Our wiki uses the Mediawiki platform, the open-source platform that powers Wikipedia. MediaWiki is a very powerful platform, but one surprising downside is that it's editing environment isn't as slick as we are used to on the internet now. It often feels like the internet we know 10 or more years ago, with a few glitches and not-so-intuitive elements. But overall it is really very simply, once you get used to a few quirks.
To start editing a page, go to that page, and then click on “Actions” at the top right of the page, and choose “Edit” in the menu that appears.
There are two editing modes:
To toggle from one mode to the other, click on the top-left icon of the editor window.
When you paste text from the outside, always paste it without format (in the edit menu of your browser choose "Paste and Match Style" or something similar), otherwise you'll import outside formatting into the wiki, which need to be cleaned in 'wiki text editor' mode.
When you make an edit, always make a short comment so others among us understand what you have edited. This is useful to understand the history of changes in an article (every page has a history page to understand how the page has evolved).
Don't forget to save what you write quite regularly! The wiki platform does not have an auto-save function. So don't make a long spurt of writing without saving.
You can also write in your preferred word processor (word, google docs, open office...) and then paste the text into the wiki editor. This has the advantage that your word processor probably does auto-save. But you'll probably need to spend some time reformatting the article after you pasted the text. (To paste the text, always choose "paste and match style" or some similar function from the "edit" menu of your browser, or you will import whatever formatting your word processor has applied to your text.
To insert a link, highlight the text you want to make into a link, then click the "link" button in the toolbar. To link to a page within the wiki, start typing the name of the page in the middle box (called "Page"). A drop down list of pages with matching titles will appear. Select the correct page, and voila! Click here for a short Youtube to see how it's done.
See this short video for a tutorial on Talk Pages.
Discussions specific to topics, including both what goes into an article, as well as general topical discussion, is held in that topic's "Talk" page. What is a Talk page? It's a little like a discussion forum, except that like all wiki pages, the entire page is editable by anyone. It can be a little strange at first if you aren't used to it.
This is an issue with how the wiki software is rendering the page. You may have to hit your browser's refresh button several times before the edit page will show up correctly.
This is a known issue and we're trying to figure out why a small subset of users are experiencing this. Try reloading the page. If that doesn't work, one workaround is to click the "fullscreen" button, located in the tool bar to the far right of Formats, Headings, font color, and the clear formatting button. Also try editing the article in 'wiki text editor' mode and see if that helps.--
Yes, these dialog boxes behave strangely sometimes.
In the FAQ and Examples section of many article pages, we use expandable sections. Having just one-sentence introduction to questions and examples makes it easier to browse the content of a page.
To create an expandable section:
If you are editing in "Visual Editor" mode, you first need to switch to the "Wiki Text" editing mode (by clicking on the top-right icon of the editing toolbar). Then follow the instructions of the diagram below.
Below, you see what the code above is rendered like.
If you create an article that is work in progress, or if you read an article that doesn't conform to our editing guidelines, then please add a bluebox at the top of the article. How to do it? In the 'wiki text editor' mode, copy the code that's used to render the box below and paste it into the article that needs it. And then replace the text of the box with a short description of the kind of shortcoming of the article.
This could be simply "This article is work in progress" if you are just starting to write it. Otherwise, please make a precise description that will invite others to quickly fix it. For instance "Incomplete article. Second FAQ needs answer. And case examples need reference". Or "This article needs general editing to make tone more neutral, especially in the "Historical Perspective" section."
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