posted on Apr, 23 2008 @ 07:24 PM
There do exist some of this already, but, anyway, I tried to put together a brief little "crash course", or such, for those who may not have tried
writing in a wiki before. Here's most of what is on that "newbies tips" page I made (slightly improved here):
Some tips for newbies
You can't ruin anything in tinWiki since it's really easy to revert an article or page to an earlier version of that article or page. You see, all
pages have their own version history list, where everything done in a page is kept, and from where all previous edits can be brought back very
- tinWiki is a website. More specifically it's an online encyclopedia wiki.
- tinWiki isn't a forum (or blog host), so you don't write "posts" or "threads" here. In tinWiki you write articles—encyclopedic
- tinWiki is not simply a place for publishing articles, but a place for collaborative writing of articles.
- First versions of articles don't have to be "perfect" (or even close...)
- You write articles, don't paste articles found on the web. tinWiki should preferably get original material, even if there is material legal to
- Feel free to make a first version of an article—you can always come back later to improve it, or someone else will improve it.
- Write article text by using original phrasing of your own (except when quoting people, naturally).
- Name your sources (write a list at the bottom of the article).
- tinWiki is an encyclopedia. You spell out words, so it's "do not", not "don't". (P.S. This page here is a Help page, and an unusual one at
that, not an encyclopedic article...)
- Write from a neutral point of view, not from a first-person point of view. Don't say "I", and don't say "you". Instead, rewrite to a
neutral-point-of-view language. (Example: Instead of saying "I think you'll agree that tinWiki is a great website" say "tinWiki is considered by
some people to be a great website".)
- Do not sign articles you initiate, since they are not your personal articles. Article text you write and then publish in tinWiki is published
under this license, and can—and will—be edited by readers interested in improving and
contributing to the article (which is also much of the point in using a wiki as encyclopedia).
- The first sentence of the article should state immediately what the topic is. Example from article tinWiki: "tinWiki is a collaborative
encyclopedia." Please let articles begin with a sentence of that type.
- How to start a new page if none exists already for the topic you are writing about: type the title into the "search" box in the sidebar and
press the Enter key on your keyboard. Next, click on the red link that comes up, type in some article text, and click Save. :-)
Read all that twice and you know the tinWiki editing basics. Wiki codes and formatting is not very important, it can easily be fixed later, but here
is one: formatted headers are made by keeping the header on its own line and putting two equal signs on each side of the header, like this:
== Some header or other ==
If you need any more tips and hints, feel free to browse the help pages and manuals, and contact other tinWiki users through the message writing
features (useful links are in the sidebar on the left hand side of all tinWiki pages).
continues to improve every day. Feel free to do some editing here and there, and also to
if you wish (real name does not have to be given, and is optional). By
registering (and logging in), you hide your IP address in the edit history list, and you will also get a user page that is only yours to write what
you want in. :-)
edit: link problem
[edit on 23-4-2008 by Optimist]