VOCWiki:How does one edit a page
This page will help you learn how to use the wiki! It's quite straightforward, so try not to be intimidated. Read on to learn more.
Create an Account
To edit a page on this wiki, you need to create an account and log in. This is to prevent wiki spam robots from defacing the site. Anyone can create an account and new accounts can be used as soon as they are created.
Note: Your account with the message board doesn't work with the wiki (i.e. your email address and password). You need to make a new account with the wiki in order to access it. If wanted, you can use the same username and password for both.
On the create account page, The text box labeled "Type VOC Here" is an anti spam measure to block automated wiki spam-bots from affecting the site. To pass the test, just enter the letters "VOC" into the box so the account creation script knows that you are human.
Editing pages is generally very easy. You can either click on the "edit" link on the top of the page you want to modify, or you can click on the "edit" link on the right side of the page above the section you want to modify. Once you do this, you will be brought to an editing page with a box where you enter your changes. Generally, you just enter the text you want to appear into the box! You can make your text look nicer and more organized by using some "markup language." This is special code you enter to create links, make headings etc. A great resource for learning the simple markup language and more information about page editing in general can be found at this resource.
A wiki only works if people contribute to it! Don't be afraid, it's easy. Just click on the bottom of a page to edit it.
You can learn a great deal by clicking the "edit" link and looking at how the page is set up. You don't have to change anything, you can just look at the code and use what you learn when you edit other pages.
You can play around with editing in the VOCWiki:Sandbox. It's a page that exists just for trying out your skills!
Here are a couple of guidelines for making contributions :
- Write articles with a neutral point of view (NPOV). Since articles will be edited over and over, they need to be written in a neutral style so that consensus on the content can eventually be reached.
- Do not use the first-person ("I think this is a bad idea"), unless absolutely necessary do not refer to people ("Dave said that there is a route...") unless the article is a trip report;
- Try to make your article as structured as possible. For example, when talking about a trail you might start with a short introduction, then talk about access and fees, then go on to give a detailed route description and perhaps have a history section.
- Try to avoid putting jokes on the pages. Humour is good on websites managed by a single person, but on a Wiki if everyone adds a joke, soon the real content will be lost.
- Avoid creating very short stub articles that have no useful content.
- Do create links to pages that don't yet exist but that should be written.
- Have a look around the site and look at how the good articles are put together. Try to use a similar style.
- Try to pick appropriate titles for pages.
- Practice your skills in the VOCWiki:Sandbox.
Go ahead and create a new page or edit an existing one. Don't worry about it not being perfect the first time around, that's the beauty of the Wiki, someone else will come along and improve it. A complete history of every page is kept, so don't worry and be bold, pages can always be reverted to a previous version.
If you need inspiration, have a look at the very successful Wikipedia
If you need help with the "markup" language, look at Wikipedia's Editing Instructions.