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This guide is to share how these articles are written for readers of this website who want to contribute to it but don't know how, or would like some resources on how to write these articles. So, it should help ease the burden of writing new articles for writers who don't know about things that can make the articles easier to write and more accurate.
This category is where it's more difficult: programs that are not spyware do not have privacy policies- they don't need them if they don't violate your privacy. This is OK but there is a category of programs that do not contain privacy policies but still have privacy concerns. You can't take a developers word that their program is not spyware: you have to actually run the program and inspect any kind of packets it sends out and what features it has. A lot of people have a lot of different ideas about what is and isn't spyware- so you might have a developer who thinks that phoning home, etc, isn't a privacy issue that they need to make their users aware of.
Ultimately the only way to prove and discover what a program is actually doing to invade your privacy is to look at what kinds of network activity it is doing when you run it. A great guide is written about how you can check a program's network activity with MITMproxy to discover spyware by a writer for this site who has written many of the articles on here. It's linked right here:Lifting the veil — how to test browsers for spyware.
Sources should be cited at the bottom of the article as a list of links, with links to archived versions of these links next to them. There should be at least two archive links, from two different archiving services, but ideally you should provide alternate links to as many archives as you can. If you can't find an archived version of the page you want to save on a service that allows you to submit a link for archiving, you should submit it and use that. That being said, there is a useful online service that lets you find archived links by searching multiple archive sources for links. http://timetravel.mementoweb.org/ will usually automate the process of finding all of these archive links and make citing sources much easier- but it's still important to update web.archive.org and archive.is copies of these links.