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Allistic vs. Non-autistic[edit]

They mean the same thing, but "non-autistic" is less jargon-y and more people would understand it. In the interest of making our content accessible to autistic newcomers and to non-autistic people, should we have a preference for writing "non-autistic" over "allistic"? --AutExplorer (talk) 17:36, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

Personally, I'd like to keep "allistic". It should be basic terminology and treated as such in my opinion. However, linking "allistic" to Allism here and there throughout the wiki would be a good idea, then people can immediately click on it if they hear it for the first time! --Fochti (talk) 19:14, 26 August 2022 (UTC)
I agree. The very first instance of "allistic" could also have "(non-autistic)" next to it, in addition to being linked to Allism --Fire Eider (talk) 21:02, 26 August 2022 (UTC)
I'm convinced! --AutExplorer (talk) 17:02, 29 August 2022 (UTC)

Citing community consensus[edit]

How should we assert "distilled wisdom" such as ABA being harmful? (It seems important to do so, see e.g. this thread:

We could use phrases like "Many people within the autistic community agree that...", but we want to avoid "false controversies" (thanks @fochti for this phrase!) where it seems like there's disagreement on a topic when really there's broad agreement.

Much of what the #ActuallyAutistic community has done is share our experiences until we collectively distill certain things that seem broadly true to us. This is like What We Do, and it would be really valuable to share this knowledge with with new #ActuallyAutistic people and with the world at large.

We're talking about knowledge about knowledge: not just "ABA is harmful", but "There's #ActuallyAutistic consensus that ABA is harmful"

Special citations for asserting community consensus[edit]

One possibility would be to have have certain special citations:

  • [community-consensus]: means there's rough community consensus within the #ActuallyAutistic community
  • [community-controversy]: means there's meaningful controversy within the #ActuallyAutistic community; sizeable groups on more than one side
  • [experimental-theory]: experimental theory, not yet tested and accepted or rejected by the #ActuallyAutistic community at large


  • ABA is harmful [community-consensus] [1] [2] [3]
  • Most people within the #ActuallyAutistic community prefer identity-first language [community-consensus]
  • Masking isn't worth it [community-controversy]
  • Monotropism explains everything about autism [experimental-theory]

Tags like "[community-consensus]" could link to an explanation of what community consensus means, how knowledge is distilled within the #ActuallyAutistic community, etc.

Very open to suggestions about what the actual tags should be. For example maybe instead of [community-consensus] it should be [actuallyautistic-consensus] or [autistic-consensus] or [aa-consensus] or [our-consensus] or [consensus] or [consensus-view] or...

I really like the idea of special citation tags --Fochti (talk) 15:20, 26 August 2022 (UTC)
I also like the idea of special citation tags. I'm not sure if "[actuallyautistic-consensus]" would be the best tag without some kind of clear definition of what the "actually autistic" community really is. I personally don't feel like I'm part of the community, even though I actually am autistic. Perhaps that's due to the autism, and I'm just waiting for an official initiation ritual or a proper checklist or something, but it would help me to have some definition of what the Actually Autistic community actually is, to make me feel part of it? --Anna (talk) 05:02, 28 August 2022 (UTC)

Special language for asserting community consensus[edit]

Alternatively we could write out certain key phrases:

  • There's consensus within the #ActuallyAutistic community that ABA is harmful.
  • There's consensus within the #ActuallyAutistic community that most autists within the #ActuallyAutistic community prefer identity-first language
  • There's controversy within the community about whether masking is worth it
  • There's an experimental theory that monotropism explains everything

Writing out the phrases feels a bit wordy, and also shoves the content of the sentence to the end. Could also be written the other way around:

  • ABA is harmful, according to rough consensus within the community.
  • Most people within the #ActuallyAutistic prefer identity-first language, according to rough consensus within the community.

But this still feels wordy. I think I like the special citation form.

Citation storms[edit]

Another possibility (which we could do in addition to using tags like [community-consensus]) would be to have "citation storms", where we maybe cite like 50 or 100 Twitter threads of lived experience of #ActuallyAutistic people.

But a citation storm can't stand in for something like [community-consensus] tags, because a citation storm on its own doesn't assert that there aren't other popular views within the community.

--AutExplorer (talk) 15:07, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

Signing lived experiences[edit]

When writing their lived experience, should the person sign their (user)name? I understand some might not want to have their experience linked to them, so maybe the guidelines could mention that you can put your username if you wish to? I also understand that that might make the articles a bit clunky/harder to navigate --Fire Eider (talk) 16:37, 23 August 2022 (UTC)

We were thinking about adding "Lived experience" sections where it might apply. This alone would make it clear that whatever people put there is 100% subjective. If people want to sign what they put there they can, but no pressure. Once we know how to handle this consistently and elegantly we will update the guidelines. --Fochti (talk) 15:24, 26 August 2022 (UTC)
Does it make sense to define a macro for lived experiences, such that they are visually different from the rest of the text? In an article with multiple sections, it would make it a bit easier to add a lived experience in the relevant section, instead of separating it and putting it in a separate section with just lived experiences? --Anna (talk) 02:38, 29 August 2022 (UTC)

Handling citations (answered)[edit]

How do we do citations? I tried to fix Overlapping neurotypes but I don't know if that looks right. I want some more info before I fix other pages, please

It looks good to me --Fire Eider (talk)
For now we have this: Help:Style guidelines#References --Fochti (talk) 15:19, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

English (US) vs English (UK)[edit]

I think we need some consensus on whether people should use American English spelling or British English spelling. Whatever we're gonna use, it should be put into the style guidelines. (Yes, I always focus on the most important topics! :D) --Fochti (talk) 22:47, 25 August 2022 (UTC)

autistic vs Autistic[edit]

We need some consensus on whether we capitalise "Autistic", like "Deaf", or not; prefarably sooner than later :D What do you think? --Fochti (talk) 22:47, 25 August 2022 (UTC)

Personally I'm accustomed to using lowercase. If others prefer uppercase, my suggestion would be: (1) use uppercase 'A' to refer to the Autistic community as a distinct subculture, but (2) use lowercase 'a' to refer to autistic people when talking about our neurotype itself. Thus a person could be 'autistic' (the neurotype) without necessarily also being "Autistic" (participating in the Autistic community). Mona Pereth (talk) 15:11, 26 August 2022 (UTC)
That's a great suggestion! We will put some thought into that and update our style guidelines accordingly as soon as we agreed on something. Might take a while though :D --Fochti (talk) 16:01, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

Adding images (answered)[edit]

Is there a way to add images to a page? The help says to upload an image, but I don't know where to upload it to

Yep! Here's the upload link:

Upload file link documentation.png --AutExplorer (talk) 15:38, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

Link for the lazy: click me to upload a file :P --Fochti (talk) 17:39, 26 August 2022 (UTC)

Where to get autism-related stuff[edit]

Should we have a page saying where to get autism-related stuff? On the one hand, this could be a useful resource. On the other, it could very easily turn into a spam page, w/ nothing but free advertising

What do you mean by "autism related stuff"? --Fochti (talk) 18:39, 25 August 2022 (UTC)
Good question. That may be too difficult to judge. Anything from noise-cancelling headphones to T-shirts w/ Autism-related sayings

Deleting pages (answered)[edit]

Is it possible to actually delete a page (for example if it's redundant or spam), or do you need to make it a redirect? If so, where would you redirect a spam page to? --Fochti (talk) 01:44, 24 August 2022 (UTC)

Okay, it is possible, but only if you're one of the wiki's administrators --Fochti (talk) 20:47, 25 August 2022 (UTC)

A few technical issues with the website...[edit]

There seems to be some bugs on this site that needs fixing.

Confirmation email fails to send to my email with this message:

ActuallyAutistic Wiki could not send your confirmation mail. Please check your email address for invalid characters. 
Mailer returned: Unknown error in PHP's mail() function.

But it's an all ascii gmail address, so I doubt special characters is the issue.

Also unknown errors probably should not be forwarded directly to the users, as that can reveal details about how the site is configured to potential hackers... like the fact that this is PHP based (though I think wiki's normally are, so it's not that interesting).

Theres no redirect from to the https version, or is that intentional? (I noticed because I just heard about this site on TikTok and typed in the full domain name directly and was surprised to se a broken lock icon)

I'm a frontend/fullstack developer so I can probably help debugging if you'd like. Qvasi (talk) 13:49, 31 August 2022 (UTC)