Contribute Your Knowledge ~ Alternative Approach
The usefulness of this Knowledge Base depends on the content that people contribute to it; either by adding new information, or by editing what already exists. There are very simple ways to get started, or techniques to create more complicated content, whatever you are comfortable doing.
- Changes, FAQs, Titles & Index
- The Knowledge Base is composed of Pages and you navigate from page to page by clicking on Hyperlinks.
- When you edit or add information, you are actually editing or adding Pages, and creating Hyperlinks between those Pages to help people find their way around topics.
- Pages are grouped into Namespaces that are equivalent to directory folder paths on a PC. For example this page is contributeyourknowledge:index where contributeyourknowledge is the Namespace and index is the Page, although the Page is usually listed by its headline title Contribute Your Knowledge.
- Just like any other website pages, the Hyperlinks can navigate to anywhere on the Internet and can display images and download data files.
- The editor dialogue uses Wiki codes similar to the Forums BBCodes. The popular codes have toolbar buttons, but they all can be entered manually.
- Some are standard Wiki codes, such as pairs of asterisks
**bold**that produce bold text.
- Others rely upon installed Plugins that define Macros, such as
<color red>red text</color>that produces red text.
If you are a newcomer then the following steps will get you started.
- Before you can edit the Knowledge Base Wiki you need to follow the Signing Up For Editing steps.
- Use Tools > Log In via the toolbar top right before each editing session and log out via Tools > Log Out afterwards.
Easy Ways to Contribute
After creating a page using those forms, it can be customised further by using the editing techniques below.
All topics below should have a direct link to detailed instructions or definitions, and ideally will not take the user to a page of Links they need to sift through but to the exact information it promises.
Each link below is to a Section within a large Page per main Heading below.
Many pages say features may be turned on/off or customised, etc, but must make it clear that can only be done by request to an administrator via the Web Site Usage forum.
Edit Existing Pages
If you want to edit an existing page, which you may have created in Downloads and Links or Member Web Sites, or because you find something that needs revising such as a spelling mistake – then this guide will help you with formatting.
Above all, remember that this is a Wiki and everyone can edit a page if they think it worthwhile. Every version of each page is recorded, so if you do have a problem the administrators here can recover an earlier version.
- Introduction ~ scope and concepts of page editing and formatting
- Edit and Save a Page ~ how to login, edit, preview, cancel, and save a page
- Character Styles ~ bold, italic, underline,
mono, sub, sup,
strike, fh, smileys , special chars ⇒, colour
- Text Layouts ~ paragraphs, headlines, horizontal lines, lists, tables, boxes, footnotes, hidden text, comments, quotes
- Text Formats ~ inhibit formatting, code blocks, syntax highlighting, code downloads
Edit Links and Media
These features offer Hyperlinks between Wiki Pages, to the Internet, and to images and downloads.
- Introduction ~ scope and concepts of editing hyperlinks, images and downloadable files
- Links within the Knowledge Base ~ creating internal page links
- Links to External Web Pages ~ creating external page links
- Email Addresses ~ including email addresses on a page
- Link Shortcuts ~ linking to frequently used external resources
- Wiki Backlinks and Indexes ~ creating lists of wiki links
- Images and Image Links ~ embedding images on a page and optionally linking them to other pages
- Download Links ~ creating links to download files
- Media Manager and Media Files Window ~ adding, updating and deleting image and download files
Create and Manage Pages
These guides explain how to create, delete, rename or move Pages within Namespaces, and update cross-references.
- Introduction ~ scope and concepts of Namespaces, and creating and managing Pages within them
- What Sort of Page ~ what Namespaces are there?
- Create a Page ~ create a new page or new subsection
- Delete a Page ~ delete a page (removing backlinks first if necessary)
- Rename/Move a Page ~ rename or move a page
- Alternative Index Entries ~ provide page aliases
- Shared Page Contents ~ include one page in other pages
This section can brief as long as it signposts why an expert might be interested in the specialised tools and reassures others that they never need look inside for routine contributions…
These guides explain features only of interest to experts and otherwise can be ignored.
- Introduction ~ scope and concepts of advanced editing features
- YouTube Animations ~ video animations
- Control Macros ~ Some of these may be worth adding in earlier sections
- Syntax Plugins ~ What are they and why might you want to use them. (Quote example from earlier of the pushfile plugin).
- Advanced Features ~ Embedding specialist content (HTML, PHP, XML).
- etc ~ anything else we have overlooked
Maybe this should be a page within Expert Features and just for links to docuwiki guides as suggested below?
Links to User Guides with notes that they cover material already covered above, but aggregated for convenience. Not sure we need this if all the User Guide pages for all the features are included above?
Links to detailed manuals/docuwiki etc. – the stuff that very very few people will need to carry out routine tasks.
Glossary of terms.