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If you only read the Religion Wiki website, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general.

If you contribute to the ReligionWiki projects, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever. This includes articles, user pages and talk pages. Some limited exceptions are described below.

Publishing on the wiki and public data

Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly (but see private logging below).

When you edit any page in the wiki, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author.


The wiki will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. You may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. In a typical browser configuration, it will be deleted when you close your browser session.

More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. These last up to 30 days. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don't wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (If so, clear the browser cache as well.)


Many aspects of Religion Wiki's community interactions depend on the reputation and respect that is built up through a history of valued contributions. User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history. All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. No one shall knowingly expose the password of another user to public release either directly or indirectly.

Policy on release of data derived from page logs

It is the policy of Religion Wiki that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs will not be released by the adminstrators who have access to it, except as follows:

  1. In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement
  2. With permission of the affected user
  3. Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues.
  4. Where the user has been vandalising articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to assist in the targetting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers
  5. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the OrthodoxWiki adminsitrators, OrthodoxWiki users or the public.

Sharing information with third parties

Except where otherwise specified, all text added to Religion Wiki projects is available for reuse under the terms of the GFDL as well as a Creative Commons license.

Religion Wiki will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.

Security of information

Religion Wiki's administration makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide. This information will be available to all system administrators with access to the servers.

User data

Data on users, such as the times at which they edited and the number of edits they have made are publicly available via "user contributions" lists, and occasionally in aggregated forms published by other users.

User Accounts

User accounts, once created, cannot be removed.

Deletion of content

Deleting text from the Religion Wiki website does not really delete them. In normal articles, anyone can look at a previous version and see what was there. If an article is "deleted," any moderator/administrator, meaning almost anyone trusted not to abuse the deletion capability, can see what was deleted. Only an administrator can permanently delete information from the Religion Wiki projects and there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.

Personal information deletion

The Religion Wiki projects will delete personal information about contributors (most likely on user and user talk pages) at their request, provided it is not needed for administrative reasons (which is generally limited to dealing with site misuse issues). Personal information about those who merit an encyclopedia article, when in the encyclopedia article, is not included in this. Personal information typically includes, but is not limited to, name, address, telephone number, instant messenger contact details, photograph, appearance, food tastes, political views and similar details of an individual person.

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This page is an official policy on Religion Wiki. It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. If you are part of the administration, please feel free to update this page as needed, but make sure that changes you make to this policy really do reflect Religion Wiki's perspective before you make them.

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