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Welcome to the FeministWiki! This page will guide you through everything you need to know as a member.

What is the FeministWiki?

The FeministWiki is a website with different components that aims to offer a "digital home" for feminists. These components are:

  • A wiki, where educational and informational articles on feminist topics can be curated by the community. Like Wikipedia but for feminism. (You're reading a page of the wiki right now.)
  • A traditional web forum, where members can hold discussions about all sorts of topics. If you're familiar with the British website Mumsnet, this one's a bit like that.
  • A messaging/chat system that can be used through the website or via smartphone apps. Kinda like WhatsApp, but accessible for FeministWiki members only. (And it doesn't need your mobile number!)
  • A blog network, where members who wish to publish articles can become authors on the shared blog or get their own dedicated sub-blog.
  • A file-storage platform where you can upload files you want to save, and optionally share them with others. Just like DropBox.

Everyone who has a FeministWiki membership can automatically use all of these services, by logging in with their FeministWiki username and password.

Further, every member automatically owns an e-mail address like janedoe@feministwiki.org which they can use to send and receive e-mails. This might be useful, for example, if you don't want to use your personal e-mail address for political purposes.

What sort of feminism is it for?

As explained on the Main Page, the FeministWiki is aimed at classical/radical feminism.

This includes, for instance, anti-prostitution and anti-pornography activism, female reproductive rights, opposition to gender stereotypes, support for female-only spaces, allyship with lesbian feminists and generally support for lesbian rights, and so on.

Genuine intersectual approaches are definitely valued, such as allyship with black feminists, support of women in poverty, etc., whereas faux-intersectionality that denies sex-based oppression is frowned upon.

Though if you're a member, you probably already knew all that.

How are new members added?

All members of the FeministWiki have a right to add further members as they like.

Please be careful in who you add, as communities like this are juicy targets for troll infiltration. The system internally keeps track of who was added by who, so in the absolute worst case the technician is able to find the source of a troll infiltration and issue a sweeping ban to bring back peace, but it would of course be ideal if something like this didn't happen in first place.

That said, please bring in as many of your trusted friends as you can! The FeministWiki only has a purpose so long as there's a community making use of it.

Who runs the site?

The site was set up by a male computer programmer who wanted to do volunteer work for the radical feminist movement (and also train his computer skills). For now, he prefers not to reveal his real-life identity, to deter abuse from anti-feminists. He is well aware of the repeated scandals surrounding "male feminists" and has no expectation of gaining the trust of all members. As such, he tries to create an open and well-documented infrastructure that should be easy to replicate by any other IT specialist in case something goes wrong. Also, the site does not expect members to provide any personal information. This way, members shouldn't need to put trust in whoever is running the site, as they could take things under their own control if needed.

"Trust is good, control is better." -- German proverb

Help topics

What happens if I lose my password?

Main help page: Help:Password

If you want to have safety against lost passwords, you can set an e-mail address in your user preferences page that can be used to reset your password at any time. This e-mail address should not be your FeministWiki e-mail address, since you need your FeministWiki password to use that one. (Chicken and egg problem!) The e-mail address you set in your user preferences will be invisible to all but the FeministWiki technician.

If it's very important for you to keep your identity private, and if you don't trust the technician or fear data leaks, then you can use an e-mail address that isn't tied to your real identity. Just make sure that you can always access the e-mail that you use for this purpose, as otherwise you will not be able to reset your password.

Alternatively, you can contact the technician and ask for a manual password reset. You can reach the technician by sending an e-mail to admin@feministwiki.org, or by writing to @FeministWiki on Twitter.

How does creating or editing wiki pages work?

Main help page: Help:Wiki

Getting the hang of wiki editing may take some time, but the community will surely be delighted by your contributions!

See the help page linked above to get started, or dive right into the official and comprehensive MediaWiki help page if you're already somewhat skilled with software or feel courageous.

How do I use the forum?

Main help page: Help:Forum

Forum front-page: https://forum.feministwiki.org/

An internet forum or web forum is a website that allows members to create "topics" (also called "threads") to discuss a certain matter. Once a topic is created, other members can reply (or "post") to the topic to add their insights. There is no limit to what these topics may be about, so the forum usually offers a number of categories (or "sub forums") under which the topics are grouped.

Some examples of other web forums, which you might be familiar with:

For detailed instructions on how to use the , visit the forum help page linked above.

How do I use the chat system?

Main help page: Help:Chat

Chat web-interface: https://chat.feministwiki.org/

The simplest way to use the chat is by opening the web interface linked above, and logging in there with your FeministWiki username and password.

You can also access the chat from dedicated chat programs like Gajim or smartphone apps like Xabber for Android or ChatSecure for iOS.

For detailed instructions on how to set up some of these chat programs/apps, see the help page linked above.

How do I publish on the blog?

Blog front-page: https://blogs.feministwiki.org/

If you want to publish articles on the FeministWiki blog, ask the technician by sending an e-mail to admin@feministwiki.org, or by contacting @FeministWiki on Twitter, and your FeministWiki account will be granted the ability to publish on the blog. If you want, you can also get a personalized blog that you have full control over, under a name like "blogs.feministwiki.org/JaneDoe".

The blog uses a self-hosted installation of the well-known blogging software WordPress. While the WordPress organization controls blogs that are hosted on their own servers, they also release the software behind their blogging system under a free software license, so anyone can install it on their own servers. The FeministWiki has such a local installation of that software, meaning that the WordPress organization has no control over what's published on the FeministWiki blog. As such, you don't need to fear censorship.

For further information on the FeministWiki blog, visit the blog front-page linked above.

How do I use the file storage?

Main help page: Help:Files

Files web-interface: https://files.feministwiki.org/

The FeministWiki file storage lets you upload potentially very large files and save them on the FeministWiki servers. You can then access the files from anywhere, and optionally share some files with others via a link you send them.

To prevent accidental overloading of the server, every member is granted a quota of 1 GB storage by default. If you would like to store more data, just ask the technician to increase your quota.

For detailed information on how to use the file storage, see the help page linked above.

How do I use my FeministWiki e-mail address?

Main help page: Help:Mail

Mail web-interface: https://mail.feministwiki.org/

The easiest way to use your FeministWiki e-mail is by visiting the web interface linked above, and logging in with your FeministWiki username and password.

You can also set up any e-mail program/app on your computer or smartphone to use your FeministWiki e-mail address.

For further details, see the help page linked above.

Wait what? You have an IRC server?

Main help page: Help:IRC

The FeministWiki offers an Internet Relay Chat server for those who have been using computers for a long time and feel especially nostalgic, or those among the younger generations who have re-discovered IRC.

The server is only open to members. It rejects connections from those who can't authenticate with a valid FeministWiki username and password. The hostname is irc.feministwiki.org and only encrypted connections are accepted, on port 6697. To establish a connection, configure your IRC client so that your IRC nick is your FeministWiki username, and make your client use the rudimentary PASS authentication method with your FeministWiki password. (In most IRC clients this will simply correspond to a "password" text field that you fill out while configuring the connection.)

I have a friend who wants to become a member!

Main help page: Help:AddMember

Interface: Add a member

Every member of the FeministWiki can add further members. Currently the above-linked basic web interface is the way to do so. Simply fill out your own FeministWiki username and password, and then enter a username for the member you want to add. After you click the "Add member" button, the page will show some text saying that the operation was successful and show you an auto-generated password. Send the username and auto-generated password to the new member and inform them that they can change their password after logging in.