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An introduction to Wiki

  • Getting Started with Wiki [1]
  • Starting a new page [2]
  • Peer to Peer Foundation Guidelines [3]
  • Wikipedia Manual of Style [4]

You can play around in the sandbox [5] to get a feel for how the editing buttons and related functions actually work. For example typing * at the start of a new line generates a neat little blue bullet point, as follows:

  • Bullet point text

Site specific information

Protocols for starting new pages

As a general note, it is helpful to put a short line at the start of each page that identifies the project or discussion area with which it most directly relates. Therefore, we ask all contributors to include a line such as the following for each new page they create, for example:

This page is part of the Lectionary project within the Jesus Then and Now section.

Such a practice has three immediate benefits:

  • the SEARCH function will more easily find all pages connected with a particular project
  • readers can quickly go to the main page for the project within which the page sits
  • editors creating a new page would be invited to locate their page explicitly in the project where they see it most properly belonging

Some of the protocols being developed for the Jesus Database project may also be helpful for people creating and editing pages here: see Jesusdatabase:Protocols

Adding a Sermon or Liturgy to the Lectionary series

To add a new pages for a sermon, prayer or liturgy related to one of the Lectionary pages, simply follow these steps:

  • (1) Go to an existing page and perhaps best one already related to the new page you plan to create
  • (2) Edit the wiki page name in the web browser URL line
  • (3) Hit ENTER to create a new blank page with that name (or find an existing page already using that name if it exists)
  • (4) Paste or type in the content (including any tidy up of the format that seems needed)
  • (5) Include a line at the top of the page to link your new page back to a higher level page (eg, the main Lectionary page)
  • (6) Hit SAVE PAGE
  • (7) You may also want to create a link to your new page from some other existing pages

A few practical comments:

  • Wiki markup languiage is very basic and easy to use, but it has many limitations - including not being able to handle simple line indents. This meant we cannot not replicate exactly layouts that originate in Word or HTML, but there is still scope for bold, italic, headings and dot points.
  • We can protect "creative texts" (such as liturgies, prayers, sermons) from further editing where the author wants the material to remain as originally composed, rather than serving as the basis for an open-ended wiki collaboration. At this point Greg Jenks is the only person with the system access to protect pages, or to edit protected pages.