This explanation is for people who want to do more than just read and ocassionally comment. This is for people who want to more seriously participate, beyond the VisitorRole.
The wiki is large and complicated; No doubt about that. It will take a long time to learn how everything works; Don’t try to understand it all at once. Don’t read all the pages before contributing.
You should probably start… …by commenting!
Make an interesting comment here or there, in the VisitorRole. Something that interests you!
Rules to follow:
That means: “Don’t write comments inside other people’s comments.”
It’s okay to fix spelling mistakes.
Even then, only do it if you are on friendly, non-debating terms with someone.
See BeginnersReworking for more on beginners & the great role they perform in reworking the wiki!
It’s not forbidden, but it’s probably best not try it, at this early stage. Learn to walk before you learn to fly a spaceship, OK? We’ll get to that soon enough.
After you make a few comments … …create a NamePage!
That is, make a page that is based on your name. The name of your page is the name you will use on the wiki. UseRealNames.
The instructions on how to do so are on: HowToInsertYourFotoHere.
See also: DenotingAuthor.
Make more comments. Edit more pages. BeginnersReworking.
When you have a NamePage, a photo, have some sense of who we are, and have been here for at least a week or two, you may be ready to make a new page!
We like pages.
We have very specific ideas about how our pages should be named. We care about our LinkLanguage.
It is a burdensome task to have to rename pages, or, worse, to carry around bad language.
Don’t make us do it, by getting it right in the first place.
If in serious doubt, go forward (BeBold,) but ask for a rename, at the bottom of the page.
We will refrain from referring to the page on other pages, until we have ironed out a name we like.
Check first for existing content, both here, and on MeatballWiki. You can do that with the search feature of the wiki. There’s a “search” box at the bottom of the page. Research, research, research.
We believe strongly in OnceAndOnlyOnce.
When concepts can be connected with other pages, do so.
But hesitate to make a SocialPage?; Consider also:
From there, it’s basically just a matter of time and positive interaction.
BeginnersGuideToCommunityWiki gives instructions on (a) what new people should do.
WikiJoiningScript discusses (b) what people expect new people to do, and (c) what new people actually do.
As you may have noticed by now, (a), (b), and (c) are not the same .
Thank you so much for those pages!
I feel they should be elevated to some sort of canonical status. In the WikLossary, or in a KnowledgeDistribution, or something like that. Some way of engraving that knowledge, and making it portable to other systems.