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== To Start ==
== To Start ==
Revision as of 18:18, 5 January 2009
First thing to do is create an account on the wiki site. There are two primary reasons to create accounts in wiki. The first is so that you can track what content you have created and get credit for the content created. The second is so that people can identify the authors of content, both to inform them of desired changes, and to correct possible errors. If you do not create an account, all content created by you will be linked to your computer, not you. To create an account, access the link in the top left, "Create an account or log in". At this page, enter your user name and use a simple to remember password. Then login. You can have it remember your login information to save time in the future.
To edit, click the edit button to the right of the article. Type in the text area. Use equal signs (=) to code headings, the more equal signs before and after the head, the smaller the head. Hit return twice at the end of a paragraph to separate paragraphs by a line space. Click the Show Preview button to proofread the text as it will appear, then click Save Page to post. Check out these Wiki Guidelines for more details on tagging Wiki text as needed.
Of significant value to the order/structure of the wiki, is placing interlinks to tightly related documents on each page. With this in mind, it is very valuable to place the parent topic link near the top of each page, enabling the user to track back up the heirarchy, when there is one.
Please remember that there are many people using the wiki. This means that there can be name conflicts if the name of the article is not chosen to reflect the type of information being presented.
To maintain high quality, unambiguous topic names, consider your audience and try to find the most specific name that fully covers your subject. For example, External Photo Permissions Requests rather than "Permissions" (which would be pretty ambiguous for one article).
If you find that the best name for your topic is already taken, then it's best to disambiguate it. If there's only two meanings, add a note at the top of the existing page that describes your alternate use, including the link to a new page with a name that's more specific to your intent. For example, see the Wikipedia page on Cold Fusion.
For titles with multiple meanings, a separate disambiguation page may be required. Here's another wikipedia example.
Interesting Articles on Wiki
- An interesting read on the power of wiki: http://news.com.com/Esquire+wikis+article+on+Wikipedia/2100-1038_3-5885171.html
- An interesting read on the debates surrounding the quality of information in wikis: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=91235
- A popular journalism type article about the wiki phenomenon: http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1066904,00.html
- A research paper that may or may not be worth looking at: http://www.schwall.de/dl/20030828_the_wiki_way.pdf