Policy concerning pages on the OEIS Wiki
- For historical reasons, the wiki side of the OEIS is quite separate from the database side. This shows up in several ways:
- The wiki requires a separate login.
- You need special permission before you can create wiki pages (this is a protection against spammers, who in 2016 used fake logins to create hundreds of advertising pages on the wiki). You need to be authorized as a "Wiki User" before you can create wiki pages.
- The search box on the database side does not search the wiki, and the search box on the wiki does not search the database.
- Most importantly, although contributions to the database are reviewed by the editors, there is no monitoring or automatic reviewing of wiki pages
- As a result, there are thousands of pages on the OEIS wiki, not all of which are of high quality.
- To see the complete list of pages, both good and bad, go to "Special Pages" then "All files"
- We have therefore established a policy that only wiki pages that have been officially "Approved" may be referenced from OEIS entries.
- Typical wiki pages that have been approved are all the OEIS Index pages.
- An approved page will say something like "This is the latest approved revision".
- If the top of the page says "There are no approved revisions of this page, so it may not have been reviewed" or "This article page is a stub, please help by expanding it", then it has almost certainly not been approved and should never be referenced, from an OEIS entry or elsewhere.
- If you have created a wiki page and wish to reference it from an OEIS entry, ask the editors to approve the wiki page first.
- Like all contributions to the OEIS, wiki pages are subject to the OEIS Contributor's License Agreement (see below) -- and in particular may be "edited mercilessly".