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== What you can do ==
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== Write articles (even stubby ones) ==
=== Write articles (even stubby ones) ===
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Cacheopedia is currently (05 May, 2005) in its infancy.  What we could really use now is people writing articles.  Currently we have a very high requested/written article ratio.  If you would like to write about something, go for it!  Don't worry about writing the best article, or what people will think about it.  Just make it as clear and informative as possible.  Others will add to it if they feel it could be improved.  The whole idea of a wiki is people building off of what others have started.  This is your site, make it what you want.
Cacheopedia is currently (05 May, 2005) in it's infancy.  What we could really use now is people writing articles.  Currently we have a very high requested/written article ratio.  If you would like to write about something, go for it!  Don't worry about writing the best article, or what people will think about it.  Just make it as clear and informative as possible.  Others will add to it if they feel it could be improved.  The whole idea of a wiki is people building off of what other's have started.  This is your site, make it what you want.
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One way to get the ball rolling is to change empty links into [[stubs]]Let's say you just wrote an article, and wikilinked a bunch of terms from it.  Take a minute and turn those empty red links into stubs.
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But, '''do not submit copyrighted work without permission'''Even if you have permission, please give credit where it is due in the form of some type of referenceIf you cannot determine if a work is copyrighted or not, you '''must''' assume that it is.
  
'''How to make a stub'''<br>
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One way to get the ball rolling is to change empty links into [[:Category:Stubs|Stubs]].  Let's say you just wrote an article, and wikilinked a bunch of terms from it.  Take a minute and turn those empty red links into stubs.
All you have to do to turn a blank link into a stub is to write a short description of what this article could be about and then add in the stub message by typing this:
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<pre>{{stub}}</pre>
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''This will be added to the page:''
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== Organization ==
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=== Categories ===
{{stub}}
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We need some.  It'll be nice to get a lot of categories set up with subcategories too.  Having categories linked to from the front page would really expand the site.  Categories and subcategories are masively simple to set up, let's do it!
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Now instead of bombarding your pages with dead links hoping someone will take the initiative to polulate them, you are inviting others to contribute.
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=== Formatting ===
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Also, there are a lot of articles that are using lists of wikilinks to define a bunch of terms.<br>
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Bad way:
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<pre>[[sneakers]]
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[[boots]]
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[[heels]]</pre>
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If you are going to write an article about heels, then go ahead.  Otherwise try this:
  
=== Design a new logo ===
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Better way, using level two headlines. Three or more of which on one page causes an automatic table of contents for the page to be generated.:
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<pre>== Carp ==
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Carp are tasty fish if cooked right. . .
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=== Big carp ===
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they can get huge!
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=== Little carp ===
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no such thing!
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== Perch ==
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Yum!</pre>
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When you do it that way, everything is spaced out nicely on one page, with a clickable table of contents. Also, it doesn't cause massive inflation of the articles list..
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== Design a new logo ==
 
Something to replace the flower.  It should reflect the nature of this site.
 
Something to replace the flower.  It should reflect the nature of this site.
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==Cleanup tasks==
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*When you see an article that could be better, help by editing
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**Spelling corrections
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**Grammar
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**Fact-checking
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**Adding additional information
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**Rewriting awkward or [[NPoV]] sections
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*If an article has not yet been [[Wiki Formatting Reference|wiki formatted]], do so!
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*Add links, both internal and external.  Link to [[Wikipedia]] articles if it's not something we're likely to have here
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*If you see a redlink and it's something you think you could write, go for it
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*Go through [[Categories:Stubs]] and flesh out stubs
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*Go through [[Special:Wantedpages]] and write these articles
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*Create [[Help:Redirects|Redirects]]
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**Think of alternate names for the article and redirect that name so people can find it
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*Upload images and add them to articles (make sure the copyrights are covered!!)
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==Licensing==
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Does anyone know anything about open source licensing?  We've started this under Attribution-ShareAlike, however Wikipedia is under GNU Documentation License.  We're not sure what the difference is between them, which is better, or what they imply towards the legality of this site and its content.  Please help us!  Send a talk message to either [[User:WikiSysop]] or [[User:Lunaverse]].  Thanks!

Latest revision as of 00:01, 22 May 2005

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[edit] Write articles (even stubby ones)

Cacheopedia is currently (05 May, 2005) in its infancy. What we could really use now is people writing articles. Currently we have a very high requested/written article ratio. If you would like to write about something, go for it! Don't worry about writing the best article, or what people will think about it. Just make it as clear and informative as possible. Others will add to it if they feel it could be improved. The whole idea of a wiki is people building off of what others have started. This is your site, make it what you want.

But, do not submit copyrighted work without permission. Even if you have permission, please give credit where it is due in the form of some type of reference. If you cannot determine if a work is copyrighted or not, you must assume that it is.

One way to get the ball rolling is to change empty links into Stubs. Let's say you just wrote an article, and wikilinked a bunch of terms from it. Take a minute and turn those empty red links into stubs.

[edit] Organization

[edit] Categories

We need some. It'll be nice to get a lot of categories set up with subcategories too. Having categories linked to from the front page would really expand the site. Categories and subcategories are masively simple to set up, let's do it!

[edit] Formatting

Also, there are a lot of articles that are using lists of wikilinks to define a bunch of terms.
Bad way:

[[sneakers]]
[[boots]]
[[heels]]

If you are going to write an article about heels, then go ahead. Otherwise try this:

Better way, using level two headlines. Three or more of which on one page causes an automatic table of contents for the page to be generated.:

== Carp ==
Carp are tasty fish if cooked right. . .
=== Big carp ===
they can get huge!
=== Little carp ===
no such thing!
== Perch ==
Yum!

When you do it that way, everything is spaced out nicely on one page, with a clickable table of contents. Also, it doesn't cause massive inflation of the articles list..


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Something to replace the flower. It should reflect the nature of this site.

[edit] Cleanup tasks

  • When you see an article that could be better, help by editing
    • Spelling corrections
    • Grammar
    • Fact-checking
    • Adding additional information
    • Rewriting awkward or NPoV sections
  • If an article has not yet been wiki formatted, do so!
  • Add links, both internal and external. Link to Wikipedia articles if it's not something we're likely to have here
  • If you see a redlink and it's something you think you could write, go for it
  • Go through Categories:Stubs and flesh out stubs
  • Go through Special:Wantedpages and write these articles
  • Create Redirects
    • Think of alternate names for the article and redirect that name so people can find it
  • Upload images and add them to articles (make sure the copyrights are covered!!)

[edit] Licensing

Does anyone know anything about open source licensing? We've started this under Attribution-ShareAlike, however Wikipedia is under GNU Documentation License. We're not sure what the difference is between them, which is better, or what they imply towards the legality of this site and its content. Please help us! Send a talk message to either User:WikiSysop or User:Lunaverse. Thanks!

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