Wiki Contribution Guidelines

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This page is about the experience for for both the authors and the readers of the Wiki. Think of the "Zen for the Wiki" to make it clean, helpful and beautiful.

There are several sets ... starting with essential ones up to the administration guidelines.

Essential Guidelines

  • Categorize your wiki pages
  • Use many wiki-links between your pages
  • Avoid redirecting to the main-namespace from out of it
  • Keep drafts on your userpage

Standard Guidelines

Topic Hints Examples
  • Be constructive! Think of the problem - and think of its solution!
  • Think of the reader, too!
  • Don't hesitate! Better write down something quickly than thinking too much and forgetting to write it down. Put drafts into your userspace (see below).
  • Be open to (early or late) changes to your contribution; don't blame others, think of the best solution to the problem.
  • If nobody contributes, maybe it's good; if myriads of people change your contribution, it might be better.
  • The real measure of a page is the number of page accesses shown at the bottom. To get a higher number of accesses add relevant links to your content and add categories!
Creating Pages
  • When doing drafts, do those on your User-page. Use it as your sandbox. See for example User:B michaelsen, esp. the staging area. You are not required to add tight categories and context links on your userpage.
  • Think hard about the title of the page, its very important for search. Avoid Typos in the title!
  • You should make the content easy to find.
  • Embed your contribution into existing content.
    Link to your page from as many related pages as possible to provide the needed context and to prevent duplication.
Deleting Pages
  • To delete a page (because it is spam or outdated), replace its content with {{delete}}
Links & URLs
  • Wherever possible, use Wiki-Links or InterWiki-Links
    Don't use HTTP links, when Wiki-Links or InterWiki-Links are possible. HTTP links do not show up in "What links here" list for example, making pages orphans easily. InterWiki-Links are easy to update, if a Wiki changes its base-URL.
  • Always add new pages to an existing category
    This is very important to keep the wiki maintainable. Non-English content should always be sorted in the category of the language (or one of its subcategories). If you want to create a new category, you will need to add that to an existing category too (making it a subcategory).
  • Use the available namespaces:
  • Your bio should be on your userpage. You may redirect to it from the main-namespace.
  • Categories should be described in the Category-namespace. You may redirect to those from the main-namespace.
  • Use the Talk:-namespace to discuss pages and explain why you wrote something.
  • Never redirect to the main-namespace from the category- or the user-namespace.

Advanced Guidelines

You are a wiki administrator? Then you might be interested in the Wiki Administration Guidelines.

Topic Related Guidelines

Translations have some additional rules.

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