Introduction to Wikis
- What is a wiki?
- Brief history of wikis (maybe omit)
- Tour of some wiki sites
- Wikimedia vs docuwiki vs moinmoin etc (maybe omit)
- Creating a login
- User Page
- First edit
- Sections, subsections
- Bullets, Enumerations, indentations
- How to combine
- Point to wikipedia/wikimedia article about editing
Following these tips helps prevent runaway messy wiki growth
- Talk about the motivation of these tips coming from my previous work (maybe omit)
- All content that could reasonably go on one page, should go on one page. Use sections instead of page titles.
- Not pages "Ontario" and "Quebec" but rather sections under the page "Provinces and Territories"
- Exception: Don't move/merge pages people expect to be a certain way
- Exception: Excessively long pages can be split up and linked to from the "catch-all" page (but if unsure better to have a long page)
- Take caution in modifying heavy-traffic pages
- Do not create arbitrary categories. Categories should have as little overlap as possible. IE "Category:Workshops" and "Category:Education" could just be "Category:Education"
- Exception: Too many pages in a category- If I want to find all workshops, it may help to have its own category if there are many other Education pages.
- Many wikis (like Free Geek's) probably need less than 50 categories.
- Do not make pages for personal notes
- Do not make regular pages for dynamic inclusion
- Do not liberally use the title forward-slash feature or related page hierarchies
- Do not make internal-link only pages with little content
- Do not post copyrighted material
- Do not use templates within templates