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Wiki philosophy Edit

What GWiki is Edit

Googology Wiki is an encyclopedia and discussion forum about large numbers and fast-growing functions.

Ignore all rules Edit

If a rule prevents you from maintaining or improving Googology Wiki, ignore it.

User interactions Edit

Don't be a dick :) Edit

Be nice. Don't attack other users personally.

Be a decent human being. Don't make actions or statements discriminating against anyone based on race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, etc.

Don't bite the newbies Edit

New GWikians may stumble a bit while learning the ropes. Don't bite them! Clean up after them and, if necessary, courteously let them know what was wrong. There's a lesson in every mistake.

Assume good faith Edit

A sufficiently bad mistake is hard to distinguish from malice. Whenever possible, assume good faith.

Chat Edit

There's a chat feature allowing you to talk to other users. Of course, the usual rules of employing common sense and not being an ass apply.

Notability Edit

On wikis, we have to be constantly deciding whether an article should be created or not for each number and concept. The following are some general rules of thumb:

  • Numbers and functions should be mathematically well-defined, or at least an attempt at being mathematically well-defined. A number defined as "infinity plus 42" is probably not acceptable.
  • Numbers:
    • Pretty much any number greater than 100 is fine. We allow integers 0 through 99, but other constants like e or pi are generally not allowed.
    • Named numbers are much preferred over unnamed ones. There are a good number of exceptions to this.
  • Ordinals:
    • Even when they're only tangentially relevant to googology, ordinals and related functions are fine. At the moment, we're holding back many of the large cardinals to avoid duplicating Cantor's Attic.
  • Functions:
    • They should grow fast enough to be related to googology. As a general rule of thumb, things that grow slower than factorial are not acceptable. Addition and multiplication are fine because they form the basis of the hyperoperators.
    • Googologists are mostly concerned with functions mapping counting numbers to counting numbers. Functions like \(e^x\) are not relevant to googology. As usual, exceptions are common; use your own discretion and discuss in case of controversy.
  • Other stuff:
    • Some articles don't directly describe large numbers or functions, but rather systems that give rise to them. Examples include Goodstein sequences and Latin squares.
  • People:
    • There aren't a lot of googologists, so no rules are really necessary here. If someone has made a significant presence in large number-dom, then they're probably worth an article.

Citations Edit

Rule X: Every article needs to cite something.

The encyclopedia is intended as a reflection of large number literature, online and offline. It is not the place to introduce new googology. The point of this rule is to make Googology Wiki an encyclopedia, not an anarchic free-for-all.

Good sources include:

  • Academic papers
  • Textbooks and other reliable print sources
  • Articles from reputable websites
  • Self-published books, papers, and websites. Googology Wiki doesn't have a conflict of interest policy, and it's acceptable to write articles about your own work.

Bad sources include:

  • Wikipedia
  • Forums and other wikis. There are some exceptions such as c2wiki's famous ReallyBigNumbers page, where many well-known googologisms come from.
  • Private communications
  • Other pages within Googology Wiki

All this said, there is some leeway with original content. While Wikipedia considers itself a tertiary source, Googology Wiki is a secondary source. Our articles frequently offer commentary, analysis, and explanations of the source material (although it should be neutral and objective if possible). While entirely new inventions shouldn't be introduced in the mainspace, it's acceptable and common to discuss and analyze existing googology. Readers should note that such commentaries are not subject to academic review, in contrast to some of our sources.

Original work (READ THIS!) Edit

Probably the single most common mistake made by newcomers to the wiki is to show up and dump their latest invention into the encyclopedia. The point of the encyclopedia is to document published googologisms and ultimately unite the scattered literature of large numbers. It's a mirror, not a publishing platform.

The recommended way to get your work on the wiki is to create a blog post. Blogs offer a free and easy way to broadcast your creations to the community, and you can get feedback from other googologists in the form of comments.

We used to allow original work on the wiki as long as it is cited from an external source (in compliance with Rule X), but since February 2016, posting original work in the wiki's mainspace is strongly discouraged. See also the relevant bit on the About page.

Vandalism Edit

Vandalism is a deliberate attempt to harm the integrity of the encyclopedia. If you encounter vandalism, revert it and leave the owner a polite message. If the vandalism persists, contact an administrator and they'll deal with it.

Edit war Edit

An edit war happens when two or more editors have a dispute, and instead of discussing things out, they revert back and forth between the revisions they want. Edit wars are not productive in any way, and generally just make people more angry. Instead of edit warring, talk it over and come to a decision.

In an effort to fight counterproductive edit warring, we will mirror the 3RR rule as found on Wikipedia:

Any editor who makes more than three reverts on the same page within a 24-hour period will be blocked for 24 hours. Self-reversion and reversion of obvious vandalism do not count towards this.

The purpose of 3RR blocks — and any other blocks, for that matter — are to prevent further disruption, not to punish misbehavior.

Copyright Edit

Googology Wiki is itself licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Original writing is preferred to copied writing, even when we are allowed to reproduce the copied text (e.g. when copying from Wikipedia). Of course, plagiarism is unacceptable.

Sometimes, we are required to use copyrighted images and other media in articles. These are subject to fair use under U.S. copyright law — the most common rationale on this wiki is using the media for the purposes of scholarly commentary.

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