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The FeministWiki is a website with different components, that aims to offer a rich digital platform for feminist information and activism.  The components of the FeministWiki are:
 
The FeministWiki is a website with different components, that aims to offer a rich digital platform for feminist information and activism.  The components of the FeministWiki are:
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* 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.)
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* 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 [https://forum.feministwiki.org/ 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.
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* A [https://blogs.feministwiki.org/ blog platform] where members who wish to publish articles can become authors on the shared main blog, or get their own personalized blog which they have full control over, such as: [https://blogs.feministwiki.org/socjuswiz/ SocialJusticeWizardry]
* A messaging/chat system that can be used [https://chat.feministwiki.org through the website] or via smartphone apps.  Like WhatsApp, but accessible for FeministWiki members only.  (And it doesn't need your mobile number.)
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* A [https://files.feministwiki.org file-storage platform] (similar to DropBox) where you can upload files you want to save, and optionally share them with others.  For instance, you could upload PDF documents, information charts, recordings of seminars, or even just feminist memes, so you can access them from any computer by logging in to your FeministFiles account.
* A [https://blogs.feministwiki.org/ blog network], where members who wish to publish articles can become authors on the shared blog or get their own dedicated sub-blog like: [https://blogs.feministwiki.org/socjuswiz/ SocialJusticeWizardry]
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* A [https://forum.feministwiki.org/ 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 [https://files.feministwiki.org file-storage platform] (similar to DropBox) where you can upload files you want to save, and optionally share them with others.  For instance, you could upload PDF documents, information charts, recordings of seminars, or even just feminist memes, so you can access them from any computer.
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* A [https://chat.feministwiki.org chat messaging system] that can be used through the website or via smartphone apps.  Like WhatsApp, but accessible for FeministWiki members only, and it doesn't need your mobile number.
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Everyone who has a FeministWiki membership can automatically use all of these services, by logging in with their FeministWiki username and password.
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Members of the FeministWiki can use all of these services by logging in with the same username and password in each of them.
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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.
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Further, every member is given 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? ===
 
=== What sort of feminism is it for? ===
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As explained on the [[Main Page]], the FeministWiki is aimed at classical/radical feminism.
 
As explained on the [[Main Page]], the FeministWiki is aimed at classical/radical feminism.
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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.
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This includes, for instance, anti-prostitution and anti-pornography activism, female reproductive rights, opposition to gender stereotypes, support for female-only spaces, alliance with lesbian feminists and generally support for lesbian rights, and so on.
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Genuine intersectional approaches are definitely valued, such as allyship with black feminists, support of women in poverty, etc., whereas faux-intersectionality that denies sex-based oppression and centers male interests is frowned upon.
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Genuine intersectional approaches are definitely valued, such as alliance with black feminists, support of women in poverty, etc., whereas faux-intersectionality that denies sex-based oppression and centers male interests is frowned upon.
    
=== How are new members added? ===
 
=== How are new members added? ===
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=== Can I trust you with my data? ===
 
=== Can I trust you with my data? ===
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If you want maximum security, '''you should never use any FeministWiki service to store or transmit sensitive information'''.  The [[FW:Technician|technician(s)]] who have administrative access to the server can see your chat messages, emails, files uploaded to file storage, and so on, unless you use encryption on your end before uploading/transmitting the data and decrypt it again after downloading/receiving it.  (Sadly, most software does not yet make this sort of client-side encryption easy.) There is also always the possibility of security holes in the server leading to data leaks, even if the technicians are not malicious and even if they follow common security best practices.
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If you want maximum security, '''you should never use any FeministWiki service to store or transmit sensitive information'''.  The [[FW:Technician|technician(s)]] who have administrative access to the server can see your chat messages, emails, files uploaded to file storage, and so on, unless you use encryption on your computer before transmitting the data.  There is also always the possibility of security holes in the server leading to data leaks, even if the technicians are not malicious and even if they follow common security best practices.
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That said, the FeministWiki promises to show the utmost responsibility with regard to privacy and security.  It doesn't expect you to provide any sort of personal information in your profile, and even if you choose to do so, the FeministWiki will never give that information out, unless forced to do so by German law enforcement.
    
=== Who runs the site? ===
 
=== Who runs the site? ===
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The site was set up by [[FW:Technician|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.  (See also the previous section.)  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.
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The site was set up by [[FW:Technician|a male computer programmer]] who wanted to do volunteer work for the radical feminist movement (and also train his server administration 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.  (See also the previous section.)  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.
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"Trust is good, control is better." -- German proverb
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"Trust is good, control is better." -- German idiom, commonly attributed to Vladimir Lenin
    
== Help topics ==
 
== Help topics ==