid making observations completely. Observations quoted in the text should be those made by renowned experts in the field.
 It is not a place for personal advertisement
However, much your product or practice is in line with CopperWiki ethos, please do not use the site for blatant advertisements. The write-up on a product/service should stick to facts, carry all matter -- positive and negative related to the subject.
 It is not a place for serving personal objectives
If you have a one-sided opinion or a strong bias on a subject, avoid writing on the subject or adding to an article on the subject unless you can be completely fair and give both points of views or all points of views available on the subject that has surfaced during your research.
 It is not a place for airing one-sided or biased viewpoints
Try giving a balanced viewpoint in your article. If you are quoting a research that use of cell phones causes cancer, then check and see if there is a research which expresses a contrary or a new opinion and include it in your article.