Help:Contributing content

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We want your projects, current works, observations and wisdom! Please see our "Contributing content" page. You can also enrich existing articles by clicking on "edit" at the top of the page or section. so Be Bold and contribute!

Appropedia's software is robust and forgiving, Others will notice that there's a new page[1], welcome you and offer help and suggestions.

  1. Create a user ID. It's not required, but it does provide some benefits. You can use a "screen name" if you prefer to register incognito, of course.
  2. Click on an interesting topic or area in the navigation column on the left, or check out the porting tasks. You'll find guidance on creating your article.
  3. It's easy. Go to our Practice Page and do your first edit.
  4. Click Here for more help on how to edit a wiki.
  5. Don't worry if your articles aren't complete, edited, or formatted! Others can help you with this. Your content and ideas are what bring the most value.
  6. See Appropedia's policies and guidelines. Over time, you may want to have a quick look at the policy category, and see if there's anything you want to explore further.
  7. See what we're working on. Click on Help Out on the nav bar to the left.
Useful Tips Content and Format Suggestions
  • Have an idea that isn't fully developed? Short on time? Create a brief article stub. You and others can grow it over time.
  • Click the "watch" tab at the top of a page to have any changes made to that page show up in your watchlist.
  • Use the "discussion" tab at the top of articles to join or start a discussion about the article.
  • Click on the "History" tab at the top of articles to view revisions and their authors.
  • If you like a page's formatting and want to see how it was done, simply click on the edit tab (or section edit). Exit safely via Cancel or your browser's "Back" button. Try it on the Practice Page.

Appropedia has no hard content or format rules, just suggestions:

  • A brief description of a technology and its uses.
  • Regional considerations such as climate, locating raw materials, etc, as well as cultural, social and political context.
  • A materials list, including possible alternative materials
  • Simple how-to sections for building or using a technology or material
  • Possible alternative approaches when building or using a technology
  • Common mistakes to avoid in building or using a technology
  • Photographs and diagrams for more interesting, informative content
  • Case study of a technology being used

[edit] Notes

  1. Take a look at Recent changes (linked in the navigation bar at the left) to see the tool that the regulars use to notice new content.