Hopefully, this page will help you get settled on this wiki. If not, please let us know.
This is a wiki, which means you can edit it, make suggestions, add improvements. Since we're trying to use this collaborative space both to build up to and augment the conference and to support a network around it, all ideas are very welcome. Also, any feedback you have about how to improve the usability of this wiki would be very useful.
Editing the wiki
To edit any page, click the edit button at the top-right of the page, add your changes into the text box, and click 'save'. Once saved, your changes should appear on the page immediately.
When you click 'edit', you are brought into 'edit mode', where you see the text of the page in an edit box. This may look slightly different, as it will have some wiki formatting (based on but different from HTML). To help you with formatting, there is a toolbar at the top of the edit window, which looks like this:
You can use this toolbar as you would in Word, for example - i.e. select text and click the 'bold' icon, which will add the wiki formatting code to the text you selected. You can add images, make links, add references, and also add your signature to comments. (See section below for details of making comments and adding signatures.)
You can see more editing options by clicking the "Advanced" option, which gives tools for creating lists
There's also the option to add non-English characters, and there is also a "Help" option, which gives an overview of wiki formatting code, and which looks like this:
Discussing and making comments
Each page on this wiki has a dedicated 'talk' or 'discussion' page. You'll see this on the top left of any page (just to the right of the logo), where you'll see two tabs, 'Page' and 'Discussion'. There might not be any content on a particular talk page, but you can still edit the page (editing the page will create that page).
To make a comment on the wiki, or to leave a message for another person, you need to edit the page. Then you can add your comment wherever you feel appropriate.
It's a good idea to sign your comments - it means that people can see who made this comment, and when. You can add your signature' to your comment using the signature option in the toolbar - see image below (or use the wiki code for this, which is four tildes: i.e. "~~~~"). (Signatures look like this: Cormac 14:39, 10 August 2010 (BST) )
Another good idea, particularly for talk/discussion pages, is to indent your comments, which gives the discussion more of the appearance of a threaded discussion. To indent your comment once, add a semicolon before your comment; to indent twice, add two semicolons - for example:
|What you type|
This is a comment
|What you see|
This is a comment
A wiki grows organically, by creating new pages that link to/from existing ones. Blue links are active links (i.e. existing pages); red links are links which have yet to be created. To create a new page, you can make a link to it from an existing page (it will be red), click the link and then edit the page. When you click save, the page will be created, and the link on the page you originally linked from will now be blue. You can use the toolbar to make a link to pages on the wiki, and you can also hyperlink a word to any webpage on the internet.
To add an image, you'll first need to upload it to the wiki. Use the "toolbox" at the left hand side of every page, where you'll see an "Upload file" link. Click this link and you'll be brought to the image upload screen, where you can browse to an image stored on your computer, give it a name and description, and click "upload". When your image is uploaded, you will be brought to the image's page, which will look something like: http://www.coprodnet.org/wiki/File:My_Image.jpg. If you copy the last part of your file's url (i.e. from "File:" to the end), you can then embed this file on any page on the wiki. You can do this by putting the file name in double brackets - i.e. [[File:My_Image.jpg]] - or by using the image tool from the editing toolbar and inserting the default text ("File:Example.jpg") with your filename.
You can upload a range of files to this wiki, including .pdf, .tiff, .png, .jpg, and .ppt. If you need to upload a file that isn't currently permitted, please contact one of the site admins.
Note also that all images from Wikimedia Commons (which is the image repository that serves Wikipedia) can be embedded as if they were uploaded to this wiki. (In other words, you don't need to upload any files to this wiki that are already on Wikimedia Commons.)
Never edited a wiki before? You could do a lot worse than go through Wikipedia's introductory Tutorial - it's the same software. You can also play in the coprodnet:sandbox - a test page for getting used to the software. Of course, don't forget to come back here - coprodnet is not part of Wikipedia, it's just using the same software!
- Need more help? You can visit the Coprodnet:Contacts, and email the network coordinators
- if you create an account you can leave a message for another user on their talk page, such as User talk:Robindelamotte
- if you create an account and authenticate your email address, an "email this user" option is available in the lefthand toolbox on a user talk page