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What exactly is Wikirating?

Wikirating is a global independent organization for credit rating topics. It offers an open web platform which gives the possibility to publish on the one hand credit ratings for countries, corporations and other financial products. On the other hand Wikirating shows also the calculation methods on how credit ratings are estimated. In a way it is an "open rating agency"... [read more]

Wikirating - yet another encyclopedia?

No, not at all! Wikirating is not an encyclopedia like Wikipedia. It is more or less a platform which allows to place/add rating relevant collections of archives (especially statistical data) for countries, corporations and structured finance products.

Is Wikirating for free?

Values/results of credit ratings on Wikirating are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. That does - very shortly explained - mean: You are free to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work - under the following conditions: Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes. No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work... [read more]

If everyone can add or modify everything, abuse is possible. How do you handle this at Wikirating?

First of all you cannot modify everything; some pages are protected. Apart from that, everybody indeed can modify most informations anytime - like at Wikipedia. So vandalism or manipulations cannot be avoided - like in real live, too. There are some mechanisms that help us to minimize this problem. Like at Wikipedia every new or modified record has to be mandatory verified by at least one reference. If not done, the record will be either deleted or reverted. Further on editing important pages can be restricted to registered users. There are two reasons, why undetected abuse will not often take place: First, quality checks are done by the Wikirating team, and in the course of time the community will do this, too (like at Wikipedia). Second, any manipulation will be discovered very soon, because of wrong or suspect reference.

Does Wikirating belong to Wikipedia, respectively Wikimedia foundation?

No, Wikirating is an independent project, which is privately operated.

I do not see any ads or sponsors. How does Wikirating earn money?

The actual situation is that Wikirating is completely privately financed. If you want you can make a donation.

I want to contribute to Wikirating! What do I have to do?

First of all you simply can contact us directly for your comments, feedbacks and ideas. If you want to deal more intensive with Wikirating, you can create an account (for free of course). Like at Wikipedia, keep in mind that as an anonymous user you have less edit rights than a registered one. Hardworking registered users can be granted to administrators with more rights... [read more]

Why I am not able to modify any content (e.g. data, values, etc.) in some pages?

Due to security reasons, it is not possible for a "normal" user to directly modify any data within some important pages (e.g. credit ratings of countries/corporations, pages which are directly related to Wikirating or important templates). Nevertheless, it is possible to contribute anyway - every page has a discussion tab where one can submit suggestions/ideas or modifications related to this page. Other topics can be discussed at the forum. All suggested data modifications are reviewed by the Wikirating staff, and if necessary asap published/adapted.

Why can't I register myself under create login?

In order to verify your location, your browser must be set to give that information. Look 'under the hood' for content settings. For instance, in Google Chrome, you can temporarily set 'Allow all sites to track my physical location' when registering.

How can I get started?