This is the main FAQ page for Everipedia. (If you are new to the EOS and/or Everipedia communities and have a question that you feel needs to be added to this document, please message us in the Telegram group and we will do our best to incorporate it in this document: https://t.me/everipedia
What is Everipedia?
Everipedia is the knowledge database on the blockchain, but more importantly, it is a decentralized, open-source, peer-to-peer knowledge network. Participants in the network self-govern the platform and earn IQ tokens - Everipedia's cryptocurrency - by curating and submitting content within the database. They can also vote to accept or reject further submissions or modifications to the database of articles, as well as proposed protocol upgrades.
Everipedia contributors are encouraged to create pages about any person, place, organization, or thing and populate it with interesting, relevant reference links/sources. (Hence the term 'every'-'pedia.')
What is a blockchain, and how does it relate to Everipedia?
A blockchain is a data ledger (like, but not quite, a database), comprised of “blocks” of data, each of which has a cryptographically hashed header that points to the previous block (which is why it’s a chain of blocks, and why it can’t be edited; so it’s called immutable).
Everipedia's blockchain is copied into different nodes located in many different places, and owned by many different entities (so it’s decentralized, a little like peer-to-peer file sharing). The different blockchain nodes agree to implement the same rules for determining whether a block should be added.
Everipedia is an 'EOS dApp.' What exactly does that refer to?
The word 'dApp' stands for decentralized application, which refers to an application that runs on open-source software and leverages on the blockchain technology.
How does the Everipedia Network work on the blockchain?
In broad generalities, the blockchain has three modules:
- The token module, which makes changes to token balances of addresses by transferring tokens in accordance with smart contracts (e.g., code that supplies a certain quantity of IQ tokens once a user’s new article has been approved is one such smart contract);
- The article module, which is used to propose edits to be included in the database of encyclopedia articles (and any associated data);
- The governance module, which can update the smart contracts that run the blockchain.
Any propositions made within the network are within these three modules, and require a consensus of Everipedia's IQ token holders.
The architecture is laid out in more detail in our white paper.
What do I need to contribute to Everipedia?
You currently need three things in order to make your first contribution to Everipedia:
- An EOS account, which is the account used to securely track all of the EOS-related cryptocurrencies you own.
- For crypto-veterans: If you bought EOS tokens in an Ethereum address and registered your address before June 2, 2018, you already have an EOS account; insert your ETH public key
- For crypto-beginners: If you do not have an EOS account, you currently need to pay for a new EOS account. You can get started and generate a new EOS account using this link: https://eos-account-creator.com/
- IQ tokens, which you may have received (via airdrop) if you got an EOS Genesis account.
- Those who owned EOS and registered their ETH address before June 2, 2018 (i.e. EOS Genesis account holders) received IQ tokens in their accounts between July 11 and July 12, 2018.
- Those who did not receive IQ tokens can buy some on a cryptocurrency exchange. These are the list of exchanges on which we the IQ token is listed. https://everipedia.org/exchange-listings/
- A Scatter account, which is a desktop application that allows you to make secure transactions on Everipedia. This will allow you to securely create transactions and interact with the Everipedia from your EOS account.
For more information on how these three components work together, refer to our tutorial.
How do I sign up on Everipedia?
Refer to our step-by-step tutorial for how to get started. This will show you how to do everything from creating an EOS account, buying IQ tokens, and contributing to the Everipedia Network.
What is Brain Power?
Brain Power (BP) is a non-fungibile asset that allows Everipedia editors to make contributions to the site. As a result of staking IQ tokens for Brain Power, users automatically lock up their IQ tokens for a 21-day time period.
This is a process also known as 'powering up,' which is something similar to Steemit's STEEM/Steem Dollars model.
How do I get Brain Power?
Click on your EOS account name in the top-right corner and select 'GET BRAINPOWER.' This will allow you to stake IQ which, in turn, will give you BrainPower (the assets you need to make contributions in the Everipedia Network.)
Refer to the Everipedia tutorial for the step-by-step process on how to do this.
What is the IQ:BP ratio?
BP currently has a 1:1 ratio in association with IQ.
How can I find out how much IQ I have in my EOS account?
Click on your EOS account name in the top-right corner.
What is Scatter and how does it relate to Everipedia?
Scatter is a computer program/software application that confirms one's identity on EOS applications. (and applications like Everipedia) using an encrypted identity confirmation solution.
Using digital signatures, it allows EOS account holders to connect to and interact with the EOS blockchain. This allows us, as editors and voters, to contribute to Everipedia and send transactions on the blockchain.
Think of Scatter as the mediator of accessing EOS applications in the same way an online user would access applications using a Facebook or Google account, only no one would have access to your private information (not even Scatter).
How does Scatter work?
The idea behind it is that you only need to enter your private key once rather than trusting the security of different applications that run on EOS. This, in turn, will allow you to make transactions on any EOS application, as long as you own enough of the assets. For example, to access Everipedia, you need EOS tokens and IQ tokens to create transactions on the network.
(Refer to the steps for how to use Scatter in our tutorial.)
Is Scatter secure? How safe is it for me to import my keypair into Scatter?
Unless someone is actually watching you insert your private key into Scatter, there is no way for anyone to access your private key through Scatter.
Not only is your private key encrypted after it is entered into Scatter, but one's private key is unable to be exported once it has been entered.
How is Everipedia different from Wikipedia and similar sites?
- Anyone can make pages about anything (as long as they are properly cited).
- Editing on Everipedia is modern and visually appealing. For example, we embrace memes (in a scholarly way, of course), incorporate GIFs within the copy, and display images and videos in a way to make them stand out.
- Talk pages are designed as discussion threads. This allows our editors to continuously discuss news-related items about their favorite topics.
- Celebrities can have verified accounts. Not only does this allow them to have conversations with their fans on their own page, but they can also contribute information to their own pages... without having to rely on secondary sources!
- Every page from Wikipedia is already here on Everipedia to build on top of and improve.
All these reasons make Everipedia the greatest knowledge project ever!
What are the guidelines on Everipedia?
There are 2 main rules of Everipedia:
- Information on the page must always be cited, and
- The article must be in a neutral point of view.
Is Everipedia free?
Yes, all information found on Everipedia is freely available for anyone to use and access. All we ask is a link back to the source Everipedia page for attribution purposes.
The information on this encyclopedia is meant to be free to all. We will never charge for or withhold any of the information on this website. We just ask that you do not throttle the site and programmatically harvest information that would dramatically affect our servers.
Content found on Everipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. As a user you may modify, copy, frame, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works from content found on Everipedia.com.
For more information on the terms of reuse of content found on Everipedia please reference the Creative Commons documentation: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
Can I make another page for something that already has an Everipedia page?
No. Anything can have a page on Everipedia, but each item must have only one article. For example, there is already a page for Barack Obama, so there is no need to create a page called Barack Hussein Obama that has similar information.
If you see a duplicate page of the exact same topic, use the merge page feature to combine pages of the same thing or message a Master Editor to merge them. 
What should I title my page?
The title of a page should be the most common name of the person, place, or thing the page is about. For example, the page for the American Rapper Tyga is titled Tyga and not Michael Ray Stevenson (his birth name) because more people know him by the name Tyga. His legal name is only of secondary importance. The page for Lima Beans is titled Lima Beans and not Phaseolus lunatus because more people know the subject by the former and not the latter.
Lesser known names and/or nicknames can be added to the body of the page and/or as an infobox item.
What if 2 different things have the same name?
In other words, what if you want to create a page with a title that already exists?
Make sure you create a disambiguation page, as well. (In the world of wikis, disambiguation pages help editors identify the page someone is looking for... by providing the right context.)
What should I caption my pictures, videos, sources, and media?
When you upload an image, video, GIF, audio, linked source, or any other document to an Everipedia page, make sure to add brief historical, contextual, and follow-up information about the addition. Avoid redundant, short, or uninformative captions.